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  • 15 Oct 2022 08:00 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    An all weekend event that lets Scouts around the world get on the air and learn what amateur Radio is all about. Check back later for more details.


    Location: TK Scout camp, Hobe Sound/Tequesta ,FL.  


  • 03 Dec 2021 19:00 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI
    Hello NWS Melbourne SKYWARN Spotters,


    We would like to announce that SKYWARN Recognition Day (SRD) 2021 will be held virtually this year on December 4th. This event is completely voluntary, but all are encouraged to participate.


    What is SKYWARN Recognition Day?

    SRD was developed in 1999 as a way to thank HAM radio operators, who have traditionally encompassed a large percentage of SKYWARN spotters, for all of their help in reporting hazardous weather conditions to the NWS. For 20 years, HAM radio operators would gather at NWS offices around the country and try to make as many contacts as possible around the world during a 24 hour period by exchanging weather information. From 1999 to 2018, NWS Melbourne made the most contacts out of all participating offices seven times, most recently in 2014. In 2020, due to COVID restrictions, the event expanded greatly to include a social media campaign in which we shared SKYWARN information, trivia questions, and asked spotters to check-in by sending us a weather report and their spotter ID.


    How Can You Participate?

    Like in 2020, 2021 will include a day of social media posts, with activities planned for 8am-4pm on December 4th via our FacebookTwitter, and Instagram accounts. 


    However, this year, we ask that those who would like to participate check-in with their spotter ID here at any time between 7pm December 3rd and 7pm December 4th, 2021. After checking in, a point will be added for your zip code location to a national map featuring SKYWARN spotters from across the U.S., which can be accessed hereNo personal information will be shared publicly at any point. We would like to have as many of our spotters participate as possible, but, again, this event is voluntary.


    Who Can Participate?
    All trained NWS SKYWARN spotters (ham radio operators or not)! All SKYWARN™ spotters provide critical weather information before, during and after adverse weather strikes. This includes reports of wind damage, tornadoes, flooding and wall clouds. This is our 24 hours to recognize all of the SKYWARN™ spotters serving our nation! 


    Whether you choose to participate in SRD 2021 or not, we would like to thank all of you for time and assistance during hazardous weather all year long. It is a great help to us. 


    Thank you,

    NWS Melbourne


    Local Contact is Ray Jaworski, KI4RHL Skywarn Coordinator Martin County, FLA

  • 29 Nov 2021 20:53 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    https://www.cqsanta.com/

    For the 16th consecutive year, The 3916 Nets will be presenting The Santa Net on 3.916 MHz. Good girls and boys can talk to Santa Claus, via amateur radio, nightly at 7:15 PM (Central) starting Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, through Christmas Eve, December 24th.

    We enjoy helping young people and their families have a shared Christmas experience that they'll always remember

    Pete KE5GGY

    Pete Thomson (KE5GGY), of The 3916 Nets, commented on The 3916 Santa Net. He said, "Christmastime is a very special time for our nets every year. We enjoy helping young people and their families have a shared Christmas experience that they'll always remember. And we're thrilled to introduce young people to the excitement of amateur radio."

    Youngsters can talk to "Santa at The North Pole" via strategically placed operators who relay the voice of Santa. Thomson said that The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. He said, "In our first year, we connected 10 kids to Santa on Ham Radio and it's grown steadily since. This year, we're expecting over 1,000 children to participate."

    Prior to each night's Santa Net, pre-net check-ins can be made at www.cqsanta.com.

    Third party rules and regulations apply. The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters and The Freewheelers are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz nightly. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to www.3916nets.com For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.


  • 16 Nov 2021 15:00 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    What could be more exciting than three Florida Winter days filled with thundering jets, vintage aircraft, good food, and Ham Radio?

    The new MCARA tower, recently refitted by Jay W4EME and J.B. N5WTF worked flawlessly, and can now be extended with a single hand!

    Our canopy provided ample covered space for radio gear, rag-chewers, and guests.  And since we were so well protected, just a short shower on Thursday was all we received during the entire event.

    On Friday morning, we became "Station #2" in a group of five exhibits especially for local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) students from The Pine School, Clark Advanced Learning Institute, and JD Parker Elementary.

     

    None of it would have have happened without your help!  Well done, to all those who participated!

    Thanks to John N4NNY for taking the fantastic photos!



  • 15 Nov 2020 13:25 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    Please preregister:

    https://www.weather.gov/media/mlb/skywarnclasses.pdf

    Saturday December 5 Virtual (online class) 10am-noon Basic 

    Monday December 14 Virtual (online class) 10am-noon Basic 

    Monday December 14 Virtual (online class) 100-300 pm Advanced


    Must be an east-central Florida resident to register (Serving Brevard, Indian River, Lake, Martin, St. Lucie, Seminole, Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola and Volusia Counties.) 

  • 04 Nov 2020 16:02 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    Special Event Station N4A (November For America)- 

    If you are planning to attend the 2020 Stuart Florida Air Show this weekend ,or within range, bring your HT and listen in to the Witham Field (KSUA) before and after the actual Air Show.

    During the Air Show performance, the AIR BOSS directing the aircraft has the airspace under control and the frequency changes from time to time.  Try listening on Air Boss 118.05

    Other frequencies to monitor are below: 

    Tower on 126.6 frequency (AM mode) 

    ATIS: 134.475     Ground: 121.7   PBI Approach: 132.8

    MCARA Club K4ZK 147.060 PL 107.2 N4A Special Event Station Friday and Sunday on 20m.

    Reminder: PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN HEADSET and NEVER TRANSMIT ON AIRCRAFT BANDS.

  • 22 Feb 2020 09:00 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    The NWS Melbourne,Florida Skywarn Spotter & Community Open House event scheduled for 22 February 2020 has been cancelled due to projected building construction. Please continue to monitor the local weather at www.weather.gov/mlb. Ham radio operators are encouraged to check in to the Treasure Coast Weather Net (TCWN) on Sunday nights at 9PM on the 146.775 repeater (-offset, tone 107.2) or Echolink node 146175.  Be Safe!. KI4RHL Martin County Skywarn Coordinator.    

  • 15 Jul 2019 21:42 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    SKYWARN® WEATHER SPOTTER TRAINING

    Learn about the 2019-2020 Neutral El Nino effects on Florida’s weather. Learn how to report severe local weather. This FREE SKYWARN SPOTTER class in  Stuart will give you all the information needed to become a registered spotter for the National Weather Service.

    Saturday October 12, 2019

    9:00AM Doors open & Registration

    9:30 AM to 11:30 AM Basic Class

    Anyone interested in severe weather, tornadoes, waterspouts, and helping save lives and property are invited. Reservations are highly recommended.

    You can sign up for this or other local Spotter classes at:

    https://www.weather.gov/media/mlb/skywarnclasses.pdf


    For more information or to sign up via email please contact Ray Jaworski KI4RHL Martin County’s Skywarn Coordinator at autopilot9999@yahoo.com  or call (772) 485-9677 and leave a message.


    Training will be held at the Martin County Emergency Operations Holt Center, in Room 225, 800 SE Monterey Road, Stuart, Florida, 34994.

     https://www.facebook.com/mcskywarn/

     http://www.mcaraweb.com/skywarn.html Martin County Amateur Radio Association

     http://www.wx4mc.org Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service / (ARES/RACES)

     http://www.stuarthamfest.com Stuart’s 45th Annual Hamfest March 21,2020

    2008 Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service. Inc.—All rights reserved.

    Martin County Amateur Radio Emergency Service (MCARES) is a 501©(3) public charity that recruits and trains volunteers to serve their community in emergency and backup communications, and also promotes all aspects of ‘ham’ radio.


  • 17 Mar 2019 10:10 | Steve Sprayberry (Administrator)

    Well another Stuart Hamfest is in the books. As the Chairman for this year I feel it was a rousing success! We had a great crowd lots of vendors,awesome forums and great food! The prize ticket prizes were extremely well received and we had more than enough hourly prizes too! Thank you to Everyone who attended! Thank you to all the companies who graciously donated prizes! I’d like to thank each Martin County Amateur Radio Association (MCARA) member for all the time, effort and dedication you gave to make it a success!

    I’m looking forward to making next year even better!

    Thank you again!

    Eric D

    K4EJD 

    #ARRL

    #DXEngineering

    #Retevis

    #BaoFengTech

    #Mastrant

    #EasyWayHamBooks

  • 11 Feb 2019 19:04 | RAYMOND JAWORSKI

    In case you missed the February Basic and Advanced classes in Stuart, Florida you can always register for another NWS Melbourne, FL sponsored class in the area to stay current. Remember you should get recertified every 24-36 months to stay on the NWS list of current Spotters. If you moved out of the area or changed your phone number please let NWS know about it. Visit this easy to use registration website to find a class near you: www.weather.gov/mlb/skywarn.  The February, March and April months could see an unusual amount of hail and severe cold front storms. 

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