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

ASM Training
Daniel M Romanchik, KB6NU
1325 Orkney Dr
Ann Arbor, MI 48103-2966
734-930-6564

Section Youth Coordinator
Gordon L Baldwin, W8CT
121 North Al Moses Rd
Lake City, MI 49651
231-839-6690

ASM Digital
John J. Nugent, WB8TKL
1316 Oak Street
Ypsilanti, MI 48198
734-484-5105

Affiliated Club Coordinator
Joseph B. Miller, KJ8O
6928 Forest Park Ct.
Troy, MI 48098
248-828-0616

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

Public Information Coordinator
Patrick W. Mullet, KC8RTW
171 E. Orchard Ave.
Shepherd, MI 48883
989-695-0136

Section Emergency Coordinator
John J Mc Donough, WB8RCR
2211 Laurel Ln
Midland, MI 48642-3820
989-430-4855
989-631-0178

Section Traffic Manager
Mark Shaw, K8ED
2829 Dorchester
Birmingham, MI 48009
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