Election Results

Elections were held at the November 7, 2019 meeting. The officers for next year are:

President – Don Pace – KK4SIH

Vice President – Todd Clark – KN4FCC

Secretary – Tom Brooks – K4TB

Member at large – Phil Fusilier – KA5USN

Treasurer – Doug Ferrell – KD4MOJ

Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) COMEX 19-4

By way of introduction, my name is Joe Bassett, operations officer (S3) for the Florida Army Military Auxiliary Radio System. My amateur call is W1WCN. My AMARS personal call sign is AAR4WZ and billet call is AAA4FL3. This email is a courtesy announcement to all Florida amateur radio emergency and disaster operators regarding an upcoming national MARS exercise. MARS leadership encourages you, in your leadership role, to freely and liberally disseminate the following throughout your sphere of influence (ARES, RACES, radio clubs, etc.)

The exercise will take place during November and emphasize “…a high level of coordination with amateur radio…and facilitate amateur radio stations reception of a digital 60 meter DoD broadcast.” Messages of interest to the amateur radio community will be broadcast from WWV. In particular, amateur radio participation will take place 16-17 NOV 2019. This participation will include reception of HF messages, interactivity with MARS stations on 60 meters, HF nets and local VHF/UHF nets. MARS stations will identify themselves with MARS call signs on 60 meters. All contacts on other amateur frequencies will be using their amateur call signs.

The primary exchanges between MARS and amateur stations will be County Status Reports. MARS stations may contact amateur stations and request information concerning local infrastructure. Amateur stations are encouraged to participate. A sample of the information is included below. Responses from amateur radio stations should reflect actual conditions. NO SIMULATED, EXAGERATED, OR SIMULATED INFORMATION SHOULD BE TRANSMITTED.

Broadcasts transmitted on 60 meters and from WWV will utilize digital mode M110A. These broadcasts will be of interest to amateur radio operators interested in participating in the exercise. Software (MS-DMT) is available to the amateur radio community for decoding of M110A. MS-DMT is available for download with installation information athttp://www.n2ckh.com/MARS_ALE_FORUM/MSDMT.html.

ALL MESSAGES WILL BE TRANSMITTED VIA PLAINTEXT. NO MESSAGES WILL BE ENCRYPTED.

Please feel free to contact me directly with any questions that you have, but please be patient. Further information will be forthcoming.

Grace and 73,

Joe Bassett – W1WCN

w1wcn@comcast.net

AAR4WZ/AAA4FL3

Spaghetti 100

It’s time again for one of TARS’ most important community service events – The Spaghetti 100. This year it will be held on Saturday, November 9th starting at 7:00 am and running until the last rider reaches the finish line in mid-afternoon. 

This iconic 100-mile ride starts at the Miccosukee Community Center and rides into the scenic back country of North Florida and South Georgia.  The route takes riders through historic Thomasville and Boston in Georgia and then through Monticello in Florida. 

TARS is instrumental in providing communications and safety support for the Spaghetti 100. There are a total of 34 posts along the route to be filled. In addition, we provide transportation and communications for the event’s Medic and communications for the Mechanic. Because the route travels through areas with little or no cell coverage, we also provide backup communications for the rest stops, SAG and other ride officials. Reports from the posts and from “Tail-End Charlie” keep ride officials up-to-date on the positions of the riders. 

We need your support to fill all the posts, Medic, Mechanic, Tail-End Charlie and Net Control positions. Requirements are an Amateur Radio License (any class), transportation, and a 2‑meter rig. The rig can be a mobile unit or an HT with at least 5 watts of power. At least a mag mount antenna is recommended, although an extended-sized HT antenna will work in most locations. 

No experience is necessary. You will receive comprehensive instructions on what to do.

You do not have to be a club member.

This is a great opportunity to get out in the fresh air before the colder months arrive. You will be gaining skills with your equipment, in network communications and emcomm operations. Your community service will be appreciated by all the riders that pass your post and by the Capital City Cyclists organization.

Oh, and did I mention? There is a free spaghetti dinner at the end of the ride!

Send an email now with your name, callsign, email address and cell phone number to Stan Zawrotny at K4SBZ.Stan@gmail.comto sign up for this fun event. Full details and assignments will be emailed a few days before the event.

Notice of Election

The Election of Officers of the Talkahassee Amateur Radio Society Board of Directors will be conducted at the November 7th meeting.  This will be the last club business meeting of 2019. The new Board will assume office on January 1, 2020.

All Board positions are open for election.  This is the most important meeting of the year. Please attend, and consider running for office.

November TARS Meeting Speaker

The program for the November 7 TARS meeting will be a presentation from Mr. Paul Coley, CEO of Scent Evidence, a company that trains dogs for search and rescue operations.  Mr. Coley will talk about his work and the way amateur radio can be used to support search and rescue operations.  Please join us!

Radio Equipment for Sale at the November TARS Meeting

During the past two years the some of the following equipment has been donated to the Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society. It is time to make this equipment available first to the members of TARS and then, any remaining, to hams through sales at local Hamfest.

TARS is making no statement regarding the working condition of each piece of equipment and all sales are sold ‘AS IS’ and all sales are final. There will be no refunds and sales will be CASH only.Money from this sale will go towards the Field Day Radio Fund.

Following each item is the minimum desired amount for each item. Amount is (..) is the lowest price found on E-Bay or other sources.

1. Ten-Tec 1.5KW Low-pass filter model 5061 – $1
2. Realistic Speaker 8ohm – $1
3. Heathkit HP13A 12VDC Power Supply – $1
4. ICOM R70 General Coverage Receiver ($150) – $50
5. Kenwood TM 421A 440 Mhz mobile transceiver – $25
6. Kenwood TM221A 2M mobile transceiver – $25
7. Kenwood TM2570A 2M mobile transceiver – $25
8. Diamond SX400 VHF/UHF SWR and power meter ($100) – $25
9. Kenwood TS60 6M mobile transceiver ($485) – $150
10. Kenwood TS50s & AT50 HF mobile transceiver and tuner ($500) – $250
11. Magnum 257 10M Mobile transceiver – $25
12. Uniden PC 122XL CB transceiver – $25
13. Swam 350 HF Transceiver with Power Supply 117XC and Turner crystal Mic – ($150) $75
14. Miscellaneous hardware

Sub-tropical system heading for the Tallahassee Area – 10/18/19

As you probably know, we have a sub-tropical or low grade tropical storm forming the SW Gulf and is headed in our general direction. All Amateur Radio Operators are encouraged to monitor the 147.03 Repeater for the duration of the Storm Watch.

There will be an ARES Net in that repeater at 8:00 pm Eastern tonight (Friday 10/18/19). Feel free to join in. FYI, schools in the Coastal Counties are open for business.

Technician License Class- November 2, 2019

The Tallahassee Amateur Radio Society will sponsor an Amateur Radio Technician License Class on Saturday, November 2nd 2019. The class will run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM (with an Exam Session following the class). It be held at The Capital Area Chapter of the American Red Cross, 1115 Easterwood Drive in Tallahassee (near Tom Brown Park). This will be a one day class with a short break for lunch. Morse code is no longer required for an Amateur Radio License. There is no charge for the class.

A testing session for all license classes will follow the class. Please bring a photo id for the testing session. Before you take the license exam, you need to sign up for a FCC FRN Number. Information on how to do this is in the link below. Bring this FRN Number and Photo ID when you come to the Class..

What you need to bring and how prepare is located at: http://k4tlh.net/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Technician-License-Class-at-RedCross-November-2nd-2019.pdf