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Volume LVI, Number 12                                                                             December 2021


The NE Florida Amateur Radio Christmas Dinner is Saturday, December 11th at Terry Parker Baptist Church.   In addition to catered barbecue, there will be prizes and awards.   Doors open at 4pm with dinner served at 4:30pm.   Hams, families and visitors are invited.   Contact Neal N4FAS via n4fas88@gmail.com to reserve a seat.   Only a few tickets will be sold at the door.   CBS47/Fox30 Chief Meteorologist Mike Buresh will collect toy donations for the Salvation Army's Christmas Wish.   New, unwrapped, childrens gifts are appreciated.



By Brian Schultheis, K4BJS

Bill Johnson, KO4RMX is Duval County ARES Volunteer of the Year for 2021.   Bill serves as Duval County ARES Board Member, Logistics Chief, and Liaison Officer.   The group got together on November 13th for a training session in portable HF antennas.   Attendees covered methods for hanging halfwave wire antennas, along with technical aspects and hands-on practice with half wave dipole, multiband linked dipole, multiband half wave inverted V, and the multiband Wolf River Coil vertical.   Instructors Brian Schultheis, K4BJS and Mike Robinson, KD2SXD covered the pros and cons of each antenna for establishing specific radio communication circuits within a portable operating situation.  Special emphasis was given to antennas designed to cover the primary ARES bands of 40m, 60m, 75m, and 80m.   Instructors also guided the students through erection and disassembly of each antenna.


NOVEMBER 11TH NOFARS MEETING:   The Army, Navy, Air Force and Coast Guard were represented among a dozen or so NOFARS veterans who told us about their military jobs and duty stations.   Major Keith Biggers from Jax Salvation Army spoke about the organization's projects and activities.   He thanks all who have participated in Christmas Wish by contributing toys.

STEVE BRYANT, KK4PTS:   A Navy veteran who often attended NOFARS meetings, Steve passed away in late September following complications from surgery.   After enlisting in 1967, he served on the USS Forrestal and the USS John F. Kennedy in the Mediterranean.

One of his last assignments before leaving the Navy in 1977 was supporting the Attack Squadron 72 Blue Hawks.   He was an Aviation Fire Control Technician, PO First Class.   Steve became a heavy machinery master diesel mechanic, known for his abilities to keep equipment ready for the task at hand.

Steve was buried in Arkansas at the Fayetteville National Cemetery.   His sisters, Linda and Susan, wrote that "he shared with us how much he enjoyed his involvement with Ham Radio and the people he communicated with all over the world.   We will miss him tremendously: he was indeed a special big brother...an encyclopedia of knowledge of many subjects and loved his city of Jacksonville.   We want to thank your club for being a special part of his life."

They add " he and his late wife Beverly enjoyed marksmanship competitions, hunting, cooking, riding their motor cycles, sailing on their sail boat and their pets."   Steve was 72 years of age.   Our condolences to Linda, Susan and family.

2022 NOFARS OFFICERS:   Officers for 2022 include KI4PIL (President); N4UF (VP); KF4AAF (Secretary); N2GLF (Treasurer); K1KVA (Activities Mgr.) and KI4RHQ (Director).

PINS & DECALS:   Peel-off decals and pins with NOFARS triangular logo are available from KI4PIL.   Pins are $5 and decals are $3.   Proceeds go to the W4IZ repeater fund.


                                                                                                                                                                                                               DE N4UF



Kenwood TM-D700 Dual Band VHF/UHF Transceiver with cables, two MFJ Speakers, Comet SBB2 Antenna, Maldol EX107 Antenna, Comet 2 GRX, GPS Antenna for APRS (Selling as a package)

Alinco DR-150T 2-Meter Mobile Transceiver

Hy-Gain CD-4511 Controller & Rotator

Pyramid PS12KX 12 Amp Regulated Power Supply

Cushcraft 50-5 Six Meter Beam, 5 Elements

2m/440 Dual Band Spider Antenna

Uniden Bearcat BCT7 Tracker Scanner

Maxon Alert Weather Radio



Comet CFX-514 Triplexer

14 Channel UHF Radio FR-13A

Contact Lewis, W4LTJ via l.jolly105@gmail.com



**Tube-type Transmitters, Receivers, Test Equipment, Accessories.

**Hasselblad Camera Equipment

Contact Bob Meadows, W4RRD at 904-264-2946

E-mail rpmeadow@bellsouth.net



President----Roger Knight, KI4PIL

Vice President----Billy Williams, N4UF

Secretary----Chris Russell, KF4AAF

Treasurer----Jerry Tabor, N2GLF

Activities Manager----Todd Lovelace, K1KVA

Director----Randy Bahr, KI4RHQ


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