[dropcap] O[/dropcap]ver 40 amateur radio enthusiasts crowded the ad hoc meeting place for the March meeting of CMSARA. Due to the Tuesday election, the Association moved it’s meeting to a conference room at the City of Brandon Municipal Building to welcome one of the most influential amateurs in the U.S. Gordon West WB8NOA brought his best “game” via Skype to educate those in attendance on the “care and feeding” of ARES teams. For an hour, Gordo demonstrated key procedures and issues facing ARES teams in California and around the U.S. using actual radio QSOs from emergency situations. Moreover, he shared with the crowd his suggestions for improving emergency radio teams as they grow and mature.
Gordo complimented CMSARA’s motto of “We Do Stuff” as exemplary, saying that it’s important to keep engagement among ARES teams to keep their abilities sharp. By “doing stuff,” ARES teams have fun, the key to continual engagement.
Many in attendance were able to ask Gordo specific questions on camera with WB8NOA with immediate and rather complete answers from one of the leaders in amateur radio education. Gordon has the Gordon West Radio School in Costa Mesa, CA. In his weekday California Emergency Rescue Net on 40M, Gordo regaled the Net with his enjoyment of visiting with the Central Mississippi hams in attendance the evening prior. The video recording of the Skype program is shown below with the audio of the Wednesday morning 40M Net announcement playing at the end of the show. Wow! What a great program by one of the country’s great educators in amateur radio!