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The Annual Meeting of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club will be held at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA on January 8, 2013 at 7:30 pm. Annual Reports will be presented by the Officers and Directors and the Nominating Committee for 2013. The club will elect a president, vice president, secretary and treasurer, as well as three directors. Those elected will be installed immediately upon their election to lead the club during it's 50th Year. This is an important meeting and one you won't want to miss.
The 2012 Annual Awards Dinner will be held at the Elks Club (Across from Towe Park) on December 11 at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $20 per person. The fare will feature Prime Rib and Crab Cakes. Deadline for reservations is December 7 and they should be made with Vice President Carter Elliott WD4AYS. Send him an email at: celliott14[at]aol[dot]com
Now that the 2012 AARC Public Service Event schedule has been completed, it is a good time to summarize our efforts for the year.
In 2012, we worked 10 events, down 2 triathlons from 2011. Services were provided for 2 extreme mountain runs, 2 mountain bike races, 2 road bike races, 2 days of the MS-150 Bike Tour, 1 triathlon, and the Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge. A total of 40 different hams were logged in these events, with approximately 21 hours on average for each of these participants. Of course that is just the average, a few worked many of the events, and many worked just a single event, but whatever the level of participation, it was greatly appreciated by me as the AARC Director for Public Service, the event organizers, as well as all the bikers, runners and triathletes who competed or participated in the 10 events.
The November meeting of the AARC will be held on Tuesday, November 13 at 7:30 pm in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. A Nominating Commitee will be announced to recruit a slate of officers and directors for 2012. The meeting will feature a program on Fox Hunting (Transmitter Hunting) followed by a discussion of the club's interest in staging a club hunt in the future. Fox Hunting can be a fun activity, as well as good training in the use of radio direction finding equipment for tracking down noise, interference, illegal use of the ham bands and search and rescue. The board will meet at 7 pm.
Harry W2HD, does a great job encouraging and recruiting AARC members to become ARRL Accredited Volunteer Examiners. I recently heard him nudging (well maybe nudging isn't the right description) another to join the ranks. The fact is that the AARC has a great group of VE's who have collectively participated in a large number of VE sessions over the years. I just updated my list of VE's and this time included those listed as active by the ARRL, who have been former members of AARC but have moved on to other locations and other radio clubs.
For the entire list of 33 VE's, 23 of whom are current AARC members, see the attached pdf. Let me join W2HD in encouraging you to become an ARRL Volunteer Examiner and add your name and callsign to the list.
The AARC Board of Directors has approved the 2012 Annual Awards Dinner to be held at the Elks Club on December 11 at 6:30 pm. Tickets will be $20 per person. Put the date on your calendar and plan to be there!
The club meeting on Tuesday, October 9, at 7:30 pm in the NRAO will offer you an opportunity to meet our new 911 Center’s Emergency Management Coordinator, Kirby Felts, who succeeded Marge Thomas upon her retirement from that position. The club meets in the auditorium of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville, VA on the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 pm. There will be a board meeting at 7 pm.
Many thanks to the following AARC members for a great job at the last Public Service Event, the Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge: John KU4KAE, Patsy K4PMC, Bill N0WP, Elmer KF4UCI, Don KE4DDR, Jon KJ4RPW, Jim K4BAV, Jim K4JEC, Greg N4PGS, and Paul AK4OH. You all did a fantastic job, and the event organizers were extremely pleased with the job we did. So thanks again for you time, your effort and your expertise.
It was fun to have Paul AK4OH riding the event as bike mobile, I hope we will see Paul as bike mobile on future cycling events. The last PS event of the 2012 season is coming Saturday, September 29. This will be the last opportunity for you to add to your PS event score for the year, so please make an effort to participate in this last event.
73 and see you on the 29th. de K4DND
Bill, AD6JV has announced that he has arranged to offer a General License Course from 7 pm till 9 pm starting on September 24 and to run through November 5 in seven sessions. The course will be offered in the facilities of the Charlottesville-Albemarle Rescue Squad through the courtesy of Dayton Haugh AA4DH who is the captain of the squad. To register send an email to Bill at: billp1048[at]earthlink[dot]net. The next License Examination Session is set for Saturday, November 10, at 9 am.
The Club Call/Name Roster has been updated as of August 28, 2012. Downloadable as a pdf file single page. Go to the column on the left and load "Club Call Roster."
The fall edition of the Devil’s Backbone Mountain Cross was a great success, due to the number and abilities of the AARC participants. Even though the day was cool and damp, our AARC volunteers performed at their usual level of competence, enthusiasm and good humor.
Many thanks to the following AARC members: Don KE4DDR, Bill N0WP, Elmer KF4UCI, Wes K4WLE, Greg N4PGS, Jimmy KK4EDT, and Linda KI5LLB. Also special thanks to Wes K4WLE and Greg N4PGS for taking such good care of the one medical emergency that resulted in transport to UVA. This rider was quickly patched up at the hospital and released later in the afternoon.
Don’t miss out on the last two PS events of 2012 coming up in September. Sunday, September 16 is the Boy’s and Girl’s Club Cycling Challenge. This one day event starts and finishes from Old Trail Park in Crozet. Last year was the first year of AARC participation and the event organizers were very pleased to know that we would be coming back again this year. This is a very important event, as there will be a large number of young people out riding the courses.
The September Issue of The Beacon has been posted. This issue contains 8 pages of news and photos consisting of 20 pictures and 10 stories and columns. More than 60 member's pictures and/or names appear within its pages recognizing some great photographic and copy writing talent among our membership.
In the column on the left, go to the "Beacon" and download 201209 and check it out for yourself.
The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club will offer an Amateur Radio License Examination on Saturday, September 8, at 9 am in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Headquarters Building, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. Examinations will be offered for all level classes including entry level Technician, General and Extra. What to bring to the exam session is listed in the attachment below.
The club will meet on September 11 at 7:30 pm at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. Dennis K4THE will be discussing NVIS at the September meeting. Near Vertical Incidence Skywave is a radio-wave propagation method that provides usable signals within the skip zone and has advantages for emergency communications. If you wish to study ahead, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Near_Vertical_Incidence_Skywave
The August Issue of our club newsletter, The Beacon, has been posted and is available for dowload from the menu on the left. Check it out, take the quiz and have some fun!
Saturday, July 7 was so hot so early in the morning, I bow before the AARC members that showed up to help out with the Jefferson Sprint Triathlon. Fortunately, since this event ends early, we weren't forced to endure the afternoon temperature, morning was quite enough, thank you very much!
Assisting in this event were Daniel KJ4YHE, Mike KA4JJD, Jim K4CGY, Don KE4DDR, Dayton AA4DH and Noah W4NRH (former KF4JHB). Thank you all very much.
Upcoming AARC Public Service events include:
July 29 – Sunday – Miller School Loop Bike Race
August 25 – Saturday – Devil’s Backbone Mt Cross – Nelson County
September 16 – Sunday – Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge
September 29 – Saturday – UROC – Blue Ridge Parkway and Wintergreen
Check your schedule and make sure you don't miss out on one or more of these last 4 PS events for 2012. Don't worry, if you don't have previous PS event experience, we will match you up with one of our more experienced participants, and gently phase you into the event.
The club's annual picnic and silent auction will be held at the Darden Towe Park Pavillion on Tuesday, August 14, at 6 pm. Place a box in your ham shack and fill it with items you would like to sell to raise some money for items you want to buy. As they say, "One person's trash is another person's treasure." Each member is asked to bring a dish to share to supplement the hot dogs and hamburgers the club will provide along with drinks and paper products. To ensure we have enough food for the event, we ask that each member send an email to jecrosby[at]comcast[dot]net stating how many, if anyone, will be attending with you. Members and their immediate family are invited along with significant others.
Items for the silent auction should be ham gear or ham related gear. All items must contain a bid sheet and they can be downloaded below. All item bidding will cease at 8 pm and the highest bidder will then settle up with the seller.
The regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club will be held on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:30 pm. Dr. Michael Rein will present a program on "Ticks of the insect kind." We will also hear a report and discussion on Field Day 2012. The board will meet at 7 pm.
Our club really came through with an outstanding performance during Field Day 2012. Much of the credit for that has to go to Bill Pond N0WP and Jim Owen K4CGY for their dedicated leadership. To me, the most rewarding aspect of leadership is to discover people standing with you to push the successful effort along because no one of us can do it alone. Bill and Jim are the perfect duo for Field Day. I so much admire people with the "can do" attitude they bring to Field Day and so many others within our club bring to other club projects. That is what makes our club special and a standout among amateur radio clubs!