FCC Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

The FCC has recently issued a NOTICE OF PROPOSED RULEMAKING, FCC-20-116 dated August 12, 2020 and released August 26, 2020.  Yes, if passed this would add substantial fees for Amateur Radio license holders.

In specific it lists a recommended $50 for vanity licenses, a $50 fee for duplicate (IE printed) licenses, and possibly we may be subject to a $50 license fee, and $50 renewal fee. 

Until Further Notice

Until Further Notice all Anne Arundel Radio Club Meetings will be held on Zoom!

First, you should know that unless otherwise stated meetings are from 7:30pm till approximately 9:00pm on the days in question.  Further you should know that a Zoom Meeting Invite, will contain the Meeting ID and Password needed to be a part of that meeting. 

Nominations Please

We have seven Board positions available every year.  As usual the Board could use some new blood.  So if you have ever thought of running, do it now.  The AARC needs you!

Pulse Point

There is a new web appication that allows you to see emergency calls in Anne Arundel County.

It is called Pulse Point . After defining the area or agency you can then select what types of incidents you would like to be notified of.

New Slow Speed CW Contest

The K1USN Radio Club in Massachusetts is launching a new weekly, one hour long, slow-speed contest called the K1USN SST.  This will be on Sunday's 8pm to 9pm local time (0000-0100 Monday UTC) with suggested frequencies at 3.532 to 3.539 MHz, 7.0032-7.039 MHz and 14:032-14.039 MHz.  Stations will exchange call sign, neme, and state, privince or country.  This contest is limite to a 20 wpm maximum speed rate, with participants encouraged to slow down as needed.Ch

Local ARES Nets on HF

ARES would like to remind everyone that there are now 80 meter nets in operation for both Anne Arundel ARES and Prince George's ARES, and that everyone, not just ARES members are welcome. 

In Anne Arundel County the meeing is the first Tuesday of the month, at 19:30 local (7:30pm) in 3.820 +/- and the Prince Georges County meeting is the Wednesday following the third Monday each month at 19:00 local (7:00pm). 

We have also been informed that AA ARES Sunday net can now be accessed via Echolink node KA2JAI--R 90991.

Field Day 2020 is History

In spite of the COVID-19 pandemic, we were still able to conduct Field Day at the DFRC this year, be it a scaled down version.  Under the excellent direction of Brian Mary, K3HMX we cut back to 3A knowing that we would have less participants.  This enabled us to operate from the picnic pavilion, which was very enjoyable for all.  Many of those present expressed a desire to use that location again next year if possible.

New Here Perhaps?

NOOBIES CLICK HERE

I recently received an email from a member who obviously didn't understand some of the basics of how our club works.  I thought "Maybe he's not alone?"  So I wrote up a page of stuff for Noobies to the AARC.  Stuff every member should know.  If you are new here.... I suggest you click on the heading above and read it. 

Repeater Feed on Website

There is now a live feed of the 147.105 repeater on the W3VPR website. It is hosted by Broadcastify.com, where it is also available. 

The feed is currenlty being fed by KB3YMU using a Uniden BCD436 scanner, an old Dell laptop running Proscan. The site is backed up with UPS and generator.

This is an informational feed due to the delay(90 seconds), this is just inherint in the network between the capture of the audio, transmision to the Broadcastify site and encoding time for internet broadcast.

It is not meant to use in conjunction with realtime communications, rather for when you are unable to receive the signal or for testing your rig, you are able to transmit and then wait to hear your transmission via broadcastify.

If you have any question you may contact w3vpr@w3vpr.org

 

Paperwork

In 2018/2019 we created new Application Forms, Membership Renewal Forms, Waiver Forms, Yearly Survey Forms and Photographic Release Forms both online and hard copy.   But its clear from what is being filled out that many members don't understand the reasons for each, and even who should fill them out.

So, if you want to understand the process...... click here.

Stuff to Do as You Renew

Last year we instituted a door prize at the Holiday Party just for those who took part in filling out the Yearly Survey.  At the party, a large number of members all of a sudden wanted to fill in the form, and since we had computers online, they were able to do so, and participate.  This year, we won't be having Internet Access at the Holiday Party.  So if you want to take part, you must (assuming you haven't done so, and most haven't) please go online now, and fill out the Yearly Survey for 2019. 

Local Clubs

There was a discussion on the Holly net regarding radio clubs around Maryland.

Here is a PDF attachment that is printable/downloadable and clickable with the information that was desired.

 

Click thru on article to download the file.

 

AARC Clothing For Sale

On the "Members" menu, you will find "Club Clothing".  If you wish to order just complete the page as instructed and push "Submit".  Your order will be automatically forwarded to Jim Goldsberry KB3NQY who will place one master order for all merchandise ordered at some point this fall.  The completed items will be delivered to Jim, after which he will bring them to club meetings for distribution and payment.