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Mar 1, 2024
07:00 PM Pacific Time
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Rescued Thanks to Radio: Rescue Beacons and how Search and Rescue Forces Find Them
Joshua Edwards, KO6ASM


ELTs, PLBs, EPIRBs and other beacons are in wide use in aviation, maritime activities, military, and outdoor enthusiasts. We will discuss how these beacons function, how the national SAR infrastructure works, and how pilots and ground teams prosecute these signals to rescue those in need.
Joshua Edwards is a Senior Mission Pilot with Civil Air Patrol     the U.S. Air Force Auxiliary.   CAP is responsible for most inland SAR in the U.S. as well as Disaster Response, National Security, and other missions.   Maj Edwards has been flying with CAP for 17 years and has amassed over 4500hrs of flight time. He has been credited with over 14 finds of downed aircraft and missinghikers.   Joshua is also an officer in the Navy Reserve, currently serving with SEAL Team 17.  In his civilian career, has over 25 years of experience in technology and has worked at Microsoft, Amazon, as well as several startups. He is currently a senior leader at Meta focused on AI and mixed reality.  Joshua earned his Technician and General in 2023 and primarily enjoys POTA and SOTA activities.   He is originally from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia and currently resides in Palo Alto. 

After the break Robin Shepherd will share a video trailer featuring an amateur radio documentary that she directed and produced titled Cat   s Whisker and other Ham Stories.


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Time: Mar 1, 2024 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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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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