If October seemed busy, November was by far the busiest the Ellis County Amateur Radio Club has experienced in a few months. On Nov. 3-5, six radio club members including Keith Beck, Dale Lester, Tom Pegues, John Denson, Joe Frizzell and Sharon Wrobel participated in FEMA’s ICS 300 class, which is the Intermediate ICS (Incident Command System) for Expanding Incidents. This class was taught by TEEX instructors and offered by Emergency Management at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Training Center in Waxahachie.

The regular meeting of the Ellis County Amateur Radio Club was held on Nov. 19 at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Training Center. James Hasse with the Lone Star Cyclists presented a check for $1,500 to club president Gerald Pomeroy for the clubs participation in Italy’s Tour d’Italia bike rally. Each year the club helps the Lone Star Cyclists with radio communications and by providing support and gear (SAG) for cyclists that are fatigued, in need of food, water or bike repair. Then, Chris Overbey and the boy scouts presented an Appreciation plaque to the club for its participation in Jamboree on the Air. Radio club members helped scouts talk on the radio and educated them on how ham radio works Towards the end of the business meeting, seven new members were welcomed into the club after which, Leo Wrobel KW5P gave a terrific presentation on ham radio for newcomers.

Be sure to ring in the New Year by joining us at the next regular club meeting at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21. A presentation by Gary Pannell will encompass the many exciting facets of ham radio including, DXing in the real world, HF antenna design and fabrication, feed lines, control systems, radio systems, integration with computers, as well as logging and electronic QSL and LoTW (Logbook of the World) awards.

The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club meets at the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office Training Center 2272 FM 878, in Waxahachie. All are welcome.

Until next time, 73 y’all!