Here's What's Happening in JTRG!
03/13/12-Congratulations New Hams
It gives me great pleasure to announce our newest Ham Radio operators who recently passed their exams at the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Station.
|KK4HGR- Gregory Bolen||KK4HOR- Mason Turner|
|KK4HOS- Michael Patrick||KK4HOT- Nicholas Patrick|
|KK4HOU- Michael Pallidino||KK4HOV- Richard Invite Jr.|
|KK4HOW- Dwight Hangers||KK4HOX- Arthur Picots Jar|
|KK4HOY- Arthur Picotte||KK4HPA- Arman Bayik|
|KK4HPB- Michael Wilson||KK4HPC- Thomas Wilson|
|KK4HPD- Bruce Hays||KK4HPE- Ken Brockert|
|KK4HPF- Evan Cole||KK4HPG- Brock Williams|
|KK4HPH- Greg Timmer||KK4HPI- Dominick Avallone|
|KK4HPJ- Harold Avallone||KK4ENJ- Chris Anderson (General)|
Also a big thanks to:
W4JKJ-Kevin Jackson, ARRL Instructor/VE
W4WR-Warren Rothberg VE
W2DV-Peter Smith-Johannsen VE
KM4EF-Tim McDow VE
KV4MS-Mike Stowe VE
KA4EZY-Mike Goad VE
for assisting with the exam sessions.
Bert AG4BV, ARRL Instructor/VE
02/04/12-2012 Jupiter Jubilee
JTRG hosted a booth at the 2012 Jupiter Jubilee! A very special thanks to Bert Moreschi, Bob Purrinson, Tim Siegert,
Mike Stowe, Kevin Jackson, David Fowler and Jeff Beals for staffing the booth. We had a pair of HF rigs
setup along with a Tarheel and S943 vertical to make some contacts and demonstrate Amateur Radio. We
had plenty of information to pass out and also extended class invitations to those who expressed the
interest. All in all, a very good turn-out! Good times and good food at the Jubilee as well!
01/01/12-Happy 30th Anniversary JTRG!!!
2011 was a good year for bringing New Hams into the hobby and upgrading licensed Hams.
Here are the 2011 results:
47 - passed the Technician Class Exam
17 - upgrades to General Class
6 - upgrades to Extra Class
Here are the totals since we started conducting exam sessions in 2001:
416 - New Hams
114 - Upgrades to General and Extra Class
24 -- Passed the Morse Code Exam
Congratulations to all the new Hams, those who upgraded, our dedicated VE Team,
the Palm Beach Gardens Fire Department, the American Red Cross for their hospitality
and the news media for helping to advertise our exam sessions.
In 2012 we have committed ourselves to bringing more New Hams into the hobby and
upgrading those who are currently licensed. We all hope that no disasters occur but,
if they do Ham Radio Operators will be ready to assist.
Happy New Year!
Today the dual band antenna was changed out to a separate VHF and a separate UHF antenna. The site
is at the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens which will be used for the 146.625 back up repeater and
the main 444.225 repeater. Both repeaters are Pl'd at 110.0.
With the help of Jerry N4GKI and Jim KD4JSF, we accomplished the mission. These repeaters will
help to serve the community for many years to come.
11/04/11-JTRG Annual Meeting
At our JTRG Annual Meeting a new slate of 2012 Club Officers were voted in along with a JTRG BOD member and the dues for Club 2012 will remain the same at $25.00.
The new slate of Officers for 2012 will be:
Congratulations to all and the best of luck in 2012!
The JTRG BOD member voted in is Tim McDow-KM4EF and will serve a 5 year term.
Congratulations to Tim!
Notice:For those who have not paid their club dues, we will be purging the JTRG Yahoo site soon. Please renew your dues to prevent yourself from being removed off this group listing.
It gives me great pleasure to welcome our newest Ham Radio Operators into the wonderful world of Amateur Radio.
These twenty-four new Hams recently attended a weekend class in West Palm Beach at the American Red Cross headquarters.
| ||KK4ENE-Joseph Fox||KK4ENF-Earlene Reid|
|KK4ENG-Mine Degandemir||KK4ENH-Sandra Tomlins|
|KK4ENI-Richard Nowak||KK4ENJ-Chris Anderson|
|KK4ENK-Adam Anderson||KK4ENL-William Anderson|
|KK4ENM-Karen Anderson||KK4ENN-Yolanda Kennedy|
|KK4ENO-Ruth Haggerty||KK4ENP-Tracy Hamlin|
|KK4ENQ-David Ryan Jr||KK4ENR-Amanda Nelson|
|KK4ENS-Yandy Mirabal||KK4ENT-Shauna Graham|
|KK4ENU-John VanSickle||KK4ENV-John Kolb Jr|
|KK4ENW-Nikolaos Markis||KK4ENX-Davide Carbone|
|KK4ENY-Jean Hellquist||KK4ENZ-Calvin Newton|
|KK4EOA-Jackie Turner||KK4EOB-Karen Kingsmill|
Albert Moreschi AG4BV
PBC ARES North EC
ARRL Instructor/ VE
This weekends class/exam session at the American Red Cross was a huge success. With the help of
Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ ARRL Instructor/VE, Mike Stowe-KV4MS ARRL VE, Jeff Beals-WA4AW ARRL VE,
David Fowler-K4DLF ARRL VE, Darrell Null-KK5IT ARRL VE, Mike Alauskas-AJ4PN ARRL VE,
Joseph Novak-K4OVK ARRL VE and the folks at the American Red Cross for allowing us to us their
facilities, there are now 24 new Amateur Radio Operators looking forward to get on the air.
Congratulations to all of you who attended the class and passed the exam. A big thanks to our
Instructor's and VE Team on this successful session.
For more information on future classes, exam sessions and upcoming events visit
http://training.jtrg.org. For questions, comments or
information, myself and the others will be here to assist you.
Palm Beach Perspective Interview
For those of you who missed the airing of the interview that Jim Stevenson and myself had
with WJNO, you can find it linked on the JTRG website.
Your feedback is appreciated.
JTRG QSL CARDS
I want to bring everyone up to speed, we have received a few more cards from our Lighthouse event
also Kevin has activated us on eqsl and I just finished over 30 contacts thru eqsl. I have not
printed any cards from Eqsl that would not be cost effective for the club to bear at this time.
Also Kevin has given me the 2011 Peanut Island event QSL cards we receive around 30 cards from
that event and I now have them in the book for everyone to see.
I have thus far received $3.00 in cash donation from the Lighthouse event thru the QSL cards $1.00
has already been turned in, I will bring the rest at our next meeting for the treasurer to deposit.
Our QSL books will be at all our meetings & events for everyone to enjoy !
What a fantastic morning for one of our last trash pick ups of 2011
and an impressive turnout with 12 volunteers. Free Tee Shirts, donuts,
coffee and ice water were given out during the event. A huge THANKS to
those who came out and helped to keep our adopted stretch of highway
the most beautiful in the county.
|Mike Stowe-KV4MS|| ||Tim Siegert-AK4IR
|Irwin Bromley-KI4TVP||John O'Brien-AG4WL
|Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ||Theresa Jackson
|Brandon Jackson||Austin Daino
|Lee Pennington-K4LJP||Bert Moreschi-AG4BV
|Jerry Gumbus-N4GKI||Jay Daniel Gumbus II
ILLW Jupiter Lighthouse Activation
The radio club had their first Jupiter Lighthouse Event this weekend. We want to
thank Kevin W4JKJ & Mike KV4MS for spear heading this event. Mike was very kind
to let us use his RV for a station and it made it so "much" more comfortable for
this overnight event.
I want to also thank the operators who came out to help too many to name and the
visitors who just came by to say hi. It meant a lot for us to see you and support us.
I believe we were just short of 300 contacts for this event and with the band
conditions being what they were I think we did a great job.
I know we are going to receive most of these contact's QSL cards very soon. We
will send our new beautiful QSL club card picture taken by our very own Tim McDow
and we will use these QSL cards for all of our events as our official club QSL card.
KK4CFT Matthew Beers Technician Class
KK4CFU Carl Volk Technician Class
KJ4AGV Tim Siegert Extra Class is now AK4IR
Congratulations to our new hams and to Tim for passing his Extra Class exam with his new call sign AK4IR
A big thanks to all the VE's who assisted in the exam session. They are:
Tim McDow KM4EF
Darrell Null, KK5IT
Ellis Baird, AI4MO
Glen Maltese, AJ4OK
Andrea Kola, AJ4PW
Lee Pennington, K4LJP
EchoLink Service Restored
FYI, Echolink is back up and running on the Jupiter Farms CERT repeater on UHF 444.400 Mhz Pl 110.9.
Thanks to the generous donation from Bob KF2GQ of a PC Echolink is back on the air. After a lightning
strike took out the old PC at Kevin's W4JKJ house a couple of months ago you can also hear the infamous
voice of the weather lady as she gives you the latest up to date weather in our area and can now hear
those long distance voices as they log into our repeater by means of Echolink.
A big thanks to Bob and Kevin for getting it back up on the air in our neighborhood.
Peanut Island-FL479S Activation
The 2011 Special Event W4K on Peanut Island is now concluded and it was a huge success for contacts.
Many Ham Radio Operators made contact with Kevin W4JKJ during the event and will be receiving a QSL card
in the mail as soon as we can process them.
For all of our club members who were not able to attend the event, we will be back in 2012.
The folks at the Palm Beach Maritime Museum are pleased with our JTRG Ham Radio Operators operating from
their facilities during the Memorial Day weekend and welcome us back next year. We will hope for more radio
operators in 2012 and look forward to this annual event.
73, Bert AG4BV
Our JTRG sponsored Skywarn class held Wednesday night at the Jupiter Community Center was well attended.
The room holds 56 people, we had 54 people. Great job by Robert Molleda instructor from the National Weather
Service in presenting the material. A big thanks to all of those who attended the class!
73, Bert AG4BV
Backup Repeater Location
After almost a year of looking for another site for the 146.625 backup repeater and the 444.225.
UHF repeater we now have a one at the Marriott in Palm Beach Gardens. This is great news for everyone.
This is an excellent site and we will have very good coverage in the northern sector of Palm Beach County.
The site has emergency backup power in case we loose power during a disaster and the antenna's will be
up at about 100 feet. We are planning on having all of the repeaters operational before hurricane season begins.
This new addition will add to our communication infrastructure which we have been working on over the past
few years. Thanks to Clear Channel Communications, the Marriott and everyone involved. Because of these
efforts and assistance we will be able to provide one of the best communication systems for Ham Radio in our area.
As of this time the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group is able to provide Ham Radio Communications from
Vero Beach to Ft. Lauderdale and Lake Okeechobee.
This is something for all of us to be very proud of.
Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group
New Technician Class Hams
KK4ATG James Adair
KK4ATH Barbara Bergstrom
KK4ATI Robert Vastola
KK4ATJ Rocco Lubischer
KK4ATK William Nichols
KK4ATL Larry Farber
KK4ATM John Mattison
KK4ATN Mary Baize
KK4ATO Gilbert Grau
N2ROU Upgraded to Amateur Extra
A special thanks to our Instructor Kevin Jackson W4JKJ and to all of our VE's: Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ,
Richard Christensen-N4VDC, Tim Siegert-KJ4AGV, Peter Smith Johannsen-W2DV, Mike Stowe-N2ROU.
At our recent exam session we had two upgrades and a new Ham Radio Operator Congratulations
Paul Tomlins - N7JNQ, Passed the General Exam
Ronald Whigham - KB3OPU, Passed the Extra Exam
Jonathan Ogden - KK4ALZ, Passed the Technician and General Exam
The state of our repeaters are in good order. Still searching for new sites for the 146.625
back up and the 444.225 UHF repeater. The Town of Jupiter has turned down our request to
use their towers. We still have an opening for a repeater at PGA and Military site since
we recently moved the 146.715 to its new home at the tower on Jog and 45th St which has
a generator back up and is in a controlled environment.
There is one other option that I am still working on and will update you when I have a
definite answer. This option is located in PBG and it has an emergency generator and a
The antennas will be over 100'. With the use of the 146.625 and the 146.715 we now have
excellent coverage for ALL of Palm Beach County.
At the north end of Palm Beach County I have installed my own repeater on the frequency
of 145.170 and it's antenna is up at 100'. This repeater is located in Jupiter Farms
All of the repeater All repeaters have a CTCSS of 110.9.
We now have two new members to our VE Team. They are Lee Pennington K4LJP and Time Siegert KJ4AGV.
This brings our VE Team to 18 members which is the largest group of VE's around.
Thanks for all you do to help promote Ham Radio.
Just a brief update on the JTRG 146.715 repeater. With the help of Jerry N4GKI and Jim
KD4SJF we moved the Motorola MSF5000 repeater on Saturday from PGA and Military Trail
to it's new home at 45th and Jog at the Clear Channel site where it should be connected
to a new DB224-E antenna this coming week. This site is much better because of a back
up generator, controlled environment, better coverage to the south with the antenna
higher than it's previous site.
New for 2011
Our first club picnic will be held at the pavillion adjacent to Carlin Park Civic Center
on April 10th. This is the pavillion adjacent to where we hold Field Day. Come early and have
some fun at Jupiter Beach.
In conjunction with the NOAA, JTRG will sponsor a Skywarn Spotter class June 1st. This will
be held at the Jupiter Community Center.
After several months of testing and fine tuning I am proud to say that the Jupiter Farms
CERT group now has another repeater to use in case of an emergency or a disaster in Jupiter Farms.
This is a VHF repeater and is located close to the old Fire Station#14 on the frequency of
145.179 Pl 110.9. The antenna is up 100' and the repeater is a GE Master II with 200 watts output power.
It has been heard as far south as Pompano, as far north as Port St. Lucie and covers the east side of
Lake Okeechobee. I just finished with tuning it this weekend and it sounds good. Not only do we now
have a UHF repeater but a VHF repeater right here in Jupiter Farms to use any time we like.
Go ahead and test the new repeater out and let me know what you think about it.
Jupiter Farms CERT
Hello JTRG Members,
It is with great honor to have awarded KF2GQ Bob Purrinson our distinguished
2011 "Ham of the Year Award" at tonight's JTRG club meeting. Thank you Bob for sharing the hobby
with others and especially for all of your efforts in demonstrating how Ham Radio works, promoting
Amateur Radio in and around our community. Bob is an outstanding representative of the Jupiter
Tequesta Repeater Group and we are all privileged to have him as a member.
Just going over the 2010 Field Day results in QRZ and wanted to share the fact that out
of all the Florida groups in the 3A division our Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group ranked #4.
Now, in the 3A division for our area which is SFL our Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group ranked #1.
Congratulations to all of you for this outstanding accomplishment!
Looking forward to another successful Field Day in 2011
Congratulations to our newly elected JTRG Club Officers for 2011 who were
voted in at our Annual Election Meeting on November 3rd, 2010. They are:
President: Albert Moreschi AG4BV
Vice President: Kevin Jackson W4JKJ
Treasurer: Mike Stowe N2ROU
Secretary: Kathy Lucas KA4JTO
JTRG Board Of Directors: Craig Eller KG4QKN
Note: Bob Cook W4FK retired as Vice President. We all owe Bob a big hand for
all of his efforts in helping to promote the Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group
and the Amateur Radio Hobby. Good work Bob!!
Thanks for all your efforts, time and dedication towards the hobby!
President JTRG span>
Also a special thanks to the folks at the American Red Cross Palm Beach Chapter for allowing us to use their facilities, the VE's and Instructors.
Congratulations to the the New Hams!
At our recent Amateur Radio Class these students passed the exam and have been issued their Ham Radio Licenses. They are:
KJ4YRT Guy McCausland
KJ4YRU Thomas Helmcamp
KJ4YRV Bruce Eldredge
KJ4YRW Julie Sachs
KJ4YRX Mark Sachs (HT Winner)
KJ4YRY Kurt Myers
KJ4YRZ Ronald Wilson
KJ4VJQ Victor Mortimer who passed his General Class exam
Kevin Jackson W4JKJ
Mike Stowe N2ROU
David Fowler K4DLF
Jeff Beals WA4AW
Albert Moreschi AG4BV
05/10/10 - Just an update on this Special Event.
The talk in frequency will be 146.880MHz Pl 110.9 and simplex frequency of 146.400MHz.
Raffle tickets are available for $10.00 each with the Grand Prize a
5,000 watt Coleman Generator with a 10 HP Subaru engine which
retails for over $700.00. There are many other
items being raffled off such as Diving Classes for 6 people,
Paddleboarding Classes for 6 people, a peice of artwork donated
from Gander Mountain of a Marlin retail price of $300.00, and
gift cards from Jupiter Ale House and Grand Slam Fishing
Supply. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the
event or by sending in a self addressed stamped envelope to the
Jupiter Tequesta Repeater Group at PO Box 7751 Jupiter, Fla.
33468. Thanks for all of your help in
promoting this exciting local event and promoting Amateur radio.
05/02/10 - We held a Technician class of
35, eager students at the American Red Cross, in West Palm
Beach 5/1-5/2. In addition to the core curriculum and test
review, we also raffled a Yaesu FT-250R (2M 5W HT with FNB83+
Charger) that was graciously donated by Lee Ciereszko -
N4TCW/DA1TCW. Thank you Lee!!! After testing, we graduated 34
new hams! A tremendous THANK YOU to the VE team including:
David Fowler-K4DLF, Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ, Mike Stowe-N2ROU, Mike Alauskas-AJ4PN, Matthew Evans-WA2UKM, Steve Lowman-N4SGL, Warren Rothberg-W4WR, and Gennaro Zaza-W4BFL. Additionally, we could not
have done this without the support of the Palm Beach County
Chapter of the American Red Cross and use of their facility!
Great work everyone!
04/17/10- Have been a bit neglectful in posting the
news, but the club hasn't slowed down! We're down to 42 days
until the DXpedition! We've had another visit to Peanut Island
and scoped out our figured out the antenna locations, and held
a bonus meeting to determine operators, travel logistics, food,
entertainment, sponsors, prizes, etc. The "back of the napkin
view" looks like this for antenna placement.
01/09/10- JTRG's primary repeater, 146.625,
was replaced today with a Motorola
Quantar which also changed our PL tone from 114.8 to the
area standard of 110.9. GREAT WORK Jerry-N4GKI and everyone
else who helped install
01/06/10- We had our first meeting of 2010 with 22
members in attendance and introduced two new members to the
growing family of JTRG! Welcome aboard Paul and Michael! In
addition to covering Old and New Business we discussed the
upcoming DXpedition and next steps as we prepare to active the
US Island FL479S - Peanut Island!
12/13/09- JTRG members participated in both the
Jupiter Farms and Jupiter/Tequesta Parades to help with
logistics. Bob-KF2GQ worked NCS duties while others worked the
parade route. Special thanks to Scott-AF4KK and his son,
Joshua, for bringing his car, Radioactive, to the parade!
09/20/09- JTRG participated in the International
Coastal Cleanup this weekend. Special thanks to Mike-N2ROU,
Kevin-W4JKJ, Lee-K4LJP, Bob-KF2GQ, Jerry-N4GKI, Pete-K4CFQ,
John-AG4WL and Bert-AG4BV for taking personal time to help
clean our Adopt-A-Highway
section of A1A. Also a big thanks to Dunkin Donuts for
donating coffee to our volunteers! A reminder, the first day
of Autumn starts on Tuesday with our next scheduled club event
on Sunday October 4th. This will be our Oktoberfest Picnic.
This years theme is Pirates! AAARRRR. There will also be a fox
hunt which according to the Foxmeister, "will not be for the
faint of heart". The fun starts at 11:00am
09/11/09- Service has been restored to the 146.715
repeater location. Located at PGA & Military, the repeater
has been replaced with a Motorola MSF5000, operating at 100W of
continuous duty power with a PL of 110.9.
09/08/09- The Motorola Quantar 2M repeater has been
assembled, tuned, packaged and being shipped our way! ***Don't
forget our club meeting this Wednesday! See the home page for
08/14/09- Frank Custureri- KI4NUU added pics
of his shack. Also, don't forget we have testing
for all license classes at the Old Towne Hall in Jupiter, FL on
August 18 at 6:30PM.
07/23/09- Please note the calendar has been updated
to reflect a change in dates for the Food For Families food
drive. It will now take place on 11/7 and 11/14. We're also
continuing to build sponsors for the JTRG DXpedition. Through
the diligent work of the supporting committee members, we've
added Wishbones BBQ and Dunkin Donuts as food vendors. We've
also added Zepplica and the Feeder Band for musical
06/14/09- What a team effort! The effort started with
the help of Graham Huls-KE4WBO who researched and submitted the
necessary paperwork to estabish Peanut Island as a ham Radio
contact Island. Once completed, we were required to go onsite
and establish a minimum of 25 QSOs with at least two DXCC
countries. Bert Moreschi-AG4BV, Michael Alauskas III-AJ4PN, and
Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ completed that on Saturday, 6/13/09. You
can follow this link
and see for yourself - Peanut Island is now a qualified US
Island - FL479S.
06/13/09- A big thanks to those who helped keep Jupiter
clean. Albert Moreschi-AG4BV, Mike Stowe-N2ROU, Kevin
Jackson-W4JKJ, Chuck Mulligan-N4SDW, Tim McDow-KM4EF, Steven
McDow Son, Kimberly McDow Daughter, Jerry Gumbus-N4GKI, Michael
Alauskas III-AJ4PN, John O'Brien-AG4WL, and Ray
Strickland-KI4TCJ. Great turn-out which really helped speed
Peanut Island Activation - Albert Moreschi-AG4BV, Michael
Alauskas III-AJ4PN and Kevin Jackson-W4JKJ went to Peanut
Island and spent the day making contacts per the rules for
activating a US Island. Band conditions were not cooperating,
but we made some changes and eventually got the contacts we
needed. The logs have been submitted and we should have our
official activation of Peanut Island as FL479S shortly. Great
06/08/09- Thanks to Gary Minker, the duplexers for the
Ocean Trails 146.625 backup repeater are now tuned up and
delivered to Jerry N4GKI.
06/02/09- Special thanks to Rob-KS4EC for his work on
the 146.715 repeater in Palm Beach Gardens which is back in
operation. Work continues on a GE Master II which will replace
the existing Kenwood tabletop repeater. Bob-K4NBC will help
with the swap-out. All JTRG repeaters are
"OPEN" repeaters. The 146.715 repeater can be reached with a PL
06/02/09- More thanks to Gary Minker for tuning the
duplexers for the 146.625 PL 114.8 repeater. They are ready to
be reinstalled and will happen ASAP by John Candrelli-KJ4GLZ.
05/14/09- Congratulations and a very special thank you
for joining JTRG to our newest members: Josh Biebi-KJ4KBG,
Raymond Hoops-N4OOLJack Richards W4QYA, Ray Strickland-KI4TCJ,
Jeffrey Hepburn-KI4BQB, John Perini-KJ4KYW, Mathew
Blakeley-KG4ZDY, Steven Mandell-AB4TG, John (Ranger)
05/2009- Congratulations to Andrea Kola - KG4ZYT/AE, who
recently passed her Amateur Extra license exam! Andrea is now
known as AJ4WP.
04/18/09- Special thanks to Bert-AG4BV, Mike-N2ROU,
John-AG4WL, Jerry-N4GKI, Mike-AJ4PN, Tim-KM4EF and his son, and
Kevin-W4JKJ and his son Brandon for collecting 19 bags of
trash, 2 bicycles, and other trash along JTRG's Adopt-A-Highway
for the Great American clean-up!