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CERT Training

CERT Training possibilities - update

At our May meeting, Tim White announced that the days he would be available to conduct CERT training for our club will be July 22, 9A-5P and July 23, 9A-3P. This training is open to everyone regardless of county of residence. If you are interested, contact Tim at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Location of this training is to be announced.

If these dates will not work for you AND if you are a resident of Johnson County, there is another opportunity that has just appeared in today's paper. This training will be conducted at Franklin College and will last for 10 weeks. Details of these training sessions appear below, as it appeared in the 25 May Daily Journal. Note that these sessions start one week from today, so if interested, contact them right away.

Franklin College to host disaster training (CERT)

Johnson County residents can attend a free 10-week training class to learn how to respond to local disasters. The course will be Thursdays from June 1 to Aug. 3 and will certify residents for the Community Emergency Response Team.

The team is being sponsored by Johnson County Community Organizations Active in Disasters. Through training, residents can manage utilities and put out small fires, provide basic medical aid or other immediate assistance to victims in their area, search for and rescue victims safely, organize themselves and spontaneous volunteers to be effective and collect disaster intelligence to assist professional responders.

Training sessions will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Johnson Fine Arts Center on the Franklin College campus. Space is limited. To register, please call 317-560-4188 or email jccoad@ gmail.com with your name, phone number and email address.

2017 ARRL Field Day is June 24-25


Field Day is ham radio's open house. Every June, more than 40,000 hams throughout North America set up temporary transmitting stations in public places to demonstrate ham radio's science, skill and service to our communities and our nation. It combines public service, emergency preparedness, community outreach, and technical skills all in a single event. Field Day has been an annual event since 1933, and remains the most popular event in ham radio.

"What Is Field Day" PDF


Strawberry Festival 2017

White River Township FD Strawberry Fest

What began 25 years ago as a small one-day community event has grown into a major two-day event with food, fireworks, and emergency and safety demonstrations. The festival is held every year at the Sugar Grove Elementary School on the corner of Berry Road and Smith Valley Road in Greenwood.  This year’s highlights include a display of the department’s apparatus, fireworks Saturday evening, vehicle extrication demonstration with the Indiana University Health Life Line helicopter, and much more. In addition to strawberry shortcakes, the WRTFD firefighters, EMTs, paramedics, and staff will be selling hamburgers, hotdogs, corn, rib-eye sandwiches, and more. Food and drinks are available for purchase with cash. All events are free. More information can be found on WRTFD's website: www.wrtfd.org.

Festival Hours: Friday, June 9th starting at 12 pm - 10pm and Saturday, June 10th from 9 am - 10:30 pm.  See their poster below. 

Members of the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club participate every year on Saturday of the event with an amateur radio demonstration station for the public to stop by and find out about amateur radio. Check us out!


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You're Invited - MARC OPEN HOUSE

Dear Friend,

You are cordially invited to join the Mid-State Amateur Radio Club (MARC) open house celebration of its new radio room facilities on Saturday, May 13 from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon. A demonstration of the club radio equipment and emergency communication capabilities will be displayed as well as information about other aspects of the hobby including obtaining entry level FCC amateur radio licensure. Refreshments will be served.

The new radio room is located at the Johnson County Prosecutors offices located at 1 Caisson Dr.,Franklin, IN. (formerly the Franklin Police department). Entrance is through the east end of the building in back of the garage. Parking is north of the building. (Note: Main St. from downtown is closed to throughtraffic.)

MARC is a critical communication link during local, state, or national emergency when normal communication channels are down or unavailable. Thus allowing local and state responders to operate effectively. MARC is also the official Sky-warn network for Johnson County. When severe weather, including extreme snow, severe thunderstorms, or tornados impact Johnson County, MARC weatherspotters provide on-site reporting to the National Weather Service offices to alert the public of dangers.

You may stop by and visit any time during the morning of our open house. Should you be unavailableduring the open house date, private tours our facilities can be arranged by contacting the club president.  Thanks in advance for your interest and support.



Jacki Frederick (KI6QOG)

MARC, President

Cellphone Radiation Exposure Fact Sheet draft released By California health officials

After years of keeping it suppressed California health officials have, under an expected court order, released a draft fact sheet about cellphone radiation exposure dated April 2014. The report has been updated several times but never made public. This is a result of a law suit filed under the California Public Records Act by Joel Moskowitz, Ph.D., of the University of California, Berkeley Center for Family and Community Health.

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