Newsletter – June 2020

LAST UPDATED: 28-MAY-2020 – 0847 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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Announcements

  • BRARA Monthly meeting 2-June 7pm via Zoom (see below details)
  • PBC Regional Parks are OPEN with restrictions
  • The Shack remains CLOSED
  • Listen to ARRL Weekly Audio News on BRARA website
  • BRARA cancels 2020 Field Day Plans
  • BRARA Board working on The Shack opening plans
  • Remote Station advisory


BRARA Monthly meeting 2-June at 7pm will be conducted via Zoom conference.

Join Zoom Meeting: CLICK HERE TO JOIN ZOOM MEETING

Meeting ID: 865 5255 5294
Password: 123456


LATEST MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Would you like to view the latest General Membership Zoom meeting from 5-May-2020?

VIDEO: If you CLICK HERE, you will download the VIDEO of that meeting. Its large about 916M so be sure you have a place that can hold that download. This VIDEO contains the meeting and the presentation by Jeff.S K4BH on Digital on the Cheap.

AUDIO: If you CLICK HERE, you will download the AUDIO ONLY and its much smaller, about  46M.


The Shack remains CLOSED by order of county authorities

West Delray Park is now OPEN

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If you believe you have an urgent need to briefly enter the station (eg. to retrieve personal property, etc.) please contact a club officer so that we can request authorization and arrange for a park ranger or sheriff’s deputy to escort you.

PLANS TO OPEN SHACK
The Board met Saturday 30-May to review the final draft of Phase-1 Plans to open BRARA Club Station and will be submitted by Bruce KO4XL to PBC for approval. After that approval is given, the details will be shared with members. The next task is to define the implementation plans that members will need to know in order to use the facility. Work on this document has begun and will be shared when the board approves.



On 20-May-2020, the board discussed 2020 FD and how other groups such as GCARA were handling their plans. The risk factors were discussed and how we may mitigate.

With several risk factors and that the shack will open (date and plans TBA) on very limited use given PBC guidelines, the board felt participation in FD should be curtailed and that BRARA would not participate in 2020.

If you have questions, please contact Bruce KO4XL.



REMOTE STATION ADVISORY
The Board agreed Saturday 30-May 2020 to begin investigation and testing how BRARA could bring remote operation to the members. A group is tasked to install the client and server side apps at station 3 and observe how it behaves. Another group already underway is to pass the FAU internet service to the shack via microwave. Watch for updates in the progress of these two efforts.


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

  • June Presenter: Kai Siwiak, KE4PT on “Propagation Modes by Colors”

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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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
  • 1 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 112 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 140 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

Status: Art, Lew and George accessed the repeater site and discovered what may be the root cause of the 2m repeater noise: a failed hardline connector. They removed the split antenna configuration and configured the input and output on the one high performing commercial antenna with about 15 watts out. They are in the processing of finding a replacement hardline connector. They may place the amp back inline and adjust the output so as to not experience descencing. 

DMR Brandmeister 70cm 442.875(+) CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037  50 watts out. A new problem has been discovered where IP is down. From what Jerry W4BFL has discovered, the root cause seems to be on the FAU end. He will be working with FAU folks to figure this out and implement a solution. 

SCHEDULED NETS 

Monday to Saturday 

7am and 7pm Ad Hoc Free Net
Analog 145.29- PL110.9  
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 


Monday

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 


Monday

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


Tuesday 

9.00am Breakfast Club Net 
BRARA 145.29- PL110.9 


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
  • Tue 8.00pm MA DMR Tech Net TG-31630 via any Brandmeister / hotspot 
  • Tue 8.00pm VT DMR Tech Net TG-3150 via CANTURBO server 
  • Wed 7.30 pm TG-3149803  Wellington DMR Tech 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


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.

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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.


For More Information

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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


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Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

             GOOD HEALTH