Ah, springtime in Florida! Kinda looks a lot like summer, fall and winter in Florida, doesn’t it? But of course we still do spring cleaning, and there certainly seems to be some of that going on. Thanks in part to that spring cleaning, we have been blessed with a considerable amount of donated equipment lately, and we are certainly grateful for the generosity of the members responsible for it. Over the next few weeks, we will be sorting through and inventorying these newfound treasures. Some of the new stuff will eventually be put to use to provide additional capabilities (amateur satellite, for example) at our station. The rest will be turned into funds to further ensure the future financial stability of our club.
You might not be aware that when our club sells off extra equipment, it has always been our practice to offer it first to our members at a substantial discount from the price we would expect to get through Ham Trader, ebay, etc. While this has historically been done by word of mouth, our new website makes it possible for all members to see what’s currently available. So keep signing in – while hunting for the web fox, you just might find a piece of gear that you just can’t live without!
We have a couple of major activities coming up in the next month. On Saturday, April 28th (rain date Sunday the 29th), we will hold our spring Radiator Grille. These bi-annual open house events are a great time to show off our station and our hobby to our significant other, our kids and grandkids, as well as any friends or co-workers who might be interested in getting involved in our hobby. So save the date, and we hope to see you there.
Also coming up, on the weekend of May 5th and 6th, is our next Technician license crash course. Please be sure and let your prospective ham friends know about this free training, which will culminate in an opportunity to take the test on Sunday afternoon. We’re always looking for instructors to share the load, so if you’re available and interested please contact me. Speaking of testing, our quarterly VE session will take place on Thursday evening, May 10, at 7pm in the community center at Patch Reef Park. Please contact Jerry Zaza W4BFL for further information.
Well, that’s about it for this month. On behalf of our board may I wish you a happy spring/Easter/Passover and we hope to see you soon!
73 de KO4XL