More veterans would sign up with the VA if the VA did not make it such an absolute hell to submit the paperwork. I had to argue with my local veterans assistance office just to get them to give me the forms to fillout.
Veterans Day 2014: I was in Clovis, N.M., and asked both American Legions to let me set up. They said sure, but what's amateur radio? It gave me the time and opportunity to speak as a goodwill rep for ham radio and TALARC, which they had no idea about. And I also became the first to activate on the air (American Legion post on the air - as I nicknamed it - AMLOTA).
Post 25 at 12:36 MTN time using my call W1LWT, and Post 117 at 1410 with my remote groups call K1AOM.
TALARC member Everett Bollin, WA3DVO, a retired broadcast engineer, serves as net control for the Saturday Veterans Net for Post 275 in Maryland. His signal punches a hole via a 5-band quad on a 32-foot boom. Everett has been a licensed ham for 55 years.
TALARC members Richard “Doc” Strait (AC8AL) and Karen Strait (KD8DHJ) stand ready with their HTs in preparation for the 2013 Village of Ravenna Memorial Day Parade in Ravenna, Mich. “Doc” is adjutant and TALARC coordinator for Sherman Moore Post 297 in Ravenna.
TALARC member Bill Huntimer, KI0CW, demonstrates amateur radio at American Legion Post 65 in Dell Rapids, S.D. Bill serves as assistant net control for the monthly TALARC HF nets, as well as special event operations of the club. (Photo by Evelyn Huntimer)
On March 16, some of the members of the American Legion Post 275 Amateur Radio Team (call sign N3TAL) in Glenarden, Md., celebrated the 94th birthday of The American Legion by making radio contact with the Special Event Station (N9L) at National Headquarters in Indianapolis.
TALARC members Paula, KB3TCH, and Jerry Martin, KB3NZJ, operate from their Veterans Day station at Post 28 in Oak Orchard/Riverdale, Del. Operating with a simple 20-meter dipole behind the post with fiberglass push-up poles at 36 feet, they worked 25 stations, including Special Event Station K9TAL, Brazil and Puerto Rico, showing post members the fun side of the hobby as well as the emergency communications capabilities of amateur radio. (Photo by Joe Marino, KC2OCC, post historian)
We set up at the Southern Maryland District Youth Camp in Cheltenham, Md. We will be working with the Boy Scout troops that use the camp while getting their Amateur Radio badges. Thanks again for all of your efforts in promoting amateur radio. Enjoyed our chat.