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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About Amateur Radio

W5YI – VEC Test Session Scheduled Every 3rd Thursday monthly at the EOC at 7pm Central. 75 S. Davis Ln. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435
We now have the ability to submit License applications electronically to expedite the process. New and Upgrades could be issued as quick as Friday by 4pm.
Contact: John Blaisdell by email – w4cjb@arrl.net

What can I do with a Ham License?

There are so many things, it’s a difficult question to answer, but here’s some ideas:

  • Talk to people in foreign countries. DX’ing is a favorite of many hams!
  • Talk to people (both local and far away) on your drive to work
  • Help in emergencies and natural disasters by providing communications.
  • Provide communications in parades or walkathons and other public service events.
  • Help other people become hams. (We call it “Elmering.”)
  • Hook your computer to your radio and communicate “computer-to-computer.” Hams use radio modems.
  • Collect QSL cards (cards from other hams) from all over the United States and foreign countries and receive awards.
  • Participate in contests or Field Day events.
  • Provide radio communication services to your local Civil Defense organization through ARES (the Amateur Radio Emergency Service) or RACES (Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service) …or even FEMA, (the Federal Emergency Management Agency.)
  • Aid members of the U.S. military by joining the Army, Air Force or Navy/Marine MARS (Military Affiliate Radio System). See our Links section
  • Participate in transmitter hunt games and maybe build your own direction-finding equipment.
  • Have someone to talk to on those sleepless nights at home.
  • Receive weather pictures via satellites.
  • Build radios, antennas, learn some electronics and radio theory.
  • Talk to astronauts in space, or use the moon to bounce signals back to people on the Earth.
  • Experiment with Amateur TV (ATV), Slow-Scan TV (SSTV), or send still-frame pictures by facsimile.
  • Lash your ham radio to the public telephone system and call your friends toll free. (Auto patching)
  • Communicate through orbiting satellites. (There are many in ham satellites in orbit that are owned and operated by the amateur community! And you can use them without any cost whatsoever!)

…and this is only the beginning! You are limited only by your imagination and ingenuity.

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Walton County ARES DSTAR Stack

N4EMA DSTAR Stack

Walton County ARES DSTAR Repeaters Stack

This is the new DSTAR Repeater Stack for Walton County ARES located at the EOC Operated by Walton County EARS – N4EMA. We hope to have the new N4EMA DStar Repeaters on the air this weekend. There is still lots to do to complete this project. In the end we’ll have a great system to assist our served agencies with EMComm when needed.

Special thanks to Jeff Goldburg at the Walton County Emergency Management for securing the grant to fund this system.
Special thanks to Sharon Joyce – KJ4TPQ for all the admin work on the gateway, Rebuilding the computer system and rescuing the registrants orphaned by the lightning strike that took out the previous WF4X stack in Freeport.

73 John W4CJB

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ARES Meeting March 21st

Just a reminder. Our next ARES meeting is tomorrow night at 7pm at the Walton County EOC. 75 S Davis Ln. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435

Please bring your laptop. We’ll be setting up 4 mock deployments using the “Go Boxes”. The plan is to setup and run Drats on the ICOM ID-880H and TX into a dummy load.

All Hams interested in Emergency Service are encouraged and welcome to join us. If you’re not already licensed but interested in becoming licensed you’re welcome to stop by and check out what we’re up to.

73, John W4CJB 

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W5YI-VEC test session Thursday March 16th 7pm

The local W5YI-VEC Team has a test session scheduled for 7pm Thursday March 16th at the EOC. That’s 75 S Davis Ln, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435.

Please bring a photo ID and a signed copy of your existing license if you’re upgrading. Testing fee is $14.00

We’ll see you there and good luck.

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D-STAR Live

dstarlive

D-STAR Live

About D-STAR Live
Please join D-STAR Info, broadcasting live from George Gwinnett College! The D-STAR panel of experts will be discussing various aspects of the D-STAR System, including updating/programing your radio, different D-STAR devices and more! Click the Pic for the link.
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Outpost Packet Message Manager 

Walton County ARES is now using Outpost PMM as a backup to DSTAR and DRATS. There are still Hams who don’t have DSTAR radios and Outpost another way to connect by packet, bbs or keyboard to keyboard. Here’s the link. Check it out. http://www.outpostpm.org/index.php

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Upcoming Events
  • Club Breakfast September 2, 2017 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.
  • Club Meeting September 5, 2017 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.
  • ARES Meeting September 19, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm 75 S Davis Ln, DeFuniak Springs, FL 32459 Walton County ARES meeting begins at 7pm local time at the Walton County EOC, aka "The Bunker". All Hams interested in participating are encouraged and welcome to attend. For info or directions contact John - W4CJB by email at w4cjb@arrl.net
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