Sun 2014-09-14 - Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge

  • 6:30am: Day of registration and check-in begins at Old Trail Swim Club
  • 8:00am: Cycling Challenge Pre-ride announcements and ride starts!
  • 10:00am: Family Ride Starts - 8 miles out and back to Chiles Peach Orchard
  • 11:00am: After-Party festivities begin with catered lunch, beer, wine and live music! Riders will be trickling in throughout the afternoon

Amenities

Since this is a ride and not a race, expect restrooms or porta potties at rest stops as well as at start/finish. Also, SAG and other support vehicles will probably be able to stop long enough to use these amenities.

Last years rest stop refreshments included water, gateraid, sodas, bananas, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, peanut butter filled pretzel bites, potato chips, cliff bars, tootsie rolls, and trail mix. This year "We'll have the foods you expect at endurance cycling events (nutrition products, gluten free options, sandwiches and fresh fruits), plus a wide variety of specialty treats"

"Mid-ride (50/75/100 routes) freshly made sandwiches provided by our local catering company". I am guessing this will be at the White Hall Comm. Center and won't be readily accessible to Ham's at other stationary locations.

After party at Old Trail Village Swim Club features fully catered lunch, local wine and beer, and a swimming pool.

Locations

start/finish Old Trail Swim Club
380 Claremont Ln

Crozet, VA 22932

geo:38.060278,-78.711295
Rest Stop 1 GreenWood Community Center
865 Greenwood Road
Crozet, VA 22932
geo:38.054925,-78.755993
Rest Stop 2/5 White Hall Community Center
2904 Browns Gap Turnpike, Crozet, VA
Garth Rd (614) and Browns Gap Turnpike (810)
Across from Wyant's Store.
Known to stump GPS and online maps

geo:38.117845,-78.661828
Rest Stop 3 Boonesville Rd (and Blackwells Hollow Road??????) geo:38.240222,-78.616088
Rest Stop 4 Broadus Wood Elementary School
185 Buck Mountain Road
Earlysville, VA 22936
geo:38.162575,-78.489566
Fun Ride Rest Stop Chiles Peach Orchard
1351 Greenwood Road
Crozet, VA
geo:38.067191,-78.747255

Location of rest stop 3 is suspect as it is based on ambiguous information from cue sheets. A later document gave a street address of 7268 Free Union Rd which is not very plausible as it misses the 75 and 100 mile routes entirely.

GIS

GPX/KML files have not been provided for this years event. You can find the ones from last years event on the AARC page for last year's event. I do not know if the routes are the same.

Last year's event: http://www.albemarleradio.org/node/163
Propagation plot along last year's course: http://www.albemarleradio.org/sites/default/files/BGCCC_2013_prop_path.pdf

Other radios

I don't know if "race radios" (LMRS itenerant OR MURS) or FRS radios will be used. Since this is a ride not a race and there probably wont be a bunch of roving officials or flag persons, maybe not.

Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire, 4 October 2014

Charlottesville Mini Maker FaireWe had a great time last year operating the AARC booth at the inaugural Charlottesville Mini Maker Faire. We talked with a steady stream of technically-minded people of all ages curious about all aspects of ham radio. The first event was such a huge success that this is destined to become an annual affair.

The second annual Faire is coming up on Saturday, 4 October 2014, from 10am until 4pm at Monticello High School (see the Faire event site for more details). We've put in for a booth again this year. Although we've not yet gotten confirmation, it is very likely that our application will be accepted.

If you are interested in helping out with planning, setting up, working a shift, or tearing down, please contact Mike KQ9P at mike[at]kq9p[dot]us.

Tue 2014-09-09 6-8PM Annual Club Picnic & Silent Auction


2013 Picnic
Photo Credit: AK4OL, CC-BY-3.0-US

The annual club picnic is on Tuesday. A silent auction will be held; bring your surplus amateur radio related equipment and/or cash.

The club will provide the hamburgers, hot dogs, buns, condiments, and drinks. Each member is requested to bring a dish to share appropriate to a summer barbecue. You are also invited to bring any items of amateur radio that might be surplus to your needs and place them on the auction table. This is a great opportunity for good fellowship, as well as an opportunity to pick up something for your own ham shack.

We need a pretty accurate head count so we can have enough food and drink for everyone. The reservation deadline is the Friday before the Tuesday of the event and that is September 5 with the event on September 9. The time is 6 p.m. with cut-off for bidding set for 8 p.m.

First Annual CCC On-The-Air Weekend a great success!

Camp Albemarle operating positionWe 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.

monthly meeting tue 2014-08-12 7:00PM

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.

Public welcome.

NRAO Auditorium, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA

Hamfests: Berryville, Roanoke - First weekend in August.

Roanoke Hamfest Saturday 2014-08-02 http://w4ca.com/page.php?5
Berryville Hamfest Sunday 2014-08-03 http://www.shenvalarc.org/hamfest

AARC Awards Committee

Green Award RibbonThe 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 2014-07-27 - Miller School Road Race

SUNDAY, July 27th, 2014 starting at the Miller School of Albemarle

Volunteers needed!

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.

Tue 2014-07-08 - AARC July Monthly Meeting: DXing

Photo of Ed N3US at station
Ed N3US at home station
Photo by AK4OL
CC-BY-3.0-US

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).

Meeting is in the NRAO auditorium, 520 Edgemont Rd, Charlottesville, VA
Lat/Long: geo:38.036817,-78.518115
google map

Public is welcome to attend. Wheelchair accessible.

Update: slides from the presentation have been attached.

Hosting Upgrades

Dreamhost has helped to upgrade the hosting software version for security fixes.

AARC Field Day 2014

Field Day Photo
AARC 2013 Field Day Station Morse Code (HF CW) Station
Photo Credit: Mark Whitis AK4OL, License: CC-BY-3.0-US
Scan this QR Code with
Your Cell Phone or Tablet
QR Code pointing to this page
http://www.albemarleradio.org/field_day_2014/

Click on this button
now to add this event to your google calendar (operating hours only, see below for a link which includes setup and teardown).

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
http://www.earlysvillefire.org/
google maps
Latitude/Longitode: geo:38.144678,-78.491183.
Maidenhead Grid Locator: FM08SD14BR
Talk in: 146.760Mhz, Transmit Offset -600Mhz, CTCSS tone in: 151.4Hz,
CTCSS tone out: none, Modulation: FM
Click this button to add this event to google calendar

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.

Bike MS Tour De Vine June 14-15, 2014; AARC Public Service Event

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.
Image of bicycle rack with bicycles at 2009 MS150 event
More details below the fold.

Saturday 2014-05-31: Digital EMComm Summit

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.

Sunday 2014-06-08: Manassas Hamfest

Northern Virginia's Largest Hamfest.
Manassas Hamfest

Our 40th YearAmerican Radio Relay League (ARRL) logo

Amateur Radio, Computer, & Electronics Show.
An ARRL-Approved HAMFEST Presented by:
The "OLE VIRGINIA HAMS" Amateur Radio Club, Inc.
(A non-profit organization dedicated to the promotion and enhancement of Amateur Radio)
Sunday, June 8, 2014
Prince William County Fairgrounds
Large Outdoor and Covered Pavillion flea market areas, two indoor air-conditioned buildings, several covered buildings and ample parking
10624 Dumfries Road, Manassas, VA 2012-2720 (Route 234)
TALK-IN 146.97- 442.200+ D-Star 442.5125+

Field Day 2014 Signup!

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...

Tuesday 2014-05-13 - AARC Monthly Meeting

photo of K4DND
Meeting is at 7:30PM EST. Click this button to add this single event to google calendar
Presentation: Dave Damon K4DND will be talking about IRLP

Meeting Location: NRAO Auditorium, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA.
Lat/Long: geo:38.036817,-78.518115
google map

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
(434) 995-5334
zoeskitchen.com‎
geo:38.051280,-78.501083
google maps

Sat 2014-05-10 Fontaine Fire Station Grand opening.

Fontaine Avenue Fire Station as seen from Fontaine Ave
Photo: Mark Whitis AK4OL, CC-BY-US-3.0

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.
Press Release

Waypoints

Google Maps.
Waypoints are attached in KML format for google earth, KDE marble, and similar programs and GPX format for GPS receivers.

ViewRF RTL-SDR Dongle Spectrum Analyzer

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

Dayton Hamvention

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.

Dayton Hamvention banner

Website: http://www.hamvention.org/

Add this specific event to your calendar: Add to Google Calendar

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.

Kicksat launch this Friday 2014-04-18 or Sat 2014-04-19

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.
Frequencies: https://github.com/zacinaction/kicksat/wiki/Radio-Info

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%
Postponed n/a 24%

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.

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