Well It's 40 Below

AARC Member Scott DeMatteo W3GTR was on the air in Alaska for several days this month.  He tells me it got to 40 below.... yikes!

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He tells me traffic jams are more interesting there.

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And instead of high noon, in February it's more like a low noon.

Our Next Meeting

Our next meeting is February 20th at 7:30pm.  This is a presentation meeting, and the topic will be "Hotspots and Digital Modes".  Will Mooney (KA3UQQ) is going to build one right before your eyes, and then show you how it works.

I Moved It

This morning I got two suggestions from Board Member Doug Elllmore (NA1DX).  The first was that we might want to move the "Login" from the bottom of the left sidebar to the top.  It seems to get lost down there, and many might not logon as a result.  The second was that we needed contact information for our various committee heads and team leaders. 

New Here Perhaps?

NOOBIES CLICK HERE

I recently received an email from a member who obviously didn't understand some of the basics of how our club works.  I thought "Maybe he's not alone?"  So I wrote up a page of stuff for Noobies to the AARC.  Stuff every member should know.  If you are new here.... I suggest you click on the heading above and read it. 

Repeater Feed on Website

There is now a live feed of the 147.105 repeater on the W3VPR website. It is hosted by Broadcastify.com, where it is also available. 

The feed is currenlty being fed by KB3YMU using a Uniden BCD436 scanner, an old Dell laptop running Proscan. The site is backed up with UPS and generator.

This is an informational feed due to the delay(90 seconds), this is just inherint in the network between the capture of the audio, transmision to the Broadcastify site and encoding time for internet broadcast.

It is not meant to use in conjunction with realtime communications, rather for when you are unable to receive the signal or for testing your rig, you are able to transmit and then wait to hear your transmission via broadcastify.

If you have any question you may contact w3vpr@w3vpr.org

 

Paperwork

In 2018/2019 we created new Application Forms, Membership Renewal Forms, Waiver Forms, Yearly Survey Forms and Photographic Release Forms both online and hard copy.   But its clear from what is being filled out that many members don't understand the reasons for each, and even who should fill them out.

So, if you want to understand the process...... click here.

Stuff to Do as You Renew

Last year we instituted a door prize at the Holiday Party just for those who took part in filling out the Yearly Survey.  At the party, a large number of members all of a sudden wanted to fill in the form, and since we had computers online, they were able to do so, and participate.  This year, we won't be having Internet Access at the Holiday Party.  So if you want to take part, you must (assuming you haven't done so, and most haven't) please go online now, and fill out the Yearly Survey for 2019. 

Local Clubs

There was a discussion on the Holly net regarding radio clubs around Maryland.

Here is a PDF attachment that is printable/downloadable and clickable with the information that was desired.

 

Click thru on article to download the file.

 

AARC Clothing For Sale

On the "Members" menu, you will find "Club Clothing".  If you wish to order just complete the page as instructed and push "Submit".  Your order will be automatically forwarded to Jim Goldsberry KB3NQY who will place one master order for all merchandise ordered at some point this fall.  The completed items will be delivered to Jim, after which he will bring them to club meetings for distribution and payment.