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

D.E.A.R.S. October club meeting & V.E. Session

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

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Testing starts at 5:00 pm
Meeting starts 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.

We have a phenomenal speaker for this meeting. Some of you may remember Gary Ownsby, President of the Chattanooga, Tennessee Ham Radio Club. He has been instrumental as a consultant to our club members with the D-Star and DMR repeaters. I have given him free reign to speak about whatever topic he chooses. I know it will be interesting and you won’t want to miss it!!

The October 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.

I hope to see everyone there!!

Kathy Blake

K4WDW

September DEARS net

Wow!! How time flies!!

Once again it is time for the monthly D.E.A.R.S. Net. The September Net will take place tonight, Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm.

Please join us one and all and check in with Net Control and the wonderful Bruce Keller (K4BAK). I can assure you it is worthwhile just to hear Bruce’s melodious voice each month. You won’t be disappointed!!

That’s Wednesday, September 28 (TONIGHT)!

We will begin at 7 pm EDT on frequency 147.300 PL 103.5.

We invite everyone to join us. Check in with your name and amateur call sign and share any traffic you may have for us.

I hope to hear all our D.E.A.R.S. Club members and any other Hams from anywhere who would like to check in and join us for the Net.

Don’t miss out on this amazing experience!!

Kathy K4WDW

October DEARS Meeting & Testing

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

Wednesday, October 12th, 2016
Testing starts at 5:00pm
Meeting starts at 6:00pm

The October 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

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D.E.A.R.S. Meeting & Events

The September D.E.A.R.S. Club Meeting will take place on
Wednesday, September 14, at 6 pm.

There will be a VE Test Session at 5 pm prior to the meeting.

If you would like to obtain an amateur radio license or you are looking to upgrade your current license, please feel free to come at 5 pm to take the appropriate test. We will have all levels of testing available.

Our special guest speaker this month will be John Mulhall, Communication/Warning Coordinator for the Orange County Fire Rescue Department Office of Emergency Management. He is an interesting speaker and I know you will enjoy his presentation. Let’s show our D.E.A.R.S. support for John.

The September meeting and VE Test Session will be held in the Players Conference Room at Disney’s All Star Resort. Directions to the location are as follows:

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