June 28, 2016

"Forever" stamps...now for QSL cards!

QSL cards are one of the things I love about ham radio. I have collected them since I first got my license nearly 25 years ago. But trying to make sure I have the write amount of postage for my cards in the everchange world of postal rates has been a pain. Now, the worry is gone.

The United States Postal Service's popular first class "Forever" stamp concept has now been extended to postcards. The "Forever" stamp was created several years ago so that you would not have to purchase additional one or two-cent stamps every time the rates when up. They were printed with the word "Forever" on the stamp instead of a value so you could simply use the stamp on first class letters regardless of the current postage rate or how much you originally paid for it.

Now, the post office has introduced a "Forever" stamp in a postcard variety. The stamp has no value printed on it, but does include the word "Postcard". It currently costs 34-cents to mail a postcard, so a 100-stamp roll coast $34 but you can use them "Forever"! Ask for them at the post office.

June 24, 2016

Field Day 2016 has Finally Arrived!

Join us for Field Day this weekend at the OEM building (behind the courthouse in Henderson). Here's a map if you need directions.

We will begin setting up around 11am Saturday (June 25) and the event will officially start at 1pm. We will man the station all night until 1pm Sunday.

Thanks to several club members who will be bringing their own radios, you'll get a chance to see and USE some top-of-the-line equipment. We will have at least two antennas up including the vertical permanently installed on the roof of the OEM.

So call the kids and wake the neighbors and join us for fun, fellowship and food! It's a great way to introduce someone to the excitment of amatuer radio! You can even step up to the mic and make some contacts. Your efforts can help use repeat our first place for 2F stations in the West Gulf Division!

See you there!