Monthly Archives: November 2012

Club Christmas Dinner

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Angel Tree_5 (credit: USAG Vicenza)

Don’t forget that our monthly club meeting on Dec. 20 will be our Christmas dinner held at Ryan’s Steak House (map) starting at 6:00 PM. We encourage everyone to attend and ask that you bring an unwrapped toy for a boy or girl (any age) to be presented to the Salvation Army for their Angel Tree program.

This year, the Salvation Army Angel Tree is serving over 18,000 individuals for Christmas assistance including children up to age 12. Help us fulfill a child’s dream of finding wonderful gifts under the tree on Christmas morning.

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December 2012 Bandspread

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Bandspread – December 2012

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SKYWARN Recognition Day 2012


SKYWARN Logo (credit: Wikipedia)

The Nashville National Weather Service (NWS) (map) has confirmed their participation with this year’s SKYWARN Recognition Day. This 24-hour event will be held on Dec. 1 0000 – 2400 UTC, or from Nov. 30 6:00 PM CST until Dec. 1 6:00 PM CST. Mr. Vannozzi, Meteorologist-in-Charge of the Nashville NWS, has graciously agreed to lead tours at 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM and 4:00 PM. There will also be a meteorological balloon launch at 5:00 PM.

Three HF stations will available for the entire event starting at 6:00 PM local time on Friday, November 30. You may sign up for a 2-hour period by emailing one of the following:

A VHF/UHF station will also be available for anyone interested.

All amateur stations are encouraged to exchange QSO information with as many National Weather Service Stations as possible; contacts via repeaters are also permitted. This day serves to celebrate amateur radio contributions to public safety during severe weather. More information can be found on the NWS SKYWARN Recognition Day page.

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Information Net for November 26

Dayton Hamvention Announces DX Theme for 2013


Throughout its 62 years, the Dayton Hamvention® has showcased the best that Amateur Radio has to offer. Each year, a specific theme — such as Amateur Radio clubs, global friendship or the advent of digital modes — spotlights one of the many facets of the Amateur Radio Service. And when Hamvention opens on May 17, 2013, at Hara Arena, the 2013 theme DX Hamvention will reflect an important part of ham radio: the distant contact. “Hamvention is often an important DX destination for amateurs from all over the globe, Hamvention General Chairman Charles Kaiser, KD8JZR, explained. “Working DX is often a mix of magic, conditions and the diligent application of radio theory.”

Kaiser — who served as Hamvention Assistant General Chairman in 2012 — noted that many attendees to return each year to Dayton to meet other hams whom they have talked to on the radio. “The quest for that distant contact advances Amateur Radio on many levels,” he said. “This year, the Hamvention team is honoring DX in all of its forms.”

ARRL’s large exhibit area at Hamvention, ARRL EXPO, has always included significant attention for on-air DX activities and the participation of many international visitors. “In addition to our many activities at ARRL EXPO — such as hands-on kit building, forums and membership services.”

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9th Annual Santa Net

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Jonathan G. Meath portraying Santa Claus (credit: Wikipedia)

Tony, KF4KFQ will be hosting the 9th annual Santa Net. This year, unless there is an emergency, the Net will be held on the MTEARS repeaters making it  a state-wide event. We encourage everyone to check in and let those little hams get on the air to have a QSO with Santa! He is scheduled to transmit from North Pole One!

More information is on our Santa Net page. It includes the MTEARS frequencies along with a list of information Santa needs to make the child’s QSO memorable.

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