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NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla. — Do astronauts text their moms? Do astronauts work out? Have astronauts ever seen little green men?
The school is one of just nine in the entire country that will communicate with the International Space Station using amateur radio.
“Space is one of those things that, no matter if you’re in chess club or a football player or a cheerleader, it brings us all together,” said teacher Linda Nowicki, who says almost every facet of River Ridge played a part in winning this special opportunity.
The Gulf Coast Amateur Radio Club will supply the school with the expertise and equipment to make contact with the ISS.
Students will submit questions to win a chance to directly chat with the astronauts.
This is it. ALL Gulf Coast members need to come to this meeting. This is the meeting where you will be electing people to fill the available positions in the club.
Board member – 1 year term
Board member – 2 year term
Do not sit back and wait. this is the most important meeting of the year. YOU can cast your vote ONLY if you attend the meeting.
Any questions or comments about the elections please emai;
see you there.
The December 2019 Board Installation meeting will be held on SATURDAY December 7th 2019 at 14:00, with the Christmas lunch to follow. This year the meeting will be held at, and the lunch catered by, the River Ridge Country Club 11022 Tee Time Cir, New Port Richey, FL 34654. As always family members are invited. The lunch will be a traditional turkey dinner with several sides. Each table will include 1 bottle of wine. There will be a cash bar available for those who desire.
Since this is a catered affair, and we need to provide a count to the Country Club, we will need to get your response if you will attend and with how many by November 17th 2019. Anyone who doesn’t respond, by the deadline, that they will attend the lunch will able to attend the meeting prior to the lunch, but will NOT be able to attend the lunch. Please reply to this email
(meaning don’t send response to other email accounts you may have for me) if you are attending and how many guests will accompany you. If you do reply please include your full name as some people do not have their names in their email settings. We do not need a response if you will not attend.
For those who were in attendance at the meeting please note, River Ridge made contact after the meeting ended and advised there was a conflict on Sunday so we had to change to Saturday.
54th Annual Melbourne Hamfest
ARRL Florida State Convention
sponsored by the
Platinum Coast Amateur Radio Society (PCARS)
October 11-12, 2019
Friday 1PM – 7PM
Saturday 9AM – 3PM
The Hamfest is Friday and Saturday ONLY!
625 E. Hibiscus Blvd
Talk in: W4MLB on 146.85 -600KHz repeater – NO PL Tone
Prizes Every Hour
Major Prize drawing at 2 PM Saturday
If you have just a few items to sell, PCARS will sell them for you On Consignment.
We will also accept donated items for sale by PCARS
Excellent Forums and Meetings
DXCC QSL Card Checking at the ARRL Table
Send us your request for more information
Via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
U.S. Mail to:
PCARS Melbourne Hamfest
P.O. Box 1004
Melbourne , FL 32902-1004
WCF SECTION ARES LUNCHEON – SUMMER 2019
July 13 @ 11:00 – 12:30
Talkin: 145.330 MHz – W4HEM/R – PL 100.0 Hz.
Date: July 13 Time:11:00 – 12:30
ARRL West Central Florida Section
4040 U.S. 27 South
Sebring, FL 33870
WCF SECTION ARES MEETING – SUMMER 2019
July 13 @ 13:00 – 15:00 TalkIn: 145.330 MHz – W4HEM/R – PL 100.0 Hz.
Time: 13:00 – 15:00
Highlands County EOC
6850 W. George Blvd. Sebring, FL 33875
ARRL Reply Comments Stress Need to Update Technician Privileges in a Digital World
“[T]he increasingly rapid pace of change in communications technologies, coupled with the national need for self-training in science, technology, engineering, and math” necessitate the rule changes requested, ARRL asserted. “ARRL made its request because of the gap between today’s digital technologies and the privileges accorded the current entry-level Technician license.” ARRL characterized its proposal to update the rules as “balanced and modest.”
“If adopted, there would be no change to the operating privileges for all licenses classes other than those of the Technician class,” ARRL said. ARRL in 2018 asked the FCC to expand HF privileges for Technician licensees to include limited phone privileges on 75, 40, and 15 meters, plus RTTY and digital mode privileges on 80, 40, and 15 meters. The FCC invited comments on the proposal in April.
ARRL pointed out that some comments filed on its petition address subjects related to other open proceedings rather than expanding Technician privileges, citing comments cross-filed in such proceedings as WT Docket 16-239, RM-11708, RM-11759, and RM-11831. “Those filings should be considered in the proceedings that they address, rather than here,” ARRL said.
ARRL said some opposition appears based on fears of increased interference potential due to additional digital operation by Technicians. “It is improbable that all, or even a majority, of Technician licensees suddenly would develop a passion for the same digital technology,” ARRL said. “Our hope and expectation is that many will engage with digital modes on the high-frequency spectrum at issue, but it is unrealistic to suggest that every Technician licensee blessed with new privileges would suddenly appear on the same band.”
The comments note the development of very efficient digital modes such as FT8, which occupies just 90 Hz of spectrum per signal. “The experience with FT8 clearly demonstrates the attraction of the digital modes and the spectrum efficiencies that can be achieved,” ARRL said. “This is why opening up limited digital opportunities to new radio amateurs so clearly would serve the broad public interest as well as the specific purposes of Amateur Radio in experimentation and innovation, as enumerated in the governing FCC rules.”
ARRL further said that comments regarding disagreement on the definition of encryption for masking the content of certain digital transmissions also are “out of place in this proceeding” and “should not delay initiation of a proceeding” proposing to update Technician privileges.
“Technology has changed dramatically in the Amateur Radio domain, and the ARRL believes the requested Technician license enhancement would foster the regulatory goals for the Amateur Service and continue to increase amateurs’ historical experimentation and service in a meaningful way,” ARRL concluded.