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62 people were contacted over ham radio in this Veterans Day tribute - Gainesville Times

A group of ham radio enthusiasts didn’t let a little cold weather stop them from honoring veterans, specifically Marine Lance Cpl. Zack T. Addington, on Sunday at Clermont City Park.

“I think it’s turned out a lot better than I thought it would,” Lanierland Amateur Radio Club President Mike Hall said. “This morning when we were sitting here freezing I thought ‘nobody’s gonna come. Do we really want to do this?’ We talked about it, and I said ‘we did it to honor a veteran. I think we need to stay.’ As the morning went on people started coming in.”

The club set up ham radios for people in the community to communicate with people around the world from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Veterans Day.

Those who made contact with the club were offered a card featuring Addington’s photo to commemorate the event. Addington was a Clermont native who was killed in May 1968 while serving in the Vietnam War.

“The neat thing is, and we didn’t exactly plan this, but somebody reminded us that on Veterans Day, 11 o’clock is the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, so we had a moment of silence,” Hall said. “A gentleman who was here earlier was a minister, so we asked him to lead us in prayer, then we pledged the flag. We found out how many veterans we had, and one of the fellas went around and thanked everybody for their service. It was just a little beautiful ceremony that we did around here.”

Ham radio has been used by American soldiers as a means to communicate, and Hall said he thinks that bringing attention to ham radio is another way to pay tribute to them.

“Altogether today we’ve had four ham operators who were veterans, and we’ve talked to a number a veterans. They’ll tell us they appreciate that we’re doing this,” Hall said. “...a lot of ham operators are veterans and may have gotten into ham radio because of doing radio in service.”

According to Larry Tyson, vice president of the club, they contacted over 62 people over the course of the event, including people in Canada and England.

Outside of paying tribute to veterans, the club hopes the event helped raise awareness to ham radio as a method of communication even in the digital age.

Club member John Brandon explained that ham radio is still used in disaster events like tornados or just when people are in need of assistance, adding that he once used his ham radio when he found a broken down truck one evening.

“I called the base station, and an operator answered that I knew personally. I got him to make a phone call for us to send help over for them,” Brandon said. “I stayed until they got there then left. It’s worked out real good for me.”

Hall said he thinks the event helped bring together the ham radio community, and he hopes it’s grabbed the attention of some newcomers as well.
“It’s been a lot of fun,” Hall said. “It does attract attention to ham radio.”

Source: www.gainesvilletimes.com

Community Calendar: Amateur Radio Club to meet Nov. 5 - jacksonprogress-argus

The city of Jackson and the Salvation Army will be taking applications for Thanksgiving and Christmas meal assistance Nov. 5 at the city of Jackson Public Works Building, 211 Alabama Blvd. Hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Applicants must bring a picture ID and Social Security card for all household members, proof of Butts County residency and proof of household income. For more information, call 770-775-7535.

The William McIntosh chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an American history essay contest. The topic for fifth through eighth grades is “The Women’s Suffrage Campaign.” The topic for ninth through 12th grades is “Comparing Ship Technology: The Ships Columbus Used Versus Ships of Today.” The deadline for submitting an essay is Nov. 7. The contest is open to all students in public, private or parochial schools, or those who are home schooled. For additional information, contact Sue Oglesby at 678-752-9056.

The Butts County Department of Family and Children Services will host an information session on how to become a foster or adoptive parent from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at 178 Ernest Biles Drive, Jackson. Information sessions are held once a month at the same time and location. Interested parties should contact Winifred Fountain at 404-416-3548.

The Jackson High School NJROTC will be hosting its inaugural Veterans Day 5K Nov. 10. The race is an official AJC Peachtree Road Race qualifying event and will start at 10 a.m. at Red Devil Hill. Proceeds will go to the JHS NJROTC program. Registration for the event is open and can be completed in person at JHS or online at: https://www.active.com/jackson-ga/running/distance-running-races/jhs-navy-jrotc-veterans-day-5k-2018?int=.

The JHS NJROTC is also hosting a Veterans Day ceremony at the JHS gym at 9:45 a.m. Nov. 12. The guest speaker for the ceremony will be retired Lt. Gen. James Helmly. Local veterans are invited to attend the ceremony so they can be recognized for their service. Veterans who are planning to attend are asked to RSVP via email to matthew.jordan@bcssk12.org no later than Nov. 7.

Homestead Hospice in Jackson will hold a memorial service at 12:45 p.m. Nov. 15. The memorial service will be held at First Baptist Church, 1227 W. Third St., Jackson. For more information, contact Chaplain Rosa Brown at 770-775-0100. Homestead Hospice is also seeking volunteers to visit with and provide comfort, companionship and emotional support to patients. Volunteer training will be provided. For more information, contact volunteer coordinator Kathy Bennett at 770-775-0100.

Source: www.jacksonprogress-argus.com

WMWV Radio Food Drive set for Nov. 14 - Conway Daily Sun

Drive-through drop off for food pantry helps with Thanksgiving

CONWAY — The First Church of Christ Congregational in North Conway (next to the Bavarian Chocolate Haus) will be holding the WMWV Radio Food Drive on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Now in its 17th year, the WMWV Radio Food Drive is an event conceived by Mt. Washington Valley Radio station owner Greg Frizzell, along with Vaughan administrator at that time, Sara Bechtold.

“It was successful from the get-go,” Bechtold said. “The drive-through format, coupled with the promotion of the event by the radio station really worked.”

In 2017, 545 frozen turkeys were donated to the Vaughan Community Services Food Pantry, and they are hoping to increase that number to 550.

Drivers can drop off frozen turkeys, non-perishable food items and/or money from the comfort of their own vehicles. Volunteers will be on hand to assist in the transfer of items.

Donated turkeys must be frozen and will stay that way by loan of a mobile freezer from Moat Mountain Smokehouse. Food donations are distributed among the area food pantries in the Mount Washington Valley as well as to the American Legion in Conway and North Conway and the Lions Club, assuring there is plenty of supply through the holiday and winter season.

“This is a difficult time of year for working families in the valley as ski areas are not yet open and building construction projects are winding down,” Jennifer Perkins, interim Vaughan administrator, said. “Putting food on the table becomes difficult for many, therefore, food insecurity grows as does the demand on our food pantries.”

The food drive has generated literally tons of non-perishable food, hundreds of turkeys and as much as $10,000 in cash. For every dollar donated, Vaughan can purchase nearly $3 in groceries at the N.H. Food Bank.

Items in high demand include canned soup, canned stew, canned tuna, canned chicken, canned veggies, boxed pasta, instant potatoes, shelf-stable milk, peanut butter, jelly, cereal and snack foods.

One difference in this year’s food drive will be the absence of Vaughan Administrator Denise Leighton as she is convalescing at home, but will be kept updated on the day’s activities.

“Let’s make this drive the best one ever for Denise, who we hope will be back at work soon! Anyone wanting to drop off a get-well card is encouraged to do so. We’ll make sure she receives it,” Dot Seybold, president of the Vaughan board of directors, said.

Vaughan board members will be available at the food drive to share information about the exciting plans for a new food pantry building and an updated, renovated Vaughan Learning Center.

The group is working to raise $1.3 million for the two projects and break ground in June of 2019. Brochures and donor cards will be available. Donations for the Capital Campaign are welcome.

“Vaughan is grateful to MWV Radio, and especially Greg Frizzell and the entire staff for the hard work in donating an entire day to this worthy local cause. It’s truly neighbor helping neighbor and demonstrates how fortunate we all are to live in such a supportive community,” Seybold said.

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