Information Net for January 30

Tennesseans can participate in second annual Great Central U.S. ShakeOut earthquake drill on Feb. 7

Read by: Rick N9GRW

Tennessee Emergency Management Agency encourages schools, families and businesses to participate in drill

Registration is open for the second annual Great Central U. S. ShakeOut earthquake drill, which will take place at 10:15 a.m., CST, on Feb. 7, 2012. More than 3 million people in 11 states, including 250,000 Tennesseans, took part in the first Central U.S. ShakeOut drill on April 28, 2011.

To sign up for the ShakeOut, go to The site provides links to other earthquake preparedness information. In addition to schools, there are also participant categories for colleges and universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, medical facilities, individuals and families and more.

“Small earthquakes and tremors occur frequently in Tennessee, said Director Jim Bassham of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency (TEMA). Continue reading “Information Net for January 30”

SKYWARN Spotter Training Class

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The National Weather Service (NWS) will be conducting a SKYWARN Spotter Training class on March 22nd at 6:00 PM at the Lock Two Park clubhouse. This event lasts about 2 hours and is FREE and open to the public. We encourage all members to attend and let others know of this opportunity.

For more information on other SKYWARN Spotter Training classes in your area, visit the NWS training schedule page for Middle Tennessee.

UPDATE: Our regularly scheduled meeting is on March 15th. The previous date given was incorrect.

UPDATE 2: Instead of meeting twice in March, it was decided to move the March club meeting to the same day as the SKYWARN Spotter Training class, March 22nd.

Club House Work Day

Club President Ed Nutter, KE4JWS would like to thank everyone who came out to the club house to help and show support for the work on Sunday, Jan. 22nd. There was some work done on the lights both upstairs and downstairs. We are also adding lights to the outside for more safety and security.

Thanks to all who came out–Lawrence Wallis KF4OAH, George Jackson KC4TMV, Bill McCraw WB7DWJ, Maurice Taylor KJ4ZJL, Dennis Purcell KF4CSR, Nicki Purcell KF4DHK, Laura Taylor KK4CGY, and Martha Frederick KJ4RIQ.

Information Net for January 23

ARRL Requests Feedback for 60 Meter Band Plan

Read by: Rick, N9GRW

Last month the FCC released a Report and Order (R&O) detailing new rules for the 5 MHz (60 meters) Amateur Radio band. These rules have not been published in the Federal Register. In order to be official, the rules must be published in the Federal Register and will take effect 30 days after the publication date.

The R&O brings with it a number of changes for 60 meter operators . . .

Continue reading “Information Net for January 23”

ARRL Board of Directors Meeting

The ARRL Board of Directors held its 2012 Annual Meeting at Windsor, Connecticut on January 13-14, 2012. This is the first Board meeting that Delta Division Director David Norris, K5UZ, attended since being elected Director.

Here are some highlights of actions taken at the meeting:

  • The Board adopted amendments to the ARRL Bylaws that will permit the implementation of electronic voting in the 2012 fall elections for Director and Vice Director of the Central, Hudson, New England, Northwestern and Roanoke Divisions. Paper ballots will still be delivered to members who have not shared their e-mail addresses with the ARRL, or who prefer to cast their votes by mail. Continue reading “ARRL Board of Directors Meeting”

NTS Net Schedule Change

The Nashville/Davidson County Traffic Net schedule is changing and will be scaled back to only Sundays at 9:00 PM starting Jan. 15. The decision was reached after discussions were held with last Thursday (Jan. 5) NTS attendees; it was also the last Thursday session. Tomorrow, Jan. 10, will be the last Tuesday session.

The most up-to-date information will be posted on the Radio Nets calendar page. We encourage everyone to attend, participate and support these Nets.

Mike Perry, WM4AP (SK)

The club is saddened to announce the passing of a fellow club member, Mike Perry, WM4AP.

Perry, Michael A. Born March 28,1949 died January 5, 2012 . Preceded in death by his loving wife, Linda Joyce; parents, Donald and Carol; grandson, Joshua Bowden. He is survived by his loving brother, Mark; sons, Patrick and Jake; a loving daughter Shawn; grandsons, Staff Sgt. Samuel F. Gibbs, Sgt. James “Gizmo” Gibbs; great grandsons; great grand-daughters. In lieu of flowers please make donations to Michael Perry’s family for final expenses. A life celebration service will be at 2pm on Monday, January 9, 2012 at Harpeth Hills Funeral Home. Visitation, Sunday, 1pm-8pm with a Rosary at 7pm at HARPETH HILLS FUNERAL HOME 9090 Highway 100, Nashville, (615) 646-9292


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Winter Field Day 2012

The Society for the Preservation of Amateur Radio (SPAR) has their annual Winter Field Day to prepare for emergencies or natural disasters involving bitter cold temperatures, icy tree limbs, and frigid winds. This annual event is held on the last full January weekend.

This year, Winter Field Day will be from 1700 UTC on Jan. 28 (Saturday, 11:00 AM local) through 1700 UTC on Jan. 29 (Sunday, 11:00 AM local).

The club is looking for volunteers that can assist with this event. Please contact one of the club officers and let them know of your interest in making this event a success.

The official rules for this event are found on the SPAR web site. The object is Continue reading “Winter Field Day 2012”