Last evening, some of the CKARC fellows got together on the air to send radiograms. We had 7 turn out for training and out of those, 4 actually did the on air portion. We also had two “onlookers” that couldn’t make it to the training. Overall, the program went fairly well. I really would have liked to see more club members participating but that’s how these things usually go. We did learn a number of things: a) speak slowly and write quickly b) make sure you actually write your radiogram out before putting it on the air c) have a pencil sharpener ready. Our trainer/coordinator did an excellent job.
You can certainly tell who the dedicated hams are and those that are just hams for some unknown reason. Some never turn out for any event, never hear them on the air and they never respond to correspondence. But, as long as they pay their dues, I suppose who really cares. We have 4 repeaters in the area. One is used “frequently” (as in more than once per day), another is used infrequently (meaning there are two fellows who use it for a half hour every day) and the remaining two are very rarely used. But having said that, last weekend I visited the Toronto area and scanned all the repeaters a lot and heard nobody. Sad.