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Saturday, May 3, 2008 (8:16 pm)

Hamfest, Gainesville Style

Filed under: Amateur Radio,Photography — daweathaman @ 8:16 pm

By Charles E. Roop

A weekend ago, I decided to check out the Gainesville Hamfest, a place where amateur (“ham”) radio operators and the like check out the vendors and meetings. It was very small, unlike the Orlando Hamfest (which is around every mid-February).

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I found someone trying to sell this old radio with an eight-track player. Man, those are like tapes for my generation (and like CDs for the kids in K-12).

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Some antennas and an anemometer on a small search and rescue trailer. I should start a weather instrument photo book.

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A small mobile ham radio set on 20 meters (14 MHz) inside that trailer.

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Monday, June 25, 2007 (2:38 pm)

Field Day!

Filed under: Amateur Radio,Photography — daweathaman @ 2:38 pm

By Charles E. Roop

Saturday was another interesting Field Day. The event, which is held in the last weekend of every June, gives amateur radio operators across the country the chance to test out emergency communications using only back-up power. Below are some photos from Gainesville’s event at Santa Fe Community College Saturday afternoon and evening.

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Tuesday, May 8, 2007 (4:30 pm)

Smokin’

Filed under: Amateur Radio,News,Weather — daweathaman @ 4:30 pm

By Charles E. Roop

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A view of the smoke on Southwest Archer Road looking northeast Tuesday afternoon.

Erin and I were on the way home from her grandmothers in Dunnellon (southwestern Marion County) last night when two things happened. I received a Civil Emergency Message on my cellphone and witnessed a huge plume of smoke from the north. It turns out that a brush fire broke out near the Alachua and Bradford County border.

Right now, I am monitoring the situation from my apartment looking for any media reports and relaying any news on the local repeater when necessary. Here in Gainesville, it’s smoke city. It reminds me a lot of the 1998 wildfires.

For those living in the area, check out the Gainesville Sun where they are making updates every few hours: http://gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070508/SUNFRONT/705080332

Also, keep any eye on NOAA Weather Radio, radio (either AM 850 WRUF or "The Sky" 97.3), TV or other media outlets for the latest information on the fire. 

Be back later.

Tuesday, March 13, 2007 (6:52 pm)

Watching the Texas Weather.

Filed under: Amateur Radio,Life,Spring Break 2007,Weather — daweathaman @ 6:52 pm

By Charles E. Roop

Erin, her father and I just got back to Conroe from a day out in town. I’ll elaborate more on what we did later, but it’s weather time.

To our west is a Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect until 7 p.m. CDT. However, I think they might issue a watch for our area later on this evening. Currently, there is a batch of rain over south-central Texas with embedded thunderstorms moving in an easterly direction.

From looking at the skew-t charts in the southern Texas area, Lifted Indicies are anywhere between -5 and 0.7. This reinforces the severe weather threat. Also, the CAPES are a little high the further west you go.

As of this entry posting, there are five counties in Texas that have severe thunderstorm warnings.

Currently here in Conroe, the weather is slowly deteriorating with some lightning and rain coming from the southwest. I am currently monitoring the N5HNE (I think that’s the right call) repeater in Conroe for any reports. I’ll keep in touch.

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