Presidents Message

   

It is indeed a pleasure and a privilege to welcome you  to our website.  We are a very active group of amateur radio operators.

As President, I would like to invite you to participate, and/or join our group and get in on the fun.   We not only operate on local repeaters regularly, but also assist in preparation of new applicants, as well as, assist in the upgrade process for those already licensed. We also coordinate  a very nice venue for the ARRL annual field day operations at our club site.

There is a wealth of information and knowledge within the ranks of our club and we are not selfish about sharing it with and assisting others.

Our net occurs every Tuesday evening at 19:30 hours on the 146.835 repeater immediately following the Red Cross Net at 19:00 hrs. We encourage you to check in and participate by commenting on the ham radio related information provided during the net.

Thanks for taking the time to read this and feel free to browse the site.  There will be much more to come in the near future.

73,

Stephen Taylor W1HQL

Another ARISS Contact Assist by W4SVI

On Monday November 6th 2017, Ryan Krenzischek W4NTR and Steve Taylor W1HQL assisted the West Palm Beach Amateur Radio Club with a successful contact between students and the astronauts aboard the International Space Station at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium (WS4FSC).

student and Jim Nagel AF4OD
Jim Nagel AF4OD during ISS Contact

First contact occurred at 11:16 am. The lead amateur radio operator and coordinator Jim Nagel KF4OD began calling the station about 30 seconds prior to the predictied AOS (Acqusition of Signal). After 2 attempts astronaut Paolo Nespoli (IZ0JPA) responded.

 

AJ4GC & W4NTR
Rex Rathbun (AJ4GC) & Ryan Krenzischek (W4NTR)

When the second question by one of the students was transmitted there was a brief loss of our uplink signal on the primary radio system. We could hear the astronaut telling us that he was unable to receive our signal and was prepared to switch to a back up frequency. As planned and with assistance from Ryan W4NTR they immediately switched to the back up radio that was supplied by the Everglades Amateur Radio Club. There was an issue with the ability to program their ICOM 9100 back up radio with the special/modified offsets required to communicate with the ISS. So the EARC club radio (pre-programmed and tested) was brought into action! Contact was regained while the team worked on resolving the primary transmitter issues.

Within moments they had the primary radio running as it should and tracking with a great signal from the ISS and resumed normal operations. We believe it may have been the antenna array trying to catch up to the ISS, but once it locked on the issue was resolved.

12 Students were able to ask and receive the responses from Paolo. The contact lasted 8 minutes since the pass elevation was a low 36 degree pass. The event was well covered by multiple media sources in the Palm Beach area.

You can be proud that amateur radio was well represented.

Check out the Links below for coverage of the event

2017 WV4I Memorial Flea Market

Saturday November 11th 2017

Times: 8 am to 1 pm

Location: Lampert Family Service Center
5841 Corporate Way
West Palm Beach, FL  33407

Near 45th St. and I-95.

Talk-in on 147.045 +600 PL 110.9

Bring your extra ham and electronics equipment in your trunk, set up a table and sell your “stuff” for some extra money in your pocket
OR
Come browse through all the wonderful previously owned and new ham and electronics “stuff” you’ve been waiting for at outrageously low prices!

o NO entrance fee
o NO selling fee
o Coffee and donuts available
o Win the 50/50 drawing!
o Run by the famous Palms West Amateur Radio Club
o One minute of silence at 11 AM to honor all of our past and present service-people

See thier web page at www.palmswestradio.org

Contact John, K2CIB at 561-799-3065 or RadioWhiz at gmail dot com for more information.