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

HELLO HURRICANE SEASON

June 1 is the start of hurricane season, and this year’s season is expected to be ‘above average’ in intensity, according to NOAA’s outlook.

NOAA says you should expect for an “above average” hurricane season on 2017, based on the agency’s initial outlook released last week.

Among the outlook’s predictions for this year:

  • There will likely be between 11 and 17 named storms.
  • Between five and nine of the named storms will become hurricanes.
  • Between two and four of the hurricanes will become major hurricanes.

A name is assigned once a system strengthens into a tropical storm, which has maximum sustained winds of 39 mph or higher.

To become a hurricane, the storm must reach maximum sustained winds of 79 mph or greater…… a Category 1 storm.

A hurricane is considered a “major hurricane” once it reaches Category 3, 4 or 5 strength. A Category 3 has winds of 111 mph or higher.

It’s worth noting that these predictions do include Hurricane Arlene, a rare storm that formed back in April and, fortunately, means there’s one less hurricane that must exist to satisfy the forecast.

Here’s the full list of 2017 Atlantic storm names:

  • Arlene
  • Bret
  • Cindy
  • Don
  • Emily
  • Franklin
  • Gert
  • Harvey
  • Irma
  • Jose
  • Katia
  • Lee
  • Maria
  • Nate
  • Ophelia
  • Philippe
  • Rina
  • Sean
  • Tammy
  • Vince
  • Whitney

ACTIVE SEASON PREDICTED

These 2 factors point towards an active season:

1) a weak or non-existent  EL Nino:   

An active El Nino season creates wind shear that tears apart the storms as they develop.  Without this shear, storms have a better chance of developing into hurricanes.

By the way: El Niñothe Spanish name for the male child, initially referred to a weak, warm current appearing annually around Christmas time along the coast of Ecuador and Peru and lasting only a few weeks to a month or more.

2) Warmer than normal water:

Warm ocean surface temperatures feed energy into the bottom of a developing system; the warmer the water, the more fuel for the storm.

The Atlantic hurricane season runs through Nov. 30. The peak occurs when the Northern Atlantic is at its warmest – around mid-September; statistically that is the most common time for a hurricane to occur.

It is very important to remind ourselves that there is no apparent correlation between the number of named storms and their intensity. Also, an expected above-average forecast for the hurricane season does not specify whether these storms will make landfall.

 

TIPS TO WEATHER OUT THE STORM

 

Prepare Weather Recover
Unplug your appliances and power cords from outlets to protect them from power surges Stay indoors during the hurricane and away from windows and glass If flood waters reached the level of electrical outlets, contact a licensed electrician before attempting to use electricity in the home
If you plan to use a portable generator, ESFI recommends a licensed electrician install it to ensure it will operate safely Use flashlights as a source of light. Candles are a fire hazard Prior to use, have a qualified service repair dealer determine what electrical equipment should be replaced and what can be reconditioned
Test your home’s carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure they’re functioning Never operate a generator inside your home or in other enclosed or partially enclosed spaces, including garage Never touch a fallen power line or drive through standing water if a downed power line is nearby. Report downed power lines to local authorities
Use a battery operated radio to stay informed about important safety update

 

 

MOST IMPORTANT

! HAVE A PLAN !

VISIT THIS WEBSITE FOR COMPREHENSICE INFORMATION TO HELP YPOU PREPARE FOR HURRICNAE SEASON:

https://www.ready.gov/hurricanes?gclid=Cj0KEQjw9r7JBRCj37PlltTskaMBEiQAKTzTfHbwiTWiNS1_5PWbH8ijdYE8Rt-Yogkj-VD3zhem3yUaAtIN8P8HAQ

 

Below is another FEMA site with lots of information also available to help individuals and communities prepare:

https://www.fema.gov/news-release/2017/06/01/fema-encourages-people-prepare-now-2017-atlantic-hurricane-season

 

Let’s hope for a pleasant and uneventful summer!

Steve

Stephen M. Taylor

Emergency Management

City of Homestead

Office: 305-224-4519

Cell: 305-283-9241

EARC Net Cancelled

For the first time since 2013 the EARC net will be cancelled….It just so happens that the net falls on the 4th of July.
 
Enjoy celebrating the most signifigant American Holiday ever in which we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, proclaiming to the world our separation from Great Britain and our emergence as a new sovereign nation, as we state in the pledge to our flag, “under God, with liberty and justice for all.”

The Declaration stated unequivocally: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just Powers from the Consent of the Governed.

Those few words sum up the divine source of our unalienable rights and our philosophy of government. Nothing quite so revolutionary had been proclaimed anywhere by any people. The United States of America, Our home, your home is the freest, most creative, productive, and richest nation in the history of mankind.
Enjoy the fireworks and picnics, and time with your families. But remember why it is such a celebrated holiday and thank those , military and civilian, that have served and are currently serving to protect us and the values of our nation.
God Bless America!
Steve,
W1HQL

ARRL National Field Day 2017

Another great Field Day in the books!

We logged 50+ attendees!

Operated as a 4-Alpha SFL with the 1×1 call sign W4A.

Saturday was a bit slow for phone contacts, but you could hear the mellow sounds of CW echoing throughout from the tent of our CW guru Frank Gudicello (K2TVY) making contact after contact!

Sunday early morning (@ 02:00) North America was commanded by Pete Reyes (KM4RHC) and Doug Mejia (KM4RHE) on 40 meters. They dug in and managed an awesome pile-up making coast to coast contacts.

Then not long after sunrise Sunday while Pete and Doug were recovering, 6 meters began to scream and Bill Appelton (KG2CS) and his wife Margarita (KN4CVW) managed close to 100 contacts during that brief opening!

Red Cross demonstrated setting up their satellite emergency communications system and setting up their informational booth. Thank You Armando Flores (KC4LYD) and staff. The Red Cross Local Chapter Communications Director Eddy Rodriguez (KC4CFK) and his assistants Doral Police Officer Luis Pinion (KI4VEY) and Valeiano Budles (KK4PHH) was on site providing support and encouragement. Luis and Valeiano are the voices of the ever popular Tuesday Night Red Cross Net.

Our A.R.R.L. Section Manager Jeff Beals ( WA4AW) and Asst. Section Manager Barry Porter (KB1PA) presented the club with a certificate commemorating 55 years of service with the ARRL. We also enjoyed their company during lunch. They especially enjoyed the Imperial Rice and Plantains donated by the Dade Radio Club.

Dade Radio Clubs President Julio Herrera (KK4KMO) with his iconic “hamwagon” was there supporting the Field Day Operation. Julio got us 100 points making contacts while using solar power!

Joanne Carbana (KG4GKU) Dade Radio Club Corporate Secretary and Elected Official (Community Council / Zoning Appeals Board Member) stopped by and hung out for awhile….Thanks Joanne for that extra 100 points!!

Miami Dade County RACES officer Lloyd Kurtzman (N4LJK) and Asst. RACES Officer Robert Hernandez (KM4JAT) were onsite also.

Thank You John Vecchio (KG4ACN) for keeping the .835 repeater up and running. Its reliability has made it the most popular and essential amateur radio repeater in the county.

I know there were many other highlights, great conversations and interactions between the visitors, members and amateur radio operators. You all define what this hobby is about. Field Day is not just a demonstration of emergency communications abilities, this gathering is also a testament of dedication, compassion and comradeship within the ham radio community. Thank you for making this field day and this hobby/service a memorable and worthwhile endeavor for all radio amateurs.

 

Until Next Year,
Yours In Amateur Radio
Steve Taylor
W1HQL
EARCH President

Tragedy Averted at the Everglades Club!

At the Friday Everglades Club meeting we experienced a terrible and unfortunate event.
 Our Keurig Coffee Machine stopped functioning.
Multiple attempts to get it to dispense its magical brew failed leaving many of our members in the midst of mass caffeine detox. A vision I care not to share with the weak of heart.
Virgil was the only lucky one to walk away with a fresh cup of coffee. Of course he made a lot of friends quickly, but never shared that wonderful elixir! Who can blame him….Although I think we should consider vote on weather or not he should be banned from future meetings. That may give someone else a chance to win the 50/50 !!! *:) happy
Once all club members relocated somewhere else to get their daily fix, the Keurig was carefully, and skillfully I might add, placed into the back of a Starbukulance and transported to Keurig General here in Homestead.
Upon arrival it was taken in by skilled and compassionate staff members. A complete and comprehensive diagnostic exam was performed. The stumped staff reached out to a world class specialist, Dr. YouTube. The good doctor indicated that this condition occurs quite frequently on those that ingest large quantities of mineral rich water. Keurig basically needed its artery’s cleaned. After a vinegar enema (ouch) and some poking and prodding with various sharp objects, our Keurig is now back in good health.
Keurig is asking anyone that wishes to send flowers and cards to save the money until the next meeting and donate it to the club.
See you all on Field Day
Steve
W1HQL

EARC Winter QSO Party 2017

February 25th came and went, but we sure had a blast. A great turn out with over 25 HAMS participating in the event, I think it’s safe to say that the event was a success. Steve W1HQl started things off early with a slew of contacts on the 20-meter band that was just phenomenal! Bill KG2CS promptly set up his Mosley 3 Element Beam with some duck tape and straps and killed it on 17 meters before calling it a day later on in the afternoon but not without leaving his veteran antenna behind for all of us to enjoy.

The Hamlets also made themselves present and made a statement that they were in for the long haul after setting up what look like a massive tent where the entire Sleppy clan spent the night. Armed with a tripod sporting a mast and 2-meter antenna, Tim KM4DFR and the hamlets had their dual band VHF/UHF radio running on solar power in now time. The Sleppy team consisted of Tim (KM4DFR), Kyle (KM4GGE), Taylor (KM4GGF), Kendall, Talor, Ty (KM4DFP) and Yane (KM4DFQ). Veterans of the camping environment, this crew made hot meals over a camp stove, Hot Cocoa, and campfire style music with the naturally talented Yane Sleppy on the guitar and vocals. Seeing families like this setup is what it’s all about.

Shortly behind the Hamlets was John (KK4QKL) aka “The Professor” with his “Hamified” Mini Cooper. In a matter of minutes before most people can even come and say hello John had a 5 person tent, tripod and antenna and was ready to transmit in record time! Operating from his favorite spot (Behind the Driver’s Seat), John made various contacts on D-Star and 20 Meters with countries such as Venezuela, Costa Rica and Chile.

A relatively new family to the Amateur Radio scene, the Mejia family arrived and setup camp in quick order. Armed with a five person tent this family of 4 setup their self-contained off grid communications outpost outfitted with an ICom IC-5100 Analog/Digital VHF/UHF D-Star 50W radio. Doug (KM4RHE) now celebrating his 1 year as a licensed amateur radio operator and his lovely wife Jen which recently got her ticket just a few short months ago.

Field day 2017 is just around the corner and there is no doubt it will be bigger and better as we keep the momentum rolling forward with more contacts and better turn outs.