National Hurricane Preparedness Week: May 24 - 30
History teaches that a lack of hurricane awareness and preparation are common threads among all major hurricane disasters. By knowing your vulnerability and what actions you should take, you can reduce the effects of a hurricane disaster.
Hurricane hazards come in many forms, including storm surge, heavy rainfall, inland flooding, high winds, tornadoes, and rip currents. The National Weather Service is responsible for protecting life and property through issuance of timely watches and warnings, but it is essential that your family be ready before a storm approaches. Furthermore, mariners should be aware of special safety precautions when confronted with a hurricane.
Download the Tropical Cyclone Preparedness Guide (PDF) or follow the links for more information. But remember, this is only a guide. The first and most important thing anyone should do when facing a hurricane threat is to use common sense. -- National Hurricane Center
National Preparedness Week is also a good time for ARES and other operators to test radios and other gear for viability, test and charge batteries, fire up emergency power generators, and complete their go-kits for possible deployments. It is also a good time to review your family hurricane plan, and coordinate it with distant relatives, and neighbors. Present your neighbors with disaster communications services potentially to be offered by you and your station. Conduct a meeting of your CERT to plan and drill. Hurricane season is only one month away. -- K1CE888888888888888888888Hurricane Season Up on Us - Perditions
We will be providing communications for the 9th Annual Cycle to Serve Challenge, a bike race of various distances with 100K being the longest. More details to follow.Find out more »
New E.C. Stanly County
First of all a special thanks to Bill Greene (K4VET) for his dedication and his efforts as the EC of Stanly County. Bill, has always been there when needed for Stanly County. Bill, thanks for all your efforts over the years.
The NEW EC will be Keith (KK4LGM) Keith has a desire to get involved in ARES in Stanly County thus here is your chance Keith. Keith has been working with Bill (K4VET) in preparation of become the E.C.. Bill has agreed to stay around vs. just letting go of the ropes. I have not meet Keith but hope to meet with him in the future.
Keith, welcome aboard. I hope to meet with you in the future and set down and talking with you. I’m sure Bill will be there to help you if (when) needed. I have a Website (KD4OZI.ORG) that I try to keep it up to dated. As you know your DEC is Jared (N4JMG) he just over the hill from you living in Kannapolis. Please keep Bill (K4VET) in your loop. If you need any help let Jared or Myself know.
Paul - KD4OZI
A.S.E.C - Western Branch
To those who attended the traffic class this week: Lane and I would like to thank you for your participation, interest and enthusiasm. Your feedback seems to indicate it was a worthwhile endeavor. I never thought we’d be in session for almost 3 hours.
Accordingly what would you like to do for a follow-up? We could:
1. Have another classroom session to cover a couple of points that time forced us to skip or cover too quickly, then continue with the actual practice of composing and delivering messages. You could generate real traffic to friends or family in the comfort of a classroom before you stick your neck out on the air.
2. Have several on-air sessions on 146.985 to practice delivering messages to each other.
3. Review any points that are unclear after the class material has had time to settle in.
4. Discuss other points in which you are interested.
5. Suggestions are welcomed.
My impression of the class practice is that you’re off to a great start. Find a net that interests you and pay attention to the protocols followed by the net control and how traffic is passed. Listen to several different nets because there are those where you’ll hear good procedures and others where the procedures are pretty sloppy. Even in a given net, different net controllers can handle things differently. You now know enough to tell the difference. Tight procedures are not in place to inhibit fun. They’re in place to help enhance the accuracy and integrity of the traffic passed and for net efficiency.
Go enjoy yourselves. If you have any questions, please let Lane or me know. I look forward to your suggestions on our next step.
Have a great weekend.
Hal – WB4ZIQ
Another successful technician class has now come to a close, so please welcome our newly licensed amateur operators!
From Stanly CountyIf you’re interested in handling traffic over ham radio, don’t forget the traffic handling and NTS class this Wednesday April 15 at 7:00 pm
Hal – WB4ZIQxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Sorry folks had plans to attend but wife is in the Hospital and we
will not be able
to attend this year. Cabarrus ARS (Concord) at their table will have shirts
(ham logo's) for sale profits go to their Club as a fund raiser. NTS group will have
a booth, stop bye and say hello to Lane (WK4WC), Hal (WB4ZIQ) and our SM Karl
(W4CHX). The booth will be manned by one of the NTS folks. Enjoy your visit
with your friends but reach out and buy something.
Paul - KD4OZI
------------------------------NC QSO Party In Monroe
The 2015 North Carolina QSO Party
March 1, from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.Joanne Mars
O.K. tell me how members of Auxcomm can sign in to change their information?Well this is easy to forget had a few people that needed this information.
Right side select NC https://www.auxcomm.us/db/nc/
At the very bottom Callsign and password
Amateur Radio Callsign: Password:
Block for Forgot Password?
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I stumbled across this band conditions report and thought it would be of interest to the group.
Hal - WB4ZIQ
Thanks Hal for this information. I have already used it several time.
Paul - KD4OZI
---------Please check this out.
Yaesu Repeater special offer for Clubs.
Yes the repeater is a dual band with Yaesu's digital mode called Fusion. The repeater operates both analog and digital at the same time. Fusion is not the bee's knees like Icom's D-Star is but if your Club needs a new repeater this maybe the one to looks at.
Not sure when the ending date is? $500 is less than 1/3 the regular price.
The ARRL Centennial QSO Party is a
year-long operating event that celebrates hams making contacts.
In the end you will have accumulated points, worked new stations
and made new friends all over the world.
New More information: http://www.arrl.org/centennial-qso-party
Bidding for the ninth annual ARRL On-Line Auction is now underway. More than 230 items are on the block, including 24 pieces of gear that were the subject of QST "Product Review" articles and road tested by the ARRL Laboratory team. In addition to other miscellaneous transceivers and accessories there are more than 100 vintage books.
"We also have a number of one-of-a-kind pieces, including a hardcover 2014 Centennial edition of The ARRL Handbook, imprinted with 'Hiram Percy Maxim, W1AW' to honor our founding president, plus another hardcover 2014 Centennial Handbook bearing the number 100," said ARRL Sales Manager Deb Jahnke, K1DAJ. "You'll also find unique items, such as an autographed script from the popular television series 'Last Man Standing' starring Tim Allen. Ham radio has been mentioned in several episodes, and now Tim Allen is licensed for real."
Proceeds from the On-Line Auction benefit ARRL educational programs, including activities aimed at licensing new hams, strengthening Amateur Radio's emergency service training, offering continuing technical and operating education, and creating instructional materials.
Bidding in the 2014 auction ends at 0300 UTC on October 31 (the evening of October 30 in US time zones). Check items in which you have an interest, as bidding end times for each item are staggered.
If you have participated in a previous ARRL On-Line Auction, you may use the passwords you have used on this site before. Your ARRL website user ID and password will not work on the auction site. Check your ARRL user profile to ensure that all address and credit card information remains the same.
Newcomers to the ARRL On-Line Auction must first register in order to participate.
Speaking Of Coming Soon...
Western Branch Fall Meeting - Morganton, NC
WPCC Higher Ed. Center
2128 S. Sterling St
Room HEC 163
Meeting Date: October 25, 2014
Start time 9:00 AM - Hard Stop 12:30 PM
The Higher Education Center campus.
Can hold up to 100 people, bring some one or a car load.
|From: Asheville To: 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC Exit 105|
|Driving Distance: 57.2 miles Time: 53 minutes|
|8:00 AM||0.0||1 Depart Asheville on US-25 [Broadway St] (North-West) for 32 yds|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Turn RIGHT (North) onto Local road(s) for 76 yds towards US-74-Alt / I-240 / US-70|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Merge onto Local road(s) for 87 yds|
|8:00 AM||0.1||Take Ramp onto I-240 [US-70] for 3.8 mi towards US-74-Alt / I-240 / US-70|
|8:04 AM||3.9||At exit 9, take Ramp (LEFT) onto I-40 for 52.7 mi towards I-40 / Statesville|
|8:52 AM||56.6||At exit 105, turn RIGHT onto Ramp for 0.1 mi towards NC-18 / Morganton / Downtown Morganton / Shelby|
|8:52 AM||56.7||Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto SR-18 [S Sterling St] for 0.5 mi|
|8:53 AM||57.2||2 Arrive 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655|
|From: I-40, Statesville, NC 28625 To: 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655|
|Driving Distance: 48.2 miles Time: 42 minutes|
|8:00 AM||0.0||1 Depart I-40, Statesville, NC 28625 on I-40 (East) for 0.1 mi|
|8:00 AM||0.1||At exit 152B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-77 for 0.4 mi towards I-77 / Elkin|
|8:00 AM||0.5||At exit 51B, take Ramp (RIGHT) onto I-40 for 47.1 mi towards I-40 / Hickory|
|8:41 AM||47.6||At exit 105, turn RIGHT onto Ramp for 0.2 mi towards NC-18 / Morganton / Downtown Morganton / Shelby|
|8:41 AM||47.9||Turn RIGHT (North-West) onto SR-18 [S Sterling St] for 0.3 mi|
|8:42 AM||48.2||2 Arrive 2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655 [2128 S Sterling St, Morganton, NC 28655]|
O.K. folks coming soon October 25th, three weeks
from today. Our annual A.R.E.S. meeting at Morganton, NC.
Under: New News
Time and maps.
We are meeting at the same location as past years. Room big enough to hold lots of folks.
Bring a friend, bring a car or van load. No tickets required just you. Plan on being there.
Paul - KD4OZI