Alabama Section News

ARRL Honorary Vice President, Past Director Receives BirmingHAMfest Citizenship Award

ARRL Honorary Vice President, Past Director Receives BirmingHAMfest Citizenship AwardARRL Honorary Vice President and past ARRL Southeastern Division (L-R) Dave Cisco, W4AXL; ARRL Alabama Section Manager David Drummond, W4MD, and Frank Butler, W4RH. [more]

Birmingham Hamfest - Alabama ARRL Section

Birmingham Hamfest - Alabama ARRL Section                                                                                                             [more]

Southeast US ARES Teams Rally as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

Southeast US ARES Teams Rally as Severe Winter Weather StrikesAmateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in the US Southeast went on alert in late February, as the region was faced with an unaccustomed ration of severe winter [more]

2015 Outstanding Youth Ham Award

2015 Outstanding Youth Ham Award  The 2015 Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award is intended to recognize a youth ham, under the age of 18, who has demonstrated his or her dedication to [more]

American Diabetes Tour deCure Bicycle ride

American Diabetes Tour deCure Bicycle ridePlease mark your calendar's now 5 months out that the annual American Diabetes Tour deCure Bicycle ride will be held on JUNE 13, 2015 (Saturday) This year's ride [more]

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Mobile, AL Hamfest Saturday, April 11th

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ARRL Honorary Vice President, Past Director Receives BirmingHAMfest Citizenship Award

ARRL Honorary Vice President and past ARRL Southeastern Division

w4rh(L-R) Dave Cisco, W4AXL; ARRL Alabama Section Manager David Drummond, W4MD, and Frank Butler, W4RH. [Photo courtesy of David Drummond, W4MD]

Director Frank Butler, W4RH, is the recipient of the Birmingham (Alabama) Amateur Radio Club’s 2015 Citizenship Award, the club’s highest honor. The award recognizes outstanding service, unselfish devotion, and contributions to the club, the community, and Amateur Radio.

The recipient is selected by the club’s president and the two past award recipients. Butler, of Fort Walton Beach, Florida, retired in 2008 after 50 years of elected service to the ARRL. He served as Southeastern Division Director from 1980 until 2008. Before joining the ARRL Board, Butler served briefly as the Division’s Vice Director, and he was a Section Communications Manager in Florida from 1957 until 1979.

He was honored at the 2015 BirmingHAMfest.

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Birmingham Hamfest – Alabama ARRL Section

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                                                 David – W4MD Section Manager AL ARRL Forum

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Ed – N4EDT Section Public Information Coordinator and Assistant S.E. Director

 

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David – W4MD and Frank – W4RH  Frank was recognized by the BHM Hamfest for his many years of service to ARRL and Amateur Radio.  Frank also celebrated his 90 birthday at the hamfest.  Congratulations Frank!

 

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Southeast US ARES Teams Rally as Severe Winter Weather Strikes

ares_clAmateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) volunteers in the US Southeast went on alert in late February, as the region was faced with an unaccustomed ration of severe winter weather. Tennessee, which saw at least 30 winter storm-related fatalities, was placed on a Level II state emergency operations center activation level, indicating a major disaster.

On February 26 Tennessee Section Emergency Coordinator Daniel O’Donovan, W4DOD, reported that Tennessee ARES volunteers in several counties were on standby, monitoring established nets, or actively staffing shelters and other locations. O’Donovan said the American Red Cross had opened six shelters in five counties, with 224 occupants, and that nearly 20,000 had lost power across five counties.

States of emergency also were declared in Alabama and Georgia, as they and other states in the region that typically receive far milder winter weather confronted what the National Weather Service called “a historic winter storm.” North Alabama reported snow accumulations of 6 inches or more, and vehicle traffic was brought to a standstill on some major highways. Alabama ARES volunteers were on alert throughout the day on February 25, and the American Red Cross had established shelter sites for displaced residents.

On February 25 Alabama Section Emergency Coordinator Mike Watkins, WX4AL, elevated the section’s ARES status to orange, invoking formal nets on the local and district levels, due to heavy icing of roads in North Alabama and requests for Amateur Radio operators to staff shelters and to assist emergency managers and the National Weather Service.

On March 5, the FCC closed along with the rest of the federal government after a few more inches of snow contributed to the US capital’s most significant cumulative snowfall since the so-called “Snowmageddon” of 2010.

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2015 Outstanding Youth Ham Award

 

KV4LQ - Danial Smith 2014 "Youth Ham of the Year"

KV4LQ – Danial Smith 2014 “Youth Ham of the Year”

The 2015 Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award is intended to recognize a youth ham, under the age of 18, who has demonstrated his or her dedication to Amateur Radio through his or her activities.  Although there are several national awards of similar merit, we recognized the need for an award that

honors outstanding young hams on the local level.  Thus, the ARRL Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award was born.  This award is not a contest for a prize.  Any prizes given are secondary in nature.  A person selected “Alabama Outstanding Youth Ham”; is judged on his or her contributions to society through Amateur Radio.

Requirements

Nominees for the Alabama Section Outstanding Youth Ham Award must meet the following requirements to be considered for this award:

A current Alabama resident

  • A licensed Amateur Radio operator
  • 18 years of age or younger

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American Diabetes Tour deCure Bicycle ride

th[6]Please mark your calendar’s now 5 months out that the annual American Diabetes Tour deCure Bicycle ride will be held on

JUNE 13, 2015 (Saturday) Continue reading

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Don Keith, N4KC, to appear in the March Issue of the American Legion Magazine

Amateur Radio will be featured in the March 2015 issue of The American Legion Magazine. The article, by best-selling author Don Keith, N4KC, will explain how ham radio remains exciting, important, and relevant, even after more than a century in existence and changes in technology. The article will also talk about the American Legion

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Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) — home to club station K9TAL at American Legion Headquarters in Indianapolis, which sponsors regular operating events. It also will explain how the American Legion is integrating Amateur Radio into its organization and for its members, how members can become licensed, and perhaps establish a club station at an American Legion post. Continue reading

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ALABAMA QSO PARTY LEADERSHIP

alabama_seal—–For Immediate release———

The Alabama QSO Party is looking for a new leadership group.

Any individual, group or club in Alabama that might be interested?

Probably takes about 3 or 4 individuals to pull it off each year.

If you are interested, please contact me at my home number

334-886-2883 and perhaps I can answer any questions that you might have.  You can reach me via my email at kc4hw@arrl.net.

Thanks

Jim/KC4HW

David – W4MD AL SM

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