September 7, 2022 meeting

A turnout of sixteen people: Dave AB3TE, Gordon KC3LWO, Kyle K3KRG, Bud W3LL, Jim W3BBE, Lou W3LOU, Russ N3YI, Bill N3WD, Jerry W3JFG, Al WA3SFR, Don N3FQC, Mike K2TPZ, Robin AA3SB, Henry KB1PE, Jim WB3DJU, Neil W3ZQI

Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance. Kudos to Dave AB3TE for organizing the effort to eliminate storage expense. And a big thank you to Jon KC3PAN.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Old Business:

Storage: Discussed with Treasurer’s report.

W3FT Repeater System: Not discussed

Meeting Site: Not discussed

Hamfest: Name to emphasize “swap meet” instead of “marketplace”. Sign committee: Dave AB3TE, Al WA3SFR, and Neil W3ZQI. Suggested to add “modifications” feature to signs, e.g. chalk or replacement panels. To contact Arcadia Fire to confirm 2023 venue and express appreciation for partnering.

New Business:

Elections: By acclamation: President Bill N3WD, Secretary Neil W3ZQI, and Jim W3BBE Member-At-Large. Bud W3LL appointed Vice President.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Chesapeake Amateur Television Society (CATS) weekly net on W3FT repeater 146.67-

Our wide-area 2-meter FM repeater W3FT is the meeting place for the weekly CATS ATV Net, each Wednesday evening at 9:00 pm. and frequently at other hours for informal contacts. Amateur Television (ATV) began in use by radio amateurs even before actual network television broadcasts. While much of ATV is NTSC analog video signals with FM audio sub-carriers, digital television is taking over. In the United States, both the ATSC and European-based DVB-T formats are in use by hams. ATSC is handy since that is the current US digital standard while the DVB-T format captures weaker signals and is less impacted by interference caused by structures.

ATV activity is essentially ham-to-ham communications with the benefit of video. That old saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words” remains true. Typical viewed signals include still pictures, motion video, and video clips. Some ATV repeaters carry NASA television feeds such as space launches. Analog signals are rated by the P-scale where P0 is the weakest , showing just sync bars and P5 represents a perfectly clear picture. Digital signals are either there are they aren’t; can’t be simpler than that. As seen with home television, ATV has benefited greatly from digital formats. Further, area tests have shown increased range using digital ATV over analog ATV.

All are welcome to check into (or just listen) the weekly CATS nets with voice on 146.67-. Video capability is not required. Of course, ATV activity is not on all the time, just like 2-meter activity. If one lives in the general Towson area, a cable-ready analog television set tuned to cable channel 57, but with an external antenna used in place, can receive the CATS Towson ATV repeater directly. In addition, the British Amateur Television Club website features streaming of various world-wide Amateur Television repeaters. CATS is streamed at https://batc.org.uk/live/w3bab?forcehtml5=true . CATS https://www.qsl.net/w3bab/index.html

Neil W3ZQI

Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course by Zoom will begin Thursday, Sept  8

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Technician Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Sept  8, and will run through Thursday, October  20  (7 sessions).    The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone you know that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email Rol K3RA at roland.anders@comcast.net.

August 3, 2022 meeting

A turnout of eleven people: Kyle K3KRG, Bud W3LL, Jim W3BBE, Lou W3LOU, Dave AB3TE, Stephan KC3ILL, Russ N3YI, Bill N3WD, Kurt WA3TOY, Jim WB3DJU, Neil W3ZQI

Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance and reported on the recurring expenses. Yet another increase in storage facility expenses will occur. By the end of the month, Dave AB3TE and Neil W3ZQI will move remaining contents to a non-business location.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Old Business:

Storage: Discussed with Treasurer’s report.

W3FT Repeater System: Bill N3WD and Jim WB3DJU to discuss with Phil N3CDY.

Meeting Site: Not discussed

New Business:

President, Secretary, and at least one of the Member-At-Large positions are up for re-election in October.

Jim WB3DJU spoke of the Antique Wireless Association 2022 Conference is October 4-8.

Neil W3ZQI advised that the 2022 Maryland QSO Party is August 13-14. A great opportunity to be on the receiving end of pileups.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

July 6, 2022 meeting

A turnout of thirteen people: Kyle K3KRG, Bud W3LL, Jim W3BBE, Mike K2TPZ, Dave AB3TE, Mike K2TPZ, Al WA3SFR, Russ N3YI, Bill N3WD, Don N3FQC, Kurt WA3TOY, Jim WB3DJU, Neil W3ZQI

Club Treasurer Dave 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.

Old Business:

Hamfest: Dave AB3TE reported an enjoyable, successful hamfest. Sharing the weekend with the blue grass festival worked out well for everyone involved. Looking forward to next year’s event.

Storage: Continued target date for downsizing and disposal completion is August. Two obsolete office items expect to be donated. Most existing signs will be dismantled for parts. Plans started for new signs.

W3FT Repeater System: Some discussion on the usage, benefits, and future of the system.

Meeting Site: Not discussed

New Business: None.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Jim WB3DJU Honored By Collins Collectors Association

Long time BARC member Jim Green WB3DJU (standing in photograph) was honored at the 2022 Dayton Hamvention with Lifetime Membership bestowed upon him by the Collins Collectors Association. Click on “Read More” to see full article and photograph. Jim is a decorated Navy veteran commander with one of the most impressive fully-operating Collins radio collections in this area. BARC is proud to have Jim as a member of our club. We also thank him for his significant contributions to the club and amateur radio over the years.

June 1, 2022 meeting

A turnout of eleven people: Dave AB3TE, Kyle K3KRG, Jerry W3JFG, Mike K2TPZ, Bud W3LL, Russ N3YI, Al WA3SFR, Stephan KC3ILL, Jim WB3DJU, Kurt WA3TOY, Neil W3ZQI.

Club Treasurer Dave 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.

Old Business:

Hamfest: Dave AB3TE led the discussion of door prizes. The food vendor is still to be finalized. Al WA3SFR volunteered to create new hamfest signs; Dave AB3TE to advise requirements. Labor assignments were mentioned.

Storage: Target date for downsizing and disposal completion is August.

W3FT Repeater System: Neil W3ZQI with Jim WB3DJU, Al WA3SFR, and Jerry W3JFG to document a proposal for the future configuration of the repeater system (e.g. features and capabilities).

Meeting Site: Various possible sites were mentioned. Current status is to remain meeting via Zoom.

New Business:

Jim WB3DJU was honored by the Collins Collectors Association with Lifetime Membership.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

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