May 4, 2022 meeting

A turnout of thirteen people: Dave AB3TE, Mike K2TPZ, Bud W3LL, Russ N3YI, Al WA3SFR, Stephan KC3ILL, Bill N3WD, Jon KC3PAN, Jim WB3DJU, Henry KB1PE, Jim W3BBE, Brad W1BCC, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses.

Old Business:

Storage Expenses: Dave AB3TE and Bill N3WD to view contents of the storage facility. Some to be donated; most of rest to be sold at hamfest. Remaining material should be relatively compact.

Hamfest: Followup meeting with the fairgrounds people by Dave AB3TE; reiterated restrooms and unrelated small event at the grounds earlier in the same weekend. Followup on food vendor by Dave AB3TE.

New Business: Bob Rampolla W3RAR passed away last week.

Brad W1BCC of Massachusetts: His grandfather served on the USS Constellation. He proposed a “POTA” activation.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Robert (Bob) A. Rampolla W3RAR, SK

With deep sadness we announce the passing of fellow Baltimore area radio amateur Robert (Bob) A. Rampolla W3RAR on Saturday April 30, 2022. Bob was a contester and also loved working digital modes. Most recent activities were in POTA (Parks On The Air). First licensed in 2002 as KB3IVR, he accomplished much over his years in the hobby. He will be missed. Bob’s viewing and funeral service will be on Friday May 6, 2022–see link below for details. 

Haight Funeral Home & Chapel P.A.

  • Address
    6416 Sykesville Road
    P.O. Box 195
    Sykesville, MD 21784
  • Telephone
    (410) 795-1400

Here is a link to Bob’s funeral arrangements, on the Haight Funeral Home web site:

https://www.haightfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Robert-Rampolla/

April 6, 2022 meeting

A turnout of fifteen people: Kyle K3KRG, Jerry Green, Kurt WA3TOY, Bud W3LL, Bill N3WD, Jon KC3PAN, Jim WB3DJU, Mike K2TPZ, Russ N3YI, Henry KB1PE, Robin AA3SB, Chris N2MCS, Steve KC2PLV, Dave AB3TE, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Vice President Bill N3WD AB3TE opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses. New bank cards arrived.

Old Business:

  • Hamfest: A followup meeting with the fairgrounds people is planned by Dave AB3TE. Discussion of restrooms and unrelated small event that will be held in the grounds earlier in the same weekend.
  • 2023 event site(s) discussed. Dave AB3TE to again contact 2021 food vendor. Discussion on how to improve food vending success. Ticket format/size/style discussed.
  • Storage Expenses: Option for outdoor shed noted as insufficient for electronic equipment. With new storage arrangements, proposed written record keeping of contents.

New Business: None.

Informal discussion: Welcomed Jerry Green (studying), grounding, safety, 6-meters, mag loop antennas.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Free Zoom Amateur Radio Operating Classes Start April 7

Free weekly, live, Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom beginning Thursday, January 20 through Thursday, March

Once again “Operating Classes” sponsored by the Amateur Radio Club of the National Electronics Museum.

Free weekly 3-hour Zoom sessions providing info on a wide range of Amateur Radio Operating Activities will start on Thursday April 7 and run through June 9 at 6:30 PM Eastern time.  Session will be taught by experts, and the subjects include:

All About Operating–A general Introduction

Amateur Radio Organizations—Local to International

Ham Radio Awards       

DXing-History and Tips from the Experts

QSLing-How to get that needed card for DXCC or WAS

VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work and “Roving”

Image Operating—Slow Scan and Fast Scan TV

Remote Station control over internet

Learning CW in the no-code era

Digital Modes—From RTTY to FT8 and beyond

Contesting—How to get started, tips for the beginner and intermediated contester

Logging Software—What’s available, how to use

Propagation—A general intro to HF Propagation

Amateur Satellites—How to get started              

Portable (backpacking) operation—Tips from an expert

Setting Up a Modern (or not so modern)

HF Station Lightning Protection and Grounding

Traffic Handling

Public Service, Emergency Communications      

A detailed syllabus will be published before the classes begin.  Attend them all, or any that you like, but you must register for the classes.  To receive registration information, contact Rol Anders, K3RA, at roland.anders@comcast.net.

March 2, 2022 meeting

A turnout of sixteen people: Dave AB3TE, Gordon KC3LWO, Jim W3BBE, Kurt WA3TOY, Kyle K3KRG, Bill N3WD, Stephan KC3ILL, Russ N3YI, Henry KB1PE, Marty KC3PPV, Bud W3LL, Jim WB3DJU, John KD3H, Al WA3SFR, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Old Business:

  • Hamfest: An update from the fairgrounds people was provided. An unrelated small event will be held in the grounds earlier in the weekend.
  • The 2023 event committee is headed by Jim W3BBE.
  • Storage: Expenses discussion deferred until next month after improving weather will enable a facility visit.

New Business: None.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

February 2, 2022 meeting

A turnout of eleven people: Dave AB3TE, Gordon KC3LWO, Jim W3BBE, Kurt WA3TOY, Bill N3WD, Stephan KC3ILL, Russ N3YI, Henry KB1PE, Marty KC3PPV, Bud W3LL, Jim WB3DJU, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses.

Old Business:

  • Storage: Expenses remain a concern; discussion deferred until next month.
  • Hamfest: Existing ticket stock should be sufficient. The food vendor was contacted to come again. JOBS: place signs, work the gate, club table, arrange for change, prepare vests, talk-in, publicize to ARRL.
  • The 2023 event committee will be headed by Jim W3BBE.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

January 5, 2022 meeting

A turnout of eighteen people: Dave AB3TE, Gordon KC3LWO, Jim W3BBE, Kurt WA3TOY, Mike K2TPZ, Kyle K3KRG, Jon KC3PAN, Bill N3WD, Stephan KC3ILL, Russ N3YI, Henry KB1PE, Marty KC3PPV, Don N3FQC, Bud W3LL, Jim WB3DJU, Val W3VAL, Al WA3SFR, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses.

Old Business: Our hamfest is planned for 2022 and the fairgrounds people will be contacted soon. Storage expenses remain a concern as that is our highest expenditure. One member is working with us to see about storage at his private residence.

New Business: Jim WB3DJU and Neil W3ZQI reported on a visit to an area ham widow regarding helping in disposal of the ham radio/electronics possessions. Both also reported on the PA System that Jim has donated to the club for our hamfests. A lot of effort by Jim went into this–a big thank you to Jim.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

December 1, 2021 meeting

A turnout of sixteen people: Dave AB3TE, Kyle K3KRG, Jim W3BBE, Bud W3LL, Kurt WA3TOY, Marty KC3PPV, Russ N3YI, Stephan KC3ILL, Jim WB3DJU, Henry KB1PE, Bill N3WD, Al WA3SFR, Chris N3JHU, Mike K2TPZ, Robin AA3SB, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE reported a number of deposits, mostly annual dues. Marty KC3PPV is now assisting Dave with mail pickup.

Chris N3JHU was welcomed as a new member.

Old Business: Storage expenses remain an issue. One club member has an outbuilding that might be usable–under consideration. Another cleanup of the stuff is needed since not everything currently stored will be retained.

New Business: New hamfest signs will need artwork. Al WA3SFR’s daughter may be a resource. New hamfest tickets will be larger in size and without dates–to be dated by rubber stamp as needed.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

November 3, 2021 meeting

A turnout of eighteen people: Dave AB3TE, Kyle K3KRG, Jim W3BBE, Val W3VAL, Bud W3LL, Kurt WA3TOY, Marty KC3PPV, Jon KC3PAN, Chris AK3B, Don N3FQC, Russ N3YI, Hale N3NYC,, Frank K3/BG5AAF, Stephan KC3ILL, Bill N3UKI, Jim WB3DJU, Henry KB1PE, Neil W3ZQI.

Club President Hale N3NYC opened the meeting and did introductions.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE reported a number of deposits, mostly annual dues. Marty KC3PPV will now assist Dave with mail pickup. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior meeting minutes. Fiscal year 2022 annual memberships fees are now due.

Old Business: Elections were held for Vice president, Treasurer, and one Member-at-Large. Bill N3WD remains as Vice President, Dave AB3TE remains as Treasurer, and Jim W3BBE was elected as a Member-at-Large .

New Business: Jim WB3DJU is donating a 100 watt PA amplifier for our hamfests. A microphone issue is being resolved. Jim to also contact Repeater Chairman about some free repeater test equipment offered.

Informal: Chris AB3K (ex.N3QXX) was welcomed after a long time absence. Jim WB3DJU told of a complete Collins station available at a very low price. Frank BG5AAF’s radio programming issue was resolved. Several members own the Big Shot slingshot for antenna raising–all pleased. There were mentions of other popular raising methods.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

General Class License Course By Zoom Starts 10/28

Rol Anders, K3RA’s free weekly General Class licensing course on Zoom begins Thursday, October 28 and running through Thursday, January 13 (9 sessions plus 3 weeks off for the holidays in November and December.)   Sessions will start at 6:30 pm eastern time, and run 3 hours.  These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that we have been holding for years.  Those wishing to sign up should email him at roland.anders@comcast.net.

October 6, 2021 meeting

A turnout of twelve people: Dave AB3TE, Mike K2TPZ, Val W3VAL, Bud W3LL, Kurt WA3TOY, Bill N3WD, Al WA3SFR, Jim W3BBE, Jon KC3PAN, Robin AA3SB, Frank W3/BG5AAF, Neil W3ZQI.

Informal pre-meeting: Mike K2TPZ advised that Oak Crest has a remote station in Florida.

Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting and conducted introductions. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report: the recent monthly storage cost increase was 18%. Dues have been received from some members. Fiscal year 2022 annual memberships fees are now due. Bill N3WD announced the passing of Page WA3EOP.

Old Business: Elections are due for Vice president, Treasurer, and one Member-at-Large; to be voted upon in November with nominations from the floor accepted. Jim W3BBE volunteered for that Member-at-Large position. Secretary Neil W3ZQI to post this info to the webpage and reflector.

New Business: None.

Informal: Frank W3/BG5AAF was welcomed to the area. Bud W3LL competed that day in the 432 Sprint. Kurt WA3TOY speaks with hams in the nightly 3919 net and will travel to North Carolina to attend their annual gathering. Al WA3SFR spoke of his new antenna switcher for lightning protection. Al suggested sending an e-mail or letter to area hams advising them of our organization and meetings. Bud W3LL told how HamCap gives alerts of HF band activity. ADIF Lookup can be used to fill in missing log information. Jim W3BBE suggested Ham Slingshot with 1 oz. weight to go up to 60′ in the air. He likes his Palstar auto tuner which can tune his 80-10 endfed antenna to allow use on 160 meters. Neil W3ZQI discussed a failed FT8 confirmation. Club Log was described.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

September 1, 2021 meeting

A turnout of seventeen people: Dave AB3TE, Kyle K3KRG, Marty KC3PPV, Kurt WA3TOY, Jim W3BBE, Mike K2TPZ, Tom KC3RJR, Alicia KC3RJQ, Bud W3LL, Jim WB3DJU, Neil W3ZQI, Hale N3NYC, Stephan KC3ILL, Don N3FQC, Val W3VAL, Jon KC3PAN, Henry KB1PE.

Stephan KC3ILL updated the group on his stealth flagpole antenna.

Club president Hale N3NYC opened the meeting. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report: monthly storage costs to go up again. Chuck N3PVZ has passed away.

Old Business: Elections are due. Hamfest Committee–Dave AB3TE, nothing to report.

New Business: None.

Informal: Jim WB3DJU: A local Collins radio is for sale. WA2ONG has a Hygain high tower (80-10) for sale $300. A 706 mk2 w/tuner is for sale. Jim now has a Flex 6400. Bob Heil presentations are available for an upcoming meeting: Science of Audio and Optimizing Signals.

Alicia KC3RJQ and Tom KC3RJR are waiting for delivery of a new 2-meter antenna. They made POTA contacts at Oregon Ridge. Dave AB3TE suggested remote operation for Alicia and Tom using the TS-2000.

Henry KB3PE mentioned that the National Electronics Museum is upgrading various exhibits.

Dave AB3TE said that he has seen 1.3 inches of rain so far today with his “Weather Flow”.

Jim W3BBE spoke of his 80-10m MyAntenna and intentions to use either a crossbow or tennis ball slingshot for antenna placement.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Chuck Nemec K3VPZ, Silent Key

With deep sadness we announce the recent passing of fellow Baltimore area radio amateur Chuck Nemec K3VPZ. He died from congestive heart failure. Chuck was a CW guy and loved working DX. First licensed in 1962, he accomplished much over his years in the hobby. He will be missed. Chuck Nemec’s viewing and funeral will be this coming Friday September 3rd. 

Haight Funeral Home & Chapel P.A.

  • Address
    6416 Sykesville Road
    P.O. Box 195
    Sykesville, MD 21784
  • Telephone
    (410) 795-1400

Here is a link to Chuck Nemec’s funeral arrangements, on the Haight Funeral Home web site:
https://www.haightfuneralhome.com/obituaries/Chuck-Nemec/

August 4, 2021 meeting

A turnout of eighteen people: Dave AB3TE, Kyle K3KRG, Bill N3WD, Brian KB3UZH, Jim W3BBE, Mike K2TPZ, Tom KC3RJR, Alicia KC3RJQ, Amanda KC3SEI, Neil W3ZQI, Chris N2MCS, Stephan KC3ILL, Marty KC3PPV, AL WA3SFR, Val W3VAL, Robin AA3SB, Jim WB3DJU, Henry KB1PE.

VP Bill N3WD opened the August, 2021 meeting. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the July meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. Again, storage is our major, recurring expense. New attendee Brian KB3UZH was welcomed to the meeting.

OLD BUSINESS: Meeting Location: No plans to return to Wegman’s due to lower capacity/non-business meeting rules. Tom KC3RJR will look into a local condo multi-purpose room for potential access. Dave AB3TE asked that Internet access be a consideration so that ZOOM is available too. Chris N2MCS volunteered to assist with cell-phone hot spot capability at meetings. Hamfest Committee: Bill N3WD asked if Dave AB3TE would continue as Hamfest chairman if enough responsibilities were delegated. Dave agreed. Neil W3ZQI volunteered to assist further with year-round and near-event financial/paperwork tasks. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ volunteered for yet unspecified tasks since new to hamfests.

NEW BUSINESS: Need to do elections in September. Bill N3WD is donating an MFJ-259 Antenna Analyzer to the club for short-term lending. Neil W3ZQI is contact for scheduling. Active club member Joe W3TTT passed away recently. He will be missed. Jeff AC4ZO, brother of Doug N3VEJ, passed away recently too. Gary K4AAQ had recently done a write-up on Jeff. Storage costs: we will continue to sell off unused club equipment to downsize.

INFORMAL: Bill N3WD and Doug N3VEJ attended the recent 3905 Century “EyeBall” convention and visited various cities in the south. Amanda KC3SEI passed the General exam. Neil W3ZQI mentioned several recent “QSL” incidents to illustrate that confirmations are not guaranteed to occur. Jim WB3DJU did an inventory and has some 4,000 vacuum tubes; seeking a buyer. Jim also reported a plan for Citizens Band to convert from AM to FM mode. Dave AB3TE spoke highly of a cell phone app called Edison for providing a focused e-mail in-box. Tom KC3RJR asked about antenna bonding/grounding. Neil W3ZQI mentioned the the weekly CATS on-air ATV net is each Wednesday at 9:00 pm. on our FM repeater.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary