Monthly Archives: May 2013

Museum Ships Weekend Event

USS Hornet

USS Hornet (credit: the_tahoe_guy)

Paul Wieloszynski NA4ZI alerted us to the Museum Ships Weekend Event taking place today from 0000Z June 1 through 2359Z June 2, 2013. Stations that worked at least 15 of the participating ships will be eligible to receive a certificate. More information is on the Battleship New Jersey Amateur Radio Station web site.

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Ed Thompson WB4ZCQ (SK)

Ed Thompson WB4ZCQ became a silent key on Tuesday, May 28th. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, May 30th between 3:00 PM and 7:00 PM and the funeral will be held on Friday, May 31th, 9:30 AM at the Chapel of Spring Hill Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, the family asks for donations to be made to Alive Hospice or the Church of Christ Disaster Relief Organization.

James E. “Ed” Thompson, age 78 of Nashville passed away May 28, 2013 after a brief illness. Mr. Thompson was born on December 13, 1934 to the late C.C. and Myrtie May Thompson. He served in the Korean War in the U.S. Army, was retired from Enco Materials after 30 years of service; Ed was also an avid golfer who loved golfing with the seniors at Two Rivers and held an Amateur Radio License. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother, Elma Thompson and sisters, Jean Crutchfield and Decie Massey. He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Eleanor M. Thompson; brother, Bill Thompson; and sisters, Myrtle Gilliam and Muriel Helton. Funeral services will be conducted on Friday, May 31st at 9:30 A.M. from the Chapel of Spring Hill Funeral Home with Bro. Dustin Welch officiating. Interment with military honors will follow in Historic Spring Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will be on Thursday, May 30th from 3-7 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Alive Hospice or the Churches of Christ Disaster Relief. Arrangements Entrusted To: Spring Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, Nashville (615) 865-1101

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June 2013 Bandspread

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Bandspread – June 2013

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Information Net for May 20

Demand For Gun Training Grows Among Women

by Jason Lamb

Read by: ED KE4JWS

NORMANDY, Tenn. – Interest in gun training classes has never been higher in some parts of Middle Tennessee. In fact, it’s so high for one Bedford County training group that it held its first gun safety class for women only.

Defensive Consulting Group offered the class this Mother’s Day weekend because its owners said sometimes women tell them they’re not as comfortable taking the class around men, and they wanted to make sure their students learn gun safety skills in as comfortable environment as possible.


It’s an 8 hour class consisting of both classroom and shooting range exercises.

Participants said gun safety is more important now than ever before.

“If you’re a woman, and you go shopping and you go to a grocery store or parking garage or you go to a mall, you need to know how to protect yourself, said Donna Magee, a gun safety course student.

Defensive Consulting Group offers classes for everyone in Bedford County, not just for women.

Students who take the class must already have their handgun carry permit.

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Information Net for May 13

Inside Look of Ham Radio as a Hobby

by George Zulu on May 02, 2010


1. Ham Radio as a Hobby

The Hobby Ham radio is often referred to as amateur radio and is a hobby that is enjoyed by millions of individuals across the globe. A ham radio operator uses a two-way radio to broadcast with other amateurs for the purpose of entertainment, public service or other venture. Click here for more in on ham radio accessories

Community Service The use of ham radio may actually help to save lives as operators often support the local community with emergency and disaster communications. On a recreational basis, ham radio can help to increase an individual’s self awareness of electronics, the operations of radio and communication. In addition, ham radio is often used to showcase entertainment for listeners and may even help to launch a new career for an amateur. The World Wide Web Ham radio was once confined to an actual radio, but the progression of the world wide web has changed the way that people both listen and communicate via radio. In fact, there are a number of radio stations that actively communicate with listeners online. This activity paved the way for ham radio to reach a broad audience via the internet.

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