DropBox Shared Files

The link below is a collection of software/freeware that has been found useful by our members. Some of these may NOT be the latest version. If you choose to use the version here, It is recommended you upgrade to the latest version available after installation. Also, you should consider a donation to the developer of the software/freeware you use to help in further development and improvements.

WCARES DropBox Shared Files

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Florida State Parks On The Air

Rory Martin K4CCK and John Blaisdell W4CJB are participating in the Florida State Parks On The Air Sunday April 8 2018 at Grayton Beach State Park. We will be testing a couple lightweight fast deployment Portable HF antennas in the process. You’re invited to come out and see what we’re up to and enjoy the park while you’re there. For more info on the event goto http://flspota.org 

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Outpost Packet Message Manager

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What is Outpost

Outpost was designed for the Amateur Radio ARES/RACES packet user community. The thinking behind it was to create an intuitive, easy-to-use program that lets ARES/RACES organizations focus on the “message,” not the “medium,” as they pass digital message traffic to and from an Operational Area BBS. Outpost Packet Message Manager has a similar look and feel to other contemporary mail clients.

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Understanding Soundcard Interfacing by Ernie Mills, WM2U.

    http://www.qsl.net/wm2u/interface.html 

This page is an attempt to correlate the interfacing schemes for various Radio models, and Sound Card configurations. Since 26th December 1998, when the sound card version of PSK31 was first introduced to the Ham community, and after much dialog, experimentation and confusion, an interfacing pattern slowly emerged. I feel that an understanding of this pattern is valuable and can save you a lot of time and grief. Please note that each circuit references various letters which will correlate with the Radio pin-outs on the various popup tables available. Just click the manufactures button below, pick your radio and read off the hook-up points.

 

 

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New! Supporters may now donate using PayPal Link Below. Thanks for your support.

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Hurricane Watch Net to Activate

http://www.arrl.org/news/hurricane-watch-net-to-activate-2

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DX Code of Conduct

Operating standards have been declining. That is no news to any DXer. Even the IARU took notice and published a resolution encouraging operators to “operate to the highest levels of proficiency, with proper consideration for others using the amateur radio bands.”  Read the Full Resolution here.

DX Code of Conduct

I will listen, and listen, and then listen again before calling.
I will only call if I can copy the DX station properly.
I will not trust the DX cluster and will be sure of the DX station’s call sign before calling.

I will not interfere with the DX station nor anyone calling and will never tune up on the DX frequency or in the QSX slot.
I will wait for the DX station to end a contact before I call.
I will always send my full call sign.
I will call and then listen for a reasonable interval. I will not call continuously.
I will not transmit when the DX operator calls another call sign, not mine.
I will not transmit when the DX operator queries a call sign not like mine.
I will not transmit when the DX station requests geographic areas other than mine.
When the DX operator calls me, I will not repeat my call sign unless I think he has copied it incorrectly.
I will be thankful if and when I do make a contact.
I will respect my fellow hams and conduct myself so as to earn their respect. 

Source: DX Code of Conduct – http://www.dx-code.org/home.html

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Amateur Radio Safety Foundation, Inc.

If you’re an radio operator be it Amateur, Mariner or other, supporting the Amateur Radio Safety Foundation is a very worthy cause. It’s only $24.00. Chances are you spent more than that on your QSL cards and ARSFi’s main product Winlink is much more useful.

Follow the Winlink link now and register now. You’ll be glad you did because you can send emails via RF. That’s right send and recieve emails using your radio with a little program called RMS Express and your computers soundcard. It’s worth noting the software works without registering but why not just support the project?

Winlink is an important part of the Walton County ARES communication tools along with DStar/DRats and Packet Radio using Outpost Packet Message Manager.

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April 18 ARES Meeting

This month we discuss sending email over HF Radio. Hope to see you there.

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ISS Packet System is Back on VHF

4/14/2017
The Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) packet digipeater system is again operating on VHF — 145.825 MHz. Follow this link to ARRL for the full story.

http://www.arrl.org/news/iss-packet-system-is-back-on-vhf

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Upcoming Events
  • Club Breakfast November 3, 2018 at 8:00 am – 9:00 am 328 Highway 90 DeFuniak Springs, FL. Breakfast at Corner Cafe' on the Saturday before the monthly meeting. Everyone is welcome to join us Ham or not.
  • Sweepstakes CW November 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm – November 4, 2018 at 8:59 pm
  • Club Meeting November 6, 2018 at 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm 312 College Ave. Defuniak Springs, FL. The Walton County Amateur Radio Club's Monthly meeting is held on the first Tuesday of every month at 7:30pm. The location is - The Life Enrichment Senior Center 312 College Ave. DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32435.
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