On Saturday, Aug 9th, several Chatham County ARES members met to test the Ham station of one of our served agencies. We met for breakfast at 0700 as we usually do on Saturday mornings then it was over to Memorial Health University Medical Center for the second session of station familiarization training and operational testing. We had a good turnout with 12 operators in attendance. We tested our VHF and HF antenna for SWR before operating the radios. We had an SWR of almost 4 on the HF side so we decided to do some more investigating before bringing the HF rig online at the next session. Got good 2 Meter comm checks on a couple of the local repeaters with several local operators. We plan to do periodic testing like this monthly at our various served agencies. If you would like to volunteer to become a member of ARES and use your radio skills to serve our community please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those participating in this months testing were, Steve-K4SDJ, Ed-W4MMQ, Mark-KA4CID, Lester-KF4JBQ, Carl-KC4UHM, Russ-K4YGD, Lynn-KD4POC, Ed-KI4DZD, Andrew-KI4WHN, Ken-W4JKG, Ray-WA4ZXJ, Guy-K4GTM.