Sturdy Memorial Hospital Amateur Radio Club (S.M.H.A.R.C.) was formed in the aftermath of the Blizzard of 1978. A group of ham radio operators teamed up to provide emergency communications to support local officials and to the Sturdy Memorial Hospital. The club, already past its 40th year, has a fully equipped radio station and is capable of assisting in emergency communications operations support for the general Attleboro area should the need arise. Club members include technical experts in radio communications, emergency radio operations, radio technology, Information Technology and other associated areas relating to Amateur Radio. SMHARC is a member of the American Radio Relay League(ARRL) www.arrl.org
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Regular business meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, except in July, at 8 pm in the Sturdy
Memorial Hospital Rice/Webb Auditorium.
ARES meetings are held at 7 pm on the same nights, just 1 hour prior to the club's business meetings.
Rag Chew informal meetings are held on the first Tuesday of the the month at 7:30 pm. In the Radio Room or the parking Lot on warm summer evenings. For literally Ham Radio
talk or just chit-chat.
Informal Breakfast gatherings are held every Sunday morning, meeting at 8:30 am at Bliss Dairy on Rte. 118 in
A motion was brought to the floor of Octobers monthly meeting to raise annual dues for the clubs membership. As mantyy of it members are on a fixed income, the increase of $5.00 per month to $20.00 for them. The others that are still employed will be increased by $10.00 to $25.00 for annual fees.
This will be voted on during the November 19, 2019 meeting. All members are encouraged to attend.
The motion was brought to a vote in the November meeting and was almost unanimously voted in favor in raising the membership dues, with only a couple abstentions. Starting January 2020 the dues for membership will be $25.00 for all working members otherwise it will be $20.00 for fixed income
UPDATE: It will be a General Class Preparation that will be taught not
the Technician as previously reported. my apologies.
It was announced at the November meeting that the General Class classes will begin at 7 pm on January 15, 2020. The third Wednesday, and will continue for 10 to 12 weeks. Classes will be held in the Michael Poissant Room / Clinical Education Center from 7 pm to 9 pm near the front entrance of the Hospital.
It was announced by our Club Secretary Ray Cord that a Drill of our Club's ARES Members will participate along with the Members of the Norfolk Medical Reserve Corps of a setup of a Emergency Shelter that will have communications for outside needs that would be required for an Emergency Shelter during an actual weather related or a natural disaster, should one occur. All members wishing to attend and participate Please meet at the Norton Middle School parking lot, located at 215 West Main Street, Norton, MA. at 8:00 am on Saturday April 18, 2020. More info to follow.
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