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“Ham Radio: Serving Large Public Events”

March 4, 2022
7:00 PM Pacific Time

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Program: “Ham Radio: Serving Large public events.” by Rob Orr, K9RST

Rob will be discussing how ham radio became part of the Chicago Marathon and roles they played. He will discuss several practical issues, like how they recruited 140 ham radio operators, how they were deployed and the roles they played in providing communications for the medical teams serving this event. Also, we'll discuss how they integrated with the many other governmental services that supported the event.

Rob Orr is the lead for the ham radio support team for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, a volunteer position. He has been working this event for 14 years. He is on the Board of Director for the North Shore Radio Club where he served as President for 10 years. He has also volunteered for the American Red Cross as a member of their national Emergency Communication Response Vehicle (ECRV). He responded to tornado, hurricane, flood, fires and other disasters. He was the lead for the Chicago based crew of 40 who maintained and deployed the vehicle, one of 9 ECRV’s across the country.

He is an Extra class ham radio operator and enjoys kit building, Dxing and QRP operations, However, public service has dominated his focus in the last couple of years.

In real life, he is a video producer and operates his own video production business. He has worked in more than 83 countries, although during COVID times, he has enjoyed not travelling so frequently! Married to a very patient wife for 42 years and has two adult children and two teenage grandchildren.

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Club Meetings

The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).

PLEASE NOTE: The meeting location has changed. We will now be meeting in Meeting Room H6, in the Cubberley Community Center in Palo Alto. Further information is below.

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Location: Cubberley Community Center; 4000 Middflefield Road, Palo Alto, CA 94303.
Telephone: (650) 329-2418.

After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Pizza Chicago, located at 4115 El Camino Real, in Palo Alto..

Board Meetings

The PAARA Board meets on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 pm at the home of Marty Wayne, W6NEV.  Address is: 1039 Bryant Way, Sunnyvale, CA.  We conduct most of our club business there in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at regular club meetings.  Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.

A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:

September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.

October General Meeting
The Nominating Committee presents its nominations to the membership at the regular club meeting.  Nominations from club members opens at the beginning of the meeting, and closes at the end of the meeting.

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