Milledgeville radio groups form partnership for public service

Milledgeville, Ga – In their monthly meeting, held September 16th at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club ratified and adopted a formal Memorandum of Understanding with the Baldwin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES). “This agreement formalizes the long-standing relationship between the two groups,” says Daniel Simpson, the Emergency Coordinator of Baldwin County ARES.

The agreement outlines the responsibilities of each organization in training and logistics for public service and emergency communication. Baldwin County ARES focuses on public service and emergency communications, along with the training involved. Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club is a local group of radio amateurs, serving a broader spectrum of the community.

Both organizations agree to mutually promote events and recruitment into the hobby. Should the need arise, the agreement allows for ARES to use the Milledgeville club’s equipment for service to the public.
“As we have seen in the past weeks with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is vital to work together when a crisis strikes. With the framework already established, we will be able to respond quickly should the need arise,” continues Simpson.

Baldwin County ARES is part of the Field Organization of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio. The field organization is organized by states, districts, and counties, allowing for coordination with national, state, regional, and local emergency management professionals.

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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Agenda for September 2017 Meeting

Agenda
September 16, 2017

Business Meeting

  • Invocation
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Introductions
  • Announcements
  • Reports
    • Treasurer’s Report
    • Standing Committees
      • Emergency Communications
      • Field Day and Special Events
      • Licensing
      • Public Relations
      • Repeater
  • Old Business
    • Outreach Programs
      • Deeproots Festival Special Event Station – October 21st
      • Vanity Callsign Discussion
      • October Meeting Challenge
  • New Business
    • Memorandum of Understanding
  • Adjournment

Program

Roundtable: “Debriefing Irma” facilitated by Daniel Simpson.

Signing Ceremony

Memorandum of Understanding between Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club and the Baldwin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club welcomes college students

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 23, 2017

For More Information
Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
vp@milledgevillearc.org
478-290-5366

Milledgeville, GA – The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club gathered for itsmonthly meeting on August 19, 2017 and adopted a membership change to attract student membership. The change, which gives currently enrolled students a 50% discount in membership fees, is meant to welcome students to the organization.

“Milledgeville is a community centered around higher education,” said Daniel Simpson, the club’s vice president and sponsor of the initiative. “With the new academic year starting, we have students from all over the state, country, and world coming to Milledgeville. With three higher education institutions here, we wanted to show we welcome them to our community and organization.”

This change falls in line with a larger outreach to college students. The Amateur Radio Relay League, the national association for amateur radio, is leading a Collegiate Amateur Radio Initiative to promote the hobby to students around the country. “Amateur radio provides practical applications across many academic disciplines. From public service, to science, technology, mathematics, and education, we have something for everyone,” Simpson adds. The ARRL maintains extensive resources and also provides scholarships for those involved in the hobby.

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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Agenda for August 2017 Meeting

August 19, 2017

St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church
Parish Hall

I.              Invocation

II.             Pledge of Allegiance

III.            Introductions

IV.           Announcements

V.            Reports

A.            Secretary’s Report

B.            Treasurer’s Report

C.            Standing Committees

1.             Elmering and Mentorship

2.             Emergency Communications

3.             Field Day and Special Events

4.             Licensing

5.             Public Relations

6.             Repeater

VI.           Old Business

A.            Outreach Programs

B.            Resolution 2017-01

C.            Resolution 2017-02

VII.          New Business

VIII.         Adjournment

Presentation:

The Importance of Training for Emergency Communications
Daniel R. Simpson, K4DRS
Emergency Coordinator, Baldwin County ARES

Milledgeville radio club participates in national event: Field Day provides demonstration of skills, service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 17, 2017

For More Information
Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
vp@milledgevillearc.org
478-290-5366

Hurb Ingles (right) assists Nikki Simpson in contacting other radio amateurs from around North America as part of the 2017 ARRL Field Day

Milledgeville, GA – On June 24, 2017, amateur radio operators, sometimes called ham radio operators, from Milledgeville and the surrounding area gathered at Georgia College’s West Campus for this year’s ARRL Field Day. The annual event, sponsored by the American Radio Relay League, encourages participants to use their technical skills to operate from portable stations using alternative power sources to simulate a widespread disaster. During the event, operators were able to contact other participants in 29 states and 3 Canadian providences.

“The core of amateur radio is public service,” says Daniel Simpson, the vice president of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club and the Baldwin County Emergency Coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Simpson continues, “There are many different situations were ham radio can play a role in an emergency response. Natural disasters, major events which require inter-agency coordination, or any event where normal communication routes are disrupted can include ham radio as part of the response plan. This event demonstrates our capabilities to the community and emergency management professionals.”

In times where an emergency response is not necessary, ham radio has something for everyone. People as young as five years old have completed the requirements to be licensed. And once they do, the possibilities are endless. Club president Hurb Ingles puts it this way, “It is the only hobby that I know of that covers every aspect of STEM, plus foreign languages, geography, and international relations. And radio operators come from all walks of life including students, engineers, actors, and world leaders.”

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club has members from Baldwin, Bibb, Jones, Putnam, Washington, and Wilkinson counties and beyond. Formed in 1961, it provides licensing, operating, and technical resources to ham radio operators and other interested parties in the surrounding area. More information is available at milledgevillearc.org.

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Join Us for Field Day

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 13, 2017

 

For More Information:

Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President
k4drs@arrl.net
478-290-5366

Amateur radio operators demonstrate science, skill, and service

Milledgeville, GA – Members of the Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 24th at the Georgia College West Campus Pavilion. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For over 100 years, Amateur Radio — sometimes called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. Over 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated in Field Day in 2016.

“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said Sean Kutzko of the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.”

“Beyond preparing for a wide spread communications emergency, Field Day has grown into a major social event,” says Daniel R. Simpson, Vice President of the Milledgeville club. “It is a chance to all get together, show off our equipment, learn from each other, and enjoy time and a meal together, all while being an open house for the hobby.”

Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are over 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 5 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in the Milledgeville community.

For more information about Field Day, visit wb4doj.org.

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Milledgeville ARC elects new officers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

For more information:
Daniel R. Simpson
vp@wb4doj.org

Newly elected officers Charles Kight (secretary/treasurer), Herb Ingles (president), and Daniel Simpson (vice president).

Milledgeville, GA, January 21, 2017 – The Milledgeville Amateur Radio club met at Warden’s Hall ofSt. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on January 21, 2017 to elect officers for the 2017-2019 term. Elected were: Hurb Ingles of Haddock as president, Daniel Simpson of Milledgeville as vice president, and Charles Kight of Macon as secretary/treasurer.

The Milledgeville Amateur Radio Club, affiliated with the American Radio Relay League, is a full-service club offering licensing, special events, mentoring, repeaters, and more. More information is available at wb4doj.org.

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March 2016 Newsletter

Our Next Meeting Will Be, Saturday, March 19 at 10 AM

We hope to CU there!

 

From the New Secretary-Treasurer

As many of you already know, the club’s Secretary-Treasurer, Daniel Simpson (K4DRS) resigned from being Secretary-Treasurer at the February meeting due to medical reasons. I was elected to complete his term. Daniel had converted most things to on-line, and I am still coming up to speed, so please be patient during this transition.

Charles Kight, AI4UN

Secreteary-Treasurer

 

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