It’s time to put the picnic basket away for another year. Unfortunately, due to a schedule conflict with the PCARS meeting, I was not able to attend the fall picnic. However, the word is that those who attended had good weather, great conversation and, as always, terrific food. What more can you ask for? If any one took some photos or would like to provide a write up, please send it my way and we’ll be sure to publish it
Our Sept. 21st meeting
Our next meeting will be our first business meeting in a while. If you have any issues to brig to our attention, please do that. If you have any information to bring to the attention of the Sunshine Chairperson, please let us know. Also, we’re approaching the busy fall season but have some slots available for programs so let us know if you have a suggestion for a program.
It’s not too early to think about a new slate of officers for the club. Is this the time you jump in?
As I mentioned at the last meeting, I was looking forward to attend the Portage County ARS meeting where the guest speaker was the Chief Executive Officer of ARRL, Dave Sumner, K1ZZ. Sumner who has been employed in various positions at the ARRL over many years, mentioned that he will be retiring next year.
Dave’s presentation was very enlightening as talked about the gains and struggles of our hobby.
Sumner said when speaking with hams from other countries where amateur radio is losing population – and there are many, England and Japan are just a couple – he’s often asked why the amateur numbers keep growing in your country? His answer has been, “For one thing you need to be in a part of the world that is often threatened by natural disasters”. As we know, natural disasters quickly remind us that amateur radio is far more dependable than cellular phones.
Click this link for the complete presentation:
Hal Rogers, K8CMD
President & Communications Director