Great Western Marketplace Provides Booth To Promote Amateur Radio
Northwest Reno has just gotten a brand new shopping spot and amateur radio has gained a very nice venue from which to showcase ham radio, courtesy of the Great Western Marketplace.
Just one week after their Grand Opening on Black Friday, Great Western Marketplace showed that they are here to support the community when they donated one of their retail studios to the Washoe County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (WCARES) as a tool to promote emergency preparedness and amateur radio.
Situated near West McCarran and I-80, the facility was once a Super Kmart which was shuttered six years ago. The site was purchased by the Naumann family of Reno, who renovated the complex to serve as an incubator for approximately 300 small retail businesses, cafes, and boutiques.
Sixty local vendors are already conducting business from the location with several more scheduled to begin in the coming weeks.
The WCARES/Washoe County Regional Operations Center space measures 200 square feet. Half of this space they will use and the other half is being made available to visiting ham radio and non-profit groups such as CERT, SNARS, Red Cross, and SATERN.
Washoe County ARES Public Information Officer Randall Lorenz said that the group plans to use the space for community outreach and other activities, "We will be holding Field Day there as well as classes, giving tests and many other preparedness programs."
Great Western Marketplace, located at 4855 Summit Ridge Drive is opened each week Friday and Saturday 10:00 AM- 5:00 PM and on Sunday from 11:00 AM until 4:00 PM.
Other ham radio groups wishing to utilize the space may contact Bob Miller or Randall Lorenz to make arrangements.
Carol McGee Honored as 2014 Legacy Award Winner
Carol McGee of Reno, Nevada has been named the recipient of the 2014 Legacy Award, presented by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR), a worldwide organization dedicated to the advancement of amateur radio among women.
The annual award honors a woman who through her actions has helped to ensure that Amateur Radio continues into prosperity. Mrs. McGee, who will turn 95 in a few weeks, was first licensed in the 1930's as W8UCY.
McGee received the award on December 12th before a capacity crowd at the University of Nevada Radio Pack and Quarter Century Wireless Association annual dinner in Reno, Nevada. A contingent of SOAR officers made the 450 mile trip across the state from Las Vegas to make the presentation. These officers included President Elizabeth "Liz" Bigley KD7RIN, Vice President Judy Carpenter KC7ZEV, and National Programs and Activities Director Mary Meiner KE7HKL
Before presenting the award, Liz Bigley spoke about the "Spirit of Amateur Radio" and how it is the foundation of what ham radio is today. She told about the origins of SOAR and how this spirit caused their group to come into existence.
"At SOAR, we believe that the spirit of amateur radio is perpetual, and is a gift from those hams who have came before us", said Mrs. Bigley, "it is these pioneering men and women who gave us the foundation and created the legacy which has made amateur radio what it is today".
Bigley told the crowd the story of 20 wpm CW operator W8UCY, a pretty teenaged girl named Carolyn Conner, who in the 1930's shared a station in the basement of their Cleveland apartment building with her older brother and their best friend.
Mrs. Bigley then related how at age 19 this young YL went to nursing school for 3 years and then shipped off to serve her country as a U.S. Navy nurse in World War II. This caused young Miss Conner's ham radio career to be put on hold.
Her military service, coupled with a post war marriage to a Marine Corp pilot, put Carol McGee at base housing in Virginia, North Carolina, Texas, Florida, and Maryland. In time three children also came along.
Her husband John left the Marine Corp and began flying for American Airlines, relocating the family to his home town of Reno.
Seven decades would pass before a recent, chance conversation at church between Mrs. McGee and Nancy Holder KF7YFT landed on the topic of ham radio. Since that time Carol McGee has had a renewed interest in amateur radio and hopes to be relicensed.
"More than 70 years after she traded her Morse Code key for a stethoscope, Carol McGee has recently returned to ham radio" Bigley told the audience. "Of course, ham radio was here waiting...bigger and stronger than ever...thanks to the foundation given to us, in part, so many years ago, by a pretty young YL who went off to serve our country".
Interestingly enough, Carol McGee, a CW operator, has never spoken a single word over amateur radio and only recently held a portable radio for the first time. That is certainly about to change because at Saturdays dinner she won a handheld radio. Also she will take the microphone for the first time on Monday December 14th when she assists Control Operator Nancy Holder in calling the Northwest Nevada Hospital Net from Renown Hospital-South Meadows.
Once Again YL's March In Santa Parade
This past Saturday the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio decorated a vehicle and marched in the Boulder City Chamber of Commerce's "Santa's Electric Night Parade". This is the second year that the group represented amateur radio in the parade.
The club featured photographs on their vehicle of famous women past and present who are ham radio operators.
Last year the group kicked off their celebration of the ARRL Centennial year by marching in the parade dressed as women operators from the different era's of the ARRL's existence.
The parade is being re-broadcast at 6:00 PM each night until the end of the year on Cox Channel 96 or it can be seen as streaming video at the same time at: www.cox96.net
SNARS plans to install a new DMR repeater.
At their November 19th meeting, the Board of Directors of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society (SNARS) approved the building of a new DMR repeater system for Reno and Sparks, Nevada.
The repeater is expected to be built on Peavine Peak. The new repeater will be on 444.925. A funding drive is now underway.
News Short: 3 New Members elected to SNARS Board
Members of the Sierra Nevada Amateur Radio Society have elected three new board members to replace outgoing members: David Miles Scott Brink and Jim Shepherd.
The three new board members who will be serving in 2015 are Judy Carlson KE6GIW, Steve Johnson KS6A and John Byerly N7ROJ.
YL's Take It "Railroad Mobile"
SOAR Operates Special Event From Santa Train
As part of a full day of amateur radio activities, on December 6th, members of the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio climbed aboard the Nevada Southern Railway in Boulder City and operated "Railroad Mobile".
While in town to participate in the Santa's Electric Night Parade, the SOAR ladies took a break from decorating their parade entry to ride the rails with Santa and Mrs. Clause on the NSR Santa Train. Of course they brought along their portable radios to work contacts via Echolink and IRLP.
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