Asking for Something and then not using it!

A disturbing trend is popping up all around the World. People asking for something and then when they get it not wanting to participate or use what they received.

Amateur Radio Operators are notorious procrastinators. Some take as long as Ten Years to QSL (acknowledge via a postcard) a contact which they received within a few weeks of the original contact. While that is not in and of itself a problem as this is a hobby after all, when it comes to Emergency Communications it puts us and the future of Amateur Radio in jeopardy in a way.

Yearly, Amateur Radio shines during the Hurricane season. It shines during the Skywarn season. It shines during the Dry seasons out west with the brush fires and wild fires, and occasionally for the 'Big Event' like the WTC/911 or the Oklahoma City Bombing.

But these are spontaneous events that there is no advance planning for. When your local Office of Emergency Management approaches you after you have begged them to include Amateur Radio it behooves you and your group to be available for the play-acting of an 'Exercise or 'Table-Top' Exercise. And yet all to often it echoes around the nation and the world that groups of Amateurs beg off or find some excuse to not participate when they have been begging for days, months and years for this opportunity.

Be prepared and ready to play anytime that your services are needed. In that way you reinforce the fact that you and your group are interested in the safety of your community. Then when a 'REAL EVENT' happens you will get the call to participate gladly from your Served Agency.

Contact Section Leaders

Section Manager
Les Butler, W8MSP
PO Box 237
Gregory, MI 48137

ASM
Larry Camp, WB8R
71 Oakdale Lane
Coldwater, MI 49036
517-278-0406
517-617-4883

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Sean Fleming, K8KHZ
PO BOX 71733
Madison Heights, MI 48071

Official Observer Coordinator
Ken Coughlin, N8KC
53762 Kristin Ct
Shelby Twp., MI 48316
248-652-1187

Public Information Coordinator
Ralph Katz, AA8RK
605 Skydale
Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Section Emergency Coordinator
Max Schneider, KE8DON
1309 Marriet Ct
Midland, MI 48640
+1 989 859 4288

Section Traffic Manager
Mark Shaw, K8ED
2135 Vinsetta Blvd
Royal Oak, MI 48073
248-672-8225

State Government Liaison
Edward L Hude, WA8QJE
114 S College Rd
Mason, MI 48854-9786

Technical Coordinator
W Wallace Murray, KE8HR
1403 S Hill Rd
Milford, MI 48381-2854