April 28 2022 Monthly ARES/RACES Meeting will be Hybrid

We are finally going to meet in person with a hybrid option. On Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 7:00 PM. We'll meet at UW Space Place at the  Villager Shopping Center, 2300 S Park St # 100, Madison, WI 53713. Come through the main doors, straight ahead, down the stairs and then down the hall, the first door on your left. For those who are unable to be there in person I offer a zoom connection. Those of you who are on my mailing list should have received an email with the Zoom connection information if not please send a note with your name and call sign requesting the Connection information to KC9UNZ [at] arrl [dot] net.

No Zoom Meeting in March - Instead Storm Spotter Training and Radio Net

We should make sure we've updated our Storm Spotter training every other year and Storm Spotter Training is available through the National Weather Service this month on March 30. There will be two classes on that Wednesday 1:00-3:00 and 6:30-8:30. So. Instead of holding our monthly Zoom meeting we are encouraging everyone to update their Storm Spotter training. For you retired folk the afternoon might work and for those of you who work first shift the evening might be better. Instead of our Zoom meeting anyone not in class can join us for our normal radio net meeting on the MARA "1-5".

No Zoom Meeting tonight (2/23/22) Use Backup Repeater

We will NOT have our Zoom meeting tonight instead we will have our regular Net using our Backup Repeater 145.370 (-) with a PL of 123.0.

MARA Makes the ARRL Audio News

As you (must) know we are grateful to the Madision Area Repeater Association (MARA) for the use of their 147.150 repeater as the primary location for our weekly net. Every Thursday at 8PM MARA has a net meeting and part of that meeting is to play the ARRL Audio News for the week. One of the features of the Audio News is to feature various nets where the Audio News can be heard. MARA got a shout out on the December 31, 2021 Audio News (that they played on Jan 6). A link to the Audio News follows. If you don't have time to listen to the whole episode scroll ahead to about minute 6 and hear the shout out to MARA.

ARRL Audio News for December 31, 2021

SIMCOM 2022 Date Moved and Renamed

Due to the rising caseload of COVID-19 infections and out of caution for all attendees the decision has been made to cancel SIMCOM 2022 as scheduled for February 2022 and reschedule to October 12-14, 2022 as SIMCOM 2023. The larger exercise host will be Rock County with a smaller, remote exercise run concurrently in Wood County (Oct 14, 2022 ONLY) in conjunction with the WI ARES/RACES conference held on October 15 in Wisconsin Rapids.

We appreciate the continued support and understanding of our hosts at the Wilderness Resort as well as our No Host Social participants.

While this is disappointing for all, the risk of spreading the virus has to be mitigated by all participants. The planning team appreciates your understanding and we all look forward to being in person this fall.

Please update your contact and capabilities information

Please be sure to update your Contact and Capabilities inforamation for 2022. This information drives our ability to contact you for routine info as well as for emergency deployment. We use it for SMS lists, Email Lists, "Reverse 911", calling tree and more. To date (12/13) I've had responses from 8 people! To update your information please go to https://forms.gle/XcMTYbKEwG4PBDJK9 and fill out the form. And remember there will be NO Monthly Zoom meeting this month, we will however have our usual Wednesday Net Meeting on the last Wednesday of the month. Thanks so much. Jeff, KC9UNZ

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