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AMERICAN LEGION and TALARC updates March 2019

Amateur radio (and TALARC) continues to grow

Dear TALARC Members and Friends,

Many of you have commented favorably on the growth of TALARC membership and post activities within The American Legion. As TALARC continues to grow, many of our 3,700 members and some 40 post amateur radio clubs have begun to conduct national and regional “nets” over various new modes and frequencies, and they have expanded the reach of TALARC from the HF bands into several of the newer digital modes (such as IRLP, EchoLink, D-Star, DMR and others) within reach of any ham anywhere in the world.

One of the most recent is the new *TALARC* EchoLink Conference node that operates continuously for all our members courtesy of Shannon, W6SPY, and Idaho Post 155 Amateur Radio Club N7ALR. This new conference, incidentally, may be used by any American Legion amateur radio club member who may wish to begin regular net operations on their own on EchoLink or other modes as N7ALR adds capabilities (if interested, contact Shannon and Post 155 for coordination and details through National Headquarters at k9tal@legion.org). Or visit *TALARC* on their regularly scheduled nets the second Wednesday of each month at 0400 UTC using EchoLink. Thank them for adding the new access available to all our members.

The new *TALARC* EchoLink conference joins other posts and members such as Don, KA5DON, and the members of the Gautier American Legion Post 1992 Jim Leist Memorial Amateur Radio Club, call sign K5TAL, and we should thank them too for taking the reins on a weekly 80-meter net. K5TAL hosts a net every Wednesday on or near 3.834 MHz at 6:30 p.m. Central, which is 0030 UTC on March 6 [2330 UTC after March 10].

KM4QOY and the Wilderness Road Amateur Radio Club affiliated with W4CDA American Legion Post 46 ARC in Danville, Ky., maintain a successful D-STAR net, as does K5TAL in conjunction with their tremendous 80M net near 3.834 MHz each Wednesday.

And of course, Bill, KI0CW, Everett, WA3DVO, and Terry, KE6RWB, continue with their long-standing 20M and 40M HF nets each month joined by Steve, W0MGD, for the Saturday noon EchoLink net. And we continue with the popular IRLP and EchoLink nets conducted by Marty, W9WMJ, Mike, W9MNA, and other volunteers at K9TAL here in Indianapolis.

Notably, our growth within The American Legion, Sons and Auxiliary may simply mirror the tremendous growth of amateur radio across the population of the United States. According to statistics published by the ARRL, there were 31,576 new amateur radio licenses granted in 2018 alone. In 2014, there were 726,276 amateur radio operators licensed in the United States. At the end of 2018 there were 755,430 active licenses – an increase of nearly 30,000 even after normal license expirations are removed each year. I imagine a small but non-trivial number of new ham radio operators came about as a result of TALARC.

American Legion Amateur Radio is an interesting and enjoyable hobby for our members as well as an invaluable resource for posts and departments supporting local communities everywhere “when all else fails.” When severe weather, natural disasters or other catastrophes strike and power lines and cellphone towers are knocked out, ham radio and American Legion members have always stood up to serve communities across the nation. There is also a highly visible and more regular use for Legion amateur radio that can be done through augmenting communications and safety efforts during local parades, marathons, outings, and other public or Legion-sponsored events in your area. Along with the demonstrated growth of our wonderful hobby across the United States, these are good thoughts to offer to your post and department leadership when looking to garner their support for an American Legion Amateur Radio Club within your post, or a powerful addition to department disaster relief programs.

REMINDERS Please join us for The American Legion’s 100th Birthday Special Event: Saturday, March 9, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. EST [1800Z - 2359Z]. Help celebrate the beginning of our second century of service to “God and Country” over a variety of bands and modes. Please note that the normal Saturday 20m and EchoLink nets on March 9 will be cancelled due to the SE operation on that day.

Special Event Certificate. For those who QSL with K9TAL for the 100th Birthday Special Event on March 9, 2019, don't forget that you have a QSL card and a personalized SE certificate coming that will be sent upon receipt from you of a 9 x 12-inch self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The American Legion National Headquarters ATTN: TALARC 700 N. Pennsylvania Street Indianapolis, IN 46204

Hamvention 2019. If you are planning to be at Hamvention this year, please stop by the TALARC booth at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center, Xenia, Ohio. Look for Booth 6702, headquarters staff and volunteers will be on hand for the three-day weekend event in May. Information on Hamvention and its new location is at Hamvention.org.

We hope to see you there!

73, Bill Sloan, NZ9S Vice President, The American Legion Amateur Radio Club Indianapolis, Indiana

The American Legion Amateur Radio Club Marty Justis, W9WMJ, President Mike Anthony, W9MNA, Recording Secretary Howard Trace, KB9WPU, Archivist Josh Marshall, KD9DHX, Trustee

HERE IS SOME INFO FROM THEIR WEBSITE.

A word or two from the Prez “So, just what do you folks do?” Now there’s a question that could be leveled at anyone within The American Legion. It can, and often does come equally from veterans and the general public who are unfamiliar with our history and accomplishments; or worse, unfamiliar with our name: The American Legion. It’s a question that, I suspect, some of you have gotten about The American Legion Amateur Radio Club. I sure have.

Simply stated, The American Legion Amateur Radio Club is an association of military veterans and family who share an interest in and are licensed as amateur radio operators. But more importantly, we are a nationwide volunteer unit that can and does aid community, state, and national emergency management officials during civil or natural disasters. Our strength is where we are also most visible – within the communities where we live.

In 2010, the Legion formally joined with the Department of Homeland Security to serve the nation today, helping to protect our citizens just as we have done in the past – and just as some are now doing – in the uniform of America’s Armed Forces.

In considering the importance and effectiveness of the Legion in matters of national security, this question was raised: as members of the Armed Forces trained in vigilance and security, who would be more qualified citizens than veterans to assist in many homeland security activities? The question was answered, in part, by the National Executive Committee of the Legion when they, by resolution, urged Legion members, posts and departments to assist homeland security efforts in communities, for example, by developing emergency kits and plans; by remaining informed and assisting schools, workplaces and communities in developing emergency plans and checklists; and by cooperating with local councils of the Citizen Corps, Emergency Management, RACES, ARES and other community-based organizations. This is what we do. This is why The American Legion Amateur Radio Club was established. We exist to serve the community in every possible capacity, as ham operators, whether providing assistance with our voices on the air or our collective boots on the ground.

More information about who we are and what we do is within the brochure, “Amateur Radio and The American Legion.” You can find it online, on the TALARC website at www.legion.org/hamradio, under Club Resources. And there’s much more there in the way of information, as well.

From that site, you can engage other members on the Ham Radio Forum, a discussion page where shared ideas can help a local TALARC group grow or get started. Use the Forum to tell everyone what you and your ham operators are doing. The TALARC photo gallery is “thin” right now, so we’d sure like to have pictures of your activities to share with other members around the country. Send them to k9tal@legion.org and we’ll get them posted so we can draw attention to the good work of TALARC.

There are personal items that you, as a member, can obtain from American Legion Emblem Sales at National Headquarters. Those would be a TALARC polo shirt, embroidered with your name and call sign; and a TALARC pin for wearing on your Legion cap or coat lapel. They are available by clicking on the shirt or pin on the TALARC homepage at www.legion.org/hamradio at the bottom. Both give opportunity to strike up discussion about the Legion, about TALARC and about just what it is that we do. Keep an eye out for a TALARC patch, too.

Membership

When the Club was given authorization to come into being in May of 2011, most of us at the national level had no idea it would grow to where it is now. Today, sixteen months later, we are 889 members strong. In TALARC membership, the top six Legion departments are: Ohio, 93; California, 62; Pennsylvania, 48; Florida and Indiana, 44; and Illinois, 43.

Our experience indicates that growth comes from promotion at the department [state] level.

Ohio has surged ahead in membership just in the last month as a result of a brief article in their department newsletter. Now there’s an idea worth pursuing that can bring interested Legionnaires to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club and licensed amateurs to the Legion.

Next Special Event Station

In March of this year the Club hosted its first Special Event Station to commemorate the birthday of The American Legion. We experienced good participation, and we are planning to operate another on the occasion of Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, 2012, from 1400 to 2130 Zulu. A SASE will bring the national headquarters station QSL card to all who make contact with TALARC during that scheduled event – both members and non-members.

For more information on the Special Event Station and information about K9TAL’s monthly nets, check www.legion.org/hamradio regularly.

And speaking of nets, because of K9TAL limits, we are unable to reach some of the far corners of the nation – and some places in between – when working HF. We are in need of those with the amateur radio resources to act as HF Net Control on the second Saturday of the month. If you are “electronically able” (a Big Gun) and willing to take on the task, contact HF Net Manager Craig Roberts, W3CRR at croberts@legion.org. And finally, for your information, both TALARC nets meet monthly the second Saturday of the month.

Effective with the October nets, the HF frequency will move to 14.310; start time is 1700 Zulu. The IRLP Net on the Crossroads Reflector, node 9205, begins an hour later at 1800Z.

73,

Marty Justis, W9WMJ President, TALARC

SOARA-ARES WEBMASTER OF SOARA - ARES is KEN MASSIE, WN8F IS A MEMBER OF THE AMERICAN LEGION AND THE AMERICAN LEGION HAM RADIO CLUB. KEN IS A U. S. MARINE CORPS VETERAN.

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GO TO THIS LINK FOR 2017 UPDATES TO NET SCHEDULES AND MORE.

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Received mail that the American Legion Ham Radio Club is making changes.

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