NORTH FLORIDA AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY MEETING:
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10TH AT 7PM
ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL, 1700 OLD MIDDLEBURG RD.
Dinner before the November meeting is at Arden's Kafe & Katering, 8299 West Beaver St. near Bulls Bay Highway and convenient to the Hammond Blvd. exit from I-10 in Marietta. It begins at 5:00 and all are welcome. If you will attend, please contact Janet Purvis, KA4REZ via firstname.lastname@example.org
HOA ANTENNA BILL PASSES HOUSE, CONTACT YOUR SENATORS TO URGE APPROVAL
Contact your U.S. Senators to urge approval of The Amateur Radio Parity Act. It passed the House of Representatives on September 12th as HR1301.
Write, e-mail or call Senators Bill Nelson and Marco Rubio.
Or use the link below to register your support.
If passed, these bills would assure hams living on deed restricted lots of being granted permission for at least a basic outdoor antenna installation.
Operators must request and receive HOA architectural review approval before commencing installation.
HOA restrictive covenants that totally ban outdoor antennas would become unenforceable. Several years back, FCC began protecting TV dish and over-the-air broadcast antennas. If the bill becomes law, Amateur Radio antennas will be added to protected installations.
From The October Balanced Modulator
1960s Jacksonville AM Radio Giants: WPDQ & WAPE
ARRL SOUTHEASTERN DIRECTOR ELECTION CONTROVERSY
Several months ago, ARRL HQ called for nominations from all full members residing in its Southeastern Division (FL, GA, AL, PR, VI). If two or more candidates qualified, ballots were scheduled to be mailed in October.
Current ARRL Southeastern Division Director Doug Rehman, K4AC from the Orlando area filed to seek re-election along with Alabaman Greg Sarratt, W4OZK, who previously served two terms as ARRL SE Director.
After Rehman filed, ARRL HQ disqualified him and declared Sarratt elected without opposition. This action effectively ends Rehman's tenure on December 31, 2016.
Rehman defeated Sarratt in 2013 by only 12 votes (961 to 949).
Very low voter participation may have contributed to Sarratt's defeat in 2013. Participation was down over 60% as ARRL tried a new online voting system. The League subsequently returned to postal mail balloting.
Rehman contends that he ran in order to reform ARRL Board governance. He took office in January 2014 for a three-year term. He said one of his goals was to make the League "more transparent." A priority was to make semi-annual ARRL Board of Directors meetings open to all members, possibly through online streaming.
Currently, attendance at ARRL Board meetings is limited to officers, directors, vice-directors, staff and invited guests. Rehman claims that such secrecy is unwarranted.
Rehman is threatening legal action over his ouster. The Orlando Amateur Radio Club, sponsors of the large Orlando Hamcation, recently donated $2,500 to Rehman's defense fund to bring the total to over $4,000.
Fifteen volunteer ARRL Directors, based on geography, set League policies. The Southeastern Division has more members than any other division.
The Balanced Modulator takes no position on this issue. We await an explanation from ARRL HQ.
COMING IN 2017
A series in the Balanced Modulator looks back at almost a century of Amateur Radio in Jacksonville. Find out who used what type of gear during the early years and learn more about how Jacksonville's Amateur Radio pioneers operated.
Since 1920, ham stations have evolved from entirely homebrewed equipment followed by bulky commercial receivers, transmitters and amplifiers. Then, starting in the mid 1950s, Single Side Band and transceivers revolutionized Amateur Radio stations. And in the years following World War II, converted military communications equipment played a big role on the bands.
Paul Christensen, W9AC recently sent me copies of dozens of QSL cards issued by local hams dating back to the early 1920s. The street addresses and equipment descriptions on the cards are intriguing to read. Over the past 100 years, many skilled and colorful hams have tuned the bands in Jacksonville. And some of these cards represent operators with legendary stories and backgrounds.
Looking through my cards, I also found around sixty from Jacksonville area hams. Most are from the 1960s, 70s and 80s.
If you have any cards or documents relating to pre-1980 local Amateur Radio operators active in NE Florida, let me know via email@example.com
It convenes on the 146.7 MHz repeater when severe weather threatens Jacksonville and bordering areas. Net control is Mike Davis, N4FOZ.
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Yaesu Digital Voice
W4IZ 444.4 MHZ REPEATER NOW WORLDWIDE
Using C4FM Fusion digital voice and connected to Internet through WIRES, W4IZ's 444.4 MHz repeater now operates separately from the 146.7 MHz VHF system.
Managers of the 444.4 MHz repeater made these changes in late June in order to increase repeater utilization and better serve more NOFARS members.
Chuck, KK4BMV, provides internet capability. KM4RAY writes "we are in the early stages and still working out all the bugs so there may be times when it's not operational. We are very excited about this new technology that enables us to talk worldwide and we look forward to hearing you on the air."
Digital voice and long distance internet linking are rapidly growing facets in Amateur Radio. Use of W4IZ's UHF system has increased markedly since these changes and we invite more digital communicators to join us on 444.4 MHz.
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