Members of the DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club participated in a state-wide emergency exercise on Saturday, October 3rd, 2009. The state-wide exercise was titled “H1N1 Immunization.” The exercise scenario was that all Tennesseans would be immunized in an H1N1 pandemic, and DeKalb County Emergency contingencies and local plans were reviewed.
Local Amateur Radio Operators utilized local radio repeaters and then utilized their emergency skills for stations in point-to-point contact. A particular point of interest was evaluating the amateur radio station backup at DeKalb Community Hospital. Communications were also sent to the District Emergency Coordinator who would relay the information to TEMA. These messages relayed the latest emergency status in DeKalb County.
Those local DeKalb County Amateur Radio Operators involved in the exercise included W3HKG – Bob Mitchell, KF4QNT – Kevin Neely, KJ4GCT – John Lester, KF4MGN – Randy Morris, KH6AD – Bob Soares, K4TWT – Terry Trapp and KC4GUG – Freddy Curtis - DeKalb County Amateur Radio Emergency Coordinator. The club would like to thank DeKalb County Emergency Management Director Charlie Parker for his aid in this exercise and Nancy Trapp, ER Administrator at DeKalb Community Hospital.
The DeKalb County Amateur Radio Club is an organization of Amateur Radio operators from DeKalb and Surrounding Counties and is an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League. The next club meeting will be on Thursday, October 29th, 2009 - 6:30 PM at the E-911 Center. Any person interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend.