Whiskey 6 Echo Delta Sierra
Licensee:  Scott D. EDSon, La Habra, CA
I am a member of The ARRL. Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA. Today, with more than 156,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States. The Core Purpose of the ARRL is to promote and advance the art, science and enjoyment of Amateur Radio.
ARRL not only reflects the commitment and enthusiasm of American hams, but also provides leadership as the voice of Amateur Radio in the USA, whether in dealings with the Federal Communications Commission, the World Administrative Radio Conference, the International Amateur Radio Union, or with the general public. The ARRL is the primary source of information about what is going on in the ham radio world.
The ARRL provides books, news, support and information for individuals and clubs, special operating events, all sorts of continuing education classes and other benefits for its members. Being a member of the ARRL is important for hams! The ARRL is devoted entirely to Amateur Radio.
I am a member of The Ten-Ten International Net. Ten-Ten International Net, or 10-10 for short, is an organization of amateur radio operators dedicated to maintaining high levels of amateur radio communications on the 10-meter amateur band (28.0-29.7 MHz). Established in 1962, 10-10 has grown continuously since that day, with some ups and downs according to the numbers of sunspots and the openness of the band.
10-10 offers the 10-meter enthusiast the opportunity to share in a wide variety of activities internationally, not the least of which is meeting new and old friends. By keeping the band active through participation in 10-10 nets, QSO parties, and certificate collection, 10-10 offers both satisfaction and challenges, while promoting learning and courteous operating practices. The combination of on-the-air activities, awards, a bi-annual convention, and the 10-10 News creates an unusually strong bond among 10-10 members.
I joined because every 10-10 member I spoke to was just plain nice... However, now my G5RV is giving me trouble on the low end of 10 meters!
I am a member of The PAPA System. The PAPA System is a community of 300+ radio amateurs enjoying the use of twenty-two (22) inter-linked analog and digital D-Star repeaters, providing extensive coverage to the Southern California region and beyond. The PAPA System provides reliable communications from the Mexican border to North of Santa Barbara, and from the Arizona border to "maritime mobile" well out into the Pacific Ocean. The System also includes access to the Hollywood IRLP Node which can link your radio to thousands of other nodes all over the world! The System is membership sponsored.
I find the PAPA System to be extremely friendly, especially to new hams, and very active in San Diego and Los Angeles areas.
I am a member of The Cactus Intertie System. The Cactus Intertie System is a private amateur radio system consisting of a large number of remotely controlled base stations that are interconnected utilizing full duplex links. This linked system covers large portions of California, Arizona, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Colorado and Texas. Additional coverage is available in the Washington D.C. and the surrounding area of Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware on a full time basis. Additional coverage on a full time basis is also available in the Atlanta, Georgia and the Portland, Oregon area.
Cactus members seem to be a more advanced group of users, many professionally involved in electronics and/or communications. You have to be sponsored to be considered for membership.
I am a member of the Disaster Amateur Radio Network. DARN is also a private amateur radio system consisting of a large number of repeaters from Ensenada to Santa Barbara that are all interconnected and full duplex... They are a smaller group of users and very friendly. You must be sponsored to be considered for membership.
AND.... I am listening to The Anaheim Amateur Radio Association, The Catalina Amateur Repeater Association, The Orange County Amateur Radio Club, CLARA, SOARA, TRW, and a few others. I may join some of these in the future.
After I obtained my Private Pilot Certificate, I joined The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association. The AOPA is a not-for-profit individual membership association that effectively serves the interests and needs of its members as aircraft owners and pilots and establishes, maintains, and articulates positions of leadership to promote the economy, safety, utility, and popularity of flight in general aviation aircraft.
I also joined The California Pilots Association. CalPilots is a not-for-profit association estabished for
"Protecting, Preserving and Promoting California's General Aviation Community and Airports."
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