Single Sideband Association
Serving Amateur Radio since 1960
into the voice of the Association,
kHz at 2300Z
There's just a few weeks to the spring picnic! As always, it will be at the Indian Springs State Park, picnic shelter #4. The park is located on SR42 about 5 miles south of Jackson, Georgia. Bring a covered dish, and something for the charity auction that's always held right after lunch. The Association handles plates and utensils, but bring a chair. Good food and lots of family fun!
That's May 3rd, get there when you want in the morning, lunch is between 11:30 and noon.
History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL
In May 1945, the FCC announced its plan for the Amateur Radio bands when the war was over. Among other things the 2½ and 1¼ meter bands would be shifted to the frequencies they occupy today. In June, the FCC announced that it would delete the 5 meter band and replace it with 6 meters.
And then, the war was over! The documents were signed on August 14, 1945, to formally end hostilities. On August 15, ARRL asked the FCC to re-open the ham bands. The very next day, the FCC announced that the 112 MHz (2½ meter) band would be immediately opened for ham use. Slashing through miles of red tape, the band was opened on August 21. We were back on the air, even though it was on only one VHF band that would shortly become another!
Other bands were opened to ham operation as quickly as possible, but military communications first had to be moved away from the amateur bands. Making all those military frequency changes was not an easy task, but it was done as quickly as possible. After military circuits had been moved from a given ham band, the FCC would release it for ham use.
The 160 meter band remained closed to hams. During the war, a then-secret navigation system called LORAN (for "Long-Range Aid to Navigation") had been developed and placed in the 1.8 to 2.0 MHz band. After the war it continued to be widely used for maritime navigation. Hams eventually were allowed back on 160 -- at first with reduced power limits but ultimately, after LORAN went away, with normal power limits.
In another change that came with post-war Amateur Radio, the FCC rezoned the 48 states into 10 call areas, rather than the previous 9. New W0-prefix call signs started showing up on the air. Those were new licensees. Hams who had been living in the new 10th call area before the war could continue to use their W9-prefix call signs until renewal time, at which time their call signs were switched to the W0-prefix.
By early 1946, 10 meters
had been reopened for amateur use, and the ARRL threw a "Band-Warming
Party" in February and March 1946. The Band-Warming Party was a
worldwide QSO party, with both CW and phone operation. It was a nice
way to celebrate being back on the air!
Set the Way Back Machine for 1944, sir!
Planned with Huntsville Hamfest, Alabama in August
The 2014 GAREC conference will focus on the application of advanced technologies in emergency and disaster response communications. Experts will meet and discuss local, regional and global activities, operations, lessons learned and explore better, new ways of coordination and communications in times of emergency. All Amateur Radio operators and professionals alike are invited to attend!
The 2007 GAREC was held in Huntsville. Radio amateurs from all over the world attended both the conference and the Huntsville Hamfest. Many bonds were formed and communications on a regional and global level were discussed.
For speaker and presenter information, contact Hans Zimmermann, F5VKP/HB9AQS, IARU International Coordinator for Emergency Communications. For registration and all GAREC 2014 information, click here.
Georgia Cracker Radio Club Newsletters from the past Provided by WA4IQU and ND4XE
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