|Jolts & Volts||Officer Elections||Secretary's Report|
John is a tech rock star, with 50 patents issued or pending. He was part of the team that designed the chips for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and the Wii. But the 52-year-old, who lives in a converted schoolhouse in Richmond, has had another focus for the last 20 years: getting kids excited about science, engineering and technology. He’s traveled to schools across the country with his stage show “Jolts and Volts,” in which he electrocutes pickles, explodes Rice Krispies and uses an EKG hooked up to a theremin — both homebuilt — to make music from kids’ heartbeats.
Check out this article from Seven Days: www.7dvt.com/2011john-cohn-vermont-engineering-education
After the presentation, enjoy our usual gathering chew & chat post meeting confab.
Our current VP/Treasurer, Carl, AB1DD, has decided not to run for the position. Thank you Carl for your service; you have been quite an asset.
As our bylaws don’t allow for nominations within 3 weeks of the election, I took the following actions.
I contacted Jim Hefferon, KE1AZ, who was nominated for Secretary and asked him if he would consider being a write-in for VP/Treasurer and he agreed.
I also asked Kathi Walbridge, K1WAL, to run for Secretary and she agreed to run as a write-in also. So when you get your ballots, those two positions—VP-Treasurer, Secretary will only have spaces for write-in candidates. Please use them to write in your candidate of choice.
The current President and Secretary support Jim Hefferon for VP/Treasurer and Kathi Walbridge for Secretary.
Remember to vote early and often, but at the least—Vote.
Rob Schell, W1RVT, spoke to us about a variety of emergency communications groups operating in Vermont. They provide training, have documented "standard operating procedures" and provide two man teams for provide emergency communications where needed.
The Emergency Operatons Center (N1VEM) has stations for HF, VHF, 440 MHz, and digital PACTOR. It is part of FNAR, a national alert network from Washington. Microwave stations on mountain tops help to tie tie various centers together.
Amateurs involved in this work practice with Vermont Yankee, the National Weather Service, the Vermont Air National Guard, and major hospitals. No doubt they are always looking for interested operators.
Rob showed us photos of the EOC and their fancy communications trailers. One is set up particularly well. It has folding masts and a specialized ACU 1000 repeater that can connect radio networks to telephone lines.
More info is available at vem.vermont.gov
For the VE sessions every second Friday at the Red Cross, in addition to the things-to-bring, seen to the below, you can now download and bring Form 605 which can be filled out on-line and printed ahead of time. Find it here: arrl.org/files/file/ncvec605-3.pdf This is optional, but real helpful.
If you have any questions, contact Carl AB1DD@arrl.net.