(Well, not literally- but it does involved that possibility!) We live in a very different world today. We can look back to September 11 - yes that September 11 - as the date when we were rudely delivered into the underworld of terror and mindless disregard for humanity. If we try hard enough, we might convince ourselves that it’s “out there” in the land of television, somewhere that leaves us safe. Those better trained than we will tell us that’s an unrealistic bubble, one that can burst any time. Did you know that this part of the country, yes Central Ohio, is an active spot for the movement of terrorists? If we’re working the Ironman or the Arnold…what can we see, how can we be prepared in case some zealot decides to turn it into a random “statement”? For that matter, how can we be better prepared just going to the mall? Of all our meetings, this one ought to be “Required”. It is a joint meeting with ARES. We are particularly blessed to have as a deputy sheriff Tim Schaumb. You may see him at “Shop with a Cop” or doing some other routine cop work. But Deputy Schaumb is closely ties to the Strategic Analysis and Information Center (SAIC) with The Ohio Department of Homeland Security (and upward from there). These are the guys if you “see something” you say something to. Deputy Schaumb fights terrorism; and to fight it you have to know all you can about it! You will learn some of the history of how Central Ohio has been involved in some of the larger terror events, some of the reasons for activity right under our noses, and most important what we can watch for. I have heard Deputy Schaumb several times. You will find yourself listening intently, probably starting a little surprised and becoming more and more concerned as we go. You need to be there.
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DELARA News is published online monthly as the newsletter for the Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware, OH.
Happy New Year! It seems like last week that I was hoping that everybody out there would have a great 2017 and here we are already adding one to make that 2018. I don’t know how that happens.I hope that Santa has recovered from the hernia he got delivering all the IC-7610s and other stuff to good ham radio girls and boys. I wonder how many radios are actually bought during December for Christmas?And, so, we begin another year. I’m not sure if we’ll have any big new plans for the club but how do you fix something that is not broken? The best thing that can happen is for our group to get together whenever possible and learn from each other and enjoy each other’s company. And, of course, put up big points in that non-contest in June (Field Day). Planning will begin for that soon.The big event this month is our annual holiday party which may be over by the time this issue flies off of the presses. After that, we invite you to join us for our monthly meeting which picks back up after taking a holiday break.Look forward to seeing everybody on Wednesday, January 17, at 7:30 pm at the Delaware Red Cross, 380 Hills-Miller Road.73, Joe, AA8TAand now this commercial break: First of the year; the DELARA membership dues are now due. There’s great news! The annual dues were REDUCED to $20 per year, with additional family members at $2. Members have access to the DELARA ARC amateur station, and many other benefits.Easiest way to way is via PayPal right here: Copy and paste this to your browser http://www.k8es.org/pay%20my%20dues.htm