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Upcoming Hamfests

Chattanooga Hamfest
Chattanooga, TN
October 25


Stone Mountain Hamfest
ARRL Ga State Convention
Lawrenceville, GA
November 1



GSSA Amateur Of The Year

In conjunction with the upcoming Stone Mountain Hamfest the first weekend in November, the GSSA will be announcing the award of Amateur of the Year. Any voting member of the association can nominate a ham for the award, and that ham doesn't have to be an association member.
To nominate someone, contact any officer or board member of the association (listed at left under officers/ net info) and tell a little why you think that ham should be the GSSA Amateur of the Year. It will be presented at the hamfest.

By the way, the GSSA "sit and relax" table will be in the main exhibition hall, just past the kitchen on the right. Look in this diagram for "A7". There will be a GSSA banner up.

Time Change November 2nd Means Net Time Change

As we have for a long time, the GSSA Net time will roll back to 6 PM (2300Z) with the time change on November 2nd. The Sunday of the Stone Mountain Hamfest weekend the net will be at 6 PM until next March.

Radio History: A Century of Amateur Radio and the ARRL

Episode 40

The October 1990 QST reported on the 3Y5X Bouvet Island DXpedition of 1989-1990. This $330,000 venture -- funded by the participants and by donations from hams around the world -- produced nearly 50,000 contacts on all HF bands on SSB, CW, and RTTY.
The first World Radiosport Team Championship was held in Seattle in 1990, as part of the International Goodwill Exchange Event.
Marking the 75th anniversary of QST, the magazine's December 1990 issue published an overview of those 75 years, written by WJ1Z. The article noted that at the time the first issue of QST was published, the League's membership was 635.
On October 28, 1990, W5UN worked his 100th country via EME (moonbounce). Not content to rest on his laurels, by November 4 he was up to 104 countries. Dave might have made EME DXCC earlier, had it not been for a tornado that wrecked his first 32 dBi-gain moonbounce array.
The FCC instituted the new "codeless" Technician license on Valentine's Day 1991. Within the first two weeks, 313 people had applied, and the first such license was issued to N3IFY.
An interesting airplane accident story was published in March 1991 QST. Gary, V31KX, was aboard a flight in Belize that went down on November 14, 1990. After the forced landing, Gary retrieved his 2 meter handheld from his luggage, connected it to the aircraft's 121 MHz antenna and made a successful call for help.

Operation Desert Storm began in 1990, and MARS stations were activated to handle personal messages, including phone patches, between members of the military and their families back home -- a major morale-booster. Those efforts of American amateurs operating under their counterpart MARS call signs generated a great amount of positive publicity for Amateur Radio.
The May 1991 QST article, "Last Voice from Kuwait," told how Abdul, 9K2DZ, hid his amateur gear from Iraqi soldiers when they came to confiscate it. When they demanded his radio equipment, he gave them a broken radio! After that, he used AMTOR and APLINK to handle health-and-welfare messages in and out of Kuwait. Many of Abdul's messages were forwarded to the media, Department of Defense, Department of State, and the White House. Again, good reviews for Amateur Radio.
During 1991, many hams made contact with the Soviet Mir space station, thanks to the efforts of operator Musa, UV3AM. Another Amateur Radio first occurred in 1991: The entire crew of the space shuttle Atlantis on its STS-37 mission (April 5-11, 1991) was comprised of hams, and Space Amateur Radio EXperiment (SAREX) ham gear was aboard.

-- Al Brogdon, W1AB

Did you get behind on these? Want to catch up? Read the entire series less the current one above here.

No Easy Answers for RadioShack's Slow, Downward Slide

Back in the day, RadioShack employees would answer the phone by saying, "You've got questions, we've got answers." But RadioShack now seems stumped, and the "B" word is looming ever larger as the retailer -- once the go-to place for electronic components and, at one point, even some Amateur Radio gear and shortwave receivers -- casts about for a white knight. Last March, in the wake of a substantial drop in holiday sales and a big fourth-quarter loss, the Fort Worth, Texas-based RadioShack announced plans to close 1100 of its outlets, leaving the chain with 4000 stores, including more than 900 dealer franchises. The company's second-quarter 2014 report has been deemed "dismal" by investment advisors.

According to CNNMoney, though, the retailer has been able to shutter only 200 of those shops -- because it costs a lot of money even to close locations, and RadioShack has none to spare. It's already bleeding cash -- some $149 million just this year --in its struggle to board up unprofitable locations and keep its head above the rising waters, and, as CNNMoney reported, credit rating agency Moody's expects the company's bank account to run dry within another 12 months. One Wall Street analyst already has warned of impending bankruptcy, and reported last week that the retailer itself has confirmed the likelihood of a Chapter 7 or Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing, if it cannot find a buyer or restructure its debt.

RadioShack CEO Joseph Magnacca said in a statement on September 11 that while the company was making progress in its turn-around efforts, "we are actively exploring options for overhauling our balance sheet and are in advanced discussions with a number of parties."

A filing the retailer submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) this week was far more blunt. In short, it said that if RadioShack cannot sell the firm, partner with another company, or restructure its debt, "we may not have enough cash and working capital to fund our operations beyond the very near term, which raises substantial doubt about our ability to continue as a going concern." And if Plan A does not work out, the retailer told the SEC, "we would likely be required to liquidate under Chapter 7 of the Bankruptcy Code."

-ARRL Letter


Comedian Tim Allen = Radio Amateur (For Real)

In a particularly delicious twist of Life Imitating Art, comedian Tim Allen, star of the ABC hit television series, "Last Man Standing," has earned his Amateur Radio ticket, KK6OTD. Tim joins nearly 2 dozen show production and crew members who have become Amateurs in real life as a result of regular exposure to authentic equipment on the stage set and devilishly hilarious ham radio story lines that find their way into the script by brilliant writers.
Amateurs who are already loyal fans of the show are delighted to welcome Tim into the ranks of the Amateur fraternity, where he joins a growing list of entertainers, heads of state, industry pioneers, and others of great notoriety.
Congratulations, Tim, and see you on the radio.



Preview the new Buzzard Roost Certificate

The "Buzzard Roost", an "educational" gathering....not a net!.... convenes on 3975 kHz at 2400 UTC on Monday nights. They have decided to issue a certificate to folks brave enough to check in!

GSSA Trader's Net
every Thursday right after the GSSA Net

Check into our sister net, the Georgia Traffic and Emergency Net
nightly at 7:15 PM Eastern on 3982.5 mHz

Georgia Cracker Radio Club Newsletters from the past Provided by WA4IQU and ND4XE
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