On Friday, March 2, a strong cold front approached the Southern Indiana area. This system unleashed several powerful tornadoes.
Clark County Indiana RACES activated a weather net during the storm event, and was relaying weather reports to the National Weather Service in Louisville. Once the storm passed, we started getting reports of massive damage in the northern parts of Clark County, in the vicinities of Henryville and Marysville. Clark County Emergency Coordinator John Shean, N9TV, made contact with Les Kavanaugh, director of Clark County Emergency Management. Around 4 p.m., it was determined that the Clark County RACES team was needed to provide communications.
Photo: Members of the Southern Maryland District, Sons of The American Legion, donated a Yaesu FT-8800 VHF/UHF transceiver and SEC power supply to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club station at National Headquarters in Indianapolis. Pictured from left to right, with their equipment during their Maryland convention, are: Al Rhodes – Finance Officer; Dave Tatman – Adjutant; Don "JR" Hall Jr. – Commander; Gregory Taylor – 2nd Vice Commander; Dave Sprucebank – 1st Vice Commander; Buddy Mastin – Judge Advocate (and new 2011-2012 Detachment of Maryland Commander); and Jim Alexander – Sergeant-at-Arms.
This is a 2-meter J-pole antenna for the 145.585MHz audio retransmission of NASA TV. Probably the best VHF antenna, it was built by American Legion Post 380. They constructed and sold many of these in past years, but unfortunately no more. Not only are the Legion J-pole antennae effective radiators, but the SWR is virtually 1.0 with no reflections. Recently, this antenna was raised from 25 feet to 40 feet AGL. Anyone know where to get the plans they used for this antenna?
There is now an American Legion Amateur Radio Club. It is open to all licensed amateurs who belong to the Legion, Auxiliary, ALR and SAL. Membership is free. The club station is located in the National Headquarters building of the American Legion in Indianapolis. For members who are not licensed amateurs and think that they might like to be, contact Jerry Hunt at the post or at firstname.lastname@example.org and he will be glad to help you out. If there is enough interest, we can organize a one-day class and get licensed.
I am a 100-percent disabled Vietnam combat veteran. I also worked Air Force MARS stations in Hawaii (AI6AIR) and served as the liaison between U.S. Ambassador Ellsworth Bunker (and his wife), who was the ambassador to Nepal during my stint in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. I operated the Tan Son Nhut MARS station on regular amateur radio frequencies as 3W8MPD.