July 4th Parade Had its Ups...

and Larry was the Downs!

Sunbury/s July Fourth Parade has a tradition of being very large, with a wide variety of floats, bands, horses and firetrucks.  I remember back in the 80’s being aboard firetrucks that traveled to appear in the parade.  It is still a premier event today. Amateur Radio has played a big part in the success of the parade, as it did this year. DELARA members assumed their traditional positions along the route (and in the Chief’s car) to report on progress and conditions. I had two radios going on the top of the hill (at the school building staging area), one on the simplex frequency and one on the .19 repeater.  Larry, N9AUG did his usual great job or organizing coverage, and he was at the mouth of the staging area as usual. Suddenly, I heard a weak signal into 19, “Anyone on frequency please answer...”   One typically ignores interfering transmissions, but this somehow sounded serious. I answered. “Your radio man Larry is down...” As he said that, I heard the approaching sirens. Uh-oh.  Fortunately, Joe, K8MP was right at the intersection and was able to retrieve the radios from this helpful bystander and provide what background information we could to the medics. Randy, AC8VM volunteered to leave his position and cover St Ann’s Hospital for any word. We got Larry’s vehicle back to his hours and made sure it was secure. Meanwhile, emails flowed with reports. Larry’s home, back to normal and they still don’t know what’s behind the episode.  He sounds just like his ornery self. The take away from all this is there was a lot of last-minute changeup both in position, assignments, and duties.  This part of our event went from public service to a medical emergency on one of our own family!   As we approach these public service occasions, we need to be watchful, and ready for anything!  First bring your own necessities (water! sunscreen, etc.) then watch those around you!  Good job to those who went ‘over and above’ and best wishes to our Larry! -Stan, N8BHL

Hey!  In the Air  It’s a Bird?  It’s a Plane? 

It’s somebody we know! Congrats to DELARA’s newest pilot! Dale- W8KTQ! Now flying aeronautical mobile!
We know Dale’s been working diligently on this as his first “retirement project.” A big “Well Done” to Dale. (He kind of ~had~ to since he now owns two aircraft! )
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From the Desk of Kilo-8-Mr. President

From El Presidenté’s Crib in the Hood…

Field Day: Mountain Man style

Most of you know I went to the California mountains for Field Day. I flew to Utah a few days before FD weekend and then my son Brian and I drove to the site on Friday before FD. We were hosted by Ted, K6XN, and Bob, K6YN at their contesting QTH. Bob was joined by his sweetheart Teresa, whom I nick-named “Mother Teresa” because she took such good care of us. Here’s part of the crew (Bob was on the wrong side of the camera): By the way, those aluminum trays were filled with homemade chicken enchiladas and our glasses were filled with very expensive dinner wine. YUMMY !!!  When we first arrived, we were greeted by a zillion skeeters, in broad daylight no less. I didn’t expect that with the drought conditions out there. We ducked inside the cabin to escape them. The radios were already set up so that evening I made a few QSOs on 20 meters. Things were lookin’ good for the weekend. On Saturday morning I put up a 40-meter dipole I had taken along. It was the hit of the weekend because their big 40-meter yagi was a too directive. The dipole gave us good coverage up and down the coast. By the way, working FD (or any other stateside contest) is a lot different out there. You have heavily populated areas along the coast but once you get inland, there ain’t many folks to work. We have a distinct advantage in Ohio because about half of the US population is within 500 miles of Columbus. I started on 20 CW and Brian began on 40 SSB. Using the 40-dipole, he had non-stop action for the first 4 hours of the contest. Bob and Ted were very impressed at his ability. It gets better though. Apparently there’s an infamous gang of obnoxious west coast LIDS that hang out on 7255 every day of the year. That just happened to be the freq Bri was parked on. Those other guys think they own that freq. They started showing up soon after FD started. He was able to hold that freq despite their intentional QRM. As the afternoon wore on, one by one they gave up and left. Ted suggested that perhaps they were motivated by the image of the W6DOJ QSL card on QRZ.COM.   As for me, I wasn’t doing well on 20 CW. There was an S-8 noise level that hadn’t been there the evening before. I fought it for 3 hours, even resorting to walking around the grounds with a portable radio. I finally insisted that the noise had to be coming from inside the cabin. No one believed me. I was vindicated when Bob found the source. It was a bad power-pack for one of the laptops. He unplugged it and I could finally hear the weak stations. The rest of FD went as any typical FD would, except for one thing. I committed the ultimate FD transgression of going to bed. I slept for 9 hours. I must have had jet lag from the flight and fatigue from the 600-plus mile drive from Bri’s place to the FD site. That’s gonna be my sleepy excuse anyway. I better end this. Stan’s gonna have trouble fitting it in as it is. Maybe next time I’ll tell you about the gold mine on Ted’s property and the night time drive across Nevada, where you could see the Milky Way so clearly that it stretched from horizon to horizon. I hope to see you all at the next meeting. If not, then at José’s Crib in the Hood.
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