The second week of May is Tulip Time in Holland and that means flowers and parades. The Holland Amateur Radio Club, along with other area amateur radio operators, support the event while having a lot of fun! The Red Cross supplies a box lunch, beverages, safety vests, and instructions. There’s a variety of positions for volunteers, but most operators are paired with Red Cross medical personnel to provide communication for them as the teams each cover a block or so of the parade route. About 20 radio personnel are needed for the Wednesday and Thursday parades and 25 for the Saturday parade.
We have not yet received the details for this year’s parades, but if it follows past years, we will meet at a predetermined location and the Red Cross will arrange for private bus transportation for us to and from the parades, so there are no worries about traffic or parking. The bus generally picks us up about 11am. All of the parades begin at 2pm and end about 3:30pm. Details will be passed on to volunteers as they are received.
No medical or parade experience is necessary. Please bring your 2-meter handheld transceiver, headphones, and some extra batteries to use if needed. We will be our own net, with our own net control operator. If you’d like to join in the fun while performing a community service, please contact Tom, firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also request a particular location or position at that time.