Foxhunt Antenna Build Session

Closeup of tape measure yagi antenna feed point
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:

Technician Class set for April 22

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

April 9 Club Meeting Set

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

The April Issue of The Beacon is now available. Look to the left column and find the heading "Beacon."

First Amateur Licensing Test Session Set for March 23

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.

2013 Calendar Now Available

The AARC 2013 Club Calendar is now available for viewing or download. Go to the link on the left and click on "Club Calendar."

March 12, Statewide Tornado Drill and CERT Classes Begin

Four things happen on Tue March 12:
9:45AM - Virginia Statewide Tornado Drill. Flyer from Charlottesville CERT.
Virginia EMS
6:30PM - spring CERT basic training class starts
7:00PM - AARC board meeting
7:30PM - AARC monthly meeting

Visit Last Meeting Via Pictures

New pictures have been posted on the Photo Gallery from the February Club Meeting. Check them out.

AARC Facebook Page Created

AARC Now has a presence on Facebook.

The February Issue of The Beacon has been posted

The latest news is now available via The Beacon -- our club newsletter. Check out the February Issue. Look to the left column and click on "Beacon." The new issue is at the top of the list.

Club Annual Meeting Set For January 8

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.

2012 Annual Awards Dinner Set for December 11

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

AARC Public Service 2012

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.

Monthly Meeting is set for Tuesday, November 13

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.

AARC Volunteer Examiners

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.

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."

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