Other aspects of the Amateur service are enjoyable. There were the times we used our radio equipment with the local police department to extend their "eyes and ears" in the Halloween Trick or Treat Watch; the different times when the area Hams set up the special event stations from beautiful Pumpkin Center, North Carolina; or the drives and caravans we took to Turkey, North Carolina to set up and operate the special event "Turkey Talk" station for Thanksgiving.
Amateur radio is not just a hobby, this is a service. The licenses we hold are a privilege granted to us by the FCC. These licenses carry some responsibilities; we have the responsibility of providing emergency communications in the event of a disaster. All of the training we do, from participating in a formal traffic net to setting up a special event station, makes us better communicators. The Hamfests, ragchew nets, and monthly meetings improve the camaraderie we enjoy as Hams.
Our expertise in communications, whatever the type of communication you desire to use, are our contribution of service to the public. In times of emergencies, both national and local, the communications effort and expertise of Amateur Radio has been challenged--and that effort and expertise has allowed Amateur Radio to meet the challenge.
Would you like to be a part of this effort? Take a break from the regular routine and come join the club for a good old "rag chew" meeting. Meetings happen the second Tuesday of each quarter and begin at 7:00 pm, in the Onslow County Emergency Operations Center (EOC).