Newsletter – Dec 2019

LAST UPDATED: 2-DEC-2019 – 0718

PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates during the publishing period. 

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Announcements

  • Holiday Potluck Party on Thursday 12-DEC-2019 Boca Chase Clubhouse

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  • PayPal available for 2020 dues, donation, and purchased items
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • Monday analog nets return to 145.29- PL110.9
  • DMR Repeater now has internet access and accessible by any TG
  • Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ is SK after pedestrian vehicle accident
  • BRARA SE FL DMR Tech Net transitions to TG-311037 on Sunday 5-Jan-2020

Obit info for Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ

Hap Petterson’s memorial service will be held on Wednesday December 4th at 2pm at Good Shepherd Lutheran church 6301 sw 18th st Boca  Raton FL. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the church.

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Hap leaves his wife of 45years,  Joyce Patterson WA4PDF.

Our prayers and many thoughts to Joyce and all of Hap’s family.

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Calendar


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Shack Hosting Events

The following events are planned. Any organization who desires to use BRARA facilities shall contact a board member and provide specific details. CLICK HERE FMI

NO UPCOMING SHACK HOSTED EVENTS SCHEDULED 


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 12-DEC-2019 Holiday Potluck Party 

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This Month’s Speaker

GIVEN THERE IS NO DECEMBER MEETING, THERE IS NO SPEAKER


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 Amp temporary replacement is inline
  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-2 In use, see Larry K4KGG for training
  • Station-3 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-3 Yaesu Amp and tuner working normally
  • Station-4 FT-1000MP working normally
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally with exception of IC-706

 

Annual Toy Drive:
Request for unwrapped toy donations

In cooperation with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club a donation box will be located at The Shack.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy to the Holiday Potluck Dinner Party on the 2-DEC-2019.

Our appreciation to Mike Ross N4ANO who is one of our members as well as Blue Knights. Mike suggested we provide a donation opportunity and for sure, its with welcome hearts and thoughts our members offer up such gifts.


SHACK ITEMS WE NEED
We are in need to replacing the HF tuner for station-1. If a willing member is able to help finance or donate such an item, our club members and The Shack would be so very grateful and it would help protect our HF assets.

Please see Bruce KO4XL, Art WA8VSJ or Ed N2II for details.


ITEMS FOR SALE

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Special Projects

The following are project status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation POSTPONED until Fall of 2019
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation TBA
  • DMR repeater internet access IS AT REPEATER AND BEING FINE TUNED
  • Install amplifier to the 2m analog repeater TBA

How to use PayPal for BRARA member business

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  • 2020 DUES accepted starting October 1 2019
  • First time members join for the remainder of 2019 and 2020
  • Dues amounts have not changed from last year.

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Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


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?


Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020

We will begin taking reservations to travel to Orlando in a large van.


New Website Capability

No new capabilities


Member Online Auction is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates


Public Classified Section is LIVE

Please stay tuned for updates

Please note: items are Negotiable 


Training Video 

  • No new Training videos

Training Classes
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Free Laurel VEC Testing
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About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR
  • Bob  Dobski KB8WJF
  • Nob Fox W1VEI
  • Myron Goldstein WA2PWJ CLICK FOR OBIT 
  • Hap Patterson WA4ZLJ

Good and Welfare


If you know of an amateur or their family dealing with health issues or may have lost someone, please let us know. Robert.K K3SUH is our go to person to send a communication in the form of a card to the person or family.

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New Membership Form
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  • K4PMD Phil Dubs

Statistics

  • 54 Member renewals for 2020
  • 166 paid members
  • 1 new members
  • 6 pending online applications
  • 7 silent keys
  • 134 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 21 family members
  • 1 lifetime

Our Scheduled Nets

COORDINATED NETS BEING REFORMED
We have modified the Voice Com NCS Script making it brief and changed the theme of the net to technical support, projets, and announcements.

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BRARA Monday net return to 145.29
The BRARA 145.29 repeater located at the Social Security building in Boca Raton FL near RT95 and Yamato has been repaired. The Monday evening Voice Com and So County NBEMS nets return to that repeater.

Our many thanks to GCARA for allowing us to use their repeater 146.82 during this period.

NET DETAILS FOLLOW

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-1 TG-3112529
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 TG-3112529 

This net transitions to TG-311037 on Sunday 5-Jan-2020

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 (RETURNED TO NORMAL OPERATIONS)

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net
BRARA LOCAL 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037 IP access in place

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 (RETURNED TO NORMAL OPERATIONS)

Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

Please use 3102 on your pi-star or any replated hotspot.

WHAT IS TGIF TALKGROUP

On Fridays at 8.30ET on TG-31665 is the TGIF Net. In order to participate, you have to change you pi-start DMR Master from 3102 to TGIF_Network om the drop down list and update your pi-star settings. Once the pi-star has recycled and is operating normally, connect to you hotspot on TG-31665 and enjoy the net. When you are done, change the DMR Master back to 3102. Have fun.


Local DMR Repeaters
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Scheduled DMR Nets
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  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech Net (use TG-311037 as of 5-Jan-2020)
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves NotANet available to anyone
  • Wed 9.00 pm TG-3  NA Tech Net
  • Thu 8.20pm TG-31777 NotQuiteRight Net
  • Sat 12.00 noon TG-1 WW
  • Sat  8.00 pm TG-310035 GCARC KnowItAll Net

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: With the new DMR Brandmeister Repeater installed and now having internet access, that repeater DMR ID is TG-311037.

On Sunday 5-Jan-2020, we will transition from TG-3112529 to TG-311037.

BRARA DMR BrainWaves NotANet: On Mondays at 7.30pm on TG-311037 to everyone given we have IP access. The purpose is to use the repeater plus test radios, codeplugs, audio and have fun. There is no NCS so just find an opening and announce yourself.


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
  • 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


Club Ham Shack

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


Board of Directors Scheduled Meetings

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

For More Information

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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   BRARA@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.

Address

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


Copyright and Protection

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

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF