Have you heard? (President’s Message)
July 7, 2016
Earlier this year I decided to take the CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) basic training. Due to some health problems at home I missed a couple of the mandatory classes and haven’t been able to yet finish the course. One of the requirements is first aid. Others include CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator). Those I did complete.
My first exposure to first aid was back in the “dark ages” when working on a Boy Scout merit badge needed for advancement. While taking the course this year something became obvious. What I had learned in the early 50’s was quite different from what is being taught today.
Tourniquets were more commonly used in my youth. I’m not sure that CPR had been invented yet. There was no such thing as an AED machine that we non-doctors could use to possibly restart the heart when needed. Many years later, when I did take a CPR course, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation was a significant part of the process. Still no AED.
Now things are different. Tourniquets are used much less frequently and in a somewhat different manner. Most CPR is done without mouth-to-mouth resuscitation. And, you will see AED machines in many neighborhoods. While you may not see them, there are people nearby, your neighbors, who know how to use them to aid you in an emergency.
What has all of this to do with amateur radio?
Just as the language and practice of first aid has changed over the years, so has our country’s response to hurricanes, tornadoes, floods and other natural and man-made disasters. When I was a kid there was no such thing as the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Most disasters were handled locally. There were no such things as cell phones for emergency communication. Radio amateurs played a major part in aiding governmental agencies to communicate with each other and across jurisdictions. Our response to emergencies today has
in many ways become better, but more complicated.
For radio amateurs today to continue to fulfill our role as emergency communicators, we must be familiar with, and able to use, the language and procedures of the larger emergency response community across the nation, as well as how to maintain and use our equipment under adverse conditions. I am, therefore, recommending to our Board of Directors that we join with such other organizations as ARES, RACES and CERT to provide emergency communications training to those of our members who choose to respond promptly to local, regional and national emergencies.
Those who wish to only provide assistance to the different clubs and organizations in The Villages requiring communications support for one or more of their events would not be required to take the emergency communications training.
One of the reasons that the FCC continues to support frequency allocations to radio amateurs is because we have the desire and the means to be of service to our community. I encourage those of you who are able, to continue as, or become, trained volunteers ready to participate in whatever emergency comes our way.
• TVARC Ragchew
– Net meets 7 PM Monday
– 443.225 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4VRC-R
• QCWA Ragchew
– Net meets 10 AM Friday
– 443.150 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4LFK-R
– Net meets 8:30 PM Sunday
– 147.030 (+600) PL 123.0
• Sumter EMCOMM NET
– Net meets 8:30 PM Monday
– 146.925 (-600) PL 123.0
-- Our Next Meeting --
August 18, 2016 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A hour/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
7:00 PM Business Meeting
7:30 PM Program - "The Villages Radio Station (WVLG)"
by Kathleen Kane & Ron Dagenais
Our Cookie Monster this month - TBD (need a volunteer)
Except for December, the TVARC club meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd., in The Villages, Florida. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend. You need not be licensed to attend or join.
Events & Activities (Upcoming & Past) ...
"TVARC Camp Villages - Amateur Radio Hour 2016" will be August 4, 2016, at 10 a.m., at Colony Regional Recreation Center.
To volunteer, click HERE. For information, contact K3TFU.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
"TVARC Field Day 2016" was held on June 25 - 26, 2016. George Briggs (K2DM) thanks all the club members who helped with the setup, operation & take down. Several club members enjoyed making many contacts from the club's station in the Sumter Co. Sheriff's trailer. To view George's "wrap-up" report on this event, click HERE.
"11th Annual Hurricane Expo" was held on May 6, 2016. Our club hosted an information table at this event. Thanks to these club members & a spouse for helping: Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; Dennis Chick, KM4ISO; Melanie Hackenberg; Tony Hackenberg, N8SK;
Bob Hagan, WW8USA; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN; & John McCollough, KB4KP.
"MS Walk" was held on March 19th, 2016. Kudos to our club members that assisted in the event: Ralph Whitacre, N8RW; Jules Deschenes, W1GDE; George Briggs, K2DM; Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; John McCollough, KB4KP; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN.
"Radio Rodeo" was rained out at Paddock Square, in Brownwood, on April 2, 2016. Here's hoping for better weather next year.
Emergency Communications Team
The ECT has been established to maintain information on members who are willing to be called upon during an emergency for communications assistance within The Villages. No training, no paperwork. Just give us your contact information and pertinent equipment. We have 43 volunteers and growing. . .
To sign up Click HERE
To Read about this Program, Click HERE.
Echolink Tips from Wayne Brown, N4FP. Click Here
2015 TVARC Antenna Guide Get Brad Castelli's, KN9B, presentation on antennas for The Villages. Click Here
TVARC Reflector - Communicate with TVARC
Membership in TVARC is required. Send a request to join the reflector: Click HERE
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click HERE.