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Ham Radio Club receives Feinstein Spirit Award BY BOB RHEIN The spirit of Susie Feinstein is alive and well with the Catalina Amateur Repeater Association, which received the award in her name for its tireless support of the Annual Avalon Benefit 50-Mile Run held on Saturday, Jan.15. Susie' Feinstein was an ardent runner who continued running the challenging 50-mile race through the island's rugged interior after she was diagnosed with cancer. When she passed away in 1999, her husband, Don Feinstein insti- tuted the SuSan Feinstein Spirit Award, at the request of race own- ers, the Avalon Lion's Club. It is given.to the person or persons who show the greatest spirit during the run. "This year, CARA was selected for all the years of faithful ser- vice you have given the event," Feinstein wrote in an email to Frank Shannon, technical advisor on CARA's Board of Directors. "Without you, the event would not be as successful and safe." CARA members--all ham ra- dio operators--provide communi- cations support for the 30-year old Run. Approximately 46 miles of the race is out in the interior where cell phone service is spotty or non- existent. "We had eight ham operators at rest stops along the 50-Mile Run course," said CARA member Glen Gustafson. "We track the progress of the runners as they pass by a rest stop, and radio that information to the race organizers in Avalon, so Publisher - Dan Teckenoff dan@cinews.us Editor-Dennis Kaiser ed@cinews.us Office Goddess - Angela Palm Teckenoff angela@cinews.us Accounting - Alison Carter acctg@sunnews.org Advertising: Display - dan@cinews.us Classifieds & Classified display, legal angela@cinews.us Subscriptions angela@cinews.us Editorial: Letters to the editor ed@cinews.us Obituaries angela@cinews.us 101 MARILLA #6 AVALON, CA 9o7041 (~o) S,l.O-O~ I FAX: (3xo) sx~2ss2 Postmaster: Send address changes to The Catalina Islander P.O. Box 428, Avalon, CA 90704 (USPS 093-140) Acceptance under 39C, F.R. ll~ 3464 periodicals postage paid at Avalon, CA 90704 and other additional offices. Adjudication Decree No. 377598. Date of Adjudication~ Oct. 4, 1934 Exact Name of Newspaper as Shown in the Petition for Adjudication: The Catalina Islander. Published weekly at lO~- Marilla Avenue, #6 Avalon, CA 90704. The entire contents of The Catalina Islander are copyrighted by The Catalina Islander. No part may be reproduced in any fashion without written con- sent of the publisher. This publication is printed almost entirely on recycled paper. PROUD MEMBER OF THE CALIFORNIA NEWSPAPER PUBLISHERS ASSOCIATION DIEADUNES Calendar: Noon Monday I News: 5 p.m. Monday I Display Adver- tising: 2 p.m. Tuesday I Classi~ed Advertising: Noon Tuesday I Legal/Public Notices: 5 p.m. Monday SUBSCRIPTIONS One Year Subscription: Catalina .............................................. $39 Mainland .....~ ............ . ......................... $48 Subscriptions via First Class Mail are available for $80/year Founded in 1913 by Ernest Windle they know where every runner is along the route." ' The hams also add to the health and welfare to the runners. "If a rest stop runs out of Gatorade, water or oranges, for example, the ham operator relay that informa- tion so that runners are never with- out the nourishment they need on the torturous course." In one of the more remote rest stop locations, Eagle's Nest, the historic former stage coach stop and hunting lodge, ham operator John Regalado has to set up a radio repeater on a ridge above Eagle's nest to connect to the repeater at the Airport in the Sky to have his communications bounced back down to Avalon. CARA oversees the repeater at the airport, which at an elevation of 1,602 feet above sea level, allows ham operators to connect to other hams from Santa Barbara to San Diego and most points inland. Ham radio operators on Cata- lina became officially organized shortly after the 2007 fire. It had burned 4,800 acres of chaparral, grassland and rare coastal sage scrub and oak woodlands in addi- tion to destroying some camping facilities, warehousesin Avalon and one home. "Following the fire if was clear that the Island needed more ham operators who can supply commu- nication support when cell phone and land-line telephone service is out," Gustafson said. "The Conservancy brought over Gordon 'Gordo' West a well- known ham radio instructor who put on an intensive weekend train- ing course at no cost to the stu- dents. About 30 of us were able to learn enough tO get our licenses, issued by the Federal Communi- cations Commission." Now, Gus- tafson gays, there are about 100 licensed ham operators on the Is- land. Before the fire, there were practically none. Two years ago, five ham op- erators in Avalon took Disaster Commufiications Service training provided by Los Angeles Sheriff's Department ham radio unit. Last Tuesday, January 25, those five op- erators: Sheryl Allison, Glen Gus- tafson, Vicki Hubert, Liz Johnson and Dan Teckenoff were sworn in as an official DCS unit on Cata- lina, in a ceremony at City Hall. On Saturday, Jan. 29, the Sheriff's DCS unit will provide them with advanced training, and conduct an introductory trainingcourse for about 15 others, including several Conservancy Rangers. "By attending this training, we will know more about how the Local Disaster Communication Service volunteers from left: Vicki Hubert, Liz Johnson, Glen Gustafson and Dan Teckenoff are swam in by Avalon City Clerk Denise Radde. (not shown is Cheryl Allison) DCS program works and what the needs of the Sheriff's Department are," said Jim Fellows; a Conser- vancy ranger. Gustafson says that properly trained ham radio operators on Catalina can adapt very well in the event that the power grid goes out during an emergency. "We can adapt to circumstances better than the average emergency worker," he said. "We can use solar cells to recharge our batteries, or use au- tomobile batteries or 12 volt bat- teries found in golf carts. We are a fledgiing ham community here in Avalon, but in the event of an earthquake, fire, tsunami, or even a flu epidemic--we will be in a po- sition to be helpful and useful." ACT OF KINDNESS Avalon Schools' Dawn Golonsky teaches the elementary Special Day Class. Part of the curriculum is known as community-based instruc- tion, where Golonsky and instructional aide Tracy Romo take students into the community to practice skills-tl~ab many ,ef us ,raise for granted. On Tuesday, Miss Dawn andfie~"class were eating lunch in town, when they were pleasantly Surprised by a visitor, Maj. James E. O'Neat,an Army chaplain from the 501st Sustainment Brigade. O'Neal interacted with the students and then proceeded to buy everyone lunch, His gen- erosity, kindness, and openness towards the class made everyone's day, and the students returned to school having learned far more about our country than restaurant etiquette. Golonsky, Romo and the students said they wished to send their heartfelt thanks to Chaplain O'Neal for his kindness. The Boys in Blue Cubs ~ring Training on Catalina 192 I- 195 i Opening Celebration February 5,2011 6:~ - 9:00 pm (Free to the Public) 310-510-2414 ~.CafalinaMuseum.org Located in the ground floor of the Casino building facing the b~ 21F?iday, January 28, 2011 llhe CATALINA ISLANDER