Hello. I'm one of the newest members of TALARC and wanted to first say hello to the group. I'm looking foward to any involvement I can provide to club activities. I am also an ALR member and noticed the earlier discussion about a possible TALARC patch in the works. I'd like to add one to my ALR vest as well.
I thumbed through the earlier messages and I don't believe I found anything on this subject, so pardon me if this has already been discussed. I was thinking that it might be nice to coordinate an annual event, say for example the American Legion Birthday event that took place this past March 15 through 17, and expand that to activating American Legion posts nation- or even world-wide. Hams could set up a station at their local posts and operate as long as they are able to do so (even if for only a few hours or all weekend). It could be promoted/encouraged for all hams to contact these posts on this partictular weekend.
I have seen similar ham radio events such as lighthouse activations or military ship activation weekends. I wasn't necessairly thinking of making it a contest, but rather a fun gathering of as many American Legion posts on the air one weekend a year. I'm certain that the other members of the local posts would find this type of activity to be very interesting, and might even drum up some additional business for these posts on this partictular weekend... which usually equates to a favorable approval from the post command of ham radio activity on that weekend.
Additional ideas would be to offer to send valid contacts on that weekend a 'certificate' if they would be willing to send in a SASE (self-addressed stamped envelope). This, of course, would require some additional work, but it would be nice to receive some type of recognition if, say, a partictular ham were to make contacts with 10, or 25, etc.. or so different posts. Or possibly some type of recognition of the use of different modes (CW, SSB, data, etc.) and/or bands.
I suppose this TALARC-wide event could be designed in a variety of ways, which is why I thought i'd bring it up for discussion. I noticed a message in these forums that was posted very early on by K0HB who wondered what other types of events beyond the national club station would be planned, and I thought this idea could fit the bill nicely.
What do you think?
Marty Grove - KJ4LQX