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UPDATE: Comm Vehicle Rodeo
Amateur radio operators interested in emergency and disaster communications gathered Saturday morning to exhibit their mobile and portable operations.
Hosted by Frank (N7ZEV) and Linda (KC7IIT) Kostelac and sponsored by Clark County ARES/RACES the annual event drew a number of unique set-ups ranging from a bicycle mobile to a fully equipped MARS comm center.
Spectators were able to see the various stations in operation and to gather useful knowledge in how to set up their own mobile operations to facilitate not only voice communications but digital and some more exotic modes as well.
Doughnut Girls Back on Post
While not as well known as the Doughnut Girls of World War I fame, Las Vegas has their own version of the heroine's of the greasy pastry, in the form of the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio.
The ladies of SOAR are known to periodically treat the attendees of the monthly amateur radio swap meet with fresh doughnuts. This past Saturday was such an occasion. On what was the coldest Saturday morning of the year, swap meet goer's got a bit of a reprieve from the biting cold courtesy of the gallons of piping hot coffee and the warm doughnuts provided by SOAR.
Known as Doughnut Girls, Doughnut Lassies, or Doughnut Sweethearts the original providers of hot coffee and doughnuts were Salvation Army volunteers serving on the front lines in France during World War I.
The first Doughnut Girl was Huntington, Indiana native Helen Purviance , an Ensign in the Salvation Army, who along with Ensign Margaret Sheldon hand pounded strips of dough and fried the first batch of seven doughnuts atop a pot bellied stove. Early accounts tell a tale of the two Salvation Army ladies using a steel helmet as their first cooking utensil. Purviance. who retired as a Lt. Colonel in the Salvation Army has discounted that story as incorrect. She relates that she actually had a small frying pan but no other utensils.
gns Purviance and Sheldon were praying that this tiny touch of home might help to ease a different kind of pain than hunger.
Despite working extremely long days, the first Dough-nut Girls could only produce 150 doughnuts per day. They began to improvise, first using a wine bottle as a rolling pin and later finding an elderly blacksmith to make dough cutters from discarded cans and lids.
During World War II the Red Cross also got into the doughnut game with their own Doughnut Dollies and Clubmobiles, special buses rigged up to make and serve doughnuts. The Red Cross required the Clubmobile volunteers to be between the ages of twenty-five and thirty-five, have some college education and work experience, and to be “healthy, physically hardy, sociable and attractive.
Unlike their WWI Salvation Army predecessors who served in the front line trenches, the Red Cross ladies of the 2nd World War were stationed in towns near military bases and would travel to a different base each day.
While there were no bombs bursting overhead this past Saturday, the hot coffee and doughnuts provided by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio did warm the spirits of the swap meet attendees. Perhaps they should now be known as the "Doughnut Darlings".
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Amateur Radio Communications Vehicle Rodeo Set for March 10th
The popular Amateur Radio Communications Vehicle Rodeo returns once again this year.
The event, which is modeled after similar events held by government emergency responders, has proven to be a popular venue for ARES/RACES, MARS, SATERN, Skywarn, and other amateur radio groups and individuals to show off their mobile set-ups, Go-kits, NVIS antennas, and other systems of value for use during disaster and emergency situations.
Hosted at the QTH of Frank N7ZEV and Linda KC7IIT Kostelac, 4233 W. Warm Springs Rd. in Las Vegas, beginning at 9:00 AM on March 10th.
Parking and guest services will be provided by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR).
Anyone with an interest in amateur radio, emergency communications, or disaster response may participate as either an exhibitor or as a spectator.
Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio Supports Girl Scouts in obtaining Radio and Wireless patch
The Sisterhood of Amateur Radio (SOAR), in conjunction with the Girl Scout Council (GS) of Southern Nevada hosted a “Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day” on February 3, 2018 in Las Vegas, NV. Over 60 girls and their adult chaperones participated in the event held at the GS Council Facility during a 5-hour period.
The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) has developed a special Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program for Girl Scouts. The Radio and Wireless Technology Patch Program will inspire girls to learn fundamentals of radio communication and wireless technology and to take action in their communities to apply communications to connect people, provide safety, and explore related careers. Girl Scouts had the opportunity to learn about Amateur Radio and do hands-on activities with Amateur Radio. They also learned about emergency and public service communications, and explored ways wireless technologies are used in everyday life and in the workplace.
The SOAR women were excited to share what it means to be an amateur radio operator and to show the girls that they can communicate around the world using amateur radio as part of the Girl Scout’s program to kindle an interest in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) subjects and careers. “As a girl-led and girl-focused organization, Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada understands the importance of providing science and engineering educational programming to girls of all ages, said Linda Bridges, Chief of Communications for Girl Scouts of Southern Nevada. "By partnering with SOAR, we look forward to inspiring all Girl Scouts to pursue a lifelong love of communication and global goodwill.”
Highlights of the event were spelling out their name in Morse Code and hearing it via a code practice oscillator, learning about antenna directivity and participating in a T-Hunt, and actually talking on the radio third party via HF, UHF/VHF and through “modern” means such as EchoLink.
Todd Wilson, WH6DWF, coordinated the *ISLANDS* Conference Server, IRLP 9256, the StarLink System Hub 357087, and DODROPIN 355800 to serve as a demonstration of ECHOLINK, IRLP and AllStar for check-ins in order to display amateur radio using a tablet or a smart phone in addition to traditional radio equipment. Wilson took “net control” and was able to coordinate the links for an orderly demonstration of the system. Through his efforts, operators from Saudi Araba, United Kingdom, Maritime and 18-wheel Mobile as well as many states, (e.g., HI, NY, FL, OR, and WA) had short QSO’s with the girls.
The Nevada Section Manager, John Bigley, N7UR, spoke to those connected via EchoLink stating, “The Nevada Section sincerely appreciates the contribution of all the participants who took time out of their day to speak to the girls to demonstrate these young girls what amateur radio can do to connect people around the world.” Bigley went on to express his sincere appreciation of the ARRL Pacific Division’s support demonstrating that the amateur radio community is supportive of each other to ensure success and longevity of the hobby.
Nevada VE's Remain Diligent in Their Work
In 1983 Wilse Morgan WX7P became amateur radio's very first Volunteer Examiner. Since then, thousands of hams have given their time and energy to administer license testing to the ham radio community. Nevada amateurs have been a proud part of that tradition.
Amateur radio license testing is conducted throughout the state on a regular basis. This would not be possible without the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers.
The Nevada Section salutes all of our Volunteer Examiners, especially these twelve hams who each have administered more than 100 test sessions.
There are currently 249 hams from Nevada enrolled with the ARRL VEC and a number of hams are also enrolled in the W5YI VEC and other VEC programs.
Girl Scouts Prepare to SOAR with Ham Radio
Girl Scouts and Girl Scout leaders from throughout Southern Nevada recently received a preview of next weeks "Radio and Wireless Tech Field Day" which will be presented by the Sisterhood Of Amateur Radio (SOAR).
An estimated 900 participants at the annual Girl Scout 'Cookie Rally' got the opportunity to meet the ladies of SOAR, talk on a radio, and get some tips and pointers on meeting the requirements for the ARRL Girl Scout Radio and Wireless Technology patch. They also were able to pre-register for the upcoming "mini field day" event.
More than 70 scouts and 40 adult leaders are already registered to participate in the one day event which will mix hands on amateur radio communications with the explorations of other communications means, such as broadcast radio.
SOAR took on the task after being challenged by Nevada Section Manager John Bigley N7ur with an initiative to introduce the ARRL Girl Scout patch program to Southern Nevada.
Project Leader Sandra Edmonds K7SJE and SOAR Activities Chairwoman Cathy Etheredge N7HVN have served as liaisons with the Girl Scouts and have been the principal architects of the upcoming event.
Section Manager Bigley said, "SOAR is one of those rare groups of which you can toss out an idea or a request and they always take off and run with it."
Nevada Ham Population Continues to Grow
University of Nevada Amateur Radio Club Becomes Official
After a few decades of absence, student amateur radio has returned to the campus of the University of Nevada-Reno.
UNR students have formed the University of Nevada-Reno Amateur Radio Club. The club organizers have met the requirements for the club to be officially sanctioned by the Department of Clubs and Organizations of the Associated Students of the University of Nevada (ASUN).
For a club to gain recognition by UNR it must be a 100% student initiated endeavor and must follow guidelines which include maintaining a membership quota.
The club has selected it's first Executive Board of officers, which include President - Marco Guerrero, Vice President - Grant Kennedy, Secretary - Sierra Bivens, and Treasurer - Ariel Estrada.
The University of Nevada-Reno has a long history involving radio. Dr. Stanley Palmer initiated the first forays into radio at UNR shortly after coming to UNR in 1915. Palmer was a professor of electrical engineering from 1915 until 1941 when he became the dean of the College of Engineer-ing. He held that position until 1957. The Palmer Engineering Building is named in his honor.
On May 1st 1922 UNR was granted radio station KOJ but the license was revoked on June 7th of that year, presumably because the station construction was not completed within the 90 day allotment allowed by the government for station completion in those days.
The UNR-RadioPack club amateur radio group remains active to this day. The group is composed primarily of alumni, staff, and supporters of UNR and amateur radio.
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