BRARA / N4BRF
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Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association
Palm Beach County Florida USA
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Dashboard has updates | FD2018 results are available | Club Meeting 7-Aug 7pm at SHACK

 
Welcome
 
  Breakfast  
Breakfast 9am Tuesdays 2018
24-JULY TBA  
Email Art if you plan to attend: wa8vsj@gmail.com

  Announcements  
FD2018 Entry Submission Points (PDF) More
FD2018 Detail Station Log Report (PDF) More
Proposed July Minutes More
Operator penalized for interference More
Delray Newspaper on BRARA and FD2018 More
FD2018 Highlights More

FD2018: FT8 is ARRL approved Mode More
BRARA FD2018 Open Invitation More
Proposed May minutes available for review 
Below view Radiator Grill pics c/o Dennis. G KA2TGQ 
New DMR Codeplug Version 4.4 is available 
VIDEO: Annapolis MD Greenbury Pt USN Radio TowersMore
VIDEO: Cutler ME USN Radio TowersMore
Hurricane Prepared presentation
14-May-2018 5.30pm
City of Lake Worth
7 North Dixie Highway
Lake Worth, FL 33460
More
New DMR Codeplug Version 4.4 is available 
BRARA Free Technician Licence Class
Location: Ham shack
10875 W.Atlantic Ave,
Delray Beach, FL
When: Saturday and Sunday, 5/6 May-2018 - 9am to 5pm
More
Proposed April minutes available for member review 
For members, FREE inventory at the shack 
BRARA Radiator Grill
Location: Ham shack
10875 W.Atlantic Ave,
Delray Beach, FL
When: Saturday 28-April-2018 - 10am to 1pm
More
2018 VHF/UHF Spring Sprint ScheduleMore
Why do newer hams fail to become truly active?More
Family Safety Fest
Location: Sportsplex at Coral Springs FL
When: Saturday, April 21st - Breakfast 8am,
main event 10am
More
Barbecue and impromptu field day
Where: Vista View Park,
4001 SW 142nd Ave, Davie
When: Saturday, April 14, 9am-3pm
More
New Net: The Not Qwight Right Net
Starts: 19-April-2018 (may be delayed 1 week)
When: Thursdays at 8.20pm (note 820 in freq)
Frequency: 146.820 (-) offset PL 110.9 Boca / W4BUG
Contact: Steve KN4FEN
Palm Beach County ARES meeting
Where: Red Cross,
1250 Northpoint Pkwy,
West Palm Beach
When: Wednesday, April 18, 7pm-9pm
Ft Pierce Hamfest
Location: Indian River State College,
Ft Pierce FL
When: Saturday, 7th-April 2018 - 8am to 1pm
More
2018 Winter Field Day (WFDA)
Plans for a field day in 27-28 Janurary 2018 are forming. The idea is to give our snow bird members an opportunity to operate at our shack and to fine tune our setup and stations from the learnings of FD2017.
More
SKYWARN Spotter Training Schedule
Location: Broward County EOC,
201 NW 84th Ave
Plantation, FL
When: Saturday, February 24th 930AM to 230PM
Contact: Robin Terrill n4hhp@comcast.net
BRARA Tech Class Training
Flyer:Click
When: Sat, February 3, 9am - Sun, February 4, 5pm
Where: BRARA Ham Shack
at West Delray Park,
10875 W Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, Fl 33446 (map)
Description: Free Laurel Testing on 8-FEB-2018 7pm-9pm
Contacts: Bruce Ratoff KO4XL Training@BRARA.ORG
Testing: Gennaro Zaza W4BFL Testing@BRARA.ORG
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2017-11-14 New DIGITAL page
This was added for BRARA members needing NBEMS information: MENU > SUPPORT > DIGITAL
2017-11-10 WLRN interview with Jeff.S K4BH
'When all else fails' interview of Jeff.S K4BH by WLRN's Peter Haden.
More
2017-11-09 Website Members Carousel Pictures
When viewing any BRARA pictures such as inventory or club activities that uses the Carousel process, you may now STOP, START, go to PRIOR or NEXT pictures. This was done per suggestion by a BRARA member. This is why we need more input from you: all ideas are welcome and good ideas are implemented.
2017-11-08 Website menu reorganized
The menu and access to many Member specific pages has been changed. This means Members must logon to see many website pages such as BLOG, Calendars and Meeting documents (Newletters, Minutes, Agendas). Non-members will see a smaller subset of Member menu items. Further, the home page has been reorganized into Member news, Recent news and New Links.
2017-11-01 BRARA Members: Update your Biography
Logon, Go to MENU > TOOLS > PROFILE and scroll to bottom and update your biography.
2017-10-29 2017-2018 Remaining Contests
Go to MENU > COMM > BLOG and read "2017-2018 Remaining major contest season".
2017-10-18 2M repeater repaired
Go to MENU > COMM > BLOG and read repeater repair with picures.
Tuesday Night CERT Nets returned
The Tuesday Night Greater Boca Raton/Delray Beach CERT Nets have returned. The Plan A City Repeater is operational on 470.400 Mhz and the Plan A Net begins at 19:00 ETZ (7:00 PM Local time). If you have a City-Supplied radio that is starting to show excessive wear (antenna falling apart or not working) let Gerry.G KG4FUR know if you are Boca and Ed know if you are Delray. As for Call Signs and IDs, please start using the new ones. We are more interested in re-establishing communication than enforcing radio procedure. That will come as we get more comfortable with the radios. Although the Plan B Amateur Radio Repeater is not operational, we have resumed the Plan B Net at 19:30 ETZ (7:30 PM local time) on the 145.290 MHz Repeater (PL 110.9). Thanks to the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association for the use of their 2m repeater. All HAMS, regardless of CERT affiliation or certification, are encouraged to participate. Likewise, we are looking to reacquaint ourselves and not get bogged down in the procedures. We will make mistakes, but that is how we learn. Please be courteous and pause for 3 seconds between transmissions. Remember that only one person can talk at a time.



  Online Training  
 DESCRIPTIONDATEACTION 
 How to reserve a Station 2018-05-13Click 
 How to use the Dashboard 2018-05-13Click 


  News and Updates  

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  Amateur Radio Factoid  
Difference between cBridge and Brandmeister?
Both the cBridge and Brandmeister serve the same purpose, in that they're both essentially talkgroup servers which are used to interconnect a number of repeaters together to form networks.

Brandmeister is a network. It is free to join and use, and is administered by a group of volunteers throughout the world. It has many advanced features, such as intelligent call routing, APRS, support for multiple repeater brands, hotspot support and an audio archive system called Hoseline. Repeater owners connected to Brandmeister can setup which talkgroups are static and timers to activate talkgroups temporarily for scheduled nets. Otherwise, all configuration is fixed by the global administrators and developers. All repeaters are required to carry all talkgroups, making it impossible for a repeater owner to control what traffic is carried by his or her repeater. With hundreds or thousands of talkgroups available and only two timeslots, contention can become problematic.

The cBridge is a commercial product (sold in America by Rayfield Communications). While it only allows connections from Motorola repeaters, it offers maximum configurability with regard to talkgroup placement and connections to other systems. We have found cBridge networks to be more reliable and have less contention for timeslots with fewer talkgroups available, which is why we've chosen the cBridge.

With the explosion of inexpensive hotspots available for the Brandmeister network, it is relatively easy for users to have the best of both worlds: A reliable cBridge-based repeater and a hotspot where the end user is free to change talkgroups on the fly without impacting other users of the system. Win-win!


  Technical Information  
STATIONTRANSCIEVERSTATUSNOTES
HF-1 FT-1000MP Available Dedicated PC / SignaLink
HF-2 IC-718 Available TBA SignaLink
HF-3 FT-1000MP Available Dedicated SignaLink
UHF-4FT-897 Available Dedicated PC / SignaLink
UHF-5IC-820 144/432 Available
UHF-5IC-706 50.07 beacon UnavailableSee George WA2VNV
UHF-5HR-2600 222 Available
UHF-5TR-751A 144/1296 IF Available Has CW key

 DAYTIMEBANDFREQORGDESC
  Daily06.00pmVHF146.610GCARCSoFL Traffic Net
  Sun07.30pmVHF147.285WARC SlowScan
   08.00pmUHF
BM
LR
TS2-TG2
TG-31124
BRARADMR Tech Net
Brandmeister
   09.00pmBM TG-31489TyNetDMR Track
Brandmeister
  Mon07.00pmVHF145.290BRARAVoice Comm Net
   08.00pmVHF145.290BRARASoCounty NBEMS
   07.30pmVHF147.285WARC Emergency Net
  Tue07.00pmUHF470.400CERT CERT Plan A
   07.30pmVHF145.290CERT CERT Plan B
  Thu08.20pmVHF146.82GCARCNotQwightRightNet
  Fri07.30pmVHF147.285WARCSATER Net
  Sat03.00pmUHF444.325
PL179.9
WARC70cm Net
  If BRARA VHF repeater is down, use GCARC repeater
 MODEDESCRIPTIONBANDFREQ/PL/NODE/OFFSET
 VHFBRARA Analog 2m 145.290 PL 110.9
 UHFBRARA Analog 70cm 442.875 PL 110.9 +5Mhz
 VHFBRARA Packet 2m 145.070 144.390 APRS
 IP BRARA EchoLink Node 826953
 IP BRARA DMR TG 31124
 IP DMR Track TyNet TG 31489
 UHFDMR W2GGI 70cm 443.300 CC1 +5Mhz
 UHFCERT Analog Part-A70cm 470.400 PL 123.0 +3Mhz
 VHFCERT Analog Part-B2m 145.290 PL 110.9
 VHFGold Coast ARC 2m 146.610 PL 110.9 -600khz
 VHFGold Coast ARC 2m 146.820 PL 110.9 -600khz
 UHFGold Coast ARC 70cm 442.500 PL 110.9 +5Mhz
 UHFGold Coast Fusion70cm 442.200 PL 110.9 +5Mhz
 VHFGold Coast Fusion2m 145.340 PL 110.9 -600khz
 VHFAEC Repeater GRP 2m 146.670 PL 110.9 -600khz
 VHFWellington ARC 2m 147.285 PL 110.9 +600khz


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  LAST UPDATED: 24-JUNE-2018
  FD2018 Planning and Implementation Status
DATESTATUSDESCRIPTION
07-23 Submit results within 30 days end of event
06-24 FD2018 ends
06-24COMPLETEBreakdown
06-24COMPLETEStop operation 2pm
06-24COMPLETEMeal: Breakfast
06-23COMPLETESend ARRL traffic
06-23COMPLETEMeal: Dinner
06-23COMPLETEMeal: Lunch - dogs, burgers
06-23COMPLETEStart operation 2pm
06-23COMPLETEPrep drinks and coolers
06-23COMPLETESetup wash station
06-23COMPLETESetup generator and run power line
06-23COMPLETESetup Canopies (3)
06-23COMPLETESetup begins
06-23COMPLETEBoard welcomes all participants and visitors
06-23 FD2018 begins
06-22COMPLETECopy ARRL FD2018 message
06-22HOLDTransport backup generator
06-22COMPLETEBuy fuel as needed
06-22COMPLETEBuy food, drinks, plates, plastic ware
06-17COMPLETERefill propane tanks
06-16COMPLETETest Generatror, add gas stablizer
06-16COMPLETESetup Network
06-16COMPLETESetup N1MM
06-05COMPLETEReview FD2018 at General meeting
06-03COMPLETEReview FD2018 at Board meeting
05-11COMPLETEPopulate station operator assignments
05-05COMPLETEMailed press release
05-05COMPLETEInvited elected officials
05-05COMPLETEInvited police / fire / rescue
05-02COMPLETEPlanning Meals
05-02COMPLETECreated SoFL Traffic radiograms
04-28COMPLETEUpdate FD2018 Implementation Plan



  Codeplugs  
 MODERADIOVERSIONDATEDESCRIPTION 
 DMRMD3xx 4.420-May-2018 click to download 
 DMRMD2017 4.38-Apr-2018 click to download 
 DMRCS750 4.011-May-2018 click to download 
 DMRCS800 4.011-May-2018 click to download 
 DMRAnyTone AT-Dxx4.41-May-2018 click to download 
 AnalogBF-F8HP2017.101-Oct-2017click to download 
 AnalogTM-V71A2017.101-Oct-2017click to download 



  2018 Dues Notification  
   At the December 2, 2017 Board of Directors Meeting, the Board voted to set 2018 dues at $35. You can still beat the increase and save $10 if you renew at the old rate ($25) by December 31, 2017. Starting January 1, 2018 dues will be $35 per year.   

  Open House :: Wednesdays and Saturdays  
  From 11am at Club Station
  10875 W Atlantic Ave
  Delray Beach, FL USA.  (Click to view map)

  Meetings  
  Held at 7pm on 1st Tues of the month at
  West Boca Library
  18685 State Road 7
  Boca Raton FL USA.  (Click to view map)

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