On May 20th the Cape Cod ham community came together to assist the Alzheimer’s Family Foundation in the annual running of their Spring walk along the Cape Cod Canal fundraising event. The walk took place at Scusset Beach State Reservation in Bourne MA.
Eight ham operators from the Barnstable Am. Radio Club, Falmouth Amateur Radio Association and an unaffiliated ham from Plymouth joined together to help out.
The joint communications team set up a 2 meter simplex directed net using mobile, portable, and HT radios. They coordinated a pair of six-person golf carts and supported a course staff of more than 20 people, over a walk venue covering more than a mile. The weather was threatening all morning and the rain finally came, but the event went off without a hitch.
The Cape Cod ham radio community did a great job working as a single team drawn from various clubs and towns in southeastern Massachusetts, and helped a worthy charity do their important work. Thanks to all who participated! We look forward to helping again when the foundation runs their annual walk in Provincetown this fall.
There are lots of things to do with our communications skills and equipment. Perhaps the most satisfying is when we help out our neighbors in support of their invaluable efforts to meet the needs of the greater community.
Jake McGill, W1JKM
BARC Club Secretary
and Alzheimer’s Walk Comms Team Captain