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Huntsville, Alabama
The Prez Sez
Did I say that I DO love this time of year? The flowers, the abundant growth, plain awesome! We’ll just have to accept the pollen, runny noses, eyes and the fact that everyone drives a yellow car for a while. It has been busy at the HARC meetings; hope you were able to attend many of ‘m. We had some fantastic programs starting with Friday March 28 when we had Dave Christiansen, an associate fellow in the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, share his experiences from his 50+ years as an aerospace engineer. We actually had a double feature as the slide projector broke, so Dave resorted to stories and anecdotes, but as good hams do, Gary and Steve fixed the projector so we got another round of show and tell. It was a great evening. Thank You Dave! Then the first Friday in April: Old Timers Night! We had a good time, good food (Thanks Peggy and Steve) and good attendance! Bob and Travis brought show and tell material. Bob is passionate about restoring radios and showed some of his beautifully restored pieces. (I vote for a repeat Bob!) We also got to listen to Travis’ 1935 designed radio, which was widely used in World War II, including the B-17 bombers. Tim brought a gem in the form of a “who’s who” of Huntsville in 1955 and lo and behold HARC was in there! Then we made a round of good-old-time stories, including the son of founding member Bill Christian, who really did not consider him self an old-timer yet. Thanks everyone for making this a great night. Coming up are a cycle event coordinated by Woodie and on Memorial Day of course isCotton Row Run. We still need some more volunteers, so please comee out and help. God willing (and me training enough) I may run the 5K after we help with the 10K. I could sure

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use the exercise. anyone wants to join me? Robert Barnett, KE4GNN will do a presentation later this month about scanning as it unfortunately had to be postponed. The Extra Class is still underway (see picture).Thank you all who are contributing to the success of this training class. Congratulations to Woodie and Alan for passing their Extra Exam (and anyone else I may have missed). The benefits of this class keep coming in. Starting thinking about Field Day, folks. It’s coming up faster then we realize. And of course election is coming up soon too! Have a great month and I hope to see you all! 73 de K4RGG Rolf Goedhart Your Prez

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get a federal grant to build an impressive command center. On this trip we will view the expansions and enhancements that have been completed recently. This will be a day trip; you will have to take time off from work in order to attend. Details on both to follow. Thank you Scott, for organizing these field trips. Thank you Robert for taking the lead on getting CERT members organized. I hope you all had a chance to attend the kick off meeting on April 17. Doug Hilton has stepped down as Region 6 Emergency Coordinator and Jay Isbell, the AL Section Manager, has asked Thom K5JTR, who was Doug’s assistant, to serve as Region 6 DEC. Doug, thank you for your passion for Emcom, for setting the standards of what a wholesome communicator looks like as well as for the services you have rendered as our District 6 Emergency Coordinator. It is very much appreciated. We have a separate email list for Ares/Races events. If you like to be added send me an email to the address below. Ares/Races usually meets at 6 o’clock on the 2nd Thursday of the month at the Huntsville Madison County Emergency Management Agency at their Emergency Operations Center at Fountain Circle in Huntsville. More information on : Or 73 de Rolf Goedhart Emergency coordinator Madison County

Ares / Races Update.
Spring is here and so are the storms. I still haven’t figured out why so may hit when I leave town. It happened again while I visited our grandson and daughters in Pennsylvania and in Virginia last week. It is so great to have 4 assistant Emergency coordinators we can rely on. Good job and thanks for stepping up to the plate and a thank you as well to all those who participated in all the nets. Thank you to Tim Troutman, of the National Weather Service, for putting on not one, but two Storm Spotters classes. The one o’clock one had about 25 in attendance and the 6:30 was well attended with seventy five. (See pictures). VOAD activities are paying off as many young volunteers attended the training. A Ham class for them is in the planning stages. Thank You Chuck for taking the lead in this. We have some interesting trips coming up with the Ares/Races group. For May we hope to visit the Huntsville Utilities command center, which has a sophisticated operations to keep track of all outages. For June we have a trip planned to the State EOC in Clanton, AL. Those who attended a couple of years ago know how lucky AL was to

Amateur Radio Activities for This Spring
The Southeastern Division has many great Amateur Radio activities, thanks to you! I am proud of the diverse amateur radio involvement from contest,

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Vox Huntsville Amateur Radio Club Information
Club Officers President: Rolf Goedhart, K4RGG Vice President: Robby Lock KG4PLK. Secretary: Elizabeth Wilhour, KI4VQJ Treasurer: Heath Thorson, KC4HRX, 325-2507 The club's address is Box 423, Huntsville, Ala. 35804. Meetings are held each Friday night at 7:30 P.M. at the American Red Cross Building, 1101 Washington Street. Dues are $12.00 per year, family memberships are $15.00 per year. The club maintains a Web Site at “”, and a discussion forum at “” The North Alabama Repeater Association operates repeaters on 146.34 / 146.94, 147.78 / 147.18, 223.34 / 224.94and 448.5 / 443.5. NARA dues are $16.00 per year and may be sent to NARA at P.O. Box 18941 Huntsville, AL 35804-8941. They have a web site at “” The club's packet radio interest group, HUNTSPAC, maintains an extensive packet network for the Huntsville area. Dues for use of this network are $15.00 per year, and can be paid through the HARC Secretary-Treasurer listed above. The club's ATV special interest group, TVATV operates an ATV repeater. It's input frequency is 439.25 MHz and its output is 421.25 MHz. A voice coordination repeater is operated with output frequency of 145.33 MHz, input 600 kHz down. The Vox is published the third Friday of each month Editor of the Vox is Frank Emens, W4HFU, 3714 Lakewood Circle, Huntsville, Ala. 35811 or Material of interest to the HARC membership should be submitted to the editor by Wednesday before the third Friday of the month of publication.

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CAVEC License Exams Exam sessions are held at 9:00 AM the first Saturday of each month unless a holiday causes the session to be delayed for one week. Upcoming sessions are: Saturday, May 3 Saturday, June 7 For information contact: Larry Frost, KR4GU, 864-3244 Or Rick Earl, AA4II, 256-653-0101 Athens Exam Sessions are held the 3rd Saturday of each month at 1:00. They are held at the Athens EOC. For information contact Dean Thompson, WW0I:, 256-230-0270 or Rick Earl, AA4II (see above)


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1 EMERGENCY NET on 34/94 @ 1930 Skywarn Net on 147.24 @ 2000 8 EMERGENCY NET on 34/94 @ 1930 Skywarn Net on 147.24 @ 2000 15 EMERGENCY NET on 34/94 @ 1930 Skywarn Net on 147.24 @ 2000 22 EMERGENCY NET on 34/94 @ 1930 Skywarn Net on 147.24 @ 2000 29 EMERGENCY NET on 34/94 @ 1930 Skywarn Net on 147.24 @ 2000

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3 TWIAR B’ham Hamfest CAVEC Exams, 0900 at Red Cross Bldg.

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30 Auction Announcement of nominees for 2008/2009 HARC Officers


*TWIAR -- This Week In Amateur Radio, +442.775 PL203.5 Hz 8 PM Every Saturday ATV Net @ 20:00, Check in on 145.33, Tuesdays Southeast Linked Repeater Net on +442.775, PL 203.5 Hz @ 20:00, Wednesdays Madison County Emergency Net on 34/94 @19:30, Thursdays SkyWarn Net on 147.24 @ 20:00, Thursdays

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emergency communications to new technology. This is a reminder of just some of the events that you can be a part of. Please support all the ham activities that you can, the ladies and men put a lot of work in making them happen. Alabama Section: 19-20 Apr 2008: Mobile Hamfest Mobile Amateur Radio Club 3-4 May 2008: Alabama State Convention BirmingHamFest Birmingham Amateur Radio Club Birmingham, AL 7 Jun 2008: Alabama QSO Party Northern Florida Section: 25-26 Apr 2008: Southeastern VHF Society 12th Annual Conference Orlando, FL (this year) 26-27 Apr 2008: Gainesville Poorman’s Hamfest & Computer Show Gainesville Amateur Radio Society Gainesville, FL

27 Apr 2008: Florida QSO Party 11-12 Jul 2008: Milton Amateur Radio Club Hamfest Milton, FL Georgia Section: 12-13 Apr 2008: Georgia QSO Party 10 May 2008: Heart of Georgia Hamfest 2008 Middle GA Radio Assn, Central GA Radio Club, Byron Middle School ARC Byron, GA 7 Jun 2008: Georgia Section Convention Atlanta Radio Club (W4DOC) Marietta, GA These are just a few of the many upcoming events. Check your clubs web site, your section web site and the ARRL for a complete Hamfest list and up-to-date information in your area. Thank you for your support and work to improve Amateur Radio! I look forward to meeting you at an upcom-

ing Hamfest and events this year. Have fun, try something different and introduce someone new to Amateur Radio! 73, Greg Sarratt, W4OZK ARRL Southeastern Division Director

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE HAMS THAT HAVE A BIRTHDAYS IN MAY!! Hi guys, its almost 11:00pm and IÆm writing this with one eye open. I am visiting my granddaughters in Rainbow City and we have had a lot of fun so far. Tomorrow, I’m going to tackle putting a new tire on the 4 year old granddaughter’s bicycle. Then we are going to get their pictures taken and possibly go to a carnival. My mother and I was just talking about how fast the children grow up. I told her that it seem like last year that the youngest granddaughter was trying to reach the pedals on her tricycle. Now she is anxious to ride her ônewö bike just like her big sister. She really has a hard time keeping up with her 9 year old sister. They remind me so much of how it was when MY sister and I was growing up. She followed me all

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over the place. Lately, I have slowed down where she can catch me. It amazes me to just sit and listen to the girls while they talk to each other. You have to listen real close to understand what they are talking about. They really have a wild imagination. Oh, well, I better go for now before I fall asleep on the pomcuter. The youngest granddaughter says pomcuter instead of computer. Cute!! Hope to see you at the club meeting. CUL A Story or Two A man walks into the street and manages to get a taxi just going by. He gets into the taxi, and the cabbie says, “Perfect timing. You’re just like Frank.” Passenger: “Who?” Cabbie: “Frank Feldman. He’s a guy who did everything right all the time. Like my coming along when you needed a cab, things happened like that to Frank Feldman every single time.” Passenger: “There are always a few clouds over everybody.” Cabbie: “Not Frank Feldman. He was a terrific athlete. He could have won the Grand-Slam at tennis. He could golf with the pros. He sang like an opera baritone and danced like a Broadway star and you should have heard him play the piano. He was an amazing guy” Passenger: “Sounds like he was something really special.” Cabbie: ”There’s more.. He had a memory like a computer. Could remember everybody’s birthday. He knew all about wine, which foods to order and which fork to eat them with. He could fix anything. Not like me. I change a fuse, and the whole street blacks out. But Frank Feldman, he could do everything right.” Passenger. “Wow, some guy then.” Cabbie: “He always knew the quickest way to go in traffic and avoid traffic jams. Not like me, I always seem to get stuck in them. But Frank, he never made a mistake, and he really knew how to treat a woman and make her feel good. He would never answer her back even if she was in the wrong; and his clothing was always immaculate, shoes highly polished too - he was the perfect man! He never made a mistake. No one could ever measure up to Frank Feldman.” Passenger: “An amazing fellow. How did you meet him?” Cabbie: “Well, I never actually met Frank. I just married his widow.” Joining the Church A mother looked out a window and saw Johnny playing church with their three kittens. He had them lined up and was preaching to them. His mother turned around to do some work. A while later she heard meowing and scratching on the door. She went to the window and saw Johnny baptizing the kittens. She opened the window and said, “Stop that! You’ll drown those kittens.” Johnny looked at her and said with much conviction in his voice: “They should have thought of that before they joined my church.” They Walk Among Us and Many Work Retail I was at the checkout of a K-Mart. The clerk rang up $46.64 charge. I gave her a fifty dollar bill. She gave me back $46.64. I gave the money back to her and told her that she had made a mistake in MY favor. She became indignant and informed me she was Educated and knew what she was doing, and returned the money again . I gave her the Money back .... same scenario! I departed the store with the $46.64. They Walk Among Us and Many Work Retail I walked into a Starbucks with a buy-one-get-one-free coupon for a Grande Latte. I handed it to the girl and she looked over at a little chalkboard that said “buy one-get one free.” “They’re already buy-one-get-one-free,” she said, “so I guess they’re both free”. She Handed me my free Lattes and I walked out the door. They Walk Among Us! One day I was walking down the beach with some friends when one of them shouted, “Look at that dead bird!”. Someone looked up at the sky and said, “Where”? They Walk Among Us! While looking at a house, my brother asked the real estate agent which direction was north because, he explained, he didn’t want the sun waking him up every morning. She asked, “Does the

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sun rise in the north?” When my brother explained that the sun rises in the East, and has for sometime, she shook her head and said, “Oh I don’t keep up with all that stuff.” They Walk Among Us!! I used to work in technical support for a 24/7 call center. One day I got a call from an individual who asked what hours the call center was open. I told him, “The number you dialed is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.” He responded, “Is that Eastern or Pacific time?” Wanting to end the call quickly, I said, “Uh, Pacific.” They Walk Among Us! My sister has a lifesaving tool in her car designed to cut through a seat belt if she gets trapped. She keeps it in the trunk. They Walk Among Us! I couldn’t find my luggage at the airport baggage area, so I went to the lost luggage office and told the woman there that my bags never showed up. She smiled and told me not to worry because she was a trained professional and I was in good hands. “Now,” she asked me, has your plane arrived yet?" They Walk Among Us! While working at a pizza parlor I observed a man ordering a small pizza to go. He appeared to be alone and the cook asked Him if he would like it cut into 4 pieces or 6. He thought about it for some time before responding. “Just cut it into 4 pieces; I don’t think I’m hungry enough to eat 6 pieces.” They Walk Among Us, and Worst of all .......... THEY VOTE The Hint for the month of MAY MOSQUITOES The best way to get rid of mosquitoes is Listerine, the original medicinal type. The Dollar Store-type works, too. I was at a deck party a while back and the bugs were having a ball biting everyone. A man at the party sprayed the lawn and deck floor with Listerine and the little demons disappeared. The next year I filled a 4-ounce spray bottle and used it around my seat whenever I saw mosquitoes. And voila! That worked as well. It worked at a picnic where we sprayed the area around the food table, the children’s swing area and the standing water nearby.

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The Thought for the month of May Self-pity is our worst enemy and if we yield to it, we can never do anything wise in this world. - Helen Keller The Puzzle for the month of May I VEAH TON HET EERGYN OT REFIGU TOU A ZZLEPU. 73, Peggy (Giggles) Bell, busy coordinating folks who were carrying additional supplies to the locations that had come up with heavier traffic than had been estimated. The objective was to give everybody in the county a sugar cube with pink liquid on it, which was the vaccine. I don’t remember exactly when this happened, but it got c-o-o-o-l-d that day and we were all sitting in the bus shivering until Mike Maples’ dad arrived on the mountain with a kerosene heater which he set up in the middle of the bus. Saved the day! I remember that back then the HARC mobile guys (again, 6-Meter AM) would mobilize to cruise around town on Halloween night and report any vandalism or other problems they encountred. I remember at least one time I spent the evening sitting behind the Huntsville Police dispatcher at the Police HQ, which then, was in a house a couple of blocks South and maybe a block East of the square. Again using a Gonset 6-Meter AM rig. About that time, I “installed” a Heathkit Sixer in the car. Installation consisted of a big cable clamp fastened to an existing hole in the lip of the dashboard which went through the handle on the Sixer, Things worked out so the radio sat on the transmission hump and was anchored in place by the cable clamp. Power was from a vibrator supply connected to a cable plugged in place of the cigarette lighter. The Sixer used a superregenerative receiver, so if you were near anybody else with a Sixer, you could hear the hash from their superregen RX. That radiated hash enabled me to really ‘pull one’ on Jim Chandler, who later became WA4LAF. Jim had installed a Sixer in his car while waiting for his Technician ticket and was listening to the 6-Meter chatter while driving to work one morning. I heard the hash on my own Sixer, looked around and noticed a car right in front of me with a 6-Meter antenna on it. I mentioned to whoever I was talking to that a car with tag number 47-XXXXX had an active Sixer in it. Jim told me about it at a HARC meeting later. He was really astounded at being ‘found out’. 73, Frank Emens, W4HFU

May, 2008 Notes
KG4PLK Robert (Robbie) L. Locke IV, KG4PLK Hampton Cove Alabama

The Editor’s Wastebasket
Apropos of Old Timers’ Night, we salute Pete Sides, W4AUP on attaining the age of 100 years. I remember Pete being an active occupant of the Alabama Phone Net frequency on 75 Meters back when I first got my license. He is still active, maintaining a 3 (I think) times per week sked with a friend in Mississippi. Rolf asked about the old school bus that HARC used to use. I said it was a yellow bus, but it wasn’t. It was painted white with red lettering identifying it. The bus was an accomplished thing when I got involved with the club, but there were still people groaning about the prodigious task of getting the yellow paint off so it could be painted white. Apparently it had been given many coats of yellow paint, which made it a real chore to get it sanded off for repainting. I don’t know how old the bus was when it was turned over to the club, but it had experienced a LOT. One memorable thing about the bus was that it had window curtains that had been made and installed by Mary Campbell, K4VJL, XYL of Jim Campbell, W4YFN. The bus had at least one, but I think two, fold over crank-up towers mounted to the rear of the vehicle so they could get antennas in the air as quickly as possible. When they were cranked down, they lay along the roof line of the bus. Back then, the band of choice for local communications was 6-Meter AM. I spent several sessions operating a Gonset Communicator 6-Meter rig from that bus. The most memorable time was, as I mentioned at the OTN meeting, the ham community provided communications to coordinate the distribution of the oral polio vaccine. It was my first experience at something like that, but I ended up being the net control station from the Monte Sano Elementary School parking lot. The vaccine distribution stations were set up at schools all over the county. We stayed

Former 2006 Alabama Section Young Ham of the Year Award Winner selected as Alabama ARRL Assistant Section Manager 73, Greg, W4OZK ALABIKE Century ride help needed, April 26. Please contact me by Email or Telepone 830-4147 by Monday, if you would like to help. Woodie Zeigler, K8GNM

Bob Show and Tell

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Dave Christiansen and John Morris Deep in Philosophical Discussion

Tom Duncan - that’s Reall;y Up In the Air

Dave Christiansen, 55 Years of Rocketry

Storm Spotter Captive Audience

Travis Demos 1935 Design Radio Working BC-454 Receiver Wll Cloud

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