|Meetings:||Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 P.M., Red Cross, 4333 Arlington Blvd. (US 50), Arlington,VA. Nonmembers are invited to attend.|
|Net:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:30 P.M., 144.87/145.47 MHz FM|
|Information:||Jack Reed, WA4FXX, firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), (703) 685-7933 (phone).|
At the September meeting of the AARC, Arlington County Chapter Volunteer Coordinator Sally Cooney will show a three-segment Red Cross Volunteer Orientation video, to continue the Volunteer Orientation program that she began at the August Meeting.
At the Arlington County Fair, AARC members manned the Red Cross Ford Excursion stuffed with DC-to-daylight comm gear. Truth be told, this particular van was not yet operational, but we used it as bait to lure those drawn to dishes, whips, and telescoping masts. We explained the role of the van and its gear, and the Club and its members, in responding to disasters in Arlington County and beyond.
-- Mike, NW3V
President Jack WA4FXX called the meeting to order at 1940L at the Arlington Chapter of the American Red Cross. Also attending were Alan KO4ALA, George KR4MU, John WD4MIS, Mike KG4RKL, Mike NW3V, and visitors Keith KG4UIR, Norman of Federal City REACT, Sally Cooney W2DUO-harmonic, and Vishal Khemka.
The Minutes of the July meeting as posted on the AARC website were approved. Treasurer John, WD4MIS, presented the financial report and noted that he was working on updating the Club Roster.
Mike, NW3V, relayed regrets from Paul, KG4PXF, who was on his honeymoon. There were several murmurs to the effect that it was not at all regrettable to be absent by reason of honeymoon.
Arlington County ARES Emergency Coordinator (EC) Alan, KO4ALA, said that the exercise proposed for September 18 was now dissipated. He said that an exercise was now planned for November. Alan also noted that the U.S. Marine Corps Marathon (MCM) would be held on October 27. He was not yet sure whether it would qualify as an ARES Simulated Emergency Test (SET); he had not heard from Rick, N4ASX, on that point.
Arlington County ARES Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) Mike, KE4PKM, asked Alan for an interpretation of the recent email message from VA RACES State Training Officer Ed, KE4SKY. He also noted that Paul, KF4RQL, was upset because he had volunteered for 9-11 service to KE4SKY, who allegedly said that Arlington County was ARES, not RACES, so he couldn't help.
Alan, KO4ALA, reported that the Foundation for Amateur Radio was hurting for volunteers.
Jack, WA4FXX, said that he spoke to ACPD Chief Holl at the Fair, and that Chief Holl said that positions for were to be planned for perhaps three communications vehicles.
Jack displayed the MFJ-269 antenna analyzer purchased with a Red Cross donation.
Jack issued Keith, KG4UIR, a Morse code training CD, Your Introduction to Morse Code.
Jack asked about a proposed presentation to Red Cross Disaster Action Teams (DATs)--Radio Night. KO4ALA, KG4UIR, and Sally Cooney recalled a discussion of this but no specifics. Sally said that she would propose three dates in October and email them to Jack.
Jack said that Jim, K9AUC, has put go kits in shopping carts in the garage.
Alan, KO4ALA, said that he sent NW3V info about Fall-Fest and asked NW3V to put a link to the FAR web site on the AARC web site.
George, KR4MU, conveyed a message rom Mary Kane.
John, WD4MIS, tabled a motion to consider, at the next meeting, donations of flowers to the surviving spouses of deceased Members, or contributions to designated charities.
We were pleased to introduce guest speaker Sally Cooney, Volunteer Coordinator of the Arlington County Chapter (ACC) of the American Red Cross. Sally said she was here for three reasons:
Then, Sally presented a highly abbreviated Red Cross Volunteer Orientation for AARC members interested in becoming Red CRoss volunteers. She gave out Volunteer Handbook copies, and she distributed and collected volunteer application forms.
Sally said that at the next meeting, she would like to show a Red Cross Orientation video, consisting of three segments lasting 45 minutes.
Mike NW3V, Acting Secretary
Mike, NW3V, Mike, KA8OPJ, and Mike, KG4RKL, will host Rob, K1PW, at W4WVP on September 17 at 1830L to plan for operating W4WVP/4 at the Boy Scouts of America Chain Bridge District Camporee, at Camp Highroad, on October 19 and maybe 20, to bring Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) 2002 to the Scouts encamped there. If interested, please attend or contact Mike, NW3V.
Jack, WA4FXX, Alan, KO4ALA, Jim, K9AUC, Mike, NW3V, George, KR4MU, and maybe others will show and tell what Amateur Radio, the AARC, and W4WVP can do for Chapter Disaster Assistance efforts at Radio Night, September 23, 7-9pm, at the Chapter.
Are you one of those members who has courseware (videos, CDs, books, tapes, or software) on loan from the Club? Others are waiting to use it. Please report the status of the courseware, and your progress, at the September meeting.
Responding to a request from K7DID relayed by Alan, KO4ALA, Mike, NW3V, operated his home station using special event callsign K4P on September 11, 2002, to commemorate the Pentagon attack on September 11, 2001.
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The Arlington Amateur Radio Club
4333 Arlington Boulevard
Arlington, VA 22203