Regular Meeting Minutes

of the

The Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, Inc.

  January 25, 2014

Before The Meeting:

There was no Amateur Radio License Testing session before the meeting.
We ate breakfast and talked Amateur Radio.

Call to order:
After a nice round of greetings, the meeting was started at 9.10 AM
Meeting called to order by the President of The Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, Ed WD4HIP .

Old Business:   
Robert WE4B stated that he paid our Florida Department of State, Division of Corporations. Not-For Profit Annual Renewal for 2014 at the cost of $61.25.
New Business:
We talked about the club tower trailer and what was needed to do to get it ready to be sold. We made a date to go by, and do some maintenance on the trailer.

We then talked about the upgrade to the 146.850 club repeater. Robert WE4B the club trustee stated that he renewed the 443.825 repeater listing withe the Florida Repeater Council. That listing is now good for two additional years.
Presentation & Discussion:
We talked about the use of mobile antennas as a small base station HF antenna as our club member Lee W4EDE and Richard WD4FCJ have done.

End of Meeting:
The meeting was closed at 10.45 AM

John Kreider WA4YOG
Secretary of The Palmetto Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
January 26, 2014

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Southern Florida Section

January 27, 2014
Section Manager: David L Fowler, K4DLF
Assistant Section Manager: Jeff Beals, WA4AW

Hello Everyone,

The Miami Hamboree, which is also our ARRL Southern Florida Section Convention, will be this Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1. On Friday, the hours will be 12 Noon to 6 PM and on Saturday, the hours will be 9 AM to 6 PM.  There will be a number of commercial vendors
including Icom America.  Please visit the website at HAMBOREE.ORG for more information.

Special guests will include Dan Henderson, N1ND, ARRL Regulatory Manager, Mike Lee, AA6ML, ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director, and Dan Street, K1TO, President of the Florida Contest Group.

We will be having a combined ARRL Division / Section forum at 12:00 noon.  We will be raffling a Centennial Edition 2014 ARRL Handbook. You must attend the forum to win.

The ARRL Southern Florida Section, Quarter century Wireless Association, and South Florida DX Association will have booths where convention visitors can get information and assistance.

ARRL DXCC Card Checking will be provided by members of the South Florida DX Association.

We are looking forward to seeing you at our Section Convention.

David Fowler, K4DLF, SFL Section Manager
Jeff Beals, WA4AW, SFL Assistant Section Manager

ARRL Southern Florida Section
Section Manager: David L Fowler, K4DLF
David, K4DLF
ARRL Southern Florida Section Manager
Jeff, WA4AW
ARRL Southern Florida Section Assistant Manager

Southeastern Division
Doug Rehman, K4AC
ARRL Southeastern Division Director

March 18, 2014

It’s been another busy month! The ARRL forums at both the Orlando Hamcation and the Birmingham Hamfest were well attended by members with lots of great questions.

While the weather on Friday and Saturday of HamCation turned out to be wet, Sunday was beautiful. Thanks to KV4QS, K4XS, and K9ES, along with the numerous others that operated the inside special event station, many amateurs were able to put W100AW/4 in their log on CW, SSB, FM, and RTTY.

Thanks also to the Hamcation Chairman (Peter Meijers, AI4KM) and staff (John Knott, N4JTK, and Michael Cauley, W4MCA) for all of their help with everything from the ARRL booth to the W100AW/4 operation.

You’ll have another chance to work W100AW/4 in August when it will be activated from the Regional Centennial Celebration at the Huntsville (AL) Hamfest. There’s already a lot of preparations underway to ensure that as many people as possible will get a chance to put
W100AW/4 in their log.


Northern Florida Section Manager Election

Current Northern Florida Section Manager Paul Eakin, KJ4G, is retiring from that position. As two members have been nominated for the position, an election will be held. Ballots will be mailed to NFL members on April 1 and due back May 16; they will be counted on May 20. The two nominees are Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, and Gary Alberstadt, KA3FZO.

Section Manager is one of the most important positions in the ARRL. Their responsibilities include such programs as ARES, the National Traffic System, Official Observers, and Technical Specialists.


ARRL National Centennial Convention 2014
Thursday, July 17, 2014 - Saturday, July 19, 2014

The Convention is on track to be a huge success. The main hotel has already sold out of rooms, but there are still plenty available in the nearby hotels. A list of all of the one day classes, the seminars, the exhibitors, registration information, and more is available on the Convention website:


Division’s FaceBook Page & Website

In response to some comments from members that they don’t belong to FaceBook, you can still view the Division’s Facebook page whether you are a member or not. Simply bookmark and check it out periodically to see what’s new.

The Division’s website,, now has a subscribe feature that will email you whenever a new article is posted. Simply put your email address into the box on the top right side, click “Subscribe, and then click on the confirmation link that is emailed to you.


National Hurricane Conference - Amateur Radio Program April 15, 2014

The National Hurricane Conference will be held April 14 -17 at the Hilton Orlando, 6001 Destination Parkway, Orlando, FL. There will be several amateur radio activities on Tuesday, April 15. As usual there is no registration fee needed to attend these sessions. The National Hurricane Conference (NHC) leadership continues to recognize the valuable contribution of the amateur radio emergency service and again invited us to participate with three sessions. A great opportunity for amateur radio!

There is no cost to attend the Amateur Radio sessions.

For additional information:


ARRL Board Requests Member Comments About Digital Modes

At the January 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting, a resolution was passed which asked for member feedback and input pertaining to the increasing popularity of data modes. The information gathered by this investigation is to be used by the HF Band Planning Committee of the Board as a means to suggest ways to use our spectrum efficiently so that these data modes may "compatibly coexist with each other."  As per the resolution, the ARRL Board of Directors is now reaching out to the membership and requesting cogent input and thoughtful feedback on
matters specific to digital mode operation on the HF bands.

The feedback may include, but is not limited to, the recent proposal the ARRL made to the FCC, RM 11708, regarding the elimination of the symbol rate restrictions currently in effect.  A FAQ on RM 11708 can be found on the web at, .

The Board of Directors believes that member input in the decision making process is both valuable and important as well as fostering a more transparent organization.  It is to this end that we open this dialogue.

Comments must be received no later than March 31, 2014 to be included in the Committee's report to the Board at the July 2014 ARRL Board of Directors meeting.

Please e-mail your comments to: and copy


Spread the word about the ARRL Teachers Institute in your school district

The ARRL has just announced the schedule for two sessions of its Introductory Teachers Institute on Wireless Technology (TI-1) to be offered during the summer of 2014. Now in its 11th year, the ARRL Teachers Institute is a four-day, expenses paid, intensive professional development opportunity for educators who want to receive training and resources to explore wireless technology in the classroom.  Topics include basic electronics, radio science, micro-controller programming and basic robotics.  ARRL will also offer an advanced Teachers Institute (TI-2) on Remote Sensing and Data Gathering. The linked article from the March issue of ARRL’s journal, QST, includes the schedule and description of offerings this summer.

Please visit the ARRL website at: for more details.

Go to for information about applying and to download an application. Application deadline is May 1.


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Contacting Your Director and Vice Director

Our contact information is in every issue of QST on page fifteen, as well as As I own several small businesses and Mike has a busy work schedule as well, please be patient with our replies. Email is generally the best method of communication, especially if you have a question or issue as we can look for the answer or solution before responding.



ARRL Southeastern Division
Director: Doug Rehman, K4AC


ARRL Southeastern Division
Vice Director:
Mike Lee, AA6ML

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2014 Winter
Operating Schedule

ARLB001 W1AW 2014 Winter Operating Schedule

QST de W1AW 
ARRL Bulletin 1  ARLB001
From ARRL Headquarters 
Newington CT  January 2, 2014
To all radio amateurs

ARLB001 W1AW 2014 Winter Operating Schedule

Morning Schedule:

Time                                Mode     Days

1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWs      Wed, Fri
1400 UTC (9 AM EST)   CWf      Tue, Thu

Daily Visitor Operating Hours:

1500 UTC to 1700 UTC - (10 AM to 12 PM EST)
1800 UTC to 2045 UTC - (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST)

(Station closed 1700 to 1800 UTC (12 PM to 1 PM EST))

Afternoon/Evening Schedule:

Time                                   Mode         Days

2100 UTC (4 PM EST)      CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
UTC (4 PM EST)      CWs        Tue, Thu
2200 UTC (5 PM EST)      CWb          Daily
2300 UTC (6 PM EST)      DIGITAL    Daily
0000 UTC  (7 PM EST)     CWs     Mon, Wed, Fri
UTC  (7 PM EST)     CWf         Tue, Thu
UTC (8 PM EST)      CWb          Daily
UTC (9 PM EST)      DIGITAL    Daily
UTC (9:45 PM EST) VOICE       Daily
0300 UTC (10 PM EST)    CWf      Mon, Wed, Fri
UTC (10 PM EST)    CWs         Tue, Thu
UTC (11 PM EST)    CWb          Daily
Frequencies (MHz)
CW:    1.8025 3.5815 7.0475 14.0475 18.0975 21.0675  28.0675 147.555
DIGITAL:  -   3.5975 7.095  14.095  18.1025 21.095   28.095  147.555
VOICE:  1.855 3.990  7.290  14.290  18.160  21.390   28.590  147.555

CWs = Morse Code practice (slow) = 5, 7.5, 10, 13 and 15 WPM
CWf = Morse Code practice (fast) = 35, 30, 25, 20, 15, 13 and 10 WPM 
CWb = Morse Code Bulletins = 18 WPM

CW frequencies include code practices, Qualifying Runs and CW bulletins.

DIGITAL = BAUDOT (45.45 baud), BPSK31 and MFSK16 in a revolving schedule.

Code practice texts are from QST, and the source of each practice is given at the beginning of each practice and at the beginning of alternate speeds.

On Tuesdays and Fridays at 2330 UTC (6:30 PM EST), Keplerian Elements for active amateur satellites are sent on the regular digital frequencies.

A DX bulletin replaces or is added to the regular bulletins between 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Thursdays and 0100 UTC (8 PM EST) Fridays.

Audio from W1AW's CW code practices, CW/digital bulletins and phone bulletin is available using EchoLink via the W1AW Conference Server named "W1AWBDCT."  The audio is sent in real-time and runs concurrently with W1AW's regular transmission schedule.

All users who connect to the conference server are muted.  Please note that any questions or comments about this server should not be sent via the "Text" window in EchoLink. Please direct any questions or comments to

In a communications emergency, monitor W1AW for special bulletins as follows: Voice on the hour, Digital at 15 minutes past the hour, and CW on the half hour.
All licensed amateurs may operate the station from 1500 UTC to 1700 UTC (10 AM to 12 PM EST), and then from 1800 UTC to 2045 UTC (1 PM to 3:45 PM EST) Monday through Friday.  Be sure to bring your current FCC amateur radio license or a photocopy.

The W1AW Operating Schedule may also be found on page 42 in the January 2014 issue of QST or on the web at, .

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