The next meeting of the North Florida Amateur Radio Society is Thursday, June 8th at Hogan Baptist Church, 8045 Hogan Rd.   The meeting begins at 7pm.   All interested in Amateur Radio are invited.
Rerouting of transmission lines to a new antenna mounting grid on the roof to the city's Wells Fargo Tower communications area may cause service outages.   Watch JaxRadio.net  for W4IZ service updates.
Operators will be contacting similar portable set-ups throughout North America to test the effectiveness of their impromptu installations.   Solar panels and mechanical units will provide power apart from commercial mains.
Efficient antennas are critical to successful portable communications. Installation starts Friday afternoon, June 23rd.   The 24-hour communications marathon begins at 2:00pm Saturday.
Purposes of Field Day include testing equipment and antenna performance while providing experience for operators who may be needed following hurricanes, earthquakes, wide power outages and other disruptions where back-up communications is in short supply, especially during the hours immediately following a disruption.
Those interested in becoming FCC-licensed Amateur Radio Service operators and newly-licensed hams are especially invited to visit and learn more.   Jax Laurel examiners will offer FREE FCC testing at 1pm Saturday at the FD site.
MAY MEETING:   Butch Shadwell, KV4YQ spoke about proper grounding and lightning protection for Amateur Radio equipment.   With Florida ranking near the top in lightning strikes, Butch provided details on various approaches to minimize exposure--ranging from disconnection to high-dollar protection devices.
**Tube-type Transmitters, Receivers, Test Equipment, Accessories.
**Hasselblad Camera Equipment
Contact Bob Meadows, W4RRD at 904-264-2946
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