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SOARA -- ARES NEEDS DONATIONS
PO Box 4684 Ironton, OH 45638
The Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association (SOARA) needs a little help!
We’re a community-service club that provides radio communications support to Lawrence County, Ohio and surrounding areas.
SOARA is generally self-reliant, but we do have to cover expenses like utility payments and equipment maintenance. We do our best to stretch every dollar, but our members can only give so much. For the rest of our small budget, we depend on the generosity of local businesses and civic organizations.
What does SOARA do? • Our members volunteer to make sure that there’s a radio ‘safety net’ at many community events, such as parades, bicycle races and marathons.
• When local law enforcement needs radio-equipped assistance in search and rescue operations - like a missing person or an airplane down at an unknown location - we’re always on stand-by.
• Our club supports ARES and RACES, which are the primary communication links for the Red Cross and other emergency agencies when disasters strike, which can leave cell phones and commercial radio nets out of service.
• We also operate three ‘repeaters’ that allow amateur radio operators to ‘link-up’ with distant stations – an important service during emergencies. In times when no emergencies exist, these repeaters are available for use by any amateur radio operator at no charge – 24/7/365.>p> • In addition, we maintain an internet website (http://www.orgsites.com/oh/soaraares/) that gives community leaders and radio operators from other areas ready access to our contact information.
None of our officers or members receive pay for their efforts. In addition, our members furnish almost all the equipment necessary for our operations.
SOARA exists primarily to make our local communities better places – and we hope to continue our service! Your donation will help us reach that goal. Donations can be made by check to SOARA and mailed to SOARA P O box 4684, Ironton, OH 45638.
James Rowe, President
Southern Ohio Amateur Radio Association
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