The ARCLITE August 2015 - Garland Amateur Radio Club

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The ARCLITE August 2015 - Garland Amateur Radio Club
The ARCLITE August 2015
Garland Amateur Radio Club
Where Amateur Radio is Fun Again
Monthly Newsletter
August
2015
Steven Lundgren, KE5BTS, Editor
Crony Lunch – July 9, 2015 .................................... 13
Contents
Crony Lunch – July 16, 2015 .................................. 14
“Open House” at the ECC – July 18, 2015 ............. 15
Crony Lunch – July 23, 2015 .................................... 16
Birthdays ................................................................ 17
Other nets you might enjoy and other repeaters ... 17
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! ................................. 19
Meetings and Area License Testing ....................... 20
R.A.C.E.S., A.R.E.S., and A.R.R.L. ......................... 21
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Newsletter Editor Comments ................................... 1
From the President – August, 2015.......................... 2
Board Members ......................................................... 3
Tower of the Month ................................................... 4
Miscellaneous Information ....................................... 5
“Phone Fray” — New SSB Contest ........................... 5
Minutes ..................................................................... 6
Crony Lunch – June 25, 2015 ................................... 7
Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015 ................................. 8
Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015 (Continued 1) ........ 9
Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015 (Continued 2)......... 10
Crony Lunch – July 2, 2015 .................................... 11
Newsletter Editor Comments
Howdy,
Welcome to the August ARCLITE! Field Day
deserved three pages of pictures and information. I
may still use some of the other pictures next month.
We were very fortunate to get some video from the
Quadcopter that attended Field Day. It can be seen on
Youtube at https://youtu.be/DJWxRr_kdVo
The link just worked for me, hopefully it will work for
you.
I hope you had as much fun this month in Ham radio as
I did! See you at the club meeting this Monday.
73,
Steven Lundgren, KE5BTS
July Fourth at Firewheel Center ............................ 12
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From the President – August, 2015
Our summer activities have come to a conclusion.
If you were able to visit HAMCOM, participate in 2015 Field Day, and/or
were a volunteer at the Fire Wheel Star Spangled Spectacular, I hope you
enjoyed those activities. I was involved in one way or another with all three
and have not recovered yet. But I had a great time and met and visited with
a lot of great folks.
Special thanks to Bob Owens, who led the food service at Field Day. James
Bond and Ralph Brown did another great job in planning and organizing
Field Day.
This year we will present award certificates for the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place
winners of the most contacts for Phone, CW, and Digital. James Bond will
make the presentations.
Mike Thomas, NA5U, will make a presentation of the KP1_5 DXposition at
the July 27th Club meeting. This is one you don’t want to miss.
Thanks,
Jim, W5DTG
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Board Members
James Stafford, W5DTG – President
([email protected])
Steven Lundgren, KE5BTS –
ARCLITE Editor
([email protected])
Ralph Brown, K5WRB –
Communications Officer
(communications
@k5qhd.org)
ELECTED
MARCH 23, 2015
GARC Officers for 2015:
James Stafford, W5DTG – President ([email protected])
Bill Engel, K5DHY – Vice President ([email protected])
Lowell Allen, KD5RFD – Secretary ([email protected])
Randy Brack, N5MRB – Treasurer ([email protected])
Ralph Brown, K5WRB – Communications Officer ([email protected])
John Abbott, KF5FWK – Education Officer ([email protected])
Steven Lundgren, KE5BTS – ARCLITE Editor ([email protected])
Contact the Entire Board: [email protected]
Other club contacts you may want to reach include:
Bob Jones, W5BJ – Trustee ([email protected])
Herman May, KE5HYW – Webmaster ([email protected])
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Tower of the Month
August 2015
GARLAND AMATEUR RADIO CLUB
EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION CENTER
1027 AUSTIN STREET SUITE B
GARLAND, TX 75040-5608
972-272-4499
K5QHD
Garland Amateur Radio Club
“Where Amateur Radio is Fun Again”
K5QHD is the Bill Folsdtadt Memorial
Station
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Miscellaneous Information
This month’s tower picture is the home of our new UHF repeater antenna.
Here is the web address of the GARC website: http://www.k5qhd.org. You can find
news about upcoming meetings and events. We have made some changes to make it
easier to find the ARCLITE on the website. If you are aware of any broken links, let us
know so we can fix them or remove them. There are many useful links to other sites of
interest.
The Garland Amateur Radio Club Information Net transmits every Thursday night at 8
p.m. local time.
The script is easy to read. It is fun to control the flow of the check-ins. The only tricky
part is hearing and writing down the call signs and the names. Please email
[email protected] and you too can have a turn at Net Control.
“Phone Fray” — New SSB Contest
A new 30 minute contest has been developed with the notion of
enticing newcomers to Ham Radio or contesting, others who want
to hone their operating skills or test out stations and others who
need to add more States for awards. Here’s a summary of the
announcement from the creators ...
It's called Phone Fray. The start date is Tuesday (evening) July 28
(July 29 UTC). To accommodate busy schedules, the contest lasts
for just 30-minutes and will be great for fast-paced NAQP practice
and welcoming new contesters of all skill levels. 100 watts max
makes everyone loud! No logs, just report scores to
3830scores.com. The schedule is every Wednesday, 0230-0300
UTC (which is Tuesday night from 9:30 to 10:00 p.m. Central
Daylight Saving Time).
The “Phone Fray” is planned to operate every Tuesday throughout
the year and offers a challenge for personal operating improvement.
You might only work one station the first Tuesday. Set a goal to
double that the following week. Good operators will probably
achieve 30 QSOs in the 30 minutes. Experienced ops may be able
to hit 90 or 100. But, don’t let that intimidate you. Use this late
night contest as a learning opportunity. If you’re new to contesting,
you’ll learn how to score your results and a few things about
reporting your score on-line.
The rules for this new weekly SSB event, based on the North
American QSO Party (NAQP), are located here:
http://www.perluma.com/Phone_Fray_Contest_Rules.pdf
Exchange: Name and State/Province/NA_Country
A free Yahoo Group reflector has been formed for Phone Fray
communications and please consider joining in the fun using the
following link:
https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/PhoneFray/info If this link
does not work, send me a note and I will send you a direct
invitation to join the group. Any questions, please send me a note
any time. Thanks! 73, Dean, NW2K [email protected] (DEAN
FAKLIS)
— contributed by Frank Krizan, K5HS (ex KR1ZAN)
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Minutes
June 22, 2015 Club Meeting
The meeting was called to order by Jim Stafford
W5DTG with the Pledge of Allegiance. Selfintroductions were made by 25 members and
guests plus all 7 of our officers. The
Treasurer’s report was presented and the
minutes were approved as printed in the
ARCLITE. Ralph reported on the conversion of
our two generators to allow the use of propane
and how nice it is to not have the diesel fuel
tank in the antenna trailer sloshing around.
John will be presenting a General Class as soon
as the new books come in. We voted in four
new members; Randy Jennings KF5LKL, J. B.
Jordan N5EWS, Jim McGhee N5FZT and Gary
Snowden AF5XZ. James Bond went over the
assignments and details for Field Day. There
was also a plea for workers for the Star
Spangled Spectacular at Firewheel Town
Center. After the break, Bill Engel showed a
video on the logistics of the 2014 World
Radiosports Team Championship (WRTC)
where the best DXers are invited to participate
in a “level field” competition using identical
antennas and basically the same location. 59
teams converged on sites near Boston, MA last
year to compete. We broke up just after 9 PM.
July 13, 2015 Board Meeting
The meeting was attended by all of our board
members except Steven. Randy presented the
changes to the By-Laws that would be needed to
bring the Fiscal Year into better accord with the
Board elections. Lowell then requested a
review of the By-Laws to make sure there were
no other areas that might need updating. Randy
accepted the challenge again to do the research
and will bring back to the board any other
needed changes. The board also voted to accept
a suggestion from Randy to begin putting the
proceeds from the I-sign program into the
General Fund (instead of the Repeater Fund) in
order to secure proper funding for our activities.
The Repeater Fund will now only be supported
by the proceeds from the Equipment Disposal
Committee efforts and by donations made
specifically for that purpose. We approved
$134.76 to be spent for General Class manuals
to support John’s next class starting July 21.
The fire extinguisher on the antenna trailer
needs to be recertified and a protective cover
made for it. We discussed participating in the
Labor Day Parade with an entry this year but
decided we did not have the manpower nor the
presentations to provide an adequate entry.
That decision was validated since the city and
the parade organizers have asked us to help
provide communications for the parade this
year, another vote of confidence for GARC.
Contact John Galvin N5TIM @ arrl.net if you
can help on the morning of September 7th.
Respectfully Submitted, Lowell Allen, Jr. KD5RFD
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Crony Lunch – June 25, 2015
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Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015
From: James Bond
Date: Jul 4, 2015 11:59:34 AM
Subject: Final Field Day Results
Results are better than last year
2014 points were 3,230.,
2015 points are 3,332
Top three operators are per mode:
292 contacts CW, ALL by KF9AS, Megan
53 contacts digital ,
N5JDT Dr. Willis 27, W5DTG Emma 10, KF5TOU me 7.
321 contacts phone,
K5DHY, Bill, 151; N5JDT, Dr. Willis, 53; KC5QHH, Randy, 39
Here’s a Youtube of the drone flying the wire loop:
https://youtu.be/DJWxRr_kdVo
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Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015 (Continued 1)
Awesome Arial Photography!
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Field Day June 27 and 28, 2015 (Continued 2)
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Crony Lunch – July 2, 2015
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July Fourth at Firewheel Center
Thanks to all the following 32 radio amateurs. You know who you are. How long does it take to send your Callsign in
Morse code? This list will tell you.
Call
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AB6ST
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W5DTG
N5MRB
N5LDD
KE5BTS
KF5UEI
W5NDC
K5WRB
AC5BC
KM5VZ
KE5DUO
KF5GDE
KF5SMU
KE5FWK
N7FLY
KE5LCK
KF5TOU
KF5BRL
KF5LKL
KF5FWK
KC5GMZ
KG5GLC
KF5BGQ
Morse
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Crony Lunch – July 9, 2015
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Crony Lunch – July 16, 2015
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“Open House” at the ECC – July 18, 2015
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Crony Lunch – July 23, 2015
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Birthdays
BIRTHDAYS!!!!!!!
CONGRATULATIONS!
ROLAND HALL
GINGER MCCASEY
GARLAND NEWMAN
DAVID WILLIAMS
IF YOU DON’T GIVE US YOUR BIRTH MONTH, WE CAN’T HELP YOU CELEBRATE!
Other nets you might enjoy and other repeaters
From the Dallas Amateur Radio Club:
- Weekly - Wednesday – DARC VetNet 7:00 p.m.
- Weekly – Saturday – DARC TechNet 7:00 p.m.
- Weekly – Saturday – DARC SkyNet 9:00 p.m.
You can access these nets over the air on the 2 meter DARC repeater or via Echolink:
Band
Analog
Frequency
Input Frequency
PL Tone IN / OUT
2m
146.880
146.280
110.9 / 110.9
Echolink
Search W5FC-R or
Node 523731
McKinney Amateur Radio Club holds an "Information Net" every Sunday night at 8:00p.m. on 146.740 PL 110.9.
Callsign Frequency
Offset
CTCSS City
State
County Notes
W5MRC 146.740 -6 kHz
110.9
McKinney
Texas
Collin
ARES Back-Up
(I’m pretty sure the offset is really -600 kHz. It was abbreviated to fit their table and match the +5 MHz for UHF
repeaters.)
This net is the inspiration for the net that we have every Thursday night at 8:00p.m.
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Sachse Radio Net takes place every Wednesday 8:00p.m. – 8:30p.m.
Where: N5LOC (145.250, PL 141.3)
Repeaters anyone? Here’s the list from the McKinney website. I can’t guarantee that you will be able to reach all of
them. But it is fun knowing that they are there.
LOCAL REPEATERS See http:/mckinneyarc.org for more repeaters
Voice
Commerce (W5AMC) 444.525 PL 103.5
Carrollton (N5MJQ) 145.210 PL 110.9
Carrollton (N5MJQ) 442.650 PL none
Carrollton (K5MET) 444.075 PL 110.9
Collinsville (N5IUF) 147.220 PL 100.0
Dallas ARC (W5FC) 146.880 PL 110.9
Denton (W5NGU) 146.920 PL 110.9
Denton (W5NGU) 444.050 PL 110.9
Fannin Cty (K5FRC) 145.470 PL none
Fannin Cty (K5FRC) 145.130 PL none
Fannin Cty (K5FRC) 443.750 PL none
Garland (K5QHD) 146.660 PL 110.9
Garland (K5QHD) 442.700 PL 110.9
Grayson Cty (K5GCC) 147.000 PL 100.0
Grayson Cty (K5GCC) 147.280 PL 107.2
Grayson Cty (K5GCC) 444.750 PL 100.0
Greenville (K5GVL) 146.780 PL 114.8
Greenville (K5GVL) 147.160 PL 100.0
Hopkins CoARC (K5SST) 146.680 PL 151.4
Hopkins CoARC (K5SST) 444.825 PL 151.4
Melissa (W5MRC) 443.200 PL 100.0
NTXRA 145.350 PL 100.0
NTXRA IRLP 442.575 PL 127.3
Plano (WD5ERD) 147.180 PL 107.2
Plano (K5PRK) 444.250 PL 79.7
Richardson (K5RWK) 147.120 PL none
Rockwell (W5ROK) 441.875 PL 131.8
Rockwall (KK5PP) 441.525 PL 141.3
Rosston (WD5U) 145.490 PL 85.4
UTD (K5UTD) 145.43 PL 110.9
Van Alstyne (W5VAL) 443.800 PL 103.5
Digital Modes
APRS
National Freq 144.39 Simplex
National Alt Freq 144.34 Simplex
Winlink
SWCollin Co 145.03 K5BAD10
SWCollin Co 145.03W5RAE10
NE Collin Co 145.05 N0RQ10
NE Collin Co 145.07 AE5IT10
NWCollin Co 145.07 KD5CTQ10
SE Collin Co 145.09 N5BYL10
SE Collin Co 145.09 KI5FU10
SE Collin Co 145.09 K5PRK10
SE Collin Co 145.09 K5EEN10
Yaesu Fusion
Plano (K5BSA) 442.800 PL 110.9
K5PRK (Plano)* DStar
Voice 441.575 (+5)
Voice 1295.00 (20)
Data 1255.00
*DStar access is available through the
WWW.K5PRK.Net website.
W5NGU (Denton) DStar
Voice 147.450 (1)
Voice 442.925 (+5)
Voice 1293.400 (20)
Data 1253.600
K5TIT (Dallas) DStar
Voice 147.360 (+0.6)
Voice 442.000 (+5)
Voice 1293.000 (20)
Data 1253.000
K5SST (Hopkins CO) Dstar
Voice 147.060 (+)
Voice 444.275 (+)
Simplex K5FRC Easy Pal
Sending Pictures 446.125 (S)
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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
July - 2015
(FOURTH)
22 - Wednesday
23 - Thursday
24 – Friday
25 - Saturday
26 - Sunday
27 - Monday
28 - Tuesday
CRONY LUNCHEON
License Exam – Garland
License Exam – Denton
☺☺☺☺☺☺ GARC – CLUB MEETING ☺☺☺☺☺☺
(FIFTH)
29 - Wednesday
30 – Thursday
31 - Friday
CRONY LUNCHEON
August - 2015
(FIRST)
1 - Saturday
2 - Sunday
3 - Monday
4 - Tuesday
5 - Wednesday
6 - Thursday
7 - Friday
ECC “Hand’s On” from noon until 3p.m.
License Exam – McKinney
License Exam – Mesquite
CRONY LUNCHEON
License Exam – Dallas, Sachse
(SECOND)
8 - Saturday
9 - Sunday
10 - Monday
11 - Tuesday
12 - Wednesday
13 - Thursday
14 – Friday
GARC – BOARD MEETING
License Exam – Plano
License Exam – Irving, Wylie
CRONY LUNCHEON
(THIRD)
15 – Saturday
16 - Sunday
17 - Monday
18 - Tuesday
19 - Wednesday
20 - Thursday
21 - Friday
ECC “Open House” from 9a.m. until noon
License Exam – Denton
CRONY LUNCHEON
License Exam – Richardson
(FOURTH)
22 - Saturday
23 - Sunday
24 – Monday
25 - Tuesday
26 - Wednesday
27 - Thursday
28 - Friday
License Exam – Denton
☺☺☺☺☺☺ GARC – CLUB MEETING ☺☺☺☺☺☺
CRONY LUNCHEON
License Exam – Garland
(FIFTH)
29 - Saturday
30 – Sunday
31 – Monday
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Meetings and Area License Testing
☺ GARC – CLUB MEETING ☺
Doors Open: 7:00 p.m.
Garland Women’s Activity Center
713 West Austin Street
Garland, TX 75040
GARC – ECC Open House / ECC Hands On
Doors Open: 9 a.m. till Noon / Noon till 3 p.m.
Emergency Communications Center
1027-B West Austin Street
Garland, TX 75040
CRONY LUNCHEON
Doors Open: 11:00 a.m.
Golden Corral
1440 E Campbell Rd
Richardson, TX 75081
License Exam – Garland, K5QHD
Time: 7:30 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 4th Thursday of the month
WB9ZPH VE Team-Garland
Contact: Janet Crenshaw, WB9ZPH
Phone: (972) 302-9992
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://wb9zph.dyndns.info
Freeman Heights Baptist Church
1120 N Garland Avenue
Garland, TX 75040-4903
License Exam – Dallas, W5FC
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 2nd Saturday of the month
Sponsor: Dallas ARC
Contact: Larry W. Herring, WR3J
Phone: (214) 614-8980
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.w5fc.org
Business Jet Center, 2nd Floor Cafeteria
8611 Lemmon Avenue
Dallas, TX 75209-2652
License Exam – Irving, WA5CKF
Time: 8:30 a.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 3rd Saturday of the month
Sponsor: Irving ARC
Contact: Doyle L. Taylor
Phone: (972) 579-9809
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.irvingarc.org
Betcha Bingo #2
2420 W. Irving Blvd.
Irving, TX 75061-4255
License Exam – Denton
Time: 3:00 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 4th Sunday of the month
Sponsor: Jonathan Gumfory
Contact: Jonathan D. Gumfory
Phone: (940) 300-0243
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.dcara.net
Denton County EOC
9060 Teasley Lane
Denton, TX 76210-4010
License Exam – McKinney
Time: 2:30 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 1st Sunday of the month
Sponsor: McKinney ARC
Contact: Stephen E. Reinen
Phone: (214) 937-9982
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.mckinneyarc.org
Heard Museum
1 Nature Place
McKinney, TX 75069-8840
License Exam – Mesquite
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 1st Monday of the month
Sponsor: KC5ZMY & VE Team
Contact: Marina D. Calverley
Phone: (972) 285-2966
Email: [email protected]
URL:
Burger Style Café
1200 East Davis
Mesquite, TX 75149-4977
License Exam – Wylie
Time: 1:00 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 3rd Saturday of the month
Sponsor: Plano Amateur Radio Klub
Contact: John C. Scanlan
Phone: (972) 442-2592
Email: [email protected]
URL:
Wylie UMC (country club)
1401 FM Road 1378
Wylie, TX 75098-7704
License Exam – Sachse
Time: 9:00 a.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 2nd Saturday of the month
Sponsor: Sachse Amateur Radio Association
Contact: Bill C. Caldwell (AC5BC)
Phone: (214) 500-3472
Email: [email protected]
506 Parker Road
Wylie, Texas 75098
License Exam – Richardson, K5RWK
Time: 7:00 p.m. (Walk-ins allowed)
Date: 3rd Thursday of the month
Sponsor: Richardson Wireless Klub
Contact: Bill Owens, AD5EW
Phone: 972-380-2859
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.k5rwk.org
St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church
1220 West Beltline Road
Richardson, TX 75080-5801
License Exam – Plano, K5PRK
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Date: 3rd Monday of the month
Sponsor: Plano Amateur Radio Klub
Contact: Scott Brubaker, AE5SG
Phone:
Email: [email protected]
URL: http://www.k5prk.net
First United Methodist Church Plano
3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway
Plano, TX 75074
License CLASS – Garland ECC
Time: 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 p.m.
Date: CALL FOR SCHEDULE
Sponsor: Garland Amateur Radio Club
Contact: John Abbott, KF5FWK
Phone:
Email: [email protected]
URL: www.k5qhd.org
Emergency Communications Center
1027-B Austin Street
Garland, TX 75040
Please verify these listings by checking the ARRL website at http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session
Let’s Keep
Our
Repeaters
Busy!
Please share your Ham radio week on our very own Thursday Night Net
at 8 p.m. on the 146.66 MHz repeater!
Also, learn of activities of other local clubs!
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R.A.C.E.S., A.R.E.S., and A.R.R.L.
R.A.C.E.S.
Garland RACES is authorized by the Office of Emergency Management, Garland, Texas.
Garland R.A.C.E.S. on the air training each first, second, third, and fifth Thursday.
Garland ARES® on the air training each fourth Thursday.
All training is at 9:00p.m. on 146.66/06, PL 110.9Hz (Primary) 147.24/84 (Secondary)
No training Thanksgiving or the last 3 Thursdays of December.
(147.54 Garland Simplex) Garland Winlink RMS Node - WG5EOC-10 on 144.930
A.R.E.S.
ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) is a program of the American Radio Relay League.
Anyone serious about Emergency Support should have a go-kit, or maybe more than one. It may be
something you keep in the car or something mostly packed and ready to go at home. Even if you
don't have one, you should think about what you might need to have in case of an emergency.
The ARRL offers online training for hams who want to participate in the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-offers-online-public-service-training
A.R.R.L.
American Radio Relay League.
In addition to receiving QST by mail each month, ARRL members have access to the digital edition of QST.
You can choose to read QST online, or download the entire issue to your computer or laptop.
Digital QST offers enhanced content, convenient access, and a more interactive experience.
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