2012 Annual Awards Dinner Set for December 11

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!

Club Meeting set for October 9 at 7:30 pm

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.

AARC Public Service

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

General Up Grade Class offered

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.

Up-dated club roster posted

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."

Devil's Backbone Mountain Cross

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.

September Beacon posted

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.

Amatuer Radio License Examinaton Set for September 8

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.

September 11 Meeting to be a treat

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

August Issue of The Beacon is online

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!

AARC Public Service

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.

August Picnic & Silent Auction Set for August 14 at 6 pm

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.

July 10 Set For Club Meeting At NRAO

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.

AARC 2012 Field Day trumps last year

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!

Amateur Radio Field Day set for June 23 - 24

Field Day '2012 is creeping up on us! The weekend of June 23 and 24 are the dates of this very popular operating event this year. The Albemarle Amateur Radio Club is again going to be operating from our home for the past few years at the Earlysville Fire station. As usual, we plan to have a dinner Saturday evening, and light breakfast Sunday morning for any club members wanting to come out and be part of the fun, whether it by operating, or just being part of the social gathering.
We would ask that if you come for the meal, that you bring a covered dish of some sort to share. The club will be furnishing burgers, dogs, paper plates, soft drinks, etc., similar to what was done last year.
We will begin setup on Friday afternoon 6/22 after 2:00 PM. We can always use the help of anyone who is able to assist with that work. Actual Field Day operations begin at 1800 UTC on Saturday afternoon (2:00 PM local time). It's really exciting to hear the bands come alive right at 2:00 PM, and I
hope that we can have lots of folks on hand to pitch in and participate in the fun!

License Examination Session Great Success

At Saturday's Amateur Radio License Examination Session, we had twelve candidates take a total of 20 exams. All candidates earned a new license class. There was one Extra, two General and nine Technician licenses earned. We had a great showing of nine AARC Volunteer Examiners to proctor the test session. Present were, Mark Gorlinsky/WA1A, David Damon/K4DND, Donald Eason/N4UVA, James Owen III/K4CGY, William Arnold/K4IB, Robert Pattison/K4DH, Harry Dannals/W2HD, Peter Thorsen/W4PRT and Dorsey Thacker/WD4LT.
The next test session will be Saturday, September 8, at 9 am at NRAO.
Reported by Mark Gorlinsky WA1A, AARC License Examination Coordinator.

License Examination Session set for June 2 at NRAO

Our quarterly FCC Amateur Radio License Examinations will be offered on Saturday, June 2, starting at 9 am. The exam will be offered in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgement Road, Charlottesville. Examinations will be available for all class licenses.

Club Meeting set for June 12 at 7:30 pm

The meeting will take place at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Headquarters, 520 Edgement Road, Charlottesville. You won't want to miss this program because it will be a unique opportunity to hear from a very unique author with a great insight into Amateur Radio.
For June 2012, we will feature Ken Reitz, Features Editor, at Monitoring Times, a monthly publication about all things radio. He’ll be talking about the Future of Amateur Radio.
There will be a board meeting at 7 pm.

Cruise-In Drew Modest Crowd Despite Weather

Through a cloudy and overcast beginning, the Third Annual Cruise-In enjoyed warm sunshine, cold blustery rain and back to a thick cloud cover all during the six-hour period of the event. Despite the weather anomalies 38 persons signed in of which 14 were non-club members. Some of the discussion groups enjoyed the rapt attention of a goodly number of attendees. Some radios were programmed and some equipment traded hands during the swap meet part of the day. The HF GOTO station drew a lot of attention and attracted a few potential amateurs. There was a great deal of interest in the vehicle wiring demo and many confessed to learning from the experience. The largest group of the day surrounded the Solar Power demo which occurred during the brightest and warmest part of the entire day. Jay Jennings W4BSB from Virginia Beach stated, “I am happy to report that the demo's of the Internet remote access to HF stations for the Third Annual Virginia Ham Radio Cruise-in in Charlottesville, VA went extremely well considering that propagation on HF was very poor.

Third Annual Virginia Ham Radio Cruise-In all set for Saturday, April 28, 10 am till 4 pm

We have made some more changes in the Third Annual VA Ham Radio Cruise-In. We will offer souvenir QSL Cards and Program folders to all attending and we have added discussion groups such as Emergency Solar Power with a demonstration and discussion, as well as Remote Operations by Jay James W4BSB from Virginia Beach. Seeing these set ups will make the trip worthwhile alone.
The activities we plan for the day now include:
Third Annual Cruise-In Schedule of Activities
10 am - Repeater Use & Protocol discussion group led by Jim K4CGY
11 am - Emergency Solar Power for home and field discussion group led by Linda KI5LLB and Roland KK4EDU. The Beards will be on hand with their mobile solar power unit to demonstrate and outline an how-to-do-it.
Noon - Picnic time - tailgating party time.
1 pm - HF GOTO Station operation and discussion led by Bill Phillips AD6JV (Station will be running most of the day)

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