With deep regret we announce the passing of fellow radio amateur Joe Cotton W3TTT on July 31, 2021. An avid project builder, amateur radio enthusiast and mentor, he leaves behind many friends. We thank him for service to our club and the amateur radio community at large.
Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the July, 2021 meeting. A turnout of eleven people. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the June meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. HAMFEST: The event in June was successful and represented a nice increase in attendees and tailgate vendors. Dave made an appeal for year-round assistance for the hamfest effort. Jim WB3DJU suggested formation of a permanent hamfest committee; perhaps to include a hamfest chairman position, separate from that of the treasurer position. There is interest in purchasing newer, larger signs for the various posting points for the hamfest. Larger ticket size was also suggested. Hamfest pictures are sought for posting to the club webpage. NEW BUSINESS: Amanda KC3SEI spoke of various companies providing funding to local organizations like ours. Neil W3ZQI mentioned a ham-based organization that is seeking applications to fund amateur radio projects–he will look into that. INFORMAL: Amanda KC3SEI is slated to take the General exam on 7/10–wishing her luck! Alicia KC3RJQ and Tom KC3RJR’s Rav4 for park activations was discussed. One member spoke of a recent e-mail hack for which he apologized if anyone was impacted. This was followed by a general discussion on e-mail security.— Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the May, 2021 meeting. A turnout of nineteen people. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the May meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; post office box renewal was paid; the Zoom subscription is due. Operating funds for the hamfest were drawn. HAMFEST: Pouches prepared, e-mail block is on tickets, 2-meter GO-box prepared for talk-in, supplies organized (to include fans, signs, whiteboards). A number of volunteers have signed up for two-hour shifts at the hamfest. Food chits and water will be available for the volunteers. A discussion included topics: trash handling, placement/wording of signs, need of help at shutdown. Hopefully similar arrangements with the venue will continue. Masks at the hamfest should be worn when close to others. NEW BUSINESS: The donated TS850 is being repaired for subsequent sale for funds. INFORMAL: Jim WB3DJU mentioned a Collins KWM-2, etc. for sale locally. Jim is looking for 205D tubes–now quite valuable. We congratulated Amanda KC3SEI on passing the Technician exam. Dave AB3TE spoke again of his Rig Expert for antenna analysis and experiences–coax questions from Stephan KC3ILL. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ are moving away from condo HF operation in lieu of roving. Their RAV-4 is being outfitted for such ventures; enjoy! Marty KC3PPV has plans for an end-fed antenna to replace his G5RV. Mike K3TPZ spoke of experiences with a number of popular radios.— Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the May 2021 meeting. A turnout of fourteen people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the April meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; post office box renewal is due. We welcomed new attendee John KD3H. HAMFEST: Some volunteers have signed up for two-hour shifts at the hamfest; several more would be appreciated. Food chits and water will be available for the volunteers. Truck of Deliciousness has been named the food vendor–featuring breakfast selections. Masks at the hamfest should be worn when close to others. E-mail announcements of the hamfest are planned (Neil W3ZQI asked for anyone’s help with Mail Chimp). NEW BUSINESS: A TS850 was purchased for repair and subsequent sale as a source of funds. In-person meetings are desired but the main meeting will continue via Zoom for the time being. Perhaps a supplemental meeting at a restaurant. INFORMAL: Dave AB3TE spoke of his Rig Expert for antenna analysis and some recent experiences. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ spoke of their condo antenna options. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the April, 2021 meeting. A turnout of nineteen people. Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the March meeting minutes and provided Treasurer Dave AB3TE’s report; (he joined in later). Modest spending again during the month; the treasury balance steady. We welcomed new attendee Amanda who is interested in emergency preparedness and plans to assist with our Disaster Prep webpage section. Our hamfest is formally a GO for 2021. There are few other area hamfest for 2021 so this is good for our plans. We are in negotiations with a food vendor. Masks at the hamfest would be expected but hard to enforce. Several stepped up to our call for Hamfest volunteers for two-hour shifts. Tom KC3RJR and Alicia KC3RJQ agreed to do 2 meter talk-in at the site. Jim WB3DJU will provide a PA system. Some volunteered to sell tickets. While overnight access is possible, no restrooms are available until the event. Marty KC3PPV spoke of high SWR problems with his ICOM radio. Suggestions were made and two offered to meet with him for diagnosis. Henry KB1PE was welcomed from absence; he mentioned that the National Electronics Museum is still on restricted access. New attendee Julian KD2DOI was welcomed and will be in contact with Jim W3BBE regarding emergency medicine. Alicia KC3RJQ and Tom KC3RJR’s plans of a HF station configuration were well received. Bill N3WD achieved a sweep of all of the special event stations for the final episode of Last Man Standing. Dave AB3TE gave an informative update on the operation of an HF mag loop antenna and its popularity— Neil W3ZQI Secretary
The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring its well-received Operating Course again starting April 15, 2021 and running each Thursday for 11 weeks from 6:30 to 9:30 EDST on Zoom. There is no charge for participation. The purpose of these classes is to provide information to help licensed radio amateurs to participate in the many on-the-air activities available in the hobby. The presenters are very experienced in their topics—many are nationally known experts—and they will be available to answer your questions following the presentations. The exact order of presentations will be determined and published in the next few weeks. These are independent presentations, and participants are free to participate in any or all of the evenings. Feel free to pass this announcement along to others, but we request that all prospective attendees register by emailing Tom Christovich at email@example.com . You will receive confirmation of enrollment and the Zoom link for attendance by reply email. Here is a tentative list of topics:
All About Operating-an Introduction
Amateur Radio Organizations: Local, National, and International clubs, societies and groups devoted to specific aspects of amateur radio
Ham Radio Operating Award Hunting—from working Lighthouses to the DXCC Challenge
VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work
Remote Station Control Over Internet
CW in the No-code Era
Amateur Satellite Comms
Portable (backpacking) Operation, including Park and Summits
Setting Up an HF Station
Emergency and Public Service Communications (ARES and RACES)
Lightning Protection and Grounding
73, Rol Anders, K3RA
Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the March, 2021 meeting. A recent turnout record of twenty people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the February meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. In the webpage report, Neil W3ZQI is seeking someone to further develop the Disaster Prep webpage and also put out a call for photographs. Our 2021 hamfest continues in a holding pattern dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. Most every area hamfest ahead of our date has been cancelled. No rush yet on final decision for our event (decision can be by late May). No food vendor yet; might not have time to arrange for one. Masks at the hamfest would be expected but hard to enforce. Not sure of potential attendance; much pent up demand but will people come? No old business discussed. James Baker is seeking assistance on clearing ham gear by his father; Jim WB3DJU and Jon KC3PPV will follow up. Joe W3TTT has been appointed ARRL EC for Baltimore City/Baltimore County. He now has moderator privileges on our e-mail reflector to assist in communications. Bill N3WD spoke again of ARES and RACES missions and differences. Mutual support was offered by several meeting attendees. Tom and Alicia are now KC3RJR and KC3RJQ respectively–Congratulations! Informal: Tom KC3RJR/Alicia KC3RJQ asked further about 2-meter antennas and expected range. Frank W3LPL’s contest station was mentioned–see videos at You Tube. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the February, 2021 meeting. A turnout of eighteen people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the January meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. Our 2021 hamfest remains in a holding pattern dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. We can print flyers on demand which is wise since area hamfests this year are still in doubt. The 2021 Dayton Hamvention has been cancelled. No rush yet on final decision for our event. No old business. Joe W3TTT requested use of the 146.67- repeater for weekly ARES Hospital Nets (Balto City/Balto County); approved so far. Two other existing nets are CATS ATV on Wednesday evening at 9:00 pm. and backup for Orioles 9:00 am daily. Bill N3WD further explained ARES and RACES. Marty KB3MXM is a contact. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat: new member Tom asked about light FM repeater activity and how to improve what he hears at his condo. Peter AA3BR was perplexed with intermittent transmit failures with his ICOM 7400. Consensus was an active “busy channel avoidance” feature. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Rol Anders, K3RA is starting an Extra Class course on Zoom beginning Thursday, January 28, and running for 11 sessions. Rol’s popular series of amateur radio classes has helped license and upgrade many dozens of area hams. Sessions will start at 6:30 pm, and run 3 hours. No charge, of course. Those wishing to sign up should email Rol at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the January, 2021 meeting. A turnout of nine people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the December meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; again, modest spending during the month. We continue plans to hold our 2021 hamfest which remains dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. We have the ability to print flyers on demand. Most area hamfests up to April have been cancelled. No new business. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat: Bud W3LL said that Dayton was still a go and he spoke of making his travel arrangements. With antenna system woes, he is restricted to 80M. Bud mentioned free remote desktop software: Google Desktop Remote. Dave AB3TE spoke of his Yaesu FT2980 HT. Jim W3BBE spoke of Maryland hospital readiness with CHATS — Neil W3ZQI Secretary
Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the December, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 13 people. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the November meeting minutes. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report; modest spending during the month. Still planning to hold our 2021 hamfest; dependent upon state guidelines for maximum attendance. Post-meeting, informal chit-chat Marty KC3PPV asked for CW scheds as he improves his code speed for CW Ops. Several folks spoke on CW expertise. Marty is also having an SWR issue with his main radio–tips were given for diagnosis. Bud W3LL gave a short history of radios visible in his camera image and spoke of antenna work. Robin AA3SB stressed the importance of copyright awareness. Bill N3WD spoke of the new sunspot cycle and propagation. A big welcome to new attendee Al KC3QLP. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary — Note: Membership dues for 2021 continue due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the club webpage–Members section.
Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the November, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 13 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. In response to our continuing concern about an in-person meeting site and storage expenses, Jim WB3DJU mentioned that the Phoenix church has new leadership and might be more open to discussions. Neil W3ZQI Secretary read the October meeting minutes. Planning continues for the 2021 hamfest; the 2021 flyer redesign is done; pending printing as needed. More annual events are gone from the 2021 hamfest/event calendar, notably January/February. Richmond and Orlando did cancel. Don N3FQC spoke of the planned revival of Baltimore County RACES for emergency response. After the meeting, informal chit-chat covered the ARRL Sweepstakes contest, Joe W3TTT’s informal 80 meter net on Wednesday, Neil W3ZQI mentioned the CATS (Chesapeake Amateur Television Society) project to stream ATV net activity to the Internet, Bill N3WD did a demonstration of the popular PSKReporter resource, Don N3FQC asked about ISIS satellites, and Jim WB3DJU has a spare R390A receiver looking for a good home. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary — Note: Membership dues for 2021 continue due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the club webpage–Members section.
Efforts are underway to revitalize the Baltimore County ARES system. They are seeking hams to get involved with ARES in Baltimore county group. An interim Emergency Coordinator is needed; also someone to design and host the MDC website. Please contact either Chris Van Winkle email@example.com or Don Jennings firstname.lastname@example.org. Lets get this going folks!!
General Class Classes by Rol K3RA on Zoom begin Thursday November 5, 2020, and run for 9 sessions (with holiday breaks), ending January 21, 2021. Sessions will start at 6:30, and run 3 hours. No charge, of course. These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that they have been holding for years. Those wishing to sign up should email Rol K3RA at email@example.com .
Club Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the October, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 14 people. We welcomed newcomer Don N3FQC. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage costs continue as our largest recurring expense and that such expense has gone from $66 to $72 monthly. Neil W3ZQI Treasurer read the September meeting minutes. Planning continues for the 2021 hamfest; a small supply of flyers will be provided by Bill N3WD to get us past the two January time-frame area hamfests. A number of annual events are already notably missing from the 2021 hamfest/event calendar. Membership dues for 2021 are due as of October 1st. The renewal form is on the Members web page. The club post office box is checked regularly with some dues checks already arrived. Neil W3ZQI asked about alternate revenue sources. Some discussion took place with raffles appearing to be an interesting opportunity but equally plagued by non-modest licensing/permit requirements. An alternate storage facility or outright reducing our storage requirements (by sale or raffle) were both discussed. After the meeting, informal chit-chat covered license exams, CW, and the 3905/OMISS nets. Bill N3WD spoke of various operating awards earned by his extensive on-air time. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary