What were they thinking?
The Crayola Company of Easton, PA has announced the elimination of one of our favorite colors. Dandelion Yellow has met its demise. As some of you may know, CARC Members participate in Radio Contest events. The Teams are named for the official crayon colors I found in the big Crayola 64 box. Jay Vogel and his Team Members are the Dandelion Team. What will become of them? I think I saw a bigger box of crayons on the shelf. Perhaps we can find some new inspiration.
Community Outreach 1
Dillsburg Library -- York County
Royal Kramer and I presented Ham Radio to ten enthusiastic members of the Kids Summer Reading Program. I was at the Library with my ICOM IC-7000 transceiver. Royal was at his home. We had 10 school-aged participants and a member of the nearby community who stopped in when he heard the familar sound of Morse Code coming from the Conference Room. Each participant talked with Royal for a few minutes describing his or her Age, Grade, School, Favorite Subjects, Favorite Sports, and Career Ambitions.
We met Daniel, Lillian, Avery, Ayla, Mahi, Jailyn, Elayna, Sarah, Natalie, Katelyn, and Don as well as Miss Gina Staton, the Youth Services Program Leader.
In response to Lillian's question to Royal about a memorable use of his ham radio, Royal described his very important Public Service role during the 1955 floods on the Delaware River near Stroudsburg, PA.. He introduced us to the book Devastation on the Delaware written by Mary A. Shafer. One of the Chapters in this book includes a description of the assistance provided by Royal Kramer and his ham radio friends from the Allentown area. You can visit author Mary Shafer's web sites at 55flood.com and www.wordforgebooks.com
Community Outreach 2
Littlestown Libray -- Adams County
The Littlestown Public Library (Adams County) offered CARC a great opportunity to meet with their STEAM 'n' Summer group Wednesday July 12, 2017. We talked about radio, electronics and built Short Wave Radio Receiver kits that cover the 6-8 Mhz shortwave band. Harry Fasick, Valli Hoski, and Ed LeTersky are important contributors to our Club success and I thank them for volunteering. It was a big crowd of young people -- I counted 21, plus some of their parents and family members. I brought along my ICOM 7000 transceiver in case we needed a little extra listening technology.
Field Day June 24 & 25, 2017
Field Day 2017 took place at a different location than in prior years. Construction work taking place at the Shaffer Park Cabin put our traditional location in jeopardy. This year we exercised our emergency preparedness procedures at the Monroe Township Fire Company in Churchtown. I invited CARC members to join with me in planning our biggest event of the ham radio year. The Social Media and Safety Officer Bonus Points remained in force. Thank you to Dave Hile W3VRE for volunteering to be our Safety Officer. We stayed safe all weekend AND earned 100 Bonus Points. Our Education Activity was conducted. Thank you Steve Hancock N3FWE. The weather was sunny, warm, and nice. We met indoors anyway because the air conditioning and seating made that the preferred location. Another 100 Bonus Points are in the bank. .