Greetings to all RAGS members,
I am writing this email to inform you, our membership, that it is the decision of the RAGS Board of Officers to cancel the RAGS meeting for April. The annual RAGS Auction that was to be our program for that meeting will be postponed to a future date to be decided.
With Dayton Hamvention being canceled, Drumlins Hamfest “postponed”, and with the continuing guidance out of the County, State, and Federal authorities we believe canceling is the prudent thing to do.
Your board of officers will be monitoring the situation and will resume meetings when it is deemed safe to do so by competent medical authority.
The steps being taken to control the transmission of the COVID-19 virus are unprecedented in our time. “Social Distancing” is a new term in our local vernacular. But HAM radio operators have practiced “social distancing” from the start of our hobby! We may not be able to gather together for eyeball qso’s for awhile, but the airwaves are still there. I encourage you to take advantage of all of the local nets we are blessed with here in Central New York. Go to www.upstateham.net for all of the information on the times and frequencies for a net near you.
All of the local repeaters are operated and maintained for your use and enjoyment. Take advantage of it and get out there and have some fun! You are sure to find someone out there ready to talk to you if you send out a CQ or two.
Barry Burge KD4MCB
President, Radio Amateurs of Greater Syracuse