Public Information Outreach
The Bicentennial has begun
2016 marks the 200th anniversary of statehood for Indiana. To celebrate this achievement and promote Amateur Radio, the ARRL Indiana Section is offering a unique and highly desirable certificate and individual QSL cards to stations making contact with Indiana Bicentennial Special Event Stations during this year. Our sincere thanks to all the clubs that are already committed to operating Special Event stations as part of the commemoration.
At the present time, there are twelve Special Event station operations slated for this year (see complete list in the Affiliated Club Coordination column page 14). While each Special Event station may issue its own QSL cards, the clean sweep certificate will be issued by the Indiana Section. Indiana Section PIOs stand ready to assist clubs in publicizing and marketing these local radio/historic events.
W9I – Indiana Bicentennial
Special Event Stations
October 1 – 9
Tri-State Amateur Radio Society, Evansville Westside Nut Club Festival
Fort Wayne DX Association
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
2016 Field Day – New Social Media Bonus
The 2016 Field Day packet was released on February 1. PIOs will take note of a new way to earn bonus points in PR: Social Media.
The new rule offers 100 bonus points for promoting your Field Day activation to the general public via an active, recognized, and utilized social media platform, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. This bonus is available to bona fide Amateur Radio clubs and Field Day groups that welcome visitors to their operations. These bonus points are not available to individual participants, and club websites do not qualify as social media for this bonus.
The bonus points are available to all Field Day entry classes meeting the criteria. Use social media to connect and invite elected officials, the media, and the public to your site, post photos and video of your activity, and much more. Field Day is June 25-26, 2016.
Public Relations Tips of the Month
If you have not already downloaded FEMA’s Basic Guidance for Public Information Officers –
https://www.fema.gov/media-library-data/20130726-1623-20490-0276/basic_guidance_for_pios_final_draft_12_06_07.pdf please consider it. This booklet has good information on working disaster communications in accordance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
Another good, free, online course is IS-29: Public Information Officer Awareness. You can sign up at:
We continue to look for, and recruit, ARRL public information officers from across the state. If you are interested, currently work as a PIO for your club, are an ARRL member, and have completed the free online course, PR-101 from the ARRL, then please contact the Section Manager for more information.
We are also in need of a new Section Public Information Coordinator. When Joe March, KJ9M regrettably resigned to spend more time with his family, the remaining PIO’s reporting fell off drastically. The Section PIO’s are requested to continue sending their monthly reports directly to the Section Manager to fulfill the requirement of maintaining their appointments and let the rest of the Section learn about noteworthy ham radio activities in their areas.