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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Friday, 11 October 2019 15:46

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), domestic violence isn’t just someone hitting someone else. “Domestic violence is the willful intimidation, physical assault, battery, sexual assault and/or other abusive behavior as part of a systemic pattern of power and control perpetrated by one intimate partner against another.

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Commission approves 2019-2020 budget Friday, 11 October 2019 15:41

During public comments at the last Jackson County Commission meeting held on September 30, 2019,

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Council approves bids, paving Friday, 04 October 2019 18:45

Scottsboro City Council members voted to approve the budget for paving at the last council meeting held on September 23, 2019.

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Members of the JACKSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 22-23, at JACKSON COUNTY PARK. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.

For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio - also called ham radio - has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio's ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated last year in Field Day 2018 activities.

"It's easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smart phone, connect to the internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other," said David Isgur, communications manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. "But if there's an interruption of service or you're out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smart phones and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That's the beauty of amateur radio during a communications outage."

"Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world," Isgur added. "Hams do this by using a layer of Earth's atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today's electronic do-it-yourself  (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. In addition, amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.

Anyone may become a licensed amateur radio operator. There are  more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as JACKSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, it's easy for anybody to get involved right here in Scottsboro, Jackson County Alabama.

For more information about Field Day or Amateur Radio, call or text Brad Arnold @256-609-5664 or visit https://jcar.us.

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