NEXT NOFARS MEETING: THURSDAY, MARCH 12TH AT 7:30PM
ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL; 1700 OLD MIDDLEBURG RD.
NEAR INTERSTATE 295 AND NORMANDY BLVD.
The meeting includes a presentation by Ross Goodall, WD4NJV on the Amateur Radio Volunteer Examiner program. The VE system replaced FCC-administered testing and has turned out to be a very successful endeavor. Previously, testing in Jacksonville by FCC employees occurred only twice a year.
In 1983 at the Dayton hamfest, FCC examiners supervised volunteer examiners who administered tests to more than 600 applicants. This successful demonstration of the concept led to FCC approval to form volunteer examiner coordinator organizations (VECs) in 1984.
NOFARS-sponsored testing sessions began at the 1984 Greater Jacksonville Hamfest in August. This was even before ARRL decided to become a VEC. Our hamfest sessions were among the first volunteer examinations offered nationwide. NOFARS examiners were requested to travel to other Florida hamfests and give exams before the volunteer examiner structure developed to the point where most localities had their own testing teams.
Ross will include details about how the system works. He is a newly-certified examiner and participates with several teams in the area. Attend the meeting and learn more about the volunteer examiner program.
JACKSONVILLE RADIO FREE FLEA SATURDAY, MARCH 28TH
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.
PLEASE SEND DUES TO
NOFARS TREASURER LUEANN GROSSE, KJ4SXP
1375 JERSEY ST.
JACKSONVILLE, FL 32205
W4IZ REPEATER SYSTEM
127.3 HZ CTCSS
n4uf at nofars.net