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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Upcoming Events
  • Laurel-VEC Test Session May 2, 2017 at 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm 312 College Ave. DeFuniak Springs, FL 32435 * FREE * Laurel-VEC test session on the 1st Tuesday monthly at 6pm at The Life Enrichment Senior Center. 312 College Ave. DeFuniak Springs, Fl 32435. Walk-ins welcome. Please, bring a photo ID. If you will be taking your 1st exam please register for your FRN at www.fcc.gov/uls.  Contact Rodney Ryals KJ4JAH 850-892-2562.
  • Club Meeting May 2, 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 May 16, 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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