February D.E.A.R.S. “Fun” Net

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Mickey is ready for the February Net!! Are you?? We certainly hope so!!

This month’s net will take place tomorrow evening – Wednesday, February 22 at 7 pm. The amazing Bruce Keller (K4BAK) will once again take charge as Net Control!! Bruce is the one who has made our net well-known as the “Fun” Net. Thanks, Bruce.

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.

As indicated, we will begin promptly at 7 pm Eastern Time. You will find us on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

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

February D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting

Just a reminder about our February D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting this Week!!tom-gallagher

Tom Gallagher, ARRL Chief Executive Officer (NY2RF) has graciously agreed to be our guest speaker for this meeting just prior to HamCation weekend.

We invite anyone who would like to hear Tom share his vision for amateur radio to attend this meeting. Please be our guest even if you are not a member of D.E.A.R.S. We welcome all ham radio operators or anyone interested in ham radio to attend. Even if you are a member of a different radio club or just visiting the Orlando area, please join us.

This important meeting will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8.

There will be a V.E. Test Session at 5:00 pm prior to the meeting and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. As stated previously, 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.

The February 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 take place at the McDonald’s located by Disney’s All Star Resort entrance. Club members usually begin arriving around 4:00 – 4:15 pm.

Let’s show Tom our support for his efforts with the ARRL by providing him a large audience. He will be offering a Q&A period following his presentation. This is your opportunity to find out the answers to all those questions you have always wanted to ask!!

I hope to see you all there!!

Kathy Blake K4WDW

Winter Field Day / Cleanup

Come One! Come All! Join us for Winter Field Day / Clean-up the Comm Center Day.

We will be meeting at the Comm Center on Saturday, January 28 at 10 am.

Bring your radios and antennas to set up for Winter Field Day. We will combine this with a day of cleaning out our Comm Center Shack. We can use all the help available.

To reward you for your labors, we will be having a cookout at approximately 1 pm with some grilled hamburgers. We welcome everyone to this terrific team bonding event!!

The location is behind Reedy Creek Fire Station #4 across from Saratoga Springs Resort close to Disney Springs. The address is 1920 East Buena Vista Drive, Orlando Florida.

I hope to see you all there!!

Kathy Blake K4WDW

 

 

February D.E.A.R.S. Meeting

You won’t want to miss the Exciting February D.E.A.R.S Club Meeting!

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Tom Gallagher, ARRL Chief Executive Officer (NY2RF) has graciously agreed to be our guest speaker for this meeting just prior to HamCation weekend.

We invite anyone who would like to hear Tom share his vision for amateur radio to attend this meeting. Please be our guest even if you are not a member of D.E.A.R.S. We welcome all ham radio operators or anyone interested in ham radio to attend. Even if you are a member of a different radio club or just visiting the Orlando area, please join us.

This important meeting will take place at 6:00 pm on Wednesday, February 8.

There will be a V.E. Test Session at 5:00 pm prior to the meeting and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. As stated previously, 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.

The February 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 take place at the McDonald’s located by Disney’s All Star Resort entrance. Club members usually begin arriving around 4:00 – 4:15 pm.

Let’s show Tom our support for his efforts with the ARRL by providing him a large audience. He will be offering a Q&A period following his presentation. This is your opportunity to find out the answers to all those questions you have always wanted to ask!!

I hope to see you all there!!

Kathy Blake K4WDW

D.E.A.R.S. January Club Meeting

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The first D.E.A.R.S Club Meeting of 2017 will take place on Wednesday, January 4 at 6:00 pm. This is the perfect way to start your New Year!!

The V.E. Test Session will take place at 5:00 pm prior to the meeting 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 moved the meeting this month only to the 1st Wednesday of January because we have a very special guest speaker!! Ray Novak (N9JA), Senior Sales Manager for ICOM, is visiting Walt Disney World and has agreed to speak to our Club members. We invite anyone who is interested in hearing Ray to attend this meeting even if you are not a D.E.A.R.S. Club member.

We want to thank Ray’s family for allowing him to take some time out from their vacation to afford us this fantastic opportunity. We really appreciate you!!

The January 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 take place at the McDonald’s located by Disney’s All Star Resort entrance. Club members usually begin arriving around 4:00 – 4:15 pm.

Let’s show Ray how much we appreciate him taking valuable time from his family vacation to visit our Club!! I anticipate a super large crowd!!

Kathy Blake
K4WDW

December D.E.A.R.S. Net

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Christmas is over and Mickey is ready for the December D.E.A.R.S. Net!! That’s right!! It is once again time to make our presence known on the radio airwaves and check into the monthly D.E.A.R.S. Net!!

This month’s net will take place on Wednesday, December 28 at 7 pm. The illustrious Bruce Keller (K4BAK) will once again take charge as Net Control!! It is always such a pleasure to listen to Bruce as he is such a phenomenal asset to our D.E.A.R.S. Club.

Please join us from all over the world and check in with Bruce (Net Control) during this last D.E.A.R.S. Net of the year 2016.

As indicated, we will begin promptly at 7 pm Eastern Time. You will find us on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

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

Let’s end the year 2016 with a plethora of check-ins and let everyone know we are available for any type of emergency situation to provide communications through amateur radio and the D.E.A.R.S. Club.

I am anticipating a large check-in this month as we all recuperate from our feasts of food and gifts and look forward to a bright New Year ahead.

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience!!

Kathy K4WDW

Relay for Life Event

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D.E.A.R.S. INC. is once again participating in the Lake Buena Vista Relay for Life event. The D.E.A.R.S. Club has participated in this event for the past several years to raise money for the American Cancer Society.

I know there are a lot of worthy causes to support, but I think participating in an event that helps save lives from cancer is about as worthy as it gets. That’s why D.E.A.R.S. INC. decided to raise funds and walk in the Lake Buena Vista Relay For Life event.

The actual event will take place beginning Saturday, April 8 at 1 pm. This is an all night event so we will have someone from the Club there all evening until early Sunday morning. However, donations can be accepted now. You may wish to donate prior to the end of the year to get a tax deduction on your income taxes this year.

If you would like to participate and donate a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause, please visit http://www.relayforlife.com, choose the Lake Buena Vista Relay and make your donation through our team which is called D.E.A.R.S. INC. WRECK-IT RALPH. The theme this year is video games thus we chose Wreck-It Ralph as our team theme.

There are a lot of helpful tools on the Relay for Life website if you wish to ask other friends or relatives to help you fight cancer and make a tax deductible donation to this worthy cause. Let’s have a successful event this year and lots of donations to help fight cancer!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

 

 

D.E.A.R.S. December Meeting & Christmas Event

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The D.E.A.R.S December Club Meeting and Christmas Event will take place on Wednesday, December 14 at 6:00 pm.

The V.E. Test Session will take place at 5:00 pm prior to the meeting 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 will be Lynn Deffenbaugh KJ4ERJ whose presentation will be about APRS. Lynn is an expert in this field and I am positive will prove to be both interesting and informative.

We will have a scrumptious dinner at this meeting so please bring your appetite. There will be no charge for the meal. Larry, Rebekah and I will be cooking up a feast to make your mouth water!! Our Board members have agreed to bring some beverages.

The location will remain the same as it has been for the past several months.

The December 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 not take place this month since we will be having a meal at our meeting. However, if you would like to arrive early and assist with setup at the conference room, your help will be greatly appreciated.

I hope to see you all there with a smile on your face and a desire to learn, eat and have fun!!

Kathy Blake
K4WDW

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