The Hams of Gainesville, Texas

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The Hams of Gainesville, Texas

I spent a couple of days in Gainesville Texas this week and I was amazed by the low profile nature of amateur radio in that city. After thirty six hours in Gainesville had not seen a single VHF or UHF antenna on a vehicle. I had not seem a single Skywarn or ARRL decal anywhere.

Now Gainesville does host a rather large hamfest every year so I know that there are at least three of them. One to sell tickets, one to take tickets at the door, and one to stamp your hand so you can re-enter the hamfest if you go to the car to get a smoke. Other than that they are invisible.

Now don't get me wrong I have been to Gainesville before and I know that there are a good group of folks out there, they exhibit the same traits that are a problem in amateur radio today. We hide in the shadows. Since Katrina we should have been out where the public can see us. Making as much noise as possible so the public is aware of us.

Why? Well first of all Katrina, Rita, Wildfires, Flooding. All of these things show the value of amateur radio. If the amateur radio service is valuable then it is something that will be kept around by or lawmakers and some of us have been around long enough to remember losing frequencies to UPS because they needed them more than we did…Right

When we are visible we are also able to recruit new HAMs and get them into the game. Numbers is the way we stay alive. If we drop to a serious minority we are once again in jeopardy of losing our privileges.

Just a couple of things to think about. Get out and be seen. Bring new folks in.

We love the good folks of Gainesville, sorry about picking on ya'

About the Author

Richard KB5JBV has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He has held positions with the America Radio Relay League including but not limited to Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Resonant Frequency: The Amateur Radio Podcast was created to help get information on amateur radio out to the new ham and the ham that wants to find out more about different aspects of the hobby they are thinking about getting into. So sit back have a drink and enjoy.

Richard KB5JBV has been an Amateur radio operator since 1988. He held positions with the America Radio Relay League including but not limited to Assistant Section Manager, Official Observer, Official Relay Station, Official Emergency Station, ARES Emergency Coordinator for Kaufman County Texas, Volunteer Examiner and Technical Specialist in the North Texas section.

Richard has also served as RACES assistant radio officer for the city of Mesquite, Tx. and among numerous other duties Including club president for the HAM Association of Mesquite Texas.

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