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Volume LVIII, Number 2                                                                                       FEBRUARY 2023




NOFARS MEETS THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 9TH

The next meeting of the North Florida Amateur Radio Society is Thursday, February 9th at Hogan Baptist Church, 8045 Hogan Rd.   The meeting begins at 7pm.   Members, visitors and others interested in Amateur Radio are invited.

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JACKSONVILLE WINTER FIELD DAY IS SATURDAY, JANUARY 28TH

Duval ARES and NOFARS again combine efforts to participate in the ARRL Winter Field Day in the recreation area at Hogan Baptist Church, 8045 Hogan Rd.   All interested in Amateur Radio are invited to attend and participate.   Antenna set-up and equipment installation begins Saturday morning and the nationwide Field Day starts at 2pm.   Jax Laurel FCC examiners will offer FREE exams for all grades of Amateur Radio licenses at 1pm.

Duval County Emergency Coordinator Brian Schultheis, K4BJS and NOFARS Activities Manager Mike Robinson, KG2MM are coordinating our operation.   Several stations will be in operation.   Bring your own equipment and set up too if you wish.   This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to learn more about getting on the air.

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W4IZ REPEATER SITE WORK CONTINUES

Replacement of transmission lines and installation of a new metal grid atop the Wells Fargo Tower begins in February.   NOFARS needs to acquire two 300-foot lengths for W4IZ's VHF/UHF system.   Anyone knowing a free or cheap source for 300 ft hardline lengths or other low-loss transmission line, please contact WA4B, WB4LEQ or advise via n4uf@nofars.net   Service interruptions may occur as work progresses.

The W4IZ repeater is funded independently from NOFARS treasury.   Donations by individuals along with 50/50 ticket sales at NOFARS meetings and gatherings provide support to keep W4IZ's repeaters on the air.

Watch JaxRadio.net  for W4IZ service updates.

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JACKSONVILLE RADIO FREE FLEA COMING IN MARCH

The Jacksonville Radio FREE Flea is Saturday, March 25th in the big parking lot at Terry Parker Baptist Church, 7024 Merrill Rd.   Admission and tailgate spots are free.   The fun starts at sunrise around 7AM and continues until noon.

See JaxRadio.net/hamfest.html

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U.S.S. ORLECK RADIO ROOM RENOVATION AND HAM STATION

The former U.S. Navy destroyer has been docked along the Northbank Riverwalk near a downtown hotel for almost a year while city politicians decide on where to dock it permanently.   The Florida governor scratched funding from the state budget and city leaders have been slow to approve space for its permanent home.   Following objections from the hotel about the ship blocking its view of the river, apparently City Council is moving forward.   Target date for a move is late March when the vessel will become part of a new riverfront park.   A downtown development group has approved a licensing agreement for the ship to tie up at Pier One as a floating museum.   There are still details to work out including where visitors will park but it appears that progress is finally being made.

NOFARS will assist in restoring the ship's radio room.   Plans also include installing an Amateur Radio station onboard the ship.   NOFARS President John Reynolds, W4IJJ states "we want to have, as a minimum, an operating H-F station with more to follow.   The annual 'Ships on the Air' takes place the first weekend in June so we need to have the station operable for that event."

Possibilities include HF wire antennas, verticals and a multi-band fan dipole that is already in place.   Transmission lines are damaged and will need rehabilitation.   Thanks to those who have volunteered to assist.   Additional volunteers are welcome.   Attend the next NOFARS meeting or contact W4IJJ.

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NOFARS 2023 MEMBERSHIP DUES

With a new year it is time to renew your NOFARS membership.   NOFARS dues are based on the calendar year.   You can see when your membership expires by checking the Pd Thru column near the right edge of the NOFARS Roster.   If 2022 is indicated, it is time to renew.

Dues remain at only $5 per year.   Avoid future dues increases by joining or renewing for multiple years at the low $5/yr rate.

NOFARS Life Memberships start at only $50 for those who have been a member for five years or more.   For newcomers, the cost is $75.   See   JaxRadio.net/membership.html for more.

Please send dues to:

NOFARS Secretary Chris Russell, KF4AAF
12956 Chets Creek Dr. S.
Jacksonville FL 32224

The deadline to remain a NOFARS member in good standing is March 31st.   For renewals, if your roster information is correct, you need only include your name and callsign with dues.   Otherwise use the NOFARS membership form or include update details with dues payment.   Phone number and/or e-mail is optional if you want these included on roster.

Please make checks payable to NOFARS.   You may renew for multiple years at the low $5 annual rate.

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WANTED

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

**Hasselblad Camera Equipment

Contact Bob Meadows, W4RRD at 904-264-2946

E-mail rpmeadow@bellsouth.net

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2023 NOFARS OFFICERS

President----John Reynolds, W4IJJ

Vice President----Billy Williams, N4UF

Secretary----Chris Russell, KF4AAF

Treasurer----Todd Lovelace, K1KVA

Activities Manager----Mike Robinson, KG2MM

Director----Roger Knight, KI4PIL

Director----Randy Bahr, KI4RHQ

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