May 07, 2022

RCARC donations now tax deductible!

Donations made to the Rusk County Amateur Radio club are now tax deductible, thanks to the recent approval of the IRS. While the club was begun nearly a decade ago as a non-profit group, the club began working on the process of formal non-profit status several years ago. It was the most recent efforts of Karan Haverstock, our current club president, that finally pushed the paperwork through.

"I'm so excited to finally have this done," Karan told the club during a recent meeting. "It took some time, but now that we have our confirmation, I'm glad we did it."

The club is now formally recognized by the IRS as a non-profit "501(c)3" organization which allows donors to deduct most contributions when filing income tax forms with the IRS. Most corporations and foundations that offer donations or grants also require receiving organizations to be designated as a 501(c)3. It provides transparency and serves as verification that the organization it committed to a charitable cause. In the RCARC's case, that is to promote the Amateur Radio, provide education in the radio sciences and provide public service using radio such as storm spotting or emergency response. The designation also helps ensure that funds are used appropriately and do not personally benefit club members. 

The RCARC is also registered with GuideStar which helps to track non-profit organizations and provide transparency to the public. This opens the door for donations from companies like Amazon which will donate a portion of sales to 501(c)3 groups. (Visit Smile.Amazon.com to have your purchases count!) The RCARC is also recognized by TechSoup, a verification company that qualifies groups for donations from large technology corporations such as Google and Microsoft. 

April 11, 2022

ARES Ops support Annual 10K race

Rusk County ARES members were once again on hand for Henderson's annual Resurrection Run. This year, the race was expanded from the typical 5K run to include a 10K as well, which posed new challenges for the group.

"When are so glad to have you all help out," said Kayla, who oversees race preparations. "It was different this year, but your group is always so prepared and ready to go!"

Although the weather was perfect for this year's race, there was a snag during the middle of the event. Several of the 10K runners took a sudden wrong turn during the route and got lost. It was the quick work of the Rusk County ARES operators who were able to spot the wayward runners and report them back on track. 

Before the race began, ARES members were deployed to several locations along the race route to report on runners' progress and unexpected emergencies. One operator was assigned to a mobile unit driven by a race official. 

The race, once again, proved a valuable training ground for more serious emergency response scenarios while allowing all the operators a fun time to get active. Plus, everyone got a free t-shirt!




March 21, 2022

A little POTA during Spring Break '22

Don spent part of his Spring Break working Parks on the Air (POTA) from Martin Creek State Park last week. David tagged along for some of the fun as well. 

"Really enjoyed working a little POTA from Martin Creek this morning with Straight-Key Don," said David. "He got around 50 QSOs, I finished with 21."

The weather was nearly perfect for the activation. 

March 20, 2022

Saturday morning Fox Hunt a success!

Another Fox Hunt in in the books as several members of the RCARC took off around town trying to locate the hidden transmitter. Members met at Fair Park for to check in and get the initial details of the hunt before heading off in multiple directions. Several club members used new attenuators recently built at a the March club meeting.

Ultimately, the fox was hiding in the woods behind the HISD Admin building on Crosby Street, on the north side of Henderson. It took about two hours for most of the members to track now the VHF signal.