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Upcoming Hamfests

Calhoun Hamfest
Sugar Valley, GA
April 26


WiregrassARC Hamfest
Headland, AL
April 26


GSSA/GCRC Spring Picnic
Indian Springs State Park
Jackson, GA
May 3

Stay Tuned

Upstate Hamfest
Spartanburg, SC
May 3


Byron Tailgate
Peach Mall parking lot
Byron, Ga
May 10

Dayton Hamvention
ARRL Centennial Event
Dayton, OH
May 16-18


Atlanta Hamfest
Marietta, GA
June 7


Covington Hamfest
Covington, GA
July 26


Huntsville Hamfest
ARRL Southeastern Convention
Huntsville, AL
August 16


Shelby Hamfest
Shelby, NC
August 30-31


Stone Mountain Hamfest
ARRL Ga State Convention
Lawrenceville, GA
November 1


GSSA / GCRC Spring Picnic

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.

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Episode 15

By 1945, when it became certain that the Allies would win the war, attention turned toward post-war hamming. Articles in QST described modern VFO and transmitter construction, small portable stations, antenna advances, and VHF/UHF equipment and techniques. Everyone was ready to return to "normal," and the League was pushing for that return!

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!

-- Al Brogdon, W1AB

Did you get behind on these? Want to catch up? Read the entire series less the current one above here.


The 2014 Southeastern VHF Society Conference will be held on April 25th and 26th at the Hilton Atlanta Northeast in the Atlanta suburb of Norcross,Georgia. The conference will kick off with a luncheon on Friday. During the conference there will be seminars, sessions as well as noise figure testing and antenna testing. A banquet with speaker on Saturday evening to close the festivities. For further information on speakers, agenda, etc. please check their site.


Set the Way Back Machine for 1944, sir!

K4DT, William in Dothan


2014 GAREC Planned with Huntsville Hamfest, Alabama in August

The Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications (GAREC) Conference will return to Huntsville, Alabama, August 14 and 15, 2014. The conference will be held in conjunction with the 2014 ARRL Southeastern Division Convention/Annual Huntsville Hamfest, which will be held on Saturday, August 16 and Sunday, August 17, at the Von Braun Convention Center in Huntsville.

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.

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