Busy Retiree Still Enjoys Being a Ham

by Betty Fleming
The Daily Times
– Salisbury, MD

When Joseph (Joe) Stormer, 62, was a child living on a dairy farm in Equinunk, Pa. and building crystal radios and Heathkits, he never dreamed that he’d be a licensed ham radio operator years later in his retirement, talking to people all over the world.

A college graduate with degrees in political science (BA) and public administration (MPA), Stormer also has a juris doctorate with distinction degree but never practiced law.

Instead, Stormer had a 36-year career in human resources in the federal government working for the personnel office of the Department of Defense. Twelve of those years were at the Pentagon in the office of the Secretary of Defense. He was also the human resources director of the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration in the Department of Labor for two years. And, he served as a casualty affairs officer for the 9/11 families.

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CARP Licensing Classes

Technician and General License Training Courses
Sponsored by CARP

Time/Date:
Tuesday evenings @ 7:00 pm.
(March 20-May 8)

Location:
Clovis Senior Center
850 Fourth Street
Clovis, CA

Contact:
Ray Harkins, KB6LQV
(559) 270-0520

Website:
http://www.k6arp.org

Course Materials:
Course study manuals are available from the W5YI Group. Follow the links below to order the manuals:
Technician Class Study Manual
General Class Study Manual

Please RSVP with Ray as soon as possible.

Reaching Out with Ham Radio

by Chauncey Alcorn
SanduskyRegister.com, Sandusky OH

MILAN – Dan Kovatch, 59, of Castalia, has been operating amateur, or “ham,” radios from home for years, but this weekend’s broadcast at the Milan Historical Museum was different.

“Q R Zed November India Eight Golf!,” Kovatch said as his voice and signal were broadcast across the country. “This is Dan operating from the Milan Historical society in Milan, Ohio, to commemorate the birth place of Thomas Edison.”

Sunday’s broadcast was the first official one for the Thomas Edison Memorial Radio Club, which was started in February 2006 by club president Jack Hubbard and secretary Dennis Sokol.

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Ham Radio to Supplement Storm Communications

by Tim Donnelly
Beaufort Gazette,
Beaufort SC

While professional, state-of-the-art equipment will take center stage during the area’s recovery from a hurricane, an old hobbyist pastime just might come to the rescue if all else fails.

Hilton Head Island is joining a growing disaster preparation trend by installing amateur radios to use as a backup system if the multitude of other communications systems is knocked by a storm.

It’s the same system — ham radio — hobbyists around the world have used to talk to each other for almost 100 years. It’s also the same one that helped relay distress signals and emergency information during Hurricane Katrina and other disasters while other lines were down or jammed.

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Ham Radioheads

by Alleen Lang
Tooele Transcript Bulletin
Online, Tooele UT

Amateur radio enthusiasts have been on the cutting edge of communications for 100 years, and the hobby continues to thrive in Tooele County with new hams applying for licenses every year.

There are a lot of different hobbies within the hobby” of amateur radio, said Ray Riding, past president of the West Desert Amateur Radio Club.Electronics, communication, the science of radio waves and the good feelings of helping a community in need are aspects of the hobby drawing an enthusiastic following.

Amateur radio brought Dave Williams to his current profession as communications technician for the Tooele County Emergency Management program.

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WalkAmerica

March of Dimes WalkAmerica 2007
The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers will be providing communication support for the event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Date/Time:
SundayApril 22, 2007 – 7:30am

Location:
Woodward Park – Mountain View Shelter

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Sunscreen
Jacket (It has rained in the past at this event)

Contact:
Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 440-6053
ae6ge@k6arp.org

More information as it becomes available.

Texas Group Hams it up with Amateur Radio

by Katy Moore, Staff Writer
Star Community Newspapers

February 14, 2007 – When disaster struck the Gulf Coast in 2005 with Hurricane Katrina, cell phone towers were knocked out and communications came to a standstill in that region.

It took weeks for communications to be restored. It was a slow process, one that left many people wondering where their loved ones were and how anyone would rebuild.

Only one group had any access to the outside world. At least, that’s what Tom Brewer says. Brewer is the program director for the Metrocrest Amateaur Radio Society, and he said that in a tough situation, the most advanced technology sometimes fails and it’s left to the amateurs to go back to the basics.

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