The next meeting of the Vero Beach Amateur Radio Club will be Thursday, January 8, 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, January 15, 2015. For more information, email Bud Holman, VE Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The annual VBARC Installation of Officers Dinner will be held Saturday, January 10th at 6:00 PM, at C.J. Cannon's Restaurant, located inside the Vero Beach Airport. We will have a banquet room to ourselves. Dress is casual. The choices for dinner are pot roast, chicken or fish. Cost per person is $30 and includes dinner, beverage, dessert and tip. Payment is required in advance no later than January 2. To RSVP or for more information, contact Craig W4PHJ at email@example.com.
What is HR-4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014? It is a bill designed to ultimately extend the FCC's PRB-1 (the mandate that requires local governments to reasonably accommodate Amateur Radio installations) to cover HOAs and deed restricted communities. While the FCC has previously declined to extend PRB-1 to cover CCRs, it has stated that it will do so if directed by Congress. As of this writing (8/11/2014) HR-4969 has 15 co-sponsors. There has been no corresponding bill introduced into the Senate as yet; that will depend on the outcome of this bill.
There is much more information on the ARRL's website, as well as how you can become involved. A form letter is available there, or we can provide a more "localized" version written with Rep. Bill Posey in mind. Please learn all you can about HR-4969, then be sure to sign and submit your letter to the ARRL (they will collect all the letters and deliver them to Washington. Nothing speaks louder than tens of thousands of letters arriving on your desk at once!)
Information about HR-4969: arrl.org/hr-4969
The "localized" version of the letter to Rep. Posey will be available soon.
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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