D.E.A.R.S. May Club Meeting Wednesday!

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The May D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting and V.E. Test Session will take place onWednesday, May 10, 2017
V.E. Test Session begins at 5:00 pm
D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting begins at 6:00 pm

V.E. Test Session will be held at 5 pm and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. You do not have to be a D.E.A.R.S Club member to attend the V.E. Test Session or the Club meeting. We invite everyone to attend.

Our guest speakers this month will be Grace Lee, KM4TXT, a 9 year old who just received her General Ham License in February at Hamcation. You will also enjoy a presentation from Robin Moseley, G1MHU, former Technical Specialist for Ham Radio Deluxe. I am really looking forward to both of these presentations. You definitely do not want to miss this exciting meeting!!

The May meeting and V.E. Test session will be held in the Players Conference Room at Disney’s All Star Resort. Directions to the location are as follows:

Disney’s All Star Resort Cast Services Building
1601 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Players Conference Room

Follow Buena Vista Drive through the light by McDonalds. Take your first right onto Showtime Drive (if you get to the Security Guard Shack, you have gone too far!). Stop at the security camera kiosk, push the button to alert security and show a photo ID (can be a drivers license) to the host or hostess via the security camera. Let them know you are there to attend the D.E.A.R.S. Club meeting. The gate to your right will open. You may park in any of the visitor (or open) parking spaces.
Enter the Cast Services Building through the covered entrance and double glass doors. Turn left and follow the hallway to the end and turn left again. The Players Conference room is on the right.
We will be monitoring the 147.300 pl103 repeater and the 442.000 D-Star repeater. If you have made it to the McDonalds at All Star and are having trouble finding us, just give a call on 146.52 simplex.
The “Chat and Chew” will be at the McDonalds located prior to the All Star entrance. Someone usually arrives between 4 and 4:30 pm.
You won’t want to miss this meeting!! See you real soon!!!

Kathy Blake
K4WDW

D.E.A.R.S. General Upgrade Class This Weekend!

The D.E.A.R.S. General upgrade class is happening this weekend, May 6-7.

The location is the Community Room at the Edgehill/Ridgewood Lakes Development off of US 27 in Davenport:

50 Westridge Rd.
Davenport, FL 33837

The class times are as follows:

  • Saturday May 6th – from 9 am to 4 pm
  • Sunday May 7th – from 12 pm to 4 pm, with the General exam happening at 4pm

All are welcome to come to the class, even if you aren’t ready to take the General exam yet.  We’ll have in-class demonstrations of HF radio operation, digital modes, and more!  If you want to take the General exam on Sunday at 4:00 pm, please bring your current Tech license and the test fee, which is $15.

Hope to see you there!

April D.E.A.R.S. “Fun” Net

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D.E.A.R.S. Coffee Mug

 

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Mickey’s Radio Shack

The April D.E.A.R.S. “Fun” Net will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, April 26 at 7 pm. The amazing Bruce Keller (K4BAK) will once again take charge as Net Control! It is always such a pleasure to hear Bruce in control. He does such a phenomenal job at the helm.

Please join us from all over the world and check in to our net. Everyone is welcome to check in and share any traffic or announcements with us.

We will begin promptly at 7 pm Eastern Time. In the Orlando area you will find us on the D.E.A.R.S. repeater at frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.  You can also join us via EchoLink node #632802.

Settle yourself in your radio shack, grab a cup of coffee in your D.E.A.R.S. coffee mug (right handed or left handed – either way works) and check in to the net. We want to know you are listening and we can be heard.

We love to share our net with all hams no matter where you may be located. This is a way to ensure we are being heard and our repeater is working properly and ready to be used in case of an emergency situation.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to once again be a part of the “Fun” Net!!

Kathy K4WDW

D.E.A.R.S. April Club Meeting

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The April D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting and V.E. Test Session will take place on

Wednesday, April 12, 2017
V.E. Test Session begins at 5:00 pm

D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting begins at 6:00 pm

V.E. Test Session will be held at 5 pm and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. You do not have to be a D.E.A.R.S Club member to attend the V.E. Test Session or the Club meeting. We invite everyone to attend.

Our guest speaker this month will be Steve Szabo, WB4OMM, ARRL North Florida Section Manager. I am really looking forward to Steve’s presentation. You won’t want to miss this meeting!!

I will also have LOTS of exciting news to share!!

The April meeting and V.E. Test session will be held in the Players Conference Room at Disney’s All Star Resort. Directions to the location are as follows:

Disney’s All Star Resort Cast Services Building
1601 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Players Conference Room

Follow Buena Vista Drive through the light by McDonalds. Take your first right onto Showtime Drive (if you get to the Security Guard Shack, you have gone too far!). Stop at the security camera kiosk, push the button to alert security and show a photo ID (can be a drivers license) to the host or hostess via the security camera. Let them know you are there to attend the D.E.A.R.S. Club meeting. The gate to your right will open. You may park in any of the visitor (or open) parking spaces.

Enter the Cast Services Building through the covered entrance and double glass doors. Turn left and follow the hallway to the end and turn left again. The Players Conference room is on the right.

We will be monitoring the 147.300 pl103 repeater and the 442.000 D-Star repeater. If you have made it to the McDonalds at All Star and are having trouble finding us, just give a call on 146.52 simplex.

The “Chat and Chew” will be at the McDonalds located prior to the All Star entrance. Someone usually arrives between 4 and 4:30 pm.

You won’t want to miss this meeting!! See you real soon!!!

Kathy Blake
K4WDW

Relay for Life Event!!

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Join us for the 2017 Relay for Life Event on Saturday April 8 beginning at 1 pm and continuing through the night ending on Sunday morning April 9 at 7 am.

Yes!! We will be there all night long. Stop by and visit us at Site #12.

We will be selling popcorn, Activa yogurt, water, coffee, D.E.A.R.S. magnets and D.E.A.R.S. coffee mugs. All donations will be given to the American Cancer Society through the Lake Buena Vista Relay For Life.

If you would like to make a personal donation to this worthy cause, please go to the Relay for Life of Lake Buena Vista website and look for our team name which is  D.E.A.R.S. INC. WRECK-IT RALPH. Join our team and make your donation.

If you are able to donate some volunteer hours at our site, please feel free to come and participate with us at any time you are available to assist.

I hope to see you all there and thank you for your support!!

Kathy Blake, K4WDW

 

Tour de Cure 2017

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Join us on Sunday, March 26 for the annual Tour de Cure Event. The D.E.A.R.S. van will be located at Rest Stop 3/4 providing communications support. Our location will be the Sunoco Gas Station, 6990 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, St. Cloud, FL 34771.

The van needs to be there by 7:30 am and we will be providing our support until the final cyclist has passed through the rest stop. This can range anywhere from 3-5 pm.

If you can’t be there the entire time, please come and support these cyclist for however many hours you are able to contribute. They are so grateful for our support and always express their thanks for our presence.

If you are a Walt Disney World cast member, remember that these hours will count toward your VoluntEAR hours. This is important.

A big thank you to Ken for driving the van. I hope to see you there!! Let’s show these cyclists how much we appreciate them!!

If you click on the link below, you will see a map of the layouts of the rest stops involved. Again, we will be located at Rest Stop 3/4 at the Sunoco Gas Station, 6990 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, St. Cloud, FL 34771.

As Mickey would say, “See ya Real Soon!”

Rest Stop Layout 2017

March D.E.A.R.S. “Fun” Net

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This month’s net will take place Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm. The amazing Bruce Keller (K4BAK) will once again take charge as Net Control of the “Fun” Net!

Please join us from all over the world and check in with Bruce (Net Control). Everyone is welcome to check in and share any traffic or announcements with us.

We will begin promptly at 7 pm Eastern Time. In the Orlando area you will find us on the D.E.A.R.S. repeater at frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.  You can also join us via EchoLink node #632802.

I want to hear a net full of participants so please settle back with your cup of coffee in your fabulous D.E.A.R.S. coffee mug (left handed or right handed) and let us know you are listening. We love to share our net with all hams no matter where you may be located. This is a way to ensure we are being heard and our repeater is working properly and ready to be used in case of an emergency situation.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the “Fun” Net!!

Kathy K4WDW

 

March D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting

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The March D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting and V.E. Test Session will take place on

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
V.E. Test Session begins at 5:00 pm

D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting begins at 6:00 pm

V.E. Test Session will be held at 5 pm and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. You do not have to be a D.E.A.R.S Club member to attend the V.E. Test Session or the Club meeting. We invite everyone to attend.

We will be discussing the upcoming General Upgrade class which D.E.A.R.S. is offering the weekend of May 6th and 7th.  Come to the meeting for some details of the class including fun demos and a sample of the material which will be presented.  Class sign-ups will be taken after the meeting!!

The March meeting and V.E. Test session will be held in the Players Conference Room at Disney’s All Star Resort. Directions to the location are as follows:

Disney’s All Star Resort Cast Services Building
1601 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Players Conference Room

Follow Buena Vista Drive through the light by McDonalds. Take your first right onto Showtime Drive (if you get to the Security Guard Shack, you have gone too far!). Stop at the security camera kiosk, push the button to alert security and show a photo ID (can be a drivers license) to the host or hostess via the security camera. Let them know you are there to attend the D.E.A.R.S. Club meeting. The gate to your right will open. You may park in any of the visitor (or open) parking spaces.

Enter the Cast Services Building through the covered entrance and double glass doors. Turn left and follow the hallway to the end and turn left again. The Players Conference room is on the right.

We will be monitoring the 147.300 pl103 repeater and the 442.000 D-Star repeater. If you have made it to the McDonalds at All Star and are having trouble finding us, just give a call on 146.52 simplex.

The “Chat and Chew” will be at the McDonalds located prior to the All Star entrance. Someone usually arrives between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Come check out the General upgrade class and sign up to get on the HF bands!

Kathy Blake
K4WDW

Tom Gallagher (ARRL CEO NY2RF) Visits D.E.A.R.S. February Meeting

It was the privilege of D.E.A.R.S. to have Tom Gallagher address the Club Members at our February Meeting. Tom shared his vision of the ARRL and amateur radio.

Tom is a member of our sister club in New York City, BEARS!!

The D.E.A.R.S. members presented Tom with his EARS!! Congratulations NY2RF!! You are an honorary D.E.A.R.S. Mouseketeer!! We all applauded as Tom donned his EARS!!

After the meeting, it was off to a hearty dinner at BOMA located at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Resort.

Thank you for taking time from your busy schedule to join us, Tom.

As Mickey Mouse would say, “Hope to See ya Real Soon”!

Kathy Blake

President, D.E.A.R.S. INC.

K4WDW

 

 

 

D.E.A.R.S. Winter Field Day/Clean-Up

Thank you to everyone who participated in the D.E.A.R.S. Winter Field Day/Clean-Up. We made some great contacts and also cleaned out the trailer and Comm Center. There is a lot more to do in the Comm Center but we made a terrific start. The cookout wasn’t bad either. I have attached some photos but we were all so busy we didn’t take many photos! There were probably 3 times more people at the event than in the photos attached. We suffered through the “winter weather” and survived!!