A number of people paid their annual dues in-person with us now in the 2020 fiscal year. President Hale N3NYC opened the meeting. Some discussion of the hamfest took place; with setting the tailgating fee at $10 per space. Gordon KC3LWO acknowledged pursuing related technology interests for targeting of our hamfest advertising (e.g. R/C and drones). Neil W3ZQI is building a database of e-mail addresses for vendors and attendees for publicity. As the result of such a good turnout for the meeting, Jim WB3DJU advised that the church location is still discussable as a meeting location. Joe W3TTT will also explore several meeting site leads. Bill N3WD proposed that the January meeting be held as a holiday dining meeting at a restaurant; details to be decided up at the December meeting. Joe W3TTT mentioned the planned weekly HF net (either 80 or 40 meters) with him accepting net leadership. Netlogger software will be employed. After the meeting adjourned, small group conversations included old war movies, continued discussion on condo-friendly HF antennas, FT8 versus rag-chew modes, and ham radio license examinations. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary
In this meeting we welcomed new members Justin KC3NYS and Andy. Justin is already getting on 2 meters and Andy is avidly studying. Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting and conducted officer elections for the new fiscal year. Since the slate was proposed at the September meeting and the positions were unopposed, Acting Secretary Neil W3ZQI cast the single vote for the entire slate…President Hale N3NYC, Vice President Bill N3WD, Secretary Neil W3ZQI, Treasurer Dave AB3TE, and Members-at-large Mike KB3VVH, Gordon KC3LWO, and Jim WB3DJU. Dave AB3TE gave the Treasurers report. Old business item: forming equipment donation guidelines was deferred until next month. Hamfest discussions included discussion of selecting a food vendor and a proposal to raise tailgating fees. Jim WB3DJU was named to form a Hamfest committee, including Dave AB3TE (Hamfest Chairman) and Neil W3ZQI (publicity). A short discussion took place on locating a meeting site that will accommodate more attendees. Jim WB3DJU advised that the previously considered church site may again be possible. Bud W3LL gave an informative presentation on the activities of the Potomac Valley Radio Association (PVRC). This included contesting, chapter organization, and how to join. Joe W3TTT spoke of starting up an 80 meter club net and Bill N3UKI spoke of interest in a 2 meter club net. After adjourning, small groups formed for subsequent common interest discussions.
One of our best recent turnouts.
Elections will be held in the October meeting. The officers slate has been created: President-Hale N3NYC; Vice-President: Bill N3WD; Secretary: Neil W3ZQI; Treasurer: Dave AB3TE; Three Members-at-large slots: Gordon KC3LWO; Mike KB3VHH; Jim WB3DJU. Nominations from the floor will be accepted.
Len K3MLG asked about donations of old/usable equipment. Bill N3UKI offered/accepted to formulate a plan for club acceptance and lending. He also kindly offered to arrange for storage (not at club expense).
The Mid-Atlantic Antique Radio Club accepts donation of older, e.g. tube equipment.
Jim WB3DJU is your contact for disposition of the extensive Collins collection of Walt Barczak KB3CGZ.
Jim advised that FlexRadio announced a $35 million contract with Raytheon to develop an HF radio platform for the U.S. Air Force.
Fiscal Year 2020 is upon us; please forward your annual $20 dues or pay at the next club meeting.
Welcome to new faces Bill N3QVA and Gene KC3NHO at our August meeting. Dave AB3TE and Neil W3ZQI gave updates on hamfest plans for 2020. Owen KC3IJN demonstrated his Go-Kit for operating VHF on-the-go. Jim WB3DJU spoke of his recent Collins additions. Russ N3YI was the recipient of a folded-dipole antenna that was up for grabs. Bill N3QVA gave a brief on his efforts to operate HF with a hidden antenna.
Another fine turnout for our July meeting. Bill N3QVA and Frank W3FJM were welcomed to the meeting. Dave AB3TE gave an update on the hamfest held just weeks prior; again a successful event. Neil W3ZQI provided additional details on advertising and proposed some new approaches for the 2020 event. Dave was thanked for his outstanding effort as Hamfest Chairman. The evening presentation was by Dave AB3TE and Owen KC3IJN on using the MFJ Antenna Analyzer on a N9TAX 2m/70cm antenna which has been giving Owen trouble on 2 meters. The group then split into a number of smaller groups covering topics including license exams, ARRL Field Day, commercial digital broadcasting, logging software, the ICOM 7300, and remote operating.
We had a great turnout at the June, “pre-hamfest”meeting. Dave AB3TE gave an informative update on the BARC Father’s Day Hamfest. Volunteers are welcome–give two hours to help out the club and receive free admittance for the rest of the event. Bill N3WD gave an update on the Sharon Dobson Memorial club now with callsign W3DUH. and spoke of ARRL Field Day. Remember the upcoming W3LPL Open House. Joe W3TTT is teaching an amateur radio course as part of the Community College of Baltimore County (Hunt Valley) Life Enrichment series, coming up in a few months. Dave AB3TE demonstrated his 2-meter radio “go kit”, a padded suitcase with complete 2-meter FM radio station, including antenna and power supply.
A big thank you to Jim Green WB3DJU for having the club out to his home for a presentation of his impressive Collins-centric amateur radio station and “mini-museum”. This May meeting was one of our largest group turnouts in quite some time. The station shows many, many hours of expertise and TLC done by Jim over the years. Minor club business mentioned completion of the move of club property to a smaller storage unit, to save on monthly expenses and updated the group on the Father’s Day Hamfest. We have one more club meeting before the hamfest. Thank you again Jim, for your hospitality in hosting the May meeting.
April’s meeting topics included the upcoming hamfest and discussion on the Fairview United Methodist Church; Neil W3ZQI visited the church site and more details have been clarified. Info from Phil N3CDY: the downtown repeater receive site antenna has been repositioned as required by the site owner (due to building reconstruction)–thank you again, Phil. Neil W3ZQI (hamfest publicity) mailed flyers/letters to more than 80 ham clubs within driving distance of our hamfest. The Dayton Hamvention is coming; a number of the club members will again be attending. Gerhart KC3JPK and Jeff (studying) were welcomed back after being absent for a few months. A work party was scheduled for the storage facility to move club-owned stuff to a smaller unit in order to reduce expenses. A prior trip by some of the members resulted in several pickup trucks full of stuff to the dump and recycling facility.
The March meeting featured an informative discussion about the W3FT FM repeater system, led by Phil N3CDY. Phil has been around from the beginning of the system and elaborated on the complexity of it all–thanks Phil! Club business included further discussion on the Fairview United Methodist Church; Jim WB3DJU and Neil W3ZQI assumed responsibility for furthering the investigation and are to report back to the club. The hamfest contract has been signed (porcelain restrooms!) and Neil W3ZQI will begin some of the advertising of the event. As always lately, the new transmitting mode FT8 captured some of the meeting time with the accomplishments of several of the users. Welcome to new attendee, Jon who is studying for his first license and has great interest in old equipment and Morse Code.
February’s meeting was well attended–we now have 23 people signed up for our Groups.io e-mail facility. Jim WB3DJU and Dave AB3TE shared information of the Fairview United Methodist Church–photos were distributed post-meeting by our e-mail reflector. A hearty welcome to Billy H. who is studying for his Technician license. A lively discussion of license exam topics and getting-on-the air hints followed. Recently licensed, Owen KC3IJN showed that he has been a fast learner by contributing a number of pertinent points to the discussion.
The first meeting of the new year (January, 2019) featured a continued discussion of the hamfest in June. Bill N3WD and Dave AB3TE have swapped offices. Bill is now our Vice President and Dave is now our Treasurer. A big thank you to both for their great amount of time and service in their prior offices. The Groups.io e-mail facility is now in place to generate monthly meeting reminders.
December, 2018’s meeting featured a lively exchange of ideas for helping Gordon KC3LWO configure an effective antenna system from the back of his townhome. Expounding on features of different wire antenna types and antenna tuners, one particularly comfortable arrangement for his QTH would be a high quality tuner (roller inductor preferred) with an end-fed wire antenna (using a 9:1 matcher). Power in excess of 100 watts was discouraged for now since he already has numerous opportunities for experimentation. First priority is to get on the air! This was preceeded by a short club board meeting.
Congratulations to our new slate of officers (see bottom of this page) elected at the November, 2018 meeting. After a short review of business by Hale N3NYC, elections were held. Neil W3ZQI spoke of our on-going plans to expand the hamfest vendors/attendees to include robotics, drones, and R/C. Jim WB3DJU mentioned a meeting space and storage opportunity. He followed with a discussion of his recent 5,000 mile road trip by RV over much of the country, to include visiting the Collins Radio Company in Grand Rapids and viewing the Mississippi River. He then showed his new Family Radio HTs with a discussion of their design and capabilies. Subsequent discussions included popular choices for starter HF amateur radio stations.
Much of the business discussion at the October, 2018 meeting centered on the upcoming June’s BARC Hamfest. A slate of officers for November elections was assembled (see bottom of this web page). Neil W3ZQI will assemble a membership list from various sources and initiate billing for this year’s annual dues. New member Joseph AB9YY and returning member Gerald NE3C were welcomed.
At the September, 2018 meeting, Gordon pleasantly surprised us by announcing that he had passed both the Technician and General exams since the July meeting–congratulations to Gordon, now KC3LWO. Al W3YRS had not been seen in a good while; welcome back. Stephan KC3ILL discussed his solar power array that supplies most of the electricity to his home in Timonium and showed us his electric scooter (used to ride to a Light Rail stop on his way to the meeting) which does 18 mph. Neil W3ZQI led a discussion on the new weak-signal operating mode FT8.