Let us gather with our families in prayer this Thanksgiving Day remembering our great nation. Asking for God’s protection and blessings to remain on the people of The United States of America. In God We Trust – the motto on our currency!

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Thanksgiving Proclamation

Issued by President George Washington, at the request of Congress, on October 3, 1789

By the President of the United States of America, a Proclamation.

Whereas it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and—Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me “to recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:”

Now, therefore, I do recommend and assign Thursday, the 26th day of November next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favor, able interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and, in general, for all the great and various favors which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations, and beseech Him to pardon our national and other trangressions; to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shown kindness to us), and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally, to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as He alone knows to be best.

Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.

November D.E.A.R.S. Meeting

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

Wednesday, November 9, 2016
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 have a couple of fantastic guest speakers scheduled for this meeting. Zechariah Lea WX4TVJ and Faith Hannah Lea WA4BBC, two very young ham operators will have a presentation on Antennas. This is a remarkable family of ham operators and I know you will not want to miss this meeting!! So be there!!

The November 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.

Please come and show your support for these young ham operators!! I hope to see you all there!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

Cycle the City Event Tomorrow!!

Just a reminder about the D.E.A.R.S. Event – Cycle the City taking place tomorrow, Sunday, November 6. If you are able to come and assist us, please do so. Some of our active supporting club members have to work. Even if you are not available to stay for the entire event, please come and support us with as much time as you are available.

Remember you can count these hours toward your VoluntEAR hours if you are a Disney cast member.

The Cycle the City Event is sponsored by Florida Hospital and is an inspiring ride to provide children a fighting chance to beat cancer through the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Florida Hospital for Children.

We will be taking the D.E.A.R.S. van and providing communications for this event. Our assigned location is Rest Stop 4:

Gilbert Park Mt. Dora, 310 South Tremain St., Mt. Dora, FL 32757

This is the Intersection of South Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue – Located across from the Marina.

Our start time is 8:00 am and we should end at approximately 1:00 pm although anyone who has previously worked this event knows we could be there later depending on when the last cyclist arrives at our Rest Stop.

I hope to see a lot of D.E.A.R.S. Club Members there!!

Kathy K4WDW

October D.E.A.R.S. Net

Yes, it is once again time for the monthly D.E.A.R.S. Net. This prestigious monthly event will take place on Wednesday, October 26 at 7 pm.

Please join Net Control and the amazing Bruce Keller (K4BAK) who so wondrously runs our Net. Please do not just listen – check in and say hello. We would love to have ham radio operators from everywhere give us your call sign and let us know you are a part of our monthly Net.

That’s Wednesday, October 26. Be There!!

We will begin at 7 pm EDT on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

I will not be able to join the Net this month as I will be on the Disney Dream sailing to the Bahamas and Castaway Cay. I will, however, be thinking about all of you and anticipating a report of a multitude of check-ins to support the Net.

Florida Hospital Foundation

Our next D.E.A.R.S. Event will take place on Sunday, November 6. We will be a part of Florida Hospital’s Cycle the City ride to fight childhood cancers. This is an inspiring ride to provide children a fighting chance to beat cancer through the Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Program at Florida Hospital for Children.

We will be taking the D.E.A.R.S. van and providing communications for this event. Our assigned location is Rest Stop 4:

Gilbert Park Mt. Dora, 310 South Tremain St., Mt. Dora, FL 32757

This is the Intersection of South Tremain Street and Liberty Avenue – Located across from the Marina.

Our start time is 8:00 am and we should end at approximately 1:00 pm although anyone who has previously worked this event knows we could be there later depending on when the last cyclist arrives at our Rest Stop.

Please come out if possible and support this worthy cause with us. This will also count toward VoluntEAR hours for Disney cast members.

I hope to see a lot of D.E.A.R.S. Club Members there!!

Kathy K4WDW

October D.E.A.R.S. Meeting & VE Session

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

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Testing starts at 5:00 pm
Meeting starts 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.

We have a phenomenal speaker for this meeting. Some of you may remember Gary Ownsby, President of the Chattanooga, Tennessee Ham Radio Club. He has been instrumental as a consultant to our club members with the D-Star and DMR repeaters. I have given him free reign to speak about whatever topic he chooses. I know it will be interesting and you won’t want to miss it!!

The October 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.

I hope to see everyone there!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

September D.E.A.R.S. Net

Wow!! How time flies!!

Once again it is time for the monthly D.E.A.R.S. Net. The September Net will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm.

Please join us one and all and check in with Net Control and the wonderful Bruce Keller (K4BAK). I can assure you it is worthwhile just to hear Bruce’s melodious voice each month. You won’t be disappointed!!

That’s Wednesday, September 28 (TOMORROW)!

We will begin at 7 pm EDT on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

We invite everyone to join us. Check in with your name and amateur call sign and share any traffic you may have for us.

I hope to hear all our D.E.A.R.S. Club members and any other Hams from anywhere who would like to check in and join us for the Net.

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience!!

Kathy K4WDW

D.E.A.R.S. Meeting & Events

The September D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting will take place on

Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm.

There will be a VE Test Session at 5 pm prior to the meeting.

If you would like to obtain an amateur radio license or you are looking to upgrade your current license, please feel free to come at 5 pm to take the appropriate test. We will have all levels of testing available.

Our special guest speaker this month will be John Mulhall, Communication/Warning Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Rescue Department Office of Emergency Management. He is an interesting speaker and I know you will enjoy his presentation. Let’s show our D.E.A.R.S. support for John.

The September meeting and VE 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 or cast ID) 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 available.

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 monthly “Chat and Chew” will be at the McDonalds located prior to the All Star entrance. Someone usually arrives at McDonalds between 4 and 4:30 pm.Ride-4-Ronald-2016-Heade2

Our next event is upon us!!

Ride4Ronald will take place on Sunday, September 18.

Our location will be Rest Stop 2 & 7. This rest stop will be busy all day as we are both the 15.1 and 86.9 mile markers for the ride. Our volunteer shift timeframe will be from

7:30 am – 4:00 pm.

This will be a very busy rest stop with 30, 60 and 100 mile riders all stopping here during their ride.

Our location will be the intersection of Curry Ford Road and Dean Road at:

MCDONALD’S

10026 Curry Ford Rd.

Orlando, FL 32825 

Please come and show your support for this worthy cause!!

This is an exciting time!! See you at the meeting and Ride4Ronald!! 

Kathy Blake

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

K4WDW

August D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting

The August D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting will take place on

Wednesday, August 10, at 6 pm.

You will notice we are changing our meetings from the 2nd Thursday to the 2nd Wednesday of each month. This decision was made by our members at the last Club meeting in July.

The August meeting 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.

I hope to see everyone there!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

July D.E.A.R.S. Net

Once again the time has come for the D.E.A.R.S. Net. The July net will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, July 27 at 7 pm.

Please join us for this exciting opportunity for you to check in and be counted!!

Once again, Bruce Keller (K4BAK) has agreed to be Net Control. Thank you, Bruce! You always do such a fantastic job!!

Once again – That’s Wednesday, July 27 (TOMORROW)!

We will begin at 7 pm EDT on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

We invite everyone to join us. Check in with your name and amateur call sign and share any traffic you may have for us.

I hope to hear all our D.E.A.R.S. Club members and any other Hams who would like to check in and join us for the Net.

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience!!

Kathy K4WDW

July D.E.A.R.S. Meeting

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The July D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting will be held:

Thursday, July 14 at 6 pm
West Osceola Branch Public Library
Multipurpose Room
305 Campus Street
Kissimmee, FL 34747

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“Chat and Chew” will be held at

Applebee’s

6290 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy

Celebration, FL 34747

Club members usually start gathering for the “Chat and Chew” at approximately 4 pm.

We will be discussing future meetings, locations and times.

We will also be looking at some future ham license testing and initiating those classes.

We need your ideas and suggestions for events and projects to help our Club grow and increase our support for our local community.

Be sure to check our D.E.A.R.S. Facebook page for information on Amazon Smile. If you need more information, send me an email.

Come to the meeting and join in the fun!! I hope to see you all there!!

We will be monitoring:
147.300
442.000 D-Star
146.52 Simplex

Kathy Blake
President, D.E.A.R.S.
K4WDW