Public Service is one of the charter reasons for the existence of amateur radio. Along with technical investigations at the beginning, it is one of the backbones of amateur radio.
There are many ways to join public service. Some are through ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Services) which makes your equipment and skills available to local government in times of disaster. In the south during hurricanes, amateur radio is about the only method of communication. Traffic handling is another way. It delivers free messages for the general public.
A training net is run by our ARRL Section Traffic Manager, Steve, KB2RTZ. It is at 8PM every evening on the Bears repeater system, 147.345 MH with a PL of 127.3 Hz. Occasionally on the Westampton repeater. It is after the Sunday evening club net at 7:00 PM. Come and join us on any or all nets you will be glad you did.
Don’t forget the MS City to Shore Ride on September 25th and 26th. They are in dire need of amateur radio operators!
If doing something for others is a gratifying experience for you, give public service a try.