Monday, June 11, 2018

Surrey Doors Open Observations

A peek behind our Operations and Training Centre Doors

This is a follow-up to post

This year 30 venues participated. Despite the prediction of rain, the skies cleared and we had a beautiful day. Opening was scheduled for 11am but our first visitor arrived at 10:20. The majority of our visitors arrived between 11am and 1pm and they not only seemed very interested in our demonstrations but complimented the volunteers and the role they play in the emergency program. From feedback, the hidden transmitter hunt was the most challenging, although the simulated contact and report emergency simulation was popular with kids who had not had any exposure to radio use. The most notable HF contact was with a commercial jetliner at 30,000 feet over Nebraska piloted by a ham. The adults were uniformly impressed by the technology Amateur Radio offers. I have no doubt that most, if not all, left with an appreciation of what Amateur Radio, and the OTC contribute to the City. Our exposure and feedback on social media was also uniformly positive. They included former Mayor Dianne Watts, a strong supporter of Amateur Radio.

We had one confirmed signup for the next Basic course, and a further three expressions of interest. The total for the day was 47 visitors.
My thanks to the following volunteers from SARC and SEPAR (most of whom wore two hats):

John VA7XB
Robert VE7CZV
Michael VE7GMP
Robert VA7FMR
Jinty VA7JMR
Dixie VA7DIX
Kjeld VE7GP
David VA7DRS
Jeremy VE7TMY
Jason VA7IJT

Thank you all again!

John VE7TI
SDO Coordinator

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