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|November 29th Larry K1LJK (from Plimouth Plantation)|
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Ham radio has always been a very important part of my life. Over the years, I've learned a lot, I've had an enormous amount of fun, I've made friends all over the globe but I think the one thing that I'm most proud of is having had the opportunity to lead the Whitman Amateur Radio Club this past year.
Over the last few days I have reflected on the past twelve months and what we as a club have accomplished.
Last summer in late July we were able to purchase a new antenna for the repeater. Our old one had broken and a replacement was needed. As a group we were able to research our options, settle on a new one, purchase it and have it mounted on the tower.
In August we conducted what I would describe as a very successful Marshfield Fair event. It's always a fun time and it sure gives the public a chance to see what ham radio is all about.
In November, we put Plymouth Plantation on the air over Thanksgiving for what I believe was around the 30th time! Amazing! I remember being lucky enough to work a station in Plymouth England! I literally had “butterfly’s” as I chatted with a fellow ham who was sitting 2 miles from where the Mayflower set sail back in 1620.
People from around the world listen in as radio signals from “America's Hometown” is broadcast commemorating the Pilgrims first Thanksgiving. What an amazing hobby we have and what an opportunity to share good will around the world at a time when it's so needed. It is my hope that the tradition we started those many years ago will be allowed to go forward for many years into the future.
A new year rolled around and the club settled in to making plans for 2015. Early in the year, we as a group decided it was time to focus our attention on the club house. It had sat for quite a while as nothing really more then a storage unit. We discussed what we would need to do to get back to a state that would allow us to use it as a club house again. The first order was obvious, it needed to be cleaned out. As I'm sure you remember, a large group invaded Pine St. one cold Saturday morning and by about lunch time we could see the floor again. All of the floor! Many of the items that had been sitting for years were sold to club members, brought home and I'm certain pressed into some kind of service in the shack.
Once the club house was cleaned we talked at a meeting about what would be the next steps. We discussed heat, walls, setting up a station and other really good ideas. Someone correctly brought up the fact that once the club house was restored and the ability to invite the public to come down and see it, the Whitman Amateur Radio Club would be regarded as an entity in the town that was available if the need should arise. There was a lot of enthusiasm and excitement at the meeting that I think we all enjoyed.
After that discussion the focus turned to how we would fund this sort of project. Where would the money come from? We talked about the flea market, auctions and other ways of raising money. Then as I'm sure you all remember a rather spirited discussion (the best kind) took place about the idea of raising the dues.
As a result, we as a group raised the dues $5.00 per member and we had what I would describe as a successful flea market. More on that later.....
After cleaning the club house things came to a screeching halt. The reason was simple, you could barely see it never mind get to it from all the snow! I hope that never happens again!
Now, however with the snow gone, the work continues. Just about one week ago, Paul KB1MTW, Billy K1UFO and Fred KC1ACG took the tower down, cut it up and got it right out of the way. I think it's just a matter of a short period of time when we'll have a new (new to us) one put up.
The nice thing about the club house project is that there's a job for everyone. I'm thinking that by the time the cold wx comes around again we may have it closed up tight and have heat! Then we can continue the work on the inside as we setup a station(s), maybe some tables that project can be built on and who knows what else!
I want to take a moment to talk about the flea market that we just had in May. Losing Saftlers really hurt our flea market activities. It seemed that getting it going again at our present location was getting pretty doubtful. That is until Chris N1CFB stepped up and took it on. Chris was quick to get things organized and many club members rallied around to help. Time was short but Chris and crew definitely got it done. Vendors came, customers came, there were many smiles, I heard talk of the vendors coming back in the Fall and we made money! I firmly believe that with Chris's leadership each flea market we have going forward will be better then the last.
So, here we are, one year later and just finishing up a really fun Field Day. As I wandered around talking to people on Saturday, I sensed a strong feeling of pride. Yeah, I guess that does sound a bit corny but there is truth in it. Everyone I spoke to spoke of the fun they were having, how they were enjoying each others company and that they were proud to be a part of such a good group.
The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is a very dynamic organization with amazing potential. You should all be very proud because the positive feelings that every person I spoke to shared regarding our club is a true reflection of each an everyone of you.
I am proud to be a member of our club and I am also humbled that you thought enough of me to allow me to be your president. To that I say thank you for an exciting year.
73 Jim W1JT
[Editors Note: On behalf of the Whitman Amateur Radio Club, I'd like to thank Jim W1JT
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|John Murphy WI1G||51 votes||winner|
|Larry Kenney K1LJK||1 vote|
|Paul Moss KB1MTW||50 votes||winner|
|Billy Robinson K1UFO||1 vote|
|Jeff Tracy N1SOM||52 votes||winner|
|Larry Kenney K1LJK||50 votes||winner|
|John Nelson WD1L||33 votes||winner|
|Ron Stundze KB1OEQ||23 votes||**|
|James Tynan KC1JET||1 vote|
|Billy Robinson K1UFO||1 vote|
|Utilize both Current and New designs||20 votes||winner|
|New design||19 votes|
|Current design||10 votes|
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The Whitman Amateur Radio Club is located about 25 miles south of Boston, MA, near the city of Brockton. Club meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month at the Whitman Knights of Columbus Hall on route 18 just south of the Abington line. The meetings start at 7:00 PM.
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Board of Directors
President - John Murphy WI1G
Vice President - Paul Moss KB1MTW
Treasurer - Jeff Tracy N1SOM
Secretary - Larry Kenney K1LJK
Information and pictures from club events of the past
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