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By Bill Carroll, KC9CIK
There I was sitting down grabbing my Guns & Ammo magazine to read their take on my Beretta PX4, as a concealed carry firearm, when I was struck in the face on how diverse our hobby is. I had the 2017 Guns & Ammo Annual and started flipping through it to find the write up on my favorite handgun. Not even bothering to use the index (that would be too close to reading the directions), when I got slapped. There was a picture of the great and powerful Hiram Percy Maxim on page 56! By the way, the PX4 Storm is on page 28, if you are interested.
Back to Mr. Maxim, there were eight pages on the life and times of Hiram Percy Maxim, ...
By Bill Carroll
Welcome to 2017 with the St. Louis and Suburban Radio Club! This year we will be entering our seventieth year as a radio club with celebrations coming to recognize this event. I want to thank you for coming to our website and looking us over. I would also like to give you a little bit of a tour of what you can find here and some more information about our club.
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Another year for the St Louis and Suburban Radio Club is just about in the books. This has been the sixty-ninth year that this club has been around. Many of us will be getting together this coming Friday, December 16th to celebrate the holiday season, and to enjoy each others company. We will get to know each other just a little bit better on a personal level, and may even talk about amateur radio for a little while.
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The definition of a club, according to Google is “an association or organization dedicated to a particular interest or activity.” I believe that our club is so much more than that. While we are dedicated to our hobby of amateur radio, we are also friends, advisors, and laborers for the hobby. We gather ourselves on a regular basis to socialize, rag chew, mentor, query, and exchange ideas.
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By Bill Carroll (KC9CIK)
“You have a friend in me…” This should be one of our theme songs of amateur radio. As I look at the membership for SLSRC, I can see we have members that are not within our own region. Most of these are former St. Louis area residents that no longer live here. These are some of the friends we have met through the radio.
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by Bill Carroll, KC9CIK
Today I listened to some of the recorded radio transmissions from the Baton Rouge police shooting. While listening, I thought about how import radio communication is to the police, EMS, fire department, and a host of others on a daily basis. I realized that what I enjoy as a hobby is actually something that is a potential lifeline for others.
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According to Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary, the definition of diversity is: “the quality or state of having many different forms, types, ideas, etc.” The Show and Tell club meeting that we had on May 27th appeared to show the diverse interests of amateur radio operators. We had over 40 radio operators show up to attend this meeting. The range of ages went from early teens to over 90. Our varying interests included what food was going to be served at Field Day, to the purchase and assembly of the new tower-trailer for the club. It was exciting to see the majority of the group take part in the discussions that were going on. The meeting was based on the traditional “after Dayton picnic.” People who had gone to Dayton Hamvention would return to show off their purchases and treasures. This morphed into a "show and tell" from individuals in the club. We did have one presentation that was based solely on the Dayton Hamvention.
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We are all aware we have to show respect to radio as it pertains to radio frequency burns and tower safety, but how much do we consider how Amateur Radio impacts our driving? In recent months we have heard a lot about Missouri and their distracted driving laws. Illinois has also been in the news with the Amateur Radio Parity Act being proposed by Illinois Representative Kinzinger. The ARRL has been actively following these items in both the state and federal arenas, but what should we be doing? My 2nd suggestion to you is to follow the politics in your state and know what has impact on you, whether it is radio-related or not.
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Tornadoes, floods and earthquakes; oh my! These are just a few of the potential issues that we have to consider while living in the St. Louis region. My question for myself is: Am I prepared? I know that I want to assist in any way that I can during a disaster in the area, but am I ready to do that? Not really. Although, I think that I am closer than some. This is not meant to be an all-inclusive look at how to be prepared, and I expect that many can poke holes in my personal view on being prepared, but here it goes.
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