...............................................The next Short Mountain Repeater Club meeting will be held on Saturday October 11, 2014 at the Shoney's restaurant, 267 N Lowry St, Smyrna, TN 37167......................... 2pm Eat-N-Greet, meeting starts at 3pm, visitors always welcome.................. This is an important meeting, it is the annual club Officer nomination meeting. Be there to voice your nominations for the 2015 Officers................... Voting will be held at the November meeting. Members must be present at the November meeting to cast your vote, there are no absentee ballots.........................

Actor Tim Allen gets License for Real

Actor and comedian Tim Allen now not only plays an Amateur Radio operator on television, he is one! Allen, whose real name is Timothy Alan Dick, got his new call sign, KK6OTD, on September 4, but did not release the news until this week. In his weekly ABC comedy TV show “Last Man Standing,” Allen’s character Mike Baxter, is supposed to be KA0XTT, and the show has featured ham radio in some episodes.

Ham Radio saves the day again – Yukon Canada

Last Sunday September 21, 2014, at approx. 21:00hrs PST, VY1MAP (Terry Hauff) called on the local 2 meter repeater looking for VY1RF (Ray Fugard).

Terry VY1MAP wanted Ray VY1RF to make a phone call for him as he was not in cell phone range. The situation was that Terry is a member of the local S.A.R. team and they were on an active search for a missing teenager. The command center they had setup was approx 35kms north of Whitehorse YK at Lake Laberge. The satellite phone that they were to use was not functioning so they had no way to call for assistance, additional resources or send status reports.

FCC Enforcement Bureau Warns Two Hams for Failing to Properly Identify

09/08/2014

Congratulations Ray

Congratulations to Ray Benjamins an associate member who passed his Technician and General tests on Saturday morning at the VE Testing session in Shelbyville TN

His new call is KM4ECJ

Lets all join in welcoming Ray to the ranks of ham radio

 

73

 

 

Congratulations Ray!! Your status has been upgraded to Full Member!

Associate Members who pass their test are upgraded free to Full Members.

73,

W4EZD

The QSL that was half a century in arriving!

Better late than never, they say, and a recent Amateur Radio experience echoed that sentiment for me in a big, big way.

Many of us longtime hams experience ebbs and flow in our level of activity, and I’m no exception. Licensed in 1962, I was an impassioned 12-year old then who just couldn’t get enough of our wonderful hobby. Aside from school and sleep, my days and nights were filled to overflowing with Amateur Radio. I mean I was on the air every single day, usually for hours, and I made a lot of contacts. Not only domestic QSOs, mind you, but a ton of DX too. It seemed as though an envelope would arrive every few weeks from the ARRL DX QSL Bureau, jammed full of wonderful and exotic cards from locations most kids had never even heard of.

And this continued mostly unabated right up until the time I turned 14. That was the year a Honda 50 rolled into my life, along with the sublime discovery of girls, and Amateur Radio took a major back seat.

SMRClub Website mentioned on Twit.TV

Thanks to Dale Miller KC2CBD for mentioning our club website to Ham Nation. Our site was mentioned by Dale Puckett, wo had some nice things to say about our website. For those of you have never watched one of their episodes, (just as I had never watched before) please check it out. Its a very informative program. Watch episode 138 here.

 

Know how to get around in a computer?

Would you like to be part of the SMRC Net Control crew but don't want to call the nets? You can help net controls by running the database support for those who do call the nets on the air. Its very easy and helps net controls do their job more efficiently.

Check out the Solar Data Page

Ever wondered what all the information on the solar data panels means? Many Ham sites place the solar data panes in the sidebars of their sites but they all have different information and most of us don't know how to interpret the numbers we see in them. The SMRC Solar Data Page has the key for interpreting these panels and also provides some other great indicators and widgets for determining propagation conditions as it relates to solar activity.

Does the Ham Spirit still exist?

As you know, I call the Traders' Net on Thursday nights at 8PM CST. As a part of our format, we discuss ham-related topics as well as facilitate the exchange of gear. Our recent topic has been the History and Forefathers of Ham Radio and I've been studying a very thorough article by Chris Codella W2PA to understand more about the subject.

In May of 1917, war with Germany was eminent and amateur radio operators, at that time the ARRL, received a mandate to stop all radio operations from the Department of Commerce. With the future of amateur radio unsure and in jeopardy, the editors of QST published the following article in their May issue:

Net Control Registration

It is the goal of Short Mountain Repeater Club to have a net for radio operators every day of the week. That obviously is not possible without those who are willing to take some of their time and facilitate the nets.

SMRC's Mailing Address

Short Mountain Repeater Club
P.O. Box 330914
Murfreesboro, TN  37133

615-787-7672

Use our contact form

 

Repeater Trustee:

 W4WRB (Randy Bee)

Trustee email

Club Officers

2014 Officers
President: W4WRB (Randy Bee)
Vice President: WV4D (Ken Russom)
Secretary: W4EZD (Denny Kraase)
Treasurer: W4ODB (David Brown)

 

 

 

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