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)

Photo Gallery Up Dated With 8 New Member Photos

The Club Photo Gallery (left edge line-up) has been updated with eight new member ID photos in addition to the pictures from the Jefferson Cup Bike Races. Check it out. They are viewed best by reducing your page size to 75% otherwise you will miss an entire column on the ight unless you scroll back and forward.

AARC Public Service Event #2

Sunday, April 1 was the second AARC Public Service event in support of the Jefferson Cup Bike Races. It was a great day for the racers,, despite a couple of minor mishaps that resulted in at least 2 cyclists being transported to the hospital.

Many thanks to the following and a well-deserved pat on the back: KJ4YHE, KI5LLB, KE4DDR, KJ4ZIL, K4CGY, KF4UCI, KJ4KIH, KF4UHU, N4PGS AA4DH, KK4CEQ, K4THE and KJ4VJR. Ruth was very pleased with our contribution to her successful event.

AARC Public Service Event #1

The 2012 AARC Public Service Event Schedule is off to a great start. March 24 was the leadoff event and a great success thanks to the efforts of the following participants.

Mike KA4JJD, Jim K4CGY, Doug KK4CEQ, Linda KI5LLB, Roland KK4EDU, Donna KG4FOL, Dayton AA4DH, Elmer KF4UCI, Marty W4MBW, Jim K4JEC, Patsy K4PMC, Manny K4MSR, Shannon KJ4VJR, and Harry W2HD.

Thank you all for your outstanding performance and the many hours spent in the rain and cold. Coming up right away is the Jefferson Cup Bike Races on Sunday April 1.


Jim K4JEC emailed the club:

Planning for the Third Annual Cruise-In is underway. We are planning a day in the park with a “bring your own picnic fare – a tailgating party if you like.” Remember, it is a rain or shine event with no cancellation possible. We are adding a “Swap Meet” so bring any amateur radio equipment you have to sell or swap. Swap meet negotiations will be strictly person-to-person with no club fees are involvement. Be sure to bring your mobile or portable amateur radios to show and tell, discuss or gain help with programming and/or operating. We will have a HF GO TO Amateur Station setup for your use compliments of Bill Phillips (AD6JV) and you can bring your own for field testing especially non-grid power sources. If you have programming software, please bring it and offer assistance to those who do not have such. Power will be available for laptops, radios, etc. K4JEC will have programming software for the Wouxun. Come one, come all – children, spouse, special friends are invited as well -- especially prospective amateur candidates.

AARC Public Service Schedule 2012

Here is the 2012 PS schedule of events. This list will be updated as needed so check back here from time and mark these dates on your personal schedule. Volunteers are always needed and appreciated.

March 24 – Saturday – Bel Monte Endurance Run – Blue Ridge Parkway
April 1 – Sunday – Jefferson Cup Bike Races – Kluge Loop
May 5 – Saturday – Devil’s Backbone Mt Cross – Nelson County
May 27 – Sunday – Bike Race – Miller School Loop
June 9 – Saturday – Day 1 MS-150 Bike Tour – UVA Park
June 10 – Sunday – Day 2 MS-150 Bike Tour – UVA Park
July 7 – Saturday – Jefferson Sprint Triathlon
August 25 – Saturday – Devil’s Backbone Mt Cross – Nelson County
September 22 or 23 – Saturday or Sunday – Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge
September 29 – Saturday – UROC – Blue Ridge Parkway and Wintergreen

Eight Passed Our License Exam on March 3

Mark (WA1A), our License Exam Coordinator, reports, "We had 8 applicants. All passed the exams they tested for. 5 techs, 2 generals and 1 extra. "
The following Volunteer License Examiners were present to assist:

Mark Gorlinsky - WA1A
Dave Damon - K4DND
Skip Thacker - WD4LT
Harry Dannals - W2HD
Peter Thorsen - W4PRT
Kenneth Kang - KJ4KIH
William Arnold - K4IB
William Phillips - AD6JV
Wilfred Seay - KJ4XZ
Donald Eason - N4UVA

The next License Examination session is scheduled for June 2, 9 am, NRAO.

Skywarn Class set for April 19

The National Weather Service (NWS) has scheduled a Skywarn Class in Charlottesville on April 19. This class is necessary to become a Weather Spotter in the Skywarn program of the NWS. The class will convene at 7 pm and conclude by 9:30 pm. The class will be held in the Albemarle County Office Building - South - Room A - Fifth Street Extended south of I-64. The contact for registration and information will by Jim Crosby - K4JEC - who can be reached by Email at k4jec[at]arrl[dot]net or by phone by calling 434-823-2277. The class is open to the public with limited seating available so early registration is suggested.

March 13 Club Meeting Set at NRAO at 7:30 pm

Public Service activities of the club will be the topic of discussion with several guests reporting from the agencies and organizations we serve. The program will be chaired by our Public Service Director Dave Damon. This is an important session of the club you won't want to miss on Tuesday, March 13, at 7:30 pm. in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. Put it on your calendar and plan to be with us. All are always welcome to our club meetings.

Introductory License Class Starts March 5 at CARS

The AARC will kick-off a Technician License Class on March 5 to meet on Mondays thereafter at the Charlottesville Albemarle Rescue Squad Building, 828 McIntire Road, Charlottesville. Spread the word to all who might be interested in obtaining their FCC Amateur Radio Station & Operators License. A poster offering details is linked below that can be downloaded and printed for information, posting and distribution. Queries should be sent by email to: k4jec[at]arrl[dot]net and by phone to 434 823 2277.

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