Every Project Has to Start Somewhere
AA3A, Derek Scorer, a master carpenter, was President of the Anne Arundel Radio Club in the late 1970's, and was responsible for the creation of the AARC Ham Shack as we know it today. In the mid-1980's Gary Vest, now NW5E but formerly WA3KCY convinced the membership to purchase the first transceiver for the shack. It was a Drake TR-7 that Gary 'borrowed' for Field Day. We scored 11,045 points in 4-A Battery that year. But now it's 30 years later. Though we have several operational rigs, the shack itself is in disrepair, being used as much for storage as it is for operation. But all that is set to change.
A renovation proposal has been put before the board calling for 4 operator positions for CW and phone, 1 equipped for UHV/VHF, a minimum of 2 equipped for digital communicaitons, and all 4 equipped with multi-band HF rigs for 160-10 meters. New logging computers have been added with dual monitors each, and both HRD Logbook and N1MM+ will be networked for mult-station events. Everything from multiple electronic memory keyers, to dual headphone monitor amplifiers for each station have been discussed. Even new wall studs and wall paneling are being considered.
Uncle Ham Needs You!
But the committee needs help, including those with construction skills. We are even in need of a Committee Chairperson to oversee the whole renovation project. Interested? Contact any Board member.