Thursday, January 28, 2016

A Brief Reminder

Andrew (WX4AMS) will be accepting orders for shirts
and hats at the upcoming meeting on Feb. 1. Those wanting T-shirts
screen printed or polos embroidered will need to bring the shirts to the
meeting. If you can't make it this month, orders will also be accepted
at the March meeting. Payments (in cash) at the time of your order are

NPOTA Over A Hundred Contacts, And Only One Confrontation

All things considered the Club's participation in our first National Parks On The Air event was a success. Apparently regulations by state vary, and in Florida, Hams are not counted as an endangered species.

Thanks to good old Ham ingenuity the day was saved by utilizing vehicle mounted antennas, in combination with some creative cabling between them. The good news is, in spite of the chilly reception, and the very windy and chilly weather, we all had a great day.

Brenda and Rich Hold up the NPOTA signage, while trusty dog Squirt poses for the camera.

Peggy and Brenda watch as the Antenna's go up.

 Rich wraps himself in the NPOTA banner to protect himself from the chill in the air, as Mike makes secures the mast that will hold his inverted V.

Matthew makes some last minute adjustments to his antenna.

George hit the ground running. He was first to be wired and ready to go.

And then, we met the park ranger.

She was polite, but firm. No erections in the park without a permit. This was a real disappointment. Everything had to come down. In keeping with tradition, we followed Ham Radio's Rule #2. "When all else fails, have a picnic."

Around the table in clockwise direction we have Mike, Matthew, Peggy, Rich, and Brenda. Bill is holding the camera. George and George opted to call it a day when they learned they could not set up.

During lunch, the group formulated a plan that was both within park rules, and afforded them the opportunity to make some contacts. They moved to a different section of the park, and were able to share one mobile antenna by connecting it via coax to a second. A creative solution that allowed everyone to play.

They say, in life, it is not the difficulties you face, but the way you deal with them that reveals what you are made of. We braved the wind, cold, and even chilly reception, and still had a great time. Oh, and well over a hundred contacts!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

National Parks On The Air

Our club will be participating in National Parks On The Air or NPOA. The following information will fill you in on the details. If you can be present, that will be great. If you can't, you can at least be present on the air. This is somewhat of a first for our club. Matthew has done a great job organizing this event. Let's show him the support his effort deserves.

Click on the image to expand, or the link below to download a PDF of the flyer.

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Thursday, January 7, 2016

January 2016 Happy New Year

Future Big Wheels In Amateur Radio

Congratulations, Ray, Donald, and Steven; all new Technicians.
Left to right Richard, Ray KM4QBS, Peggy, Ron, Donald KM4QBR, Steven KM4QBT, and Kevin.

About To Embark On A Voyage Across The Airwaves

Left to right Glenn, Mike KK4PFA a new General, Peggy, and Al.

Thank You Bob For All Your Service

Field Day Is Just Around The, Around The, Around the corner!

Fred reviewed results from last year. We did good. In true Boston fashion, you 'kont' be too rich, too thin, or prepare for field day too soon! :-)

National Pars On The Air NPOTA

Matthew discussed the upcoming trip by club members on the 23 and 24 of January to Big Cyprus National Preserve. Contact him if you would like to join the group.

The 45th Alafia River Rendezvous

This year, Stephanie is director of the Alifia River Rendezvous. All club members are invited to join her on the 22 and 23 of January. Contact her for a free pass.

Moma's Little Baby May Love Shortnin Bread, 
             But Don Prefers Raspberry Pi
Don exposed us to the wonders of the Raspberry Pi as well as an interesting application of the Arduino, in combination with an X-bee wireless radio transceiver.