Monthly Archives: March 2012

April 2012 Bandspread

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Bandspread – April 2012

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April 7 Work Day

On April 7 after the monthly club breakfast, we will be heading over to the club house for a work day. We would like to work on the antenna in preparation for field day and finish cleaning out the storage garage. We would like anyone who can help to meet at the club house around 9:00 AM. Thanks to all that can participate.

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The World of Amateur Radio

In this vintage 16mm film from ARRL, Dick Van Dyke and Roy Neal K6DUE (SK) present the virtues of amateur radio. It was shot in 1979 and gives an idea how amateur radio was viewed and used at that time. Roy Neal, a TV personality/producer and an NBC News correspondent was joined by other celebrity hams including Barry Goldwater K7UGA (SK), King Hussein JY1 (SK) and Arthur Godfrey K4LIB (SK).

This was produced by Dave Bell, W6AQ. At the end of the movie, he made a very personal commentary on some behind the scenes info on the making of the film. A biography of him can be found at oldqslcards.com.

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Information Net for March 26

News, Press Releases and General Interest

Read by: RICK N9GRW

The threes are cleaning up in operating events lately and I don’t mean Maryland-DC, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. The ARRL Triple Play award and other multi-mode contests have now been followed by the World Wide Iron Ham Contest from Brazil and the Greek Triathlon DX Contest. Limber up the fingers to type, squeeze, and send in all three modes! (Thanks, Kostas SV1DPI and Oms PY5EG)

The 16th Annual SVHFS Conference will be held on April 20-21 in Charlotte, NC. There will be an antenna gain “shootout” and a noise figure test on Friday. ARRL President, Kay Craigie N3KN will be the featured speaker on Friday. There are plenty of technical and operating presentations, commercial vendors, plus a flea market on Friday evening. The Saturday banquet keynote speaker will be Nobel laureate Joe Taylor K1JT. (Thanks, Jim W4KXY)

Many clubs are looking for ways to help their newly-licensed members become active and learn HF operating skills. The upcoming ARRL Rookie Roundup (April 15th) has added the Multioperator category along with Team competition to help clubs do just that. Set up an all-day operating event, activate the club station, arrange for an open house – whatever is best for your club. Challenge another local club for bragging rights – competition is fun! As an extra bonus, you’ll be training and recruiting a crop of brand-new Field Day operators, too!

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National Hurricane Conference

The National Hurricane Conference (NHC) is scheduled for March 26 to 29 in Orlando, Florida. The conference leadership recognized the valuable contributions of amateur radio and invited several radio amateurs to participate. Two NHC sessions are scheduled:

  1. Amateur Radio Training Sessions: Disaster Communications Before, During and After Hurricanes on March 26 from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM EDT
  2. Amateur Radio Rap Session — The Emergency Manager’s Hidden Resource on March 27 from 8:30 AM to 10:00 AM EDT

Additionally, an interactive NHC workshop will be hosted by the Orange County Communications Auxiliary, the Orange County Emergency Operations Center and the ARRL Southeastern Division on March 26 from 7:00 PM to to 9:00 PM EDT. This workshop is geared for all ARES members and interested radio amateurs.

For those who cannot make it on-site, all three presentations, the two NHC sessions and the NHC workshop, will be simulcast on the Internet on the North Shore Radio Association, Inc. and VoIP Hurricane Net web sites. All sessions are provided at no cost.

More information can be found on the ARRL announcement.

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