From: Steve Hilberg Subject: ARES of Champaign County QST - February 2005 The February meeting of ARES of Champaign County was held Wednesday, February 2, 2005 at the Fire Service Institute. ATTENDING N9XDC, AB9FJ, K9SI, KB9KAI, KC9AZX, W9MOO, K9MLT, KC9GRV, N9GPA,W9DML Congratulations to Harry Osoff, KC9GRV, who upgraded to Extra at the January VE session. PAYMENT OF 2005 DUES As noted in the December QST, the membership voted to reinstate dues for this year. We have suspended dues the past two years as we had adequate funds in our treasury and small recurring expenses. However, the purchase of equipment for a portable station had reduced our available funds. The membership felt it was prudent to have enough funds in the treasury for possible equipment repair expenses, additional items for the portable station if needed, and any unforeseen expenses that may occur. Dues are $20 and are payable to ARES of Champaign County. Thanks to everyone who has paid so far. Please send your check to Heather Schlesser. Thanks for your support. 2005 STORM SPOTTER TRAINING The National Weather Service storm spotter training for Champaign County will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 8, at the Carle Forum in Urbana. If you plan on storm spotting this year plan to attend this session. If you can't make it to the Champaign County session, you can attend in another county. The full schedule of spotter training can be found at the Lincoln NWS web site: http://www.crh.noaa.gov/ilx/spotter.htm In addition to the weather training, we will also be holding our Spotter Safety, Preparation, and Communications training at the April ARES meeting and probably one other time for those that cannot attend on Wednesdays. The information in this session deals with HOW to be a safe and effective spotter. FEBRUARY NET CONTROL STATIONS The weekly ARES net is held each Tuesday, 9:00 p.m., on the 444.100 repeater. February 8 AB9FJ February 15Ê KC9GRV February 22 N9GPA March 1 KC9AZX NEXT MEETING The next meeting will be Wednesday, March 2, 2005 at 7:00 pm at the Fire Service Institute. The training topic for the meeting will be Basic Incident Command.
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