March 2018 NABRC Monthly Newsletter #email

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March Meeting

WHEN: Monday, March 12, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

WHERE: North Augusta Public Service Station #2
Five Notch Road
North Augusta, SC

TALK-IN: 145.350 Mhz (-) (PL tone: 156.7)

Program: Kit building. Carl has scheduled a club build of the QRP GUYS KD1JV code trainer board at this meeting. Please bring your tools and soldering iron. The price of the kit with a battery is $20.00 (maybe a little less which he'll refund). Here is the link:

School Clubs

Our school clubs are always looking for Elmers to help out. Schofield Middle School in Aiken meets on Thursdays after school. North Augusta High School meets on Wednesdays after school (resuming on the 14th).

Please come out and support these great clubs!

Run United Half Marathon

We have another opportunity to provide support for our community. We have been asked to provide communications for the 2018 Run United Half Marathon. This is the sixth year for the event. The race will be held on Saturday April 28, 2018. It will start at 7:30 AM on Park Avenue at Newberry Street. The course winds around beautiful live oak trees, horse trails, training tracks, the Aiken Polo field and majestic properties.

The event is sponsored by Aiken Electric Cooperative. They have a reputation for taking good care of the volunteers supporting the event. In previous years they have served breakfast for the volunteers at 6:30 AM on Saturday. They also provided a T shirt that identifies the wearer as “Event Staff”. A bag with useful items has also been provided.

You can find more information about the event on-line at:

Those wanting to volunteer should send an email to ae4ux@.... Include your name, callsign, email address, mobile phone number, and T shirt size.

AE4UX (Charlie) will pick up the T Shirts and bags of useful items Tuesday before the event. They will be available for volunteers to pick up at 6:30 AM on race day at the horse trailer on Newberry Street.

Ham Radio "a Special Hobby," Young ARRL Member Tells College Publication

A rising star in the Amateur Radio world -- 19-year-old Ruth Willet, KM4LAO, of Lawrenceville, Georgia -- has caught the eye of her school, Kettering University in Michigan, where she is majoring in mechanical engineering and engineering physics. Willet already has attracted attention through her ham radio activities. Last spring, she was the keynote speaker at the 32nd annual DX Dinner® held in conjunction with Hamvention®, where her topic was "Experiencing the Hobby of a Lifetime." The previous summer, she was a member of the 2016 Dave Kalter Memorial Youth DX Adventure (YDXA), which operated from the island of Saba that year. Last year, she won a QST Cover Plaque Award for the article she wrote about her YDXA experience. At the 30th Hamvention Youth Forum in 2017, Willet spoke on "Plugging into Your Valuable Club Resources." She is the recipient of the ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Scholarship.

Kettering University News took notice of Willet in a February 12 article, "Kettering University Student Brings Ham Radio Hobby, Expertise to Campus," by Sarah Schuch. The article explains how an early fascination with Morse code led Willet into ham radio and inspired her to obtain her license in 2015. She now holds an Amateur Extra-class license.

"I would encourage people to consider exploring Amateur Radio, because it's a hobby that allows you to explore anything from technical electronics to international friendships," Willet is quoted as saying in the article. "It's such a special hobby because there's so many people that want to get to know you and want to help you learn and grow. It really has enabled me to mature into who I am today."
Set to graduate in 2021, Willet said her ham radio experiences have taught her a lot, some of which she is able to apply to her studies, and vice versa. She hopes to start an Amateur Radio club on campus this spring to get more students interested. In the article, Willet also pointed to Amateur Radio's public service role, citing the devastating 2017 hurricanes, where ham radio sometimes was the only available communication resource.

Ruth Willet and her mom Sharon, KM4TVU, participated in ARRL's highly successful National Parks on the Air (NPOTA) event in 2016, which also was mentioned in the Kettering article.

"It's a stress relief for me," Willet said of ham radio. "I really enjoy sharing this hobby with other students."

From the ARRL Letter for February 22, 2018.