Have you heard? (Secretary's Message)
By Tony Hackenberg/N8SK
November 21, 2016
How should TVARC's amateur radio operators approach Thanksgiving 2016?
We could be grumpy about the poor band conditions on the high frequency bands. We could gripe about the lack of sunspot activity and the ionosphere's poor performance in reflecting our signals.
We could get angry about the intentional interference we might have suffered on the ham bands from some inept operators. We could bitch about the rudeness of a few contesters.
We could complain about the restrictive covenants in various home developments that keep us from putting up a tri-band beam antenna on a tower (at least 200 feet high with flashing red lights). We could rant about the circuit-breaker problem south of Country Road 466A.
... OR ...
We should realize that we have many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. The privilege to use a small part of the radio spectrum for our hobby is certainly something to be very thankful for. Indeed, what other hobby is recognized in statutory laws, licensed, regulated, and protected to such an extent, by the Federal Government (through the Federal Communications Commission)?
We can also be thankful that several of our fellow hams regularly devote their time and talents to prepare for emergencies so that emergency communications will be available to their served agencies, and our local communities, should some natural, or man-made disaster, ever strike our beautiful area. Just looking back over the past year of Tropical Storm Colin, Hurricane Hermine, and Hurricane Matthew; we should realize how unpredictable mother nature can be. Luckily, The Villages and nearby surrounding areas were not significantly impacted by any of these storms.
Most importantly, we need to remember that amateur radio is a hobby. As Thanksgiving 2016 and the festive holiday season approaches, we should contemplate that these are the other important things in our lives to be thankful for: family, friends, neighbors, nurturing relationships, and our support structures (social networks) based on human-to-human interaction.
Perhaps, the following Amateur Radio Operator's Code (a creed by which all ham radio operators should aspire to live by) best reflects how to maintain a balance in our lives:
"The Radio Amateur is:
CONSIDERATE ... never knowingly operating in such a way as to lessen the pleasure of others.
LOYAL ... offering loyalty, encouragement and support to other amateurs, local clubs and the American Radio Relay League, through which Amateur Radio in the United States is represented nationally and internationally.
PROGRESSIVE ... with knowledge abreast of science, a well built and efficient station, and operation beyond reproach.
FRIENDLY ... with slow and patient operation when requested, friendly advice and counsel to the beginner, kindly assistance, co-operation and consideration for the interests of others. These are the hallmarks of the amateur spirit.
BALANCED ... Radio is an avocation, never interfering with duties owed to family, job, school or community.
PATRIOTIC ... with station and skill always ready for service to country and community."
[Reference: The Amateur’s Code, by Paul M. Segal, W9EEA (1928), then the ARRL's general counsel]
73 & Happy Thanksgiving!
From TVARC's Board/Officers
• TVARC Ragchew
– Net meets 7 PM Monday
– 443.225 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4VRC-R
• QCWA Ragchew
– Net meets 10 AM Friday
– 443.150 MHz (+5) PL 103.5 & Echolink at K4LFK-R
– Net meets 8:30 PM Sunday
– 147.030 (+600) PL 123.0
• Sumter EMCOMM NET
– Net meets 8:30 PM Monday
– 146.925 (-600) PL 123.0
Emergency Communications Team
The ECT has been established to maintain information on members who are willing to be called upon during an emergency for communications assistance within The Villages. No training, no paperwork. Just give us your contact information and pertinent equipment. We have 43 volunteers and growing. . .
To sign up Click HERE
To Read about this Program, Click HERE.
TVARC QSL Cards are now available
For ordering information select WHO WE ARE above, then select Logo Items & TVARC QSLs. Or, just click HERE.
-- Our Holiday Party --
Christmas Party 2016
December 15, 2016
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
No meeting...just fun & food
See details below
-- Our Next Meeting --
January 19, 2017 Eisenhower Rec Center
6:00 PM Social/Elmer Q&A/Swap Tables (rules click HERE)
6:45 PM Business Meeting (including Nominations from the Nominating Committee & from the floor for next Board; Presentation of nominated Candidates; Opportunity for Candidates to Address the general membership; and Formal 30-day notice in advance of a membership vote)
7:30 PM Program - "2016 Montserrat DXpedition" by George Briggs (K2DM)
Our "Cookie Monster" for this meeting - Bob Averitt (WA3EWK)
Except for December, the TVARC club meetings are held on the third Thursday of every month at the Eisenhower Recreation Center, 3560 Buena Vista Blvd., in The Villages, Florida. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio is invited to attend. You need not be licensed to attend or join.
Events & Activities (Upcoming & Past) ...
"TVARC Christmas Party 2016" will be held on Thursday, December 15, 2016, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm, at Eisenhower Recreation Center. Volunteers helping with setup/logistics should arrive by 6:00 pm. Event Chair is Earle Hancock (KM4ISN). For your invitation & more information, click here.
"TVARC Radio on the Square 2016" was held on November 26, 2016. Event Chair George Briggs (K2DM) thanks all the club members who helped. To view George's "wrap-up" report on this event, click HERE. To view media coverage, click HERE. To view photos, click HERE.
"TVARC DXCC Standings" is calling for your submissions.
For information, click HERE. To view standings, click HERE.
"TVARC Technician License Classes" Club still needs a volunteer to staff the Educational Coordinator (EC) position for this training class. We also need volunteers to teach specific topics. If volunteers are forthcoming, then we may be able to reschedule these classes for January 2017. Contact is Tony Hackenberg (N8SK).
"TVARC Might Resume Working with Schools." Our President is considering the idea of resuming the club's efforts to work with young people in local schools to encourage them to become hams. If you are interested in helping with this proposed activity, contact Ron Adcock (KK4YCW). For N8RW's history of our club's past activity, click HERE.
"TVARC Camp Villages - Amateur Radio Hour 2016" was held on August 4, 2016. Thanks to these club members the 14 kit builders had fun: Event Chair Larry Russo, K3TFU; Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; George Briggs, K2DM; Tony Hackenberg, N8SK; Paul Nittel, KM4PIH; & Ralph Whitacre, N8RW. To view photos click HERE.
"TVARC Field Day 2016" was held on June 25 - 26, 2016. George Briggs (K2DM) thanks all the club members who helped with the setup, operation & take down. Several club members enjoyed making many contacts from the club's station in the Sumter Co. Sheriff's trailer. To view George's "wrap-up" report on this event, click HERE. To view photos click HERE.
"11th Annual Hurricane Expo" was held on May 6, 2016. Our club hosted an information table at this event. Thanks to these club members & a spouse for helping: Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; Dennis Chick, KM4ISO; Melanie Hackenberg; Tony Hackenberg, N8SK;
Bob Hagan, WW8USA; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN; & John McCollough, KB4KP. To view photos click HERE.
"MS Walk" was held on March 19th, 2016. Kudos to our club members that assisted in the event: Ralph Whitacre, N8RW; Jules Deschenes, W1GDE; George Briggs, K2DM; Ron Adcock, KK4YCW; John McCollough, KB4KP; Earle Hancock, KM4ISN.
Echolink Tips from Wayne Brown, N4FP. Click Here
2015 TVARC Antenna Guide Get Brad Castelli's, KN9B, presentation on antennas for The Villages. Click Here
TVARC Reflector - Communicate with TVARC
Membership in TVARC is required. Send a request to join the reflector: Click HERE