Rotary Club Bike Ride 2014 – August 23, 2014

Clay County ARES will be supporting this event next weekend.  For more information please checkout out the website addresses below. For those that have volunteered I have sent an email out as of 08/13/2014 with the initial assignments.

Date: August 23, 2014

Start Location:
Hibernia Baptist Church
7100 Highway 17 South
Fleming Island, FL 32003

Website Address: http://www.rotarybikeride.com/
Bike Routes: http://192.185.169.35/~rotary1/images/PDF/RiderRoute.pdf

Directed And Tactical Net Procedures

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Tropical Storm Bertha – Minimal Local Impacts Expected

This update from the National Weather Service Office in Jacksonville.
Synopsis

As we head into the weekend, we wanted to reinforce that newly formed Tropical Storm Bertha is expected to remain offshore of the U.S. southeast coast this weekend through next week. There is high confidence in this forecast track, as evidence by the forecast model suite in the below graphic:
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Virtual Radar from a Digital TV Dongle

At this month's Clay County ARES Meeting, Andy Elwell (K4AMF) did an excellent job of demonstrating the Virtual Radar from a Digital TV Dongle.  This concept was published in the QST Magazine in January 2014.

At this month’s Clay County ARES Meeting, Andy Elwell (K4AMF) did an excellent job of demonstrating the Virtual Radar from a Digital TV Dongle. This concept was published in the QST Magazine in January 2014Thanks Andy, you did a great job!!!

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Field Day 2014 – Clay Today Article

Here is the article that was published in the Clay Today on July 3, 2014.  Click here to read the article on the Clay Today Web Site.

Click here to download the PDF format of the actual newspaper article as shown below.

2014 Field Day - Clay Today

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Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014

This is of interest to those living in gated or HOA communities with restrictions concerning ham radio antennas and equipment.

06/26/2014

A bill with bipartisan support has been introduced in the US House of Representatives that calls on the FCC to apply the “reasonable accommodation” three-part test of the PRB-1 federal pre-emption policy to private land-use restrictions. HR.4969, the “Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014” was introduced on June 25 at the request of the ARRL, which worked with House staffers to draft the proposed legislation. The bill’s sponsor is Rep Adam Kinzinger (R-IL). It has initial co-sponsorship from Rep Joe Courtney (D-CT). If the measure passes the 113th Congress, it would require the FCC, within 120 days of the Bill’s passage, to amend the Part 97 Amateur Service rules to apply PRB-1 coverage to include homeowners’ association regulations and deed restrictions, often referred to as “covenants, conditions, and restrictions” (CC&Rs). Presently, PRB-1 only applies to state and local zoning laws and ordinances.

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