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Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« on: January 18, 2019, 10:42:12 PM »
My Friend James Lea a fellow ham, emergency comss guy and cinematographer whose family are all amatuer radio ops, is in trouble of loosing his home due to an injury.  If you can help please do. If you have a website that you can post this please do that as well.


He is also a III too.


https://www.gofundme.com/help-the-lea-family-get-back-on-their-feet?fbclid=IwAR2buMvPJ2eaimvwue_keH2N9sQ3GRtyVffOci0VdZ4Ex4LxaTGmV8T1RHw

In October 2018, James was working covering the landfall and aftermath of Hurricane Michael in the Panhandle of Florida.  While shooting stock footage of the aftermath, he heard over amateur radio of an urgent need for communicators to respond to the affected area to help coordinate the relief efforts.  James immediately made the decision to put down his camera (meaning that he stopped earning an income to volunteer to help save lives) and spent over a week in the the town of Wewahitchka, Florida volunteering to provide life-saving communications via amateur radio.  Before arriving in Wewahitchka, he helped establish communications between the Emergency Operations Centers in Calhoun and Liberty Counties and the State EOC in Tallahassee.  James also helped provide communications to help get a fireman who was septic evacuated via helicopter to a hospital where he was able to receive life-saving surgery.  This volunteer effort cost a significant amount of income because James was not out shooting footage that he could sell. 

What Happened?
Through the negligence of others, James traumatically injured his right shoulder and recently underwent major rotator cuff surgery to repair the damage.  Recovery may take as long as a year and he is unable to work as a Director of Photography/cinematographer until he is fully recovered. 

During this recovery process, James is unable to pick up a camera, much less put one on his shoulder!  Prior to the surgery, James had a large, well-paying contract for a training video that would have provided a few months income to help offset his inability to work. 

Less than two days prior to the project's beginning (a mere week prior to the surgery), the client pulled out, saying that they did not know that James was not operating as a Corporation.  James spent two months being vetted for the job, including having to pass multiple security checks and drug screenings, all of which he passed. 

We later found out that the client's client decided that they wanted another company, owned by a relative of theirs, to produce the project.

Our savings has been exhausted and the State of Florida does not have a short-term disability program for self-employed entrepreneurs.  In a short period of time, we have gone from self-sufficient to facing eviction and are unable to keep up with the bills.
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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2019, 11:11:58 PM »
Here is the family's ham youtube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCHDyGrXXTib1-m5jl0P9Zyg
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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #2 on: January 20, 2019, 11:03:14 PM »
Now his girls, all hams are selling their GoBox to raise money to support the family. 

This is hard for them as this was their labor of love.

If you know someone looking for a great go box let them know

See the video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqeIRUENjsI&feature=youtu.be


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Posted by James G. Lea
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The children want to help the family's financial bottom line and they have decided to sell their amateur radio go box. When you watch the video, be sure to go to the YouTube page for the video so you can read the description of what the go box contains. There is also a link to a video where the children show how they built the go box.

We are at 75% of our goal and appreciate everyone who has helped thus far. Please continue to share our story with everyone you know and also contribute if you are so led.

Thank you,

James and Family
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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #3 on: January 22, 2019, 08:09:07 PM »
WOW!!!!!  This can happen to any of us. Ill be sending my part in.

If you dont mind AD, Ill be posting this on our ham clubs Facebook page.

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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2019, 09:20:46 PM »
Please share.  The rental company is trying to evect them.
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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2019, 11:45:26 AM »
Any thing up to date?
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Re: Help a fellow Ham who is in a bind
« Reply #6 on: February 07, 2019, 08:45:27 PM »
Sorry for the delay in responding.

Real estate has been kicking my ass

They were still teying to evict them.
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