January is usually an active month for your club and this January was no exception.
We had deposits totaling $931.70 and debits totaling $267.17.
Your financial support of the club is appreciated and if you have not sent in your 2015 dues, please do so.
Albemarle Amateur Radio Club
Volunteer Speakers Needed for 2015 Suggested Topics Below
Contact Larry Eicher, K4JZQ tuzlu[at]comcast[dot]net
Any presenter will need to be willing to keep his/her presentation no longer than 30 minutes with some time for limited questions/answers.
Presentations may have access to a projector and screen.
The topic must be related to amateur radio. If you are interested, please send me:
your call/ your name/ your email/cell phone or however you would like to be contacted the topic/title of your proposed presentation and the projected running time
Read on for Topic Areas: Suggestions Only
The new year of public service for the AARC is starting to shape up. Each event will be posted on the calendar as well as described in detail here. Our first event is the Jefferson Cup Bike Race on Sunday March 29. This will be the 26th consecutive year that the AARC has provided communication support for this event.
The Jefferson Cup is the inaugural bike race for the upcoming season. It attracts both individual racers as well as teams from all over the mid-Atlantic region. Races are scheduled for morning and afternoon with a welcomed pizza lunch break for all volunteers.
Amateur radio operators are needed for mobile stations to accompany each race group as well as fixed stations to provide communications at course corners, start/finish and Walton Middle School.
So check your calendars and make sure you keep Sunday, March 29 open so you can participate.
January 2015 report from Albemarle Amateur Radio Club technical support (N0WP and K4DND)
January has been a very busy, and currently appears to have been, a successful month for AARC members working on our repeaters.
Our latest round of work actually began on December 11 2014 when we addressed some hum at 146.760 by replacing the power supply on Marshall Manor with a Motorola supply. This resolved the hum, but we still were experiencing some repeater noise that has been perceived as “desense” and a crackling noise on received user audio. This noise or a variant of it has been present for some time.
January 7 2015
146.760 had gone partially silent even though it is being keyed with user activity. No audio from users is being retransmitted. Weather was very cold, and since we diagnosed the problem to either CTCSS decoder or controller audio path, we took spares for both items to site, and replaced both, then set all audio levels to specification. We also moved some power supply connections in an attempt to minimize a slight hum still present.
Please join your colleagues from the AARC and W4UVA for a Build Party on Saturday, 21 March 2015, from 8am until noon at the Observatory Mountain Engineering Research Facility (the Old Reactor Building on Observatory Hill at the University of Virginia) at 675 Old Reservoir Road, Charlottesville, VA 22904 (https://goo.gl/maps/sfWAE). There is no fee for participating in this workshop, but space will be limited, registration is required, and there are workshop materials that you will need to acquire in advance in order to participate.
To register, please go to http://vols.pt/RHAzed
Please join your AARC colleagues for an Introduction to the Arduino Single-Board Computer workshop on Saturday, 21 February 2015, from 8am until noon at the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad (CARS) building at 828 McIntire Road, Charlottesville, VA 22902 (the intersection of US-250 and McIntire Road, http://mapq.st/1sAWbCF). There is no charge to participate in this workshop, but registration is required, space is limited to 20 participants, and there are workshop materials that you will need to acquire in advance in order to get the most out of the workshop.
To register, please go to http://vols.pt/orZ1wc
Thanks to all 29 people who responded to the survey! The survey results are available at:
There is plenty of interest to warrant a workshop, so planning is in full gear. Bill AD6JV, Bill K4IB, Bill N0WP, and Dave K4DND (but we'll call him Bill just to avoid confusion) have all agreed to assist me in coaching and problem-solving during the session.
Look for a detailed announcement with all the logistics shortly.
Thanks and 73, Mike (Bill) KQ9P
On October 18th six cub scouts from Pack 75 along with their adult leaders were hosted at K4DU for Jamboree
on the Air. A great time was had by all. - Bob K4DU
The 2014 AARC Annual Awards Banquet will be held on Tuesday, 9 December 2014, at the Blue Ridge Cafe at 8315 Seminole Trail, Ruckersville, VA. The event will begin at 6pm with a cash bar, followed by dinner at 6:30pm and presentation of Club recognitions after dinner.
Reservations are required and need to be made no later than 2 December 2014 so we can give a final number to the caterer. You can make reservations either by: downloading the PDF reservation form attached to this article, filling out the form at the bottom, and returning the form with a check via US Mail to Don Eason N4UVA, 725 Montei Dr., Earlysville, VA 22936; or by sending email to Don at deason[at]comcast[dot]net and bringing cash or check to the event.
The food should be yummy and the fellowship fellowshippy, so sign up now and come to the party!
73, Mike KQ9P
AARC will be providing communications support for the 2014 Gran Fondo Virginia Bike Ride.
This is a relatively new event (I think last year was the first) and is seriously understaffed. It appears that ham radio operators will be the only rest stop staff at some or all rest stops to free up scarce event volunteers.
Contact KK4SHO to volunteer.
more below the fold...
Mike McPherson KQ9P will tell us about Mesh Link.
Bill Pond N0WP will discuss the club repeater system.
NRAO Auditorium, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA 22903.
We 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.
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.
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.