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NC Ham Missing Daughter 11/11/10

It is with great happiness that I am pleased to inform everyone that my daughter has been found!!

Seems she was hiding out at a friends house and called her older sister who in turn, turned her in. Good job Jessica!

I would like to take this time to thank each and every one of you who helped in this matter by passing on the news and spreading the word. Thank you ALL!!

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73, KJ4ENS

Tabatha Marie Self
Date of Birth: February 9, 1996
MISSING

Tabatha Marie Self is a 14 year old white female with blue eyes and brown hair. She weighs 140 lbs (64 kg) and is 5’5 (165 cm) in height. She has been missing since Thu, November 11, 2010 (11 days) from DELWAY, NC. Please notify Sargent Sanchez at the Sampson County, NC sheriff’s department 910-592-4141 if you have any information concerning the case of Tabatha Marie Self. Further information: She was last seen in the Delway area of Sampson County, North Carolina.

This record was last updated on Mon, November 22, 2010

http://beonthelookoutfor.com/modules…issing&idd=775

My 14 year old daughter has been missing since Thursday November 11, 2010. Her name is Tabatha Self. If anyone has seen her or knows any information PLEASE let me know and call Sargent Sanchez at the Sampson County, NC sheriff’s department 910-592-4141. She was last seen in the Delway area of Sampson County, North Carolina. PLEASE COPY AND PASTE THIS SO IT GETS THE MAXIMUM EXPOSURE!!!!

Thank you for your support in this time of need. Please see her photos that are attached to this message. Thank you.

 73, KJ4ENS
Yahoo IM = KJ4ENS
http://www.kj4ens.2ya.com


12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day 2010

Update/Clarification: This event is Friday December 3rd at 6:00 PM Central until Saturday December 4th at 6:00 PM Central.

The 12th Annual SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) Special Event will take place Saturday, December 4, 2010. SRD is co-sponsored by the ARRL and the National Weather Service (NWS) as a way to recognize the commitment made by Amateur Radio operators in helping to keep their communities safe. During SRD, Amateur Radio operators can visit their local participating NWS office, working as a team to contact other hams across the world throughout the 24 hour event.

For more information on the SKYWARN Recognition Day Event please visit the ARRL Website.

Click Here for a slideshow of the 2009 SRD Special Event at Amarillo!

Raymond Winter, W5RAW, has volunteered to bring in an operating station and logging software. We need an antenna or two–we might know someone with a very nice tower trailer! Also, we need operator pairs (loggers and operators) who can work in shifts to cover a 24-hour period. Terra and I will take the early, early, early morning shift (0400-0800) unless someone else wants it! This year the Amarillo NWS will design and print the QSL cards for us.

To volunteer to help out with the Amarillo SKYWARN Recognition Day Special Event, please contact:

Chris Seright, KE5ZRT
Send me some mail!
or call 806 231-4227
or Twitter: @chris_seright

 

Update/Clarification: This event is Friday December 3rd at 6:00 PM Central until Saturday 6:00 PM Central.


Welcome to EchoLink

EchoLink® software allows licensed Amateur Radio stations to communicate with one another over the Internet, using streaming-audio technology. The program allows worldwide connections to be made between stations, or from computer to station, greatly enhancing Amateur Radio’s communications capabilities. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 162 of the world’s 193 nations — with about 5,000 online at any given time.

The program runs on Microsoft Windows®.  It is offered free of charge and may be downloaded here .

What is EchoLink for Android?

EchoLink for Android is an edition of the EchoLink software that runs on an Android smartphone or tablet, such as a Motorola Droid or an HTC Evo. If you own one of these devices and are a validated EchoLink user, you can access the EchoLink system from nearly anywhere where WiFi or 3G networking is available. EchoLink for Android is available free of charge from the Android Market; tap the Market icon on your phone and search for EchoLink. Or, if you have a bar code scanner app on your Android phone, scan the QR code that appears to the right.

Once you have downloaded the free software, all you need is an internet connection and a microphone headset and you can talk to hams worldwide. Alternatively, you can access EchoLink via RF without a computer from your handy-talkie, base or mobile station. Locally, in Amarillo the KC5EZO repeater (444.050, PL 88.5, node #307304) is tied in to EchoLink. Additionally, in Borger, the WA5CSF repeater (147.060, PL 00.0, node #387265) is also tied in to EchoLink and both can be accessed via RF.

What is EchoLink for iPhone?

EchoLink for iPhone is an edition of the EchoLink software that runs on an iPhone or iPod touch. If you own one of these devices and are a validated EchoLink user, you can access the EchoLink system from nearly anywhere where WiFi networking is available. If you have an iPhone, you can also use it to access EchoLink over the cellular data (3G or EDGE) network. EchoLink for iPhone is available free of charge from Apple’s App Store.

How do I access EchoLink from my Amateur Radio?

To access EchoLink via RF through a local repeater, you will need to know a few function commands that you will enter with DTMF tones from your radio station. You may not need to know all of the commands in the table below, but some of them will be necessary. Additionally, you will need to know the node number of the station that you want to connect to. A list of EchoLink active nodes that are available can be found here.

Command Description Default
Connect Connects to a station on the Internet, based on its node number. num
Connect by Call Connects to a station on the Internet, based on its callsign. C+call+#
Random Node Selects an available node (of any type) at random, and tries to connect to it. 00
Random Link Selects an available link or repeater (-L or -R) at random, and tries to connect to it. 01
Random Conf Selects a conference server at random, and tries to connect to it. 02
Random User Selects an available single-user station at random, and tries to connect to it. 03
RandomFavNode Selects an available node (of any type) at random from the Favorites List, and tries to connect to it. 001
RandomFavLink Selects an available link or repeater (-L or -R) at random from the Favorites List, and tries to connect to it. 011
RandomFavConf Selects a conference server at random from the Favorites List, and tries to connect to it. 021
RandomFavUser Selects an available single-user station at random, and tries to connect to it. 031
Disconnect Disconnects the station that is currently connected.  If more than one station is connected, disconnects only the most-recently-connected station. #
Disconnect All Disconnects all stations. ##
Reconnect Re-connects to the station that most recently disconnected. 09
Status Announces the callsign of each station currently connected. 08
Link Down Disables EchoLink (no connections can be established). (none)
Link Up Enables EchoLink. (none)
Play Info Plays a brief ID message. *
Query by Call Looks up a station by its callsign, and reads back its node number and status. 07+call+#
Query by Node Looks up a station by its node number, and reads back its callsign and status. 06+num
Profile Select Switches to a different stored set of configuration settings (0 through 9). B#

+num

Listen-Only On Inhibits transmission from RF to the Internet. 0511
Listen-Only Off Restores normal transmission from RF to the Internet. 0510

Connect

The default for the Connect command is to simply enter the 4- 5-, or 6-digit node number to which you wish to connect.  To prevent interference with other DTMF functions, however, you may wish to configure a special prefix, such as A or 99.

Link Up and Link Down

No defaults are provided for these functions.  To enable these functions, enter a DTMF sequence for each one, using the DTMF tab of the Sysop Settings page.

Profile Select

Profiles are numbered from 0 to one less than the number of profiles shown under File->Profiles.  Profile 0 is always MAIN.

Station Shortcuts 

Custom DTMF commands can be created to connect to specific stations. These commands are called Station Shortcuts, and are not shown in the table above. To manage your Station Shortcuts, click the Station Shortcuts button on the DTMF tab of Sysop Settings.

Entering Node Numbers

To enter a node number (for the Connect or Query by Node commands), enter the 4-, 5-, or 6-digit node number.  If the specified node is not among the stations currently logged on, EchoLink will say “NOT FOUND”.

Entering Callsigns

To enter a callsign (for the Connect by Call or Query by Call commands), press two digits for each letter and number in the callsign.  The first digit is the key on which the letter appears (using 1 for Q and Z), and the second digit is 1, 2, or 3, to indicate which letter is being entered.  To enter a digit, press the digit followed by 0.  When finished, end with the pound key (#).

For example, the letter “K” is entered as “52”, the letter “Q” is entered as “11”, and the digit “7” is entered as “70”.

Callsigns need not be entered in full.  If a partial callsign is entered, EchoLink will find the first match among the stations currently logged on.  If no match is found among the stations currently logged on, EchoLink will say “NOT FOUND”.

Examples

(These examples assume that the default DTMF codes are configured.)

  • To connect to node number 9999:

Enter:  9 9 9 9

EchoLink responds with:

“CONNECTING TO CONFERENCE E-C-H-O-T-E-S-T”

followed by

“CONNECTED”

because 9999 is the node number of conference server “*ECHOTEST*”.

  • To get the status of K1RFD:

Enter:  0 7 5 2 1 0 7 2 3 3 3 1 #

EchoLink responds with:

“K-1-R-F-D 1-3-6-4-4 BUSY”

because 13644 is the node number of station K1RFD, and K1RFD is currently busy.

  • To connect to a random link or repeater:

Enter: 0 1

EchoLink responds with:

“CONNECTING TO K-1-O-F REPEATER”

followed by

“CONNECTED”

because K1OF-R was selected at random.

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Hopefully this information was useful. I hope to hear you soon on the weekly Ham Twit Net Thursdays at 01:00 UTC, (Wednesdays at 19:00 CST) which can be accessed via EchoLink node W5RAW-R #387265, or on the Borger repeater 147.060, PL 00.0. For more information on the HamTwitNet, click here.


ARRL, Red Cross Sign Memorandum of Understanding

On Thursday, March 25, ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the American Red Cross (ARC) at ARC National Headquarters in Washington, DC. The MoU, which replaces an earlier Statement of Understanding that expired in 2007, provides a “broad framework for cooperation” between the ARRL and the ARC “in preparing for and responding to disaster relief situations at all levels in rendering assistance and service to victims of disaster, as well as other services for which cooperation may be mutually beneficial.”

The ARRL Board of Directors approved the signing of the MoU at its January 2010 meeting following the completion of negotiations. The Red Cross requires the completion of a criminal background check to participate in Red Cross activities and provides a process by which a volunteer may have a criminal background check performed at no cost to the volunteer. In the case of ARRL volunteers, the Red Cross has agreed to accept an alternative process: ARRL volunteers may arrange, at their own initiative and expense, to have the criminal background check performed by a state or local law enforcement agency.

The Red Cross also has agreed that ARRL volunteers shall not be asked or required to consent to credit checks, mode of living investigations or investigative consumer reports in order to provide a communications function.

The ARRL and the Red Cross encourage interested volunteers in their respective organizations to become members and to participate in the activities of the other organization. ARRL volunteers should be aware that if they wish to become Red Cross volunteers, they may be required to consent to additional background checks in accordance with Red Cross policy that may include credit checks, mode of living investigations or investigative consumer reports.

Per the MoU, “both ARRL volunteers and ARC workers will work cooperatively at the scene of a disaster and in the disaster recovery, within the scope of their respective roles and duties as recommended.” During a Red Cross Disaster Relief Operation (DRO) and depending on their training and qualifications, ARRL volunteers may perform in one or more of several roles, including Amateur Radio Liaison, Communication Equipment Operator, Communication Equipment Installation/Repair and Disaster Assessment. ARRL volunteers who are assigned roles by the Red Cross during a DRO will be provided with Red Cross credentials as required by the role, consistent with Red Cross policy.

“Because of the importance of emergency communications, we are happy to be able to continue the League’s long-standing relationship with the American Red Cross,” said ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN. “The ARC and other served agencies give Amateur Radio operators the worthwhile missions in our communities that allow us to thank America for the privilege of being hams.”

Original article from: http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-red-cross-sign-memorandum-of-understanding

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