David Hanna funeral expenses Go Fund Me:


Many of you have already heard the terrible news about David Hanna, WX4NCS. David was the victim of an awful accidental injury and passed away in surgery at UAB on February 10, 2018. This is a shock, of course. For the last few years, David was a mainstay on VHF. He had served as the Assistant EC in Jefferson County and was a frequent net control operator for several of our nets. Anyone who knew him knows that he had a servant’s heart and was a kind and gentle person. He was also passionate about the safety of people in bad weather event and that was why he gave so much of his time to the nets. He was also a welcoming voice on the repeaters and many newer hams will remember him for his outreach and encouragement of ham operators. David loved the Lord and he was a devoted family man. He leaves his wife Lucretia and their pride & joy, their little girl Alivia. Please remember his friends and family in your prayers. That is David Hanna, WX4NCS, silent key.

Winter Field Day 2018

Winter Field Day 2018 is January 27 & 28.

The GPS coordinates are: 33.54519, -87.12597

The address to Red Top Grocery is 1101 Alliance Rd, Hueytown, AL 35023

Our operating location is Alliance, Al 200 yards north of Red Top Grocery. Talk in on the 146.88 repeater and 146.58 simplex.

We are at the old school site in the paved parking area.

Look for the vertical T-Mobile banners at the entrance to the Field Day site:



Remaining Hamfests for 2017

From JVann Martin

Here is a listing of remaining hamfest in Alabama that I am aware of for
AUG – DEC 2017. If there are other hamfests scheduled that I have not
listed below, please send me an email with the information so that we
can promote this at the Section Level.

Let me also remind everyone that the two Facebook sites Alabama ARES and
Alabama ARRL are the primary locations where we post upcoming events and
announcements outside of Section News email. We have attempted to copy
and paste it on many other Facebook sites but I continue to find new
ones and end up missing clubs and groups.

We have about 80 other Facebook pages dedicated to Amateur Radio
across our state and I strongly urge you to “share” what we post on
FB AL ARRL and FB AL ARES on all 80 Facebook pages so that we maximize
our use of social media. I also see many operators share on their
personal pages what we post on our official sites for Facebook AL ARRL
and AL ARES. Thank you so much for sharing and helping us promote
Alabama activities.


AUGUST – Southeastern Division Convention (Huntsville Hamfest)
AUG 19, 2017
WEBSITE for more information: http://hamfest.org

SEPTEMBER – Gadsden Hamfest
SEP 9, 2017
WEBSITE for more information: http://GARC.org

OCTOBER – Helena Hamfest
OCT 21, 2017
WEBSITE for more information: http://www.w4ap.org/news/Hamfest.htm

NOVEMBER – Alabama State Convention (Montgomery ARC Hamfest)
NOV 11, 2017
WEBSITE for more information: http://www.w4ap.org/news/Hamfest.htm

FCC makes big changes FRS/GMRS/CB

Big changes announced! Highlights, based on my reading of the rules. So check the rules. Link below:

  • More FRS & GMRS frequencies
  • GMRS digital systems will be approved
  • FCC will be certifying FRS radios up to 2 watts PEP. (Previously limited to 0.5 W)
  • FCC will no longer certify FRS devices that incorporate GMRS capabilities
  • Existing GMRS/FRS combination radios that operate at power levels of less than 2 W ERP will be reclassified as FRS devices;
  • Existing GMRS/FRS radios that operate above 2 W PEP will be reclassified as GMRS devices, requiring an individual license. (Rumors were out that FCC might eliminate the requirement for GMRS.)
  • As I read it, they are maintaining the frequencies shared by GMRS and FRS. But, they’re just going to allow FRS/GMRS combination radios.
  • DXing will be officially permitted on CB.

The new rules: https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-344617A1.pdf