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Ohio Valley ARES/RACES Net Every Thursday at 8:30 P.M. Repeater 146.610, alternate repeater is 146.715 both repeaters have tones of 103.5.


NEXT SOARA -- ARES MEETING WILL BE JUNE 19, 2017.

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Tri-State two meter net meets daily Mon - Fri at 7:30 P.M. on repeater 146.940 tone 107.2



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This year there are changes to the frequency used for communications in the parade. The UHF repeater has been moved from Wilgus to the roof of the Marting Hotel at Second and Park Ave. Ironton. 444.625 will be the main frequency to use. If the repeater should fail 147.570 simplex will be used. This is the frequency we used successfully for many years. If you do not have a UHF hand-held, Eddie Jenkins, N8URU states that he has extra UHF hand-helds that you can use during the parade. Pick one up at our staging area in the parking lot behind Wendy's, Third and Center Streets. Read more on this at the end of this page.


THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE

What is Memorial Day for?

Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings and participating in parades.

The Civil War claimed more lives than any conflict in U.S. history, requiring the establishment of the country’s first national cemeteries. By the late 1860s Americans in various towns and cities had begun holding springtime tributes to these countless fallen soldiers, decorating their graves with flowers and reciting prayers.

The Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade is a long-standing tradition in Ironton. Memorializing those who fought for our country's freedom, the first parade was held in 1868 and has continued every year since, never missing a year. This makes the Ironton-Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade the oldest continuously running Memorial Day Parade in the United States.

The Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) is a local Amateur (Ham) Radio group with many patriotic members. Many members have served in the armed services to protect our freedom. Each year since 1989 members have helped provide communications for the Ironton - Lawrence County Memorial Day parade. There are 12 large divisions of the parade and Jim Rowe, N8TVO being the SOARA communications coordinator makes assignments. One or two hams will be assigned to walk and provide communications for each of the 12 divisions. They will also help get the divisions lined up before the parade starts. He will also assign ham members to several stationary positions along the parade route. Members will also be assigned to the Emergency Management Agency (EMA) and 911 at the EMA/911 headquarters. A ham radio station is permanently at a radio room in EMA quarters. Members will be assigned to EMS, fire, and other agencies. A Ham Radio net control station will be with a mobile ham station in the lot behind Wendy's Fourth and Center Streets, Ironton. This net station will be in communications with all ham radio stations participating in the parade. Net control will handle communications for all emergencies and other parade help. If a ham radio operator wants to help and has a medical problem that prevents him/her from walking the parade, there are many very important stationary positions that need to be filled.

Michael Love, WB8YKS will be net control, assisted by Ken Massie, WN8F. Our SOARA club call of W8SOE will be used by all.

Amateur (Ham) Radio operators have a code of ethics. One is listed as: PATRIOTIC..... with station and skill always ready for service to country and community.

We usually have about 20 to 30 hams helping provide communications for the Ironton - Lawrence County Memorial Day Parade. SOARA - ARES has members from surrounding counties in OH, KY, and WV. You do not have to be a member to help. If you are a licensed ham with a UHF/VHF hand-held, patriotic, and would like to help, do the following: Send your name and call to Jim Rowe, N8TVO n8tvo@yahoo.com or to Ken Massie, WN8F wn8f@arrl.net.

Below is a list of names and calls of Patriotic hams who want to help.

Jerry Huffman N8YN

Harry Rice KC8WDR

Gregg Hendry W8DUQ

Tina Hendry XYL of W8DUQ

Jim Rowe N8TVO

Faye Rowe XYL of N8TVO

Ken Massie WN8F

A. J. PIERSON N8LRO

RANDY FRANZ KD8VRU

JOE THOMPSON KD8FPX

CHAD THOMPSON KC8VYE

JIM (REN) RENEAU N4REN

EDDIE JENKINS N8URU

TIM NICELY AC8VQ

KEITH BROOKS N8DKB

DAVE BRUCE KD8NYN

JAMES MILLER KK4PPJ

GARY CALDWELL WX8G

MICHAEL LOVE WB8YKS

FRED HERR WD8AGH

FRED JONES WA4SWF

JERRY LOCKHART W8HIC

RHONDA VANSICKLE KE8BCO

CHRISTIAN CALDWELL KD8YEW

LLOYD MOORE KC8ZVR

WHAT TO DO ON THE MORNING OF THE PARADE, THERE ARE CHANGES IN THE FREQUENCY TO BE USED:

Hams that have registered to help, meet in the parking lot at Third and Center, this is behind Wendy's. After 8 to 8:30 it is hard to find parking in this lot. Check in with Jim Rowe, N8TVO (in a orange GMC pickup or his XYL Faye to get your listing of all participates in the parade, this also includes maps. Get a cap if you do not have one. Net Control, Ken Massie, WN8F (in a white GMC Terrain) will also be there. This parade is rain or shine, remember our troops do not wait for a sunny day to protect our freedom. You may want to have rain gear, pad and pencil, UHF hand-held, with extra battery and tuned to 444.625. Eleven large divisions line up on several streets facing 6th street. The 12th division with horses are staged at Molten field. You will need to be at your assigned division by 9:00 a.m. A division commander listed on your paper should be there, report to this commander and state you are there to provide communications and help line up the division.

After the parade, if you have a borrowed UHF hand-held you may turn it in at the EMA conference room. We plan to have pizza, chips, soft drinks, and water after the parade. This is for all the communicators who helped in the parade.

Thanks to all of the hams and others who helped make the Memorial Day Parade a success.


 
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