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A little business, alot of topic!
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Alabam Hamfest Trail
Alabam Hamfest Trail · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 4583
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Greenville Ham Fest!
by: ke5gdk
2009-01-24 13:04:53

****** JANUARY 31, 2009  ******

GREENVILLE, ALABAMA

COME ON DOWN

(or up or over) 

 

BUTLER COUNTY RACES 

PRESENTS

HAMFEST ‘09’

AT THE

BUTLER COUNTY FAIRGROUNDS

 

1 MILE EAST OF I-65 ON ALA 10  ON THE RIGHT

 

HOURS 8 AM UNTIL

 

Contact:
Jerry McCullough, KE4ERO
Box 709
Georgiana, AL 36033
Phone: 334-301-5007 or 334-382-7644
Fax: 334-371-7732

Email: KE4ERO@gmail.com

 

TALK-IN  146.67



Amateur Radio Emergency Service
Amateur Radio Emergency Service · Total News: 30 · Total Reads: 48916
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  February MARC Meeting (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  National Emergency Alert System (EAS) Test Scheduled (w4spa)
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February MARC Meeting
by: w4spa
2012-02-18 06:07:26

MARC members & friends,

The next MARC meeting will be held on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in classroom A of the Central Alabama Red Cross, 5015 Woods Crossing Drive.

After a brief business meeting, we will listen to several disaster preparedness themed presentations. Mike Watkins, WX4AL, the ARRL AL district 4 emergency coordinator, will make a presentation about the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and its role in central Alabama. El Erby, the Montgomery county emergency coordinator will tell us about the local ARES situation and Otto Arnoscht, the central Alabama Skywarn, Alabama Emergency Net Golf (AENG) net manager will make a presentation about the Skywarn program and it assists the National Weather Service when severe weather happens.

I hope you will take a couple hours from your busy schedule to join me next Monday evening for what's sure to be an entertaining and informative meeting.

As always, many of us stop by Schlotzsky's around 5:30 - 6:00 for dinner and fellowship before the meeting.

73,
Scott Poole, W4SPA
President, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club



Boosting Engineering, Science, and Tech.
Boosting Engineering, Science, and Tech. · Total News: 1 · Total Reads: 2176
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Local Youth To Demo Robot At Montgomery Hamfest: Local Youth To Demo Robot At Montgomery Hamfest (kg4pnl)
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Local Youth To Demo Robot At Montgomery Hamfest
by: kg4pnl
2006-11-09 11:53:38

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is proud to have young members that are excited about electronics. You will have the opportunity to meet some of them at this years hamfest as they demonstrate a Robot they have constructed as part of the BEST program.

BEST (Boosting Engineering, Science, and Technology) is a non-profit, volunteer-based organization whose mission is to inspire students to pursue careers in engineering, science, and technology through participation in a sports-like, science and engineering-based robotics competition.

Arriving around 10:00am, we have asked the students to attend the ARRL Youth Forum. Their demo will take place soon thereafter.


Camping with M.A.R.C.
Camping with M.A.R.C. · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 5879
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2nd Annual Pre-Hamfest Campout: 2nd Annual Pre-Hamfest Campout (k4gdw)
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2nd Annual Pre-Hamfest Campout
by: k4gdw
2006-10-17 09:25:38

Twas the night before Hamfest
And all through the land
Excitment was racing
Up and down the band,
Hams of all classes
Tossed and turned in thier beds
As thoughts of good deals
Raced through thier heads.

Well, I'm definitely no poet, but if you find yourself too excited about hamfest to sleep come on down to the coliseum Friday night, November 10th. There, weather permitting, you'll find Mal (KG4G), my Mom (KI4PXK), and myself (K4GDW), sitting around a camp fire chewing the fat like we did last year. Everyone who wants to join us is welcome. It's a great opportunity to meet folks you may have spoken to on the air but rarely if ever meet face to face.

73 and see ya at the Hamfest!
K4GDW


Digital Voice
Digital Voice · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 6223
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Digital Satellite?: Digital Satellite? (kg4pnl)
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Digital Satellite?
by: kg4pnl
2007-07-05 09:06:19

Since Icom introduced D-Star to the US market, (or at lease since I heard about it) I have been intrigued. In the beginning I wanted to know more about it, I wanted to know why I would want to pay more for a radio that just converted my voice to 1's and 0's. This conversation has has occurred many times on this site so I won't continue to tell what all I found out and why I purchased my D-Star radios.

During my research I read EVERYWHERE that D-Star, due to it's digitally modulated signal, could not be propagated through a standard analog repeater. Meaning, i couldn't use our 146.920 repeater to extend my digital communications. However a couple of days ago I read an article on the AO-27 website (http://www.ao27.org/AO27/index.shtml) where Robin Cutshaw, AA4RC made a contact over this satellite using two D-Star radios in Digital Voice Mode.

HMM, if standard, modern analog repeaters cannot pass the required information, how does this bird (launched in September of 1993) do it? I was surprised to find out that the radios on-board the satellite where designed to pass 1200-19200 baud GMSK data. Wow, GMSK, yeah that is what D-Star uses. That explains it now LOL.

Michael, N3UC who wrote the article explains a little deeper but reminds others who wish to make D-Star contacts via satellite to check with the control operators of the satellite before doing so. Good idea since only these digital radios can decode the signals and D-Star sounds like a harsh digital signal to the analog users operating that bird.

Digital Voice is being used in the HF Bands, as well as the world above 50MHz. Since this contact on July 1st we now know it can be used for working satellites too. Chalk up another way to use Digital Voice!
Rick - KG4PNL


Fox Hunts
Fox Hunts · Total News: 18 · Total Reads: 34403
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Fox Hunting Added To W4AP Hamfest
by: kg4pnl
2006-11-02 02:00:00

Coming to the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club Arthur L. Price (KF4ILP) Memorial Hamfest And Computer Show?
Be sure to bring your DF gear!

It appears that Montgomery's devious fox just will not leave our amateurs alone! It is even rumored that this time he is planning to bring a friend to torment us all.

Our Hamfest Foxes will be transmitting at two separate times, one at 8:30, and one just after the youth forum concludes (around 10:30). Both foxes will run until they have been found and for an additional hour after so others can try their hand at Radio Direction Finding.

For added incentive, each fox will be wearing a "flag" that can be redeemed for a $25 Gift Certificate by the first to find. You must register to win!

Early (8:30) hunters should register at the tent located by the communications trailer parked by the coliseum entrance.
Late hunters (10:30) will register at the W4AP table in the coliseum.

Details about frequencies and other applicable rules will be given when you register.
Good luck and see you at the Hamfest.


Hall of Fame
Hall of Fame · Total News: 1 · Total Reads: 2119
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  To Be Commended: To Be Commended (kg4pnl)
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To Be Commended
by: kg4pnl
2006-04-11 11:05:16

The progression of our hobby is dependant on new blood, as well as continued interest in the different aspects of amateur radio. I consider myself lucky to be surrounded by amateurs who not only see the importance of this, but step up to the plate to do something about it. You see it in the meetings where different modes are demonstrated to introduce those of us who may not have known about them. It is evident at Field day when amateurs come out of the wood work to help setup, operate and break down. Last years rash of devastating hurricanes brought amateurs from coast to coast to assist those in need while the members of the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club provided local support and coordination.

Though everyone seems to pitch in and help out, I would like to commend two individuals for their most recent efforts in not only bringing new amateurs to the hobby, but for helping others progress in their licensure. WB5NMZ and W4SPA enthusiastically began instruction of the General Class theory and Morse Code tutoring on the 2nd of March. The interest in the class was far more than I expected, nearly filling the classroom with students and even some amateurs already possessing the privileges wanting to audit the class and refresh their memory of the rules, theories, and best practices.

I (KG4PNL) took the class mainly to be able to assist during disaster relief efforts. HF honestly didn't interest me, with so much unexplored in the Technician band plan, the only lure was the ability handle much needed traffic during times of a disaster. During the class, I began to see facets of HF I had not considered. Scott and Mark were not only able to give us the tools to pass the exam, they brought a perspective of the General class privileges that excited me.

Beginning Thursday April 13th, these same two Elmers begin instructing a Technician Class License Course and have managed to nearly fill the classroom with students that will be new to the hobby. There is a number of young students which is very promising.

A huge Thank You goes out to Mark and Scott for doing such a great job!




Help Wanted
Help Wanted · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 3013
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2011 MARC Dues - Due Now!
by: w4spa
2011-03-10 15:12:36

2011 MARC annual dues are due now. An individual membership is $25 and a family membership is $40. Did you know you can pay your club dues via Paypal? Well, you can! Send your Paypal payments to President@W4AP.org. Past due reminders will go in the mail soon so please renew soon!


Jamboree on the Air
Jamboree on the Air · Total News: 1 · Total Reads: 2916
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2006 JOTA / JOTI: 2006 JOTA / JOTI (kg4pnl)
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2006 JOTA / JOTI
by: kg4pnl
2006-08-07 09:49:31

School is back for 2006 and this means that JOTA / JOTI is not too far around the corner. "When?" might you ask, well I am glad you asked!

Mark your calendar for October 22, 2006. We are working with the scouts on the location and we will let you know as soon as one has been established.

If you particpated last year, Several troops/packs came out and made their first amateur radio contacts. They talked to scouts both in the USA and some in other countries. M.A.R.C. members were on hand to help out and we were able to stretch the wings of our Emergency Communications trailer.

What is the Jamboree-On-The-Air?
The JOTA is an annual event in which about 500,000 Scouts and Guides all over the world make contacts with each other by means of amateur radio. Short-wave radio signals carry their voices to virtually any corner of the world. It's the shear excitement of having a live conversation with a fellow Scout or Guide at some other place in the world that attracts so many youngsters to this event. JOTA is a real Jamboree during which Scouting experiences are exchanged and ideas are shared. It’s a unique opportunity for each individual Scout to get the real feeling of belonging to a world-wide movement.

What is the Jamboree-On-The-Internet?
Similarly to the JOTA, the Jamboree On The Internet connects Scouts using Internet techniques. The JOTI is a separate event, but held on the same weekend as the Jamboree-On-the-Air. Units can choose to take part in either one event or both.

World-wide
The JOTA and JOTI are world-wide events. During the weekend, units may participate for 48 hours or any part thereof, from Saturday 00.00 h until Sunday 24.00 h local time.

Both JOTA and JOTI are WOSM events to which members of the World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts (WAGGGS) are kindly invited to take part and enjoy the international atmosphere together with the Scouts.


July Events
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Kid One Transport Bike Ride
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Learning together with M.A.R.C.
Learning together with M.A.R.C. · Total News: 9 · Total Reads: 17802
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Technician License Training Course Underway (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Morse Code Class begins Wed, Aug 19 (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Morse Code Class (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2008 Technician Class Graduation (wb5nmz)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Technician License Class Rescheduled (wb5nmz)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Discount ARRL Educational Materials Available (wb5nmz)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC Offers ''Getting Started in Ham Radio'' Class: MARC Offers ''Getting Started in Ham Radio'' Class (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  (UPDATED) Two Licensing Classes Offered: (UPDATED) Two Licensing Classes Offered (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Soldering Workshop Survey: Soldering Workshop Survey (kg4pnl)
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Technician License Training Course Underway
by: w4spa
2010-07-02 14:46:56

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is sponsoring a Technician License training course. Classes are being held at the Montgomery Red Cross facility from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Thursdays in August and September. Cost for the course is $50 which includes the textbook (a $25 value) and a coupon for a pre-paid examination session with the Montgomery ARRL VE Team (a $15 value). Interested individuals should contact Scott Poole via e-mail swpoole@yahoo.com or telephone (334) 262-0412 to register. Please pass the word - its still not too late!

73,

Scott Poole, W4SPA

President, Montgomery Amateur Radio Club



Lunch Bunch
Lunch Bunch · Total News: 3 · Total Reads: 1940
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Lunchbunch at Pizza Perfect Wed April 16, 2014 (w4apmarc)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC Lunch Bunch Restuarants (w4spa)
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Lunchbunch at Pizza Perfect Wed April 16, 2014
by: w4apmarc
2014-04-15 22:30:31

Join us at Pizza Perfect


M.A.R.C. Christmas Party
M.A.R.C. Christmas Party · Total News: 8 · Total Reads: 15088
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC Annual Holiday Party and Awards Banquet (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2011 MARC Awards Banquet/Holiday Party (w4spa)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC 2009 Awards Banquet / Christmas Party (w4spa)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2006 MARC Holiday Party and Awards Banquet: 2006 MARC Holiday Party and Awards Banquet (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2006 MARC Holiday Party and Awards Banquet: 2006 MARC Holiday Party and Awards Banquet (kg4pnl)
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MARC Annual Holiday Party and Awards Banquet
by: w4spa
2011-11-24 06:36:29

MARC President Ken Kohnke along with the MARC officers and Trustees would like to cordially invite to you attend the annual awards banquet and holiday party on Monday, December 19th at 6:30 PM. The party will be held at Golden Corral restaurant. Please make plans to arrive by 7:00 PM to enjoy dinner with us. After dinner, the annual awards will be presented as well as door prizes. Of course, family and friends are always welcome!


M.A.R.C. in Action
M.A.R.C. in Action · Total News: 5 · Total Reads: 9378
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC members provide communications support for “Race Judicata” (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Tall-Tower Repeater Test a SUCCESS (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  W4AP 6m Repeater On the Air! (wb5nmz)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  FEMA Training: FEMA Training (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Amateur Radio Support Desk Ends Operations at Red Cross Staging Area: Amateur Radio Support Desk Ends Operations at Red Cross Staging Area (W4SPA)
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MARC members provide communications support for “Race Judicata”
by: w4spa
2011-03-27 11:34:41

On Saturday, March 26, 2011, a group of volunteers from the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club (MARC) provided communications support for a 5 kilometer (3.1 mile) foot race to raise money and awareness for the elder law and domestic violence legal clinics at Faulkner University Jones School of Law. This was the first running of the event and there were approximately 100 participants. MARC member John Garman, WN9J, said “They didn’t know how much they needed us when they planned this race” and his sentiments were echoed by race director Ben Gibbons, who thanked all the MARC volunteers at the conclusion of the event by saying “everything ran smoothly thanks to having all of you out along the route”. MARC volunteers were positioned at various points along the race route and provided real-time feedback to the event staff. There was also a ham radio equipped vehicle on the route in case of an accident or injury. Every runner/walker that started the race completed it without incident. If you have or know of an upcoming event and you’d like to talk to us about providing communications for it, please e-mail the MARC President, Ken Kohnke at President@W4AP.org .


MARC D-Star
MARC D-Star · Total News: 7 · Total Reads: 16126
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MONTGOMERY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB D-STAR 101 (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  W4AP Gateway Online!: W4AP Gateway Online! (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Interested in a lower budget version of D-STAR? (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  M.A.R.C. Close to having Gateway Online: M.A.R.C. Close to having Gateway Online (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  W4AP D-Star Repeater ONLINE!!!: W4AP D-Star Repeater ONLINE!!! (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Growing D-Star Numbers: Growing D-Star Numbers (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  D-Star is coming to Montgomery!: D-Star is coming to Montgomery! (kg4pnl)
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MONTGOMERY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB D-STAR 101
by: kg4pnl
2008-05-20 11:39:35

Date: Monday, June 16, 2008


The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club will hold a brief overview of the D-Star system, will have demonstrations of both RF and DV-Dongle use, and will show you all you need to know when it comes to making contacts over the Digital Gateway.

Learn what D-Star is, it's origin, and how popular it is today.

See what it is like to talk over the gateway as we demonstrate the use of the radios and the Dongle.

Sign Up to be registered on the gateway so you CAN use the system.

Have your radio programed with the active gateways around the world. We will bring the software and cables to program the IC-91AD, IC-2200, and the ID-800H.

Take Home the knowledge of how to add systems as they come online, and how to make the contacts you want to make.

Our seminar will be in conjunction with the normal W4AP club meeting and will be held at the Red Cross. We look forward to seeing you there!

Rick - KG4PNL


MARC Field Day
MARC Field Day · Total News: 4 · Total Reads: 4709
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Field Day June 28-29, 2014 (w4apmarc)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC June Meeting - Field Day Information (w4spa)
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Field Day June 28-29, 2014
by: w4apmarc
2014-04-09 17:12:47

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club will be holding field day at the Ft. Toulouse National Historic Park located just south of Wetumpka off of Ft. Toulouse Rd and highway 231. The gate will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

We will be running three full time stations, Digital, CW and Phone, VHF, a GOTA (Get On The Air) station, and a welcome station demonstrating several sides of Amateur Radio. Setup will begin at about 5 p.m. on Friday. The operating event starts at 1 p.m. local time on Saturday and continues until 1 p.m. local on Sunday.

It is a great time to sharpen operating skills (Phone and CW, maybe some modes you are not familiar with), learn or teach about portable station setup, enjoy camaraderie with the club, and gain back all the weight you've lost since your New Year's resolution last January. The station captains will be looking for operators of all skill levels to run the radios, or help with logging contacts.


MARC's Spring Picnic
MARC's Spring Picnic · Total News: 1 · Total Reads: 1987
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  You are invited to the MARC 2007 Spring Picnic!: You are invited to the MARC 2007 Spring Picnic! (kg4pnl)
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You are invited to the MARC 2007 Spring Picnic!
by: kg4pnl
2007-03-19 10:28:23

What: 2007 MARC 2007 Spring Picnic

When: Saturday, April 21, 2007 11:00AM

Where:Ida Belle Young Park, 5400 Vaughn Road

What to bring: Covered Dish and a blanket or lawn chairs

Cook up a batch of beans, toss a salad, or bring a gallon of tea along with your blanket or chairs, the club is footing the bill for the meats. We expect a great turnout and have a lot for everyone to do.

If you would care to try your hand at foxhunting, we are ready for you. Care to make an HF contact or two? We will have an HF Rig available for you to practice for Field Day. We will have D-Star on hand and there will be a playground nearby for the young ones to play on. Great fun for the whole family.

Our menu includes Hamburgers and Hot Dogs. M.A.R.C. is providing the meat, buns and condiments, you bring the rest.

We hope you will join us for this all around fun event as we celebrate three of our favorite things, Amateur Radio, being with our family and friends, and FOOD!

See You There!


Meet Our Members
Meet Our Members · Total News: 3 · Total Reads: 6303
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Happy Birthday Pete! (wb5nmz)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Meet Our Members: Meet Our Members (kg4pnl)
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Happy Birthday Pete!
by: wb5nmz
2008-04-16 17:24:39

On 10 April 2008, our most senior member, Pete Sides (W4AUP), celebrated his centennial. A special party to commemorate this milestone was sponsored by the Alabama Historical Radio Society and held on 12 April in the Alabama Power Building here in Montgomery. This top-notch affair was attended by his son and over 50 of Pete's closest friends. Many pieces of historical radio equipment (including a spark gap transmitter) -- all built by Pete -- were on display. Besides the usual birthday cake, he received special recognition from the ARRL for 72 continuous years of membership, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club.

Contgratulations!




Meetings
Meetings · Total News: 8 · Total Reads: 11807
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Club Meeting Monday, April 21, 2014 (w4apmarc)
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Club Meeting Monday, April 21, 2014
by: w4apmarc
2014-04-15 22:39:23

Club meets at the Red Cross building off of Carmichael Road at 7 pm Monday, April 21.
Jeb Hargrove (KI4HEG) will talk about the Strategic Technology Reserve (the communications services and equipment available for use during disasters) and opportunities for amateur radio operators.


Montgomery Hamfest
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Hamfest November 8, 2014
by: w4apmarc
2014-04-09 17:16:58

The 2014 Montgomery Hamfest - Saturday, NOVEMBER 8, 2014

NEW LOCATION: Alcazar Shrine Temple 555 Eastern Blvd Montgomery, AL 36117

Doors open to the Public at 9:00 AM Sharp!
Talk-In: 146.84 (-) call W4AP
•VE Testing:@8:00 AM
•Forums
•Door prizes
•Inside Tables
•Huge Bone-yard
•Concessions



National Association for AMATEUR RADIO
National Association for AMATEUR RADIO · Total News: 9 · Total Reads: 21201
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Amateur Radio, a Dieing Hobby? Think Again...: Amateur Radio, a Dieing Hobby? Think Again... (kg4pnl)
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Amateur Radio, a Dieing Hobby? Think Again...
by: kg4pnl
2007-08-16 16:10:24

We have heard many times that Amateur Radio could be a dieing hobby. Falling second to Cell Phones and other technology is always a concern, we MUST keep on top of new technologies if we are to keep/gain interest with the younger crowd. However the numbers show a favorable rise in licensees.

If you look at a snap shot of January 1st through July 31st of this year and compare the same from last year, we are seeing GREAT things!

2006
Jan 1 –Jul 31
2007
Jan 1 –Jul 31
New Technicians12,26815,549
New/Upgrade Generals2,38415,730
New/Upgrade Extras1,9094,284


Undoubtedly the abolition of the Code Requirement has effected the numbers, but I also attribute the rise in licenses/upgrades with new technologies such as D-Star and the important role amateur radio has played during recent natural disasters.

We have gotten a ton of great press over what we did during Hurricane Katrina, I see more schools getting involved around the country exposing the students to the science and fun the hobby brings.

Help keep the great momentum going, talk to your friends, schools, and co-workers. Let's let everyone know what a great hobby we have.


National Hurricane Awareness Week
National Hurricane Awareness Week · Total News: 8 · Total Reads: 16878
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National Hurricane Awareness Week - Take Action
by: kg4pnl
2006-05-25 13:21:47

If you are HURRICANE AWARE you will be able to answer these three questions:

1. What are the Hurricane Hazards?
Storm Surge, Marine Hazards, Tornadoes, High Winds, and Inland Flooding

2. What does it mean to you?
Do you live in a Surge Zone? On a Barrier Island? In an area prone to flooding? In a strong sturdy home?

3. What actions should you take to be prepared?
Family Disaster Plan, Disaster Supply Kit, Secure your home, Have a place to go, and Stay Aware

Be sure to ask other family memebers, friends and neighbors if they are HURRICANE AWARE too.

TAKING ACTION is as easy as 1-2-3:
1 BEFORE

Before Hurricane Season Starts YOU SHOULD:

Assemble your Disaster Supply Kit.
These items are often scattered around your home and simply need to be brought together into one location.
Write out your Family Disaster Plan.
Discuss the possible hazards with your family. Determine if you are in an evacuation area. Identify an out-of-town family contact.
2 WATCH

When a Hurricane Watch is issued YOU SHOULD:

Check your Disaster Supply Kit.
Make sure nothing is missing. Determine if there is anything you need to supplement your kit. Replenish your water.
Activate your Family Disaster Plan.
Protective measures should be initiated, especially those actions that require extra time (for example, securing a boat or leaving a barrier island).
3 WARNING

When a Hurricane Warning is issued YOU SHOULD:

Ready your Disaster Supply Kit for use.
If you need to evacuate, you should bring your Supply Kit with you.
Use your Family Disaster Plan.
Your family should be in the process of completing protective actions and deciding the safest location to be during the storm.




National Hurricane Center Bulletins
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News
News · Total News: 32 · Total Reads: 45623
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Ham License Testing March 29, 2014 (w4apmarc)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC 2012 Officers Elected (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC Election for 2012 Officers (w4spa)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  MARC is now a Non-Profit Entity: MARC is now a Non-Profit Entity (ke5gdk)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Mobile E-Flutter newsletter revieved (KE5GDK)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  2009 Dues are due: 2009 Dues are due (ke5gdk)
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Ham License Testing March 29, 2014
by: w4apmarc
2014-03-25 15:28:53

ARRL VE Testing this Saturday March 29 at 9:05 AM at the E.L. Lowder branch library at 2590 Bell Rd. All ARRL VEs (Volunteer Examiners) are cordially invited to attend this exam session. I will need a commitment from at least two VE’s to conduct this exam session.

All candidates should present an ORIGINAL photo ID, and a copy. If you don't have a photo ID, you will need 2 forms of identification. You will also need $15.00 cash or check payable to ARRL VEC. If you are upgrading your license to a new class bring your Amateur Radio License, and a copy.

Regards, Rob Shaw af4jr.testing@gmail.com


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Silent Key
Silent Key · Total News: 4 · Total Reads: 7212
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  KI4FUS - sk (w4spa)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Pete Sides, W4AUP, SK: Pete Sides, W4AUP, SK (ke5gdk)
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KI4FUS - sk
by: w4spa
2011-04-01 12:37:59

Curtis Jennings KI4FUS became a silent key this morning, April 1, 2011. Please remember him and his family in your prayers.


Special Events
Special Events · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 3498
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Special Event April 9-10 Jim Bell Wireless Association
by: w4spa
2011-04-05 06:44:28

MARC members and friends,
Mark your calendars for this event - let's have a good turn out and help our friends in the JBWA by supporting this special event.
Special Event - 9-10 April, 2011
April 9, and April 10, 2011
1500Z to 2300Z

The Jim Bell Wireless Association (Greenville, AL) will have a special event station for the 40th Anniversary for the Calico Fort Arts and Crafts Fair.
They will be operating on:
10 meters - 28.400
15 meters - 21.350
20 meters - 14.240
40 meters -7.240 and 7.070 (PSK-31)
80 meters - None
D-Star - Reflector 2B will be active around the state from the fair from 9AM to 12 PM. (W4KCQ port C will be connected from Tuscaloosa.)

QSL via Bob Glasscock, P.O. Box 340, Greenville, AL 36037


Stories from Local Amateurs
Stories from Local Amateurs · Total News: 3 · Total Reads: 7077
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  SOB V Launch a Big Success! (w4spa)
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SOB V Launch a Big Success!
by: w4spa
2008-09-09 11:01:35

The launch and recovery of SOB V was a hugh success! Many thanks to everyone that helped out in any way. We couldn't have done it without all the assistance. Launch occured at 7:05 AM local time from KV4AC's QTH. The balloon rose slowly and silently into the morning sky. About 2 minutes after launch Tom, WB8COX, called on the radio to confirm he had the balloon icon on his laptop screen. This meant he was receiving and decoding the APRS signal from the balloon while in his truck in Tallassee. At that point, I felt like there was a real chance we were going to be successful... but only if the electronics on-board kept working. Around 7:30 AM Lamar, KC4LZO, called to report the predicted landing site. He had taken data from the NWS and run it through a software program that models balloon flights to arrive at a likely landing site. The prediction was for a landing near Tallassee... GREAT, I thought, we've already got chase teams in that area. For the next hour or so, we continued to watch the balloon icon on the computer screen move slowly East-north-eastward across 231, across I-85 all the time getting higher and higher... through 30,000 ft... 50,000 ft finally reaching 68,684 ft at burst. At this point it began falling and falling rapidly. At over 3,000 ft per minute my precious little box was plumetting back toward the Earth. Throughout the entire flight Bobby, N4AU, and Rik, KU4PY called out current location and ground track data to the chase teams. The 84 repeater was buzzing with activity as the chase teams coordinated their locations and directions of travel with one another. At this point, I could do nothing but wait and watch the telemetry numbers as they streamed across my computer screen. Where was it going to land was the big question.. and how hard was it going to hit the ground! Had the parachute gotten tangled and not opened? As the balloon got lower and into denser air, the parachute started to slow it's descent, what a releif! The chase teams began to close in on the likely landing site somewhere near Friendship. I could hear El, K4DJL, Mike, KB0OLA, Tom, WB8COX and Daniel, KE5GDK, Rodney, KJ4FPZ, and Dave, K5STL all talking about which turn to take to head toward the landing site. As the balloon made it's final descent to moved slightly more toward Rt 229 in Tallassee and finally came to rest in a small pine tree about 100 yards North of Ben Atkinson Motors... thank goodness it didn't hit a brand new car! All the flight hardware was completely intact and everything was still working. What a great flight! If you'd like to see the pictures taken from the payload, follow this link:

SOB-V Images


Thanks again to all that helped or listened. Stay tuned for details about SOB VI!


Stratosphere Or Bust
Stratosphere Or Bust · Total News: 2 · Total Reads: 3087
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SOB IX - ARHAB third place altitude record holder!
by: w4spa
2009-08-01 22:16:09

The SOB IX flight was sponsored by the Montgomery Amateur Radio Club. The MARC purchased the expensive 3000 gram sounding balloon for the flight. In spite of having lost contact with the payload at an altitude of 122,457 ft, we did get APRS telemetry data back from it long enough to put us in third place on the altitude list!

The launch of SOB IX was right on schedule at 6:30 AM CDT on Saturday, August 1, 2009. We filled the balloon with hydrogen gas until it was pulling upward about 4 1/2 pounds. Then we attached the 35 oz payload to it and released it. It disappeared into some low clouds just a couple of minutes after launch. We continued to track the payload via APRS signals by using truck mounted decoding equipment and computers. The balloon drifted Eastward at around 15 mph until it reached an altitude of about 55,000 ft. Then, just South of Shorter, it made a "U" turn and traveled back to the West. It passed directly over the city of Montgomery still moving West. When it passed over the I65/I85 intersection, it was over 103,000 ft high and was beginning to pick up speed. While still continuing to ascend and increase in speed, it moved to the West of Montgomery, roughly paralleling Hwy 80. The speed continued to steadily increase, reaching a maximum of over 70 mph. After the balloon reached about 120,000 ft, the ascent rate really started to decrease. It was still going up, but getting slower and slower. We continued to wacth the telemetry data come into our our computers and cheered with each higher altitude report. Then without warning, at approximately 8:52 AM and an altitude of 122, 457 ft, it suddenly stopped transmitting. We continued to monitor the frequency, calling N4AU, KU4PY and W4FDD, who were recording the data at their respective home stations but they didn't hear it either. We called N4UZZ, KI4CSQ, K4DJL and KE5GDK who were downrange; but nothing from there either. Minutes went by without any additional transmissions. What had happened? Who knows. The payload is bright white and it's labeled with a weatherproof placard so hopefully someone will find it and send it home.

The SOB project will go on. We're already discussing the new payload. Stay tuned.. there's more to come.

On behalf of the entire SOB team, thanks for your continued interest in and support of our adventures!! 73, --Scott



Tips and Tricks
Tips and Tricks · Total News: 1 · Total Reads: 5231
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RST Cheat Sheet
by: kg4pnl
2006-04-19 13:35:45

I have trouble remembering the format, so I thought I would post this here for all our amateurs with a newly aquired Element 1 CSCE.





Amateur Radio RST Signal Reporting System for CW Operation

Readability - Strength - Tone: RST Signal Reports
R-S-T
Characteristics
Readability
R
Strength
S
Tone
T (cw)
1 Unreadable Faint signals, barely perceptible Sixty cycle a.c or less, very rough and broad
2 Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable Very weak signals Very rough a.c., very harsh and broad
3 Readable with considerable difficulty Weak signals Rough a.c. tone, rectified but not filtered
4 Readable with practically no difficulty Fair signals Rough note, some trace of filtering
5 Perfectly readable Fairly good signals Filtered rectified a.c. but strongly ripple-modulated
6 N/A Good signals Filtered tone, definite trace of ripple modulation
7 N/A Moderately strong signals Near pure tone, trace of ripple modulation
8 N/A Strong signals Near perfect tone, slight trace of modulation
9 N/A Extremely strong signals Perfect tone, no trace of ripple or modulation of any kind


Notes

Select the signal's most prominent characteristic from each of the R, S, and T columns in the chart. Select the number from the R-S-T Numeral (left) column which corresponds to each characteristic chosen. This R-S-T sequence of numbers becomes the RST signal report.

If the signal has the characteristic stability of crystal control, the letter X may be added to the end of the RST report. Use the the letter C to indicate a chirp on the signal and the letter K for key clicks.

"RST is 599" - means that the morse code cw signal being assessed is Readability 5 (perfectly readable), Strength 9 (extremely strong signal), Tone 9 (perfect tone). This is the ultimate cw signal.

This reporting system may also be used for phone operation by leaving out the Tone (T) portion of the report. For example, a signal of "5 9" means that the phone signal is Readability 5, and Strength 9; a perfectly readable and extremely strong signal. The term "S-9" is also used to report a Strength 9 for an extremely strong signal. If an S-Meter is being used as a basis of the signal report, an S-9 is the numeric level of 9 (S-Units) on the meter.




Weather Related News
Weather Related News · Total News: 8 · Total Reads: 18667
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Central Alabama Skywarn Extended Session Tracks Severe Weather (w4spa)
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Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Skywarn Training Session: Skywarn Training Session (kg4pnl)
Read this Articleprinter ready versionE-mail to a Friend  Central Alabama SkyWarn Wants YOU!: Central Alabama SkyWarn Wants YOU! (kg4pnl)
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Central Alabama Skywarn Extended Session Tracks Severe Weather
by: w4spa
2011-04-16 18:21:52

By Otto Arnoscht, N4UZZ
Central AL Skywarn Net Manager

On April 15, 2011 a series of tornados and severe thunderstorms crossed our area, and Skywarn was in overdrive, tracking storms, gathering reports from the field, and forwarding severe reports to the National Weather Service. We had over 35 check-ins from the four counties (Autauga, Elmore, Lowndes, and Montgomery) and none of the counties were spared severe weather. We also assisted some traveling hams with weather condition reports as they were making their way through our area. The Skywarn controllers did yeoman’s work as the nets started near 3pm and ran all the way to midnight. N4BTB, W4EGR, N4UZZ, AK4FP, KR4JY, WA4BO, K4GDW, K4GR, KI4CSQ, K4LIA, K5VGU, KA4RRV and many others contributed to the Skywarn effort.

>SKYWARN ACTIVITY / LOWNDES & BUTLER CO.

By Bob Overstreet, WA4BO
Central AL Skywarn Net Controller

Beginning on the afternoon of the recent storm, several stations in our area began reporting observations to the Central Alabama Skywarn Net, then up & running on the 146.84 repeater. Over a period of 3-4 hours, 3 stations sighted & reported the appearance of distinct “wall clouds” in the Fort Deposit area, as the storm rolled through. These sightings occurred during late afternoon. Specific times not recorded, locally. Total time observing & reporting was about 3 & ½ to 4 hours.
Stations & geographic locations:
1- WA4LR LARRY NORTH BUTLER CO. (approx 3 miles south & slightly west of Ft. D).
sighted wall cloud from his QTH, looking west, moving generally along hwy 185, from Greenville to Ft. D. Brief periods (5-10 min) of very heavy rain. Moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the rest of this time period. Station was operating from inside his home on an H.T., attempting to relay to the ’84 via the ’67.
2- WA4BO BOB SOUTHEAST LOWNDES CO. (approx 2 miles west of I-65 / hwy 185 intersection). QTH is east central edge of town.
-sighted 2 distinct wall clouds during the period of observation (3-4 hrs). The first appeared at a cloud base due south of home QTH. Wall cloud was clearly visible thru a gap in tree line. The drop down from the cloud base was easily visible due to the contrast with the much lighter colored background. Also, the lower edge of this feature was a bit ragged, appearing as an occasional vertical column rotating very slowly around the center of the structure. Think maypoles. The second distinct wall cloud is believed to be the one described below in item #3, though viewed from the WEST side, at the QTH noted above.
3- KZ4J SPENCE SOUTHEAST LOWNDES CO. (approx 2 miles e/ne of the WQ4V CAROL intersection of U.S. 31 & Hwy 185, Logan, AL).
-sighted distinct wall cloud about 20 min after the first one reported in item 2. This wall cloud was noticeably larger, wider at the cloud base than (item 2). Extending one’s arm fully, palm upraised, it appeared 2 & ½ palm widths wide. General line of movement placed it just east of I-65, moving parallel to the interstate. Again the drop down feature was clearly distinct from the cloud base, due to contrast with the much lighter background shading. Neither station viewing this one ( viewed from both the east and the west) was able see any rotation.







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