County ham radio club celebrates 20 years

Enthusiasts combine hobby and community service aspects of amateur radio

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2015 10:42 pm | Updated: 10:47 pm, Thu May 21, 2015.
Walter L. Newton, Staff writer | 0 comments

The Park County Radio Club Inc. celebrated 20 years of community service at its bimonthly meeting May 16. The club combines both the hobby aspects of amateur radio and supports the community with radio services and emergency communications.

A dozen amateur radio enthusiasts founded the club in 1995 to provide technical assistance to radio operators and mutual aid to the county. In the same year, the club set up a Volunteer Examiners team to administer tests to those interested in gaining various levels of amateur radio licenses. - http://www.theflume.com/news/article_049bc26a-003d-11e5-8da2-e74e702b0326.html

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In Honor of Silent Keys

Aside from all the fun and satisfaction we hams have working with equipment, overcoming technical and propagation challenges, performing public service functions and making distant contacts, the real happiness that many of us have found in amateur radio comes from all the wonderful people we have had the privilege to meet, both face-to-face and on the air. They have changed and enriched our lives in so many ways. Some of the great radio amateurs we have known - both young and old - have become Silent Keys, and we miss them all.

To honor former club members who have become Silent Keys and to make sure they are not forgotten, the Park County Radio Club in Colorado has created a page on its website with pictures of, and comments about, those who have passed on before us. There are other SK lists and registries but doing something on a more local and personal level with pictures and comments, seemed more relevant for our needs.

We thought other clubs might be interested in what we have done, and perhaps in doing something similar in their own local areas. You can find the Park County Radio Club's homage to its Silent Keys at www.ab0pc.org/silent_keys.php.

Daniel Hazen NBN
Bailey, Colorado

Published in February 2013 issue of QST Letters from Our Members


Comos Tom Van Orden 70 years in Boy Scouting
Fairplay Flume
(01-27-12)

Influenced the lives of about 100 youth; two years with Fairplay cubs, but pack dissolved

Laura Van Dusen, Correspondent

Como-area resident Tom Van Orden, who started scouting in 1940 at age 12 in Midland Park, N.J., and who most recently was a committee member of the now- inactive Cub Scout Pack 0402 in Fairplay, has been part of Boy Scouting for most of his life.

He has introduced many Scouts, mostly in New Jersey and Pennsylvania, to camping, hiking and being safe while enjoying the outdoors.?By his own estimation he has been a leader to "a hundred some" youth, in Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts and in the co-ed Explorer Scouting program.

And he has more to offer in Scouting leadership, if he could only find somewhere to help.

The only opportunity to be involved near his Como-area home dissolved when the Cub Scout pack in Fairplay broke up. It met at St. Joseph Catholic Church for two years but disbanded last February because, Pack Leader Jamie Morrow said, there were not enough parent volunteers to keep it going.

Read the entire article Here.

Tom is KDKYL. Tom's daughter is Sue, KDJNO and his son-in-law is Bill Sickles, KCYIH (ARES D-6 EC).



As Padre said - "DEAR FRIENDS --- PLEASE DON'T IGNORE THIS ONE. IT WILL MAKE YOU SWELL WITH PRIDE THAT YOU ARE A HAM, EVEN IF YOU AREN'T INVOLVED WITH HAITI RELIEF.

YOU ARE HAM WITH GREAT POTENTIAL FOR SERVICE. PURSUE IT,"

Thanks to Bryon Veal, NAH for his service to the community.