Amateur Radio Week in Decatur

Vice-President David Stephenson was instrumental in getting a special proclamation issued by the mayor of Decatur, Don Kyle.

June 17th through 23rd is Amateur Radio Week in Decatur, Alabama.

Of course, you realize that this includes Field Day weekend, which is the 22nd and 23rd.

Hope you’re planning on coming out and helping with the event.  We start setup around 9:00 on Saturday morning at the picnic pavilion behind the Spirit of America stage at Point Mallard Park.

See you there!


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Happy Birthday to Us!!

Here’s an excerpt from the history files of the club:

The concept for a local Amateur Radio Club was formed in the summer of 1952.  By January 1953, organizational meetings were being held in various locations, including the members’ homes.  Application was made for an ARRL Club Charter and, in February 1953, a charter was granted to The Decatur Amateur Radio Club, Inc.  Arrangements were made to use the Decatur Utilities Auditorium for Club Meetings, later changed to the Red Cross facilities.  Finally, the meetings were moved to the Civil Defense headquarters in the basement of the Morgan County Courthouse, a tradition that continues today.

In 1953, the Club participated in its first Field Day and had its first Christmas dinner.  During the next few years, the Club made its mark as a valuable asset to the community, receiving recognition for outstanding participation with communications when a tornado hit Hartselle in 1954.  Other recognized activites included the winter of 1955 when a severe ice storm plagued Decatur, and when a tornado struck near the airport during a Club meeting in 1957.

So, that means our club is 60 years old this month.
Happy Birthday to us!!!!

We plan to continue serving Decatur and Morgan County with participation in severe weather events, emergency management drills, and any other activities (planned or unplanned) that require reliable and responsible communications.

And hopefully we’ll be here after 60 more years!

Hey!! Nice cake!!


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Club Officers for 2013

At the November meeting, the club reelected the officers from 2012, so they will be serving a second (or more) term.  They are:

President – J. Lester Christophe W5GSU

Vice-President – David Stephenson KJ4OKJ

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Ray Frederick KD4VCW

The “Officers” page is up to date with current photos.

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Fame Comes to Us Again!

Look who made the newspaper!  Our own Bob McKenzie K4MLR had a nice feature story yesterday (June 14th). Club president Lester Christophe W5GSU got a mention,  and Lloyd Barnette W4RFZ (last year”s publicity hound) had a cameo appearance.

The story can be read here.

The story is a good reminder or Field Day,  which is June 23rd  and 24th. Come out and join us at Point Mallard!

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National Traffic System – Radiograms

At the April meeting the Vice-President, David Stephenson KJ4OKJ presented a program on radiograms and the National Traffic System.

The Powerpoint presentation he used can be downloaded from the ARRL website here. you may need to log into the site before you can download it.

A former member, Silent Key Dave Knight W4ZJY used to be very active in passing traffic. Is there anyone taking his place locally?

Here’s a great way to use a ham license for public benefit!

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2012 Officers

At the November meeting, the club elected officers for 2012.  They are:

President – J. Lester Christophe W5GSU

Vice-President – David Stephenson KJ4OKJ

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Ray Frederick KD4VCW

The “Officers” page has been updated to reflect the changes and to show the mugshots – I mean photo.

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More Face Time for W4RFZ

Lloyd Barnette – W4RFZ is certainly getting a lot of publicity!  First he showed up in CQ Magazine last year after Field Day.  Then he appeared in the CQ 2011 calendar.  Then he got his photo on the cover of the July 2011 CQ Magazine with mention in an article inside.

Today (September 22, 2011) he appeared in a feature article in the Decatur Daily.

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There’s a good photo in the paper of the QSL card he received from JY1, the late King Hussein of Jordan.  There are also photos of his “Tuna Tin” transmitter and his sardine can receiver.  And don’t forget the intriguing photo of his “telegraph key”.  Unfortunately those photos don’t appear in the online article.

The radio club gets a mention, too.  We’re always glad for free publicity!

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CQ Magazine – Fair Warning!!!

For all you CQ Magazine subscribers and readers out there:

The cover of the July, 2011, issue has a full color shot of . . .

Lloyd Barnette – W4RFZ

There’s also a photo in the June issue from our Field Day photoshoot last year.  It’s the same as a photo in the 2011 calendar with club president Bob McKenzie – K4MLR and vice-resident Lester Christophe – W5GSU.

One again, we’re famous!!!

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2011 Officers

The club re-elected last year’s officers for 2011.  They are:

President – Bob McKenzie K4MLR

Vice-President – J. Lester Christophe W5GSU

Secretary – Richard Matthews KB4CAY

Treasurer – Ray Frederick KD4VCW

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We’re Famous!

Check out the November 2010 issue of CQ Magazine.   Our Field Day operation is on the cover!

Rick Ruhl W4PC was visiting with his daughter and her friend and operated the station for a while.  He tells the story in the accompanying article.

And that’s not all!  The 2011 CQ calendar is for sale.  Another picture of the girls appears on one of the months.  There is also a picture of Lloyd Barnette W4RFZ with part of his station!

Now all we need to do is line up for autographs!

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