Date   

Parks on the Air: Lessons from the Park class 12/19/2021 9-Noon Upper Pottsgrove Twp Building

Walter J. Skavinsky (KB3SBC)
 


Upcoming Laurel VE Test Session 12/19/2021 1Pm at the Upper Pottsgrove Twp building

Walter J. Skavinsky (KB3SBC)
 

Upcoming Laurel VE Test Session 12/19/2021 1Pm at the Upper Pottsgrove Twp building 
 
The Education Alliance for Amateur Radio* will be holding in-person VE Testing Sessions for all radio elements.  If you know anyone who is interested in getting their ticket or upgrading please let them know. 
Where: Upper Pottsgrove Twp. Building 1409 Farmington Ave. Pottstown PA 19464.
 
When: Sunday, December19, 2021  1 PM
 
Cost: FREE (FCC fees do apply if enacted )
 
Preregistration is required - no walk-ins
 
Additional instructions and Preregistration (click link below)
 
Additional questions contact, Walt, KB3SBC  walter.skavinsky@...
 
 
*Sponsored by Laurel VEC. https://www.laurelvec.com/


K3PDR Monthly Meeting Online -- October

Stanley Hess
 

Greetings,
Here is the link for the online club meeting for Monday October 4, 2021  at 7:30pm

https://meeting-server.ham-radio-op.net/PDRAMonthlyMeeting

Best regards,
Stan   N3KDA


Fw: Fwd: PWA-Technet: PWA Business & General Meeting

Mark Hinkel
 

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Mark Hinkel" <mrhinkel@...>
To: "Mark Hinkel" <mrhinkel@...>
Cc:
Sent: Mon, Sep 27, 2021 at 6:36 AM
Subject: Fwd: PWA-Technet: PWA Business & General Meeting
The Penn Wireless general meeting will be held on Monday night starting about 7:30 on Zoom. The presentation by Bruce Farrington (WA3ZPC) will be on Fusion C4FM basics and operation.

PWA will hold their board meeting a 7pm where all members are encouraged to attend. Non-members are asked not check-in until 7:30 for the main presentation.

Mark WA3QVU

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us06web.zoom.us/j/98432255350?pwd=eDB4cUFqTWdnWGJNRW1PRVVqMEpBZz09

Meeting ID: 984 3225 5350
Passcode: 1966
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-----Original Message-----
From: Steve, KB3ORG <steve@...>
To: PWA-Technet <pwa-technet@...>
Sent: Sun, Sep 26, 2021 9:00 pm
Subject: PWA-Technet: PWA Business & General Meeting

Penn Wireless Assoc is inviting you to their Monthly Business & Presentation Meeting via Zoom on Monday Sept 27th @ 7:00PM.  The passcode is 1966.

During this meeting we will announcing the winners of the 2021 Executive Board election.  At 7:30 PM there will be a Fusion presentation by Bruce, WA3ZPC.  

If you have any question just ask.

Steve
KB3ORG
(267) 844-0547
Steve@...

Topic: Penn Wireless Business & Membership Meeting
Time: Sep 27, 2021 07:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 984 3225 5350
Passcode: 1966
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W3CQC SK Service Recordings

Tom Nolan W3EX
 

 

Tom Riethof’s Memorial Service Part 1

 

https://youtu.be/omQje5cq9sE

 

Tom Reithof’s Memorial Service Part 2

 

https://youtu.be/NC0-ZG9eiaw

 

 

 

Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...

 

 


FW: NO Zoom of Tom Riethof Service

Tom Nolan W3EX
 

FYI

 

 

 

Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...

 

 

Hi Gentlemen,

 

It turns out that the Peter Becker Community Chapel will not be able to Zoom-stream the service.  If you can, please inform anyone you passed the invite to that it will not be available.  I am very sorry for the inconvenience.

 

They say that they WILL be recording the service and it will be available via their YouTube channel after the service.  I will keep you posted about that.

 

Thanks,

 


Need tripod or mast plate for MS-150

Mark Hinkel
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
To: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
Sent: Thu, Sep 23, 2021 8:18 am
Subject: Fw: Need tripod or mast plate for MS-150

I was able to borrow a nice 5ft roof-mount tripod from Steve (K3FZT) last night.  Will have to bolt it to a piece of wood but I think I can find what I'm looking for in the garage.  This will work well for one of the antennas.

The second antenna / mast maybe strapped to a street sign or some similar parking lot post.  Maybe..??  Guess I should still take another tripod with me to make sure we can setup the masts and not have them fall over with the slightest wind.  That would be a good idea...!

My offer / need still stands;  I would like one person to go down to Cherry Hill with me on Friday and help with setup.  I know there will be multiple there but they have their own jobs pulling vans from one lot to the other, installing APRS, etc.  Call me if you can find the time Friday afternoon.

Mark  WA3QVU
Home 215-659-4449
Cell 215-514-0718

BTW;
Adam (K3JCP) is off today to visit his aunt in Florida.  So that's why he's not joining me.






----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Mark Hinkel" <mrhinkel@...>
To: "F&N - Mark Hinkel" <mrhinkel@...>
Cc:
Sent: Wed, Sep 22, 2021 at 11:54 AM
Subject: Need tripod or mast plate for MS-150
I need to beg, borrow or steal a rugged tripod or mast plate that you drive on for my antenna setup this year.

I typically put together the mast and 2m/440 antenna at the North end comm-center (Cherry Hill NJ) in a grassy field with room to put stakes in the ground. This year we're on a parking lot without the ability to drive stakes in the ground. Any ideas will be helpful. 

Also, if anyone wishes to join me Friday afternoon ?? to come and help with setup, I will be leaving Willow Grove about 12 o'clock. Return after 6pm.

Mark WA3QVU 
Home 215-659-4449
Cell 215-514-0718


FW: Tom Riethof passing

Tom Nolan W3EX
 

FYI

 

Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...

 

 

From: Peter A. Weida <paweida@...>
Sent: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 14:51
To: 'DEBBIE Tevlin' <tevlin@...>
Cc: Tom <nolantho@...>; Tony Weida <tony.weida@...>
Subject: Re: Tom Riethof passing

 

Hi Debbie,

 

Please pass the following Zoom information to anyone who might be interested in the service but can't attend in person.  There may also be a recording available after the fact.

 

Thanks,

Peter

 

Peter Becker is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

 

Topic: Memorial Service for Tom Riethof

Time: Sep 24, 2021 10:30 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada) The service starts at 11 am.

 

Join Zoom Meeting

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81498172886?pwd=NXpIZ1NYbUcwNWY5WWdRWnVkWDlFdz09

 

Meeting ID: 814 9817 2886

Passcode: 493771

One tap mobile

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+19292056099,,81498172886#,,,,*493771# US (New York)

 

Dial by your location

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        +1 929 205 6099 US (New York)

        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington DC)

        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)

        +1 669 900 6833 US (San Jose)

        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)

Meeting ID: 814 9817 2886

Passcode: 493771

Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kXgnWOVCl

 



Re: W3CQC obituary

Mark Hinkel
 

This afternoon I stopped by the card isle and picked up several sympathy cards - then headed over to Jack's shop where he picked out one of the cards for Tom's family and wrote a few words from his memory of Tom.  I've known Tom maybe 10 years but had no idea Jack and Tom were friends 40 years.  After reading the obituary we see Tom was quite an learned student, and always very gracious - never boastful.  (I did not know he had a PHD)

The card is on it's way to Peter Becker Community, hopefully it will arrive in time for Friday's service.  Rest in peace friend...  of all.

Mark  WA3QVU




On Mon, Sep 20, 2021 at 8:37 PM, Tom Nolan W3EX
<nolantho@...> wrote:
 
 
Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...
 
 


W3CQC obituary

Tom Nolan W3EX
 

https://mooreandsnear.com/tribute/details/8852/Thomas-Riethof/obituary.html

 

 

Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...

 

 


Final HHW Drop Off Locations for 2021

Mark Hinkel
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
To: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
Sent: Sat, Sep 18, 2021 12:06 pm
Subject: Final HHW Drop Off Locations for 2021

Not sure if I'll make the next hamfest for the area (Red Rose Repeater Hamfest in New Holland - Oct 2nd), but I know I'll have items to take to a Household Hazardous Waste drop off before the end of year.  That includes the longer florescent tubes (2ft and up), old gasoline or other car stuff from the garage, oil base paints and varnish, thermostats with mercury bulbs, etc. 

The HHW drop off people apparently do NOT take electronics or smoke detectors.  They are making it difficult to "not just throw it in the trash".  However 611 Metals in Willow Grove do take the old computers and odd pieces of test equipment we've found in recent estates.  611 Metals do charge for TV and oscilloscopes with CRT tubes.  (about 80 cents / pound)
http://www.611metals.com/

Since everything is now made of plastic, I'm in the habit of taking apart the plastic housing for hedge trimmers, electric shavers, old fans, etc and throwing the plastic parts into the recycle bin the township provides.  Municipalities nowadays provide several trash cans or bins on wheels - one specifically for cans, glass and plastics.  One man drives the truck, which is equipped with a long articulated arm that reaches out to grab the can, then swings up and over the truck to dump the contents into the trash truck.  Read that half or one third the labor costs.

Mark  WA3QVU

Read the pdf here, many drop offs now have registered times;
https://www.chestercountyswa.org/DocumentCenter/View/2382/2021-SEPA-Regional-HHW-FlyerWeb-version20210311?bidId=

Here are the dates and places nearest to Bucks and Montco;
September 25, 2021 Saturday Montgomery Spring-Ford 9th Grade Center, 400 South Lewis Rd., Royersford
October 9, 2021 Saturday Chester Government Services Center, 601 Westtown Rd., West Chester
October 24, 2021 SUNDAY Montgomery Lower Merion Transfer Station, 1300 N. Woodbine Ave., Penn Valley
October 30, 2021 Saturday Bucks Strayer Middle School, 1200 Ronald Reagan Drive, Quakertown
November 6, 2021 Saturday Philadelphia Streets Dept. NE Facility, 3901 Delaware Ave. between Castor & Lewis (Near Allegheny Exit of I-95), Phila.


Mullica Hill Wrap-up and Red Rose Hamfest Oct 2nd

Mark Hinkel
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
To: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
Sent: Thu, Sep 16, 2021 9:52 pm
Subject: Mullica Hill Wrap-up and Red Rose Hamfest Oct 2nd

We attended the Gloucester County ARC Hamfest in Mullica Hill and had a freebie / donation table setup in recognition of several local hams who have died from Lou Gehrig's disease. Allan (W3AEH), Denise (KB3ANO) and Dave (WI3Y). All money in the coffee can at end of day goes to the ALS Foundation.
We collected $175... thank you all..!! 

Hurricane Ida had quite a few surprises for us here in the Philly area including several tornadoes, one here in Ft Washington, but the worst of which hit the Mullica Hill area.  The Gloucester County ARC lost 2 of the big towers at the ham station next the 4H Fair Grounds where the hamfest is held each year.  The club started a Go Fund Me page and has almost hit the 10,000 dollar goal.  Attachment is my pic showing the one tower folded in half.
http://www.w2mmd.org/

Go Fund Me page;
https://www.gofundme.com/f/rebuild-club-station-w2mmd?utm_campaign=p_cf+share-flow-1&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer

The next hamfest in the Southeast Pa area is Red Rose Repeater Association held on Saturday October 2nd at the Garden Spot Fire and Rescue Station, New Holland, Pa. Vendors at 7am and general public at 8am. 

See Google maps for location;

I understand there will be no Sellersville Hamfest this year - RF Hill will move to a new venue for 2022.  However Paul (N3TMX) and I will pickup the PWA "Swap Net on Zoom" probably the last week of October -- so get your skeletons ready.  We don't have details worked out just yet, but we may alternate months with the PWA general meetings held on the 4th Monday of the month.  ie: PWA meetings in September, November, January, etc. (always on a Monday)  Swap Net held the 4 week (Monday or Tuesday) in October, December (after x-mas), February, etc.  This is tentative...  but working the Swap Net twice a month was just too much.

Mark  WA3QVU


Tom Riethof, W3CQC SK Memorial Service

Tom Nolan W3EX
 

QST

 

Tom’s memorial service is scheduled for Friday September 24 at 0930-1100 at the Peter Becker Community chapel in Harleysville, PA. Visitation will be followed by the service.

 

Peter Becker Community is located at 800 Maple Avenue, Harleysville, PA 19438. Tel. 215-256-9501

 

You will be required to wear a face mask to enter the facility.

 

Please feel free to disseminate this information to whomever you wish.

 

73

TN

Thomas E. Nolan DVM
Amateur Radio W3EX
624 Store Road
Harleysville PA 19438
nolantho@...

 


Re: Yaesu FT-3DR as new w/RT Systems Programming Software #for-sale

Steve K3FZT
 

SOLD!

73 de K3FZT / Steve

On Mon, Sep 13, 2021 at 3:29 PM Steve K3FZT <davidson@...> wrote:
FT-3DR in original box with all original items included. Also will include RT Systems programming software (no cable) for it and as soon as sale goes through I will ask RT Systems to transfer the license to you--that requires your call and email address and you'll have to correspond with them to confirm the transfer. Also, all the documentation I've printed (8.5x11 double-sided) from the Yaesu website: Advanced Manual, APRS Manual, WIRES-X Manual, GM Manual. The standard operating manual is included in the box. If we do the transaction in real life, I'm asking $275 cash, Zelle, Paypal friends and family or you pay any fee. If you require it be shipped to you then $290 same payment methods.
 
I'm doing this because I need to recoup part of the expense of the FT-5DR I've ordered. If not gone by Thursday it will be on QRZ next week for a little bit more $$.
 
Questions? davidson@...
--
73 de K3FZT / Steve


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73 de K3FZT / Steve


Yaesu FT-3DR as new w/RT Systems Programming Software #for-sale

Steve K3FZT
 

FT-3DR in original box with all original items included. Also will include RT Systems programming software (no cable) for it and as soon as sale goes through I will ask RT Systems to transfer the license to you--that requires your call and email address and you'll have to correspond with them to confirm the transfer. Also, all the documentation I've printed (8.5x11 double-sided) from the Yaesu website: Advanced Manual, APRS Manual, WIRES-X Manual, GM Manual. The standard operating manual is included in the box. If we do the transaction in real life, I'm asking $275 cash, Zelle, Paypal friends and family or you pay any fee. If you require it be shipped to you then $290 same payment methods.
 
I'm doing this because I need to recoup part of the expense of the FT-5DR I've ordered. If not gone by Thursday it will be on QRZ next week for a little bit more $$.
 
Questions? davidson@...
--
73 de K3FZT / Steve


K3PDR Monthly Meeting Online -- Tonight

Stanley Hess
 

Greetings,
Here is the link for the online club meeting for Monday September 13, 2021  at 7:30pm

https://meeting-server.ham-radio-op.net/PDRAMonthlyMeeting

Best regards,
Stan   N3KDA


IN PERSON EXAM SESSION 5615 GLAARG - EST - NEW YORK-PHILLY TIME UTC-5 , Sept 13 at 7pm EST at 3526 North Front Street, Phila. PA 19140

Lamonte, N1LC
 

 
IN PERSON EXAM SESSION 5615 GLAARG - EST - NEW YORK-PHILLY TIME UTC-5
Date: Sep 13, 2021 (Mon)
Time: 7:00pm EDT
Duration: 3 hours
Contact: N1LC
Test fee: $10.00
Location: 3526 N Front St, Philadelphia, PA 19140, USA
view map
VEC: Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group
Notes:

Monday Sept 13, 2021 at 7pm EST In Person Exam Greater Los Angeles Amateur Radio Group are happy and pleased to offer examinations for all levels of licenses in Amateur Radio.

SOCIAL DISTANCING WILL BE ENFORCED AND MASKS MUST BE WORN!

Testing will begin at 7pm.

Must register on line, and no walk-ins.

Candidates please bring the following items ~ A government photo ID (driver license, military ID or passport.

~ If you are upgrading, you will also need a copy of your license or CSCE.

~ Fee is $10.00 and we will send you a invoice to your email address.

~ Exam fees are waived for minors 18 years and under, students with current ID, first responders, Active Military, Veterans, and Glaarg VE's upgrading to Extra.

    If you need the fee wave, please email Lamonte at lamonte.david@...

Upgrades: Please bring a copy of your current license. The FCC no longer issues paper licenses. If you need a paper copy of your license, you can login and download one from.

https://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsEntry/licManager/login.jsp.

 


Fw: [WARCTalk] Fw: TONIGHT! Project Manhigh with Greg Kennedy—Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30pm ED T!

Mark Hinkel
 

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Mark Hinkel WA3QVU via groups.io" <mrhinkel@...>
To: "Warc-talk" <warctalk@k3dn.groups.io>
Cc:
Sent: Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 2:31 PM
Subject: [WARCTalk] Fw: TONIGHT! Project Manhigh with Greg Kennedy—Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30pm ED T!
Project Manhigh preceded the space program and NASA.  On Zoom tonight. 


----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "mail@..." <mail@...>
To: "mail@..." <mail@...>
Cc:
Sent: Thu, Sep 9, 2021 at 11:01 AM
Subject: TONIGHT! Project Manhigh with Greg Kennedy—Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 7:30pm ED T!

TONIGHT!       September 9, 2021 at 7:30pm EDT.

 
Looking forward to you joining us for our September History in Our Backyard Webinar, featuring Greg Kennedy speaking on Project Manhigh!
 
The Zoom below. Webinar will start allowing entry at 7pm, and the lecture will start promptly at 7:30pm EDT.

Thank you for your support and please consider a tax-deductible donation to our organization to help us continue these educational events!

See you tonight.

++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

Topic: History in Our Backyard Webinar: Greg Kennedy and Project Manhigh
Time: Sep 9, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
 
Join Zoom Meeting
 
Meeting ID: 813 1074 2347
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Fw: [Philmontmobileradioclub] N3GBJ News article

Mark Hinkel
 

PDRA member Chris Ruhl was a great guy... we miss him dearly. 

----- Forwarded Message -----
From: "Richard Roth K2RSJ" <rrothjr66@...>
To: "main@Philmontmobileradioclub.groups.io" <main@Philmontmobileradioclub.groups.io>
Cc:
Sent: Wed, Sep 8, 2021 at 8:51 PM
Subject: [Philmontmobileradioclub] N3GBJ News article
As mentioned during the meeting tonight, attached here is the full news story that brings the tragic accident of Chris Ruhl, N3GBJ to some sort of close from today's Delco Times.

He was a really good person and would help anyone, anytime.  It was a privilege to know him.

Rich, K2RSJ




A Desperate Plea for HELP / Ride MS: City to Shore

Mark Hinkel
 




-----Original Message-----
From: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
To: Mark Hinkel <mrhinkel@...>
Sent: Sun, Sep 5, 2021 1:36 pm
Subject: Fwd: A Desperate Plea for HELP / Ride MS: City to Shore

Joe Di Bartolo (KC2FSB) is making a last minute plee for volunteers to help with the MS-150 "City to Shore" bike ride.  We have lost several communicators this year and need to bring on-board "new people".  If you can find the time to volunteer, please join the group. 

The Philadelphia Multiple Sclerosis Society depend on local Ham Radio operators to do the job of radio communications.  This event is the largest in the area with approximately 5 to 7,000 bike riders showing up early Saturday morning at the Patco Woodcrest Station and heading down to Ocean City NJ.  The event is held the last weekend of September (25th and 26th) and usually involves a Friday setup day for several of us.  The riders stay overnight at hotels in Ocean City and come back to Woodcrest Station on Sunday. 

If anyone wishes to join me Friday afternoon ?? I usually head down about 12 noon to setup the radio equipment while others setup APRS radios used to track the SAG vehicles.  The South End is upstairs at the Ocean City Music Pier where the MS officials (ride director) and the APRS units are tracked. The North End (where I go) is located just across Woodcrest Road from the station.  I go down on Friday and setup two masts, one with a 2m / 440 antenna and the second with a GMRS antenna.  Extra people are needed to jockey the vans around the lot and tag the keys so they don't get mixed up Saturday morning.  Watch or help install the APRS equipment and make sure it's working.  And help with the masts and antennas. 
I use a Max Gain System push-up mast;  https://mgs4u.com/fiberglass-push-up-masts/

Where most volunteers are needed is ride support;  Joe likes to have a ham operator every mile or two along the route to be eyes and ears for the riders.  On the radio you'll announce your location when you arrive, the first rider through your "spot" and the last rider -- and call in any breakdowns.  Riders are instructed to turn the bike up-side down by the side of the road and wait for the SAG vans.  Always 2 vans, one passenger van for people, one box van for the bikes -- SAG vehicles always travel in pairs.  End of day there's always a follow-up vehicle to release the ham operator.  This is the easiest job in the world.. just sit in your car and call in the rider numbers.

Most people from the Philly area will choose the North End for our route spot.  This will be road intersections or street corners anywhere from Cherry Hill down through Atco to Hammonton NJ where the lunch stop is located.  The route is clearly marked for the cyclists -- communicator volunteers will be given clear directions.  If you have a house at the shore, you can select the South End.  These are from Hammonton down through Mays Landing and on to Ocean City.  Saturday route spots start early in Cherry Hill because the riders start at 6 or 6:30am.  Route spots down below the Hammonton lunch break start later.  Reverse is true for Sunday.

I don't know if Joe has any openings, but communicators are also used in Staff Cars.  These are usually the small Subaru Outback wagons that travel the route and make pit stops along the way for riders who are in trouble with break downs, having health issues -- some are older riders or riders with MS -- they keep a close eye on these riders.  Or road closures due to vehicle accidents.  These communicators can be non-hams using GMRS radio. 

In previous years we've needed volunteers to be loggers.  This can be a non-ham operator with typing skills;  these people sit by a radio listening to either a ham repeater or GMRS radio and type all traffic coming over the radio.  The computer is internet connected and goes through a server to the Ocean City location where it pops up on a screen and the information is used by the ride director.  Basically it's a time stamp on radio traffic, when and where did it happen.

So whether you're a Ham, SWL or just interested in the hobby, your skills are needed somewhere along the route for keeping the riders safe.  I hope you can join us.

Mark  WA3QVU

The online registration page for communicators is here;
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSchdvtprmMMrwIK0Bqr16TbDoeR95FP5Hpp5hpSO2NXjW4o1A/viewform

This page is strictly for riders -- take a look and get a feel for the "City to Shore" bike ride;
https://secure.nationalmssociety.org/site/SPageServer?pagename=%2FBIKE_PAE_CTS_Starts


-----Original Message-----
From: Ev Comm <n3mssevcomm@...>
To: Mark Hinkel WA3QVU <mrhinkel@...>;
Sent: Sat, Sep 4, 2021 10:52 pm
Subject: A Desperate Plea for HELP / Ride MS: City to Shore

A  DESPERATE  PLEE  FOR  HELP
 
We are only 3 weeks away from the event.  YES – JUST 21 DAYS.
 
This past week we received enough volunteer registrations to only cover 4 route check points.  This still puts us in the need for 25 to 30 more HAM volunteers.
 
Ladies and Gentlemen !!!!!!!!!!
I don’t know what else to do to get out the word, to bring in additional volunteers.  I am shocked that so many of our volunteers from the last 5 years have not come back.  If some of you folks have complaints and criticisms on any of us, the event, or how we try to support the event fully, please contact us so that we can understand and hopefully clear things up. 
 
This is probably the last week that we have to get the volunteers we need, so that we can start assignments.  Remember, even if you have already signed up, you are receiving this email to help spread the word. 
 
Please put the 25th and 26th of September on your schedule to come out and support the 2021 Ride MS – City to Shore as the public service event that is supported fully, to ensure the safety and communications to help the all too many folks living with Multiple Sclerosis.
 
Please sign up at:               https://forms.gle/YzGMjT9aMojLA3Xt6
 
Or email back the attached form as soon as possible.
 
We look forward to working with as many of you as it takes to support the event fully.
 
With Much Appreciation
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