Until Further Notice

Until Further Notice all Anne Arundel Radio Club Meetings will be held on Zoom!

First, you should know that unless otherwise stated meetings are from 7:30pm till approximately 9:00pm on the days in question.  Further you should know that a Zoom Meeting Invite, will contain the Meeting ID and Password needed to be a part of that meeting. 

Field Day Survey

 
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As of May 27th, the ARRL has changed the rules for Field Day 2020.  Before you continue, please take a look at those changes found via this link:

http://www.arrl.org/temporary-rule-waivers-for-arrl-field-day-2020

These rules allow participants in class D, home stations using commercial power, to contact other class D stations for Field Day points.  Further the ARRL has agreed to print aggregate totals for participating radio clubs, providing the entry contains the correct club information.  This means all point mada by any club member, using any call sign, and regardless of category can be added to the total of the club who's name is listed on their entry.

The Anne Arundel Radio Club realizes this information may affiect if and how you intend to participate in ths year's Field Day, and creating the need for this survey.  We will assume that all who respond to our survey questions intend to participate in Field Day in some fashion.  If not, you don't need to read further.

Brian Mary, K3HMX, has put in place a Field Day plan for club participation, to be held on the grounds of the DFRC.  To take part you will be required to wear a mask, and remain properly socially distanced from other participants.  We are also consdering a mandatory no-contact IR Medical Thermometer temperature check.  If that happens will be asking that if found to have a high fever, regardless of cause, that participants would opt to protect others as a mater of courtesy, and withdraw from participation.  .

Unlike prior years no food or beverages will be provided by the club.  The Governor recommends that during the pandemic and for events like ours, each person should consider brining their own food and beverages for health reasons.

So you know Brian and his Field Day Team are planning on using no more than 3 transmitters simultaneously, with operation from the picnic pavilion on a combination of bands, 80, 40, 20, 15 and 10 meters. and for a reduced number of hours rather than the full 24 hour contest period.  The current plan is to start at 2pm but end late that night.

Volunteers will need for setup and teardown on Friday, and Sunday.  On Saturday we will need sufficient operators present plus extra volunteers to keep our operation disinfected and the rest room facilities as well.  The general membership present at our June 4th meeting after hearing the results of this survey will be asked to vote on a final decision as to whether this pllan is implemented, or cancelled.  We plan to have results of that vote emailed to all active members and others concerned on Friday June 5th.      

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.