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.
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)
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Twenty club members showed up at the Richmond Frostfest on February 4. The club had a table from which club members sold surplus items and a Virginia Ham Radio Cruise-In promotional table from which flyers were distributed. Jim Wilson set up a table to promote the Morse Telegraph club and demonstrated Morse Telegraph equipment. He was accompanied by the club president, Hubert Jewell.
Pictures from Frostfest are available for viewing on the Photo Gallery accessed from the menu on the left. Take a look!
The February 14 Club Meeting will be held at 7:30 pm at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, 520 Edgemont Road, Charlottesville. The Board will meet at 7 pm. Linda (KI5LLB) and Roland Beard (KK4EDU) are doing the Feb program. It will feature a solar powered emergency power supply and radio system that they are constructing in a Yuppie Wagon Hauler they can take to a disaster or a radio event and run several radios, a computer, printer, and other things. They are hoping for an open forum on solar power. This will be a good one!
The Standing Committee and President's Annual Reports are available here for reading and/or downloading as a doc file.
The AARC Annual Meeting will be held on January 10 in the NRAO Building on Edgemont Drive in Charlottesville. The meeting will begin at 7:30 pm. The primary purpose of the annual meeting is to receive annual reports from officers, directors, and committee chairs; and to elect officers and directors for 2012. This is a very important meeting to attend and cast your vote for the leadership of the club for the coming year. Put it on your calendar and plan to participate. The board will meet at 7 pm to receive annual reports to be presented in writing to the secretary.
The reservation count for the AARC Annual Awards Banquet stands at 74 this morning. I was only dreaming when I asked if we could top 60. What a great membership. You are asked and you perform exceeding what could reasonably be expected. The AARC is truely the best amateur radio club in the world and that is because you make it so. You have every reason to celebrate!!!
The December Issue of the club newsletter, The Beacon, is now available. To download in pdf go to the index on the left.
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.
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.
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.