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

Hurricane EDOUARD
...AFTER REACHING 115 MPH EDOUARD BEGINS TO WEAKEN... As of 5:00 PM AST Tue Sep 16 the center of EDOUARD was located near 32.3, -57.5 with movement N at 15 mph. The minimum central pressure was 958 mb with maximum sustained winds of about 105 mph.
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