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June 2012 Bandspread

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Bandspread – June 2012

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Information Net for May 28

Tom Samacicio KB4HQA Involved in an Accident


Dayton contest festivity-goers, Contest University attendees, and those who watched at home will be sad to learn that the guy who made the Internet audio-video feeds sing – Tom Samacicio KB4HQA – was in a serious automobile accident on his way home from the Hamvention and suffered significant injuries. Cards to Tom’s home address (3740 Wake Robin Way, Cumming, GA 30040). Your editor and members of the Spurious Emissions band in particular wish him a speedy recovery along with the readership of the Contest Update. On line posting of the Dayton contest activity videos are a far lower priority than Tom’s recovery. (Thanks, Tim K3LR)

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2012 Big Hill Challenge

Amateur Radio support has been requested for the Big Hill Challenge on June 16, 2012. Starting in Watertown and touring to Center Hill Dam, cyclists of all ages and ability levels are invited to enjoy one of four scenic routes through Wilson, DeKalb, Smith, and Cannon counties. Several Middle TN & Upper Cumberland county amateur radio operators will be needed to support this event.

Event information is at

UPDATE: Jerry Hedgcoth is the club contact person for this event and his email address is The plan is to meet about this event at the monthly Dekalb/Cannon County ARC meeting at 6:30PM, Thursday, May 31st. The meeting address is 722 South Congress Blvd, Smithville, TN (map) and their repeater is 145.490. Dave Perrault from Veloteers will be in attendance to answer questions.

Additional information:

  • Routes: 30 miles, 64, and 98 miles. Route information can be found on the Veloteers web site.
  • Time & Location: Rider registration begins at 6:00AM at Watertown High School (515 W. Main Street, map) and the ride leaves from Town Square at 7:00AM.
  • SAGs: The club is requesting five (5) SAGs with radio communication.
  • Rest Stops: Three (3) rest stops and two (2) water points will provided.

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ICOM to Support Boy Scouts

During the 2012 Dayton Hamvention, Icom America announced plans to sponsor the Boy Scouts of America for their 2013 National Scout Jamboree. Icom will be providing equipment and technical support for the K2BSA radio operation, the Radio merit badge, and Jamboree-on-the-Air. These include all amateur radio transceivers, associated power supplies, microphones and speakers. They will also be installing VHF and UHF repeaters that will remain in place year-round to support Summit activities and the local community.

In addition to supporting the National Jamboree, Icom and the BSA will select local councils to receive a loan of a complete amateur radio station for use in merit badge advancement activities and to introduce Scouts to the fun and technology of amateur radio.

More information can be found in the ARRL annoucement as well as the Icom America news release.

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Information Net for May 21

BSA to Offer Morse Code Interpreter Strip

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

For many years, Boy Scouts and Scouters have been able to earn an interpreter strip to wear on their uniforms. This strip — worn on the uniform above the right pocket — denotes proficiency in a foreign language or sign language. Each language has its own strip (with the name of the language embroidered in that language), and some Scouts and Scouters wear more than one strip. Now those hams involved with the Boy Scouts can show their proficiency in Morse code with a Morse code interpreter strip (with M-O-R-S-E spelled out in Morse code).

According to BSA Director of Communication Services Jim Wilson, K5ND, the idea for a Morse code interpreter strip came about during meetings preparing for the 2012 Jamboree on the Air (JOTA).

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