[AARA] Black Bear Special Event Station

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Sun Apr 14 19:15:03 CDT 2013

*BEARS Special Event Station*

*On the Air*

*Saturday April 20, 2013 for the Black Bear Festival*

The public is invited to drop by the Special Event Station Saturday, 
April 20 for a ham radio event sponsored by the Bayouland Emergency 
Amateur Radio Service, or BEARS. Last year's event was one of the most 
successful with the number of contacts made all over the world. This 
event is listed both nationally and state wide with other radio 
operators volunteering to come work with the BEARS. It is really getting 
a lot of attention.

The home base for the club is Morgan City; however membership is made up 
of ham radio operators from throughout St. Mary Parish, Iberia Parish, 
Lafayette Parish, Acadia Parish as well as members from Texas and Florida.

The club's purpose is emergency preparedness and to keep members current 
with current activities, a special Amateur Radio Emergency Service, or 
ARES net, is held every Sunday for members and non-members to check in 
to for the latest information. In the last three months, club members 
have been activated on three different nights, monitoring extreme 
weather approaching St. Mary Parish.

The club has been recognized for over 25 years' service as an American 
Radio Relay League Affiliated Club and has also been recognized as a 
Special Service Club by the ARRL. This means the club is active in 
community affairs and makes itself available when help is needed. It is 
also available to help anyone interested in becoming a ham radio 
operator by sponsoring classes and test sessions, as testing is required 
to obtain a ham radio license.

There are 26 members of the club. Longevity of member licenses ranges 
from less than a year to over 50 years as a licensed ham radio operator.

Saturday, the station will be set up on the bayou side directly across 
from the Young Sanders Center. The purpose of the station is to first, 
show the public what can be achieved at a portable station, talking 
strictly on a wire antenna. In addition, publicizing the Black Bear 
Festival across the country to ham operators who will be calling in to 
the station on the bayou. Also, an Echo Link station will be receiving 
calls and will be able to show the public just how many stations 
worldwide are listed on Echo Link. This is a combination of digital 
communications tied in with VHF radio.

The public is invited and urged to stop by and visit the station which 
will operate from 10am to 5pm Saturday, April 20 only. Message forms 
will also be available in the event you would like to send someone a 
message via ham radio.

Meetings are the second Wednesday of each month at 6pm in Morgan City. 
If interested, please call 985-384-3875 or stop by and visit the station

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