Update from KF4PYX . . .

The following is directly from Tommie Justice, KF4PYX, via WCARS President Scott McCabe, W4IYS:

“Good news , Bad news……..The doctor office called and canceled my bypass surgery from Friday morning ( 22nd) until Wednesday morning (27th) 5:30AM arrival time and 7:30 by pass surgery time.   The anticipation continues, stomach has been tied in knots for last day or so. Will have to stay in Quarantine till then which is hard to do.   The reason for the change is the impending snow storm. We had all the bases covered but believe the choice made will be the best. Thanks for all the thoughts and prayers. Will try to keep you posted.”

KF4PYX requesting prayers

Hi all:
This message received by Randy KI4VLW, and sent to you re: WCARS club
member KF4PYX, Tommie Justice
73 ~ N4SET Steve, Treasurer, WCARS
—–Original Message—–
Sent: Fri, Jan 15, 2016 2:20 pm
Subject: Tommie update
 Wednesday, the 13th.
We went to Memorial Mission hospital and they did a catheterization of
his  heart. He was on Plavix and had to wait until all of it was out of
his body and they are planning to do 4-5 by-passes at the end of next
week. They kept him over night to de-sentize him of aspirin with small
doses of aspirin and increasing the dose every 30 min from 9pm until
12.  We came home around 6PM on Thursday.   He will be on an aspirin a
day for the rest of his living days.
The doctors office was supposed to call us  on Friday (today) and let us
know the exact time and day next week to be there for the by-passes.
Until then he can’t be in any crowds, no lifting, no bending, no
greens(eating) no going outside if tempt is below 40 degrees, no
driving. Only walking around in the house.
We desire your prayers that GOD’S WILL BE DONE.

Prayers needed for N4NH

Via WCARS President Scott McCabe, W4IYS:

Norman Harrill (N4NH) was taken to the hospital Tues morning with a  suspected heart attack.  Tests showed no heart attack; however, he does have atrial fibrillation and will see a cardiologist.  Please continue your prayers and thoughts for Norman and his family.

Thanks much,  Scott

N4AA needs help with tower project

Carl Smith, N4AA, in Leicester needs help with a tower project. He is looking for someone with the tools and expertise to install Rohn 25G
tower sections. He has 60 feet that needs to be installed. The base and guy anchors are already installed. Carl has all the necessary guy material and associated hardware for the project. Two antennas are to be installed on the tower, a six meter beam and a WARC band dipole.

Anyone who wishes to help and is qualified to do this type of work, are asked to call Carl at 828-683-0709.

Upcoming Ham events in the ATL area!

Via Norm Schklar, WA4ZXV:

–Stone Mountain Hamfest is just a few days away. http://www.stonemountainhamfest.com/

Stone Mountain Hamfest


General Admission: $8.00 at the gate.

We hope to see you at this year’s Hamfest!

Forum list and list of early registered vendors is on the web site. http://www.stonemountainhamfest.com/

The youth lounge is now the Student Shack. There will be activities for teens and preteens. There will be an active HF station, introduction to CW. A bone yard tour (Weather Permitting). Good chance we’ll have a simple kit build. And of course a few snacks.

73 – The Alford Memorial Radio Club Hamfest Committee


–2015 HamJam

The 2015 HamJam event takes place on Saturday November 14 from 8AM to 1PM. All of the information about HamJam and it’s purpose is located at http://www.hamjam.info . The location is one block east off GA 400 at exit 11 on Windward Pkwy. Go east one block and the Metropolitan Club is located on your right at 5895 Windward Pkwy, Alpharetta, GA 30005.

The prize list for the drawing is now over $8,100.

You may purchase tickets on line until November 11th , or at our ticket sales tables at HamJam until the mid-morning break.

NFARL and our sponsors are pleased to be able to present an event to raise funds that will be used specifically to encourage today’s youth to get involved in amateur radio and related STEM technologies. Please consider a contribution to help support the youth and the legacy we are leaving for them by purchasing yourRaffle Tickets now whether you plan on attending or not. You do not need to be present to win one of the top 6 prizes. Our online ticket sales will end at midnight on November 11, 2015.

Thank you in advance from the HamJam committee for your continued support now as well as in the previous years.



Saturday, January 9th, 2016
9:00am – 2:00pm

Gwinnett Medical Resource Center
665 Duluth Highway (GA-120)
Lawrenceville, GA 30046 Directions

TechFest is FREE. No entry fee, no lunch charge, no club display fee no forum fee. So come to Lawrenceville and meet with a few hundred of your closest ham friends.

The Gwinnett Amateur Radio Society (GARS) will be hosting our annual TechFest January 9th.
We have invited regional radio groups to participate by setting up a table with information about their activities and to demonstrate some type of amateur radio mode, method, technology or experience. This will be an opportunity for the community to become aware of the many modes of operation of Radio Amateurs and view some of the preparations taking place by public service volunteers in the Ham radio community. Unlike Field day, or the typical swap meet, this is not a contest or race. It is a chance to experience modes of our hobby that you might have never seen. Or to show your friends and family what Amateur Radio is about.

Bring a crock pot full of chili to enter the contest. Bring your award-winning chili in the morning and give it to the food staff. A panel of three judges picks the winner at 11:00am. The winning cook’s picture will be in the February Garzette and the winner gets bragging rights for a year!

Past Chili Cookoff Winners: 2015 – Mike Smith, KK4KHS 2014 – David Adcock, KA4KKF 2013 – Vaden McDonald, NN4K
2012 – Kyle Albritton, W4KDA 2011 – Sandy Jackson, KJ4DRO 2010 – Randy Collins, N4COR

Techfest does hold a raffle and accept donations to help support the event. You are not obligated to participate.
There will be some door prizes, you must be present to win. The raffle is for an ICOM 7100 all band radio. You DO NOT have to be present to win the raffle.

There will be a License Exam Session during TechFest. The testing begins at 9:15 and the Exam Fee is $14.00. What to bring to a test session

We want to thank all the exhibitors and guests for great participation in TechFest over the past 17 years.