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Christmas Banquet Tickets

Tickets are on sale for the Christmas Banquet on Sunday, December 4th, 2016.

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Wednesday – Portable Ops – Reed Canal Park… again

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While our cities are busy cleaning up the mess left by Matthew they are storing the detritus in our favorite spots.

As a consequence of this, it seems prudent to revert to a familiar place where, although only partially usable, we can safely operate.

Thus, we will assemble once again at Reed Canal park on Wednesday 26 October using the Nova Road entrance.

There we will battle the elements searching for that elusive one contact that will make the whole endeavor worth while..

After that we shall of course retire to glory in our accomplishments and consume viands


KM4IPF Works Ohio and West Canada from Deland, Florida on 5 Watts on a RadioWavz Expedition Hex Beam

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Hope was working some stations in the Extra Class portion of 20m and she asked one of them if she could drop down to 5 watts to see if the RadioWavz Sentinel Expedition Hex Beam could reach out and touch Ohio from Florida. Not only did it make it there, she got a call from VE7 land (Western Canada) and the station gave her a 5/9 report while she was running 5 watts!
This antenna is incredible!

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Celebrating your club’s Elmers might encourage others

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Sam, W5KF, recently sent me a link to the Elmers' page on the Norman, OK South Canadian Amateur Radio Society (SCARS) website. Not only is it a listing of the club members who have stepped forward to Elmer new members, but also provides ways to honor current and past Elmers. This is from the SCARS newsletter:

"Elmer List on the website

"This week we talk about a brand new feature on the W5NOR web site. In the amateur radio community, an experienced amateur radio operator who mentors a new or prospective ham is commonly called an “Elmer”. In our hobby, that seems to be a great way for knowledge to be transferred.

"Yes, we all have taken an FCC test to receive our license, however that’s only the starting point. Remember that person that helped you set up your first radio, or gave you the courage to press the PTT button, or answered endless questions about a radio, or an antenna? That’s the kind of thing we’re talking about.


Number of Ham Radio Licenses to Reach 750,000 by 2017

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The number of unexpired amateur radio licenses in the United States was 733,594 in November 2015, an annual growth rate of 1.05% and five year growth rate of 4.52%.

If this growth trend continues, the number of licensed amateur radio operators in the United States will reach 750,000 by 2017.

Nearly half of all US licensees hold the Technician license (49.4%), followed by General (23.5%), Amateur Extra (19.0%), Advanced (6.6%), and Novice (1.5%)…..READ MORE

Ormond finally lost its antennae in hurricane Matthew

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Hi all

Just as an FYI, the Digi up at Ormond finally lost its antennae in hurricane

The main high gain antenna snapped off at the base, and the short "local"
(3db) vhf antenna snapped at the pole.

Not bad for being up there for 15 years.

Until I can get equipment replaced it will be offline obviously.

If anyone has a source for some LMR 400 I'll be open to details. With the
antennae being down, I would like to completely replace all the coax that's
up there.

When me and reed swept it a couple of months back it swept fine, but if I'm
going to be putting new antennae up I want to put new coax up at the same


Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej HS1A Is now a Silent Key

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Club Member Assistance Needed..

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I am trying to locate anywhere either on this site, or on the internet that identified Frank Haas as a board member.. when I redesigned the site, he wasn't on the board, and wouldn't have been added, but I am unfamiliar with where else in the world we are published. the Domain Registration is clean as well.. and it seems people are calling him in relation to the club.

If you track down anything on this, please email me at and let me know the URL of the site in question.

Thank you for your time, and thank you Frank Haas for your past service and knowledge. both have been missed.

HamCation Advance Tickets now on sale!

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Advance Ticket Sales Is Now Open

To mail in your reservation print the form below and mail it in.

2017 Reservation Form

Our On-line System for Tickets Is Now On-Line


Tickets will also be available at HamCation starting on Friday February 10, 2017 at 8:00am

Get Set for School Club Roundup October 17-21!

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With fall semester well underway, school clubs are at full throttle. That means it’s time for the ARRL School Club Roundup (SCR) — fall edition. Propagation is typically better at this time of year, and clubs should not find it too difficult to make contacts across the US and around the globe, even with a modest station. Unlike most contests, this one takes place during the week. SCR 2016 gets under way on Monday, October 17, beginning at 1300 UTC, and runs through Friday, October 21, at 2359 UTC. Stations may operate for up to 24 hours during the entire contest and may only operate for 6 hours during any single 24-hour period.

There are five participation categories: Elementary/Primary, Middle/Intermediate/Junior High School, Senior High School, College/University Club, and Non-School Club. There is also an Individual category.

If you just want to get on the air and hand out contacts, enter in the Individual category. Any mode — SSB, CW, or digital — is okay. Tune around and listen for SCR stations calling CQ, or do it yourself and see who answers (call “CQ School Clubs,” if you aren’t a club station). Stations exchange signal report, category (School, Club, or Individual), and state, province, or DXCC entity. Once the contest is over, submit your log online (preferred) or on paper.

The most popular time for younger students to be on the air is during after-school hours, but the older students may be on the air at any time. All groups are limited to one transmitter on the air.

The School Club Roundup is co-sponsored by the ARRL and the Long Island Mobile Amateur Radio Club (LIMARC, and results appear in QST as well as online. Bruce Horn, WA7BNM, has created a web entry service ( that accepts scores and logs. Paper logs and summary sheets are still available, but participants might want to try the logging program SCR-LOG, ( which is written especially for the School Club Roundup. Other logging program choices are listed on the SCR website. Logs are due by November 8. Upload some photos of your school team in action to the ARRL Soapbox. (


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NOAA forecasters say that a minor coronal mass ejection (CME) could deliver a glancing blow to Earth's magnetic field late on Oct. 13th. Not long after, a high-speed stream of solar wind is expected to arrive. The combined effect of the CME plus the solar wind stream could spark G1-class polar geomagnetic storms on Oct. 13th and 14th. Visit for updates and more information.

MS 150 route has changed due to devastation along the route

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I just got the announcement that due to the devastation in Volusia and Flagler county's the MS 150 has changed the route this year.

The MS 150 will only be on Saturday and only in the north part of the route. Flagler and Volusia will not be included in the MS 150 route this year. They apologize to all the people that volunteered and thank you for all you do.

Anyone still wanting to help in the north part of the route can contact.

Mike Jordan -

Mike Hendershot -

I want to thank everyone for offering to help for the MS 150 this year. I hope to be part of this event next year.

Karl Martin KG4HBN
ARES Emergency Coordinator

Lake Amateur Radio Association Tailgate – November 5th

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The annual LARA Tailgate is fast approaching.  This year we have some exciting news as we have a new location that offers much more display room and parking that we had at the clubhouse.  Our new location is the Institute for Public Safety, the same site we have used for Field Day for the past few years.

As usual the event will be on the first Saturday in November.  This year it is November 7 with the same hours of operation.  Vendors are welcome to start set up starting at 6:30 AM, and sales start at 7:30.  We wrap things up by Noon.

With the larger venue, it is a god time for all of us to gather up those items that are less than we can manage to live without, or can barter into something that fits our current needs.

For more information please contact Frank Anders, KK4MBX at

Frank Anders

Door-to-Door People Unknown

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Good afternoon South Daytona. Important information:
We have reports of people in bright green shirts going door-to-door trying to drum up business. They say they are from a church. We do not know if these people are licensed or state certified. Just be careful. Residents should be especially alert for door-to-door solicitors who promise to speed up the permit process or ask for large cash deposits or advance payments in full. Ask for proof of insurance. Check first with local licensed contractors. Also, remember that the City has a contractor that will start this week picking up storm debris in the City. Further information will be forthcoming, but in the meantime, try to keep vegetation and yard waste in a separate pile from other storm related materials at curbside.

Debris Removal Guidelines

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FEMA Disaster Assistance

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Assistance by TTY call 1 800 462 7585

Sounds from Amateur Radio Satellites by DD1US

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Sounds from Amateur Radio Satellites

Introducing Logbook of the World

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Logbook of the World (LoTW) is an online service that enables you to

  • electronically submit contacts (QSOs) for confirmation
  • view your submitted QSOs and resulting confirmations online
  • view your DXCC, VUCC, WAS, and WPX award progress online
  • electronically submit confirmations for credit toward DXCC, VUCC, WAS, and WPX awards

As stated in LoTW’s Mission and Objectives, membership in the ARRL is not a requirement. To use LoTW,download the free TQSL application and direct it to request participation. You’ll be issued a unique Callsign Certificate, and provided with access to an LoTW Account via the world wide web.


Hurricane Matthew Ham Radio Preparations with AE4FH and KM4IPF

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“Faith Hannah and Hope (AE4FH and KM4IPF, respectively) wanted to make a video about getting ready for the approach of Hurricane Matthew. They recently acquired an Alpha Antenna Alpha Loop Magnetic Loop antenna and they took it, along with the Amateur Radio go box they and their siblings assembled, and a battery, to a local park to see if they could make some contacts around the State of Florida on 40 meters. In spite of very poor band conditions and only running 20-30 watts, they made several contacts throughout the state.

Thankfully, the hurricane did not do much damage to our home and the set-up was not needed, but it is always a good idea to be prepared.

The kids have a website where they share videos and stories of their ham radio adventures.”

Retired Librarian Who Was Maine’s First Woman Radio Amateur Turns 108

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Mary Cousins, ex-W1GSC, who was the first woman in Maine to obtain an Amateur Radio license, celebrated her 108th birthday on September 20. Now a resident of a care facility in the coastal fishing village of Deer Isle, Cousins was treated to a party complete with a cake decorated with images of local newspaper articles from 1908, the year she was born. The confection also bore an image of her 1933 “Amateur First” radio license — issued to Mary Sibyl Wallace, her maiden name, by the old Federal Radio Commission, when Cousins was 24. The FCC came into being the following year. Cousins’ old call sign has since been reissued at least once. Cousins said she operated Morse, although she does not remember the code anymore, and used to relay weather information in that mode.


Should U.S. ham tests be given abroad?

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A couple of weeks ago, I received an e-mail from a reader who wanted my opinion about a thread on the HamRadioHelpGroup mailing list. The e-mail that started the discussion was a message from an American living in Italy who wanted to take the Technician Class exam. In her e-mail, she told of her troubles finding a test session, and then when she did find one, what she perceived as “irregularities” in the testing process. Reading the thread was a little disconcerting, and I blogged about this issue (

I understand why foreign national go to the trouble of taking the U.S. license exam. Some of them even buy my study guides. About a year ago, for example, I swapped some e-mail with a guy from Malaysia about why he purchased my study guide and why he wanted a U.S. license. He said that it was because a neighboring country offered reciprocal operating privileges to U.S. licensees, but not Malaysian licensees! He mentioned that he tested for the license in Thailand.

Basically, my Malaysian friend was using the U.S. licensing process to circumvent the Malaysian licensing process. Australians seem to do this, too. Apparently, according to one of the VKs who commented on the thread, getting a U.S. Tech license is easier than testing for an Australian Foundation license. So, some Australians get a U.S. Tech license first, then get the Australian government to issue them a VK Foundation license based on the reciprocal operating agreement between the U.S. and Australia.


J-Pole building party on October 15th.

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Everyone is invited to come out on October 15, after the monthly ARES meeting to build a roll up J-Pole. It will be a fun learning experience and you will have a J-Pole when you go home. The cost is $6 to cover the cost of parts.

Please, register by October 7th by filling out the form found at the following link.

Karl Martin KG4HBN
ARES Emergency Coordinator