Florida Amateur Radio Club Celebrates 60th Anniversary

Local ham enthusiasts celebrate anniversary
Operators connect with youth
by Kevin Carter
The Ocala Star-Banner

SALT SPRINGS – The dials and knobs on the unworkable radio his brother kept under his bed fascinated the little boy.

Each day when his older brother left for school, the 4-year-old played with the controls and put his ear to the speaker, just imagining what might come out.

In a little room in his home by Lake Kerr, 84-year-old John Williams still has an ear to the radio. The difference is that a complicated array of equipment in the small room and a 100-foot tall antenna that dwarfs his modest home allow him to communicate with far-flung spots around the globe.

As the Silver Springs Radio Club celebrates its 60th anniversary this week, Williams is the only surviving founding member. Bypass surgeries and a stroke have slowed him, but the ham radio operator harbors no thoughts of a final transmission.

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One Man’s Bid To Save Morse Code

— -. . — .- -. .—-. … -… .. -.. – — … .- …- . — — .-. … . -.-. — -.. .
by Michael M. Phillips
The Wall Street Journal Online

PRESCOTT, Ariz. — Nostalgic for simpler days, retired astrophysicist Chuck Adams is translating classics of boys’ lit into a language he fears is going the way of kit radios and marbles: Morse code.

Holed up in his high-desert home crammed with computers, radio receivers and a very patient wife, Mr. Adams uses homemade software to download online books with expired copyrights, convert the typed words into Morse code tones and record them on compact discs he sells on the Internet.

So far, Mr. Adams says he has sold or donated thousands of Morse versions of such novels as Edgar Rice Burroughs’s “At the Earth’s Core,” Daniel Defoe’s “Robinson Crusoe,” and H.G. Wells’s “The Time Machine.” In about an hour his software can take any book in the public domain and turn it into a string of digital dits and dahs; last weekend, he turned out a version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s – …. . / -… . .- ..- – .. ..-. ..- .-.. / .- -. -.. / -.. .- — -. . -.. (a.k.a., “The Beautiful and Damned”).
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San Joaquin Valley Section Report – September 2007

SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY SECTION Report for the month of September 2007:
SM Charles McConnell, W6DPD- ASMs K6YK and N2NS, ACC W6DPD, SEC N6ZFN, OOC N1VM, STM K6RAU, PIC KE6IGJ, TC W6TE.

Greetings from the ARRL San Joaquin Valley Section.

If you desire your club information and events to be listed in Section News, please send the information to w6dpd@arrl.org.  I get very little information.  If your club has a newsletter, please send it to me, email to w6dpd@arrl.org or via U.S Mail.

Mark your calendars:  Pacificon 2007 is October 19-21, 2007 at the Marriott Hotel in San Ramon CA.  Check www.pacificon.org for information. The International DX Convention is April 25-28, 2008 at Visalia.  Check http://www.dxconvention.org/ for information.
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Malaysian Recalls the Day the Space Age Began

Day the Space Age began
by Sangat Singh
NST Online

SANGAT SINGH remembers the moment 50 years ago when Man placed the first object to orbit around Earth. IT was a defining moment in the history of the world. Fifty years ago today, on October 4, 1957 at 19:28:04 GMT, the world was stunned when Sputnik 1 became the first man-made object to orbit Earth.

The Space Age had begun, with an eruption of blinding flames and the thundering roar of R7 rocket engines on the Kazakh steppes to put Sputnik 1 into orbit.

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Son of First Ham to Operate in Space to Follow in Father’s Footsteps

ARRL web

Richard Garriott, KE5QNX, son of Owen Garriott, W5LFL, will be launching into space and living aboard the International Space Station in October 2008 as a client of Space Adventures. Owen Garriott operated the world’s first Amateur Radio Station from space, W5LFL, as part of the Spacelab mission on the space shuttle Columbia (STS-9) in 1983; he is on the Astronaut Advisory Board of Space Adventures. Space Adventures is a company that allows private citizens the chance for space travel on Russian Soyuz spacecraft at an estimated cost of $30-55 million per person. Richard, who is Space Adventures vice chairman, has applied for his grandfather’s call sign, W5KWQ.
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Fifty Years After Sputnik

First contact: Sputnik
Science Centric

To say the least, it was incredible. The news relayed by the voice on the other end of the phone line hit the president of the San Gabriel Valley Radio Club like a blow to the head. Too incredible, Henry Richter hoped, to be true.

Hope was something Richter knew quite well. It went with the job. Not only as president of a local ham radio club; although you always hoped the guy on the other side of the world talking to you over the shortwave would have something interesting to say. No, Richter’s familiarity with hope came as a charter member of the nascent space exploration industry.
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Ham Radio Helps Record Setting Couple

Sailing into a new era

Minnesota couple completed a 6,600-mile voyage by sailboat through the Northwest Passage.

by Jon Tevlin,
Star Tribune – Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota

They had been on the water for more than a month, “staring holes through the fog” and expecting the ice to finally come.

Retired Minnesota hog farmer Roger Swanson and his wife, Gaynelle Templin, were nearing the spot on the Franklin Strait where their attempt to travel the Northwest Passage ended in 2005.

But this time a ham radio operator called Swanson’s 57-foot sailboat, Cloud Nine, with good news. The gap in the ice was still open.
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America’s Walk for Diabetes 2007

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers, in conjunction with the Fresno Amateur Radio Club will be providing communication support for this years event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers as well as an event t-shirt. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Date/Time:
Saturday October 13th, 2007 – 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Location:
Woodward Park – Group Activity Area

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Sunscreen
Jacket
Poncho/Rain Jacket

Contact:
Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 761-0800
ae6ge@k6arp.org

America’s Walk for Diabetes 2007

The Clovis Amateur Radio Pioneers, in conjunction with the Fresno Amateur Radio Club will be providing communication support for this years event. Breakfast and lunch will be provided for all volunteers as well as an event t-shirt. If you wish to participate with radio communications, please contact Rob Mavis.

Date/Time:
Saturday October 13th, 2007 – 10:00am to 12:30pm.

Location:
Woodward Park – Group Activity Area

Required Equipment:
2-meter HT

Suggested Equipment:
Sunscreen
Jacket
Poncho/Rain Jacket

Contact:
Rob Mavis AE6GE
(559) 761-0800
ae6ge@k6arp.org

Amateur Radio in Fresno County and the Central Valley of California