December issue of The Beacon is now available

The December Issue of the club newsletter, The Beacon, is now available. To download in pdf go to the index on the left.

AARC Awards Banquet reservations stand at 70 today

Reservations for the 2011 AARC Annual Awards Banquet are rolling in and at this date and time, they stand at 70 -- an all time record. If you want to attend, scroll down this page and you will find reservation details.

AARC Final VE Session of 2011

Saturday, November 12 saw a great turnout of AARC VEs and potential licensees and upgrades. Many thanks to Mark WA1A, the AARC VE Liaison and the following VEs. Bill AD6JV, Bill N0WP, Bill K4IB, Linda KI5LLB, Dave K4DND, Terry KT4UO, Harry W2HD, Alan K9MBQ, Don K4UVA, Will KJ4XZ, and Jim K4CGY.
With such a turnout of VEs, one wonders what someone thought who came into the room to be tested. In fact there were 11 people that showed up for licensing or upgrading taking a total of 17 elements. Six people received CSCEEs for new license grants, and 4 received upgrades.
Interestingly, 2 of the new licensees came in with no license, and walked out ready to receive their Amateur Extra class license. Another went from no license to General, while a fourth went from his current Technician license to Amateur Extra at this session.
Also thanks to the team who put on the Amateur Extra classes under the direction of Bill AD6JV. Other course instructors were Dennis K4THE, Alan K9MBQ, Will KJ4XZ and George AA4D.
Great work by all, and congratulations to all new hams and all upgraded hams.

Amateur Radio License Test Session November 12

There will be an Amateur Radio License test session on Saturday, November 12, starting at 9 am in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. 520 Edgement Road, Charlottesville. Tests will be available for all three license classes. You must bring a photo ID, pencils and $15 in cash for the fee. If you have a current FCC Amateur License, you must bring the original and a copy to attach to your application. No reservation required -- just walk in.

November Issue of the Beacon

The November Issue of the Beacon is now available for download. The current and past issues of the Beacon can be accessed from the index column on the left.

Club Meeting Set for November 8 -- How about a clothesline Antenna

Our next AARC Club Meeting will be held on November 8 at 7:30 pm at the NRAO. K4THE will give a presentation on his Variable Off-Center Fed Folded Dipole, aka the VA2ERY Clothesline Antenna, along with a discussion of JT-65 weak signal digital mode for HF. The board will meet at 7 pm.

Annual Dinner

Get your tickets at $17 per person for the AARC Annual Awards Dinner on Dec 13, 6:30p at Elks Lodge, 389 Elks Dr (Google Maps).

Number of Tickets


Online tickets must be purchased by Thu., Dec. 8, 11:59p US Eastern Time.

If you prefer to pay by check, you can pay at the door when you arrive. Be sure to email your reservations to jecrosby[at]comcast[dot]net by Friday.

Up-dated club roster posted

The club roster has been up-dated as of October 14, 2011 to include 126 members -- four of whom are Associate Members who are working on obtaining their call.

K4CGY's tower erection pictures posted

New pictures are always popping up on the Photo Gallery. Check out the pictures of the tower erection at K4CGY's QTH. Just go to the column on the left and find Photo Gallery nine buttons down from the top. Click on the name and presto you are there to browse and gape.

AARC Repeater Update

The AARC Technical Committee is pleased to report the following progress.

1. The WA4TFZ 146.925 repeater is back on Heard's Mt and appears to be functioning normally.

'2. The WA4TFZ 146.895 repeater audio level has been set.

3. The WA4TFZ 224.760 repeater desense problem has been corrected and the TX frequency tweaked. Please give this club repeater a try at its new location.

October Issue of The AARC Beacon

The October Issue of The AARC Beason is now available on this site. Click on the Beacon button on the top left second from the top and download the current issue at the top of the list.

Monthly Meeting is Tuesday, October 11

The next regularly scheduled monthly meeting of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club will be on Tuesday, October 11, at 7:30 pm in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory Headquarters facility, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. The board will meet at 7 pm. The program will be confirmed shortly.

---Upcoming Events---

Saturday, September 10, the AARC will sponsor an ARRL VE session at NRAO Rm 230. This is room right behind the screen in the auditorium. So if anyone is interested in getting a license or an upgrade, this is a great opportunity. Bring a photoID, photocopy of your current license if any, pencils, calculator if needed, and $15 cash.

Saturday, September 17 is the VA Beach Hamfest and Roanoke Division meeting. For more information go to:

Sunday, September 18 is the Boys and Girls Club Cycling Challenge. This should be a very interesting bike event as many young people will be participating, and should be a great opportunity for many young ham recruits. Riders start from the Old Trail Swim Club in Crozet and will ride one of three courses. The "Short Loop" is 29.2 miles, the "Medium Loop" 55.5 miles and the "Long Loop" covers 79.1 miles with all rides finishing at the same Old Trail Swim Club. Riders start at 9AM and there will be only 3 rest stops for these young riders, so plenty of SAG support will be required. See below for Maps and Course Cue Sheets.

September AARC Beacon

The inaugural AARC Beacon prepared by our new Beacon Editor Marty Wangberg W4MBW is now ready for download at September Beacon.

The AARC will meet on September 13 at the NRAO

The regular monthly meeting of the AARC will be on Tuesday, September 13, at 7:30 p.m. in the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. The board will meet there at 7 p.m. prior to the regular meeting. The program will include an analysis of the Four Square Antenna System installed and used by Alan Swinger (K9MBQ). This should be very interesting.

August Beacon Posted for Download

The current issue of the Beacon is ready for download at August Beacon.

Entry Level Amateur Radio Class set for August 11 - Thursday at 7 p.m.

A Technician Level Ham Radio License Course will begin on Thursday, August 11, at 7 p.m. Classes will meet in Western Ablemarle at the Cornerstone Church where an audio/video equipped classroom is available. The church is located west of Crozet at the very end of Twinkling Springs Road that is a right turn off Route 250 after passing under the I-64 overpass. The classes will meet two hours per week for a total of four weeks for eight hours of total classroom time on August 11, 18 & 25 and on September 1. An examination for this and all license class levels is scheduled for Saturday, September 10, starting at 9 a.m. at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgement Road, Charlottesville. Qualified volunteer examiners will offer the examination sponsored the AARC. The class is open to all interested persons who would like to obtain their entry level Amateur Radio Station License. Information and registration can be obtained from the class coordinator by contacting K4JEC by email at jecrosby[at]comcast[dot]net or by telephone at 434 823 2277.

Local Repeater Update

The AARC UHF repeater on 444.250 MHz has been removed from the old Martha Jefferson Hospital site for its eventual location at the new hospital site on Pantops Mt. Look for this repeater to be back on the air in coming weeks.

The K4DND 145.450 MHz repeater has also been removed from its location at the Martha Jefferson Hospital to be relocated along with the WA4TFZ 444.250 at the new hospital site. The IRLP node 4703 is temporarily attached to the WA4TFZ 146.760 repeater.

The AARC VHF repeater on 146.925 MHz has been taken down from its Heard's Mt site for maintainence and can be heard on the air from the QTH of K4CGY.

Annual Picnic/Auction Set for August 9, 6-8 p.m.

The club's Annual August Picnic/Auction is just around the corner and now is the time to screen your ham gear and decide if there is something you would like to place in the auction. The picnic is a great event for fellowship and visiting with your fellow members, as well as getting rid of your surplus gear while picking up something new. Members are asked to bring a dish to share representing a salad, dessert, or vegetable. The club will furnish the burgers and hot dogs. To have an accurate count for food planning, please make your reservation including the number in your party and what you plan to bring in an email to deason[at]comcast[dot]net.
The auction is to include only ham gear and be of the Silent Auction type where you place your bid on the item's bidsheet in sequence until the cut-off time of 7:30 p.m. At that time the highest bidder has the right to claim the item and settle directly with the seller. All negotiations are between the seller and the buyer. We must be out of the park by sunset. See you there!

July Beacon

The current issue of the Beacon with stories about Field Day is ready for download at July Beacon. Sorry for the delay.

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