However this is what I do have at this time. Sandor KG4FET reports that it is possible that the 147.280 repeater that Mel Goodwin purchased from Steve KK5AU some time back may be back on the air in the near future. He also reports that the issue with the 145.270 repeater is in the process of being resolved but that has been going on for over the course of a year so who knows when it will be resolved. I really am not sure that we should place to much hope in the TVARC and there machine. When I ask if we could place there machine on our list as a backup machine I was told they would have to think about it. We need systems we can depend on not maybe’s.
The up side is that we have a member of our ARES unit that has wanted to install a machine in the county for some time and has been on the 2 meter waiting list for 7 years or more. Ray K5RCP has said in a recent email that he will get on the list for a 70 cm repeater instead. That list is much smaller so he may be able to get a construction go ahead fairly soon. Ray wants set this machine up so it can be made portable when we need it in the field. If any of you have had experience with this please contact me and I will put in touch with Ray. I will also be beating the bushes to see if I know anybody who has any expertise in this area.
I also receive a question about when the next Skywarn School would be available. Skywarn School is held in the early part of the year normally from Feb. to the end of May. So there are no more scheduled for this year. The new schedule will be available at the http://kcares.info website when it comes out. Until then we really don’t need to worry too much we have a weak storm season this time of year but it is normally pretty tame. We have had tornado’s in December but since there are no classes this time of year we will have to play it by ear for now.
Other thing. I will write another message about digital when I get a chance and explain why I think that we need some sort of digital system in place in the county.
A friend of mine Mike N5TZR has moved into a leadership position with Ellis County RACES and I will be talking with them about how we can best work together on that end of the county.
And last but not least. You need to use the kcares.info website. I didn’t put it up to show off. It is there for the purposes of having a place to store information that we need and as a central point of contact for our group. The web space is not free and I have to spend time maintaining it and that is fine. I don’t mind maintaining it but we need to use it. You need to refer people to it when you are talking about Kaufman County ARES. We have information about us. Some contact information. Registration forms. Like I said it is not just there for looks. So please utilize it.
Thanks for your time and we will be talking soon
ARES Emergency Coordinator for Kaufman Couny