Monthly Archives: September 2013

Information Net for September 30

Got Water?

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Has the water run dry in your emergency supply kit? If so, it’s time to fill ‘er up! One of the most essential components of a disaster-ready kit is water. A well maintained kit prepares you before disaster strikes.

After an emergency, clean drinking water may not be available if your usual water source is cut off or contaminated. When replenishing your supply remember that individual needs may vary depending on health, age, diet and climate. As a general rule, store one gallon of water per person per day to last for at least three days.

Read by: ED KE4JWS

There are several options for building your water supply. The safest and most reliable choice is to buy commercially bottled water and open it only when you need to use it. Store the containers in a cool, dark place and note the expiration date.

If you choose to prepare your own containers of water, purchase food grade water storage containers from a surplus or camping supply store or two-liter plastic soda bottles – not bottles that contained milk or fruit juice. Keep in mind these containers must first be properly cleaned!

Information about water treatment is also available at RedCross.org. — FEMA
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Family Day 2013

We have posted the Family Day 2013 photos on our Google+ page. Check them out! If you did not make it, see what you missed.

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Information Net for September 16

Unlicensed “Cheap Chinese” Radios Can Cause Trouble

David Coursey, N5FDL Mon, September 2, 2013 at 2:37PM

Read by: PAUL KJ4WQN

Got a call the other day from a local man who said he’d paid something in the $80 range to purchase a pair of radios from Amazon. “I bought them to use when I go out hunting,” he told me.

You may already see where this is headed. He’s purchased two “Cheap Chinese” talkies in hopes of using them for emergency backup and routine communications while hunting in the Sierras. He wanted to know if, perhaps, he needed a license and what would happen if he used them without a license.

“Do it often enough and we will find you,” I hold him. “After that, we will turn you in to the FCC. You can expect a letter from a Mrs. Smith and if you don’t comply, the fine is $10,000. You should probably send the radios back before they get you into trouble.”

I went on the explain that a license wasn’t hard to get, but everyone who would use the radios would need one. There’s a HamCram in two weeks, I told him. “Yes, you can bring your wife.”

No, they didn’t show up, but I have his contact information here someplace, so I will give him a call and see what’s happening with him.Lacking a law to prevent unlicensed persons from purchasing Part 97 equipment, Amateur Radios can easily fall into unlicensed hands. Even HRO sells to anyone with $$$.

With the current generation of cheap Chinese radios selling for the same price as Family Radio Service (FRS)/General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) hardware it is easy for someone to buy a radio he or she cannot legally use.
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Information Net for September 9

Seven misconceptions about amateur radio

Posted on August 27, 2013 by Dan KB6NU

Read by: RICK N9GRW

Despite all the information about amateur radio that is available on the Internet, and the efforts of our public relations folks to set the record straight, there are still quite a few misconceptions about amateur radio floating around out there. Here are the top seven:

  1. Amateur radio is a dead hobby. This is far from the truth. There are now more than 700,000 licensed radio amateurs in the U.S., and the number keeps growing.
  2. You need to know Morse Code. This myth persists, even though the Morse Code test was eliminated for the Technician Class license more than 20 years ago, and it has since been eliminated for the other license classes. You don’t need to pass a code test to get an amateur radio license!

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Information Net for September 2

Breakfast Cereal

Read by: MARTHA KJ4RIQ

Here’s the good news: Fewer Americans are skipping breakfast, considered the most important meal of the day. The bad news: Fewer are eating cereal. Bad news, that is, for cereal companies like General Mills, Kellogg and Post.

Cold cereal is still the number one choice for breakfast in America, with sales topping $9 billion over the last year, according to Nielsen. However, “What we’ve seen for the cereal category over the past four years has been a 7 percent drop in volume,” said John Baumgartner of Wells Fargo Securities.

Baumgartner and other analysts cite several reasons: consumer boredom with cereal, a desire for higher protein products such as yogurt, and the need for on-the-go breakfasts consumers can eat in their cars. “Cereal sales have gotten squeezed over the past several quarters,” said Morningstar’s Erin Lash.

Cereal killers at the breakfast table Sales are slipping fast for America’s cereal makers. CNBC’s Jane Wells reports on some of the innovative ways companies are handling the decline.
Last quarter, Kellogg reported a 3 percent drop in revenues for its morning foods unit, while General Mills’ cereal division reported a 2 percent drop.
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