January 4, 2023 meeting

A turnout of fourteen people (and two family members): Dave AB3TE (Z), Bill N3WD (Z), Jon KC3PAN (Z), Kurt WA3TOY (Z), Stephan KC3ILL (Z), Don N3FQC (Z), Jim WB3DJU, Hale N3NYC, Doug N3VEJ, Mike K2TPZ (Z), Jim W3BBE, Bud W3LL (Z), Al WA3SFR (Z), Neil W3ZQI. (“Z” is for by Zoom)

Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance. Essentially the same

Old Business:

W3FT Repeater System: Maintenance was discussed.

Meeting Site: This meeting at the Greene Turtle-Hunt Valley did not meet our in-person count required by the venue. In-person meetings had been requested by the club membership. The February meeting will mark return to Zoom-only meetings. Another pay-for meeting site in Hunt Valley was proposed; investigation continues.

The Envision 3: Bill N3WD spoke well of this amazing laptop in the December meeting; all gone. They went quickly.

New Business:

Kurt WA3TOY is a proud grandfather of new “harmonic”, Andy on Christmas day. Pictures are available at the BARC groups.io site.

Bud W3LL announced the recent passing of world-class ham Fred Laun K3ZO. Most area hams interacted with him in DXCC/WAS qsl card checking, hamfest visibility, PVRC meetings, and 1st-tier contesting activities. He was the head of the 3-call area ARRL Incoming QSL Card Bureau and a card sorter.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Free Extra Class Course on Zoom starting Jan 12, 2023

Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio Extra Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, January 12, 2023, and will run through Thursday, March 23.  There will be 11 sessions.  The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  Sessions will be recorded.  Those attending should hold (or be studying for) the General Class Amateur Radio License.  These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email roland.anders@comcast.net.

Thanks.

73, Rol, K3RA

Resources:

Extra Class License Manual –

https://www.arrl.org/extra-class-license-manual

Exam Review –

https://arrlexamreview.appspot.com/

ARRL Extra Class License Manual, 12th edition – 

https://www.arrl.org/extra-class-license-manual

See the Updates / Corrections to 12th edition Manual and Extra Q&A 5th edition (as of 12/8/2021) –

http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=356

2020-2024 Extra Class Pool 2nd Errata issued March 5, 2020 –

http://www.ncvec.org/page.php?id=356

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Extra Class License Manual, Chapters:

  Chapter 1 – ECLM Introduction

  Chapter 2 – Operating Practices

  Chapter 3 – Rules and Regulations

  Chapters 4 & 5 – Electronic Principles, Components and Building Blocks

  Chapters 6, 7 & 8 – Circuits, Radio Signals & Modes and Equipment

  Chapters 9 & 10 – Antennas, Feed Lines, & Topics in Radio Propagation

  Chapter 11 – Safety

December 7, 2022 meeting

A turnout of eleven people: Dave AB3TE, Bill N3WD, Kyle K3KRG, Jon KC3PAN (Z), Russ N3YI (Z), Stephan KC3ILL (Z), Don N3FQC, Harriet N3IML, Jim WB3DJU, Hale N3NYC, Neil W3ZQI. (“Z” is for by Zoom)

Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance. No expenses this month; revenue was from dues. Dave still to provide recent financial data to Neil W3ZQI for assembly of annual reporting.

Old Business:

Hamfest: Sign committee headed by Dave AB3TE will meet again to approve the printer-ready art work for the sign designs.

W3FT Repeater System: Maintenance was discussed.

Meeting Site: Our first meeting at the Greene Turtle-Hunt Valley. In-person meetings were requested by the club membership. It is important that a reasonable number of people show in-person for each Green Turtle meeting to meet their venue guidelines. If not then we will be forced to return to Zoom-only meetings.

New Business:

Spring Pot Luck event: Bill N3WD elaborated on interest in a weekend day club meet-up for shared food/beverages at an outdoor venue once the weather warms in early 2023.

Congratulations to Julie KC3VGW “Very Good Woman” (wife of Dave AB3TE) who passed her Technician license recently. She is now studying for her General class license.

The Envision 3: Bill N3WD spoke well of this amazing $60 WIN10 laptop available at MicroCenter. He is using his for FT8 and NPOTA (parks) activities. It features two USB 3 ports and 20 hour battery life.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Return To In-Person Meetings!!!

We are pleased to announce a return to in-person meetings. Our new venue is the Greene Turtle Restaurant 118 Shawan Road Suite HH Hunt Valley, MD 21030. Meetings are at 7:00 pm. on the first Wednesday of each month.

Ample free parking on the north side of the restaurant (by the theater). Plenty of seating too so try to join us in person. Disabled access from the above parking lot; free WiFi; great food; credit cards are accepted.

Zoom access to our meetings is still available.

November 2, 2022 meeting

A turnout of twelve people: Dave AB3TE, Kurt WA3TOY, Kyle K3KRG, Bud W3LL, Jim W3BBE, John KD3H, Mike K2TPZ, Jon KC3PAN, Russ N3YI, Henry KB1PE, Al WA3SFR, Neil W3ZQI

Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance. No expenses this month; revenue was from dues. Dave will provide recent financial data to Neil W3ZQI for assembly of annual reporting.

Old Business:

Hamfest: Sign committee headed by Dave AB3TE will meet again to get started with art work for the approved sign designs.

W3FT Repeater System: Not discussed

Meeting Site: Covered in New Business.

New Business:

Meetings: Neil W3ZQI proposed short presentations at each meeting to build interest in meetings. Neil to present (in December) an ad hoc Access report file that creates some reports of interest to HF contact chasers. Russ N3YI suggested hybrid meetings (meeting room plus Zoom) for when an in-person meeting site is chosen. Neil to investigate Greene Turtle in Hunt Valley as a possible meeting site.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

Free General Class Course on Zoom starting Oct 27, 2022

A free, weekly, live, Amateur Radio General Class Licensing course on Zoom will begin on Thursday, Oct 27 and will run through Thursday, January 5.  There will be 9 sessions, with two breaks for holidays.  The three-hour sessions will start at 6:30 PM Eastern Time.  Sessions will be recorded. These are the classes that we have been holding for years sponsored by the National Electronics Museum.  Please publicize this with anyone that you think would be interested.  Those wishing to sign up should email me at roland.anders@comcast.net.

October 5, 2022 meeting

A turnout of nine people: Dave AB3TE, Kurt WA3TOY, Jim W3BBE, John KD3H, Bill N3WD, Mike K2TPZ, Stephan KC3ILL, Henry KB1PE, Neil W3ZQI

Treasurer Dave AB3TE opened the meeting, then passed to VP Bill N3WD.

Secretary Neil W3ZQI read the prior monthly meeting minutes.

Treasurer Dave AB3TE gave the treasury balance. No expenses this month, only revenue!

Old Business:

W3FT Repeater System: Not discussed

Meeting Site: Not discussed

Hamfest: Sign committee headed by Dave AB3TE, with Al WA3SFR, Kyle K3KRG, and Neil W3ZQI met on 09/21/2022. Two designs proposed. Club voted for orange background with black letters. Trish N3DUH to be asked to do proof-ready artifacts for printer.

New Business:

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

Bill N3WD proposed a spring, in-person get-together. Details forthcoming.

— Neil W3ZQI Secretary

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