Who Is N4SEV?

Limestone ARES lost a friend and asset in 1999. Gary England was a very active member of the club… he served as president, net control operator, and a good guy to be around. He was one of the best net control operators and an avid contester (he really went after it on field day for us!) His professionalism was there whether it was a call-out, just a weekly net, or helping another group out. After getting permission from his family, Limestone ARES changed it’s call sign from KF4DGD to N4SEV in mid-1999 in memory of our lost friend, Gary England (N4SEV).


Regular Training Sessions are held every Thursday evening at 7 PM on 145.150 MHZ repeater, but may be activated at any time during an emergency situation.

The Limestone ARES Club meetings are held on the third Monday of each month at 6 PM at the Limestone EMA building on west Market St. across from the Post Office on the even months. And on the odd months are held at 6 PM at the old Greenbrier restaurant.


The Athens A.R.E.S club is excited to announce that we will begin testing again this year. Our next exam date will be May 20, 2017. Test will begin at 1pm at the Limestone EMA building, 1011 W. Market St., Athens, AL 35611.

Guest Speaker for June 19th Meeting

Dr. Ed Fong will be giving a presentation via skype during or June meeting.

Our guest speaker for the June meeting will be Ed Fong WB6IQN.  As many of you know, he is the inventor of the DBJ-1  and DBJ-2 antenna that was featured in the February 2003 and March 2007 QST.  The DBJ-2 won the Plaque of the Month Award..  There are over 18,000 of these antennas in use today.   About half are used by hams and the other half by government and commercial entities.  In this months presentation, Ed will first review how the original DBJ-1 works and then how he managed to convert the original DBJ-1 into a portable antenna - the DBJ-2.


Ed Fong was first licensed in 1968 as WN6IQN.  He later upgraded to Extra Class with his present call of WB6IQN.  He obtained the BSEE and MSEE degrees from the Univ. of California at Berkeley and his Ph.D. from the Univ. of San Francisco.  A Senior Member of the IEEE, he has 12 patents and over 40 published papers and books in the area of communications and integrated circuit design.  Presently, he is employed by the University of California, Santa Cruz (previously with Berkeley from 1997-2010) as an instructor teaching graduate classes in RF design and high speed interface.  In his 35 year career, he has performed work for Stanford University, National Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices, and numerous startup companies in the Silicon Valley.


Upcoming Events

7:00 PM Limestone ARES Training net @ N4SEV repeater 145.150 MHZ
Limestone ARES Training net @ N4SEV repeater 145.150 MHZ
May 4 @ 7:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Net training
7:00 PM Limestone ARES Training net @ N4SEV repeater 145.150 MHZ
Limestone ARES Training net @ N4SEV repeater 145.150 MHZ
May 11 @ 7:00 PM – 7:00 PM
Net training
6:00 PM Limestone ARES meeting @ Greenbrier Restaurant
Limestone ARES meeting @ Greenbrier Restaurant
May 15 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
L.A.R.E.S club meeting

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