Monthly Archives: July 2012

Information Net for July 30

Ham Radio Operators Stay Tuned In

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Amateur radio (credit: ines saraiva)

by Jane Courtney
Special to The Sonoma Valley Sun


Whether it’s ravaging floods, raging fire or a devastating earthquake, vital information will be passed along to emergency personnel and the public when amateur radio operators power up their communication system.

In Sonoma Valley, there is a group of dedicated volunteers at the ready. Within three hours of an emergency, they are trained to find a radio signal and start transmitting news of rescue operations, evacuations, damaged roadways, and status of food, water and medical supplies, among other information.

The Valley of the Moon Amateur Radio Club (VOMARC) has about 50 local members, all licensed by the Federal Communications Commission to operate high, ultra high and very high frequency radios (including Morse code) to assist in disasters.

“The idea of emergency preparedness is that in a disaster, ham radio operators would be your communication,” Jones said. The more prepared they are, he said, the better the chances of providing life-saving information.

Members stay sharp by taking part in field-day drills, like the one held recently in Eldridge on a hilly location known as Camp Via.

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2014 National ARRL Centennial Hamfest

From Brad WF7T, facilitator of the Tennessee Contest Group (K4TCG):

I encourage you guys to lend your support to the proposal to hold the 2014 National ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville.

If you have never been to this Hamfest, then I encourage you to go this August. It continues to get better and better each year. It is great to have a major event such as this so close to us. The 2014 ARRL Centennial convention in Huntsville would be fantastic!

I sent a message to the ARRL president Kay Craigie N3KN, and copied the Delta Division (K5UZ) and Southeast Division (W4OZK) leadership, our section manager (N9DGK), the ARRL Contest Committee (, and the Huntsville Hamfest guys ( and Mark K0EJ is the co-facilitator of the TN Contest Group and would not need a copy of your responses if you choose to send one.

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Summer Tailgate and Emergency Fair

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The Short Mountain Repeater Club (SMRC) will be hosting a summer tailgate and emergency fair. It will be on August 25 from 7:00 AM to 1:00 PM at the Mid-TN Expo (map). Admission and parking will be FREE.

Among the items that will be on sale are ham radio gear, emergency communication equipment and emergency supplies. More information can be found on their announcement page.

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Big congratulations go to Cathy Goodrich KK4IWN on passing her General license test.

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Information Net for July 23

University of Tennessee Amateur Radio Club, Inc.


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University of Tennessee (credit: Wikipedia)

Amateur Radio, sometimes called “ham radio,” is an exciting hobby that you can join! It doesn’t matter whether you’re technically inclined or not. Technology is just one part of Amateur Radio; it’s also about having fun, helping people, serving your country, socializing, and making connections that span cultures and continents. And, we’re here to help you get started.

Are you interested in computers? How would you like to build a wireless WAN that you can reliably use 50 miles away, from your car? Maybe you’re studying foreign languages. Well, you can get lots of practice conversing with native speakers, day or night, for free. And the camaraderie among the millions of Amateur Radio operators around the world is legendary. If you travel, you’ll automatically have new friends every place you go.

Amateur Radio can broaden your horizons in ways you never dreamed possible. Where else can you get to know a Senator, a farmer, a trucker, a CEO, a diplomat, a scientist, an astronaut, a famous entertainer, a king, a shopkeeper, or a fellow student, without even having to be introduced first?

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