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Archive for March, 2017

Public Information Officer (PIO)

Posted by John Primus on 29th March 2017

The ARRL PIOs put the face on Amateur Radio when they represent all of us hams to the general public. How does an ARRL PIO do that? Register for the PIO Class that will be taught at Pacificon 2017 and learn. This class will teach you about the role of Public Relations (PR) in Amateur Radio, how to identify the target of PR efforts, and how to properly influence the public’s perception of Amateur Radio. It will also distinguish between the responsibilities of the ‘club PIO’ and the ARRL PIO and discusses the line of authority for each type of PIO.

Although the entire class that leads to graduation is 13 modules long, the portion taught at Pacificon 2017 will introduce you to the first four modules that describe the Public Information Officer, the Public Information Coordinator and how they build relationships with the media.

All courses taken at Pacificon 2017 will provide credit towards graduation of the entire 13 module course. The remaining nine modules will be taught at a later time at a location yet to be determined. Completion of the entire 13 modules consists of passing the final exam. A listing of all students who passed the course will be sent to the Section Managers in the Pacific Division. Should you want to receive an ARRL PIO appointment, you may communicate directly with your Section Manager who will determine if there is a need and if your qualifications support an appointment.

Open the Pacificon 2017 website and register for the event.  Follow the menu listing on left side of the page and find Education and Forums. Scroll to the PIO Class listing and choose the option to register for the class. Please do so now.

Once you have registered for the PIO Class, Suellene Petersen, K6CPA, Pubic Information Coordinator for the Santa Clara Valley Section will contact you.

Should you want to discuss any aspect of becoming an ARRL PIO with Suellene, please contact her at:  k6cpa@arrl.net.

Suellene Petersen, K6CPA

ARRL Pacific Division, Santa Clara Valley Section

Public Information Coordinator

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MDARC Annual Ham Radio Equipment Auction

Posted by John Primus on 28th March 2017

The Mt. Diablo Amateur Radio Club will hold its annual Auction on April 21st in Lafayette, CA. Doors will open at 6:00 pm for sellers to register and set up the gear they want to sell, and the auction will begin at 7:00 pm.

Everyone is welcome to join us, Club member or not, for both selling and bidding. There will be some very good items on the block this year, including products from at least two estate sales, so don’t miss it.

Get details on our web site at http://www.mdarc.org/activities/auction. And see our Club Meetings page at http://www.mdarc.org/activities/club-meetings for our location and a link to a Google map, where you can get directions, if needed.

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Balloon to be tracked by APRS

Posted by ks6m on 17th March 2017

Amateur radio groups to send a balloon to the stratosphere and back. Members of the East Bay Amateur Radio Club and UC Berkeley’s radio club are teaming up to launch a high-altitude balloon to near-space, and they are inviting the public to come track its journey. On Saturday, March 18 the group will launch the helium-filled latex weather balloon from Memorial Glade on Cal’s campus at 10 a.m. and then, using software that tracks the balloon’s location, chase after it in their cars. Ham radio APRS tracking will be shown on aprs.fi. Read the full story here.

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