February, 2021 meeting

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

January, 2021 meeting

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

December, 2020 meeting

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.

November, 2020 meeting

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.

October, 2020 meeting

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

September, 2020 meeting

Club Vice President Bill opened the September, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 15 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage cost continue as our largest recurring expense. Neil W3ZQI Treasurer read last the August minutes. Planning has begun for the 2021 hamfest; initial effort will be creation of flyers. 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. Recently joined member Marty KC3PPV is now on the air. He, Robin AB3SB, and Mike K2TPZ are avid proponents of CW. Jon KC3PAN joined in from his hospital bed after recent surgery (great club spirit and best wishes for speedy recovery). Leo N3AEG and Gordon KC3LWO spoke of their experiences with DMR handheld radios. Dave AB3TE mentioned difficulties keeping rig control running with his ICOM 7300 and DXLab Commander so has been using his MFJ RigPi in the interim. Bill N3WD spoke of the recent NAQP-RTTY and the upcoming PA-QSO Party. Neil W3ZQI spoke of the CATS/BRATS ATV repeater linking project. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

August, 2020 meeting

Club President Hale N3NYC opened the August, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 15 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. No mention of State financial filings. Dave AB3TE advised that monthly storage cost are our largest recurring expense. We are on schedule for the 2021 hamfest. VP Bill N3WD recapped his effort in this year’s 13 Colonies on-air event which represents the 13 US colonies plus bonus stations. Many worked Bill as K3F. New attendee Tom was welcomed to the meeting and given info for continued contact with the club. Recently new member Marty is now a General class and KC3PPV. He updated the group with the status of his station and spoke of his grounding project. Bud W3LL recapped his involvement in the recent NAQP-RTTY Contest and advised that the Maryland QSO Party is coming up soon. KC3NLC spoke of his moon bounce project and is application for a new vanity call now that he passed the Extra exam. Bill N3WD provided a narrative, particularly for Tom’s benefit, on contesting, the QSL card bureau system, and the Potomac Valley Radio Club (PVRC) . — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

John Chitwood, K3RGB, SK

K3RGB John S. Chitwood
St Petersburg, FL 

QCWA # 32728
Chapter |32|20|222|

First Call: KN3RGB issued in 1961

Got interested in shortwave radio when my grandfather brought a 17 tube Zenith radio (broadcast band to 18 MHz) to my parents. home in the mid-1950s. While I really I enjoyed listening to shortwave broadcasts, I enjoyed listening to ham stations on 40 and 75 meters AM even more. In the summer of 1960, I saw an ARRL novice license manual for sale at Ship.N.Shore radio in Ocean City, MD, so I bought it. Joined the radio club in high school (Baltimore Polytechnic Institute Radio Club/W3CDI), and learned Morse code. Studied the license manual, took the test, and received my Novice license, KN3RGB, in 1961.

I got right on the Novice bands (80 and 40) using a Hallicrafters S-38E and a one tube (117L7) crystal controlled transmitter that I built in a steel index card box. I also immediately began preparing for the General Class exam. It took me 4 visits to the FCC field office in Baltimore until I passed my 13 wpm receiving test. On that same 4th visit, I passed the written test and received my General Class license, K3RGB. This was followed by my Advanced Class license, and, some years later, after studying for the written test, and listening to W1AW code practice broadcasts, I earned my Extra Class license.

I was a frequent operator at W3CDI, taught code classes and license classes and served as Secretary and then President of the club. Joined the Baltimore Amateur Radio Club in which I served as Secretary for a couple of years. I was named as Club.s trustee for the Foundation for Amateur Radio. I was then elected to serve as the Secretary of the Foundation for Amateur Radio for a term or two.

Became the EC of the Baltimore Area AREC (now ARES), and was a member of the Baltimore City Civil Defense radio team in the 1960s.

Although not ham radio related, between April and September 1964, I was employed at Radio Baltimore WCAO where I served as a control room engineer, production studio engineer, and a maintenance engineer. While attending college, I was hired by NASA.s Goddard Space Flight Center as a student trainee and then after graduation, as an electronics engineer at NASA, from which I retired in 2001.

Joined QCWA in 2004 as a member of chapter 20. Later, also became a member of chapter 222 and 32.

Served as a member of the Foundation for Amateur Radio.s Scholarship Committee from 1972 to 2018. Assumed the responsibility of managing the Committee.s funds in the early 2000s, and was then elected Treasurer of the Foundation for Amateur Radio, a position in which I served until November 2018.

After moving to Saint Petersburg, FL in late 2015, I am still in the process of getting my station set up, but I have been continuously active on 80 . 10 meters mobile, VHF and UHF, and APRS. Now, residing in the Tampa Bay area, I am a member of chapter 32 where I am doing my small part in revitalizing the chapter as interim secretary.

73,
John/K3RGB

November 25, 2019

July, 2020 meeting

Club President Hale N3NYC and Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the July, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 16 people. Dave AB3TE gave the treasurer’s report. State financial filings continue. Dave AB3TE advised that printing of a batch of 2020 hamfest flyers is an unrecoverable expense. He reported that we are good with the Arcadia Fairgrounds people for the 2021 BARC Father’s Day Hamfest. VP Bill N3WD spoke of this year’s 13 Colonies on-air event which represents the 13 US colonies plus bonus stations. New member Marty (ex-WA2ZVV) had questions which spurred discussions of CW keys and keyers. Jon KC3PAN advised that James W3HBD is now a silent key; a relative is seeking to find a buyer for the ham station. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

June, 2020 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the June, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 11 people. The treasurers report was given by Dave AB3TE. State financial filings continue. This year’s hamfest, having been cancelled, was discussed. In particular, the fairgrounds people were noted to be gracious. Most other area hamfests have been cancelled. Dave AB3TE gave an update on his MFJ Rig Pi Station Server (for remote stations control). The 2 meter repeater continues in operation — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

May, 2020 meeting

Club President Hale N3NYC opened the May, 2020 meeting. A turnout of 16 people. The treasurers report was given by Dave AB3TE. Some state financial filings continue. The hamfest was discussed and remains planned for Father’s Day. Dave AB3TE demonstrated making an effective face mask using just a new sock. Zoom and other such products were discussed for meetings. Zoom was subsequently selected as the on-line meeting vehicle for the coming year. Informal discussions included the MFJ Rig Pi Station Server (for remote stations control), the impact of coiling up excess coaxial cable, and the impact of two wire antennas in close proximity. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary

April, 2020 meeting

Club Vice President Bill N3WD opened the meeting to a turnout of eight. As our first virtual meeting, this was a success. Bill demonstrated various features of the Zoom product. Subsequent meetings could benefit greatly from PowerPoint presentations. Additionally, such computer connection should enable attendance by members who find it difficult to otherwise attend in-person meetings. We will continue with Zoom for a few months and consider upgrading to a version with additional necessary features.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE provided an update on financial matters. Dave continues to handle documents pertaining to the club tax status.  

An update was given on the hamfest; to include opportunities at the Arcadia grounds for following years. The hamfest e-mail database by Neil W3ZQI has been completed. A short discussion took place on ideal advertising timing. We continue monitoring the COVID-19 situation and will make final decisions closer to the date of the event.

With the ongoing COVID-19 situation, no further plans were made regarding participation in the 2020 ARRL Field Day. — Neil W3ZQI Secretary