We had a great weekend with the first of what should be an annual special event honoring the Civilian Conservation Corps (see the pre-event story on this site). Total activations ended up being 16 CCC-related sites in 9 states across the US. Locally, we successfully activated Camp Albemarle in White Hall, VA. A number of AARC members participated: helping with setup and teardown, operating, or showing up to be supportive. We got some low-timers doing HF work, and a few veterans trying out digital modes for the first time. We made a total of 44 contacts in a relaxed and fun operation.
Our next AARC meeting is set for August 12 at 7:00 pm. The meeting will convene at the NRAO and feature Marty Wangberg, W4MBW who will talk about amazing "skyhooks," magnetic loop antennnas.
Note that meeting is at 7PM, a half houtlr earlier than in the past.
NRAO Auditorium, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA
The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club has established an Awards Committee to
oversee the development and presentation of Club awards. The Committee
is particularly interested in awards that recognize and thereby foster
operating by new hams, encourage participation in Club activities, and
increase the fun of amateur radio. The Board of Directors will approve
all awardees proposed by the Committee.
The Awards Committee currently includes Michael KA4JJD, Dave K4DND, and
Bob K4DU, but other interested club members are invited to join.
Suggestions for additional awards would be much appreciated.
Opinion and correspondence regarding the Awards Committee should be
sent to Michael KA4JJD: mfr6t[at]virginia[dot]edu, 434-977-4281, 109
Sturbridge Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22901-2113
Read below the fold for details of the available awards...
SUNDAY, July 27th, 2014 starting at the Miller School of Albemarle
Same as usual. No rest stops, SAG vehicles involved, hams needed at corners where we have been before, lunch is provided, safety meeting before race.
Meeting starts at 7:30pm and ends at 9PM. Board meeting starts at 7PM.
Presentation: Ed Berkowitz N3US will present on DXing (long distance radio contacts).
Public is welcome to attend. Wheelchair accessible.
Update: slides from the presentation have been attached.
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AARC 2013 Field Day Station Morse Code (HF CW) Station
Photo Credit: Mark Whitis AK4OL, License: CC-BY-3.0-US
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The public is invited to visit the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club (AARC) Field Day Station From 2PM Saturday June 28 until 2PM Sunday June 29, 2014. The AARC will be operating this temporary station and camp as an emergency communications exercise and public outreach event as part of the ARRL Amateur Radio Field Day 2014, the biggest ham radio event in the US. The station will be setup in the lot behind the:
Earlysville Volunteer Fire Station
283 Reas Ford Rd, Earlysville, VA 22936
Maidenhead Grid Locator: FM08SD14BR
Talk in: 146.760Mhz, Transmit Offset -600Mhz, CTCSS tone in: 151.4Hz,
CTCSS tone out: none, Modulation: FM
See CBS19 TV Coverage of last years field day.
This page is still under construction.
Permanent URL: http://www.albemarleradio.org/field_day_2014/
More info below the fold.
AARC is once again providing communications support for the Bike MS Tour De Vine (formerly known as the MS-150) which is a two day bike ride on Saturday June 14 and Sunday June 15. AARC has supported this event for decades.
More details below the fold.
We invite you to join us for the next step in this exploration, a ?Digital EmComm Summit,? to be held on Saturday, 31 May 2014, from 9am until noon at the Dunlora Community Clubhouse, 1195 River Oaks Ln., Charlottesville, VA, 22901. There is no charge for participation in this event, and there is ample free parking next to the clubhouse. I will be sure that coffee and donuts are available to fuel creativity! :-)
RSVP to KQ9P so he knows how many donuts to bring.
Signup for operating shifts is now available! Click on the big green button to go to the VolunteerSpot Web site:
More details will be available soon...
Meeting is at 7:30PM EST.
Presentation: Dave Damon K4DND will be talking about IRLP
Board Meeting is at 7:00PM, same room. There may be an ARES meeting at 6:30PM in the Parking Lot.
There is a meeting from 4:30-6PM EST of the field day committee at Zoe's Kitchen, Barracks Road Shopping Center between burger king and McDonald's.
973 Emmet Street North
Charlottesville, VA 22903
The grand opening for the New Fontaine Ave Fire Station is Saturday from 11AM to 3PM, Rain or Shine. Be prepared for rain as the hourly weather forecast on weatherbug has 50% chance of rain during the event hours. This is a rare chance to tour the facility. Several members of the club will be working the event through CERT, including Jim Wilson K4BAV, Mark Whitis AK4OL, and Anita Web. Parking is at two off-site locations, with shuttle buses provided (two full size buses and one handicapped shuttle). There will be food, speakers, ribbon cutting ceremony, etc. Speakers at 11:45AM, Ribbon Cutting at noon.
Waypoints are attached in KML format for google earth, KDE marble, and similar programs and GPX format for GPS receivers.
I've successfully built Stephen Ong's ViewRF RTL-SDR Spectrum Analyzer. If you are interested in cool things that you can do with these little devices check out Stephen's YouTube demo and my project page.
73, Mike KQ9P
The Dayton Hamvention, the largest hamfest in North America is coming Friday 2014-05-16 through Sunday 2014-05-18. Although it is 7 hours away, a number of AARC members will be attending.
Note that there are one or more hamfests listed on the club calendar in Virginia or neighbouring states almost every weekend for the next 3 months, except for field day and independence day. Of particular note are Manassas (2014-06-08) and Berryville (2014-08-03). The Roanoke hamfest is also the day before Berryville, and the sponsoring group has reached out to our group to encourage attendance (they schedule it when they do for the convenience of vendors, though it is inconvenient for attendees). Also, the Virginia Beach Hamfest is 2014-09-14 and the Mid-Atlantic States VHF conference (PackratVHF) is a 3 day event in PA starting 2014-09-26.
UPDATE: Kicksat has successfully launched.
Sprites will be deployed around 2014-05-04 15:45 EDT.
Kicksat orbit is predicted to decay around 2014-05-14.
Technical difficulties aside, there is a 40% chance weather will permit kicksat to launch Friday and a 36% chance it will launch saturday for a total probablity of 76%.
|Day||Chance Weather OK||chance launch|
|Friday 2014-04-18 03:25PM EDT||40%||40%|
|Saturday 2014-04-19 03:02PM EDT||60%||36%|
The probability of launch on saturday is lower than that on friday, even though the weather is more likely to permit launch; this reflects the possibility that it may have already launched on friday.
Bob Pattison, K4DU, writes:
For quite some time now the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department (EVFD) has supported the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club (AARC) by hosting our annual Field Day station. At the most recent AARC meeting it was suggested that we, the members of the AARC, should support the EVFD by attending their Spring Barbecue. At that time we did not have the date and time. Today I received information about the event in the mail. I share it now with you.
"Our launch is officially on for tomorrow (April 14th) at 4:59 PM EDT. "
Kiscksat (the cubesat) should be transmitting tomorrow evening.
Sprites will be deployed 16 days later.
There is also a lunar eclipse late monday night, early morning (roughly 1AM-5PM) Weather conditions: partly cloudy (wunderground hourly forecast).
UPDATE: Rocket was on the pad but launch was scrubbed due to helium leak. Next launch opportunity is the 18th.
Dirk KG8JK in Petosky, Michigan, is organizing the first of what he hopes will be an annual Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) On-The-Air Weekend on 9-10 August 2014. More information about his effort is available at Dirk's event Web site and in the ARRL news item on the topic.
For details about the AARC/Camp Albemarle operation, see the main article (below).
Read more below the fold.