Tulip Time 2009
- Hello, it might not feel like Spring is just around the corner but it
be here very soon, with Spring's arrival comes the 2009 Tulip Time
As in the past the Amateur Radio Operators and the American Red Cross
be providing support along the parade routes during the three Tulip Time
The first parade (Volksparade) is scheduled for Wednesday, May 6, which
will need twelve Amateur Radio Operators to work as a Team with two
Red Cross First Aid Responders in covering a one block section of the
route. Along with two Net Control Operators, we will need a total of
fourteen Amateur Radio Operators, during the time frame of approximately
1:00pm until 3:30pm.
The second parade (Kinderparade) is scheduled for Thursday, May 7, which
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 8.
The third, the largest, and the longest parade (Muziekparade) is
for Saturday, May 9, which we will need twenty-four Amateur Radio
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 American Red Cross Tulip Time
Headquarters, Holland High School, and at Net Control.
Also for the Saturday parade, Amateur Radio Operators are needed to
with parade lineup. This group will be working within their own net, and
a different frequency than the parade route Teams. We need approximately
operators, six assigned to specific Division Parade Marshals, one to
with the floats, one to assist the TV Crew with their coverage, one to
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
know needs to be covered.
As one can see, this is large operation in which one Club or Group
handle on their own. Please we need your help in getting the word out to
area Amateur Radio Operators of this need. Many have done this festival
years and have their favorite spots to serve. If you are willing to
and have a favorite spot, please let me know I will to my best to assign
to that specific position. For those that are new to the hobby or those
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 you're interested in volunteering, please provide me with you full
call sign, physical limitations or special needs, contact phone number,
email address, and any special assignments you would like to cover.
Please email Dave Lamer WA8RSA directly at wa8rsa@... if you're
interested in working the parade line-up on Saturday.
Thank you in advance!
Steve Vander Hill - N8UJD