Hello, it might not feel like Spring Time is just around the corner but it
will be here very soon, with Spring's arrival comes the 2006 Tulip Time
Festival. As in the past the Amateur Radio Operators and the American Red
Cross will be providing support along the parade routes during the three
Tulip Time parades.
The first parade is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10, which we will need
twelve Amateur Radio Operators to work as a Team with two American Red Cross
First Aid Responders in covering a one block section of the parade route.
Along with two Net Control Operators, we will need a total of fourteen
Amateur Radio Operators, during the time frame of approximately noon until
The second parade is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, which we will need the
same number of Amateur Radio Operators as the Wednesday parade, during the
same approximate time frame. The rain date for this parade will be Friday,
May 12, 2006.
The third, the largest, and the longest parade is schedule for Saturday, May
13, which we will need
twenty-four Amateur Radio Operators to cover a one-block section of the
expanded parade route, along with two-three Net Control Operators. Also
during this parade we need packet radio stations setup and operating at the
Civic Center, Holland High School, and at Net Control.
Also for the Saturday parade, Amateur Radio Operators are needed to assist
with parade lineup. This group will be working within their own net, and on
a different frequency than the parade route Teams. We need approximately
ten operators, six assigned to specific Division Parade Marshals, one to
work with the floats, one to assist the TV Crew with their coverage, one to
work with the cars, one to work directly with the Grand Marshal, and two Net
Control Operators. Adding up the various activities on Saturday, we need
approximately forty Amateur Radio Operators just to cover what we currently
know needs to be covered.
As one can see, this is large operation in which one Club or Group can not
handle on their own. Please we need your help in getting the word out to
all area Amateur Radio Operators of this need. Many have done this festival
for years and have their favorite spots to serve. If you are willing to
serve, and have a favorite spot, please let me know I will to my best to
assign you to that specific position. For those that are new to the hobby
or those that have sat on the sidelines in the past years, please consider
giving it a try. It is fun, and is a great way to brush up on your net
operating procedures while providing a highly visible community service.
If your interested in volunteering, please provide me with you full name,
call sign, physical limitations or special needs, contact phone number,
email address, and any special assignments you would like to cover.
Thank you in advance!
Steve Vander Hill - N8UJD