By Gerry Villhauer - WØGV
Hello DRC Members,
Finally it looks like spring is around the corner. Although March is sometimes our most snowy month, I always feel when March 1st. rolls around, winter is coming to an end, even though we may get big snow storms, the temperatures are not so bone chilling. Just my way of making spring seem a little closer.
Our new Yaesu Fusion repeater has arrived and is in place and operating very well from all reports I have received. We plan to have the WIRES-X configured and operating very soon. I will announce that on the Sunday night net when it is completed. We are planning to have a program on the Fusion and WIRES systems in the future to give us all a better understanding of the capabilities of this system.
As you probably have heard by now, Bill Rinker (W6OAV) has been very ill and hospitalized after a surgery that was supposed to be fairly minor. Bill has had several setbacks and is now very slowly recovering. Bill and his wife want to thank all the members for their cards and good thoughts and prayers for his recovery. If you would like to send a card, please send to Bill’s home address in the club directory, please no visitors at this time. Bill does so many things for the club in the way of arranging for our programs, articles in the Round Table, keeping our equipment inventory and many other tasks. He is really missed and we all look forward to him returning to active status.
Thanks to George Palecek (AB0YM) for a very interesting program on VHF contest roving. George had a very good presentation with pictures and his experiences. His humorous way of presenting made it very interesting and informative. Thanks George, a job well done for sure!
Our March program with be a double presentation on similar subjects. John Movius (KD0SYE) was on St. Marten’s Island during hurricane Irma. He will be sharing his stories and experiences along with pictures of this devastating hurricane where communications and infrastructure were destroyed. Along with that, we will have Robert White (K0SRW) showing his DX Antennas/Go Packs. Robert will be showing us the improvements he has made to his Go Packs since the last time he showed them. Together you will be informed and understand how to be better prepared for natural disasters. Mark March 21st on your calendars so you don’t miss the show.
Another date to mark on your calendar is August 26th for the DRC Hamfest “The Big One”! We were forced to move to an alternate date this year due to a Jeffco Fairgrounds scheduling issue. You can make your table reservation now. We will have flyers and table registration forms at the meetings OR go to the DRC website W0TX.ORG, print off a form and mail your check to the address on the form. Remember if you need electrical power, those tables go on a first come first serve basis. Get your reservations in early!
73 for now,
Denver Radio Club