Arlington Amateur Radio Club station W4WVP is operating as a class 3F station (Emergency Operations Center with three transmitters) at its usual location: the Arlington Office of the American Red Cross, 4333 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia. Operation will continue until 2 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Sunday, June 26. The public is invited to visit to learn more about Amateur Radio and the role it can play in disaster assistance and community service.
|Purpose:||...to further promote the popularity, good-will, recognition and respect of our hobby both within our fraternalism and the Community...|
|Meetings:||Third Tuesday of each month, 7:00 P.M., St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St. Nonmembers are invited to attend.|
|ARNewsline:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:00 P.M., 145.47(-) MHz FM|
|Net:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:30 P.M., 145.47(-) MHz FM, PL 107.2 Hz|
|Information:||Chuck Norton, firstname.lastname@example.org (e-mail), phone 703-973-6715 (day), 703-527-2430 (eve).|
June 25, 2011
June 22, 2011
President Norton called the meeting to order at 7:30 PM. The minutes for the May 2011 as posted were approved. The Treasurer made his report. Adequate funds were approved for the Field Day meal expenses.
Dennis reported that the ARRL was trying to speed up its internal processes to approve all awards in a 30 day period. He attended the Manassas Hamfest and found it very successful.
Mike reported that the club net was functioning well. It was also reported that Craig, one of the net controls was now at home. The repeater is now using the PL tone of 107.2 Hz at all of its receiving sites.
Information was reported on a low cost two meter radio, the Vertex HX370 available from Gander Mountain.
Art reported that the ARISAT- 1 amateur satellite is expected to be deployed in orbit next month.
Old Business – Chuck reminded all members that the there is a 440 repeater available in Arlington as a backup to our repeater.
New Business – The club was reminded that our repeater has no backup power. It might be prudent to invest in a power supply that could also serve to maintain a backup battery supply for outages. In any event, club members were urged to monitor the repeater with their radios when in their stations. Members should be prepared to go to Simplex Frequencies if the repeater fails.
Field Day – The FD Log software which works under Python in Windows was demostrated. It can serve as a logging program for Field Day stations worked. Paper logs will also be provided. We anticipate being class 3 F and operating on 20, 40, and 80 meters. A second dipole will be put up for 40 or 80 meter operation.
Although food and drink will be provided, members can bring their own food and drink.
Prentiss reminded us all to wear our W4WVP badges for Field Day.
Operations will begin at 10 AM Saturday for setup and continue that day. Actual on the air operations begin 2 PM Saturday. We will restart at 10 AM on Sunday.
In attendance were Randy WB4MJF, Prentiss K4PDJ, Mike KG4RKL, Dennis W4PWF, Arthur W4ART, Ken WB4AKK, Mike NW3V, George KR4MU, Richard WB3HYZ, Jim AA0J, Walt W4ZPQ, Chuck KI4DHW, Mike KA8OPJ, and Dave KJ4EMI.