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Agenda for May 15 meeting, revision 1

Michael Callaham
 

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AGENDA

AARC 2018-05 Regular Meeting
Saint Thomas More Cathedral School

6:30 - 7:00 pm: talk in; gather in parking lot; ingress

7:00 pm sign in

[ ] Self-introductions

PROGRAM

Several topics -- WB4MJF

[ ] Call to order

BUSINESS
[ ] Determine quorum
[ ] Accept or amend Minutes of previous meeting

REPORTS OF OFFICERS
[ ] President
Outreach to Youth:
[ ] Swanson MS STEM Night (May 17, 7-8 pm)
[ ] Columbia Pike Library Program: Kids Day (June 16, 2-4 pm)
[ ] Veep
[ ] Secretary
[ ] Treasurer
[ ] Activities Chairman

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
[ ] News bulletins (W2JWP, KK4EBG)
[ ] Net (NW3V, KC5QCN)
[ ] EmComm (ARES EC: KC5QCN)
[ ] Constitution Committee

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
[ ] Membership applications

NEW BUSINESS
[ ] Any?

ADJOURN, patch sales
EGRESS before 9 pm

--Mike, NW3V, President
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Agenda for May 15 meeting

Michael Callaham
 

AGENDA

AARC 2018-05 Regular Meeting
Saint Thomas More Cathedral School

6:30 - 7:00 pm: talk in; gather in parking lot; ingress

7:00 pm sign in

[ ] Self-introductions

PROGRAM

Several topics -- WB4MJF

[ ] Call to order

BUSINESS
[ ] Determine quorum
[ ] Accept or amend Minutes of previous meeting

REPORTS OF OFFICERS
[ ] President
Outreach to Youth:
[ ] Swanson MS STEM Night (May 17)
[ ] Columbia Pike Library Program: Kids Day (June 12)
[ ] Veep
[ ] Secretary
[ ] Treasurer
[ ] Activities Chairman

REPORTS OF COMMITTEES
[ ] News bulletins (W2JWP, KK4EBG)
[ ] Net (NW3V, KC5QCN)
[ ] EmComm (ARES EC: KC5QCN)
[ ] Constitution Committee

UNFINISHED BUSINESS
[ ] Membership applications

NEW BUSINESS
[ ] Any?

ADJOURN, patch sales
EGRESS before 9 pm

--Mike, NW3V, President

--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: Info

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Paul,

Our next meeting is Tuesday, May 15, at the St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St.

While the address is "N. Thomas St." we actually enter the building off the parking lot, which can either be accessed from Cathedral Ln. or Glebe Road.

Meeting time is 7.

ARRL maintains a database of exam sessions. Plug in your parameters here:

http://www.arrl.org/find-an-amateur-radio-license-exam-session

73,

Paul Wilson
AARC Secretary

On May 13, 2018 at 9:59 PM "Paul via Groups.Io" <gillosa=protonmail.com@groups.io> wrote:


Hello,
I'm interested in attending a meeting, getting my technician test knocked out in the next couple of months, and learn more about DMR (and other stuff). Would appreciate any help or info and a POC. Thanks for your time.

Peace,
Paul

73, Paul, KI4PW

Info

Paul <gillosa@...>
 

Hello,
I'm interested in attending a meeting, getting my technician test knocked out in the next couple of months, and learn more about DMR (and other stuff). Would appreciate any help or info and a POC. Thanks for your time.

Peace,
Paul

Wheelchair access to Arlington ARC meetings

Michael Callaham
 

Our usual process for obtaining use of the access ramp (for wheelchairs
or other mobility devices) at the St. Thomas More Cathedral School is in
abeyance until September. If you require use of the access ramp in order
to attend a meeting, please let me know (nw3v at arrl dot net) as soon
as possible. I will try to make arrangements, but I'm not sure whether
it can be done or how long it will take.

--Mike NW3V, President, Arlington Amateur Radio Club
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: Please RSVP for Field Day if you have not

DrZ
 

Mike, I am going to Alexandria club for field day ...... Al / K4XB CYNTHIA will also be attending - What is her call? I will pay for Her and Me@theAlexandria meeting on the 11th of May.

-----Original Message-----
From: AARC-PUBLIC@groups.io <AARC-PUBLIC@groups.io> On Behalf Of Michael Callaham
Sent: Thursday, May 10, 2018 12:01 AM
To: AARC-PUBLIC@groups.io
Subject: [AARC-PUBLIC] Please RSVP for Field Day if you have not

If you are planning (as I am) to attend the 2018 Field Day operation of the Alexandria Radio Club, call sign W4HFH, at Joseph Hensley Park in Alexandria, please let me know, by replying to this or by emailing nw3v at arrl dot net. I would like to give W4HFH planners a rough count on Friday, May 11, before their meeting. The Alexandria Radio Club web site is w4hfh dot org.

73,
--NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.
--
Al Zodun / K4ZB

Please RSVP for Field Day if you have not

Michael Callaham
 

If you are planning (as I am) to attend the 2018 Field Day operation of
the Alexandria Radio Club, call sign W4HFH, at Joseph Hensley Park in
Alexandria, please let me know, by replying to this or by emailing nw3v
at arrl dot net. I would like to give W4HFH planners a rough count on
Friday, May 11, before their meeting. The Alexandria Radio Club web site
is w4hfh dot org.

73,
--NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: Field Day with Alexandria Radio Club--Will you come?

Michael Callaham
 

Paul,

If I were in your boat shoes, that's what I'd do. I hope we work u.

73,
--3v
On Wed, 2018-05-09 at 10:41 -0400, Paul Wilson KI4PW wrote:
I think I will not be joining you at W4HFH. Trying something new this year. I will likely be "One Bravo Mike Delta Charlie" from my boat.
...

--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: Field Day with Alexandria Radio Club--Will you come?

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

I think I will not be joining you at W4HFH. Trying something new this year. I will likely be "One Bravo Mike Delta Charlie" from my boat.

On May 2, 2018 at 12:14 AM Michael Callaham <vze32sw5@...> wrote:


At the April meeting, Arlington Amateur Radio Club members decided to
attend the Field Day encampment of the Alexandria Radio Club, call sign
W4HFH, at Joseph Hensley Park in Alexandria, instead of operating our
own club station for Field Day. The Alexandria Radio Club welcomes our
participation, but they would appreciate an estimate of how many of us
will attend. Also, they ask that anyone who stays long enough for a
couple of meals contribute ten dollars ($10.00) toward food costs.

If you would like to attend, please email me <mailto:nw3v@...>. I
will compile responses and provide a summary to Alexandria Radio Club
President Monica KC2IAY and Alexandria Radio Club Field Day planner Erik
KI4BXU (who is also a member of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club).

The Alexandria Radio Club website is w4hfh.org . The Alexandria club
will have a meeting on May 11 to plan for Field Day.

For us, this will be a return to the days of yesteryear (before 1996)
when the Arlington Amateur Radio Club and the Alexandria Radio Club
operated jointly, in the field, alternating callsigns (ours or theirs)
in successive years. Are you game? Please let me know.

73,
--Mike nw3v




--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.



Station NSS (Annapolis) returns the air 12 May

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

For the Zulu time aficionados, that's 1300 UTC 2018-05-12 through 0200 UTC 2018-05-13. (For Eastern time adherents: 9 am -10 pm.)

http://www.arrl.org/news/historic-nss-call-sign-to-be-reactivated-for-naval-radio-station-s-100th-anniversary

For the Military/Amateur Radio Armed Forces Day cross-band test, station NSS (Annapolis) will return to the air. They will transmit outside the ham bands, but listen on the ham bands to allow for cross-band QSOs with amateur operators. QSL certificates will be available. See the ARRL announcement above for detailed frequency information.

NSS was active up until the 1970s, and used for naval communication in the VLF and HF spectrum. Most of the towers were demolished in 1999.

NSS used a large antenna array on Greenbury Point opposite the harbor at Annapolis, and members of the Potomac Valley Amateur Radio Club and US Naval Academy Amateur Radio Club will set up there to conduct the cross-band test. Three of the towers remain and serve as a distinctive landmark for mariners entering the Severn River.

May AARC meeting - 2018-05-15

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

Date and Time: May 15, 2018, 7 pm.

Location: Saint Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St

Talk-in: W4WVP/R 145.470 MHz, -600 offset, PL 107.2

Field Day with Alexandria Radio Club--Will you come?

Michael Callaham
 

At the April meeting, Arlington Amateur Radio Club members decided to
attend the Field Day encampment of the Alexandria Radio Club, call sign
W4HFH, at Joseph Hensley Park in Alexandria, instead of operating our
own club station for Field Day. The Alexandria Radio Club welcomes our
participation, but they would appreciate an estimate of how many of us
will attend. Also, they ask that anyone who stays long enough for a
couple of meals contribute ten dollars ($10.00) toward food costs.

If you would like to attend, please email me <mailto:nw3v@...>. I
will compile responses and provide a summary to Alexandria Radio Club
President Monica KC2IAY and Alexandria Radio Club Field Day planner Erik
KI4BXU (who is also a member of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club).

The Alexandria Radio Club website is w4hfh.org . The Alexandria club
will have a meeting on May 11 to plan for Field Day.

For us, this will be a return to the days of yesteryear (before 1996)
when the Arlington Amateur Radio Club and the Alexandria Radio Club
operated jointly, in the field, alternating callsigns (ours or theirs)
in successive years. Are you game? Please let me know.

73,
--Mike nw3v




--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Details of 2018 Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test now available

Michael Callaham
 

Detailed schedules, frequencies, and modes for the 2018 AFDCBT are now
available at <http://www.usarmymars.org/events/armed-forces-day>.

73,
--nw3v
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

2018 Armed Forces Day Cross-Band Test

Michael Callaham
 

Gary KC5QCN <kc5qcn@...> is soliciting volunteers--Amateur or MARS
operators--to operate two-hour shifts at WAR, the Pentagon MARS station,
on Saturday, May 12, 8 am - 8 pm ET. If you want to volunteer, please
email Gary.

In any case, you may want to contact WAR or any of several other MARS
stations participating in the test. I have not yet seen details for this
year's test, but details of the 2017 AFDCBT are at
<http://www.k4af.org/2017_AFDCBT/2017%20Armed%20Forces%20Day%20Cross%
20Band%20Test> and give an idea of the modes, frequencies, and times
that may be used this year.

This is not usually an Arlington ARC activity, but several members
participate, some at WAR.

73,
--NW3V

--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

449.325 MHz repeater test

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

These are the stations I heard working the WB7VUM repeater last evening, 2018-04-24.


N2VWO Chris

NW3V Mike

KD9XB Kim

K4ZB Al

KK4EBG John

WB4MJF Randy

KN4KOD Grant

Let me know if I missed anyone

Club UHF repeater

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Thanks to the generous donation of Dennis Welch, WB7VUM, we now have a club UHF repeater. It's located on a tower in North Arlington, off Lee Hwy. It has excellent range throughout Northern Virginia, DC, and into parts of Maryland. I've heard it throw an ID while driving on Rt. 50 in Landover.

Details:

Frequency: 449.325 MHz

Transmit offset: standard (-5 MHz or 444.325 MHz)

CTCSS (PL): 151.4 Hz (sub-audible tone on your transmitted signal.)

Until it is changed, the repeater's call sign will remain WB7VUM.

Last evening Mike NW3V announced that after next week's regular 2m net, we will QSY (change frequency) to 449.325 and give it a try, for all who are interested.

April Monthly Meeting 2018-04-17

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

Please join us for the next monthly meeting of the Arlington Amateur Radio Club.

When: 7pm, April 17, 2018

Where: St. Thomas More Cathedral School, 105 N. Thomas St., near the intersection of Glebe Rd and Arlington Blvd.

Talk-in: W4WVP/R 145.470 MHz, -600 offset, PL 107.2

All guests and visitors are welcome at our meetings.

Re: Whip out those whips and eggbeaters...

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 

It seems the ISS digipeater has not been heard from for quite some time.

https://www.issfanclub.com/packet-reports

Good news is there are plenty of other satellites you can work, and have actual QSOs.

A resource I use is n2yo.com for tracking purposes.

SO-50 (aka Saudisat 1C) is a popular one.

http://www.n2yo.com/satellite/?s=27607

73, KI4PW / Paul

On Apr 3, 2018, at 2:13 PM, Michael Callaham <vze32sw5@...> wrote:

...antennas, that is--to listen for Amateur Radio aboard International
Space Station (ARISS) Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)
transmitted signals on 145.825 MHz FM. My GNOME Predict software
predicts a low pass starting 19:24:00 UTC (3:24 pm EDT) and lasting 8
minutes and 36 seconds, then a higher pass, reaching 71 degrees
elevation, starting 20:59:01 UTC (4:59:01 pm EDT), rising at an azimuth
of 235.02 degrees and setting at an azimuth of 50.27 degrees at 21:09:43
UTC (5:09:43 pm EDT).

You may view recent ARISS APRS signals that have been received on Earth
and gatewayed to the Internet at <http://ariss.net>.

Then set your alarm device to tune into the 145.47 MHz repeater at 7 pm
to hear Amateur Radio Newsline, and, when it ends, to check into the
Arlington County Net.

73,
--NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.



Whip out those whips and eggbeaters...

Michael Callaham
 

...antennas, that is--to listen for Amateur Radio aboard International
Space Station (ARISS) Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)
transmitted signals on 145.825 MHz FM. My GNOME Predict software
predicts a low pass starting 19:24:00 UTC (3:24 pm EDT) and lasting 8
minutes and 36 seconds, then a higher pass, reaching 71 degrees
elevation, starting 20:59:01 UTC (4:59:01 pm EDT), rising at an azimuth
of 235.02 degrees and setting at an azimuth of 50.27 degrees at 21:09:43
UTC (5:09:43 pm EDT).

You may view recent ARISS APRS signals that have been received on Earth
and gatewayed to the Internet at <http://ariss.net>.

Then set your alarm device to tune into the 145.47 MHz repeater at 7 pm
to hear Amateur Radio Newsline, and, when it ends, to check into the
Arlington County Net.

73,
--NW3V
--
Science matters. Matter matters.
Energy matters, including dark energy.

Re: ARISS APRS operating again

Paul Wilson KI4PW
 
Edited

Thanks, Mike. I use n2yo.net and get alerts on my phone and via email regarding upcoming ISS passes.

A couple of other items if using an HT: note the azimuth indications for the pass and make sure your body is not shielding the radio. Last night's pass had a zenith of 58 degrees above the horizon, so if you're pointed the wrong way your body may block the signals. Also, holding the antenna in a horizontal position helps. I prefer the Yaesu FT60 with its manual squelch knob, rather than the Baofeng, which buries the squelch setting in a menu. Generally you want the squelch wide open. You'll hear the data packets interrupting the noise. If you want to know what APRS sounds like, tune your HT to 144.390 and you can hear terrestrial APRS digipeaters.

I'll keep a lookout for the next [good] pass and give it a try.

Paul / KI4PW