AMATEUR RADIO CLUBS PREPARE FOR ANNUAL PUMPKIN PATROL
Tradition of supporting NYS Police on Thruway bridges on Halloween continues for 44th year.
Amateur Radio operators from Drumlins Amateur Radio Club of Wayne County and Squaw Island Amateur Radio Club of Ontario County will join with NYS Police Troop T for the 44th Pumpkin Patrol.
Also known as Hams, these radio operators will watch over bridges that cross the NYS Thruway in an effort to help prevent dangerous vandalism.
The radio operators are in constant contact with their Net Control which acts as a coordinator and can quickly notify 911 if any hazards or other incidents need to be reported. Drumlins President Bill Tegtmeyer said “Hams across New York State volunteer their time to stand guard over virtually every bridge crossing the Thruway on the nights of Oct 30th and 31st in an effort to maintain safety and prevent damage.”
There have been no reports of any serious vandalism from bridges to vehicles traveling on the Thruway since the Patrol began.
This is just one of many volunteer programs local Amateur Radio operators participate in to help protect their communities. Local Hams work closely with the County Emergency Management Office, Radio Amateur Civilian Emergency Service (RACES) and Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) to provide radio communications in event of local and national emergencies. If you are interested in learning more about Amateur Radio, check with the Amateur Radio Relay League at www.ARRL.org
or www.DrumlinsARC.us or www.SIARC.org. Anyone interested in Ham radio activities is also welcome to attend our meetings, and hopefully join the club. Feel free to call Drumlins President Bill Tegtmeyer at (315) 744-0434 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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