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.
Since the W4IZ VHF/UHF repeater system began operation in 1999, it has been financed, owned and managed by an independent group in order to minimize repeater minutiae from dominating meetings--a common fault among some other groups with repeaters. No funds from NOFARS treasury have been spent on the repeaters which allows club dues to remain very low at only $5 per year.
Donations to defray repeater operating and equipment expenses are welcome. With additional donations, your repeater administrators can plan and implement more features, improvements and services.
If you wish to donate, please contact Billy Williams via n4uf at nofars.net or Steve Barber via wa4b at arrl.net.
Or you can donate at our next gathering, the Jacksonville FREE Hamfest on Saturday, October 29th at Terry Parker Baptist Church.
For more details, see http://nofars.net/hoas/repeater
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.
Meetings begin at 7PM. NOFARS pre-meeting dinner 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.
BALANCED MODULATOR MONTHLY NEWSLETTER
The Balanced Modulator is distributed through Yahoo Groups. It is free for NOFARS members and can be sent to any valid e-mail address.
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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With internet sites like ARRL, QRZ and eHam, there is no need to reinvent the wheel by including items posted elsewhere. But if you can write a piece using a local or statewide perspective regarding something posted elsewhere, please do so and send it to me.
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