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Thank you for checking out my QRZ page. A little about myself. I took my test for the technician license in January 17,2015 which was on my birthday and on January 21, 2015 I got my license and have not looked back.

I love this hobby so many things to explore. 


I'm running a KENWOOD TM-215A HT with a DAIWA 30 WATT LINEAR AMPLIFIER attached to it and that is mounted to a home brew J-pole antenna which is attached to my air vent pipe. I constructed that out of copper pipe and some fittings. (Copied a design i saw on the internet)., My first shot at a home brew antenna and after doing some SWR readings it was working perfect 1:1 SWR so i was very pleased with that project.

I also run an ECHOLINK NODE W2JLD-L - #449388-147.555MHZ /PL 114.8 which consist of a Wouxon KG-UV899 Radio and that on the lowest wattage setting and Cables linked to a Acer Laptop 2.0 MHz. Its a nice little setup to get me  around town.                                                           

My hobbies are Photography, I am the official CLEVELAND BROWNS Photographer here in Rochester for the CLEVELAND BROWNS BACKERS CLUB. I traveled the NASCAR circuit from 1999-2004 (WWW.DERYCKEMOTORSPORTS.COM) as an independent photographer crossing all states on the east coast as well as a few states on the west coast., I have a bachelors degree in computer science and networking, I have been doing taxes for over30 years. I really enjoy spending quality time with my 8 yr old son and I built him his own website to see his progression thru life.

Amateur radio has so much to offer for everyone and ive realized that with so much out there, one can never be bored. Looking forward to getting my general by 2017.

This hobby has really opened alot of new windows where before they were closed.

I really enjoy nets alot and now I am NET Manager for The World Friendship Net/,https://www.facebook.com/World-Friendship-Net-amateur-radio-ham-operators-987888197954392/, *WORLD* conference server, node #479886 on EcholinkNode 9251 on IRLP, part of the. That net is on Monday-Saturday at 5pm PST/8pm EST.

As well Asst. Net Manger and net control for the WORLD RADIO NETWORK, Which is on the *WORLD* conference server, node #479886 on EcholinkNode 9251 on IRLP, part of the www.narri.org That net is on Monday-Sunday at 9AM PST/12PM EST.


*******PLEASE JOIN THE "WORLD RADIO NETWORK" and the "WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET" as we celebrate WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY ON APRIL 18,2016. Where we plan on celebrating the anniversary of the INTERNAL AMATEUR RADIO UNION which was formed in 1925...to find more info on WARD, you can find them on the web at www.iaru.org

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on that day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

The WORLD RADIO NETWORK will be doing a special event starting at 12 noon east ' 9am pst, on the *WORLD* conference server, node #479886 on EcholinkNode 9251 on IRLP, part of the That net is on Monday, April 18th 2016. We will have the USS MISSOURI CONNECTING.

The USS Missouri BB-63 is handled by James W8JVF at Fort Shafter here in Honolulu. He installed the new repeater there and built the EchoLink node for that repeater. James will be connecting the USS Missouri through my WH6ECP-L node, which is connected to the Starlink System full-time.

The World Amateur Radio Day special event will be held on the WORLD RADIO NETWORK AND THE WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET, STARTS AT 9AM PST/12NOON EST AND WILL CONTINUE TILL 7PM PST/10PM EST. With  5 different net controls working 2 hour shifts throughout the day. It'll be 10 Hour Net.......The longest net ever to have been produced on echolink, I would like to thank: W2JLD - JOHNWH6DWF - TODD, VO1UKZ - DARRYLL - N0STY - NASTY - KM4OOC - MIKE for their support and dedication for this event....Great job to everyone whom participated.  We will be doing this again in 2017...So stay tuned for further details.

The WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET    and the WORLD RADIO NETWORK    are proud to be able to put on such an event and look forward to  your participation. There will be a SPECIAL EVENT QSL CARD FOR THIS EVENT. Those wishing to obtain a special event QSL CARD. Please send a S.A.S.E. TO W2JLD (address is good on QRZ) and within a 2 week period you will receive your special event QSL Card.


UPDATE August 4, 2015 - Received a "Good Operator Report"card in the mail today from an "A.R.R.L. OFFICIAL OBSERVER" - Steve Agee, N5ZUA,Houston,TX. In which he heard me as Net Controller on July 31,2015 and the card says it all!



UPDATE August 7, 2015 - Spent 2 hours putting my 2m home brew j-pole on the vent near the roof, using nylon tie wrap i have used them before and proved very good till i can get a clamp of some sort. but the good news after i put it up i hit a repeater 85 miles away. So another testament as to the ingenuity of ones self if you want something bad enough you'll find a way to achieve it.

UPDATE - August 11,2015 - Installed "CQ100" Software. Using it is very easy. Made several contacts. Amazing how you can chat with amateur opeartors from all over the world. Cant wait till i get my HF Rig.

UPDATE - August 15-16,2015 - INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND.....This event has been gong on since 1995 and it highlights all of the light house/lightship from all around the world.

I went on the 15th of August at Charlotte beach lighthouse and I had a great time talked to other ham radio operators...made a qso with a local ham that was there transmitting and ended up getting a special event qsl card  and I thought that was pretty neat...Had a good time listening to how they do a fox hunt. here are a few pics of the event and the charlotte beach lighthouse


UPDATE - September 9, 2015 - Submitted my vanity call sigh to the FCC, Awaiting action. - September 29, 2015 FCC Officially granted my new call sign W2JLD

UPDATE - January 14,2016 - Created new qsl card for me and also created a few for other ham radio operator,WH6DWF, N2HEG, KM4OOC,



UPDATE - January 21, 2016 - 1 Year anniversary of getting my amateur radio license, looking for to getting my general this year.


UPDATE - February 7, 2016 - Installed a 10 meter diplole on the back of the house, which was relatively easy.

UPDATE - March 16, 2016 - I ended up getting a ICOM-V8000/75WATT, Mono band radio.

Hooked it upto my homebrew j-pole antenna and on my first transmission i got a repeater that was more than 100 miles away, couldnt even hit that repeater on my Kenwood rig. Its a nice addition to my ever increasing ham shack.


UPDATE - April 6, 2016 - World Continents Award#12511
Granted: 2016-04-06 10:40:02   (W2JLD)


  • 2 Meters Mixed

UPDATE April 19, 2016 - The WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY was a huge success, we managed to get: 310 CHECKINS, 158 QSL CARD REQUEST, 32 FOREIGN STATION, 11 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES.

It was the largest net ever on echolink for a special event.....I want to thank everyone that participated in this event, without you it would have never been possible.  I would like to thank: WH6DWF - TODD, VO1UKZ - DARRYLL - N0STY - NASTY - KM4OOC - MIKE for their support and dedication for this event....Great job to everyone whom participated.  We will be doing this again in 2017...So stay tuned for further details.


UPDATE - July 19, 2016 - Please check out this podcast from a WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET checkin W4ADL.

He was interviewed for www.everythinghamradio.com for a podcast about Hams with Disabilities.

Here is an excerpt from the website. www.everythinghamradio.com/2016/07/eth027-hams-disabilities/

"Hello everybody and welcome back to the Everything Ham Radio Podcast! In this episode we are going to be talking with Christopher LaRue, W4ADL about Hams with Disabilities. Chris is a visually impaired amateur radio operator just recently passed his Extra Class test. We talk about some of the challenges that he has and about some ideas that can be done by all of us"

Check out the IRLP website for information about IRLP.

  • IRLP 9251 – *World* – world net on echolink.
    • Gives questions from questions pools 8-9 est
    • Paranormal net 9-10 est
    • John -W2JLD – Net Manager.




UPDATE - August 5, 2016 - Received a KENWOOD TH-215A OUT FIT,Included was a charger and radio and battery and antenna and dc power cord as well as ac adapter for battery.


UPDATE - August 20-21,2016 - INTERNATIONAL LIGHTHOUSE/LIGHTSHIP WEEKEND.....This event has been going on since 1995 and it highlights all of the light house/lightship from all around the world.

 Check out this website for more info on the GENESSEE LIGHT HOUSE:    http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=304

International Lighthouse Lightship Weekend 2016

August 20 & 21, 2016


Charlotte - Genesee Lighthouse

Rochester, New York

K2R - ILLW is sponsored by the Rochester Amateur Radio Association

For QSL cards from K2R:

  • Please send your QSL card
  • US - SASE to the above address
  • International - please send $2 plus SAE to the above address
  • No LoTW or eQSL for K2R


UPDATE - October 16, 2016 -Grid Squared Award#14114
Granted: 2016-10-17 00:28:16   (W2JLD)


        2 Meters Mixed


UPDATE - November 29,2016 - ECHOLINK NODE W2JLD-L - #449388-147.420MHZ /PL 114.8 is up and running here in ROCHESTER,NY. -The node consist of a Wouxon KG-UV899 with a custom made cable, hooked up to a 30 watt diawa amplifier from ebay for 50$....The thing is a work horse.

Waiting on my cable for the icom v8000 radio so i can have 2 echolink nodes running......im sure when i do get them ill def have to make my icom is at med-low power.

Be sure to stop by if your in the ROCHESTER NY area........youll hear different nets transmitting


UPDATE - December 31,2016 - ECHOLINK NODE W2JLD-L - #449388-147.555MHZ /PL 114.8 is up and running here in ROCHESTER,NY. -

The node consist of a Icom -V8000 with a custom made cable, hooked up.

I have the power setting when im home at 5watts and then when im out and out around rochester ill do 25watts........

I had to change frequency because of a simplex qso that was going on 35 miles away and it was causing interference,so it moved it to a more suitable frequecy.

The node is now complete and it sounds and works fine. I am very happy with the new upgrade,no longer using my Wouxon radio,now i can travel with that.

Be sure to stop by if your in the ROCHESTER NY area........youll hear different nets transmitting.


UPDATE - January 21, 2017 - 2 Year anniversary of getting my amateur radio license, looking for to getting my general this year, I better get it this year!!!

I have to make sure i can transmit other than 6m and 10m. With the rig below I want to use it to its full potential.


UPDATE - February 8,2017 - Just got my new hf rig.....I ended up getting a KENWOOD TS480SAT......


Well i must say this is a fine piece of machinery.....I have spent all day and im sure more days will come getting aquainted with this rig.

made my first contact on 10m to N2TOX...So it was gret to hear him out. This works like a charm......NOW TO GET MY GENERAL!!




Got a custom made t-shirt from KG7KA - LOREN - In pharump,nevada-Thank you Loren for the t-shirt....They look Amazing

Here is a few pics. Here are some T-SHIRTS and POLOS that are available for purchase.......please help show your support not only for ham radio but for THE WORLD RADIO NETWORK and THE WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET........



UPDATE - March 10,2017 - Just put out a PRESS RELEASE regarding WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2017

World Radio Network/World Friendship Net Announces World Amateur Radio Day 2017

For the 3rd straight year special event.

Rochester, NY., March 10, 2017:  THE WORLD RADIO NETWORK and THE WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET today announced that for the 3rd straight year, we will be participating in WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2017 ON VOIP/ECHOLINK on the WORLD CONFERENCE SERVER/IRLP 9251. APRIL 18TH  2017. We are part of NARRI/Nevada amateur radio repeaters, inc. Kent Johnson/W7AOR is the primary trustee of this organization.

A positive participation contributed to the success of the 2016 event. We recorded over 300 check ins, 33 international stations checked in, 18 different countries. The net ran for 10 hours with 5 different net controllers doing 2 hour shifts. We also had a special event qsl card that was available upon request. We were happy to announce that last year's net was the LARGEST event on VOIP/ECHOLINK.

As Net Manager for the THE WORLD RADIO NETWORK and THE WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET none of this could have happened if not for the over 300 check ins and great net controllers who took time out of their day and contributed time for this event. W2JLD-John, Sysop for the Western reflector, Net Manger for the World Radio Network and The World Friendship Net, KM400C - Mike, Assistant Net Manager for The World Radio Network and The World Friendship Net. WH6DWF - Todd, System admin for the western reflector, N7HVN - Cathy, NCS for WORLD RADIO NETWORK, N0STY -Nasty, Net Manager for the morning net on FRIENDS Conference server.

So please join us again as we celebrate amateur radio all around the world on APRIL 18TH at 16:00 UTC  (12 NOON EST, 9AM PST) via ECHOLINK on the "World" Conference server (IRLP 9251) for the 3rd annual special event as we celebrate WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY 2017. We will again have a special event QSL card available upon request. We will have a 10 hour net with 5 different net controllers from all over the world.


World Radio Network: Special WARD IRLP/ECHOLINK Net
16:00 -17:30 (12 NOON EST, 9AM PST) UTC via the World Conference server (IRLP 9251) W2JLD, Net Control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.

World Friendship Net: Special WARD IRLP/ECHOLINK Net
00:00 - 01:30 (8PM EST, 5 PM PST) UTC via the World Conference Server (IRLP 9251)
W2JLD and KM4OOC, WH6DWF, Net Control. Stations around the world are encouraged to check in.







UPDATE - March 12,2017 - Just got finished doing a Skype interview with Hap Holly,Creator of The R.A.I.N. report. The RADIO AMATEUR INFORMATION NETWORK serves the ham radio community with news and information regarding ham radio activities all over the world. Hap asked several questions regarding WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY, April 18 2017. The R.A.I.N. report can be heard on the *FRIENDS* Conference server/irlp9618. Be sure to check out that conference.

UPDATE - March 25,2017 - Just got finished doing a SKYPE interview with Caryn Eve Murray - editor/report for AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE. We talked about how I got involved with WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY, I told here it was started 3 years ago and it has grown. She asked several other questions, the interview lasted for over 20 minutes and will air on the 258th episode of amateur radio newsline april 7th 2017.

Be sure to listen to up coming episodes on AMATEUR RADIO NEWSLINE,a new episode airs every fri on the newsline conference server and can be heard on multiple conferences.

This is an excerpt of the AMATUER RADIO NEWSLINE REPORT 256 RELEASED Fri,March 24 2017.


PAUL/ANCHOR: If it feels like the whole world is on the air on April 18th, perhaps that's because hams are marking World Radio Day. What's that? Amateur Radio Newsline's Jason Daniels VK2LAW explains.

JASON: If propagation is good, your signal is getting through and the QSL cards are filling up your mailbox, you might feel like every day is World Amateur Radio Day. Officially however this once-a-year event takes place on April 18th, the date in 1925 marking the formation of the International Amateur Radio Union in Paris. So if you feel you're in need of a special occasion to operate, this is the one.

World Amateur Radio Day is set aside for IARU members to show public pride in being a radio operator by contacting hams worldwide as a gesture of global friendship. The Bahrain Amateur Radio Group will operate for several days as A91WARD with a special QSL card for the event. The Puerto Rico Field Day Group will be on the air on Amateur Radio Day itself as KP4FD. Australia's Albury Wodonga Amateur Radio Club will be operating for three days as VK2EWC.

For the third consecutive year, the World Friendship Net will also be part of the action. The net is operating on ECHOLINK conference server *WORLD* and IRLP node 9251. Last year it logged more than 300 check-ins from 33 international stations and 18 different countries during its 10 hours of operation, making it the largest event on VOIP/ECHOLINK.

For Amateur Radio Newsline I'm Jason Daniels VK2LAW"


UPDATE - April 7,2017 - 

This is an excerpt of the AMATUER RADIO NEWSLINE REPORT 258 RELEASED Fri,April 7 2017.


NEIL/ANCHOR: Finally, we've already told you about World Amateur Radio Day on Tuesday, April 18. It's an on-air celebration of the day the International Amateur Radio Union was created in Paris. But even if you can't join everyone on the HF bands, you don't have to feel left out. Amateur Radio Newsline's Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT explains.

CARYN'S REPORT: Hams won't necessarily have to find themselves somewhere between 160 and 10 meters to mark World Amateur Radio Day. Find them instead on the World Friendship Net, which operates on VOIP/EchoLink on the Western Reflector using IRLP node 9251 of the Nevada Amateur Radio Repeaters group. Organizer John DeRycke W2JLD of Rochester, New York says he expects things to get busy.

JOHN: We first started this net three years ago. I was the only person doing it and we were doing it on the World Conference Server. The following year I got a hold of the conference server owners and system administrators and told them what I wanted to do and they were all on board. Now, in the third year, we have eight conference servers that are going to be hooked up. There will be multiple repeaters and links. I have contaced several ham radio media outlets to promote World Amateur Radio Day. So this event is our flagship event over on the World Conference Server.

CARYN: John believes ham radio's spirit of friendship translates into giving access to amateurs who ordinarily might be left out. This effort is inclusive: Hams who aren't on HF - or can't be on HF - can still get in on the action.

JOHN: We get a wide variety of connections but EchoLink certainly provides a platform as an introductory platform, especially for those who can't afford an HF rig or dont have the money to have an antenna. We have had people that checked in that are in health care facilities that can't bring in an HF rig or an HT, so for them to use EchoLink, it really provides an ability for them to get out there and hit that Push to Talk Key.

CARYN: He said last year there were more than 300 check-ins from 33 international stations during its 10 hours on the air for World Amateur Radio Day.

JOHN: It's just been so successful, I don't know what I'm going to do next year.

CARYN: The spirit of global friendship is alive and well, especially on April 18 -- and especially on Echolink World Conference Server 479886 or IRLP Node 9251. For Amateur Radio Newsline, I'm Caryn Eve Murray KD2GUT.

UPDATE - April 12,2017 -  WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY UPDATE!!!! - It has been confirmed now that we will have the following conferences linked up for WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY on The *WORLD* conference server on VOIP/ECHOLINK.

We will have these conferences linked so be sure to check into: WORLD, FRIENDS, SCARS, STARLINK, HAMLINKR, HANDIHAMS, N0LP, DODROPIN, HI-GATE, THE GUILD.

Here is the lineup of net controllers for WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY on APRIL 18TH at 12 noon est-10pm est(16:00 utc - 02:00 utc)

12noon-2pm - W2JLD - John - Rochester,NY- Sysop for the western reflector and Net manager for the WORLD CONFERENCE SERVER

2pm - 4pm - WH6DWF - Todd - Honolulu,Hawaii - System admin for the western reflector,starlink

4pm - 6pm - VO1UKZ - Daryyll - Newfoundland,Cananda - Sytem admin for DODROPIN

6pm - 8pm - KM4OOC - Mike - Lignite,ND - Asst. Net manager for the WORLD CONFERENCE SERVER

8pm - 10pm - KD8TBC - Lee - Hazel Park,MI - Net controller for the WORLD FRIENDSHIP NET

10pm -12am - N0STY - Nasty - Colorado - Admin for *FRIENDS* CONFERENCE SERVER

I'd like to thank all the System administrators and the sysops for their cooperation and linking up for WORLD AMATUER RADIO DAY.This event will celebrate amateur radio as we know it and this will bring everyone together for fellowship and friendship.PLEASE BE SURE TO CHECKIN AND REQUST A SPECIAL EVENT QSL CARD. Remember to send me a S.A.S.E.(SELF ADDRESSED STAMPED ENVELOPE) and ill be sure to get it in the mail. Be sure to show your participation on WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY by getting a 1 of a kind t-shirt....These t-shirts are very good quality and are only 20.00$......They are available in WHITE/NATURAL/ASH.....In sizes small/medium/large-xlarge. call 775-727-9444 ask for Loren or email him at bsembroidery@yahoo.com

Also I want to thank KENT JOHNSON - W7AOR of the"NEVEDA AMATEUR RADIO REPEATERS INC" in LAS VEGAS,NV. for providing us with this wonderful platform to put on these nets and specail events.

Of course I want to thank each and everyone of you who took time out of your day to checkin with us on WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY on APRIL 18TH,2017 AT 12noon est. Also the WORLD AMATEUR RADIO DAY celebration can be heard on BROADCASTIFY.....I want to thank N0STY - Nasty for linking up the WORLD AMATUER RADIO DAY celebration to BROADCASTIFY for those whom are not licensed.


It again for the 2nd straight year was the largest net ever on ECHOLINK for a special event.....I want to thank everyone that participated in this event, without you it would have never been possible.  I would like to thank: WH6DWF - TODD - VO1UKZ - DARRYLL - N0STY - NASTY - KM4OOC - MIKE - KD8TBC - LEE for their support and dedication for this event....Great job to everyone whom participated.  We will be doing this again in 2018...So stay tuned for further details.


UPDATE - May 11, 2017 - United States Counties Award#6546
Granted: 2017-05-11 14:02:02   (W2JLD)


  • 100 Counties Mixed


UPDATE - September 13, 2017 - In light of recent natural events that has happened in FLORIDA and PUERTO RICO and THE VIRGIN ISLES . Here is some great info about the ARRL role in this...PLEASE KEEP IN MIND THAT ANY HELP IS BETTER THAN NO HELP:


Help the Ham Aid Response Effort in Florida and the US Virgin Islands


Due to this busy hurricane season, ARRL’s inventory of Ham Aid kits has been severely depleted. ARRL’s Ham Aid program loans Amateur Radio equipment kits to established ARES and partner agencies during disaster response, in order to establish Amateur Radio communications support.

ARRL has been supplying Ham Aid kits for the Hurricane Irma emergency response efforts in Florida and the US Virgin Islands. Thanks to Tim Duffy, K3LR, of DX Engineering, for quickly processing ARRL’s purchase of six HF transceivers, which enabled Ham Aid to respond within 24 hours to an equipment request from the US Virgin Islands. ARRL used FEMA resources for shipping, and the gear is on its way via contracted courier to San Juan, Puerto Rico, where it will be staged for deployment.

More Ham Aid equipment is needed for future requests. Please help ARRL in this effort by contributing to the Ham Aid Fund, which is used to purchase new equipment as well as to refurbish/repair previously deployed equipment. Your contributions to Ham Aid are 100% tax deductible. To make a donation online, go to https://www.arrl.org/arrl-donation-form and select “Ham Aid” from the ARRL donation form. To donate by mail, follow the instructions on the web page, noting “Ham Aid” on the memo line of your check.

The Ham Aid Fund was created in 2005 in response to the need for equipment and resources to support the Amateur Radio response to Hurricanes Katrina, Rita and Wilma. Ham Aid equipment is available on loan to Amateur Radio organizations during disaster response when communications equipment is unavailable. 


As Amateur Radio operators prepared for Hurricane Harvey and Irma, the ARRL deployed complete radio stations comprised of industry-donated Amateur Radio equipment, thanks to the generosity contributions of ARRL members to the Ham Aid Fund. Created in 2005 to assist with the response to Hurricane Katrina, the Ham Aid Fund is designated to fund Amateur Radio equipment needed for disaster response, including the shipping of equipment to affected-areas. In preparation for Hurricane Gustav, ARRL received requests for radio equipment from Louisiana and Texas. The shipping costs for this equipment were covered by the Ham Aid Fund.

According to Assistant Manager of the Member and Volunteer Programs Department Norm Fusaro, W3IZ, several kits were shipped to Louisiana; Fusaro is handling Ham Aid requests during Hurricane Harvery and Irma. "We sent three HF kits, 3 VHF/UHF kits and a combination kit complete with HF, VHF and handheld transceiver to the Florida Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP) facility in Miami, as well as four VHF/UHF base antennas and a support box that included coax, rope, wire antennas and connectors." Fusaro also said that a 600 W amplifier was sent to Florida to be used at the Emergency Operations Center there, and an HF radio was sent to Joel Colman, NO5FD, replacing his rig that was damaged during set up at the firehouse.

"To me, these Go Kits ramp up ARRL's ability to support Amateur Radio volunteers in the field when the next big disaster hits," said ARRL Chief Development Officer Mary Hobart, K1MMH. "They won't replace or supplant anything that's already on the ground and working well, but the kits will strengthen it and add flexibility to Amateur Radio's overall response capabilities."

In setting up these Go Kits, League staffers consulted with volunteers who were in the field during Hurricane Harvey to find out what gear served them best or what they wished they'd had but didn't. The Go Kits, stowed in rugged, waterproof Pelican 1650 containers, enable the League to loan out needed equipment on a moment's notice. "The idea is that this makes it easy to ship," explains Fusaro, "and since they're less than 50 pounds apiece, they can be shipped by air."

The HF Kit contains a 100 W HF transceiver, a tuner and antenna, a microphone and a power supply. The VHF/UHF Kit includes a dualband mobile transceiver, power supply, headset, 10 handheld transceivers and a supply of alkaline batteries. In the Handheld Transceiver Kit are eight dualband handheld transceivers and antennas, plus a stock of extra batteries. The Support Kit includes a length of BuryFlex 213 coaxial cable, rope, 15 foot jumper cables with battery clamps at one end and an Anderson Powerpole on the other. The kit includes various fittings and adapters to connect to the power distribution unit and to make RF feed line connections. All kits contain any necessary manuals.

Hobart said it's imperative to sustain and enhance ham radio's emergency communication capabilities for the future: "Disasters happen to be one place Amateur Radio can shine," she pointed out. "We need to maintain a high level of readiness to do those things that are second nature to ARES® members, but that the public is just coming to recognize." Making the Go Kits available to ARES teams, Hobart said, will help to cement Amateur Radio's position as a community resource. "We want to be able to ensure that we have the personnel and the equipment," she said. "With a disaster of any magnitude, we need to be ready."

Since the arrival of Harvey and Irma, Hobart said that the Ham Aid fund has been depleted. "With more storms on the horizon, the ARRL is seeking member contributions to rebuild the Ham Aid Fund. This vital lifeline of resources to support the ARRL Field Organization and Amateur Radio Volunteers will benefit from the renewed generosity of radio amateurs." Contributions in any amount can be made online.

UPDATE - November 9, 2017 -  HEDY LAMARR DAY 2017

For the 2nd straight year on the *WORLD* Conference server, ECHOLINK NODE #479886/IRLP 9251.
THE WORLD RADIO NETWORK is proud to announce that on NOVEMBER 9TH 2017
We will be celebrating HEDY LAMARR DAY 2017.
This special event net will be on at 9am pst/12noon est, (0500 UTC)
Help us celebrate her accomplishments and of course her 103rd Birthday.
As we celebrate here technological advancements in ham radio and
of course her silver screen roles in many movies she did throughout her career.
Join us and have fun and check in to the World Radio Network on Echolink or IRLP.
We will have at least 3 yl's to cover the net which will run 3 hours or longer depending on the number of checkins.
Also we will have the *FRIENDS Conference server
and the *HANDIHAM* Conference server connected for this special event
(more conference servers will be recruited to join us for this event).
More details will follow!!! Please check the website for further updates.
Speaking of checking in, a SPECIAL event QSL Card will be available upon request.
Just tell the net controller and they will put you down for one
and of course to obtain your special event QSL Card.
Send a S.A.S.E. (self addressed stamped envelope) to W2JLD, address is good on qrz.

In 2016 we had a very successful event.

Please join us in celebrating the technical accomplishments of a very talented yl, whom without her inventions, we would not have Wi-Fi or Bluetooth or gps. We will have the DODROPIN, STARLINK, WORLD, UK HUB, FRIENDS. We will have a couple of yl's to be net controllers. So be sure to put that day aside and join us.
We had 94 checkins and 34 QSL cards sent out last year. We hope to have an even greater participation in 2017.

This is last years QSL card (no watermark on the ones sent out).

UPDATE - November 10, 2017 - We had 104 checkins and 40 QSL cards and 3 international stations. We look forward to our 3rd year celebrating HEDY LAMARR DAY 2018.


UPDATE - November 18, 2017 - Please join me on the EAST COAST REFLECTOR/IRLP 9050 on Saturdays at 12 noon EST/9am pst for the "9050 EAST COAST REFLECTOR MIDDAY NET".

The net will be a topic and or question based net. I look forward to hearing all of you checking in. We will also cover the happens on other reflectors and specail events station.

Of course check out on TUESDAYS at 8pm est/5pm pst the EAST COAST REFLECTOR/IRLP 9050 "TECH NET" with your host WB2JPQ/Dick Laing.

For more info on the EAST COAST REFLECTOR go to their website at http://www.eastcoastreflector.com and for more info on IRLP go to http://irlp.net









 yl's in the late 50's





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