ARRL and FEMA Sign Memorandum Of Agreement

A new memorandum of agreement between the ARRL and the
Federal Emergency Management Agency has been posted on the ARRL Web
site.

On July 18, 2014, ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, and
the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) conducted a public
signing of a memorandum of agreement (MoA) at the ARRL’s Centennial
Convention. Signing for the ARRL was President Kay Craigie, N3KN, and
signing for FEMA was administrator W. Craig Fugate, KK4INZ.

Here is the direct link to the PDF file:

http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Public Service/FEMA/FEMA-ARRL-2014.pdf

An ARRL Web news article with photographs about the signing of the MoA
can be read at this link:

http://www.arrl.org/news/fema-and-arrl-sign-agreement-fema-administrator-calls-ham-radio-resilient

You can also find a link to this agreement (along with all of the other
national agreements that ARRL holds with other organizations) on the
“Served Agencies and Partners” Web page.

http://www.arrl.org/served-agencies-and-partners

The WW1X Homebrew Buddipole / Buddistick System Inspired By W3FF

W3FFA few years ago a small group of us built the homebrew buddistick system inspired by the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick projects.

Rockwell WW1X  has done an outstanding  job constructing his versions of the W3FF homebrew projects.

Watch this video if you think you’d like to homebrew a set of inexpensive, great performing multiband antenna systems.

Constructing these homebrew antenna systems is a great project for yourself,  group or club.

Go to the W3FF Buddipole / Buddistick site for the original homebrew construction details. Get Rockwell’s 6 meter beam construction details from here and his BALUN information from here.

SCRC Field Day 2012


This year’s Field Day was another enjoyable event for our Radio club. While only a subset our total membership actually participates, a good time is always had by all who attend.

Our club does not treat Field Day as a competitive event but a time to get together, get the kinks out of our HF gear, log some contacts and enjoy good conversation, food and drink.

Each year we experience a handful of unexpected outcomes. This year we gained new members due to our public relations setup and another as a result of our on-site VE test session.

Although the bands were rather poor on Saturday afternoon and few logistical problems had to be worked out, we managed to eek out a few hundred contacts between our digital, sideband and CW stations.

SCRC Field Day 2012

Two of our teen members came by for the afternoon. They had a lot of fun operating the HF gear and enjoyed experimenting with their own homebrew UHF and VHF antenna systems.

Overall I’d say that each year improves over the prior year’s event. The club is planning to set up a recently acquired 50 foot tower on-site some time this year so our chances of making more contacts during future events should improve quite a bit.

A special thanks to everyone who participated in this year’s event and those who took the time out to stop by and learn a bit about Amateur Radio.

As we all know it’s more than a hobby and Amateur Radio operators worldwide are the first to step up to the plate with their own equipment during man made and natural disasters.