Yaesu Digital Voice
W4IZ 444.4 MHZ REPEATER NOW WORLDWIDE
Using C4FM Fusion digital voice and connected to Internet through WIRES, W4IZ's UHF repeater now operates independently from the 146.7 MHz VHF system.
Chuck, KK4BMV, provides internet capability. KK4RAY 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."
New users are welcome.
NOFARS moves to Southside for July & August
NOFARS SUMMER MEETING SCHEDULE
Ed White High School is closed for renovations from June 30th until the 2016-17 school year begins.
This means NOFARS will meet in a different location in July and August.
Rev. Peter Copeland, KK4WAY, Pastor of Hogan Baptist Church, has graciously invited NOFARS to meet at the church on July 14th and August 11th.
Usually, we skip August. But since a meeting location is available, there will be a meeting on August 11th.
The church is located at 8045 Hogan Rd. just east of Parental Home Rd. Convenient to both Beach Blvd. and Southside Blvd., it is near the west end of the giant tower farm that overlooks the area.
Both meetings begin at 7PM. TV 30 & 47 Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh speaks at the July 14th meeting, so plan to be there and bring your family and friends.
NOFARS pre-meeting dinner for both July and August is nearby at Lila's Seafood & Steaks, 7546 Beach Blvd.--in the front area of Winn-Dixie parking lot at Parental Home Rd and Beach Blvd. starting at 5PM.
(From the April Balanced Modulator)
Seeks hams support
ELI THE ICE MAN RUNS FOR PRESIDENT
A SPECIAL REPORT FOR THE BALANCED MODULATOR
From Dr. Henry Farad-Ohm
Reliable sources confirm that Eli Crimpenstemmer has entered the U.S. presidential race as an independent. Crimpenstemmer is campaigning as Eli the Ice Man. Joe the Plumber is the top contender for Eli's VP slot.
Crimpenstemmer first gained fame for his landmark research about inductive and capacitive reactance in Antarctica with world famous scientist Dr. Stephen X. Barber during International Geophysical Year. His resume includes meritorious service to Vice President Spiro Agnew as a staff researcher.
President Jimmy Carter appointed him to the prestigious National Electronic Communications Advisory Panel (NECAP) in 1978. Crimpenstemmer worked as an intelligence analyst at the Bilderberger Society before joining the prestigious Lenz Law firm in 1995.
Speaking in Jackson, Mississippi on a Saturday night, Eli the Ice Man lambasted two of his most formidable opponents saying "forget Bernie and Donald, vote Eli." He denied reports that he was detained in 1968 for tearing Wallace stickers off the bumpers of cars. He says he didn't vote George McGovern for President in 1972 either, as a disgruntled song writer charged. Eli blamed unnamed "nattering nabobs of negativism (for) spreading lies."
At the Sheboygan Hamfest Sunday, Eli said fringe candidates like Trump and Sanders are pretenders. He adds "Sanders plans new taxes on each radio contact and every e-mail while Trump plans to merge ham radio, FRS, MURS and CB. His plan is to let all these operators just get on the channels and fight it out to communicate."
Crimpenstemmer will demand that all digital voice radio makers use compatible formats. He vows a priority will be banning "Baofengs and other cheap junk." He promises to require homeowner associations to provide club ham stations.
To showcase his foreign affairs acumen, Eli plans a DXpedition to Benghazi. After operating a radio contest there as 5U4GB, it's on to Fredonia as a guest of the Queen.
Eli the Ice Man advocates a melded subjectivious and scientific approach to solving problems like economic hardship and declining job markets through balanced budgets and 15% annual cost of living raises for everyone. He said he favors the "trickle around" approach to monetary policy.
NEWS FLASH FROM DR. HF-O: It's Crimpenstemmer and Weeks in 2016! Insiders tell me that James Weeks II from Michigan will be Eli's running mate. Weeks' creative stage appearance on national television during a political gathering last month caught Eli's eye and propelled him over Joe the Plumber for the VP slot. Reports indicate Weeks is studying for his Amateur Radio license and he will request the callsign W8JTD (James the Dancer).
NEWS FLASH EXTRA: It's official! James Weeks II is on the ticket with Eli. On June 13th, Weeks was kicked out of the Libertarian Party for what was described as a "sick display" at the party confab in May. Eli commented "I welcome James Weeks II with open arms to the VP slot on my reform ticket. Watch out Trump, Hillary and Johnson...a new force is gaining on you." (HF-O)
BALANCED MODULATOR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
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NOFARS membership is required. But once your check is in the mail, you qualify to subscribe.
Click on the monthly newsletter link for details or e-mail n4uf at nofars.net to receive an invitation through Yahoo.
Intruders are unlicensed users of Amateur Radio frequencies.....hunters, shrimpers, mariners, businesses, construction contractors, etc.
Most intruders do not realize they are causing interference when operating simplex on untoned repeater receiver input frequencies. Active hunter simplex frequencies in late 2015 and early 2016 included 146.400 MHz and 146.025 MHz.
Cheap two-meter and UHF handheld transceivers, widely available for under $40, appeal to those seeking short range communication capability. And inexpensive two-meter mobile units are popular for longer distance ranges.
Without Amateur Radio licenses, users should choose from options approved for personal communications. FRS and MURS are two that come to mind.
REPORTING AND RECORDING
Take Action: Roll tape or otherwise record transmissions made by unlicensed operators. A basic acoustical recording--speaker to microphone--will be sufficient if you don't have patch cables handy.
Note: Frequency, time, date, geographical references, names used, peak direction from your location, etc.
Next: Analyze recordings for hints about identities, locations, group affiliations, etc. Let us know these details. Urge more operators to monitor and record.
When intruders and/or groups are identified, file complaints and requests for enforcement actions with the Federal Communications Commission, state fish & game officials, interstate regulators, trade groups, unions, etc.
FILE COMPLAINTS ONLINE
A redesigned FCC website makes it easy for anyone to file interference complaints. Click "File a Consumer Complaint" on the right side of the screen.
The next page lists several categories. Under "Radio," click on "File Complaint."
This will take you to a web form that you can fill out. The form includes a drop-down menu for the "Radio Issues" field. Pick one, such as "Interference."
This will bring down another menu. The "Your Radio Method" field includes another drop-down menu. Select "Amateur Radio."
Complete the rest of the form. It is possible to add attachments. Click on "Submit" to file your complaint.
Each complaint is assigned a ticket number, and complainers receive an e-mail acknowledgment and, if appropriate, a follow-up report on what was done to address the issue. A complainant can update a complaint with additional information.
HELP STOP BAD SUPPLIERS
If you know of radios being sold or marketed in a questionable manner or the sale of illegally modified equipment, include in a complaint. Tell who you think is responsible. Name names, etc. Maybe discretely-taken photos.
The North Florida Amateur Radio Society (NOFARS) is the largest Amateur Radio group in Northeast Florida with over 320 members.
Founded in 1957, NOFARS is the heritage, general interest Amateur Radio group for the Jacksonville area. We welcome newcomers and long-time hams to join us and participate in activities.
NOFARS meets monthly (except August and December) at Ed White High School; 1700 Old Middleburg Rd. near Normandy Blvd and Interstate 295. Meetings begin at 7:30PM. Everyone is invited to attend.
We hold two outdoor gatherings each year: The Jacksonville FREE Flea in late March and the Jacksonville FREE Hamfest in late October.
Members are eligible to receive the monthly Balanced Modulator newsletter via NOFARSnet, a Yahoo Group. Click Monthly Newsletter on the right side of this page for details on requesting it.
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