We held the August 2nd meeting, and I'm pleased to say we have water once again in the club house. We still have no word on the water quality, and whether it is safe to drink. So until that changes, don't drink the water. However the rest room facilities work, and we are able to have regular gatherings in the club house again. And for anyone who doesn't know we have bottled water in the fridge that is 100% potable, and pretty good tasting too.
For those who think "this will never happen to me", think again. On July 20th, the AARC Generator failed ot start. This exploded battery was the culprit. The explosion was most likely caused by rapid overcharging. We teach how to avoid this in our Technician Classes. This morning I added this picture to this Fall's lesson plan.
Milford "The Machine": as he was called at Field Day has produced a secial Field Day Edition of the Ham Arundel News. The ink was barely dry when Field Day 2018 went into the history books. Lets just say it was a rousing success in so many ways. Watch this website for pictures and the story of Field Day 2018.
On May 27th the Kitbuilding and Troubleshooting Workshop held a special event for the benefit of the AARC 2018 Field Day effort. 13 club members inclusing event hosts Raven (KB3MUV) and Eric Berman (KC3GDV) built 2 meter J-Pole Antennas from Ladder Line. 3 others were unable to attend but purchased J-Pole kits from the club, another was unable to attend due to illness.
Photo by Wayne Precht AB3RY
Friday, May 18th, 2018, at 1:00 PM club members attened the services at Arlington National Cemetery for Holly Bevan, N3MB (SK). The Navy Color Guard (shown above) performed their duties flawlessly while the Chaplain spoke of the wonderful life Holly share with so many of us.
Armed Forces Day was Saturday May 12th 2018. On that single day of the year, hams and military operators are allowed to converse on the radio This is split frequency operation at it's best. The Military stations used military frequencies not far from the ham bands, as posted online. They announced the amateur radio frequencies on which they listened for replies. A complete list of the Military operations from the event can be downloaded here