October 17, 2015
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
Again this year the Delton Boy Scouts and BARA participated in the annual Jamboree-On-The-Air (JOTA). Many of the scouts were able to make contacts across the country despite constantly varying and crazy propagation conditions. One of the most well received additions to this year’s agenda was fox hunting.
April 19, 2015
BARA supported the Yankee Springs Time Trial for the first time. It was a good training exercise, with some emergency traffic and lots of health and welfare traffic. This kind of event, with it’s high traffic volume, is always a good training opportunity for us in addition to providing much needed communications capability for the served agency. The advance team went out the day before to setup equipment and check comm links. This substantially eased the effort on the 9th. Thanks to all who participated. We are looking forward to this one again next year.
January 3, 2015
This was the first public service event for us this year. It was a long day (14 hours) but all in all a good time and a fitting test of our ability to support an event lasting more than a couple of hours. The weather was less than delightful. Temperatures hovered around freezing most of the day and then cooled off after dark with freezing rain and then snow. This proved to be good training as well, and we were able to maintain communications in spite of the conditions.
Thanks to Jean KC8UJA for the hot soup and yummy cake that kept us going.
October 18-19, 2014
Jamboree On The Air (JOTA)
JOTA was held again, for 2014, at the Scout cabin north of Banfield. There were many scouts who participated in various radio related activities. These included RTTY, SSB and Morse code with practice oscillators. Once again this year, the troop fed us and fed us well. Several scouts got their on-air requirement crossed off, as they worked toward their Radio Merit Badge.
October 4, 2014
Simulated Emergency Test
The scenario for the SET this year was a large flood in the area, requiring the activation of shelters around the county. We used local fire houses to simulate shelters. This actually provided several training and testing opportunities for the club. One of the things we tested was the ability to communicate around the county on simplex. another was to train on the use of the National Traffic System Radiogram forms. The exercise went well, and presented us with several problems to solve. This is always a good thing since nothing much is learned when everything goes as planned. We all know it never does in an actual deployment.
Club Meeting Guest Speaker
At the club meeting on the 23rd of September, 2014, we welcomed Stephan H. Smith WA8LMF wa8lmf.net/ to speak on the subject of digital modes.
Stephen’s presentation was a great opportunity to gain some information about digital Ham Radio. While it was highly informative, for some, it was like drinking from a fire hose. Stephen had a DVD available that was chocked full of digital programs and even more information. That DVD is still available at his web site, quoted above.
Those who couldn’t make the presentation missed out on a good meeting and also another K8BMI cook out which was enjoyable, too.
Ham In A Day
On the 27th of September, BARA hosted our first “Ham In A Day” seminar. The seminar was a great success with 10 new students making it through the test. Congratulations to those new Hams, and many thanks to those who made this event possible.