Newsletter: Nov 2018

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

Proposed Minutes
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Announcements

  • Dues paid after October 1st count for all of 2019

Calendar
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This Month’s Speaker

Rick Rosen, K1DS  on “Having Fun with EME”

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Monthly Meeting Agenda
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Da Prez  Sez

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Ham Shack News

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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?

Wintah Field Day 2019

Save the date 26 and 27 January 2019. 

Plans are underway and Station signup will be available soon.

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Hamcation
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Save the date 8 to 10 February 2019.

CARPOOLING

We are offering upto 6 seats in a comfortable van to travel to Orlando this year. We depart Saturday 9-February from the shack at 6am and return about 5pm. If you are interested in traveling with us in a comfortable van for a fee of $30 per person which includes rental, gas and tolls please contact  John N1QFH CLICK TO EMAIL. This is a first-come-first serve offering.

New Website Capability
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BRARA text now scrolls from bottom to top. HOVER mouse on text to PAUSE.

Scrolling News

  • 6-Nov meeting at shack in Delray Park
  • Dues paid after October 1st count for all of 2019
  • SEFL DMR Tech Net resumes Sunday 8pm on TG-3112529
  • New DMR Codeplug for TG-3112529 is available
  • GCARC and BRARA partnering to being you DMR nets
  • Monday 7pm is VoiceCom Net on 145.29 BRARA repeater for NEW HAMS and INFO sharing
  • DX Ducie Island: W2LK Les Co-Team Leader

Training Video 

A new BRARA Board training video has been produced to help board members use the specialized tools.

Training Classes
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Free Laurel VEC Testing
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About Our Members

Dx: Ducie Island and CW OP Les W2LK

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Silent Key

Our Support

If you know of a BRARA member experiencing any personal challenges in need of support, or is a SILENT KEY, please let the BRARA board know and we’ll reach out and offer our support. Thank you Robert Kares K3SUH for corresponding to our members.

New Hams Corner
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How to become a proficient CW Operator

New Membership Form
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Welcome New Members

  • KN4CHN James Nycum
  • KC7FBN Rob Adams
  • AC4JM Jeff Modlin
  • WA1PIR Kenneth Friedman
  • KA1OSH Phyllis Friedman

Statistics

  • 149 paid members
  • 5 new members
  • 5 pending online membership applications
  • 11 renewals for 2019

Local DMR Repeaters
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Scheduled DMR Nets
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  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net

SEFL DMR Tech Net

A few weeks ago the South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net  resumed on TG 3112529 which is the DMR ID for N4BRF our club callsign. You may also access the Gold Coast ARC DMR 70cm Repeater on 443.3500 CC-11 to join the fun. A new code plug has been provide to enable members to access the GCARC TG 3112529. See our HOME page for the codeplugs. 

Gerry Gawaldo KG4FUR continues as NCS and has addressed many technical topics. The number of checked in station are growing and folks are returning from all around the world. For details of the checked in stations, please see the HOME page NET ACTIVITY and click on tab named DMR TECH.

Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED

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

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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