2016 IRA HAMFEST - Grand Rapids


See flyer attached or go to the Independent Repeater Association web site at http://w8ira.org/

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Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC

Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC Set for May 28
ARRL Bulletin 17  ARLB017
>From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT  May 24, 2016
To all radio amateurs
ARLB017 Annual Pre-Hurricane Season Station Test at WX4NHC Set for
May 28
Now in its 36th year, WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center (NHC)
in Miami, will conduct its annual NHC Station Test on Saturday, May
28. The event, which gets under way at 1300 UTC and wraps up at 2100
UTC, is conducted each year in advance of hurricane season.
"The purpose of this event is to test Amateur Radio Station
equipment, antennas and computers prior to this year's Hurricane
Season, which starts June 1 and runs through November 30," said
WX4NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator Julio Ripoll, WD4R. "This
event is good practice for ham radio operators worldwide as well as
National Weather Service (NWS) staff to become familiar with Amateur
Radio communication available during times of severe weather."
The annual Station Test is not a contest or simulated hurricane
exercise. WX4NHC will be on the air on various bands and modes. The
station also often takes advantage of the test to perform operator
training. WX4NHC will make brief contacts with participating
stations to exchange signal reports and basic weather data. For
example, stations may report "sunny" or "rain" or "cloudy" in
describing the conditions at their locations.
Ripoll said WX4NHC will operate on HF, VHF, UHF, 2 meter and 30
meter APRS, and available via Winlink (subject line must contain
"//WL2K") at, wx4nhc [at] winlink [dot] org .
"We will try to stay on the Hurricane Watch Net frequency of 14.325
MHz most of the time," Ripoll said. He explained that due to space
and equipment limitations, WX4NHC will deploy up to three operators
per shift, so the station cannot be everywhere and on every mode
simultaneously. "You may be able to find us on HF by using one of
the DX spotting networks, such as DX Summit (http://dxsummit.fi/#/),"
he suggested.
WX4NHC also plans to be on the VoIP Hurricane Net from 2000 until
2100 UTC (IRLP node 9219; EchoLink WX-TALK Conference node 7203). In
addition, the station will be active on South Florida VHF and UHF
QSL cards are available to participating stations via WD4R; include
a self-addressed stamped envelope. Do not send cards to the National
Hurricane Center.
Visit the WX4NHC website at http://www.wx4nhc.org for more
information about the station.

Allegan Fox Hunt!

From K8AJ & K8TB:

“Gather up the antennas and the maps. And include Allegan County.

Starting at 6:30 PM on 145.53 the Robo Fox will be transmitting 1 minute on, 2 minutes off. May 24, a Tuesday.

The starting location will be the Allegan High School at 1560 M-40 in Allegan. Talk in will be the 147.24 repeater.

The Fox will be within 5.85 miles of the starting point.

This hunt is open to all folks, licensed amateur radio operators or not,
and you do not have to be a member of the Allegan County Radio Club.

Sheila, K8AJ & Tom, K8TB
k8tb [at] bosscher [dot] org

Seahorse Challenge Triathlon Communications Support

Hi All,
Area Amateur Radio Operators have been asked to help with communications around the bike course for the Seahorse Triathlon on Sunday May 22.

We need to be near Cold Brook County Park at 8 am to be assigned to locations around the course on the local roads.

Check in on the W8VY 147.00 repeater.

We should be done no later than noon.

We need firm commitments by Sunday May 15 or we will not be able to provide the support. We need at least 8 Hams to do the job properly.

Please contact Jack Price promptly at KA8AOB [at] Hotmail [dot] Com.

Thank you!
Jack Price
KA8AOB [at] Hotmail [dot] Com

Allegan Fox Hunt

From Allegan ARC:

“Just a reminder guys and gals, the Allegan Fox Hunt is coming up this Sunday.  Everyone is welcome and invited.

Sunday, April 24th at 1:30 pm.
Sponsored by the Allegan ARC, Wes Miller, Chairman

Location:  Allegan High School
1560 M-40, Allegan MI, 49010
(Visitor and faculty Parking lot out by the road)

Please come a little early so that we can get you added to the list of hunters and record your odometer reading.
(see K8CAN, Jim, to sign-in)

The fox will be transmitting on 145,530 MHz, and will be located within 7 miles of the High School.  The fox transmissions have been tested to be readable in the High School parking lot.

The winning team will be in the car that has the lowest trip odometer reading and finds the fox within the two hour deadline.  In the case of a tied trip odometer reading, the team that found the fox first will be the winner.

Let’s have a safe hunt!”

Info from Allegan ARC, Wes Miller, KD8VQH, hunt chairman.