At the board of directors (BOD) meeting Saturday I learned that you have stepped up to help with Field Day activities that Jim cannot do reference his health issues. Thank you for that.
To the question of the W4W call sign – Yes, our 1×1 is W4W again this year.
I reached out to Ronnie Rumsey because I had not seen him for a couple of months. I learned that he recently had emergency open heart surgery and five bypasses. He plans to be at FD for part of the day Saturday, but he will not be there for the duration this year.
I believe our 7.5kw RV generator will supply adequate power for the radios that will be used at the event, but I may still trailer our 10kw generator just in case.
Mark Johnson (W5PTX) was planning to man a GOTA station for much of Saturday, but not for the entire event. Reference his remark that he can’t do a GOTA and George’s follow up I am not sure what we may be doing in that regard, but even if not a full-fledged GOTA Mark can still be the guy we ask to specifically interact with people that come up and ask what we are doing.
I have emailed Thomas Sorensen (AF5WO) to see if he plans to be there. No reply so far. He too is an Extra and he was there for a good bit of the time last year. Since he is an Extra and George is planning to be there and he is an Extra we have coverage for people who want to operate. Again, I have not seen him at the last several meetings so I will text and then call if I don’t get a reply and see if he will be there.
Jim Clark had the idea to have an table set up with a map that we could mark showing where participants had made contact and a single 100 watt light bulb in a fixture to illustrate how little power was being used to make those contacts. I think it is a great idea and hope Jim can still implement it.
I am going to see if we can get a simple RSVP again operational so that we can see about BBQ for early afternoon lunch on Saturday, then order pizza Saturday night with the order dictated by the number still on hand. Then on Sunday morning (with Aunt Mary’s closed) I am exploring options for breakfast sandwiches or something similar. Maybe Whataburger or maybe Sunriser will make breakfast burritos for us. More on that later.
I need to get a picture of our Love Civic Center Pavilion paperwork from George to make sure we have it on hand. This is a reminder more than anything.
We need to come up with a comprehensive list of media that we want to reach out to and perhaps coordinate a specific time for them to send a representative if they wish. Danial is the media coordinator so I don’t want to step on his toes, but I did want to at least mention it. I extended an invitation to KXII station management last year and we did not even get the courtesy of a reply. The Paris News sent a young lady out, but her timing was poor as we were just setting up. So I am thinking we advertise for media to come during a window of 1500-1700, which seems to me to be kind of the sweet spot. Lots of people still there and we are fully operational by then. Anybody have any thoughts for us there?
To everyone – Shall we invite local dignitaries? That is a points add on. If so, who? The mayor? Police chief? In an email exchange Jerry Keisler said “Randy Tuttle, Assistant Police Chief is the emergency manager for city of Paris. And in charge of the EOC. We need to invite him.” Who do we have do that notice? And do we want to maybe do the same time as the media invite?
ARRL has a “Field Day site locator page“. I have added us to that page. Because I did not have permission to use Danial’s or Charles’s cell phone numbers I listed myself, but I will happily edit the listing to change it to one of you guys. Please just let me know. I added a forwarder email address (email@example.com) to our email account and it will forward to me, Danial and Charles. I will add anyone else to that forwarder list if names are supplied to me.
Finally, here is the link to the 2022 ARRL Field Day Guide so that nobody has to tear theirs out of QST.
If anyone else has anything to add please reply with whatever is on your mind.
Kathy and I are excited to see everyone there!
- This reply was modified 3 weeks, 4 days ago by Phillip Beall. Reason: Added W4W call sign answer