Tour de Cure 2017

Join us on Sunday, March 26 for the annual Tour de Cure Event. The D.E.A.R.S. van will be located at Rest Stop 3/4 providing communications support.

The van needs to be there by 7:30 am and we will be providing our support until the final cyclist has passed through the rest stop. This can range anywhere from 3-5 pm.

If you can’t be there the entire time, please come and support these cyclist for however many hours you are able to contribute. They are so grateful for our support and always express their thanks for our presence.

If you are a Walt Disney World cast member, remember that these hours will count toward your VoluntEAR hours. This is important.

A big thank you to Ken for driving the van. I hope to see you there!! Let’s show these cyclists how much we appreciate them!!

If you click on the link below, you will see a map of the layouts of the rest stops involved. Again, we will be located at Rest Stop 3/4 at the Sunoco Gas Station, 6990 East Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy, St. Cloud, FL 34771.

As Mickey would say, “See ya Real Soon!”

Rest Stop Layout 2017

March D.E.A.R.S. “Fun” Net

This month’s net will take place Wednesday, March 22 at 7 pm. The amazing Bruce Keller (K4BAK) will once again take charge as Net Control of the “Fun” Net!

Please join us from all over the world and check in with Bruce (Net Control). Everyone is welcome to check in and share any traffic or announcements with us.

We will begin promptly at 7 pm Eastern Time. In the Orlando area you will find us on the D.E.A.R.S. repeater at frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.  You can also join us via EchoLink node #632802.

I want to hear a net full of participants so please settle back with your cup of coffee in your fabulous D.E.A.R.S. coffee mug (left handed or right handed) and let us know you are listening. We love to share our net with all hams no matter where you may be located. This is a way to ensure we are being heard and our repeater is working properly and ready to be used in case of an emergency situation.

Don’t miss out on your opportunity to be a part of the “Fun” Net!!

Kathy K4WDW

March D.E.A.R.S. Meeting

The March D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting and V.E. Test Session will take place on

Wednesday, March 8, 2017
V.E. Test Session begins at 5:00 pm
D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting begins at 6:00 pm

V.E. Test Session will be held at 5 pm and is open to anyone who would like to obtain or upgrade their ham license. This includes all levels of licensing. You do not have to be a D.E.A.R.S Club member to attend the V.E. Test Session or the Club meeting. We invite everyone to attend.

We will be discussing the upcoming General Upgrade class which D.E.A.R.S. is offering the weekend of May 6th and 7th.  Come to the meeting for some details of the class including fun demos and a sample of the material which will be presented.  Class sign-ups will be taken after the meeting!!

The March meeting and V.E. Test session will be held in the Players Conference Room at Disney’s All Star Resort. Directions to the location are as follows:

Disney’s All Star Resort Cast Services Building
1601 West Buena Vista Drive
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Players Conference Room

Follow Buena Vista Drive through the light by McDonalds. Take your first right onto Showtime Drive (if you get to the Security Guard Shack, you have gone too far!). Stop at the security camera kiosk, push the button to alert security and show a photo ID (can be a drivers license) to the host or hostess via the security camera. Let them know you are there to attend the D.E.A.R.S. Club meeting. The gate to your right will open. You may park in any of the visitor (or open) parking spaces.

Enter the Cast Services Building through the covered entrance and double glass doors. Turn left and follow the hallway to the end and turn left again. The Players Conference room is on the right.

We will be monitoring the 147.300 pl103 repeater and the 442.000 D-Star repeater. If you have made it to the McDonalds at All Star and are having trouble finding us, just give a call on 146.52 simplex.

The “Chat and Chew” will be at the McDonalds located prior to the All Star entrance. Someone usually arrives between 4 and 4:30 pm.

Come check out the General upgrade class and sign up to get on the HF bands!

Kathy Blake