The next meeting of the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 7:30 PM.
VBARC sponsors an ARRL-VE testing session every 3rd Thursday of the month at 7:00 PM, at the Indian River County Emergency Operations Center. The next test session will be Thursday, February 19, 2015. For more information, email Bud Holman, VE Coordinator, at email@example.com.
VBARC has a new mailing address! After many years at the post office box, the club voted to now have mail delivered to our meeting place at the Emergency Operations Center. If you need to mail in dues payments or any other correspondence, please DO NOT use the P.O. Box address; the post office isn't forwarding mail sent there. Instead use the following address:
Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club
c/o IRC EOC
4225 43rd Avenue
Vero Beach, FL 32967
VBARC thanks the Emergency Operations Center for their support of our club, and Amateur Radio!
With the adjournment of the 113th Congress in December 2014, it is time to assess where the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014 stands. The bill, known as HR 4969, did not receive consideration by the full House of Representatives, but that does not mean the bill has been defeated. In fact, right up to the final gavel, members of the House were stepping up to sign-on as co-sponsors. Including the original sponsor, Congressman Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, 70 Representatives signed on in support of the bill in the six-months following its introduction into the House.
Realistically, very few bills succeed the first time. However, the bipartisan support garnered by this bill - 44 Republicans and 26 Democrats - is a good measure that we can be successful. As with many things, it takes time. The adjournment of the 113th Congress means HR 4969 “dies” in committee. While we are disappointed, there is every reason to be hopeful when the new Congress assembles in January 2015.
The bill is expected to be reintroduced when the 114th Congress convenes in January. For more information about the Amateur Radio Parity Act, the ARRL has complete information at arrl.org/hr-4969. (Thanks ARRL)
From Marcy Schlegel, Global 24 Radio Director of Programming:
We thought your ham radio club membership would be interested in learning about Global 24 Radio.
Global 24 Radio (www.global24radio.com)
Read (and please share with your members) this press release: tinyurl.com/l9ksn9c.
Thank you passing the word along! Shortwave radio has long been an "Entry" point for the Amateur Radio hobby
and we hope your club can help spread the word...
Thanks to the efforts spearheaded by Paul KC2LXV, the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club logo has a freshened-up look for 2014! It prominently features the club call, W4OT, replacing the phrase "Emergency Communications". Many club members felt that no longer adequately described VBARC's mission and purpose, which includes not only Emcomms but much more.
Paul also arranged for pins bearing the refreshed logo to be made available. They can be purchased by VBARC members for $2 each, or $4 to non members. They are very nice, collectible pins and have already proven to be very popular! They will be available at club meetings, or contact the club at firstname.lastname@example.org. Paul and Brian K4HLW are now working on making T-shirts and polo shirts (and possibly other articles of clothing) available with the new logo. Stay tuned for more details.
Many thanks also to Dennis AJ4DT for his help in getting the new logo into its final form.
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