TO: ALL WOOD COUNTY ARES MEMBERS (OFFICIAL)
ALL ARES AND NON-ARES AMATEURS ANYWHERE (INFORMATION)
FROM: KEN HARRIS WA8LLM ARRL DISTRICT 3
EMERGENCY COORDINATOR WOOD COUNTY EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS INC.
WOOD COUNTY ARES BULLETIN NR 20.13 DATE: March 29, 2020
SUBJECT: LEARNING BY EXPERIENCE.
Providing communications for events like the Half-Marathon, Road Runs, Mountain Bike races, Cross Country races, and other walking and running events, has multiple purposes. It affords us the opportunity to handle tactical communications, use tactical call signs, expose Amateur Radio to the public, and provides a service to our communities that no one else but Amateur Radio could do.
If you feel you may have goofed, or made mistakes during any of these events, then you've already learned the most important lesson. Recognizing where we have failed, or gone wrong, in an event, is our best learning experience. It may be a year before we can see if we corrected the mistakes that we made, but, we know what to correct.
These events and experiences makes us better communicators, and helps us better understand communications under pressure, such as during an actual emergency or disaster.
Use these non-emergency events to learn what to do and how to correct the mistakes. They will help keep us from making the same mistakes in an actual disaster or emergency.
Ken Harris WA8LLM
Wood County WV