Newsletter: Oct 2018

PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter is constantly undergoing updates. Recheck often for changes.

Calendar
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This Month’s Speaker

Ralph Boyd, KK4GUB on Amateur Radio Astronomy.

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Monthly Meeting Agenda
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Da Prez  Sez

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Ham Shack News

The shack general meeting space has been reorganized and various appliances have been relocated such as the large monitor. The coffee station and refrigerator have been also relocated.  This was done by Jerry W4BFL as a way to improve the space and accommodate more folks visiting the shack and for classes.

QSL Report (by Ed N4II)
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Dx Operating News and Information
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The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information

Contests and Special Events
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Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?

New Website Capability
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Featured QRZ Items, Logistics, Handy Links,  Scheduled Nets and Repeaters have been updated

Training Video 

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Training Classes
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Free Laurel VEC Testing
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New Hams Corner
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Wire/cable selection and use

New Membership Form
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Welcome New Members

  • KK4PPN Gerald Haase
  • KN4FFO Rose Marie Arnold
  • KN4NVD Pat Sage
  • N1DCN Dave Noderer (from May)
  • KK5OAR Steven Gray

BRARA has 138 paid members excluding 5 pending online membership applications.

Winter Field Day
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Planning has begun.

Local DMR Repeaters
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Scheduled DMR Nets

  • Day EDST Talk Group
  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-310035 SeFL FL Tech
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-03 (NA) NA Tech
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-01 (WW)

Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30 pm Greater Boca/Delray CERT 443.1 MHz
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5

BRARA Open House

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 09:30 and 13:00 for our Open House, and for any work that needs to be done at the Shack. Anyone interested in exploring Amateur Radio is encouraged to stop in for a visit.

Newsletter Guidelines

Thanks for all who submitted articles and I hope you continue to do so. We’re also looking for new writers as well. Here are some guidelines for article submissions.

  • Text should be in MS Word or equivalent, saved as a .DOC file. ASCII text written in an email works too.
  • Write your best stuff, but don’t sweat the grammar. That’s why there’s an editor.
  • Please submit pictures/illustrations as separate files, don’t embed them in the text.
  • Be sure to submit clear, in-focus photos

Monday Night Nets

BRARA runs two significant Monday Night Nets on the 145.290 MHz (–0.600) [110.9] repeater:

  • BRARA Voice Communications Net: 7pm, check-in via EchoLink Node is 826953.
  • South County NBEMS Net: 8pm, mixed-mode Analog Voice and using FLDigi/FLMsg.

Social Media Committee

A committee was formed to update, simplify and modernize BRARA social media: W4BFL (Jerry), KO4XL (Bruce), N1QFH (John C).

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater
  • 145.290 –0.600 [PL 110.9] EC-826953
  • 442.875 +5.000 [PL 110.9]
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Club Ham Shack

West Delray Regional Park
10875 West Atlantic Avenue
Delray Beach, FL 33446

Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

The BRARA Board of Directors:

K4BH (Jeff S.), KE4OBV (Patrick),KO4XL (Bruce), N1QFH (John C.), WA2VNV (George), W4AEQ (Jeff R.),W4BFL (Jerry).

We hold scheduled monthly Board meetings at 12:00 Noon at the Shack on the Sunday preceding the next General Meeting.

Donations and Contributions

Contributions to BRARA— a 501(c)(3) organization—are tax deductible as charitable donations. As you complete your membership renewal or begin your year-end tax planning, please consider making a donation to BRARA.

Please donate to BRARA via Amazon Smiles:
Search for:  Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

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Planned Giving: Please also consider BRARA when updating or initiating planned giving (including charitable gift annuities, bequests and gifts or retirement plan assets) and other assets.

Apparel Donations

  • $10 donation–BRARA Name Plate with your Call Sign.
  • $30 donation-BRARA Polo Shirt with your Call Sign.
  • $40 donation-BRARA button down red cotton/poly shirt (short sleeve) with Call Sign.

For more Information

Website:    www.brara.org  Twitter: BRARA@N4BRF  Instagram: #BRARA_N4BRF

Facebook:    CLICK VIEW FACEBOOK

Please be advised that the above are the official BRARA social media sites. No other social media sites are recognized by BRARA.

Newsletter Contributions

Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

Please send articles to   W4AEQ@BRARA.org

Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

Radio Flyer Purpose

The purpose of this newsletter is to keep club members and other interested hams updated on club events and ham activities in the Greater Boca Raton Area. We hope you enjoy this month’s issue as much as we did publishing it!

Address

the Radio Flyer
P.O. Box 480162
Delray Beach, FL 33448-0162

Copyright and Protection

Copyright © 2018 Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (BRARA).

Reproduction of material from any BRARA web page without written permission is strictly prohibited.

Editor

73 de Jeff W4AEQ Vice President