The next meeting of the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday, June 13, 2013 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, May 16, 2013. For more information, email Bud Holman, VE Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Again this year the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club, in conjunction with the Indian River County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (www.ircares.org), will hold Technician License classes on Saturday, May 18 from 9 AM until 4 PM, and Sunday, May 19 from 9 AM until 2 PM, with a VE testing session following the Sunday session. The classes will be held at the Indian River County EOC, 4225 43rd Ave., Vero Beach.
Amateur Radio is a FCC licensed service, and getting started is as easy as passing a 35 question, multiple choice FCC examination. Knowing Morse Code is no longer a requirement. Members of VBARC and the IRCARES will deliver the information necessary to pass that test. We will provide the instructors and our experience; but to be successful you will need to invest a little of your time by purchasing AND READING The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual, available for $29.95 from the American Radio Relay League (www.arrl.org) or through VBARC.
There is no charge for the class, but there is a $15 fee for the examination. To order a copy of the manual, sign up for classes, or for more information, contact Bud Holman, WA4ASJ, at email@example.com.
As we do every year, VBARC will participate in Amateur Radio Field Day, sponsored by the ARRL. This year we are moving to the CR 510 Causeway in Wabasso, between U.S. Highway 1 and A1A. This is the location where we have held the past couple Pelican Island Special Event stations, and everyone agreed that it will be the ideal Field Day location.
For 2013 Field Day will be June 22nd and 23rd (the 4th full weekend in June.) We will begin station setup around 10:00 AM on Saturday and on-air operation officially begins at 2:00 PM. We will also feature a GOTA (Get On The Air) station for inactive hams, recently licensed hams, or Novice/Technician/unlicensed operators (with properly licensed control operator present) to try HF operating. Of course we will have plenty of food, refreshments and camaraderie.
To get to the Field Day location take U.S. 1 to Wabasso, turn East onto CR 510 and we will be in the park areas along the side of the road. Just look for the antennas! Talk-in will be on the 146.640 repeater (- offset, 107.2 tone.) For more information, contact Dwight, W4IJY, at firstname.lastname@example.org. You can read more about Field Day on the ARRL website, www.arrl.org.
At the September 13 VBARC meeting, Wayne Burkett, KA1VRF, was presented with a Certificate of Recognition from the ARRL South Florida Section, for his work over the years with SKYWARN and the local Packet/BBS system. Congratulations, Wayne! Keep up the great work!
Wayne Burkett, KA1VRF (left) accepts his Certificate of Recognition from ARRL VE Team Leader Bud Holman, WA4ASJ.
Well, here I am back in the hot seat...uh, I mean the President's chair! Thank you to our outgoing President, Mark AI4HO, and thank you to the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club for reaffirming your confidence in me. I promise to do all I can to ensure the continued growth and success of the club.
I am looking forward to another exciting year for Amateur Radio in Indian River County. The next Pelican Island special event station is coming up in March, and soon we will begin making plans for Field Day. Many of the club members make a special event out of the upcoming Orlando Hamcation® in February; some take campers, some serve as VEs at the license exam sessions, and others man the club table which is generously offered for VBARC's use each year by K4CT - thanks, Bill!
Of course there are many club members who are also active in ARES, our local QCWA Chapter 48, and the VE licensing sessions, not to mention the weekly brunch at C.J. Cannon's Restaurant. We are sometimes called upon to provide communications for area civic events. This past year has seen several new hams become active in VBARC and their enthusiasm is contagious! It makes me happy and proud to see so many local hams active in so many ways. If you haven't been involved, you don't know what you're missing! Come to a club meeting, an ARES meeting, or one of the weekly Thursday morning brunches and become a part of the camaraderie that is the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club. I'll see you soon!
73, Vince K4JC
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