Tax-Free Energy Star Appliance Weekend

Posted Sep 19, 2014 by AJ4MQ

TALLAHASSEE (AP) -- Floridians can buy energy-saving appliances for the next three days without paying sales taxes.

The Florida Legislature approved the sales tax holiday earlier this year. The tax holiday started at 12:01 a.m. Friday, Sept. 19, and runs through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014.

Florida's sales tax is 6 percent, and local governments usually charge extra.

Consumers do not have to pay the tax on the first $1,500 of energy-efficient refrigerators, dishwashers, washers, dryers and air conditioners. Other items that qualify include efficient light bulbs and ceiling fans.


ARRL Website Will Be Unavailable on September 19 Starting at 2000 UTC

Posted Sep 18, 2014 by ARRL

The ARRL website is scheduled to be offline on Friday, September 19, starting at 2000 UTC. The length of the outage could run for several hours and possibly into Saturday, September 20. The ARRL IT Department will be performing maintenance in the process of testing and, if feasible, switching the site to a new server.

A “Down for Maintenance” message will appear for the duration of the outage whenever someone attempts to access All e-mail functionality will remain online — only the website will be down for testing.

FCC Turns Down Petition to Create a 4 Meter Band in the US

Posted Sep 18, 2014 by ARRL

It does not appear that US radio amateurs will gain a new band at 70 MHz anytime soon. The FCC has denied a Petition for Rule Making filed earlier this year by Glen E. Zook, K9STH, of Richardson, Texas, seeking to add a 4 meter band to Amateur Radio’s inventory of VHF allocations. Zook had floated the proposal in 2010, and his petition was dated January 27, 2010, but the FCC said it did not receive it until last May. Zook asked the Commission to allocate 70.0 to 70.5 MHz to Amateur Radio because, Zook’s Petition asserted, “the recent migration of broadcast television stations to primarily UHF frequencies basically eliminates any probable interference to television channels 4 or 5.” VHF TV channel 4 occupies 66 to 72 MHz.

“Because the Zook Petition is based on a faulty premise — that broadcasting use within the 70.0-70.5 MHz band will diminish or cease — its argument that amateur band users could operate without causing harmful interference to any existing service lacks sufficient support to warrant our further consideration, The FCC said in a September 17 Order denying the Petition.


National MS Society 150M Bike Ride this weekend.

Posted Sep 16, 2014 by AJ4MQ

Event Details
2014 Bike MS Weekend Guide
Welcome to BIKE MS: PGA TOUR Cycle to the Shore!
Date(s): September 20th-21st, 2014
Start/Finish Location: TPC Sawgrass/Daytona
Fundraising Minimum: $200
Age Minimum: 12 years old
Registration Fees:
After September 15th $75

Route Options:
36 or 59 Miles - 1 Day Route - Start at Marineland (Shuttle service available for $15 upon registration.)
83 Miles - 1 Day Route - Start at TPC Sawgrass (Shuttle service available for $15 upon registration.)
72 or 95 Miles (150K) - 2 Day Route - Start/Finish at Marineland
119 Miles - 2 Day Route - Day 1 Saturday Start at TPC Sawgrass and Finish at Daytona // Day 2 Sunday Start at Daytona and
Finish Marineland (Free Shuttle service back to TPC Sawgrass)
166 Miles - 2 Day Route - Start at TPC Sawgrass

*TPC Sawgrass starts at 7:00 a.m.
*Marineland starts at 7:30 a.m.
*Century option available on Day 1, route closes at 2pm.
Route Support: This is a fully supported ride with SAG vehicles, motorcycle patrols, rest stops, medical volunteers, and bike shops along the route.
Meals: All meals are provided to cyclist throughout the weekend. Family and friends can purchase meal wristbands at the customer service tents for $20
for the whole weekend or $5 per a meal.
Your participation will aid in assisting support programs, services, and research that makes a huge difference to the people who must fight MS every day of their lives.
The National Multiple Sclerosis Society is dedicated to a vision of a world free of MS.

Field Day 2014 Photos have arrived!

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ
We have finally got the Field Day photos online. Our combined efforts got 980 points this year!

Click here to view

Amateur Radio Testing & Practice

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ

Tonight, we had 4 candidates. Of the 4, we had 2 new hams (Tech, Gen), and 2 upgrades to General. Congradulations.

For those who are planning to take their test, or have had troubles, I recommend using one of the online practice sites to make sure you are ready.

Sites of interest:

DBARA Picnic

Posted Sep 15, 2014 by AJ4MQ

The Picnic is confirmed. We will be gathering in Reed Canal Park at the Nova Road Entrance Pavilion. We have rented both sections for our gathering. There is additional parking from the Reed Canal side if needed. A Map and additional directions are here.

Portable Ops going to Central Park!

Posted Sep 14, 2014 by W3EJG

For Wednesday, September 24th, 2014.. the Portable Ops group will be moving their meeting location to Central Park in Ormond Beach off of Division Avenue. See you there

Driving directions:
Nova Rd in OB to Division Avenue, turn east on Division Ave from Nova Rd, then at the first STOP sign turn left (north) on S.Old Kings Rd approximately 1/2 mile to Hammock Lane, turn right (east) on Hammock and just beyond the new bridge turn left in to the parking lot for Central Park.

The K7RA Solar Update

Posted Sep 12, 2014 by ARRL

We saw a nice increase in the level of solar activity this week, and the outlook for the near term looks good, or at least, interesting.

Average daily sunspot numbers for the period September 4-10 increased from 85.1 to 152.1, and average daily solar flux rose from 126.7 to 155.8. Geomagnetic indicators were quiet, with average planetary A index declining from 14.7 to 7.9, and average mid-latitude A index dropped from 13.4 to 8.3. These latest numbers are compared to the previous seven days, August 28 through September 3.


Amateur Radio Transponder Will Accompany Japanese Asteroid Mission into Deep Space

Posted Sep 03, 2014 by ARRL

According to a news report, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Hayabusa 2 asteroid mission, now scheduled to launch in December, will carry the Abyss 2 (Shin’en 2) Amateur Radio satellite. A 17 kg, 50 cm diameter polyhedron, Shin’en 2, built by students at Kyushu Inistitute of Technology, makes extensive use of carbon-fiber reinforced plastic materials that can be bonded by heat to reduce its weight and the number of hardware fasteners. In addition to a Mode J linear transponder for Amateur Radio communication, Shin’en 2 will include CW and WSJT beacons. The inclusion of the transponder will offer an opportunity for earthbound radio amateurs to test the limits of their communication capabilities.


KB6NU's Column

Posted Aug 31, 2014 by KB6NU

KB6NUShould QSOs from remote stations be given DXCC credit? In July, the DX Advisory Committee Report recommended several rules changes for the DXCC program ( Among them, was a recommendation that rule I.9 be changed such that a QSO is acceptable for DXCC credit only when the remote station and the operator’s home station location are no more than 200 km apart.

As with any rule change, this precipitated a lot of comment in the amateur radio community. A thread on the eHam.Net forum (,98348.30.html) got quite a few comments. N7NG had a nice blog post ( on this controversy.



Local Area Nets

Posted Aug 06, 2014 by NW0LF

DBARA Elmers and newbies net.
Sunday at 2000 hr local time on the 147.15 repeater

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