WMA Section Emergency Coordinator John Ruggiero N2YHK is looking for amateur radio operators for the Sutton Chain of Lights on the December 3, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
The event is a town-wide holiday celebration featuring open houses and activities at a large variety of locations throughout the town. For more on the event, visit the Sutton Chain of Lights Facebook page.
The role of amateur radio is to coordinate the trolley buses that shuttle people to and from various locations throughout the town. Amateur radio operators will need to bring 70cm equipment with DCS/DPL capability. You will likely need an external antenna. The trolleys' roofs are made of fiberglass, so you'll need another means of attaching the antenna to the trolley other than mag mount. Duct tape has often been used in the past. HT's should be OK but portable mobiles are preferred. No DC power is available from the trolley so everything will need to be run by battery.
This is a very fun, festive and low-key event, perfect for those wanting to get into public service for the first time. Operators will also likely have opportunities to get out at some of the stops to shop and the like.
To sign up or for more information, email @ and confirm that you have the equipment listed above.