2. It makes you part of a worldwide community
3. The opportunity to help neighbors by providing public service and emergency communications
4. Some of the nicest people you'll ever meet
5. Some of the smartest people you'll ever meet
6. Some of the most interesting people you'll ever meet
7. Some of the most generous people you'll ever meet (along with some of the cheapest!)
8. Lifelong friendships
9. Friends around the world (including those you haven't met yet)
10. The opportunity to go interesting places you might not otherwise go to
JULY 2015 MISSOURI SECTION NEWS By DALE BAGLEY, K0KY MO SM
Field Day 2015 was an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio to the community and provide practical hands on experience that can be utilized during actual disasters or emergencies.
I appreciate the efforts of the net control operators on the MO Traffic Nets to facilitate the handling of Section Manager and Section Emergency Coordinator traffic. One of the important upgrades in Field Day, in recent years, is the improved messaging through TV news, print news outlets and social media. I don’t know if every MO Section Field Day operation experienced a rain storm during Field Day this year but, at my club’s Field Day site, the rain seems to arrive on schedule like the buzzards returning to Hinckley Ohio. I hope everyone had a safe, fun and productive Field Day 2015 and are looking forward to an even better Field Day 2016.
Here are some thoughts and pictures from our visit to Ham-Com 2015 in Irving, TX.
Ron and I left the Kansas City, MO area on Thursday morning and it was 80+ degrees. When we got to TX it was 90+ degrees, so summer is officially here.
Driving from MO to TX without the radio on leaves for a lot of random conversation, good, but random. Ron and I discussed our thoughts and expectations for Ham-Com. We expected to have a good booth location, plenty of foot traffic, and generate a positive buzz surrounding BridgeCom Systems and our products. We packed with us three repeaters (BCR-50V, BCR-220, BCR-40U), the new BCM-220 mobile, and our MV-DMR server in a 2U chassis, plus the assorted banners and spec sheets.
We arrived in TX about 3:30p Thursday and went straight to the Irving Convention Center to unload and set up. The people of TX are very nice, lots of yes sir, no sir. We got set up pretty quickly, we like to keep the booth small with just a few products and brochures. I'm not a fan of the table across the entire front of the booth, but it seemed to work well this time giving us some shelter from the masses. However, I should have put the banners out front on the corners where people could have seen them better.
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