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
  • Club Breakfast November 4, 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.
  • Montgomery Hamfest November 11, 2017 408 County Downs Road Montgomery, AL 36109 http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/montgomery-amateur-radio-club-hamfest-2017 Montgomery Amateur Radio Club Hamfest 2017 HAMFEST/CONVENTION 11/11/2017 Start Date: 11/11/2017 End Date: 11/11/2017 Location: Alcazar Shrine Temple 555 Eastern Boulevard Montgomery, AL 36101 Website: http://www.w4ap.org/news/Hamfest.htm Sponsor: Montgomery Amateur Radio Club Type: ARRL Hamfest Talk-In: 146.84 Public Contact: Fred Beatty, K8AJX 408 County Downs Road Montgomery, AL 36109 Phone: 334-270-0909 Email: k8ajx@arrl.net
  • W5YI-VEC Test Session November 16, 2017 at 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm 75 S Davis Ln, Defuniak Springs, FL 32435, USA The W5YI-VEC Team can test all levels, New and upgrage licenses. There is a $14.00 fee, Please bring a photo ID and if upgrading a signed copy of you existing license or CSCE. For more info. contact John Blaisdell - (W4CJB) - w4cjb@arrl.net.
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