Happy New Year everybody! We had a successful 2022, let’s hope 2023 is even more successful.
With a new year, it’s time to start planning our ham radio activities.
First up is the Beargrease Sled Dog Race at the end of January. Ham radio keeps the dogs and mushers accounted for, and you can help. More information at the next club meeting.
Our technician license class starts Feb 6th. I would like to see lots of guest instructors! Gordy and I aren’t going to be teaching this forever, someone else needs to step up. We’re working on updating the slides for the new question pool. Also, be sure to tell your friends about the class.
Watch for “Hams on the Ice” on the first or second weekend of February, weather permitting. This is an extension of Hams in the Park, where hams will meet on White Bear Lake by Mahtomedi Beach.
Midwinter Madness is coming up on March 18th, make sure you’re ready for that.
On another note, I often say that we are too quick to blame the road crews for not doing everything they can to make the roads passable during a winter storm. We spend a lot of money and salt pollution trying to make this possible, and yet it seems crashes are higher than ever. Everybody needs to show more discretion, and be ready to change plans when the weather doesn’t cooperate. With that in mind, there is a winter storm watch for Tuesday, when we are planning to have our in person club meeting. We have the option to meet entirely on zoom, and if the storm does turn out to be as bad as the current prediction, we should do exactly that. This will keep us safe, and keep the roads open for those who really can’t change their plans. I will try to make the call Monday evening, but the weather forecast can change, so be sure to check your email and the website before leaving for the meeting.
Benton Jackson, K0BHJ