Newsletter – July 2020

LAST UPDATED: 6-JULY-2020 – 0849 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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Announcements

  • BRARA Monthly meeting Tuesday 7-July 7pm via Zoom (see below details)
  • PBC Regional Parks are OPEN 
  • The Shack opening status
  • 2020 Field Day is a wrap
  • Listen to ARRL Weekly Audio News on BRARA website
  • Remote Station piloting underway
  • South FL NBEMS moves to Wednesdays on 22-July 2020


BRARA Monthly meeting Tuesday 7-July at 7pm will be conducted via Zoom conference.

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Meeting ID: 865 5255 5294
Password: 123456


LATEST MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Would you like to view the last General Membership Zoom meeting?

VIDEO: Watch last General meeting CLICK HERE


 


2020 Shack Status

A few weeks ago, the BRARA board prepared a plan for approval by Palm Beach County Parks and Recreation outlining the precautions and limitations that we planned to implement to allow access to the club station to resume on a limited basis. Although the county approved our plan, the recent and sudden rise in COVID-19 cases in the short time since our plan was submitted has given the board cause for alarm and caused us to reconsider our decision.

To ensure the safety of our members, we the full BRARA Board have decided to postpone our plans until the pandemic stabilizes in the state of Florida. We all feel very strongly that our club must not in any way, however small, add to the risk of spreading the virus. We will revisit and resume our plans as soon as we are confident that it is safe to do so.

In the interim, we hope that everyone is doing all they can to remain safe and healthy, and we look forward to being able to resume our normal activities once it is safe to do so.

73,
Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL
President
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association


From ARRL: 8.2. Entries must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday July 28, 2020. Late entries cannot be accepted.

2020 Field Day is a WRAP. We hope everyone had a positive experience and had some takeaways for what to do different the next time.

Each participant will submit his or her own independent entry under his or her call sign. ARRL will calculate the aggregate score based upon the club name entered on the official Field Day entry form via the web applet (preferred method) or on the paper Field Day entry form. In order for results to be tabulated correctly, all club participants must enter the club’s official name exactly the same (see below), avoiding abbreviations or acronyms. This is important!

BRARA MEMBERS USE THE FOLLOWING OFFICIAL NAME

Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

Do you need help submitting your results? Please email John N1QFH wirehead52@gmail.com

BRARA Interclub Challenge

When you send your 2020 FD results to ARRL, also send a copy to Bruce and he will collect and tabulate the results. These results and prize will be announced at one of our member meetings.  Please email your entry for the inter-club challenge to KO4XL@BRARA.ORG



REMOTE STATION ADVISORY
The remote station investigation continues and a new WiFi care of Jeff W4AEQ will soon be in place. Also, once we have IP via microwave from FAU to The Shack, the inbound connection to the remote station can begin full comprehensive testing. Todate with Eric Rodriguez’s KF4LZA help, the Remote server application has been installed and configured at Station 3 where one of the IC-7600 resides.  The fan dipole located on the VHF/UHF tower will be dedicated to this station. This will avoid any antenna switching requirements.


Announcements

  • Starting on 22-July 2020
  • South Florida NBEMS moves to Wednesdays
  • Same time 8.00pm ET on 145.29

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

Please share this with all individuals and clubs in South Florida


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

July Presenter:

Kai Siwiak, KE4PT on “Near Vertical Incidence Skywave Propagation


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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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
  • 3 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 114 Regular members
  • 2 Associate members
  • 24 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime
  • 142 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 and Lew have been addressing various issues at the 2m repeater site. These include cabling, connectors, amplifier and antennas. FYI: the repeater site is located on top of the Social Security building near R95 and Glades in Boca Raton. As you may imagine, when they are on the roof, its very hot and they have limited time to be exposed to such heat. 

DMR Brandmeister 70cm 442.875(+) CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037  50 watts out. The FAU IP link has been restored and is working normally. The root cause was on the FAU end between the microwave dish and the control unit on a rack in the FAU engineering building.  

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 

At a date in mid or late July, this net will be moved to Wednesdays at 7.30 pm. Stay tuned for details.


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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Newsletter Contributions

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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

Copyright © 2020 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

             GOOD HEALTH