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

Field Day

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D.E.A.R.S. will be participating in Field Day on Saturday, June 25 – Sunday June 26.

All Disney Cast Members and anyone visiting Walt Disney World this weekend with an interest in amateur radio is invited to attend.

Our location will be on the field behind Reedy Creek Fire Station #4. This is across from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort close to Disney Springs.

We are planning to meet for breakfast on Saturday morning at 8 am at the Golden Corral located at Vineland and 535 next to Bahama Breeze. We will head to the field after breakfast. We should arrive sometime between 10:00 and 10:30 am.

We would love to see everyone come and participate. Bring whatever radios, antennas and other equipment you think you might need to enjoy this event. Stay overnight if you dare!

We will be providing a picnic dinner for the whole family. Bring everyone around 5:00 pm on Saturday. We are planning to eat about 6:00 pm. The Club will be providing the hamburgers, hot dogs and possibly pork along with the needed buns and condiments. We will also provide some water and soda.

We are asking everyone to bring a side dish if possible to round out our meal. I believe Daisy is planning to provide some fabulous dessert items for us. I can hardly wait!! Yum!

Invite any friends and family you know who may be interested in learning more about ham radio. We would like to showcase the fun and excitement of our hobby.

I hope to see everyone there!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

June D.E.A.R.S. Net

Where does the time go?? It’s that time again. Time for that monthly experience we wait for with bated breath!!

Wednesday, June 22 at 7 pm we expect everyone to be on the air for the D.E.A.R.S. Net!!

Bruce Keller (K4BAK) has once again agreed to be Net Control. We so appreciate Bruce and I am thankful he has taken on this monthly task.

Just to reiterate – That’s Wednesday, June 22!

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

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

I expect to hear many 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 fantastic experience!!

Kathy K4WDW

June D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting

Basic CMYK

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

Thursday, June 9 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

Five Guys

6240 W Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy

Celebration, FL 34747

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

It is time to make final plans for Field Day!! This event will be here soon!

June 25-26 are the dates to mark on your calendar to participate. We will once again be located on the field behind Fire Station 4 across from Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort close to Disney Springs.

Please come to the meeting to volunteer for setup, working stations, food preparation and takedown and cleanup after the event. We will need everyone’s support to make our Field Day 2016 successful.

We also want to discuss your ideas and thoughts for future Club events and projects to ensure we are reaching out to our community, our workplace and all Central Florida areas. Let’s bring in some new club members who are interested in obtaining or upgrading a ham radio license. Or perhaps just want to have some ham radio fun!!

I want to emphasize once again, This is YOUR Club!! Let’s talk about how you want to see it grow and in what areas you have an interest.

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

May D.E.A.R.S. Net

What is happening Wednesday, May 25 at 7 pm you ask?

It is the one night of the month you are glued to your radio!!

The May D.E.A.R.S. Net will take place and all the fun dialogue begins!

Just to reiterate – That’s Wednesday, May 25!

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

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

I expect to hear many 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 the fun!!

Kathy K4WDW

2016 MS Citrus Bike Tour

A HUGE Thank You to Ken, Mike Pierce, Richard, Sean, Brenda and Larry for helping us man the Bravo Rest Stop for the 2016 MS Citrus Bike Tour.

It was a hot day but the cyclists were all appreciative of our efforts and thankful we were there to give them some nourishment and encouragement during their long bike ride.

This was a new event for D.E.A.R.S. We had several “VoluntEARS” riders from Walt Disney World.

Additional photos are on the D.E.A.R.S. Facebook page.

Again, thank you so much for taking time out from your busy schedules to assist with this worthy cause. You were appreciated!!

Kathy K4WDW

D.E.A.R.S. New Members

We have added 2 new members to our D.E.A.R.S. Club this past week. Welcome to Jim Baxter AK2W, a Disney employee (Sr. Technical Architect), and also Scott Vawter W6SEV, an Operating Participant member who works for MEARS.

The HUB information has been updated and we passed out 200 flyers at the West Clock event. We are hoping this will aid in getting the word out about the wonderful opportunities within our Club.

Once again, welcome Jim and Scott!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW