I have scanned and uploaded 13 years of past newsletters, 1992-2004. The newsletters are an important part of the documentation of the clubs history. They include:
As many of you know, back during the changing of the guard from last years leadership to this years, I encountered 4 binders worth of back issues of the beacon and although back issues of the beacon are online back to 2005, the contents of several of these binders were not found on the website. I realized that these might be the only copies or one of a few copies remaining of these important documents. If they were lost or destroyed, the info might be gone forever. And their use is limited sitting in the secretary's house where they are not as readily available. Taking leave of my senses, I undertook the task of scanning these beacons. And thus began a tale of fighting with bad drivers, slow software, and misfeeds caused by pages which had been folded, spindled, and mutilated.
Photo Credit: NOAA Photo Library
National Weather Service Blog notes that:
June, July, and August are the peak months for both lightning and lightning fatalities
Slides from Feb 2008 AARC Presentation on Station Grounding and Lightning Protection by Alan Swinger, K9MBQ.
In April 2012, Joe Flamini, W4BXG, gave an AARC presentation on station grounding and lightning.His Powerpoint slides as PDF. Note that he plans to add explanatory text to the slides to make them more useful without a presenter standing in front of you.
The reverse beacon network picked up the W4DO call sign 71 times during field day on 15m,20m,40m, and 80m bands. This includes spots from HD9DCO Switzerland, EA4TX Spain, DL1EMY Germany, ON5KQ Belgium, S50ARX Slovenia, DR1A Germany, F5VLY France, VE2WU Canada, and PJ2T Curacao (Island off coast of Venezuela ). All of the spots outside north america were on 15m and 20m except a single spot from France on 40m.
plot of SNR for W4DO as Received by DL1EMY (Germany) on 20m on 20130622.
Photo Credit: AK4OL
Field Day Photos taken by AK4OL have been uploaded to the Photo Gallery.
Field day log file in ADIF format is attached; thanks to Bill N0WP.
Also the summary points file is attached. It does not include bonus points we get for activities unknown to the logging program. This data shown below has also been condensed into a 1 page summary which is attached as a .pdf and .ods (Open Document Spreadsheet) for import into libreoffice, openoffice.org, or recent versions of excel.
There were 845 non-duplicate QSOs, which total 1225 points (1 point phone, 2 for CW or digital). Since all our stations ran at 150W or less, we get a power multiplier of 2, for 2450 points before bonuses. We get Bonus points for:
100% Emergency power - 100 points
Media publicity 100 points
Public Place 100 points
Info Booth 100 points
NTS message to AARC 100 points
copying W1AW message 100 points
1 formal NTS messages 10 points
Natural power QSOs 100 points
for submitting online 50 points
Estimated total bonus points: 760
Estimated total: 3210 points
Last year, our total was 4436
CBS19: Field Day Helps Radio Operators Practice Skills 01:56
By Lewis Tingler
NBC29: Amateur Radio Enthusiasts Hold Field Day in Albemarle County 00:50
By Kristen Twiford
Right after field day:
Albemarle Search & Rescue Monthly Membership Meeting
When: Mon, June 24, 6pm – 8pm
Where: 411 E. High Street Bldg B Charlottesville, Va 22902 (map)
Description: ACSO meeting room.
Also, CERT animal training is on Tuesday and Wednesday.
CERT Animal Response Training
Tuesday, June 25th & Wednesday, June 26th (2-day course), 6:30 pm to 9pm, ECC Conference Room
Please RSVP by this Thursday, June 20th.
Currently, we only have 1 person registered. If you are interested in this two day course, please RSVP to Allison Farole at afarole[at]albemarle[dot]org by Thursday. We need at least 8 participants registered for the class to occur.
Note that you usually need to have already taken CERT basic training to take other CERT classes.
Picture from last year's Field Day (2012).
For immediate Release
For Additional Information contact:
Albemarle Amateur Radio Club
“Who ya’ gonna call? Charlottesville/Albemarle area Radio Hams!”
Charlottesville, VA 2013-06-17 – Despite the Internet, cell phones, email and modern communications, every year whole regions find themselves in the dark. Tornadoes, fires, storms, ice and even the occasional cutting of fiber optic cables leave people without the means to communicate. In these cases, the one consistent service that has never failed has been Amateur Radio. These radio operators, often called “hams” provide backup communications for everything from the American Red Cross to FEMA and even for the International Space Station. Your Town’s “hams” will join with thousands of other Amateur Radio operators showing their emergency capabilities this weekend.
The general public is invited to attend Field Day. The AARC will again be operating Field Day from the Earlysville Volunteer Fire Department at 283 Reas Ford Rd, Earlysville, VA. We will begin our on the air operations at 2:00 PM Saturday June 22, and will be on the air continuously until 2:00 PM Sunday, June 23.
The Amateur Radio License Test (VE Session) will be 9:00a on Saturday at the Earlysville Fire Dept.
Club members may wish to sign up for a time slot http://vols.pt/Z5G6yp .
By Bill Arnold – K4IB, June 8, 2013; Edited for web by AK4OL.
Would you like to participate in a first of its kind, Foxhunt in Space? The Foxes are miniature spacecraft, dubbed “Sprites” that will be launched into low earth orbit in mid-November 2013 for a limited engagement. Want to find them? . . . .With a few fairly inexpensive parts and rudimentary assembly skills, interested members of AARC can take part in a pioneering experiment in space. Does this grab your attention? If so, read on.
Zac Manchester (KD2BHC) an Aerospace Engineering Graduate Student at Cornell, and his group, chaired by his mentor, Mason Peck, PhD, are preparing to launch several small "KickSat" satellites later this year, piggybacked aboard a SpaceX craft, the prime mission of which is to replenish the International Space Station (see CQ April 2013, pp 74-5). Each KickSat will deploy about 100 solar powered "Sprite Satellites" into low Earth orbit During a recent telephone conversation I had with Zac, he asked us (AARC) to consider joining a growing number of Clubs and Academic Departments who will monitor RF signals transmitted by the satellites.
DETAILS: Each Sprite is a circuit board about the size of two postage stamps, with a mass of 5 grams (that of a U.S. nickel). The board is populated with solar cells, a gyroscope, a magnetometer, a UHF radio transmitter, a micro-controller, a dipole antenna and other components. Individual Sprites will transmit a unique series of characters, usually a few letters, "Like your initials," according to Zac. Currently, three Sprite prototypes are orbiting earth in a Materials Science Experiment Pallet that was mounted on the outside of the ISS in 2011 during the final mission of the Space Shuttle.
As of last monday, there is a digital net on the 146.730 repeater on monday nights at 8:15PM local time, shortly after the info net (which is voice and on a separate frequency). Probably using MT63-2000 modulation which works well over FM and at least passably with accoustic coupling between computer and radio (no interface needed), although a interface such as a signalink USB would be better. A number of software packages support this, including fldigi (Linux, Free-BSD, OS X, Windows XP, NT, W2K, Vista and Win7). There are also MT63 apps for android and iphone. Include the supplemental programs which are sometimes packaged separately from fldigi as some of these are used to support Narrow Band Emergency Messaging System (. NBEMS) transmission of emergency message forms.
During the last week of May (May 25 - May 31), Virginia retailers may not charge sales tax on designated hurricane/emergency preparedness items:
Up to $1000 each: generators, solar panels, wind turbines, and inverters
Up to $60 each: two way radios (this would appear to include ham, FRS/GMRS, and CB), portable self powered radios, weather radios, batteries (including AAA,AA,C,D,9V,lantern, and cell phone but excluding car or boat), flashlights, lanterns, and glow sticks,, coolers and ice packs, fire extinguishers, smoke/fire/carbon monoxide detectors, cell phone chargers, first aid kits, ground anchor systems, empty fuel tanks (including gasoline, diesel and propane), water tanks/containers, duct tape, rope, ratchet straps, bungee cords, can openers, tarps, plastic sheeting, storm shutters, and bottled water.
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Friday 2013-04-12 6:30PM
The Solutions Group
Citizens Commonwealth Building
300 Preston Ave, Suite 401
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Multiple designs available. If you already have some or all of the parts, bring them. However, a couple of us have picked up extra parts.
More details may follow, late tonight (thursday).
Details on my experimental variant:
Please help us spread the word on the upcoming Technician licensing course? It is to start April 22 at CARS Rescue Squad Building, and runs through June 10. ( Eight Mondays.) The VE exam is June 15. Candidates need to register with Bill Phillips via email at: billp1048[at]earthlink[dot]net
The April 9 AARC Club meeting will be held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, at 7:30 pm. The board will meet at 7 pm.
Alan K9MBQ recently constructed and is using a coax inverted "L" for 160 & 80M. It
is based on a Mar 2012 QST article by Scott - K4VWK - from Farmville who has
agreed to join us for the presentation with Alan. The presentation is attached and can be downloaded.
The April Issue of The Beacon is now available. Look to the left column and find the heading "Beacon."
The first Amateur licensing test session has been set for 9 am on March 23 at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, Va. Walk-ins accepted for testing for any class license.
The AARC 2013 Club Calendar is now available for viewing or download. Go to the link on the left and click on "Club Calendar."
Four things happen on Tue March 12:
9:45AM - Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill. Flyer from Charlottesville CERT.
6:30PM - spring CERT basic training class starts
7:00PM - AARC board meeting
7:30PM - AARC monthly meeting
New pictures have been posted on the Photo Gallery from the February Club Meeting. Check them out.