The Wednesday May 9th, 2018  Delaware Valley Radio Association meeting will feature a presentation on  “Mercer County ARES/RACES” by  John Pugh, WJ3P.

Being prepared to supply Emergency Communications is the main reason why the Federal Government lets hams play with over $10 Billion of Radio Spectrum instead of selling it off to commercial interests.

Mercer County Emergency Coordinator John Pugh, WJ3P will explain how the ARRL, in cooperation with the Mercer County Office of Emergency Management, The American Red Cross, and The National Weather Service, organizes local ham radio operators to provide such services in this area.  He’ll also explain how you can be prepared and get involved with such efforts.

First licensed in 1992 as one of the early no-code Technicians (first N2QOB, then W2QOB), John has always been interested in providing public service communications.  He participated for many years in the National Traffic Service (NTS) handling radiogram messages in both phone and CW modes, which is an essential skill for ARES communicators.  Today you will find WJ3P on the digital modes, primarily D-Star and DMR, or on HF portable operating /1 from the coast of Maine.

All are welcome to attend.  A combined Directors/Business Meeting will be held from 6:30 to 7:30 PM, followed by a social/refreshment period from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, a five minute announcement of this month’s upcoming activity dates, and the featured talk at 8:05 PM.  All will be held at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, 137 West UpperFerry Road, West Trenton, NJ .  Feel free to join for all or part of the meeting.