October 1997 - Page 3
Famous Amateurs From Around
How many of you at one time or another have wonder what famous people are hams? Well with this in mind we thought we'd share a few of these famous names and callsigns with you. See how many of them you have either heard on the bands or even knew they exsisted.
At our last monthly meeting Sgt. Andy O'Mara from the New York State Police spoke to membership about this year's Pumpkin Patrol.
Since its inception in 1976, the New York State Police, Troop T, recognized the Pumpkin Patrol as an important element of the State Police crime prevention effort.
The Pumpkin Patrol was orginated by Katherine St. Jacques in Fort Johnson, New York, in October 1976. Soon after a truck driver she was talking to on her citizens band radio was injured by flying glass caused by an object thrown from an overpass striking the windshield of his truck, St. Jacques and two companions decided to stand watch on three overpasses that crossed the New York State Thruway in the Johnstown area.
Lighting pumpkins and hanging them over the bridge railings to signify their presence, they stood guard the rest of the evening and so began the Pumpkin Patrol.
In 1984 Jack Donnelly, WA2YBM, from Albany ARA assisted St.Jacques with organizing local hams to provide coverage along the overpasses in the Capital Region. By 1985 St. Jacques and the efforts of various radio groups and amateur radio operators were able to provide coverage from the Syracuse area to Newburg, N.Y.
TARA's participation in the Pumpkin Patrol is being coordinated by Karen Smith, KB2UUC, and she needs your help. She is in need of volunteers who would like to share their time on October 30 and 31, to watch the overpasses along the Thruway.
If you would like to assist this worthy cause please contact Karen immediately.
You're Needed On:
OCTOBER 30 & 31