(Reposted since it failed to post originally on the 6th. Made it through the Yahoo Groups and Facebook. go figure.)
For 2017, we are preparing a changed Board of Directors and looking to the future of the club. In the past year, I have been informed of rumors of issues members and non members have had with the club, but am not getting the important details that could allow us to fix the issues at hand. Other than a few issues I see myself, and hope to begin to correct at the next board meeting, I am not aware of any other issues. I am requesting anyone, and for any reason, to use the contact form to inform me of issues and concerns they have about the club and/or the direction it is heading.
I have been a club member since about 2001, and am one of the few longest members who still attend our events. I have seen the numbers in the club dwindle and come back strong. I have seen the club funds depleted and return to its highest values. We have replaced both repeaters with new equipment and may have a third repeater on the air soon. We have conducted regular testing sessions to make it easier for those who wish to get their Amateur Radio licenses and upgrades. We have held classes to help individuals expand their knowledge and experience. We have provided Hamfests and Tailgate parties to provide an avenue for Amateur Radio Operators to trade equipment, knowledge and friendship. We have worked with other organizations locally to inform interested individuals the choices they have, services that is being provided, and how they can get envolved in the general community.
In the year 2017, we are hoping to find at least a few individuals that would like to help others learn skills, display presentations of operations and organizations, and participate in the common good and wellness of others and their organizations. DBARA, The Daytona Beach Amateur Radio Association has long been a club designed to bring people together in common interests, and promote knowledge, skills and the future of Electronics and Communications in all its known and wondrous forms.
For those who would like to participate, we invite you to do so, Anonymously or not. For those who like to criticize, we invite you to do so directly so that we have an opportunity to evaluate and fix the problems and/or perceptions that exist. For those who look to damage and/or destroy the club, we invite you to look elsewhere for opportunities to improve your outlook and disposition.
If you wish to contact us anonymously, I have added a contact form that does not require personal information to provide comments. Simply fill in the comment box only then click Submit. So far, spam servers have done this since I created the form, so it must be easy to do. If you wish to use email, click firstname.lastname@example.org here or at the top of the page to let me know. I will keep your request, information or otherwise anonymous if you request.
I hope everyone an exciting time in the new year, as we have planned some interesting operations, including Winter Field Day (Jan 28-29), Our Annual Tailgate Party (Apr 8-Sa), Our Annual Field Day Operation (June 24-25), Our Club Picnic (Likely October), and our Christmas Banquet (Likely Dec 3-Su), along with some other events including Foxhunting, Soldering, Programming, General Class and more. If you'd like to participate, let us know you're interested. If you'd like to inform and present, let us know. If you'd like to see something we haven't done, forgot or need to do, let us know.
Happy New Year, and let's make it a great one.
To answer a few questions from the First Regular Meeting in 2017,
Your Membership in our club allows us to:
- Maintain and Operate 2 Repeaters in the Volusia County Area for Friendly Public Use
- Donuts, Coffee, and donations to the Church for our Monthly Regular Meetings
- Provide special events through the year including
- Monthly Presentations on related subjects including Communications, Equipment, Safety, and community
- Jan - Winter Field Day and Radio Fox Hunt Event
- April – DBARA Tailgate Party
- May – DBARA Summer Picnic and Radio Fox Hunt Event
- June – ARRL Field Day Operations
- October – DBARA Winter Picnic and Radio Fox Hunt Event
- December – DBARA Christmas Banquet and Awards Ceremony
We plan to rekindle other areas of Amateur Radio in the area, including the possibilities of
- Amateur TV
- Slow Scan TV
- HF Operations
- Moon Bounce
- Radio Fox Hunting
- Antenna Parties
- Good Soldering Practices
- Microcontroller Programming and Techniques
- and more to come!
Through our website, we maintain a listing of upcoming events both club related and other events held within the state of Florida. We also include a selection of Amateur Radio related news from a group of feeds including Amateur Radio Newsline, The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), QRZNow.com, Volusia ARES, Facebook and related local Yahoo Groups.
Our presentations this year will include
- 2 SkyWarn Training and Renewal Sessions (Likely May and October) for Basic and Advanced members.
- On-the-air etiquette, techniques, and net traffic handling
- Multi-band Operations
- Multiple Antenna Design, building, installation, proper usage, and safety concerns
- As well as other areas of interest in the areas of Communications, Equipment, Electronics, and other Hobby Related areas.
We invite you to come and bring your friends interested in Amateur Radio to join us at our Monthly meetings held on the Third Monday of every month except for December.
We hold our Christmas party the Sunday falling between the 3rd and 10th day of December.