Amateur Radio Parity Act Speeds to U.S. House Passage, Heads to U.S. Senate

Just 10 days after being introduced, the 2017 Amateur Radio Parity Act legislation, H.R. 555, passed the U.S. House of Representatives this week on unanimous consent under a suspension of House rules. The bill’s language is identical to that of the 2015 measure, H.R. 1301, which won House approval late last summer after attracting 126 co-sponsors, but failed to clear the U.S. Senate last fall as the 114th Congress wound down. The new bill, again sponsored by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), was introduced on January 13 with initial co-sponsorship by Rep. Joe Courtney (D-CT) and Rep. Greg Walden, W7EQI (R-OR), who chairs the influential House Committee on Energy and Commerce.

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Robert Marshall Norman – K4GRD

ORANGE PARK, FL – Robert Marshall Norman, Sr. (K4GRD), 73, passed away on Sunday, May 1, 2016, with his beloved wife beside him.
His love for amateur Radio helped to guide his profession and life for over 50 plus years. He belonged to Florida Amateur Radio Transmitting Society, Winter Haven Amateur Radio Club, American Radio Relay League (life member), Lakeland Amateur Radio Club and Orange Park Amateur Radio Club. He was a devout Christian and belonged to Island View Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his parents, Oscar Newton Norman and Dorothy Robinson Norman. He is survived by his loving wife, Carolyn M. Jones-Norman of Orange Park; son, Robert Marshall Norman, Jr. (Mickey); daughter, Kimberly Norman Hardy (Bobby); grandchildren, Zachary Norman, Sybella Norman and Gracie Norman, all of Lakeland, FL; mother-in-law, Mary C. Forbes of Orange Park, FL; brother-in-law, Richard Forbes (Lisa) of Monticello, GA; step-son, William Allyn Crooms (Christina); step-grandson, Jesse Crooms of Middleburg, FL and many other loving family members and friends.

A memorial services for Robert will be held 11am Monday, May 23, 2016, at Island View Baptist Church, 900 Park Avenue, Orange Park, FL. A fellowship will follow at the residence.

The family requests memorials in Robert’s name be made to the Orange Park Amateur Club, P.O. Box 1029, Orange Park, FL 32067-1029.

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Pete Lynch N6PRS

We have received word that our good friend Pete Lynch N6PRS passed away last evening.

The viewing will be held on Wednesday January 4, 2017 5:00 PM till 7:00 PM at Jacksonville Memory Gardens, 111 Blanding Blvd.

Funeral Mass will be on Thursday January 5, 2017 11:00 AM at St. Catherine’s, 1649 Kingsley Ave.

Orlando HamCation 02/10-12/2017

The dates are February 10-12. Get your tickets now !!

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Central Florida Fairgrounds and Expo
4603 West Colonial Drive
Orlando, Florida 32808

Order tickets online: https://orlando.boothtracker.net/contents/TicketsNew.aspx
ADVANCE TICKETS ARE $13.00
TICKETS AT THE GATE ARE $15.00