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One Country Boy
03-21-2012, 08:28 AM
In case you do not get the ARRL Notifications:


Update: 2012 National Hurricane Conference Amateur Radio Activities


The National Hurricane Conference will be held March 26-29, at the
Hilton Orlando in Orlando Florida. There will be several amateur radio
activities going on during the week. The National Hurricane Conference
(NHC) leadership continues to recognize the valuable contributions of
amateur radio and again invited us to participate with two sessions.
What a great opportunity for amateur radio!

NHC Session #1: Monday, March 26, 2012 from 1:30 pm to 5:00 pm, the
main amateur radio session titled, "Amateur Radio Training Sessions:
Disaster Communications Before, During and After Hurricanes."

NHC Session #2: Tuesday, March 27, 2012 from 8:30 am to 10:00 am, at
the National Hurricane Conference (NHC), there will be an amateur radio
session designed for Emergency Management agencies called "Amateur Radio
Rap Session-The Emergency Manager’s Hidden Resource."

On Monday, March 26, 2012 from 7:00 pm to 9:00pm, the Orange County
Communications Auxiliary, the Orange County EOC and the ARRL
Southeastern Division will host an interactive free "NHC Workshop" for
all ARES interested amateur radio operators at the Orange County
Emergency Operations Center, 6590 Amory Court, Winter Park, FL 32792.
You will be able to meet other like-minded hams, the presenters of the
Hurricane Conference amateur radio sessions and special guest Dr. Rick
Knabb, Tropical Weather Expert at The Weather Channel. The agenda will
be: introductions, conference presenters summarize the NHC amateur
radio presentations, special guest speaker, emergency communications
discussion, questions & answers and door prizes.

The three presentations will be livestreaming on the internet at,
www.nsradio.org/stream.htm and www.voipwx.net/files/stream.htm

All hams are invited at no cost to attend session 1 and 2 at the
National Hurricane Conference and the NHC Workshop at the Orange County
EOC.

For additional information:
http://www.hurricanemeeting.com
http://www.southeastern.arrl.org/2012NationalHurricaneConferenceActivities.pdf
http://www.hilton.com/en/hi/groups/personalized/O/ORLOCHH-HUR-20120324/index.jhtml?WT.mc_id=POG
http://www.southeastern.arrl.org
http://www.voipwx.net

National Hurricane Conference presenters are:

Special Guest Speaker: Bill Read, KB5FYA – Director National
Hurricane Center
John McHugh, K4AG - Coordinator for Amateur Radio, National Hurricane
Center, WX4NHC
Julio Ripoll WD4R - WX4NHC Amateur Radio Assistant Coordinator,
http://www2.fiu.edu/orgs/w4ehw
Rob Macedo, KD1CY - Director of Operations for the VoIP Hurricane Net
and ARRL SEC, Eastern Massachusetts
Mike Corey, KI1U - ARRL Emergency Preparedness manager
Greg Sarratt, W4OZK - ARRL Southeastern Division Director

We encourage you to visit all the activities you can and learn more
about amateur radio emergency communications. Hope to see you there!

73,
Greg Sarratt, W4OZK
ARRL Southeastern Division Director

Andrea Hartlage, KG4IUM
ARRL Southeastern Division Vice Director

http://www.southeastern.arrl.org

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Andy N1ORK
03-21-2012, 08:37 AM
Good info Jim, thanks for posting.

KF5BET
03-21-2012, 11:08 PM
Hard to believe that the season is fast approaching. Hopefully we will have a "light" season again this year.

One Country Boy
03-22-2012, 07:30 PM
Hard to believe isn't it Galen. With no more cold wx then we've had, it may not be so mild. I hope so, but it would appear to me the Gulf waters would still be fairly warm.

KF5BET
03-22-2012, 11:52 PM
Well I just looked at water temps in the gulf. mid 70's in the central gulf with temps in the low to mid 80's south of Cuba. Those are some pretty warm temps for this early in the year.

I keep trying to tell myself that this will not be a bad year, but with such a mild winter, the odds are against us.

One Country Boy
03-25-2012, 08:51 AM
Good morning Galen and All the Group.

I subscribe to a couple of the TV station meteorologist on Face Book. One was speaking of the mild winter we had a couple of weeks ago. At my house, we've had ONLY 3 nights (possibly 4) this entire winter where temps dipped below freezing. I commented to him and others on the thread that this could make for a bad hurricane season, due to the temperatures of the Gulf waters. His response surprised me, stating they were basically normal temperatures. You have to remember though, the Panama City area, where these meteorologist live and work is a tourist area. They don't want to do or say anything that's going to slow the economy even more. Their target area is where Wade lives. Get those Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Kentucky folks to "The World's Most Beautiful Beaches".:waggle:

I live on a fresh water waterway, loaded with fish, crawfish, Cypress Trees, Cypress stumps, large alligators and... oh yes, "skeeters". Let me tell you, we already have a fine crop of gigantic mosquitoes this year. Normally this time of year, they would barely be noticeable. I was in the shop the other evening, just before sunset, building some Carpenter Bee Traps. I could hardly finish up. The mosquitoes swarmed me for the last 30 minutes I was in the little shop. I finally had to pack it in and get in the house. We normally don't see them unless we walk down to the back of the property, along the creek and in the wooded area. We will have a fine crop of them this year, I hate to admit.

Andy N1ORK
03-25-2012, 12:46 PM
Gonna be a bumper crop of ticks up here in the NE this season too. Not so much due to the warm winter, but more to do with the amount of acorns from last fall. At least that's what 'THEY' tell us.

One Country Boy
03-28-2012, 03:06 PM
Gonna be a bumper crop of ticks up here in the NE this season too. Not so much due to the warm winter, but more to do with the amount of acorns from last fall. At least that's what 'THEY' tell us.

Andy, what the heck do ticks have to do with acorns? I don't get the correlation?

W9WLS
03-28-2012, 03:35 PM
Hey Jim:
Got my first "SKEETER" bite of the season back in Feb. (abt the 20th I think) , not looking forward to summer at all here in "The Swamp", going to order a case of "AFTERBITE".
Used to get some skeeter dope up in Michigan, Maine & Canada that was great, put it on in the morning and even the "Black-Flies" stayed away all day, can't remember the name of the stuff but it worked, has like a lot of other things now-a-day's most likely been taken off the market just because it did work !

KF5BET
03-28-2012, 07:36 PM
Would love to know what the name of this gold liquid you speak of!

One Country Boy
03-29-2012, 10:03 AM
I don't think the "skeeters" ever disappeared here, not even in the 3 or maybe 4 days we had freezing temps this winter. I hate putting that stuff on. It's always oily and stinks to high heaven. Better then roughing it though. Some folks down here use meat tenderizer (moistened) to help eliminate the itch after the bites. We were noticing a day or two ago, we have what I think you are referring to as "black flies" Galen. They look like what we call "house flies" but bite !!! I mean they can put a tremendous hurt on you too. I think they are also what we call "Dog Flies". You know, "Dog Days of Summer". Seems early for them, but the seasons have changed here, so I guess everything else has changed as well.

W9WLS
03-29-2012, 01:32 PM
From what I "THINK" I remember the dope was called something like "lolicapop" and I'm sure the spelling isn't anywhere near right .
Twas long ago and a lot of fog in the files here.

Andy N1ORK
03-29-2012, 03:33 PM
We get them in late April and May. We call them Gnats or No-see-ums. They're a real pain in the Arse too.

KF5BET
03-31-2012, 09:54 AM
I was working in the garage the other night building a ladder line 2m j-pole for the handheld. The mosquitoes almost carried me away (they seemed to like my ankles for some reason).

I've already seen the "mosquito truck" come thru the neighborhood. Going to be a long season. Thankfully we have not seen the black flies. Hopefully they will stay in Florida hi hi!

One Country Boy
03-31-2012, 05:29 PM
We get them in late April and May. We call them Gnats or No-see-ums. They're a real pain in the Arse too.



The "no see ums" are a totally different animal or insect Andy. I've not even discussed them. Hi Hi... We don't get them too bad here, but further down, nearer the coast, it's impossible to get outside at times. They get in your hair and stick to your skin. They stay around the salt water marshes mostly. If there is no breeze they come alive!!!