From Wayback Radio, September 2016 Balanced Modulator newsletter
NORTH FLORIDA AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY MEETING:
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13TH
7PM AT ED WHITE HIGH SCHOOL
1700 OLD MIDDLEBURG RD.
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.
POSSIBLE AMATEUR RADIO ENTRY LEVEL LICENSE CLASS
Interest is being gauged now on holding a six-week Technician Amateur Radio license class on San Juan Avenue in west Jacksonville. It would meet every Weds. from 6-9PM starting on October 5th. No cost except for study guides.
Those interested should contact Richard Miller via firstname.lastname@example.org
It convenes on the 146.7 MHz repeater when severe weather threatens Jacksonville and bordering areas. Net control is Mike Davis, N4FOZ.
Click for more details.
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.
NOFARS members are eligible to receive the monthly Balanced Modulator newsletter via NOFARSnet, a Yahoo Group. Click for details on requesting it.