North Florida Amateur Radio Society
Volume LI, Number 12 December 2016
BALANCED MODULATOR MOVES ONLINE
It is now published here, on this main page, usually by the fifth of each month.
The NOFARSnet Yahoogroups listserve remains active in order to distribute special announcements and maybe a monthly reminder to check the web site when a new issue is published. It remains an "announce-only" list..... no spam or extraneous posts.
nofars.net is an independently-funded web site. Sponsorships are accepted to defray costs. Sponsors can advertise on nofars.net See the bottom of this page for details.
NOFARS, Duval ARES, RANGE event
DECEMBER 8TH DINNER MEETING
It is at Ardens but they have moved to a NEW LOCATION in Marietta--8299 West Beaver St. near Bulls Bay Highway starting at 6PM.
Area operators, families, friends and visitors are welcome. Prior reservations are not required.
The menu includes a wide selection of buffet items. Awards and prizes will be given out.
To participate in the Salvation Army Angel Tree program promoted by Channel 30/47 Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh, bring an unwrapped children's Christmas gift with you.
W4IZ REPEATER WEATHERS HURRICANE MATTHEW
By Henry Mastrangelo, WB4LEQ
As Hurricane Matthew worked its way up the east coast of Florida damaging property and causing thousands of residents to seek shelter inland, the W4IZ repeaters operated continuously throughout the event.
Both the 146.700 and 444.400 frequencies were active with amateurs communicating local weather and traffic conditions. Mike N4FOZ passed on local radar and weather conditions and more information was passed about local damage and flooding during and after the storm passed.
While both repeaters stayed on the air, they did not go unscathed. The UHF antenna, a Diamond 510 and the link receive antenna, another Diamond 510, were destroyed.
Also, the main power supply for the VHF (146.700) power amplifier failed. However, both stations continued to operate at reduced power and covered the Jacksonville area reasonably well.
A few weeks later, after replacement antennas could be obtained, a repair crew consisting of Bob KS4CA, Curtis KJ4CX, Ray KM4RAY, Daniel KF4EOK and Henry WB4LEQ replaced the damaged antennas and repaired the power supply for the VHF Amplifier.
Also the UHF Amplifier was installed since it had been returned from Henry Radio after being repaired. Both repeaters are now operating at full power and are ready to take on the next hurricane.
Many thanks to those who took time to repair, maintain and support our repeater system.
Jacksonville's Amateur Radio operators and our city's history of electronic communications are intertwined spanning many decades. Many Jacksonville operators and NOFARS members have plyed their skills as broadcasters, electronic technicians, engineers, public safety communicators, etc.
A purpose of the Jacksonville Radio Collection is to document and recognize these roles. The Collection includes many articles previously published in the Balanced Modulator and new ones.
All are accessible via the links on the right of the collection main page. I'm looking for additional articles from members and other readers.
New for December is the History of Jacksonville Police Radio. Old Jacksonville city budget booklets and ancient reference publications provided details on the evolution of local police radio communications.
Plus a Vietnam Black Friday Rewind in Combat Zone Radio.
Featured Next Month: History of Cable Television in Jacksonville. I'll include details of the 1984 cable battle by local hams against Continental Cablevision and the Jacksonville Bulls.
LOCATION CHANGE FOR OCALA HAMFEST ON SATURDAY, DEC. 3RD
UPDATED DETAILS ABOUT ARRL'S MOVE TO DISQUALIFY ITS SOUTHEASTERN DIRECTOR FROM RUNNING FOR RE-ELECTION
Something For Everyone
WORLD'S GREATEST HOBBY: AMATEUR RADIO
By Ross Goodall, WD4NJV
Searching the internet, there are many opinions of what the world’s greatest or best hobby is. There are thousands of different hobbies. Amateur radio in the United States alone has over 740,000 currently licensed persons and thousands worldwide.
To this writer, no one will be able to exhaust all the facets of our hobby because our technology is increasing at a phenomenal rate and there are so many areas to learn about. One can go in any direction and learn and enjoy what amateur radio has to offer. Radio has also been a springboard to many for an enjoyable and profitable career.
Here are some of the many facets that come to mind:
Building and repair, collecting and restoring antique equipment, home brewing, DXing, community service including race coordination and storm spotting, teaching and introducing people to amateur radio, volunteer examiner program, learning more and keeping our minds sharp and in a ready to learn mode, encouraging people to study and get licensed, making new friendships, QRP, Field Day operating, Fox hunting, HF, VHF, UHF, AM, SSB, FM, C4FM, digital, amateur television, contesting, award chasing, DX expeditions, experimenting with antennas and equipment.
Also, radio propagation study, EME (earth-moon-earth), packet, RTTY, AX25, PSK 31, FSK 441, WSJT, meteor scatter, club presentations and newsletter writing, repeater and repeater maintenance, club presentations, international space station, nets, antennas, field trips to broadcast stations and repeater sites, Hamfests and conventions, free flea fests, ARRL and publications.
Learn more, enjoy and share our hobby with others, especially young people.
WANTED: Your Articles for the Balanced Modulator.
See the bottom of Page Two
SSB Simplex Net
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.
INTERNATIONAL WIRES-X NET
It meets on Saturday night at 9 PM Eastern time.
This net encourages check-ins and covers Wires-X questions and operating experiences. It is hosted by K3IH. One can connect to this net through the W4IZ 444.400 Fusion digital repeater.
Since this net is on America Net, check ins are from not only the United States but other countries. DE WD4NJV
VANITY CALL HOPSCOTCH
A proposal under consideration would require those obtaining vanity calls to keep them for the full license term. Supposedly, excessive and frequent vanity callsign filings are hampering the ability of others to get more desirable 1 x 2 or 2 x 1 calls.
With no fee now involved, some applicants allegedly game the system by repeatedly filing for new callsigns and keeping the most desirable calls out of circulation.
The proposal's author hints at a dark motive, stating that some are changing callsigns almost monthly, just to keep the newer code-free Extra class operators from obtaining a shorter call sign.
He adds that enacting his idea would alleviate a lot of the stress on the ULS system and manpower requirements. It will also keep inactive amateurs from changing callsigns regularly, thereby tying up callsigns for 2 years after dismissal of said call.
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/
Mike Davis, N4FOZ received two articles via anonymous e-mail from a curmudgeon identified only as the OH OH. Rumor has it that he or she is distantly related to Dr. Henry Farad-Ohm.
AMERICAN RADIO HISTORY WEBSITE
A superb website with an impressive selection of reference books, old electronics magazines, technical publications and much more is American Radio History.
It convenes on the 146.7 MHz repeater when severe weather threatens Jacksonville and bordering areas. Net control is Mike Davis, N4FOZ.
Click for more.
The Balanced Modulator, Page Two contains articles recently published on the main page plus semi-permanent and permanent items.
EDITED BY BILLY WILLIAMS, N4UF
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