One of the justifications for access to the Delaware ARC building is the potential use of amateur radio in service to the community. Communications directors at Red Cross HQ in Columbus are excited about our location as a backup control site should their downtown location fail. Another aspect is our ability to reach out further north for VHF/UHF communications. Of course our HF capabilities are excellent for any possible state / regional activity involving the Red Cross. For the first time, our ARC station was put into actual use as the County Control Station for the Ironman on July 30. While MESH and command were staged at Meeks on OWU across from all the activities at Shelby Stadium. We opened the net around 5 AM, while the MESH crew was already beginning to set up at Delaware Beach. As the swimmers were launched, Spenser Snyder, KE8AFF, arrived from Marion to anchor the bicycle segment on the 147.30 repeater. Because we were in the same room, with great signals into both repeaters, we were able to share information and relay messages efficiently. As the day went on, the focus of the event shifted back to the 145.19 repeater and the Delaware efforts. The net was held until after 5 PM when the last runner was in. The station facilities were excellent- we had good signals, and basically nothing to do to make it work. We added a county 800 radio to listen to medical personnel, and a cellphone-based unit to interact with the Ironman staff. So we had ears on every aspect of the event. Logs were kept on the conputers, and printed to be carried to event directors.
DELARA Club Station Agreement•Use of the club station is limited to DELARA members who are current on their dues.•If in doubt, ask! The station manager’s names and phone numbers are posted on the station door.•There is a lock box on the outside of the building to get a key to unlock the outside door and a keypad lock for the station door. The keypad code will be changed periodically.•Please be aware that a camera records people coming into or out of the station. This is for security and is not designed to monitor your operating.•Please attend an orientation session, or ask for a demonstration, before operating at the station.•Codes for the doors are not to be shared with friends, family members or other non-DELARA members.•Please announce your intention to use the station via the club’s email reflector so that others August plan around your intention.•Operation of the stations must be within the bounds of your license.•Please be extremely careful with drinks or food; food should be kept in the kitchen. You are responsible for cleaning up your own mess.•Please be aware that the Red Cross owns the building has much property in the building and respect for their property is expected.