After some time and effort, DELARA has been granted use of the American Red Cross Delaware Chapter building. We have established a functioning all-band, all-mode amateur radio station there. This station features some contest-quality radios, and it’s open for use by members any time. There are four operating positions:The ARES DeskThis is intended for use as the “County Control Station” during any ARES activity, whether emergency or public service. Radios include two Yaesu FT-8800 dual-band radios and a DMR digital radio along with computer access for WebEOC and other emergency management tools. The station is capable of handling digital messages to our served agencies via FLDIGI. There is a second operating position with another FT-8800 radio available, and we have a MESH node at the station, for sending video, telephony, or digital messages via this exciting new 2.4 GHz mode. HF 1Yaesu FT-950, this is a great contest position. This versitile radio can be fully controlled with Internet access! You can operate all modes and bands from your easy chair! HF2This is an Icom ic-745, an older but easily operated HF radio. HF3This is a classic all-tube rig, a Drake transceiver. It’s fun to tune up for voice or CW. Digi1This is shared position with a Kenwood 120 outfitted for HF digital modes.MESHThere is a dedicated PC for our Delaware “MESH” network. We offer an excellent Tri-band beam at 50’, a 160-meter “inverted L”, and dedicated dipole antennas for 40 and 80 meters. There is also an all-band vertical. The equipment has been donated by club members, who are enthusiastic about keeping this a top-level operating station. The station managers are Dale, W8KTQ and Donn, K8AOK.
The Delaware Amateur Radio Association, Delaware Ohio