After a brief presentation on the role of the Amateur Radio Society of Dryden (ARSD) Dave Wessell and Bob Ernewein provided a description of their efforts to acquire a 16 foot Mobile Communications Trailer. 
 
The ARSD is a volunteer organization of amateur radio operators who meet bimonthly on Wednesdays, as well as informally every Saturday at 10 AM at Robin’s Donuts.
 
Amateur (or ham) radio is the use of designated radio frequency spectra for purposes of private recreation, non-commercial exchange of messages, wireless experimentation, self-training, and emergency communication. The term "amateur" is used to specify "a duly authorized person interested in radio-electric practice with a purely personal aim and without pecuniary interest.
 
Amateur radio operators are required to pass an exam to obtain a license.
 
When called on to assist in an emergency, the club provides radio equipment and trained operators. They use their radio frequencies, emergency power if required, and support of sister repeater stations if needed.
 
The  Amateur Radio Society of Dryden have assisted with such events as city Christmas parade, Centennial Air show, Halloween and Gate night, as well as participating in mock disaster
events.
 
ARSD has started the process to raise money for a Mobile Communications Trailer that would give them the ability to go anywhere within the city or to outlying areas for local and area emergencies.
 
At the recent Mock Disaster they utilized a VA3EXT's 8.5'x16' enclosed cargo trailer to operate the club's portable station. They plan to start with a trailer like this, modified to their needs, with all equipment ready to go when needed. 
 
To date ARSD has acquired all the necessary communications equipment for the trailer including a Base Station, portable antenna and a 5000 watt generator. Trans Canada Pipelines has contributed $5000.00 towards the purchase of the trailer. Applications to the Trillium Foundation for funding were unsuccessful so they still need another $8000.00.
 
ARSD is one of many support groups identified in the City of Dryden Emergency Plan.  Sec. 5.10 of the plan states that the Amateur radio Society will provide Radio Equipment and Operators if requested by the Control Group. Presently, the City provides a meeting room, a Communications Room in the Fire Hall and a Tower Site for their repeater. 
 
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