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Message From Hamvention® 2014 General Chairman Charles Kaiser, KD8JZR
We are living in what some are now calling a “maker renaissance” - a culture that has risen from the desire to build things. In this era of everything electronic, instant information and instant gratification, there remains a counter action involving something a bit more tangible. Any of us who ever took something apart to see how it worked and then couldn’t get it back together will understand this feeling. Indeed, the current maker movement encompasses a broad swath of ideals and activities Amateur radio operators have been using for decades: building projects, repurposing old, learning new skills, techniques, and solving problems. Making things makes you a critical thinker, a problem solver.
Today, “makers” are using 3D printers, CNC machines, and yes, even electronics to solve problems or do projects; but they’re still using the same basic principles as Amateurs, as tinkerers, have for years. We in the Amateur radio are all “makers” at heart and in a few short months you’ll have a great opportunity to experience what’s going on in the Amateur world and electronics.
As the general chairman for Hamvention 2014, I’d like to offer a special early invitation for you to attend this year’s event to be held May 16-18, 2014, and assure you that many of the nearly 400 volunteers involved in supporting the annual gathering are already hard at work to make this yet another outstanding event sponsored by the Dayton Amateur Radio Association (DARA).
And whether you’re a first-timer or a regular, I hope to see you there.
Charles - KD8JZR
Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications To Provide Training
In Conjunction With Hamvention® 2014
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Emergency Communications (OEC) will be on hand at Hamvention® 2014 to conduct its nationally recognized NIMS/ICS compliant TRG-AUXCOMM course. The purpose of this course is to train qualified amateur radio operators so they may assist their local, county and state governments with emergency backup communications if requested to do so. This course will be held prior to Hamvention®, 13-15 May 2014 in the Dayton area as part of Hamvention® 2014. (NOTE - This is the three days prior to Hamvention® 2014)
Registration for this course will begin on 1 February 2014: Students requesting to attend the DHS Auxiliary Communications (AuxComm) Course (TRG-AUXCOMM) must meet all the prerequisites and provide electronic/scanned images of required documents prior to 1 May 2014. Specific details on how to sign up for this class will be provided on this website on the first day of registration.
The OEC workshop is designed for auxiliary emergency communicators
who volunteer to provide backup emergency radio communications support to public
safety and emergency response professionals and their agencies. Typically this
includes amateur radio communicators from groups such as MARS, ARES, RACES,
SATERN, etc. Volunteer emergency communications operators/groups have been providing
back-up emergency communications to the public safety community for over a century.
They are routinely used by event planners and emergency managers at all levels
of government. Frequently, the Public Safety community relies on the amateur
radio service when they need additional communications support for situations
like sporting events, festivals and especially when telecommunications have
collapsed or have been severely disrupted during a natural or manmade disaster.
A significant number of States/territories, regions, county and local governments
have already incorporated some level of participation by amateur radio operators
into their communications interoperability plans.
Only students whose registration is approved will be allowed to attend this training. The course is limited to a 50 students, and registration will close when that number of qualified students has been reached. OEC will notify Statewide Interoperability Coordinators (SWIC) in those States whose attendees successfully complete this training.
One-Day Technician Class Amateur Radio License Course At Hamvention®
Full day course to get your Technician Class Amateur Radio License right at Hamvention®, the same day!
When: Saturday 9:00 AM until 4:00 PM; Exam 4:00-5:00 PM.
Where: In the Hallway behind the Main Arena. See the Inside Exhibits booth map.
This is a full day training class for the Technician Class Amateur Radio License. STUDENTS MUST PRE-ENROLL PRIOR TO CLASS. Upon enrollment, students will receive a workbook and access to on-line pre-study materials. Everything will be taught in class, along with several exciting demonstrations of amateur radio. Exams will be conducted at the conclusion of class. This leaves time on Sunday to do some last minute radio shopping!
Go to http://www.hamclass.net/hamvclass.htm for course details and enrollment information.
Does your club or government organization have an emergency communications vehicle to display at Hamvention®?
Contact Gary Hollenbaugh (NJ8BB), Emcomm Unit Coordinator through this URL:
Want to see the balloon launch this year? Be sure to attend the balloon launch forum!
This year's balloon will carry a slow-scan video transmitter using Scotty-2 format on 144.360. Received video will be displayed in the Midwest VHF/UHF Society booth, SA-332 during the flight. Come watch!
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The Dayton D-STAR gateway will be linked to D-Extra X-Reflector XRF038C during Hamvention weekend. D-Plus REF038C will also be available for the weekend. Both compliments of the Northern Ohio Digital Interconnect Group (NODIG). Use 446.1000 Digital Code Squelch CSQL use #13 as a D-Star simplex frequency at Hamvention®.