Newsletter – April 2020

LAST UPDATED: 5-APRIL-2020 – 0706 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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Announcements

  • BRARA Monthly Member meeting via Zoom (see below details)
  • BRARA membership dues extended
  • PBC Regional Parks are CLOSED
  • BRARA gatherings are postponed or cancelled
  • BRARA will pilot virtual meetings, watch for details
  • Watch for BRARA 2020 Field Day Plans
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BRARA Monthly meeting will be conducted via Zoom conference.

Bruce KO4XL is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: BRARA April 2020 General Meeting
Time: Apr 7, 2020 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 992 432 766
Password: 123456



GIVEN
Member Dues are payable from 1-OCT to 31-MARCH of each year.


ADJUSTMENT

Given COVID-19, the Board has extended this end date until the Board gives the all-clear to normal operations.


AD HOC FREE NET TIME

This is a great way to keep your hands active in amateur radio and possibly help someone who may want to hear a friendly voice and share thoughts.

Please JOIN US

From our Monday Voice Com Net and in response to our poll of net participants, we are adding a few defined days and times that operators can expect to find others willing and able to connect and commence a QSO. These details are below defined and will not enlist a next control station (NCS) thus these are ad hoc free nets. 

 7AM AND 7PM

Repeater:  BRARA Analog 145.29(-) PL-110.9
Repeater:  BRARA DMR 442.875(+) CC-1 TG-311027
Day of week: Monday to Saturday
Time of day: 7am and 7pm
Purpose: Provide for those wanting more radio time
Duration:  5,10,15 etc min, use as long as needed
Protocol: Key up, state your callsign, name, QTH
Modes: Analog and DMR, try both



PROJECT NAME: Satellite Antenna Installation (Phase-2)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • STATUS: ON-HOLD 
  • WHEN: TBA 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install satellite system
  • WHO: All able folks who can help 
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

FOLLOWS ITEM NEEDED

  • Power supply (20 amp / 13 volt) for the transceiver
  • Up to date computer to support the satellite and EME operation

VHF / UHF Room at The Shack: WEAK SIGNAL STATION 

We are looking for donation of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g to replace the current 6 meter weak signal operation. The current transceiver is intermittent and not repairable.

If you have knowledge of an ICOM IC-706-Mk2g, please contact George WA2VNV by emailing him wa2vnv@optonline.net and let him know the details


Free Laurel VEC Testing
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Calendar


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This Month’s Speaker

  • April Presenter: Rich Ladisky WB1J on recent travels given COVID-19

Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-1 Amp being repaired
  • Station-2 Available space
  • Station-3 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-3 Yaesu Amp and tuner working normally
  • Station-4 FT-1000MP working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 offline
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally

Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status.

All project are ON-HOLD until we have the all-clear to enter the park and shack

  • Station 1 AL-82 Amp repair WIP
  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation WIP
  • Shack outside power replacement WIP
  • Repeater case and shelve replacement ON HOLD
  • Repeater microwave relocation and maintenance TBA

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?


About Our Members

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

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

We welcome the following new members:

  • NO NEW MEMBERS

New Membership Form
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Statistics

  • 0 New members
  • 3 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 98 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 126 Paid members

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.

CLICK HERE to email details.


Our Scheduled Nets

COORDINATED NETS BEING REFORMED
We have modified the Voice Com NCS Script:

  • Has been shortened
  • Changed theme to technical support, projets, and announcements

CLICK HERE FOR REVISED NCS SCRIPT

BRARA Machines
The BRARA repeaters are located at the Social Security building in Boca Raton FL USA

NET DETAILS FOLLOW
Monday to Saturday (NEW)
7am and 7pm Ad Hoc Free Net
BRARA Analog 145.29- PL110.9
BRARA DMR     442.875+ CC-2 TS-2 TG-311037

Sunday
8.00pm South East FL DMR Tech Net TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1

Monday
7.00pm Voice Com Net
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9

7.30pm DMR BrainWaves NotANet TG-311037
BRARA 442.875+ CC-2 TS-2
GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1
Wellington ARA 145.19- CC-2 TS-1

8.00pm Southeast Florida NBEMS Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9

The BRARA Board and stakeholders are assessing a proposed change to the day of the week and time to relocate this net. Th reason is to reduce the number of nets on one given day of the week and encourage operators to join and be an active  participant. More to follow.


Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9

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.


Local DMR Repeaters
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Scheduled DMR Nets
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  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3110037 SeFL DMR Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves Net 
  • 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


BRARA Open House

The Park and shack compound are closed.


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

CLICK HERE TO SMILE AT BRARA

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.


For More Information

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

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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

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


Copyright and Protection

Copyright © 2019 Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (BRARA).

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

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF