Information Net for April 2

Weather Preparedness Tip



MREs (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Whether you are isolated because of an ice storm, flood, or any other natural disaster, the food currently stored in your refrigerator and in your pantry has a relatively short shelf-life. This type of food will not keep you going very long in the event of a sustained crisis. To be properly prepared, you need to store food specially formulated for survival situations. As a minimum you should aim to store enough food to meet the needs of your entire family for a week. Again, as with water, if you can reasonably build up a supply to keep you going over a longer period, then do so. The cost of preparing a large stock of food is inevitably quite high. Consider buying a little each week and building it up over time.

There are different types of food can be considered to include into your survival store:

  • Canned Goods – Ready-to-eat soups, meats, vegetables and fruit. Stock a minimum of 3 cans per person per day. When I buy canned goods, I usually write in permanent marker, the date it was bought. That makes it easier to rotate it out.
  • Survival Food Bars – One bar will provide you with more than the normal daily requirements for vitamins and minerals. Survival food bars are very high in protein which will help you cope with stress. A typical bar contains 400 kcal. They have a long storage life (often 5 years) and can be stored without deteriorating even in very cold or very warm environments.
  • Meals-Ready-To-Eat (MREs) – Meals-Ready-to-Eat are army-style rations, sealed in triple-layered foil or plastic packs. They have a long storage life (usually 5 to 7 years) if stored in a cool environment (storing MREs at normal room temperature will cause the taste and nutritional values to deteriorate). Meals-Ready-to-Eat don’t require the addition of water (except to the drink base) and they don’t need any cooking or preparation.

Read by: ADAM W8IFG

  • Camping Pouch Products – Camping pouch products are either freeze dried or dehydrated. They are packaged in an aluminized foil pouch and have a shelf life of about 2 years when stored at room temperature. Many of these products don’t require any cooking and only involve adding hot (or cold) water.
  • Long Shelf-life Food Supplies – This is the type of food you will want to store to prepare for a long term survival situation. This food is either freeze dried or dehydrated, packaged in double-enameled cans and has an expected shelf life of 10 to 15 years.
Important notes regarding your emergency food supply:
  • Keep your food up to date. If some products are approaching the end of their shelf-life, then replace them with new ones.
  • Don’t forget that you’ll need a can-opener!
  • Don’t forget to also store food for your pets!
  • Keep in mind that dehydrated and freeze dried survival food need the addition of water.

Being prepared will greatly reduce the impact that adverse weather will have on you and your family.

Coming Soon: New ARRL Membership Benefits



QST (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The ARRL is excited to announce two new membership benefits that will be introduced in June 2012.

In addition to the print copy of QST, all members will have access to an online digital edition of QST — at no extra cost. You will be able to access QST from anywhere — on nearly any computer, laptop, mobile device, smartphone and tablet (including Apple iPad, iPhone, iTouch and devices using the Android operating system).

Members will also gain access to archived issues of QST from December 1915 to the present; previously, only issues through 2007 have been available to members. If you are familiar with the current periodicals archive, that platform will be expanded to include all of QST from December 1915 through December 2011. A second, new archive will be introduced for issues beginning January 2012, featuring enhanced functionality including full-text search.

Members must have a valid ARRL website login to access the current digital edition of QST and the archived editions. Please follow these step-by-step directions to log in to the ARRL website:

  • Go to
  • At the top center of the page in “Site Login,” enter your username and the password you selected during registration.

If you have forgotten your password, here are some steps to help you obtain a temporary password that you can use to log in. We recommend writing this temporary password down prior to logging in, then log in using your username and the temporary password.


  • Select “Forgot Password” on the log in page
    • To reset your password by e-mail:
      • Select “By E-mail” from the drop down menu.
      • Enter your username and e-mail address. You must use the e-mail address that you used to originally register for a website login account.
      • Click “Submit.”
    • To reset your password by member credentials:
      • Select “By Member Credentials” from the drop down menu.
      • Enter your username.
      • Enter your call sign or last name
      • Enter your Member ID (found on your QST mailing label).
      • Click “Submit.”
  • Once you are logged in to the website, select “Edit your Profile” to change your password to something you can more easily remember.

Questions? Please visit the Digital QST FAQ page. You can also contact Member Services via e-mail or by telephone at 860-594-0200 or 888-277-5289 (US only).

RC Airplane Clubs & Flying Fields Directory

Read by: RICK N9GRW

F3A Pattern Ship - ZNline Alliance by CPLR

F3A Pattern Ship - ZNline Alliance by CPLR (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RC airplane clubs are very common these days and joining one is simply the best way of learning all about radio control flying, and hopefully this RC Airplane World club directorycan help you locate a club near to where you live.

For an annual membership fee RC airplane clubs can offer excellent value when you look at what you get out of being an active club member–you’ll make new friends, you can share your enthusiasm with and talk to folks who understand your passion and you can get one-to-one instruction and help with building, setting up and flying your plane. Not to mention always having a great site to fly from!

The majority of clubs listed in this directory do have a website, the URL of which you’ll see along with the approximate location of the club flying field. The location given in this directory is very approximate just to help you find a club in your area, but the website of the club should have the full address or a map, as well as contact details.

If you know of or are involved with an RC airplane club anywhere in the world, please don’t hesitate to use your club website to send us the details and we’ll happily list you. If you do submit a club please add a reciprocal link back to this website if you can, thanks very much.

Tennessee RC Airplane Clubs and Flying Fields


Approximate field locations have been given for these RC airplane clubs of Tennessee (TN) just to help you identify a club in your area.

For more detailed locations and directions, times and addresses of club meetings and for membership details, please visit the club’s website. If you know of an RC airplane club or flying field in Tennessee that isn’t listed here, please take a couple of minutes to submit the details using your club web site.

Tennessee clubs that are close to Nashville:

Coffee Airfoilers
Location: Arnold Airforce Base, Tullahoma.

Columbia R/C Flying Modelers
Location: Columbia. TN

Edwin Warner Model Aviators Club
Location: Edwin Warner Park in Nashville.

Hendersonville R/C Club
Location: Hendersonville.

Hickman County Model Aviators
Location: Highway 46, Bon Aqua. Directly behind the Bon Aqua post office.

Music City Aviators
Location: Peeler Park in Madison.

If you want more information about RC airplanes contact Bill McCraw WB7DWJ.

More Weather Thoughts

Read by: ED KE4JWS

Amateur Radio Emergency Service

Amateur Radio Emergency Service (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

There have been more tornadoes so far this year compared to the same time period during the extremely active 2011. In the Paducah NWS area, there were 27 tornadoes and 9 fatalities so far year to date. According to the Storm Prediction Center, nationwide, there were 379 preliminary tornado reports through March 25 in 2012. Compared to past year’s, this is a very busy start to the severe weather and tornado season. There was a total of 154 tornadoes from January through March of 2011. The three-year average number of tornadoes in January, February and March add up to 124. The March 2, 2012, Tornado Outbreak was the biggest of 2012 with 132 tornado reports and at least 61 confirmed tornadoes so far. At least 39 people were killed by the dangerous tornadoes that leveled entire towns like Marysville and Henryville, Ind., and West Liberty, Ky.

Why Has 2012 Started Out So Volatile?

Read by: ADAM W8IFG

The above-normal warmth of the Gulf of Mexico is a big factor in the large number of tornadoes so early this year. Water temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico did not cool off this winter because cold air masses did not reach the Deep South. The warmer-than-normal temperatures in the Gulf of Mexico mean any time the flow switches out of the south, warm and humid air is drawn into the U.S. Warm, moist air are key ingredients for thunderstorms that are strong enough to spawn tornadoes. The active severe weather has quieted down a bit over the past couple of weeks, but more active severe weather is anticipated. In fact, another peak in severe weather is anticipated later this spring…probably starting in mid April.

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