Firebird Amateur Radio Club
Uploaded by Ronald W. Cox, W9KFB (W9 Kokomo FireBird)
GOING STRONG SINCE 1966
The FIREBIRD AMATEUR RADIO CLUB members are employees and retirees of General Motors Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries and are located throughout the world. There are approximately 325 active members who have a variety of talents and who have or have had a variety of work assignments. There is a single class of membership open to all amateur radio operators who are employed by, or retired from General Motors Corporation or any of its wholly owned subsidiaries.
The club is social in nature, mainly by participation in nets which are maintained on several bands and frequencies for this purpose. An Annual Fall Business Meeting (usually in early October) to elect officers for the coming year and conduct other club business. The location of this meeting is varied around the Midwest where the majority of the membership resides. It takes place on a weekend with the business meeting being held on Saturday afternoon with a banquet following that evening. Most of the attendees to this meeting plan a full weekend to relax, enjoy the fellowship and to have a real good time.
The club has two ongoing Operating Achievement Award Programs. One is based on how many members a person can make radio contact with and the other is based on how many different countries these members are in. Both programs offer certificates with endorsements being added beyond the basic requirements. An activity many of the members enjoy goes along with these award programs and that is making radio contacts with and exchanging QSL cards with as many members as possible. This takes place wherever possible, but especially on the many nets where the members try to get to know each other better. The Firebirds have a very beautiful and distinctive QSL card which is available to the membership and which many members like to exchange.