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Hambone - Tech Class

David Kerl is planning an 8-week Tech Class to start Saturday August 27th, to be held at the ARC of Volusia. Reserve your spot today

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Best of the 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire .

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This month, makers from all over the world converged on San Mateo, California. These DIYers, hackers, and entrepreneurs came to town to attend the 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire—and they brought a crazy variety of contraptions with them. Projects ranged from a flame-spewing metal squid to an automatic knitting machine to a landscape built entirely of masking tape and beyond. Here are some of our favorite sights from this year's flagship Maker Faire.

At this year's 2016 Bay Area Maker Faire, Popular Science caught up with a wooden robot, the creators of the original Coke and Mentos videos, and more incredible DIYers. Watch all our videos here.

Live feed from KWCH12 on Today’s Tornado situation

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Severe weather update 3:36 p.m:
Michael Schwanke updates us on latest severe weather threat.

The Shack Is Back

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Many of us feared that we had lost a popular source of electronic products and parts. Well, in case you didn’t get the memo, Radio Shack is alive and well as a new company. It did not come out of bankruptcy as is the usual case. Instead, Standard General, a New York hedge fund, bought the assets and brand and formed a new company under the ownership of General Wireless with the name Radio Shack. It retained about 1,700 of the original 4,000-plus stores. Roughly 1,400 of the 1,700 are co-branded with Sprint and the telecommunications giant will sell cell phones and subscriber plans on-site.

Radio Shack is now a greatly scaled-down company and more focused on building a new business model around its stores and a greatly expanded online presence. It will continue to sell popular consumer electronics items, but also will take advantage of the growing DIY/Maker niche. Look for a growing number of Radio Shack smaller electronic kits in stores in the months to come…READ FULL ARTICLE

Background Check Forms Updated

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I have posted the county background check form on the website under Documents/VARES Documents. It can be found here.
Remember, Everyone that is willing to deploy during a Government activation must have a completed county background check. Even if you have had this check done by other organizations in the past you still must have one done for Volusia ARES.

contact me if you have any questions.

Karl Martin
Volusia ARES EC

ARRL “Strongly Supports” Petition to Drop 15 dB Restriction for Amateur Amplifiers

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In comments (attached below) filed on May 26, the ARRL said it “strongly supports” a petition to the FCC seeking to eliminate an Amateur Service rule, spelled out in §97.317(a)(2), that amateur amplifiers not be able to boost the RF input signal by more than 15 dB. The Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), was submitted in April on behalf of an amateur amplifier distributor, Expert Linears America LLC of Magnolia, Texas.

“The Petition proposes relief that is in the nature of eliminating unnecessary regulatory underbrush, and it continues an effort started by the Commission on its own motion in 2004…to do precisely that,” the ARRL said in its comments. “The rule proposed to be eliminated is outdated; it constituted overregulation when it was adopted long ago, and it now substantially limits the flexibility of Amateur Radio operators to experiment with the current generation of software-defined Amateur Radio equipment.”


GK4LOH received over 3467 km on 144 MHz

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A reflection from the structure of the International Space Station enabled a 144.175 MHz signal from Tim GK4LOH in Cornwall to cross the Atlantic

The YouTube description reads:

02:40 UTC May 24th 2016 ISS Flypast. Signal heard 2 minutes 45 into the recording and continues for over a minute. The transmitted message was “GK4LOH GK4LOH T T T T T T T T T T”

As soon as ISS set in GN37 I stepped outside the shack and watched as the ISS fly right over here :-) Recorded by Frank VO1HP using the remote receiver beacon VO1FN.

Watch GK4LOH IO70jc reception at VO1FN GN37jr 3467km 144.175MHz ISS flypast

WX4NHC Hurricane Net test this Saturday, May 28th at 10am

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This Saturday morning, May 28th at 10:00am EDT, we will again participate in the WX4NHC Hurricane Net test with the National Hurricane Center in Miami. This year we will be taking voice check ins on two different reflectors, REF030B and REF030C, with an NCS on each reflector. Please connect your local repeaters or your Dongle/DVAP devices directly to either 30B or 30C for the net. We will also have a D-RATS net on using the message template discussed below.

As in previous years, we want your check in as a simulated report in the specific format


Low pressure area off Florida’s east coast has chance of development

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2016-05-24 Formation

A Special Tropical Weather Outlook was issued Tuesday as an area of low pressure is forecast to spin up off our east coast by the end of this week.

Weather models are in pretty good agreement that this area of low pressure will remain very weak, but because conditions may be slightly more conducive for development, it’s a situation The Weather Experts will be watching closely.

It has a low (30 percent chance) of tropical/subtropical development.

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Happy Birthday ARRL !

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In 2014, ARRL members celebrated 100 years of “Advancing the Art and Science of Radio.” Founded in 1914,ARRL is the national association for Amateur Radio in the USA and the largest organization of radio amateurs in the world.

  • Centennial QSO Party: The ARRL Centennial QSO Party was a year-long (2014) operating event that celebrated hams making contacts. Participants accumulated points, working new stations and making new friends all over the world.
  • Second Century Campaign: Find out how you can help contribute to the ARRL Endowment and prepare the organization for its second 100 years.
  • ARRL Centennial Timeline

Goodbye Solar Cycle 24

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For the past two years, the sunspot number has been dropping as the sun transitions from Solar Max to Solar Min. Fewer sunspots means fewer solar flares and fewer coronal mass ejections (CMEs). As these explosions subside, we deem the sun “quiet.”

But how quiet is it, really?

A widely-held misconception is that space weather stalls and becomes uninteresting during periods of low sunspot number. In fact, by turning the solar cycle sideways, we see that Solar Minimum brings many interesting changes. For instance, the upper atmosphere of Earth collapses, allowing space junk to accumulate around our planet. The heliosphere shrinks, bringing interstellar space closer to Earth. And galactic cosmic rays penetrate the inner solar system with relative ease. Indeed, a cosmic ray surge is already underway. (Goodbye sunspots, hello deep-space radiation.)… READ MORE 

Here is more information on this Wednesdays Hurricane SET.

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If you have questions, please post them on the Yahoo group.

Karl Martin
Volusia ARES EC

BS7H Scarborough Reef DXpedition [ Video ]

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Located in the South China Sea just west of the Philippines, Scarborough Reef is without a doubt the rarest and most controversial entity on the DXCC list. Few places are harder to access, and fewer still create such intense debate.

Because of diplomatic disputes between its two feuding masters, China and the Philippines, the reef has seen just three brief expeditions in the past, keeping it at the top of the DXCC list for over a decade.

This film takes a close look at the Scarborough controversy, and follows the 2007 DXpedition team as they activate one of the rarest DXCC entities on Earth.

How to Determine Correct Number of Earthing Electrodes (Strips, Plates and Pipes)

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Number of Earthing Electrode and Earthing Resistance depends on the resistivity of soil and time for fault current to pass through (1 sec or 3 sec). If we divide the area for earthing required by the area of one earth plate gives the number of earth pits required.

There is no general rule to calculate the exact number of earth pitsand size of earthing strip, but discharging of leakage currentis certainly dependent on the cross section area of the material so for any equipment the earth strip size is calculated on the current to be carried by that strip.

First the leakage current to be carried is calculated and then size of the strip is determined.

For most of the electrical equipment like transformer, diesel generator set etc., the general concept is to have 4 number of earth pits. 2 no’s for body earthing with 2 separate strips with the pits shorted and 2 nos for Neutral with 2 separate strips with ….Read Full Article

IARU to Serve as Custodian of Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur

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The International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) has become the custodian of the operating standards guide Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur. The IARU Administrative Council recently accepted an offer “with gratitude” from authors John Devoldere, ON4UN, and Mark Demeuleneere, ON4WW, to take over maintenance and updating of the document.

“Over the last 8 years, the booklet Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateurhas become a respected work describing the best standards of operating on the amateur bands,” the IARU said in a news release. “Translated into most major languages, the booklet is a valuable reference work for all radio amateurs.”

Devoldere and Demeuleneere met with IARU Region 1 President Don Beattie, G3BJ, on May 5 in Brussels to officially hand over the document. IARU will now carry the work forward in future years to ensure its continued relevance and currency.

Ethics and Operating Procedures for the Radio Amateur is available as a PDF document in more than 25 languages. A PowerPoint presentation appropriate for club presentations is available in English, Dutch, and French.

The authors’ stated goal is, “to improve, where necessary, the behavior on the bands in matters of ethics and operating procedures, and make available to the newcomers in the hobby a document covering these subjects in detail.” The guide was accepted by the IARU Administrative Council in 2008 as the recommended manual covering the subject of ethics and operational procedures.

Visit the Ham Radio Ethics and Operating Procedures website for more information.

World Telecommunication and Information Society Day is May 17

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The world’s oldest international organization — the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) — will mark the anniversary of its founding on May 17. The ITU was established on that day in 1865.

The theme of the 2016 World Telecommunication and Information Society Day will be “Information and Communication Technology (ICT) entrepreneurship for social impact.”

The ITU asserts that ICT entrepreneurs and startups, and small to medium size enterprises “have a particularly relevant role in ensuring economic growth in a sustainable and inclusive manner.” In conjunction with World Telecommunication and Information Society Day, radio amateurs in Australia will be permitted to use the prefix “AX” on May 17.

Over-the-Horizon Radars, Fishery and Taxi Traffic, Buoys, and Broadcasters Continue to Mar Ham Bands

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The International Amateur Radio Union Region 1 Monitoring System (IARUMS) April newsletter chronicles a plethora of intruding signals heard on exclusive Amateur Radio allocations in Europe and Africa, many of these also affecting the bands in IARU Regions 1 and 3.

The most significant interfering signals originate from over-the-horizon (OTH) radars in China and Russia and affect 40, 30, 20, and 15 meters.

The newsletter also recounts monitoring stations’ reports of voice traffic on several bands from fishing operations in various parts of the world, telemetry from marine buoys, and persistent taxi dispatching traffic from Russia on 10 meters.


Missouri Radio Amateur Petitions FCC to Designate “Symbol Communication” Subbands

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James E. Whedbee, N0ECN, of Gladstone, Missouri, has petitioned the FCC to designate Morse (radiotelegraphy) Amateur Radio band segments as “symbol communication” subbands. The FCC has invited comments on his Petition for Rule Making (RM-11769), filed on May 2. Arguing that retaining the current regime of “legacy” CW subbands has proven to be grossly inefficient, Whedbee said he’d like to see the FCC delete all privilege restrictions that limit any part of the Amateur Radio spectrum to Morse code to the exclusion of other modes.

“Nostalgia for retention of Morse code telegraphy-only subbands is also an insufficient reason to avoid moving forward to [the] elimination of such subbands, because nothing about this Petition suggests the elimination of the mode itself, only that it not be the sole authorized mode in the subject subbands,” Whedbee told the FCC.
Whedbee characterized CW-only subbands as “an excessive regulatory constraint, as well as a poor use of the spectrum concerned.” He proposed that the FCC’s Part 97 rules reflect the “ultimate form of communication reproduced at the receiving end.” As he explained it, his regulatory scheme would break down modes into three categories — “symbol communication mode” — for CW, digital, and other emission modes that reproduce a discrete symbol on the receiving end — “voice mode,” and “image mode.”


#IcomEverywhere — Dayton Hamvention® 2016

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Last year I wrote all about the preparation for the Hamvention® in Welcome to the Big Show – complete with circus theme. I even spoke about trying to limit our activities to just three rings.

Well, this year we’re actually setting up the three rings: our main booth, the D-STAR booth, and new for 2016 our Land Mobile booth, where I’ll be spending some time.

We’re even bringing our own circus animal in Max, the Icom America mascot, star of the Zack and Max comic book adventures.

#IcomEverywhere — IC-7300 Front and Center
The IC-7300 has been a real hit since its introduction earlier this year. I wrote about this game changer and, without too much tongue-in-cheek, compared it to what King Midas might have wished for if he were a ham.

We’ll have three IC-7300s in the main booth including demonstrations of it in operation with our RS-BA1 Remote Control Software that allows the 7300’s bandscope and waterfall to be shown on your computer display, either in your shack or via remote control….READ FULL ARTICLE

Silent Key – KK4NPQ – Mr. Timothy “Tim” Agee

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May 21, 1967 - March 26, 2016 (Age 48)

Mr. Timothy "Tim" Agee, age 48, of Daytona Beach Florida, returned to his Heavenly Father on March 26, 2016. Tim was self-employed and a member and brother to BACA (Bikers Against Child Abuse). He leaves to cherish his memory his parents, Bill and Joann Agee; brother Kevan Agee(Melinda); sister, Beth Beam (Steve); nieces, Nechole, Jessica Carolyn; nephews, Sam and Kody, and a host of cousins and friends. Memorial service will be held 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, 2016 in the chapel of Schoppenhorst, Underwood and Brooks Funeral Home (Preston Hwy. at Brooks Road). Friends may pay their respects on Tuesday 4-8 p.m. at the funeral home. The family requests expressions of sympathy be made to BACA, P.O. Box 1286 Russellville, Ky. 42276

For Sale – AE4WG – Heathkit SB-200 Amplifier

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I have a Heathkit SB-200 amplifier for sale. Also has new tubes with less than 1/2 hour of use. The RCA input jack has been replaced with a female BNC connector.
Wired for 120 volts, has the following Harbach Electronics Mods installed
-Power supply module replacement
-New breakers
-Soft Start module

-I have the following mods to add
-Replacement fan
-Replacement T/R relay

I'm looking for $550 or best offer, and it can be picked up in Ormond Beach, or I can deliver.

Warren Greenberg -AE4WG

5 Mic Wiring Resources You Need To Bookmark

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Best Mic Wiring Resources

Have a new microphone and need connection? Whenever you need to connect a new Microphone to your radio, these sites will guide you to the correct pin-out diagram

The / Technical Reference / Mic Wiring

11 Most Popular MIC Wiring Diagrams


Russian Contest Club CUP 2016

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Russian Contest Club CUP 2016″
Russian Contest Club invites to take part in
one of the most fascinating and dynamic contests
“RCC CUP” or RCC CUP 2016.
Competitions will take place this Saturday May 7,
with 06 to 12 MOSCOW TIME on ranges 80… 10 meters of CW and SSB.
ATTENTION: this year among ALL participants of RCC CUP
the special prize fund is raffled –
about 30 various lots.


For Sale – KK4RFI – (2) Motorola HT 1000 and Charger

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Hello this is KK4RFI I have some radios to sell
30$ for all  I have 2 Motorola HT 1000 and charger, 1 HT750and charger , 1 mag one radio no charger
        they have not been used in some time  but did work the last time they where charged up.
you can call or text me at (386) 235-7322 the name is BRADY KK4RFI
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For Sale – KK4RFI – ICOM 2100H Radio and Manuals

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Hello this is KK4RFI I have some radios to sell
120$ OBO on a ICOM 2100H works well used only as back up have box and manuals
you can call or text me at (386) 235-7322 the name is BRADY KK4RFI
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Deadline is June 1 for US Radio Amateurs to Submit IARU Region 2 HF Band Plan Suggestions

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The deadline is June 1 for US radio amateurs to submit suggestions to the ARRL Board of Directors’ HF Band Planning Committee regarding possible changes to the International Amateur Radio Union (IARU) Region 2 Band Plan. That band plan and other significant Amateur Radio spectrum issues will be on the agenda for the IARU Region 2 General Assembly in Chile this fall. The ARRL joins other IARU member societies in the Americas in seeking input from the amateur community on the Region 2 HF Band Plan. The HF Band Planning Committee will review the current plan, consider comments from US radio amateurs, and recommend any changes to the ARRL Board for submission to IARU Region 2.

“The ARRL HF Band Planning Committee wants to stress that the IARU Region 2 Band Plan is a voluntary guideline and does not supersede FCC regulations related to spectrum usage,” Committee Chairman and ARRL Second Vice President Brian Mileshosky, N5ZGT, noted. He also pointed out two other issues for radio amateurs to consider.
Most Region 2 countries outside the US do not have the sort of detailed sub-band regulations contained in the FCC’s Part 97. For radio amateurs in these countries, the Region 2 Band Plan may serve as the only source of guidance on spectrum usage.


Silent Key – KV4I – Mark Friedlander

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I have sad news to deliver. Mark KV4I passed away on April 16th. I found out my self just today. here is link to his obituary.
I think a lot of us new Mark and know how great of a guy he was and how active he was with ARES. He was one of the Asstent emergency cordinaters here in Volusia for several year.
Mark was an active member in ARES, a great guy to know and a friend. He will be missed.

He was diagnosed with cancer in January. It was very short.

Mark was born on March 8, 1950 and passed away on Saturday, April 16, 2016.

Mark was a resident of New Smyrna Beach, Florida.

Mark was one of the first ARES members I met when I was thinking of joining a little over a year ago.
I always looked forward to seeing him at the meetings.
He was easy going and willing to talk digital stuff while answering many of my questions.

LNR FX-4A QRP HF Transceiver

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AJ4MQ: I was so impressed with this unit during the Wednesday portable ops that I wanted to post it here.

LNR is pleased to announce the FX-4a. This unit replaces the original FX-4 that we introduced in 2013. The original FX-4 was an exceptionally strong transceiver and we received a tremendous amount of great feedback; especially from users who used SSB. It truly is a fun little radio that is perfect for SOTA or any of your portable uses.

The FX-4a is not a kit and comes fully assembled. It also includes a speaker mic and power cord. The sturdy, lightweight form factor is very attractive and features mylar covered buttons to keep dirt and dust out. The power selector has moved to the side to keep from accidental power ons/offs. The VFO knob is large enough for easy manipulation, even while using gloves on cold field days.


WX4TVJ got up early to set up the K1D Florida QSO Party station this morning

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WX4TVJ got up early to set up the K1D Florida QSO Party station this morning. They are on 14.249 right now.

(Posted on facebook at 9:28 am Sunday May 5th)

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FL QSO Party This Weekend

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We're having a party, and you're invited! Be sure to mark your calendar and join in the fun of the next Florida QSO Party. Visit the other pages on this Web site for rules, results, records, and more information.

Since the re-introduction of the Florida QSO Party to the contest scene in 1998, the Florida QSO Party has become one of the fastest growing and most popular State QSO Parties around today. This is due, in part, to the tremendous effort by the mobile teams to activate as many counties as they can in order to allow those participating from out-of-state, to achieve a county "Sweep" (working all 67 Florida Counties). Florida stations operating from home are also valuable, since that increases the chances that stations will work all counties!

Regardless if you are a serious or casual participant ... from Florida, or from outside of Florida ... the Florida QSO Party was designed to be a FUN operating event. Why not give it a try?

A reminder for Home stations (both in and outside Florida), please do not call CQ or "run" stations in the "Mobile window". This window is for mobile stations only. Home stations operate above or below the "Mobile window". Frequencies to avoid, are:

CW 7.025-7.035, 14.040-14.050, 21.040-21.050, 28.040-28.050 MHZ

Russian WW MultiMode Contest

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The organizer of contest is the Russian Digital Radio Club. The Russian contest on radio short waves communications Russian WW MultiMode Contestby using the BPSK63, CW, RTTY and SSB modes is conducted according to the present Rules annually in November. We invite all fans of all modes to take part in 3rd RUS-WW-MM from 12.00 UTC on Saturday 30th April till 11:59 UTC on Sunday 1st May, 2016 . Types of modulation: CW, BPSK63, RTTY45, SSB. The repeated contacts are permitted on different bands and different modes providing that a contact will be made not earlier than in 3 minutes. The output power should not exceed the resolved power according to the radioamateur license of the participant. The operator may change the bands no more than 10 times within calendar hour (with zero on 59-th minute of each hour). Only one transmitted signal is permitted at any time. Bands: 160 m, 80 m, 40 m, 20 m, 15 m, 10 m. A separate category for the Russia and foreign participants.

Schedule RUS-WW-MM in 2016-2020:
2016 – on April, 30th and on May, 1st
2017 – on September, 30th and on October, 1st
2018 – on March, 31st and on April, 1st
2019 – on November, 30th and on December, 1st
2020 – on February, 29th and on March, 1st


FCC Invites Comments on Petition to Eliminate 15 dB Gain Limit on Amateur Amplifiers

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The FCC has put on public notice and invited comments on a Petition for Rule Making (RM-11767), filed on behalf of an amateur amplifier distributor, which seeks to revise the Amateur Service rules regarding maximum permissible amplifier gain. Expert Linears America LLC of Magnolia, Texas, which distributes linears manufactured by SPE in Italy, wants the FCC to eliminate the 15 dB gain limitation on amateur amplifiers, spelled out in §97.317(a)(2). Expert asserts that there should be no gain limitation at all on amplifiers sold or used in the Amateur Service.

“There is no technical or regulatory reason [that] an amplifier capable of being driven to full legal output by even a fraction of a watt should not be available to Amateur Radio operators in the United States,” Expert said in its Petition.