NORTH FLORIDA AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY MEETING:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT 7PM
ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL, 1700 OLD MIDDLEBURG RD.
Dinner before the November meeting is at Arden's Kafe & Katering, 8299 West Beaver St. near Bulls Bay Highway and convenient to the Hammond Blvd. exit from I-10 in Marietta. It begins at 5:00 and all are welcome. If you will attend, please contact Janet Purvis, KA4REZ via email@example.com
(From the November Balanced Modulator)
JACKSONVILLE FREE HAMFEST THIS SATURDAY, OCTOBER 29TH
The fun starts at sunrise, actually slightly earlier, at 7AM and continues until noon in the large parking area at Terry Parker Baptist Church, 7024 Merrill Rd. in Arlington.
Forecasts call for clear weather with temperatures ranging from the high 50s to the low 80s.
See http://nofars.net/hoas/hamfest for directions to get there.
Spaces in the large tailgate area are FREE for those selling Amateur Radio-related items. Load up your excess items and sell from your vehicle, or bring a table along to display your equipment and accessories. Of course, admission is FREE and everyone is invited.
Arrive early and look for bargains. Need assistance in planning or improving your station? Operators will be there to offer help and advice.
The Jacksonville Skywarn Assn. holds a meeting at 9AM. If weather reporting interests you, be sure to attend.
The W4SNN Saturday Night Net will have a hospitality table with coffee, pastries and other treats. These are FREE but donations for future weekly net prize drawings are welcome. Meet your friends and make new ones
The boat anchor auction starts around 10:30. There is no commission charge to auction your items, just bring them to the tables under the roof near the church's back entrance shortly before the auction starts. Minimum bids can be designated.
Prize drawings start after the auction concludes. For a small donation, you can become eligible. All proceeds benefit the W4IZ repeater system.
2016 AMATEUR RADIO OPERATOR OF THE YEAR NOMINATIONS
Nominations from members for NOFARS 2016 Amateur Radio Operator of the Year are now in order. Deadline is the November 10th meeting.
To nominate, attend the meeting or e-mail your choice with a summary of their qualifications to ki4rhq at comcast.net
You can also nominate at the Jacksonville FREE hamfest by mentioning your choice to N4UF or any NOFARS officer.
Both short-term and long-term accomplishments and contributions are considered. The winner receives a plaque at the December dinner meeting.
Past winners, including those selected as Greater Jacksonville Amateur Radio Operator of the Year (1993-2007), are not eligible. These include W4IJJ, KA4REY, KA4REZ, KI4OIU (Joe Speiser Sr.), K1KVA, WB4YTJ, W4NEK, KE4IOR, NS4R, WA4B, W4EMN, NO4A, N4YHS, W4LTJ, KI4ZL, N4UF, WB4PHG, WB3DBE and W4FHP.
Electors include current NOFARS officers and past-winners. They will vote for their first, second and third choices from among those nominated.
Electors can vote on November 10th following the meeting or by contacting Randy before November 15th.
DECEMBER 8TH DINNER TICKETS
NOFARS, Duval ARES and Jax RANGE again are holding a joint Christmas Holiday Dinner Banquet on our second Thursday meeting night, December 8th. It is at Ardens but they have moved to a NEW LOCATION--8299 West Beaver St. near Bulls Bay Highway.
Use the new I-10 exit at Hammond Blvd. in Marietta and go north to Beaver St. (US90). Then turn east for a short distance to Bulls Bay Highway. Arden's is located in the shopping center there.
The fun starts around 6PM and again we'll participate in the Salvation Army's Angel Tree program that provides gifts for needy youngsters. Channel 30/47 Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh is a prime mover for Angel Tree. If you want to participate in Angel Tree, bring an unwrapped child's gift with you.
Tickets for the tasty buffet meal are only $12.50 per person in advance. Both Lueann, KJ4SXP and Neal, N4FAS will have tickets available at the November NOFARS meeting and at other area functions.
A plaque will be presented to the 2016 NOFARS Ham of the Year. There will be other awards and also door prizes. Arden's buffet includes a wide range of offerings with something for everyone. Don't miss it.
TUESDAY TRIVIA AND TRADERS NET
It meets every Tuesday night at 8:00pm, but with a different twist. The net uses two meter SSB on 145.225 MHz. All hams are invited to check in, list personal radio-related items that they have to sell, announce items they need and take a shot at answering trivia questions tossed out by net control.
NORTHERN FLORIDA QST SECTION NEWSLETTER
The ARRL Northern Florida Section publishes a monthly newsletter. Edited by Marty Brown, WB2VYK, the newsletter includes listings of upcoming events, news articles, and other items of interest to hams living in the 43 counties comprising ARRL's Northern Florida Section.
The newsletter is published around the first of every month. It is available for everyone to read along with an archive of previous issues.
To read the newsletter, access http://arrl-nfl.org/?page_id=2228
You can also access the Northern Florida ARRL web site via http://arrl-nfl.org/
HOA ANTENNA BILL PASSES HOUSE, CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO URGE APPROVAL
Contact your U.S. Senators to urge approval of The Amateur Radio Parity Act. It passed the House of Representatives on September 12th as HR1301.
Write, e-mail or call Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.
Or use the link below to register your support.
If passed, these bills would assure hams living on deed restricted lots of being granted permission for at least a basic outdoor antenna installation.
Operators must request and receive HOA architectural review approval before commencing installation.
HOA restrictive covenants that totally ban outdoor antennas would become unenforceable. Several years back, FCC began protecting TV dish and over-the-air broadcast antennas. If the bill becomes law, Amateur Radio antennas will be added to protected installations.
From The October Balanced Modulator
1960s Jacksonville AM Radio Giants: WPDQ & WAPE
ARRL SOUTHEASTERN DIRECTOR ELECTION CONTROVERSY
Several months ago, ARRL HQ called for nominations from all full members residing in its Southeastern Division (FL, GA, AL, PR, VI). If two or more candidates qualified, ballots were scheduled to be mailed in October.
Current ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC from the Orlando area filed to seek re-election along with Alabaman Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, who previously served two terms as ARRL SE Director.
After Rehman filed, ARRL HQ disqualified him and declared Sarratt elected without opposition. This action effectively ends Rehman's tenure on December 31, 2016.
Rehman defeated Sarratt in 2013 by only 12 votes (961 to 949).
Very low voter participation may have contributed to Sarratt's defeat in 2013. Participation was down over 60% as ARRL tried a new online voting system. The League subsequently returned to postal mail balloting.
Rehman contends that he ran in order to reform ARRL Board governance. He took office in January 2014 for a three-year term. He said one of his goals was to make the League "more transparent." A priority was to make semi-annual ARRL Board of Directors meetings open to all members, possibly through online streaming.
Currently, attendance at ARRL Board meetings is limited to officers, directors, vice-directors, staff and invited guests. Rehman claims that such secrecy is unwarranted.
Rehman is threatening legal action over his ouster. The Orlando Amateur Radio Club, sponsors of the large Orlando Hamcation, recently donated $2,500 to Rehman's defense fund to bring the total to over $4,000.
Fifteen volunteer ARRL Directors, based on geography, set League policies. The Southeastern Division has more members than any other division.
The Balanced Modulator takes no position on this issue. We await an explanation from ARRL HQ.
COMING IN 2017
A series in the Balanced Modulator looks back at over a century of Amateur Radio in Jacksonville. Find out who used what type of gear during the early years and learn more about how Jacksonville's Amateur Radio pioneers operated.
Since 1920, ham stations have evolved from entirely homebrewed equipment followed by bulky commercial receivers, transmitters and amplifiers. Then, starting in the mid 1950s, Single Side Band and transceivers revolutionized Amateur Radio stations. And in the years following World War II, converted military communications equipment played a big role on the bands.
Paul Christensen, W9AC recently sent me copies of dozens of QSL cards issued by local hams. The street addresses and equipment descriptions on the cards are intriguing to read. Over the past 100 years, many skilled and colorful hams have tuned the bands in Jacksonville. And some of these cards represent operators with legendary stories and backgrounds.
Looking through my cards, I also found around sixty from Jacksonville area hams. Most are from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
If you have any cards or documents relating to pre-1980 local Amateur Radio operators active in NE Florida, let me know via firstname.lastname@example.org
It convenes on the 146.7 MHz repeater when severe weather threatens Jacksonville and bordering areas. Net control is Mike Davis, N4FOZ.
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Yaesu Digital Voice
W4IZ 444.4 MHZ REPEATER NOW WORLDWIDE
Using C4FM Fusion digital voice and connected to Internet through WIRES, W4IZ's 444.4 MHz repeater now operates separately from the 146.7 MHz VHF system.
Managers of the 444.4 MHz repeater made these changes in late June in order to increase repeater utilization and better serve more NOFARS members.
Chuck, KK4BMV, provides internet capability. KM4RAY writes "we are in the early stages and still working out all the bugs so there may be times when it's not operational. We are very excited about this new technology that enables us to talk worldwide and we look forward to hearing you on the air."
Digital voice and long distance internet linking are rapidly growing facets in Amateur Radio. Use of W4IZ's UHF system has increased markedly since these changes and we invite more digital communicators to join us on 444.4 MHz.
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