Next Meeting: Oct. 3rd at 7:30pm
Reminder: Clubhouse will be open early for those wishing to use the club's HF stations!!
October is election month for club officers and certain members of the Board of Directors (BoD).
The Nominating Commitee has carefully reviewed each member and selected a person for each position.
It is the recommendation of the Nominating Commitee to retain the current club officers and Board of Directors.
The floor will be open for nominations prior to voting should you wish to nominate somebody else for the positions.
All officer positions and Phil's BoD position are up for election this year.
You must have your dues paid in full BEFORE you can vote in this election......so please bring your $20 bill to the meeting.
We will be voting on the proposed changes to the Club By-laws. You can read these proposed changes by clicking on the "BY-LAWS" tab at the top of this website.
What is an Activation?
In ham radio, you can qualify for an award for just about anything. Awards for things like Worked All States (WAS) or worked all 488 grid squares in the continental US (MMFA) or worked all counties, etc. Some people are driven to wallpaper their shack with these awards.....others really don't care.
Oglala Lakota county has 2 ham radio operators living there. One of the ham's has a Technician's license that is about to expire. Chances are, most folks have never had an opportunity to make contact with somebody living in Oglala Lakota county using ham radio.
For somebody completing a grid square challenge, it's no big deal since Oglala Lakota county falls within the DN83 grid square and there are plenty of active hams living in that area.
For the county chasers, the odds of winning the lottery are far greater than the odds of talking to somebody operating from Oglala Lakota county. So having an opportunity to do so is kind of a big deal.
One or more people or clubs will decide to do an "activation" of rare locations once in a while...to give people a chance to pull of the impossible. You can think of an activation like a mini Field Day or a local DXpedition. Several hams will decide on an activation date and location. They may even request a special event callsign for the activation. On the agreed upon date, they will travel to the location and set up their equipment. They will operate on as many bands as possible using Phone, Digital and CW.
Activations, especially the rare ones, generate a lot of buzz within the ham community and hundreds (or thousands) of people will try to make this rare QSO. For the activating operator, it's fast paced, mildly stressful and a whole lot of fun.