A Fun Project

The League has been planning something that will be a lot of fun,  Build Day 2016. As the name suggests, it is a day where the League will get together and build projects we have not tackled yet. Being closed to the public, Build Day is only going to be for members this year. Building antennas and improving stations, we hope Build Day will be very productive. Jacob (W4JZE) and Jerry (W4HZB) have put lots of work into the event and we are all looking forward to an afternoon of building/improving!

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Also, please remember to check out Ham Quest!  

Jeremy E (N7VXX)

 

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KK4WVR and CrossWalkAmerica

When one of our members does something noteworthy (and we realize it) we like to show what they do.

Mitchell (KK4WVR) is walking across the country carrying a 12 foot long wooden cross. He started several months ago in Tallahassee FL and is currently walking through Texas.  Unfortunately, he is outside the coverage range of KM4GHM at the moment.

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KK4WVR in Texas

To learn more about what he is doing and keep up with the trip, check out the CrossWalkAmerica Facebook page

//N Winslow, N4OAH

Media Survey Results

On behalf of myself (N4OAH) and Jeremy (N7VXX) we would like to thank everyone who participated in the WCRL Media Survey.  While the survey does still remain active for those who wish to participate, we have gathered enough responses to analyze the results. In the next couple of days, we will be releasing another post with the insights and trends that we found by looking at the individual survey data. Thanks again for participating, comment below if any of these statistics surprised (or confirmed) your inner genius!

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Improving Our Media

Earlier today  Noah (N4OAH) put a poll on our website. Our club would greatly appreciate it if you would take it.

When we make posts, we try to keep the public informed in what we are doing, but we can only do that if we have feedback. Any good or bad feedback will help us make better posts in the future. Excitedly, we hope that you will take the time to take the poll, which will help us make improved posts in the future. Thanks!

–N7VXX

Ham Radio & Backup Power

Last night, a portion of Wilson County lost power for a little over an hour, affecting approximately 1400 people and 2 WCRL members. There is an adage that “When all else fails, Ham Radio still works”. In order for this to be correct, Ham’s should consider what their options would be like in the absence of commercial power.

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Short outages like this remind us why we should have a backup plan in place, and why it should be tested regularly. It doesn’t have to be big and fancy, having a fully charged handheld radio or a power inverter on your car will help ensure that you stay connected.

As Johnny (KM4OMS) said last night “It really helps you plan for next time by actually having it happen to you.  Lots of ideas for me to work on.”

This post is not meant to be a plethora of technical information about backup power, rather a simple reminder for Hams to stay ahead of the curve and think forward. Many excellent articles on this subject are available on the web and, as always, anyone with questions is encouraged to start a thread on the Greater Nashville Ham Radio Operators Forum.

//WinslowNO

Succsessfully Done

At 6:30 last night we had a spectacular meeting. Unfourtunately, our President, KK4UTQ, could not make the meeting, however, our Vice-President, K4PEW, did a fabulous job taking over. When the meeting started, we had sixteen people there, a new record. Jerry, one of our members, did a great job presenting his suberb satellite anntena that he had made, and he also gave instructions on how to build one. Our former Vice-President, W4JZE did an amazing presentation on digital radio modes.  Before we covered the presentations, the club received good news. There is a hamfest approaching this July. It will be spectacular, and we suggest checking it out. More details here. We all had a pleasant meeting and we hope next month’s will be even better.

–N7VXX

Digital Modes Presentation
Digital Modes Presentation

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week

As amateur communicators, we understand the importance of communication. With National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week upon us (April 10-16) we would like to thank those who serve the public as communicators every day. These people have the incredibly hefty job of truly being the first professional aware of an emergency. They must balance the task of sending life saving aid to an emergency with the task of keeping their field units safe and ensuring that everyone returns home to their families at the end of the shift.

800px-Police_Dispatch_Room_NetherlandsThe Wilson County Radio League would like to thank all of those in this often stressful and thankless job. Here’s to all the Dispatchers, Communications Officers, 911 Call Takers and all others who make a career of public safety communications!

I also wanted to take this opportunity to share this link for 911Cares and The 911Cares Store. 911Cares is a charitable organization committed to the emotional support and needs of dispatchers across the country. Profits from the 911Cares store go towards this worthwhile cause.