Information Net for June 25

FBI Violent-crime Rates Show Safer Nation with More Gun Owners

By Emily Miller

Read by MARTHA KJ4RIQ

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Seal of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (credit: Wikipedia)

Gun-control advocates are noticeably silent when crime rates decline. Their multimillion-dollar lobbying efforts are designed to manufacture mass anxiety that every gun owner is a potential killer. The statistics show otherwise.Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced that violent crime decreased 4 percent in 2011. The number of murders, rapes, robberies and aggravated assaults all went down, continuing a pattern.“This is not a one-year anomaly, but a steady decline in the FBI’s violent-crime rates,” said Andrew Arulanandam, spokesman for the National Rifle Association. “It would be disingenuous for anyone to not credit increased self-defense laws to account for this decline.”Mr. Arulanandam pointed out that only a handful of states had concealed-carry programs 25 years ago, when the violent-crime rate peaked. Today, 41 states either allow carrying without a permit or have “shall issue” laws that make it easy for just about any noncriminal to get a permit. Illinois and Washington, D.C., are the only places that refuse to recognize the right to bear arms. The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence did not respond to requests for comment.

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Preliminary Field Day Results

The following is the preliminary Field Day result information from Jerry Hedgcoth, KE4ETY:

  • CW QSOs – 315
  • SSB QSOs – 669
  • Digital QSOs – 35

There were 1170 total QSOs for a score of 3908.

We would like to thank everyone for participating.

Contacting the ISS

Amateur radio operators interested in contacting the International Space Station (ISS) can get a list of frequencies from the ISS Fan Club web site.They also have a section with audio recordings of previous contacts.

Another source for ISS frequencies is from the AMSAT ARISS page. It also contains the following instructions to increase the chance of a successful contact:

To work ISS from your home, you should have at least the following Amateur Radio equipment. A 2-meter radio with an output rating of 5 watts or more. While it’s possible to operate with an omni-directional antenna and even a whip, a small beam antenna similar to the Arrow antenna works much better and will increase your chances of success. If you plan to operate in packet mode a standard 1200 baud AX.25 TNC should be used and connected to a computer running APRS or other packet communications software.

Information Net for June 11

Your First Conversation and Contact on a Repeater

Read by: Martha KJ4RIQ

That most exciting day just arrived! You now have passed your Technician Class exam and have been issued your first call sign by the FCC.

You have your station all set up and you are ready for your first contact on a repeater! You chose a local repeater frequency and dial it up on your rig. You just keyed your mic, gave out your call sign and now you hear……..your call sign and someone coming back to you with his call sign…..he un keys and the repeater is waiting for YOU!

BRAIN LOCK SETS IN! “What do I do? What do I talk about? Will I remember all those rules, regulations, theory and all that other stuff I had to study?

The simple answer is…….probably not……but don’t worry!

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Field Day 2012

We are continuing to make plans for Field Day and we are asking if everyone can bring a side dish, dessert or snacks to help with food.

Currently, the plan is to have 4 stations, a sign in booth with some ARRL information, and a display area for CERT. We are still looking for more volunteers and if you can help, contact Jerry Hedgcoth at ke4ety@bellsouth.net. Set up will start at 8:00 AM on Saturday, June 23 at the Lock Two Park clubhouse. Volunteers will also be needed to take down the equipment on Sunday.

UPDATE 6/11: For anyone who would like to participate, please contact Jerry at the above email address and let him know the mode you would like to operate. He would like to gauge interest and make sure that there will be enough radios for everyone. Digital modes will also be available. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! There will be someone available to help.

In addition to the food that everyone is bringing, the club will be providing hamburgers and hot dogs for lunch on Saturday. We would like everyone to come out and enjoy themselves. Family members are also welcome.

UPDATE 6/13: We still need volunteers to set up stations and tear down. If you only have limited time, helping at either will be appreciated. Contact Jerry at the above email address to let him know.

Those desiring to operate digital (RTTY or PSK) should let Jerry know so he will know how to schedule the stations.

Information Net for June 4

Hamvention History

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Dayton Hamvention 2012Where it all started…Since 1952 Hamvention® has been sponsored by Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA). For many years it has been the world’s largest amateur radio gathering, attracting hams from throughout the globe. About 1950, John Willig, W8ACE, had asked the Dayton Amateur Radio Association to sponsor a HAM Convention but was turned down. John wanted to have a quality affair. Speakers and prizes would be a drawing point. John finally found a champion in Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), the newly elected president of the club. A meeting was held and the DARA Board allocated $100 to get started. The first organizational meeting was held in January 1952. The Southwestern Ohio Ham-vention was born. The first committee consisted of: John Willig, W8ACE, General Chairman Al Dinsmore, W8AUN, Arrangements Bob Siff, W8QDI (K4AMG), Prizes and Exhibits Frank Schwab, W8YCP (W8OK), Publicity Bob Montgomery, W8CUJ, Finance Clem Wolford, W8ENH, Program Ellie Haburton, W8GJP (W4ZVW), Women’s Committee. The next year the name became “Dayton Hamvention®” and was registered as a trademark.

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