January 2018 NABRC Monthly Newsletter #email

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January Meeting

WHEN: Monday, January 8, 2018
6:30 PM - Fellowship
7:00 PM - Meeting

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

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

Program: Repeater cans, tuning them and setting them up.

North Augusta High School Amateur Radio Club

Our next meeting will be held on January 10 at 3:45 in the Auditorium.
We are also working to build an Amateur Radio station that will remain at the school. We have been offered any locked closet in the auditorium to use for storing our equipment. The school is also willing to have antennas permanently placed on the roof of the auditorium. The 2 meter J-Pole is now on the Auditorium.

Schofield's Amateur Radio Club has offered the use of some of their surplus equipment until we can obtain our own. If you have any radios, antennas, or any other radio related equipment you are willing to donate to our efforts, we would be thankful!
We have also started a GoFundMe to help raise money to buy any equipment we need. You can donate by visiting https://www.gofundme.com/high-school-amateur-radio-club. Any money raised above our goal will be used for materials to teach the teens about Amateur Radio.

We will need to purchase a locked cabinet like the one at Schofield to help secure our equipment. Donations to help fund the new club would be greatly appreciated. Many thanks to Mike, NC8N for the donations he has made so far.

Thank you all in advance for all your help and support!

Contesting Class

The Swamp Fox Contest Group (SFCG) is sponsoring an intermediate level contest class. It will include concepts and practices going beyond the Field Day type operating most are familiar with and targeting those people already knowing the basics and wanting to improve their contest scores. The skills can be used for Field Day, but will be focused on participating in other contests happening throughout the year. It will likely be on a Saturday and last about 4 to 5 hours. They have done something similar the last couple years with a basic class. In this case, it will be assumed people have been in several contests and/or Field Days and want to explore how to be more competitive. It won't be starting out at the "Why contest?" or "This is how you make a contest contact." level. Attendee's should already know that part of the puzzle.

Expected topics will be things like antenna height and take off angles, methods to help break pile ups, making contacts flow more efficiently, improving your Search and Pounce technique, how to run stations by calling CQ, using N1MM contest logger tools to increase contact rate per hour, operator attitude, internet sources to help with self improvement efforts, and things to think about before the contest if you are planning on putting forth a serious competitive effort where you hope to place well in the contest.

The SFCG is looking for input about what people would be interesting in learning and if there is any interest in this kind of class. They are looking to hold this class around April or May of this year.

If you are interested or would like to offer suggestions, please contact Kevan at knason00@.... Any suggestions are welcome and if you would like to attend or not, please take a moment to email Kevan. Thanks!


The ARRL International Grid Chase Kicks Off with the New Year!

Ready, set, go! The ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 gets under way on January 1 UTC (New Year's Eve in US time zones). The objective of the year-long event is to work stations on any band (except 60 meters) in as many different Maidenhead grid squares as possible, and then upload your log data to ARRL's Logbook of The World (LoTW). Many hams are familiar with grid squares from the VHF/UHF and satellite realms, and everyone lives in one. An online calculator by David Levine, K2DSL, can determine your grid square. Enter a postal address, ZIP code, or a call sign, and the calculator will return the grid square for that location. Each new grid square contact confirmed through LoTW will count toward your monthly total.

Any contact you make in 2018 can count for your Chase score; as long as the other operators participate in LoTW, you'll get credit automatically when they upload their logs. This means that contest contacts will also count, as will contacts with special event stations, or other on-air activity that uses LoTW to confirm contacts.
There are no restrictions on modes or bands, as long as they are legal. Satellite contacts are valid for the Chase. The event is open to all radio amateurs.

Complete details of the ARRL International Grid Chase 2018 appeared in the December 2017 issue of QST. For more information, contact the ARRL Contest Branch.

From the December 21, 2017 ARRL Letter.

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