Information Net for May 7

1st Annual Nashville Flood Memorial HF Net Event


  • What: 1st Annual Nashville Flood Memorial HF Net
  • Where: Sumner Co. Emergency Mgt. Agency EOC, Gallatin, TN
  • When: Saturday, May 12th – 10am to 7pm local time
  • Why: To salute the Amateur Radio response to the 2010 Nashville Flood

The Sumner County ARES team will be hosting an ARRL endorsed Special Event Net on Saturday, May 12th, 2012, to commemorate the 2nd Anniversary of the 2010 Nashville Flood and give recognition to the amateur radio community here in Middle Tennessee that responded to that natural disaster.

We have secured permission from the FCC via the ARRL to use the 1×1 callsign W4F for that weekend. The Special Event will be on the air from 10am to 7pm local. Setup time will start at 8am. We will be radioactive from the ARES group’s home QTH of the Sumner County Emergency Operations Center in Gallatin, TN.

Read by: RICK N9GRW

All amateur radio operators and non-licensed radio enthusiasts are encouraged to join us. Non-licensed persons will be allowed to give ham radio a try (3rd party). We would love to know who is planning on being present so we can schedule a rotation that would allow everyone a chance to operate on the air with us. It would be a joy to see all of the ARES, SCARA groups, as well as hams from the surrounding communities take part, as this disaster affected all of us in this area. It would be interesting to recall all the stories from the flood, the “where were you?” tales, and possibly any photos you may have.

In our EOC we have one HF radio, a Kenwood TS-480HX. There is also have approximately an acre of fenced land adjacent to the EOC to put up one, two, possibly three portable antennas for additional outdoor stations. In coming years after we successfully complete this SE here, we would love to reach out to our neighboring ham communities and create multiple stations at various locations throughout Nashville & Mid TN using multiple 1×1 calls, QSL cards and Certificates for working all SE 1×1 stations. We aim to promote the growth of this SE as it gains popularity and becomes more complex over time with each passing May.

Read by: ADAM W8IFG

The purpose of the Special Event is to reach out to fellow hams in the US, Canada and worldwide of the historical event that occurred in our neighborhood and affected the lives of thousands of Middle Tennesseans, an event that received little limelight by the press. We will have specially designed QSL cards to confirm contacts with the stations we work during the SE printed out and I, WR1Q, will volunteer as the QSL Manager. Our Special Event will soon be added to the calendar of on-the-air activities on the ARRL website.

Please direct any questions to, or directly to the Sumner Co. ARES Emergency Coordinator, Lyle Townsend at

ARLS001 NASA Accepting Proposals for ARISS Contacts

Read by: ED KE4JWS

NASA is now accepting proposals from US schools, museums, science centers and community youth organizations to host an Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) contact between November 1, 2012 and May 1, 2013. To maximize these radio contact opportunities, NASA is looking for organizations that will draw large numbers of participants and integrate the contact into a well-developed education plan.


Proposals are due July 2, 2012.

Using Amateur Radio, students can ask astronauts questions about life in space and other space-related topics. Students fully engage in the ARISS contact by helping set up an Amateur Radio ground station at the school and then using that station to talk directly with a crew member on the International Space Station for approximately 10 minutes. ARISS has a network of mentors to help organizations obtain the technology required to host this exciting opportunity for your students.

Interested parties should contact NASA’s Teaching From Space office via e-mail at to obtain complete information and the proposal/application form.

You can find more information at the NASA Teaching From Space web site.

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