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Estate Sale - Russell H. Taylor, Jr. / W4FRH
Equipment For Sale by DBARA
For Sale: ICOM 746 Pro (MARS Modified)
For Sale: Equipment from Frank N. Haas, KB4T

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Classes in May
23rdElectronic Kits 101
30thMicrocontrollers 101
Classes in July
25thTechnician Class License Prep Class (8-week)
Classes in September
26thExtra Class License Prep Class (8-week)

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Hambone College – Soldering Kits 101

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Tomorrow is Tom Bilello's (NW0LF) Learn-to-solder-kits 101 class. If you haven't signed up, please do at

Next Weekend is Jeff Mathews's (AJ4MQ) Microcontrollers 101 - Introduction to circuits.

Both will be held at the Arc of Volusia.

Will try to schedule a Microcontroller 101 Intro at the Church later this year.

Farewell To An Old Friend – Radio Shack

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With all of the publicity given to RadioShack, its bankruptcy, and possible reorganization in the past few months, I decided that it was only fitting to take a look at the electronic retailer’s long and interesting history.

Most people think of Radio Shack, the once-popular chain of electronic retail outlets, in terms of its days under the Tandy Corporation. Its roots, however, go back to the earliest days of radio itself. The company was founded in 1921 by the Deutchmann brothers, Milton and Theodore. Located in Boston Massachusetts, their initial market was supplying marine radioequipment, hence the name. After the Titanic disaster, radio equipment on board ships became mandatory.


D4C / B VHF 144Mhz Beacon listen in Ireland ( EI )

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EI3KD and EI4DQ both spotted our 2m beacon from qth locator IO51 for a distance of almost 4200 km.
At 15.11 Z of May 20th,2015 rst was 599.

EI3KD received the beacon for hours with a steady and strong signal.

He made a video of his copy that can be seen at this link:

The D4C 2m beacon (HK76mv) received on 144.436MHz by EI3KD (IO51vw) via tropo, over a distance of approximately 4165km.

This recording was made at 18:38z on 20th May 2015, although the signal was actually heard between 14:35z (20th May) until 04:30z (21st May) – a total of 14 hours!

See Video...

ARRL – the National Association for Amateur Radio

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ARRL CEO Dave Sumner, K1ZZ (L) welcomes members of the Clipperton DX Club, F6KOP Team, and the Union Française des Telegraphistes (UFT) to ARRL Headquarters today. L-R: Frank, F4AJQ; Alain, F5JTV; Gildas, F6HMQ; Francis, F5QF; Bruno, F5AGB; Axel, FR5GS; Christian, F5GSJ. Bienvenue!

JW2US – Hopen Island – EU-063

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“In a few weeks I’m off to the Arctic again, this time to EU-063 Hopen Island, one of Svalbard’s
Coastal Island. ETA Hopen Island first week of June for a 6 months stay.
I will be operational on CW on/around IOTA frequencies or at the lower band edges.
This is a spare time operation. I’m working very odd hours so please do not ask for sked.

If you live on/operate from an Island (IOTA) or you’re on an Expedition of some kind, your QSL card will be highly appreciated.

My Award hunt is via LoTW and eQSL, and your upload will be greatly appreciated.

The recomended way to request a JW2US QSL card (Bear Isl. or Hopen Isl.)
is via OQRS Club Log, both direct and bureau.

From Hopen Island I prefer to QSL via internet (globalqsl).
Mail to QSL Manager LA2US will be answered after Dec 2015.”

National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24 – 30

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Hurricane Season 2015

History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.

Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.

Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. -- National Hurricane Center

National Preparedness Week is also a good time for ARES and other operators to test radios and other gear for viability, test and charge batteries, fire up emergency power generators, and complete their go-kits for possible deployments. It is also a good time to review your family hurricane plan, and coordinate it with distant relatives, and neighbors. Present your neighbors with disaster communications services potentially to be offered by you and your station. Conduct a meeting of your CERT to plan and drill. Hurricane season is only one month away. -- K1CE

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2015 JOTA Emblem Selected

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Thanks to everyone who registered their vote designating their preference among the four finalists. The winner, with 40% of the vote, is shown below. The runner-up had 32%.

BSA Supply is now working to manufacture the patch. As soon as it’s available we’ll let you know.

New understanding of electromagnetism could enable ‘antennas on a chip’

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“New understanding of electromagnetism could enable ‘antennas on a chip’

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have unravelled one of the mysteries of electromagnetism, which could enable the design of antennas small enough to be integrated into an electronic chip. These ultra-small antennas – the so-called ‘last frontier’ of semiconductor design – would be a massive leap forward for wireless communications.

In new results published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the researchers have proposed that are generated not only from theacceleration of , but also from a phenomenon known as symmetrybreaking. In addition to the implications for , the discovery could help identify the points where theories of classical electromagnetism and overlap.


VK0EK Dayton 2015 Interview with KK6EK

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Military argues right to 50-54MHz

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“THE military yesterday defended its right to the 50-54-megahertz band for security purposes during a public hearing on the revisedtelecom and broadcasting spectrum master plan by the NationalBroadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).

About 500 attended the hearing, of whom half were Air Force, Royal Thai Army, and Royal Thai Navy personnel. A highlight of the revised plan was the reallocation of the 50-54MHz band to the military for national-security purposes. Under the original master plan, the band was designated for radio amateurs. However, the NBTC has not allowed amateurs to use the band, given continued protest from the Army.Jakkree Hantongkom, president of the Radio Amateur Society of Thailand (RAST), said the 50-54MHz band was an international band for amateurs, adding that RAST, with 300,000 members nationwide, also needed more spectrum.

New NASA Deputy Administrator is a Radio Ham

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Prof. Dava Newman KB1HIK was sworn in as NASA Deputy Administrator on May 15 from her MIT office

Her appointment had been confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 27. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden (formerly KE4IQB) said, “I am delighted with the Senate confirmation of Dr. Dava Newman to be the deputy administrator of NASA. The strong bipartisan support Dr. Newman received in the Senate is a reflection of her well-earned reputation and renown as a global leader in science and technology research and policy.”

Newman is a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and of engineering systems. On the MIT faculty since 1993, she directs the Institute’s Technology and Policy Program and MIT Portugal Program, and is co-director of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ Man Vehicle Laboratory. She is a Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology faculty member, and a Margaret McVicar Faculty Fellow.

Her research has included modeling human performance in low and micro-gravity conditions, examining the dynamics and control of astronaut motion, and the development of assisted walking devices for the physically handicapped. Perhaps her most prominent project has been development of the BioSuit, a skintight spacesuit that would give astronauts unprecedented comfort and freedom in exploration of planetary surfaces and extra-vehicular activity.

After accepting the confirmation, Newman said, “It's an enormous honor to serve at NASA in times when our country is extending humanity's reach into space while strengthening American leadership here on Earth. I'm profoundly grateful to President Obama, the United States Senate, and Administrator Bolden — along with everyone at MIT. I can't wait to come aboard."

NFL ARES and VCEM Operations this month

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As you know we have (2) different activities on the 20th of May, one for the NFL ARES and one for VCEM, both have been cut back from the original plans.

At the present time we still need volunteers for the Fire Stations in (Pierson) and (Lake Helen).

Anyone wishing to volunteer please contact me ASAP or 428-6011

Thanks, Chuck W4CFH

C56XA Gambia

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Alan G3XAQ will be active from Gambia, 16 May to 4 June 2015, as C56XA.
Active in CQ WW WPX CW Contest.

How to work amateur radio satellites with your handheld (HT) radio

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Estate Sale – Russell H. Taylor, Jr. / W4FRH

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West Volusia
Amateur Radio Society, Inc.

730 W. University Avenue
DeLand, Florida 32720-3249
386 734-6996
A 501(c)(3) Non profit Organization

YAESU YA-1030 POWER SUPPLY, MFJ-817 SWR METER       $1,200.00
Lots of other related items included. Manual included with original box.
Coverage is HF 160 to 10 meters plus 50/144/430 MHz VHF/UHF

The above will be sold as a complete package only.


Separate Items:

$75 MFJ-949 HF TUNER

All equipment is in above average condition and sold as is.
All reasonable offers will be considered.
Cash only sales. Thank you. Pick up only.  386-734-6996
Manuals are available for download on the internet


LDG Electronics AT-897PLUS Automatic Antenna Tuner 1.8-54 MHz, 0.1-100 Watts, Bolt-On FT-897 Auto Memory Tuner

Equipment For Sale by DBARA

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3-HeathKit HS-24 speakers-all 3 for $15
1-MFJ 4035 MF PSU $40-tested for output only with no load-outputs up to 14.74 volts.
2-MFJ 260 dummy loads $20 each
1-MFJ-492 memory keyer $40
1-HeathKit HW-12A $40

Bundled together: ($40 OBO)

  • 1-HeathKit DX-20
  • 1-HeathKit HW-7 -The HW-7 has been modified with 10 turn pots so it isn't original.


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Field Day 2015 – Looking for Stations

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Lean Bowen, AJ4MR, is putting together a list of stations that will be operating during this year's Joint Field Day operation with Volusia ARES and DBARA at the Volusia County Fairgrounds.


VolusiaARES: Switching Central Communications Systems.

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For those who have participated in emergencies in the past, or have been with VARECS for training, Volusia County has decided to switch to a new program this year called SharePoint.

Emergency Preparations – Special Needs Registry

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Volusia County has put together a central registry so they will know who will need assistance during emergencies such as Hurrucanes.

If you or someone you know needs oxygen and/or assistance getting around, please read and/or fill out the registration form at the bottom.

CQ Names 2015 Hall of Fame Inductees

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CQ magazine has announced its 2015 Hall of Fame inductees, adding two members apiece to the CQ DX and Contest Halls of Fame, as well as nine new members to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame.

The CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame honors those individuals, licensed or not, who have made significant contributions to Amateur Radio, and those amateurs who have made significant contributions either to Amateur Radio, to their professions, or “to some other aspect of life on our planet,” CQ said.

The 2015 Inductees to the CQ Amateur Radio Hall of Fame