WAXAHACHIE — During a recent meeting, David Shuford and Jim Hasse presented Ellis County Amateur Radio Club (ECARC) President Robert Crosby and members with a check for $2,000 for their participation in the Tour d'Italia bike rally on June 18, 2016. Shuford thanked the members for their roles in providing communications and as SAGS (support and gear).

SAGs drive around in front of, or behind, groups of bike riders making sure they remain safe. Should they decide they cannot make it any further, SAGs are the ones who pick the rider up and bring them back to the start-finish line. The next Tour d'Italia bike rally is set for June 17, 2017.

In other news, club members Leo (KW5P) and Sharon (K5SMW) Wrobel were in Honolulu, Hawaii at the end of January. While there, they met with members of the Battleship Missouri Radio Club and were able to work the radio in the original radio room of the USS Missouri in Pearl Harbor as guest operators.

“CQ CQ CQ This is King Henry 6 Bravo Bravo KH6BB calling from the USS Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor calling any station anywhere,” they called.

They contacted Japan, Russia and Costa Rica, several of the 48 contiguous states, as well as two club members here in Waxahachie. What a thrill!

The community can join the ECARC on Thursday, Feb. 16, where the "Old Timers" of the club will talk about the "good old days" of ham radio and answer any questions that may arise.

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets at 7:30 p.m. at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Training Center, located at 2272 FM 878 in Waxahachie and all are welcome.

"Until next time, 73 y’all!"