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Countdown to W4DXCC

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Hi Friends,

Time is sure flying here. We are now 87 days away from the 2016 W4DXCC convention I can hardly believe it myself. I wanted to let you know that the website has been updated showing the program and presentations, take a look.

W4DXCC Program

This year we have a great lineup of DX and Contest presentations including VK0EK Heard Island. Come hear from a team member who is presenting just what happened and get a chance to speak with them before and after their presentation.


Map at 10:45p

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Contact map at 6:20p

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K4BV 6A NFL on the air

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Setup has begun. Parking difficult.

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Balloting to Begin for AMSAT Board of Directors

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The 2016 candidates for the AMSAT Board of Directors have been chosen, and ballots will go out to members in July. They are Tom Clark, K3IO; Clayton Coleman, W5PFG; Mark Hammond, N8MH; Bruce Paige, KK5DO, and Paul Stoetzer, N8HM.

AMSAT members will elect three voting Board members — the seats going to the three candidates receiving the most votes. Two alternates also will be chosen, based on the next highest number of votes received. Ballots will be mailed to the AMSAT-NA membership by July 15 and must be received at the AMSAT office by September 15.

The current AMSAT-NA Board members are Barry Baines, WD4ASW; Tom Clark, K3IO; JoAnne Maenpaa, K9JKM; Lou McFadin, W5DID; Jerry Buxton, N0JY; Drew Glasbrenner, KO4MA, and Bob McGwier, N4HY — Thanks to AMSAT News Service

Just in time for Field Day.

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PJ6Y Saba Island

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PJ6Y. Radio Amateurs members of KB8OCP Davel Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure Team will be active from Saba Island (IOTA NA-145) 2 - 9 August 2016 as PJ6Y.
Team - KD8ZLK (11 year old), KM4LAO (17 year old YL), AE4FH (11 year old YL).
Support team - KD8YPY, KM4TVU, WX4TV.
They will operate on HF Bands from PJ6/NM1Y station.
QSL via N6JRL.
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India launches ham radio satellites

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On June 22 the Indian Space Agency ISRO successfully launched several satellites carrying amateur radio payloads

The CSAT Swayam satellite was one of those launched. The 1U CubeSat carries a digital store and forward messaging system for use by the amateur radio community.

Rupesh Lad VU2LRD / VU2COE from the College of Engineering Pune CSAT Team says:


FCC Says “No” to Lifetime Amateur Radio Licenses

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The FCC has denied the petition of an Arizona radio amateur, who had petitioned for lifetime Amateur Radio licenses. Mark F. Krotz, N7MK, of Mesa, had filed hisPetition for Rule Making (RM 11760) with the FCC last November, and the FCC invited public comments in February. Krotz wanted the FCC to revise § 97.25 of its rules to indicate that Amateur Radio licenses are granted for the holder’s lifetime, instead of for the current 10-year term. Hundreds of radio amateurs commented on the petition, but the FCC was not swayed by those favoring the idea.


2016 Dayton Hamvention Youth Forum – Official Video

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For Sale – Butternut Antenna w/counterpoise kit – $135

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To DBARA members. I am a member of FPCARC and I am selling my Butternut antenna. It is used but in good condition and has the counterpoise kit included.
Butternut Model HF6V
Counterpoise Kit Model CPK
I am selling it for $135.00 and it is in good condition.
I can be contacted at or by phone at 386-437-1124 ( leave message OK). I am in Palm Coast.
Thank you.
Frank Sanita AA4FS
AJ4MQ NOTE: Stock photo.

Polish DXer 3Z9DX Reported Ready to Return to North Korea on a Moment’s Notice

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Earlier in the week Dom, 3Z9DX, has received confirmation from the North Korean government to make a return trip to P5 and operate amateur radio with equipment for up to 5 days.

The dates of activity are not yet known, but he will receive a very short notice.

When Dom receives the short notice, he will have just a few days beforehand to gather his luggage and radio equipment for his stay in P5 land. Dom was told that this would be a single band SSB only operation (possibly on 20/15/10m)

ARRL Programs and Services Committee Expresses Appreciation, Support of NTS

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The ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) will submit a motion to the ARRL Board of Directors expressing appreciation for the work and volunteer membership of the National Traffic System (NTS™). The PSC motion, submitted by ARRL Southeastern Director Doug Rehman, K4AC, during a recent PSC meeting, thanked NTS members, congratulated them for outstanding service, and assured them of an ongoing ARRL public service communication role.

“As Field Day approaches, the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee wanted to recognize the continued work of the National Traffic System, especially the dedicated rank-and-file participants who are the lifeblood of this important ARRL program,” said Roanoke Division Director and PSC Chair Dr Jim Boehner, N2ZZ, who seconded Rehman’s motion. “The ARRL is committed to the NTS as a key component in the League’s public service communications plans.”


ANZAC Centenary moves to the Western Front

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The Australian and New Zealand Army Corps centenary at Gallipoli last year had many ANZAC-suffixed callsigns activated in Australia, New Zealand and coordination with events overseas.

The WIA program run over eight months, starting on April 25 and ending with the departure from Gallipoli on December 20, resulted in more than 30,000 contacts.

In July this year VK100ANZAC will see the Geelong Amateur Radio Club
commemorate the 100 years since the ANZACs were at Fromelles and Pozieres on the Western Front. The same Geelong club was an active part of the commemoration of WWI for the anniversary of the first shot fired by the British Empire that stopped a German ship leaving Port Phillip Bay. The artillery headquarters at Queenscliff had received the order to stop or sink the SS Pfalz, resulting in its surrender.

Now, the Geelong Amateur Radio Club has been granted, by the WIA, the callsign VK100ANZAC on July 19-21 and is be part of the commemoration of the Western Front Centenary.

The club is to have an excellent article in the July edition of the WIA
journal Amateur Radio magazine entitled ‘Memoirs of a Signaller’, with extracts from Harold Charles Hinkfuss, a Signals Officer of the 26th Battalion AIF.

The story by Barry Abley VK3SY, which will be well worth a read, tells of the Lance-Corporal on the Western Front, and is an opportunity us to remember with gratitude those who served this fledgling nation.

Jim Linton VK3PC

ED8X – Super Contest Presentation in Dayton [ Video ]

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ARRL Field Day 2016 Bonus Points Video

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VHF/UHF Contest

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The IRTS VHF/UHF Field Day takes place over the weekend of 2nd/3rd July. The contest is on 5 bands 50, 70, 144, 432 and 1296 MHz.
The Open Section covers all 5 bands, and there is a Restricted Section for those operating on just one of these bands.
The contest, which runs for 24 hours from 14:00 UTC on Saturday, coincides with similar contests in the UK and continental Europe, so it provides a great opportunity to work some DX on the higher bands.
Note that this is a field day contest with site and power supply requirements for anyone entering. See for full details.


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Harald DF2WO will be active again from the Cape Verde Islands. As before he will use the callsign D44TWO and is expected to be there until the end of June. His QSL manager is M0OXO.

Three Russian operators will be QRV as RC1M/P, RV1CC/P and UA1QV/P from Kashin Island from 23rd to 27th June. This island counts as EU-102 for the Islands on the Air Award. Activity will be on 40m to 15m and QSLs go via the home call.

Al F6ACH is making a trip to Greenland and will be active as OX/F6ACH from Uummannaq Island (IOTA EU-134) during the period 21st to 27th June. This will be a spare time operation and he will be on 20m to 10m SSB. QSL to his home call.

Another Greenland callsign to look for in the coming week is OX/NA8O which is operated by Nao JK1FNL until 24th June. He is on 40m to 10m using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSLs go via JK1FNL.

Ham Nation 183: Doctor D-STAR is In!

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Hosts: Gordon West (WB6NOA), George Thomas (W5JDX), Don Wilbanks (AE5DW), Dale Puckett (K0HYD), and Amanda Alden (K1DDN)

Guest: Dr. Joe Mesh (W8SS)

Making your presentation live with demos, what is D-STAR? K1N Navassa is on the air and more!

Download or subscribe to this show at

‘Exemplifying what can be done during emergencies.’

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Amateur radios can be overlooked among an explosion of communication devices, but a program in Garden City will give them center stage later this month.

The Garden City Amateur Radio Club will demonstrate the value of amateur radios and their effectiveness to work reliably in any condition and from almost any location in setting up a remote emergency communications network.

GCAR members will be among ham operators across the country and Canada operating non-stop during the radio marathon, June 25-26.

Come see


Radio club makes contact in community and orbit

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The stereotype of the ham radio operator as a solitary figure reaching out over the airwaves to make contact gets turned on its head next weekend.

That’s when members of the Richmond Amateur Radio Club will be out in force at Garry Point Park during the annual Field Day event to take their place in a network of communicators during an emergency exercise. It’s a 24-hour test of how they can help make contact to relay information under disaster-like conditions. And Urey Chan, president of the club, and his fellow members are up for the challenge.

“It’s a good test of the club’s ability,” said Chan, 55, who works in marketing and communications. “The value in the exercise is learning how to improvise.”


Here’s a short video on how to compelete a radiogram for field day.

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FCC Technological Advisory Council Initiates Noise Floor Inquiry

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Radio amateurs frequently complain about increasing noise from a variety of sources, so it should be welcome news that the FCC Technological Advisory Council (TAC) — an advisory group to the FCC — is investigating changes and trends to the radio spectrum noise floor to determine if there is an increasing noise problem, and, if so, its extent. The FCC Office of Engineering and Technology (OET) announced the TAC study this week in a Public Noticeandi nvited comments and answers to questions that the TAC has posed in the notice. The comment deadline is August 11. The TAC said it is trying to determine the scope of any noise issues and has invited “quantitative evidence” of noise problems, as well as recommendations on how to perform a noise study.


Broadcast live at North Fulton Amateur Radio League field day

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“Calling all ‘Hams’, calling all ‘Hams’!” North Fulton Amateur Radio League will host its annual field day event at Waller Park Extension in Roswell on June 25.

“Ham,” according to league member, Jim Paine, is a “nickname for amateur radio operators.”

Field day is “a demonstration event,” operating for 24-hours straight, where amateur radio operators show the public the many uses of radio communication and how it works.

The event is held nationally and simultaneously and is open for any amateur operator to participate and the public can attend anytime within the 24 period.


Kids Day is Saturday, June 18

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Kids Day is Saturday, June 18, from 1800 to 2400 UTC. The twice-yearly event, sponsored by the ARRL and The Boring (Oregon) Amateur Radio Club, is an excellent opportunity to showcase Amateur Radio to youngsters and even to hand over the keys, so they can get some hands-on hamming experience. Share the excitement with your own children or grandkids or with youngsters in the neighborhood!

For youngsters, their positive ham radio experience may foster an interest that may lead them to become radio amateurs. For veterans, it’s a chance to share their stations and affection for Amateur Radio with the next generation.

To solicit contacts call “CQ Kids Day.” The suggested exchange is name, age, location, and favorite color. There is no limit on operating time, and stations may work each other more than once if the operator has changed. Repeater contacts (with permission of the repeater’s sponsor) are okay too, and satellite contacts may provide a real thrill. Observe third-party traffic restrictions when making DX contacts.

All participants are encouraged to post stories and photos to the Kids Day Soapbox page and are eligible for a colorful certificate. You can download the free certificate, customized with the youngsters’ names, after filling out the Kids Day Survey found on the same page as the certificate generator. Alternatively, you can send a 9 × 12 SASE to Kids Day Certificate Request, ARRL, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111.

Top 10 Reasons to Take Ham Radio Portable

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“Portable amateur radio operation is the reason I’m still in the hobby. There you go, I said it! Since getting licensed I’ve not lived in a house with a garden and inevitably my options for home antennas are extremely limited. Add massive noise levels across the HF bands and RFI to neighbours when I operate above the 20m and then you have all the reasons I started taking my rig into the great outdoors.

But despite this, portable operation has a lot to offer, even if you are a shack sloth and have an awesome setup. I’ll use this post to outline just what I have found through my experiences of almost exclusive /p operating over the last few years…READ MORE

CQWW CW 2015 N6MJ operating as ZF2MJ ( SO2R )

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Call: ZF2MJ
Operator(s): N6MJ
Station: ZF1A

Class: SOAB HP
Operating Time (hrs): 48
Location: Other North America
Radios: SO2R

Summary:   Compare Scores
Band QSOs Zones Countries
160: 262 14 40
80: 987 25 81
40: 2390 34 102
20: 2473 37 106
15: 2676 34 111
10: 1435 26 88
Total: 10223 170 528 Total Score 17,655,910

Why Modern Makers Are Bringing Back Ham Radio

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More than a hundred years ago, a few intrepid amateurs began experimenting with a new means of communications known then as “wireless.” These protohackers — soon to be known as hams — for etymologically obscure reasons — began building their own electronics gear, hoping to use it to communicate with others. By the early 1920s, amateur radio operators were talking with and even transmitting images to complete strangers on the other side of the world.

By the 1980s, ham radio was in decline. But the spirit of those early tinkerers survived: They were the first makers, who — like the makers of today — built technological gizmos for themselves that they just couldn’t buy.

And now, coincident with the rise of the modern maker movement, that decline has reversed. New ham licenses are on the increase, with 35,000 new ones issued just last year. According to FCC records, there are now roughly 800,000 ham radio operators in the United States — more than ever before. And this latest generation of enthusiasts is doing things with ham radio that their forebears could never have imagined.


LightSail 2 will transmit Morse code from space, and you can make the sound your ringtone

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During last year’s LightSail 1 mission, dozens of radio enthusiasts around the wrote in to tell usthey heard our solar sailing CubeSat chattering away in low-Earth orbit.

Every few seconds, LightSail automatically transmits a beacon packet. These packets can be picked up by ground stations and decoded into 238 lines of text telemetry t…READ MORE

FCC Turns Away Petition to Permit Experimental Operation on Amateur Bands

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The FCC has denied the 2015 petition of a Missouri radio amateur seeking to have the Commission authorize low-power experimental activity on Amateur Radio frequencies. James Edwin Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, sought to amend FCC Part 97 Amateur Service rules to let radio amateurs conduct experiments on all amateur radio bands, subject to certain limits on duration, power, and bandwidth. The FCC declined to seek comments on the petition.

“[T]he Commission’s rules contain numerous provisions for experimentation and development of new radio equipment and techniques,” the FCC said in a June 9 letter to Whedbee. “The Experimental Radio Service (ERS) rules contained in Part 5 permit a broad range of experiments, including in the Amateur Service, and prescribe the manner in which the radio spectrum may be made available to experiment with new radio technologies, equipment designs, characteristics of radio wave propagation, or service concepts related to the use of the radio spectrum.”


Ham Radio Operator dies after fall off of radio tower on Mount Lemmon

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A man died Thursday after he fell 50 feet off a radio tower on Mount Lemmon.

The fall happened at 11:45 a.m, according to the Pima County Sheriff’s Office.

Officials with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration are investigating.

Mount Lemmon Fire Department officials responded to the call. The man’s name has not  yet been released.

Ralph Turk, a retired chief engineer from KVOA, knew the victim and said he was an experienced tower climber.

Update from ARRL:

N5IA Well-known DXer and DXpeditioner Milt Jensen, N5IA, of Virden, New Mexico, died on June 10 after falling from an Amateur Radio tower. An ARRL Life Member, he was 73. According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, Jensen was working on a tower on Arizona’s Mount Lemmon when he fell. He was pronounced dead at the scene. ATucson News account cited a sheriff’s deputy who indicated the fall was accidental, but the mishap is still under investigation.

“Milt was on was of his many tower climbing adventures, and by no choice of his, it became his last,” his oldest son, Jason, said in a post to

Licensed in 1960, Jensen had lived in Virden for his entire life. Especially well known for his 160 meter activity, he spent several years constructing an “8-circle array” of full-sized 160 meter verticals — each 125-foot towers — at his station site south of Safford, Arizona, near the New Mexico border, Lee Finkel, KY7M, wrote in an article set to appear in the July/August issue of NCJ. Jensen operated his “dream station” remotely from his home, often using the call sign N7GP in contests. In addition to his Top Band operation, Jensen was heavily involved in designing, installing, and maintaining VHF and UHF mountaintop repeaters, remotely controlled base stations, and linking systems. As a contester he often landed in the Top 10 standings.

Jensen took part in three DXpeditions. He and his wife Rulene, KB5VTM, took part in the 1998 XZ1N team in Myanmar. In 2000, he returned to Myanmar as part of the XZ0A multinational team. In 2008, he was part of the Ducie Island VP6DX DXpedition team.

Jensen was a graduate from the El Paso School of Electronics and was retired from the electric power distribution industry following a 40-year career.

Jensen and his wife were the parents of 7 children.

“His legend will live on for generations to come,” said his son, Jason. He loved to help others, especially in his chosen hobby, Amateur Radio. He truly cared about his hobby and took every aspect of it to heart.”

Mysterious Tests Will Scramble GPS Signals On America’s West Coast This Month

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Get your best tin foil hat ready, because something strange is going on in the deserts of California.

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has warned that GPS signals could be unavailable or unreliable on June 9, 21, 23, 28, and 30 across the west coast. The signals are most likely to be disturbed primarily around California, although surrounding southwestern states and the northern corner of Mexico will also suffer some disruption. Although the disruptions will be more severe at higher altitudes, the signal could be scrambled as low as 15 meters (50 feet).

As such, the FAA have advised pilots to avoid the areas in the statement at the mentioned times and instructed them to closely monitor their flight control systems.

According to the FAA’s warning, the problem is something to do with “GPS Interference Testing”. Other than that, they remain curiously quiet. However, the center point of the disturbances is the Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake in the Mojave Desert, according to Gizmodo. This complex is the US Navy’s largest installation, which is dedicated to researching, developing, and testing the majority of their weaponry and armaments.

Florida Governor Issues Amateur Radio Proclamation

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Gov. Scott issued the proclamation declaring June 20-26 “Amateur Radio Week in Florida”.

Amateur Radio Week in Florida

Thanks to Steve Szabo WB4MMO for requesting this proclamation from Governor Scott.

This proclamation celebrates amateur radio operators for being a critical link during disasters and providing emergency communications in times of need.

The Transistor: a 1953 documentary, anticipating its coming impact on technology

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Made between the 1947 invention of the transistor at Bell Labs and the 1956 awarding of the Nobel Prize for Physics to its creators, this documentary is less about the discovery itself than its anticipated impact on technology and society. The intent of the film was clearly to give the public of that era their first understanding of what a transistor was and why it mattered so much.

Made for a general audience, the film provides a clear and concise presentation on technological developments that began with the vacuum tube, showing different types of transistors and explaining the significance in their ultimate replacement of tubes.

Included are visions of “things to come,” concepts and creations of how the small transistor might free up an encumbered world: the wrist radio, similar to Dick Tracy’s, but with a cool lapel sound speaker worn like a boutonniere; a portable TV set, which must have seemed astonishing at the time given the huge, heavy cabinetry required to accommodate the plethora of tubes inside 1950s TVs; and the “calculating machine,” or computer, whose size, we’re told, will one day be so reduced because of transistors that it will only require “a good-sized room” rather than a space the size of the Empire State Building. The concept of how small computers could be still remained decades away.

While The Transistor’s vision of the future seems somewhat quaint in retrospect, it captures a moment in time before the transistor became ubiquitous; a time when Bell Labs wanted the world to know that something important had occurred, something that was about to bring tremendous change to everyone’s daily lives.

Houston Area ARES Activates in Response to Flood Emergency

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ARRL South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator Frank Aguilar, N5SSH, reported on June 2 that South Texas District 14 Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) has activated in response to continued flooding in the area. He said there have not been any communications failures, but ARES is assisting with other communication-related “situational awareness issues” for now. District 14 ARES activated at the request of Harris County Homeland Security Office of Emergency Management.

“Heavy rainfall continues to fall across Harris County and Southeast Texas,” said District 14 Emergency Coordinator Jeff Walter, KE5FGA. “The Harris County Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management (HCOHSEM) has moved to Level 3 — Increased Readiness — in response to the potential threat of extensive flooding over the next several days.”


Antenna Circular Polarization

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“Space communication has forced the use of Circular polarization. The fundamental advantage of circular polarization is that all reflections change the direction of polarization, precluding the usual addition or subtraction of main and reflected signals. Therefore there is far less fading and flutter when circular polarization is used at each end of the link.

The use of circular polarization at one end only gives a loss of about -3dB. In order to achieve the full advantages of circular polarization it is necessary for all stations to use it. The table below shows the relationship between Horizontal, Vertical, RHCP (Right Hand Circular Polarization) & LHCP (Left Hand Circular Polarization) and Loss in dB. RHCP is also known as CW (ClockWise) Polarization and LHCP as CCW (Counter ClockWise) Polarization.

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Florida East Coast DX Meeting Saturday @ Noon!

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The Florida East Coast DX Club will be holding their quarterly meeting this Saturday June 4,2016 from Noon to 2PM at the Marsh Landing Resturant in Fellsmere, FL.
Walkins welcome.

Field Day is less then a month away and it’s time to start the final planning stages

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I have added a field day site to with current information and will add more as time gets closer. We will be using emergency power for all stations but not for any computers you may use for rig control.

We will be using the N3FJP field day logging software for logging and tracking band use. I will post more detailed instruction on use later on. You can download and test the software from the following link.

Do you plan on having a rig setup at field day? Please fill out the form on the FD site so we can setup our station numbers and RF exposer limits. will be providing food and refreshments for this year’s field day.

Everything can be found here.

Karl Martin
Volusia ARES EC