BCARC is actively putting together a team of volunteers to assist the Lions Club with communications during this years 4th of July Parade.
This is a safety communications net for the Lion’s Club and their Parade. We will not be acting as police, Fire, EMS, Flaggers, or Lion’s Club members.
We act as observers that report any incident to BCARC Net Control Station.
We will need at least ten volunteers, along with radio equipment, some sort of awning shelter and table for the net control Station. BCARC will provide safety vests; volunteers will provide their own hand held transceivers.
You are not required to be a BCARC member to join the team. You only need to have your technician license and the “good will” to enjoy interacting with BCARC members, The Lions Club and other local organizations.
To take part of this great community event it is important to get on board early by contacting a BCARC board member.
BCARC intends to inform the Lions Club as early as April that BCARC is able to work with them this year.
Thank you for your consideration.
FYI for Members and nonmembers
The BCARC 4th of July communications task-force will meet May 19, 9AM at Sandpoint Evens Brothers. Bring your radios we will be taking positions for a “Parade Dry Run”. This will allow us to practice and gain confidence in our ability to communicate with net control. We will also experiment in communications without the use of a repeater (Simplex).
For those who are not aware and want to be part of this please note;
BCARC will be assisting the Lions Club with emergency communications coverage for the 4th of July Parade.
This allows you an opportunity to put into practice one of the foremost “purposes of Ham Radio.”
We are all familiar with the FCC Statement
“a recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communications service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.”
Sign on now and don’t miss this opportunity to experience, utilize, practice, and share skills in emergency radio communications.
Also for an off subject note;
The club is taking orders for BCARC name badges. For those interested in making a purchase Club member Dan Elsbury is in charge of the signup sheet.
UPDATE FOR THE MAY 19TH MEETING PLACE
The club has decided to change Saturdays Parade Dry Run meeting location.
We will meet at the community garden this is also were the control station will be operating from.
It is adjacent to the Pine Street Anex and Event center on Pine street and highway 2
Great appreciation and great fun.
Thank you all for participating in this year’s Pre-4th of July Parade Dry Run.
We were very successful with (10) Radio operators and a few other helping hands as support.
We successfully communicated with volunteers located at key parade route locations.
Both Ray’s Repeater and operating Simplex worked very well for us.
We even tested low power at the command center with success.
It is not too late to join us for this upcoming 4th of July event. Your help is welcomed.
We have two handheld radios for use if you are a licensed ham and wanting to be part of the team.
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