BRARA / N4BRF
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Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association
Palm Beach County Florida USA
Community - Communication - Leadership
 
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COVID19 Facts and Precautions







BREAKING NEWS: 2020 Fieldday

22-MAY 2020 0912 ET

On 20-May-2020 at the mid-month BRARA board meeting, the board discussed 2020 Fieldday and how other groups such as GCARA were handling their plans. The risk factors were discussed and how we may mitigate. With several risk factors and that the shack will open (date and plans TBA) for very limited use given PBC guidelines, the board felt participation in Fieldday was best curtailed and that BRARA would not participate in 2020. Contact Bruce KO4XL if you have questions.

Respectfully submitted, BRARA Officers and Directors


BREAKING NEWS

27-APRIL 2020 1700 ET

CLICK HERE FOR PBC ORDER

  • The BRARA shack and compound remain CLOSED
  • The West Delray Park is OPEN

29-April-2020 Palm Beach County reopening certain recreational facilities on limited basis.

Limited Reopening

  • Public and private golf courses and facilities
  • Public parks (not playgrounds)
  • Boat ramps, marinas for recreational use
  • Limited Tennis, racquet facilities, pickle ball
  • Limited Basketball, community pools

Remain closed

  • Playgrounds, exercise equipment
  • Picnic pavilions
  • Dog parks
  • Indoor events, buildings, gymnasiums <- BRARA Shack
  • Campgrounds
  • Skate parks

Prohibited

  • Use of water fountains
  • Field sports
  • Recreational programming
  • Congregating in groups of 10 or more
  • Use of shared sports equipment
  • Spectator events
  • Food and beverage concessions

REMINDER NOTICE

22-APRIL 2020 1700 ET

Reminder - West Delray Park and the BRARA station are still closed by order of county authorities.

Do not attempt to enter the station or grounds, or you may be subject to action by local law enforcement.

If you believe you have an urgent need to briefly enter the station (eg. to retrieve personal property, etc.) please contact a club officer so that we can request authorization and arrange for a park ranger or sheriff's deputy to escort you.


URGENT NOTICE

24-MARCH 2020 1700 ET

From Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation Department

All Palm Beach County Parks, including Regional Parks, will be closing as of midnight tonight 25-March-2020.


17-MARCH 2020 1810 ET

BRARA has been notified by Palm Beach County Parks & Recreation that our club station is to remain closed as of Close of Business today, Tuesday March 17, 2020, until further notice.

This notice comes as no surprise given other recent actions taken by the county in response to the current corona virus pandemic.

To avoid potential consequences up to and including arrest for trespassing, everyone is directed to refrain from entering the park or our station until the county gives us the all-clear.

Stay safe and we hope to be able to see you soon!

73,
Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL
President
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association


Major Announcement: COVID-19

13-MARCH 2020 0800 ET

A letter to all members and friends of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

My Friends,

The novel Corona virus known as COVID-19 is a source of great concern to all of us. There are many things not yet known about this virus, but it is clear by what we have heard from recognized public health experts that it is something to be taken very seriously. Several BRARA events are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. I have been wrestling with the question of how to balance the desire to continue BRARA's programs against the need to do what we can as an organization to avoid contributing to the risks posed by COVID-19.

I have taken into consideration the following factors:

  • The majority of our members fall into at least one of the high-risk groups designated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • While our social events generally include the sharing of food, we lack the necessary equipment and training to comply with Safe-Serve standards.
  • The CDC recommends the frequent washing of hands, particularly after touching shared objects and surfaces (door knobs, switches, etc.). Our lack of running water limits our ability to comply with this recommendation.
  • Health authorities recommend maintaining a distance of six feet between individuals. The limited space in our station makes this impossible when more than a few people are present.
  • Our club radios and associated equipment are common touch points that would be very difficult to disinfect without causing damage or overly limiting their usability.
  • The public reaction to the constant stream of disturbing news has caused shortages of many common household supplies. This poses a challenge in obtaining adequate materials and supplies to keep our trailer clean and disinfected.
  • Public health authorities continue to advise that gatherings of people be avoided.

For these reasons I have taken the following actions:

  • The Radiator Grille scheduled for March 21 is postponed. The new date has not yet been determined.
  • The General License class and test scheduled for the weekends of March 28 and April 4 is postponed. The new date has not yet been determined.

These and other measures will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in the coming weeks. It is possible that additional actions may be taken by the Board, so please monitor our website and email blasts for any future updates.

DO NOT MAKE CRITICAL HEALTH DECISIONS BASED ON POLITICAL SPEECHES OR SOCIAL MEDIA

For the latest status and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the Center for Disease Control website: CLICK HERE FOR CDC

I share with you my prayer that we all make it safely through this global crisis.

Take care and be well.

73,
Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL
President
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

  Announcements  
Breakfast 9am on Tuesdays CANCELLED

In place of breakfast, join us on 145.29(-) PL-110.9 at 9am.

Art WA8VSJ


  Technical Information  
 DAYTIMEFREQORGDESC
  Daily 06.00p 146.610 GCARA SEFL Traffic Net
  Sun 07.30p 147.285 WARC SlowScan
   08.00p TG-311037
SEFL
BRARA
N4BRF
SEFL DMR Tech
CLICK FMI
   09.00p TG-31489TyNetDMR Track
Brandmeister
  Mon 07.00p 145.290 BRARA Voice Comm
   07.30p 442.875+
CC1 TS2
BRARA
TG-311037
BrainWaves
   07.30p 147.285 WARC Emergency Net
   07.30p 146.550
Simplex
GCARC Knights of Rd Table
   08.00p 145.290 NBEMSSEFL NBEMS
  Tue 07.00p 470.400 CERT CERT Plan A
   07.00p 146.670 WPBARG AREC/WR4AKX
   07.30p 145.290 CERT CERT Plan B
   08.00p 146.625 JTRGRag Chew Net
   08.00p TG-3142PAPA Statewide
   08.00p TG-3150VTVT Statewide
CAN-TURBO
   08.00p TG-31630MANorth Star Digital
   09.00p 444.850 KA4EPS CO Astronomy
  Wed 07.00p 147.045 PWARC PBC ARES
   07.00p TG-3DMR-MARC NA Tech
Brandmeister
   07.30p 147.285 WARC Tech Net Analog
   07.30p TG-9
TG-3149803
WARC
after analog
Tech Net DMR
   08.30p TG-3139OHOH Statewide
   09.00p TG-3 NADMR NA Tech Net
   10.00p TG-93NABMR NA Tech Net
  Thu 07.00p 146.610 GCARC Fun Net
   07.30p 147.210 N4QRY Cooper Net
2nd/4th Thur
   08.20p VAR FREQW4NQR.netNotQwightRightNet
  Fri 07.00p 146.610 GCARC BC Emer Prep
   07.30p 146.670 PWARC SATERN Net
POSTPONED
   07.30p 146.670 PWARC Survival Net
   08.00p TG-3147TN TDARGDigital Net
   08.30p TG-31665DMRMaster
TGIF_Network
TGIF Net
  Sat 12.00p TG-1DMR-MARC WW DMR
Brandmeister
   03.25p 444.325 WARC Scott Net
   07.00p 146.670 PWARC Part 1
News / Info
   07.30p 146.670 PWARC Part 2
TWIAR Played
   08.00p TG-310035GCARCKnowItAllNet
   09.00p TG-91BMRBMR WW Net
  Click for M.Rickey DMR NETS
  If BRARA VHF repeater is down, use GCARC repeater
BM TGNet NameTimeLocation
Anytime
31362 NY DMR Metro CB TG-444 Any TimeNY METRO
Sunday
310 TAC-310 Net 05.00pm
3119 Iowa Statewide Net 07.30pmIowa
311037 SEFL DMR Tech Net 08.00pmCLICK FMI
31489 DMR Tracker (Ty Weaver) 09.00pmAustin
Monday
311037 BRARA BrainWave NotANet 07.30pmWorldwide
3106 PAPA DMR Roundtable 08.00pmCalifornia
Tuesday
3148 Texas Tech Net 05.00PM Texas
31328 SNARS DMR Net 08.00pmSNARS
3142 PA Statewide Net 08.00pmPA
3118 Indiana Statewide 08.00pm Indiana
31630 Hudson Valley Tech Net09.00pmNY
Wednesday
3148 Texas Statewide Net 05.30pmTexas
92 EU DMR Net 08.00pmEurope
3139 Ohio Statewide Net 08.30pmOhio
3 DMR NA Tech Net 08.00pmNorth America
93 BMR NA Tech Net 09.00pmNorth America
Thursday
3121 Kentucky Net 05.00pmKentucky
3154 West VA DMR Service net05.00pmWest Virginia
31063 NorCal 07.00pmNorCal
3105 Arkansas Net 07.00pmArkansas
31089 Hytera USA 07.30pmHytera
Friday
3147 Tenn Statewide 09.00pm Tenn
31665 TGIF Net 08.30pmFL
Saturday
91 BM Worldwide Net 09.00amWorldwide
1 DMR WW Net 11.00amWorldwide
2 TS-2 GCARC KnowItAll Net 06.00pmFlorida
  Click for M.Rickey DMR NETS
  Click for KE5CDK DMR NETS
Brandmeister
 MODEDESCRIPTIONBANDTECH DETAILS
 VHFBRARA N4BRF
Analog
2m 145.2900- PL 110.9
 IP BRARA N4BRF
EchoLink
Node 826953
 UHFBRARA N4BRF 70cm 442.875+ CC-1
 IP BRARA N4BRF DMR
Brandmeister
TS-2 TG311037
 IP BRARA N4BRF DMR
Brandmeister
TS-2 TG1 AND 9
 VHFBRARA N4BRF
APRS Packet
2m 144.390
 UHFBoca / Delray
CERT-A
70cm 470.400+ PL 123.0 +3Mhz
 VHFBoca / Delray
CERT-B
2m 145.290- PL 110.9
 UHFBoca Raton DMR N4DES 70cm 442.000+ CC-8
 IP DMR Track TyNetTG31489
 VHFWPBARG WR4AKX 2m146.6700- PL 110.9
 UHFWPBARG AG4BV 70cm 444.325+ PL 179.9
 IP GCARC DMR
Brandmeister
TG 311037 BRARA
310035 GCARA
 UHFGCARC DMR 70cm 443.3500 CC-11
 UHFGCARC Fusion 70cm 442.2000+ PL 110.9
 UHFGCARC W4BUG 70cm 442.5000+ PL 110.9
 VHFGCARC W4BUG 2m 146.6100- PL 110.9
 VHFGCARC W4BUG 2m 146.8200- PL 110.9
 VHFGCARC Fusion 2m 145.3400- PL 110.9
 IP Well RC DMR
Brandmeister
TG311037 BRARA
310035 GCARA
9 or 3149803 WARC
 VHFWell RC DMR2m145.19- CC-2
 VHFPWARC WV4I 2m 147.045+ PL 110.9
 UHFPBPG DMR 70cm442.9375+ CC-1
 VHFJTRG W4JUP2m146.6250- PL 110.9
 UHFLakeWorth KA4EPS 70cm 444.850+ PL 110.9
 VHFDavie N4QRY 2m 147.210+ PL OPEN
 Click to view FL Repeater List
STATIONTRANSCIEVERSTATUSNOTES
HF-1 IC-7600 Available All modes
HF-1 Cubic amp Available 600W amp Normal
HF-1 AL-82 amp Unavailable 1.5kW amp Repair
HF-2 IN-USE Unavailable Dedicated digital
HF-3 IC-7600 Available All modes
UHF-4FT-897 Available Dedicated PC / SignaLink
UHF-4FT-1000MP Available All modes
UHF-5Test station Available Free to use
UHF-6IC-706
BEACON
FAILED 50.07 Mhz
See George WA2VNV
UHF-6HR-2600 Available 222 Mhz
UHF-6TR-751A Available 144/1296 Mhz IF
Has CW key


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Delray Beach, FL USA.
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Meetings Held at 7pm on 1st Tues of the month at
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18685 State Road 7
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