|Meetings:||Usually Third Tuesday of each month, 7:30 P.M., Red Cross, 4333 Arlington Blvd. (US 50), Arlington,VA. Nonmembers are invited to attend.|
|Net:||Tuesday (except meeting nights) at 7:30 P.M., 144.87/145.47 MHz FM|
|Information:||Jack Reed, WA4FXX, email@example.com (e-mail), (703) 685-7933 (phone).|
Activities Chair Alan, KO4ALA, will screen a video on antennas: the ARRL video, Everything You Wanted to Know About Antennas, But Were Afraid to Ask.: "Frank Rutter, K3AW, demonstrated the effects of different antennae using a signal generator and mini-antennae. For antenna skeptics, this is an excellent video, and clearly demonstrates the radiation patterns of different antennae that we normally find only in graphics." This video was last shown at AARC in 1997.
--Mike, NW3V, AARC Secretary
President Jack, WA4FXX, called the meeting to order at 1937. Attending besides Jack were Vice President Dennis, W4PWF, Secretary Mike, NW3V, Treasurer Mike, KG4RKL, and Members Ian, KI4DTP, George, KR4MU, Jim, K9AUC, Mike, KA8OPJ, Rich, KI4FW, Keith, KG4UIR, Chuck, KI4DHW, Paul, KG4PXF, Paul, KA4KUU, Gary, KC7TNU (after the program started), and visitor Roy, AI4GO. WA4FXX asked Members and visitors to introduce themselves, and they did.
The Minutes of the January meeting as published on the Web were approved (moved, seconded, and passed).
Jack asked Dennis, W4PWF, to report on ARRL activities. Dennis said "Windsor Locks really got snow dumped on them. I left a day early. By the time we got to Baltimore, the snow, which had moved north, was gone. I can't tell you what we discussed on Sunday." Mike, NW3V, asked smirkishly, "What do we pay you for?" Dennis answered, deadpan, "I want to discuss that." Then: "We discussed regulation by bandwidth. Take this with the biggest grains of salt, but: at Dayton, they'll unveil what's called Deregulation II.
"At the League, we were in the black by $262K." Jack, WA4FXX, asked, "Losing members because of dues increases (I've heard)?" Dennis: "About 11,000 per year.... I was instrumental in trying to respond to requests of VEs [Voluntary Examiners] in Roanoke Division, who asked to be recognized a la PSHR [Public Service Honor Roll]. Giving two exams in Alaska is a big deal; in northern Virginia, it's not. " Rich, KI4FW, asked, "What do demographic studies show?" Dennis: "Studies show average age is increasing. Younger people aren't joining. No scientific studies of why have been done...."
Jack, WA4FXX, said, "[Activities Chair] Alan, KO4ALA, will not be with us. He's ill, with the flu. [ACPD] Captain Panther was once scheduled to be here, but the plan is in flux, and he begged off, and we graciously let him."
Jim, K9AUC, said "I can report on the Inauguration. Hams were to train non-radio people. There weren't many check-ins. I asked a number of people--they were professional [A]RC staff--no training was needed. There's a grant Sally Cooney has to train WMAC people over 55 [years of age] in radio.
"Alan [KO4ALA] has done a great job of making materials available.
"Net procedures were a bit different: ARC personnel would say, 'Go to your lead [supervisor].' ARES volunteers would say, 'Wait one...go direct.'
"Keith put handhelds on extreme battery save--ingenious." Keith, KG4UIR, corrected: "It was Steve who did that."
Jack, WA4FXX, asked, "Keith?" Keith, KG4UIR, replied, "Did I send you the After Action Report?" Jack, WA4FXX: "I didn't share it." Keith, KG4UIR, continued: "There are two radios, they look alike, but one is low-band VHF (vehicles use it), and one is UHF (handhelds). We also had ham rigs, and listened to public service. Those radios in the cache have every freq in the Metro area. FEMA's definition, etc. If you want the AAR (After Action Report), send me an email. "GMRS, 47.42, NexTel, etc., were blocked, but not the Public Service band. Regarding NexTels, some worked, some didn't. The farther you were from the flying-spot jammer, the better they worked. Next time we might do roll calls on freq."
Mike, KA8OPJ, asked, "Could we use PL or a special frequency to avoid jamming?" Keith replied, "I think next time we'll use public-service radios out of the cache." Jack, WA4FXX, said, "I suspect we'll have to develop mutual trust, and convince them we will monitor our own freqs. Also, I recomment contests and the ARRL EmComm course for training.
"Speaking of contests," Jack segued, "the International CW DX contest is next weekend, and the sideband contest is 5-8 March. The Virginia QSO Party is 19-21 March. The CQ Worldwide Prefix SSB contest is 26-27 March. The RTTY 'test was over the weekend. With a wire antenna in a tree, I managed to work about a hundred stations in four or five hours operating."
Mike, KG4RKL, said, "Going back to training, if anyone hasn't listened to 147.300, try it." Mike, NW3V, asked, "Did you hear KJ4S?" RKL answered, "No. About all they do is is EAN (Eastern Area Net)," and he rattled off some VHF and HF traffic net times and frequencies. Jack, WA4FXX, suggested monitoring the Maritime Mobile service Net on 14.300 MHz, and an international net on the same frequency. Jack said, "Our local net is 3.947 MHz at 6pm and again--the Virginia Late Net (VLN) at 10pm."
Mike, KA8OPJ, warned, "The rules for Field Day are changing. There's a new rule that you have to have an op for each rig, or something like that."
Jack, WA4FXX, said, "I sent out some spam regarding the River Run. Is there other old business?" [None heard.] "New business?" [None heard.] "In addition to the contests, Winterfest is coming. W4PWF brought us a 2004 Handbook" "Auction it off," suggested Mike, NW3V. "We'll auction off an older Handbook and keep this one", replied Jack.
Ian, KI4DTP, noted, "The Arlington County Library book sale is coming up." Jack, WA4FXX, added, "after 4:00, it's all you can carry in a bag..."
President Jack, WA4FXX, adjourned the meeting at 20:47.
Jim, K9AUC, presented a program on Our New Radios which he had hastily put together after hearing of Captain Panther's cancellation. He demonstrated the IC-2720H in the context of it's grab bag (which he had assembled). The xcvr was connected to a battery ("we call it the red battery, because of the red tape. Maybe this summer we'll have white and blue batteries."). The battery was connected to a charger ("not automatic"), and Jim explained that "[normally] we keep the battery on a maintainer [auto-chrager] here." The xcvr was also connected to a mag-mount antenna on a pie pan, which provided a ground plane, or at least a counterpoise. Jim noted, "There are better antennas in the shack." and showed examples.
Jim's program was very instructive, and the more impressive because arranged on short notice.
Jack, WA4FXX, noted that "our 2m Ringo will work on 70cm--the third harmonic--but the 9913 feedline has degraded and is no good for UHF. Mike, KA8OPJ, and Jack then debated the merits of air insulation, which KA8OPJ favored, while WA4FXX said, "some say it's a water trap."
Check out Dan's very interesting web pages on RF noise-hunting and the January 2005 VHF Contest.
AARC Activities Chair Alan Bosch, KO4ALA, has provided the following schedule (originally published in the January 2005 Arlington Beacon) for the next CERT class. He noted that "missed classes in this course will have to be made up in the next one after that -- September."
|Disaster Awareness||Tuesday, April 5||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Medical Operations I||Tuesday, April 12||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Medical Operations II||Tuesday, April 19||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Team Organization & Management||Tuesday, April 26||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Fire Suppression/Utility Shutoff||Saturday, April 30||10 am to 1 pm|
|Terrorism||Tuesday, May 3||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Search and Rescue||Tuesday, May 10||7 to 9:45 pm|
|Mock Disaster/Final Exam||Saturday, May 21||10 am to 1:30 pm|
For Immediate Release
THE FOUNDATION FOR AMATEUR RADIO, INC., a non-profit organization with headquarters in Washington, D.C., plans to administer fifty-five (55) scholarships for the academic year 2005 - 2006 to assist licensed Radio Amateurs. The Foundation, composed of over seventy-five local area Amateur Radio Clubs, fully funds three of these scholarships. Ten are funded with the income from grants. The remaining forty-two (42) are administered by the Foundation without cost to the various donors.
Licensed Radio Amateurs may compete for these awards if they plan to pursue a full-time course of studies beyond high school and are enrolled in or have been accepted for enrollment at an accredited university, college or technical school. The awards range from $500 to $2500 with preference given in some cases to residents of specified geographical areas or the pursuit of certain study programs. Clubs, especially those in Delaware, Florida, Maryland, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas, Virginia and Wisconsin, are encouraged to announce these opportunities at their meetings, in their club newsletters, during training classes, on their nets and on their world wide web home pages.
Additional information and an application form may be requested by letter or QSL card, postmarked prior to April 30, 2005 from:
FAR Scholarships Post Office Box 831 Riverdale, MD 20738
The Foundation for Amateur Radio, incorporated in the District of Columbia, is an exempt organization under Section 501(C)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954. It is devoted exclusively to promoting the interests of Amateur Radio and those scientific, literary and educational pursuits that advance the purposes of the Amateur Radio Service.
ARLB-008: FCC Morse, restructuring proposals could be out by mid-year
ARLB-007: Amateur Radio Spectrum Protection Act of 2005 Introduced
This is just a sample. For other recent bulletins, check out http://www.arrl.org/w1aw/, or listen to W1AW.
The Arlington ARC Roster is online at http://www.w4wvp.org/roster.censored.txt. Do we have your info correct? If not, please contact the Treasurer (Mike, KG4RKL) or webmaster (Mike, NW3V).
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