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Newsletter: May 2019

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

Proposed Minutes
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Subscribe
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Announcements

  • Next meeting is 7-MAY-2019 PBC West Boca Library
  • Recovery of our website, BLOG and other items mostly complete

Calendar
CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS

This Month’s Speaker

Ray Smolenski N4RU on Winning City Approval for a Tower

CLICK FOR BIO

Ham Shack News

  • ICOM IC-7600 is being repaired

Satellite Tower Base project

The tower section base will be dug and filled with cement on 18-May at 9am.

We need helping hands to transport the auger and bags of cement to the shack.

CLICK TO CONTACT

CLICK FOR DETAILS

QSL Report (by Ed N4II)
TBA

Dx Operating News and Information
CLICK TO READ MORE

The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information

Contests and Special Events
CLICK TO READ MORE

Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?

Radiator Grill

Just over 35 people joined us on 20-April for our semi annual event. Lots of food, drinks and good conversation was enjoyed by all. A special thanks to Dennis.G KA2GTQ for providing great photography skills for this event and so many more.

CLICK TO VIEW PHOTOS

Field Day 2019 (22 TO 23 June)

CLICK HERE FMI

Planning and execution are underway. The media and government officials have been notified by email and written documents with invitations to visit our shack. Further, Boca Raton and Delray Beach and the county of Palm Beach officials have been asked for a proclamation noting that week as “Amateur Radio” week.

Here are some tasks that we need someone to step up to and volunteer”

  • Signup to operate a station
  • Food for lunch
  • Signup to send traffic messages
  • Setup and breakdown helping hands
  • Outreach to CW ops

A list of operators has been compiled and your name may be on it. If so, please let me know that you are OK or not being on this list

There is one very important task that is underway and is getting the hour by hour seats filled for each of the stations. Presently, this ASSIGNMENTS document is populated with names from prior field day events but are NOT CONFIRMED.  The time slots from 9pm Sunday to 8am Sunday are the most available.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW ASSIGNMENTS

If you would like to work a time slot, or can help with any of the tasks outlined above, please go to the below EMAIL section at the bottom of the Newsletter.

CLICK TO CONTACT

Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020

New Website Capability

  • Home page reorganized and simplified
  • Field Day 2019 logo placed in prominent locations

Classified: If you’d like to sell gear, please contact us with details and pictures

Auction: It’s still in TEST mode and soon will go live.

Training Video 

  • No new Training videos

Training Classes
CLICK FMI

Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE

About Our Members

Silent Key

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR

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
NO NEW ITEMS

New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF

Welcome New Members

  • K8MEM Mark Mijewski
  • KN4SWG Chris Stone
  • KN4TNB Lawrence Alesi
  • WA2COJ Steve Galla
  • WA4PDF Joyce Patterson
  • WA4ZLJ Hap Patterson
  • WB2IAQ Eric Price
  • KZ4FLL Barry Segal
  • N4YBR Michael Zall

Statistics

  • 141 paid members
  • 9 new members
  • 3 pending online applications
  • 3 silent keys
  • 114 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 22 family members
  • 1 lifetime

Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST

Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • 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. 

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 -6k PL-110.9 repeater:

  • BRARA Voice Com Net: 7pm check-in via EchoLink Node is 826953
  • So County NBEMS Net: 8pm analog Voice,  FLDigi, FLMsg

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

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.

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 shirt 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   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 © 2018 Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association (BRARA).

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

Contact Details

For volunteering, projects, events, general information, feedback, please email
John.C N1QFH EMAIL wirehead52@gmail.com TEXT 207-239.0268

Committee Chairs and Support

Finance Committee – CHAIR Patrick KO4XL

BACKUP – TBA


Communications Committee – CHAIR Jerry.Z W4BFL

BACKUP – TBA

POINT

  • Website – John.C N1QFH
  • Nets – Jeff.R W4AEQ
  • Emails – John.C N1QFH     BACKUP –  Bruce KO4XL
  • Welcoming – TBA
  • Membership – TBA
  • Emergency Comm / Operations  – Jeff.S K4BH

Facilities Committee – CHAIR Jerry.Z W4BFL

BACKUP – TBA

POINT

  • HF Room – TBA
  • UHF / VHF Room – George WA2VNV
  • Custodial – John.C N1QFH
  • Towers and Antennas  – George WA2VNV , Art.L WA8VSG
  • Park Grounds – Jeff.R W4AEQ
  • Inventory – John.C N1QFH
  • Shed Storage  – John.C N1QFH
  • VHF / UHF Repeaters and site – Lew K4LEW
  • EchoLink – Bruce KO4XL
  • Technical Support – Jerry.Z W4BFL
  • Safety – Mike.S W2RT

SUPPORT

  • Station-1 IC-7600 – Art.L WA8VSG
  • Station-2 – Larry.L K4KGG
  • Station-3 FT-1000 – Mike.S N2RT
  • Station-4 FT-897 – Jeff.R W4AEQ
  • Station-5 VHF/UHF – George WA2VNV

Training Committee  – CHAIR Bruce KO4XL

BACKUP – Jerry.Z W4BFL


License Testing Committee – CHAIR Jerry.Z W4BFL

BACKUP – Bruce KO4XL


Events Committee – CHAIR Bruce KO4XL

BACKUP – TBA

POINT

  • Speakers – Jeff.R W4AEQ
  • Field Day – John.C N1QFH
  • Radiator Grill – TBA
  • Youth / JOTA – Bruce KO4XL
  • Inventory Sales – John.C N1QFH
  • Open House – TBA

Newsletter: March 2019

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

Proposed Minutes
CLICK TO VIEW

Announcements

  • Next meeting is 5-MARCH-2019 PBC West Boca Library

Calendar
CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

This Month’s Speaker

Michael Siegel W2RT on FT8 results and awards

CLICK FOR BIO

Monthly Meeting Agenda
TBA

Ham Shack News


Linear Amp operation is being adjusted

QSL Report (by Ed N4II)
TBA

Dx Operating News and Information
CLICK TO READ MORE

The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information

Contests and Special Events
CLICK TO READ MORE

Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?

Wintah Field Day 2019

CLICK HERE for 2019 Wintah Field Results by Gerry.Z W4BFL

Hamcation
Save the date 8-February 2020

New Website Capability

No new Member capabilities

  • Training Video 

No new Training videos

Training Classes
TBA

Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE

About Our Members

Silent Key

We honor and remembered our members who have passed

  • Keith McPhail K3SKM
  • Linda Lindeman N4JNL
  • Sidney Gogel W2FUR

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
NO NEW ITEMS

New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF

Welcome New Members

  • W2CAB  Craig Bond
  • Paul Brous as Associate

Statistics

  • 123 paid members
  • 98 renewals since OCT 2018
  • 25 new members since OCT 2018
  • 2 pending online applications
  • 3 silent keys
  • 99 regular members
  • 3 associate members
  • 20 family members
  • 1 lifetime
  • 232 members from inception

Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST

Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • 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. 

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

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.

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

the Radio Flyer
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

Auction Guidelines and Rules

1. All auction proceeds are for the benefit of the Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association, a 501(c)3 non-profit educational organization.

2. All bidders must be current members in good standing of BRARA. All classes of membership are eligible to bid on and acquire items.

3. All items will have starting bids below the BRARA Board of Directors’ good-faith estimate of the item’s fair market value.

4. Bids shall be in whole dollar amounts, and must exceed the current bid by ten percent of the current bid, rounded to the next whole dollar.

5. The winning bid shall be the highest bid placed on the BRARA website by midnight on the 14th day following the start of auction for that item.

6. Winning bidders will be notified by email at their preferred email address in the BRARA membership listing, and will have 7 days to contact a BRARA officer to arrange for payment and pickup of the item. No item shall be released until paid for.

7. If the winning bidder fails to make timely arrangement for payment and pickup, the item may be offered to the second-highest bidder, reposted as a new auction, retained in BRARA inventory, or disposed of by other means, at the discretion of the BRARA Board of Directors.

8. Items which receive no bids may be reposted as a new auction, retained in BRARA inventory, or disposed of by other means, at the discretion of the BRARA Board of Directors.

9. A good faith effort will be made to include any condition issues affecting item value in the item’s description at time of auction posting.

10. All transactions are final. Payment by the bidder constitutes a donation to BRARA and shall not be construed as a retail or private purchase.

11. All bidders agree to accept full responsibility for any item or items acquired, and to indemnify and hold BRARA harmless from any adverse events arising from participation in the auction, including any adverse events arising from the acquisition, ownership or use of any item acquired.

12. The BRARA Board of Directors reserves the right to make case-by-case exception to and/or to amend these rules at any time. No case-by-case exception shall be construed as an amendment to or cancellation of these rules in whole or in part.

Capability: Member Silent Auction

For the past months our club has been recipient of many donated radios and related gear and hardware. Each donated item has been examined for functionality and appraised with a value. The appraised value was used to calculate the asking price. In all cased the board has decided to discount the asking price by 33.3% to derive the discounted price.

As a benefit of being a member, you will be able to look over these for sale items and place an online bid.

Please see the below example where an appraised item of $500.00 is being sold with an asking price of $400.00. The discounted price is $266.80 and the current BID is for $276.80. In this example each item appraised over $100.00 will make the next bid increment by $10.00. If that value is lower than $100.00, the next bid increments by $1.00. The next BID amount for this example will be $277.80 which is $10.00 higher than the previous bid.

At this time, the final bids on these for sale items will be announced at our monthly meeting. Please note some of the logistics for the online bidding may need to be adjusted as we gain more experience with this process.

Each month at a board meeting the next group of items to be sold will be announced to members. When a member logs on to our website and navigates to TOOLS > FOR SALE, these items will appear and the bidding shall begin. With all final bids, the winner shall pay by check or cash and all sales are final.

When this capability in enabled hopefully in March, may you find the best deal and enjoy your prize.

HOW THIS WORKS

The first step is to logon. Navigate by hovering on TOOLS and clicking FOR SALE.

When FOR SALE is clicked, the list of items for sale and bid history are presented as two TABS.

The “For Sale by Bid” Tab 

Lets review each section

Action Item Details provides some high level information about the item that include where available and applicable the model, serial code and manufacturer.

The Pricing Details is the next section and shows all the value, pricing and bidding details. Depending on the appraised value, the next bid is automatically incremented by $1.00 or $10.00 to arrive at the next bid price. if you HOVER on the Discount you will be shown the percent discount and if you HOVER on Current Bid you will see how many bids have been placed.

The ACTION section is where all the activity occurs. To bid on an item, click Place Bid. If you click on View PICs, the list of pictures will be shown and you may scroll through those as needed.  If the item for sale has an associated link for further technical information, click on Tech Details.

When you click on Place Bid the following information appears. You may hover on the amount and  use the arrow up or down to make the dollar amount change. Or you may directly enter the amount into the bid. The bid will never go lower than the earlier bid.

If you are OK with this bid, click on SUBMIT and a new confirmation popup window will give you one more chance to confirm or cancel. Or by clicking CANCEL will return to the above PLACE BID options.

When confirmation popup window appears, you may click OK or CANCEL.

If CANCEL is clicked, no bid is placed and no further action is necessary.

When OK is clicked, all the relevant item and member information is recorded in our database.

The “My Bid History by Date” Tab

The second tab My Bid History by Date shows the items that user has placed bids.

This tab shows the exact same information as the For Sale by Bid tab and is a history of the bids in descending order by date.  One difference is in place of ACTION now appears an Inventory section.

The status, inventory Asset Tag, number of placed bids and the current bid are shown. Also the Tech Details is also displayed and behaves as the 1st tab for this button.

QSL Report: Feb 2019

New DXCC this month

Guadeloupe (FG8OJ, FT8); Sierra Leone (9LY1JM, Mixed, 15m RTTY, 30m RTTY, 40m SSB, 80m CW, 160m CW)

New WAS this month

KY (15m Digital); NH (80m CW). Need NM, SD, and WY on 10m for 5BWAS.

New VUCC this month

None!

New WAZ this month

  • Z8 15m Digital
  • Z35 15m RTTY
  • 30m RTTY
  • 40m (SSB)
  • 5-Band

178 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2012 Field Day activity.
192 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2013 Field Day activity.
266 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2014 Field Day activity.
296 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2015 Field Day activity.
170 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2016 Field Day activity.
276 (+0) QSLs have been received from our 2017 Field Day activity.
452 (+4) QSLs have been received from our 2018 Field Day activity.

CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE REPORT

Ed N4II.

BIO: Les Kalmus W2LK

Les found Ham Radio with some High School friends and became K2SHL when he got his general. He became interested in DX and discovered that contests were a great way to find more DX and started contesting in the early 1970’s. In 1996 he received W2LK.

In 1992, he operated from the US Virgin Islands for his first experience on the other end of a pileup. In 1998, he and his friend Steve Weinstein, K2WE, were the first Americans licensed to operate from Vietnam since the war as 3W6LK and 3W6WE.

Since then for CQWW CW, he has operated from J7, KH6, CT9, V3 and PJ7 and for many years from K2LE and W2AX in Vermont. In 2011 he was part of the VK9HR Lord Howe expedition, in 2012 ZL9HR, Campbell Island, in 2015 TX3X, Chesterfield Island and in 2018, VP6D, Ducie Island.

He has been active on all bands from 160 to 6 meters and particularly likes 160 and 80 meter Dxing. He is a member of Cwops (726), North Jersey DX Association and Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association and, in the past, has been a member of the Hudson Valley Contesters and Dxers, Order of Boiled Owls of NY and the Yankee Clipper Contest Club.

Professionally, he started his career with IBM as a programmer, worked in several banks and brokerages and eventually ran a successful IT consulting and staffing business with his wife, Barbara.

Newsletter: Feb 2019

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

Proposed Minutes
CLICK TO VIEW

Announcements

  • Next meeting is 5-MARCH-2019 PBC West Boca Library

Calendar
CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

This Month’s Speaker

Les Kalmus W2LK – The 2018 VP6D Ducie Island expedition:  behind the scene

CLICK FOR BIO

Monthly Meeting Agenda
TBA

Ham Shack News


Linear Amp operation is being adjusted

QSL Report (by Ed N4II)
CLICK FOR QSL REPORT

Dx Operating News and Information
CLICK TO READ MORE

The very latest information on DX Operating News, including DXPeditions, DXCC, and QSL information

Contests and Special Events
CLICK TO READ MORE

Looking for upcoming contests and special events from around the world?

Wintah Field Day 2019

Results to be announced at the next monthly meeting by Gerry.Z

Hamcation
CLICK FMI

Save the date 8 to 10 February 2019.

CAR POOLING
CLICK FOR DETAILS

New Website Capability

No new Member capabilities

  • Training Video 

No new Training videos

Training Classes
CLICK TO READ MORE

Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE

About Our Members

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
NO NEW ITEMS

New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF

Welcome New Members

  • KK4TSP Keith Cavanaugh
  • WB2QWU Philip Fruchtman
  • W4EJO Erik Olmer
  • KN4FQY Angelo Caruso
  • KC2JVS Bonnie Greenfeld
  • K8BQ Michael Greenfeld
  • KD2CRH Francine Taylor
  • KC2WE Seth Taylor

Statistics

  • 105 paid members
  • 8 new members since last month
  • 24 new members since 1-OCT 2018
  • 8 new members fiscal year to date
  • 2 pending online applications
  • 82 renewals for 2019

Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST

Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • 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. 

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.

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Apparel Donations

  • $10 donation–BRARA Name Plate with your Call Sign.
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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.

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!

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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

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2019 Wintah Field Day Rules

Purpose: To foster Ham camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian and DX Amateurs. Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio!!
When: Winter Field Day runs for 24 hours during the last full weekend in January each year from 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Saturday to 1900 UTC (2pm EST) Sunday. For 2019, the dates are January 26th and 27th. Station set-up may commence no earlier than 1900 UTC (2pm EST) on Friday, January 25th. Station setup may consume no more than 12 hours total. How & when you schedule/spend those 12 hours is up to you.

Bands: All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters.
Modes: Any mode… CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite, etc…

Suggested Frequencies: (to make it easier for entrants to find each other)

HF CW – 1810-1820, 3.530-3.550, 7.030-7.050, 14.035-14.055, 21.030-21.050, 28.030-28.040

HF SSB – lowest 30 kHz of the US General Class Phone bands (160m- 15m), 28.400-28.425MHz (10m) 6m/VHF/UHF – adjacent to, but not on, nationally recognized simplex calling channels.

Entry categories: (..if operating as a group under one call, all stations in your entry must fit the category you choose. Also see further clarification in “definitions” below)

Indoor: Operation from inside a remoteinsulated, heated (or cooled, depending on your local weather), and weather-protected structure where an Amateur station is normally not available. (Park buildings/cabins, community center, EOC, senior center, club shack, etc).

Outdoor: Operation from a location partly or fully exposed to the elements and at least 30 feet away from your normal     station location and not using any part of a previously erected antenna system or ham station. A campground, park pavilion, canopy, picnic table, tent, pop- up camper, or a backyard shed/tent/deck, etc may be used. Operation from a non-insulated car/truck/van/boat (mobile or not) is considered “outdoor”.

Home: Operation from inside a home or inside another structure attached to a home that could or would be the usual location of an Amateur station (garage, sunroom, etc), generally using a previously erected antenna system. A “Home” entrant may still be eligible to claim the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Use of any pre -existing (on site) or permanently installed antenna system or station components renders your station a “Home” station.

Entry Class: your entry “class” is a number designated by the number of stations in your entry that are capable of simultaneous transmission. (Explained further in summary below)
Exchange: Your WFD exchange will be a combination of your “class” and “category” and your ARRL section as described below, using an appropriate letter designator or phonetics (examples: 1I, 2H, 5I, 6O, 3H, 9I, etc) In short: Call sign, Class + Category, ARRL Section.

     Example: K4YM this is KB8X, we are Two Hotel, Ohio ..or in CW: K4YM de KB8X TU 2H OH…

KB8X this is K4YM, thank you, we are Twelve India, West Central Florida ..or in CW: KB8X TU 12I WCF

In summary: There are only 3 categories of entry: Indoor, Outdoor, and Home as described above and in the definitions. Your entry class will depend on the number in your exchange. That number will be determined by the number of stations capable of simultaneously transmitting at your WFD site. If you only have one station set up, but plan on using it on several bands and modes (example: 160-2m, CW, SSB, FM, Digi, etc), the number in your exchange would be “1”. If you have 10 stations set up and operators working at all of them, regardless of bands, and modes, the number in your exchange would be “10”. If you have only two operators, but have two HF stations set up and a third and possibly fourth station dedicated to VHF, UHF, or a Satellite contact, your exchange number would be “2”, as one op would have to leave a station idle to make contacts on the other. In other words, don’t count a station where one station has to be left idle to make contacts on another. Once you decide upon your number of stations (class), you must use it for the duration of the contest. There are no points awarded for number of stations and it does not affect your score.

QSO Points: 1 point per Phone QSO, 2 points per CW & Digital QSO… Busted exchanges will be penalized by 1 additional point for each missed exchange or call sign. Duplicate contacts (same call, band, and mode) will not be counted, but will not be penalized.

Mode and Band Multipliers: Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band. For example, operating CW and Phone on 80, 40, 15 and 10 meters, CW and PSK31 on 20m, FM on 2 meters and 440 would be a total multiplier of 12x.

Power Output Multipliers: >100W = 1x, 100W or less = 2x, QRP = 4x (QRP defined below)

Bonus points:
1. You may claim 1500 bonus points if no commercial power is used in powering your WFD station. (see “alternate power” definitions below). Your logging-only computer may use any available power.
2. You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is “Outdoors” (see definition below).
3. You may claim 1500 bonus points if your operation is not a “Home” operation (remote).
4. You may claim 1500 bonus points for making a QSO via Satellite (once only, see Satellite rule).

Example: Operating outdoors on your back deck table more than 30 feet from your usual station without commercial power and using a temporary WFD antenna, set up within the allowed timeframe, would be 1500 + 1500 = 3000 bonus points (outdoors, no commercial power), while operating from a campground tent using commercial power and making one Satellite QSO would be 1500 + 1500 + 1500 = 4500 bonus points (outdoors, not home, and Satellite).

Note: There must have been at least 1 valid QSO in order to claim any bonus points. This is to ensure that someone claiming bonus points without actually making any contacts cannot win a category! Bonus points may not be claimed unless all stations covered in your entry qualify as well.

Claimed Score Tabulation: QSO Points x Power Output Multiplier x Band/mode multiplier + Bonus Points.

Log submission deadline and contents: Enter your log summary utilizing the “Input 2019 Log Summary”  button located on the website homepage. Logs must be submitted to  via email before 0000 UTC March 1st to be considered. Logs should contain the following in the subject line… “WFD 2019 Log KD8XXX” with KD8XXX being the callsign you used for the event. Logs MUST be submitted as an attached Cabrillo File, not as an email text. If simply submitting a question about WFD, please put “WFD Questions” in the subject line to ensure your query gets to the right in-box. ALL logs must be in Cabrillo format and should contain the following information:
         Frequency: kHz, band, or a generic frequency for the band. Frequency accuracy is not used to judge valid QSOs.

Modes in the log: CW = CW. PH = Phone, as in AM, SSB, FM, C4FM, DStar, Mototurbo, DMR, etc (..if the end result is voice transmission, it’s phone). DI = Digital, as in RTTY, Olivia, Packet, PSK, SSTV, ATV (if the end result is text or pictures on a screen, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multiple digital or phone modes on any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.

Date and time: UTC/GMT (..need not be exactly accurateException: QSO’s time-stamped/logged outside the contest period will be disqualified)

QSO data required: Entrant’s Call, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section — Call worked, Class + Category, ARRL/RAC Section. Any station worked without an ARRL/RAC section designation is to be logged simply as “DX” in the space allotted for the section identifier. DX entrants would give DX or their country as their “section” in their exchange.

Bonus Points: Please enter your calculated bonus points in the Cabrillo Soapbox comments as shown directly below with a short explanation. The soapbox is just above the main body of the log in the header

The Cabrillo Entry template is as follows:

START-OF-LOG: 3.0

Created-By: N3FJP’s Winter Field Day Contest Log 1.6 

CONTEST: WFD

CALLSIGN: W8D

LOCATION: OH

ARRL-SECTION: OH

CATEGORY: 1O

CATEGORY-OPERATOR: SINGLE-OPS

CATEGORY-STATION: PORTABLE

CATEGORY_TRANSMITTER: ONE

CATEGORY_POWER: LOW

CATEGORY_ASSISTED: NON-ASSISTED

CATEGORY-BAND: ALL

CATEGORY-MODE: MIXED

CATEGORY-OVERLAY: OVER-50

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for not using commercial power

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up outdoors

SOAPBOX: 1,500 points for setting up away from home

SOAPBOX: BONUS Total 4500 (remote location, outdoors and generator power)(example)

CLAIMED-SCORE: xxxx (your calculated total score including bonuses)

OPERATORS: Call #1, Call #2, Call #3, etc

NAME: Your Name (contact person)

ADDRESS: #### Your Street

ADDRESS-CITY: Anywhereville

ADDRESS-STATE: Ur QTH

ADDRESS-POSTAL CODE: UrZip

ADDRESS-COUNTRY: Ur Country

EMAIL:

QSO:  3750 PH 2017-01-07 1911 W8D           1O  OH     WB9XXX        2H  IL

QSO:  7030 CW 2017-01-07 2021 W8D           1O  OH     K8UO          14I MI

QSO: 14070 DI 2017-01-07 2131 W8D           1O  OH     K6XXX         14I LA

END-OF-LOG:

—————————– ——–info sent——  —————————info rcvd—

QSO:   freq   mo date                time  call                       Cat sec      call                   Cat sec 000000000111111111122222222223333333333444444

123456789012345678901234567890123456789012345

QSO:   3750  PH 2017-01-07   1911  W8D                    1O  OH     WB9XXX        2H  IL

QSO:   7030  CW2017-01-07   2021  W8D                    1O  OH     K8UO             14I MI

QSO:   14070 DI 2017-01-07    2131  W8D                   1O  OH     K6XXX          14I LA

Results will be posted on the Winter Field Day Association website (winterfieldday.com) as we check and score them. Your pictures, videos, description of operations, and logistics are encouraged and welcome at both the website and the WFD Facebook group.

Paper Log and log not in the correct format: (New for 2019 ) Paper log are being accept. However, they must be legible and in the correct Cabrillo format or they will be rejected. They must reach my QTH before the Deadline posted above. A PDF form will be available for download.

Mail logs to: Tom WD8MBE

235 Leonard Ave N.W.

Massillon, Ohio 44646

On your return address, please also include the callsign that was used during the event.

Logs submitted in wrong file formats, as email  texts and as screen captures will no longer be accepted. logs must be submitted in the correct Cabrillo format and as an attached file of your email.

Further definitions & rules clarifications:
Station Location Limitations: A WFD operation, regardless of the number of stations operating under one call sign, must be located in one physical location; ergo all station equipment, including antennas, feed lines, and accessories used must be located within a 1000 foot (300m) diameter circle at the site chosen. Remote station operation (via internet link) is allowed, but may only enter WFD as a “Home” station (w/o bonus pts) since a remote station, almost by definition, is previously assembled and operates off local commercial power.
Qualifying Alternate/Non-Commercial Power: Any power not connected to the commercial power grid… generator (stand alone or built into an RV), battery (which may not be re-charged from commercial mains while in use), solar power (yours), hydroelectric (yours, not the local power company’s!), wind power (yours), etc. You may only recharge batteries in use using alternate power… generator, solar, hydro, wind, etc. Batteries, when not in use, may be charged by any means available. WFD operations claiming the “alternate power” bonus, must run all station equipment and accessories from an alternate power source, with the exception of the logging-only computer. In multiple station set- ups, that means all stations working under one call sign must do the same. If even one station in a multi-station set-up uses commercial power, the group may not claim the bonus.
Station accessories & power requirements: Your logging-only computer/device may use any power available (..in a real emergency there’d likely be little contest type QSO logging going on). If you are claiming an “alternate power” source for bonus points, any peripheral devices that assist in the making of WFD QSOs must also run on an “alternate power” source. Simply put, if your computer is used to generate the transmission of or the decoding of WFD QSOs and you’re claiming alternate powerit must also run on alternate power. This standard also applies to any other external devices used in making or decoding transmissions like CW keyers/decoders, tablets/iPads, voice memory keyers, soundcard links (rigblasters, etc), equalizers, and audio filters (timewave, etc).
QRP: CW = 5 watts maximum carrier. Phone/Digi = 10W maximum peak power.
Multiple Transmitter Limitations: The use of more than one transmitter on a single band & mode is prohibited. Operation of multiple transmitters at different physical sites is prohibited (see station location limitations above).
Indoor: Operation from inside a building or structure at another temporary, remote (away from home) location where amateur radio equipment and antennas are not typically available, including community centers, park buildings/cabins, etc. If it has a permanent roof, windows, doors, and walls, it’s indoors. Indoor stations, already eligible for “remote” bonus points, may also claim “alternate power” bonus points if not using commercial power.
Outdoor: Operation from a location remote to your normal at-home station and fixed antennas, such as locations with
no permanent buildings, no insulation, no central heating/AC system, including campgrounds, park picnic tables, tents, some RV’s (see above), lean-tos, etc. Comfort allowances are made for windbreaks, sun/rain/snow cover (canopy/tent/pop-up), and heat source (fire, patio heater, catalyst/propane heater, torpedo/kerosene heater, electric heater, etc), or cooling if needed. Operating from your pool deck or backyard screen gazebo would be considered “outdoor” as long as it’s not attached to the house and you’re more than 30 feet from your normal station. An open- air pavilion with no walls would be considered Outdoor as would a tent, canopy, or canvas pop-up. An entrant using a plugged-in, fully enclosed, insulated, and centrally heated/cooled motor-home or trailer would be considered “Indoor” although they may still be eligible for “remote” and “alternate power” bonus points. A station set up thusly may still qualify for the “alternate power” bonus if not using commercial power. Conversely, operation from an uninsulated vehicle (car, van, boat, or truck, mobile or not) would be considered “outdoor”. In order to claim the “outdoor” bonus, all stations in your entry must fit the definition, no exceptions.
Home: Operation from a place where an amateur station is already or would normally be established, whether it’s your home or another person’s, including any enclosed structure attached to the home (garage, deck, sunroom) . Use of any pre-existing feed line or pre- mounted antenna system, such as a backyard tower/beam, roof antenna, or previously installed dipole/wire, or previously installed rig renders your station a “Home” operation. A home station may still claim “alternate power” bonus if using non-commercial power. Operation from another ham’s home other than your own, from a seasonal rental (..like your Florida/Arizona snowbird condo), or from a second home you own would still be considered a “Home” operation unless no equipment, antennas, or accessories were present before the stated WFD set-up time (in which case you’d be an “Indoor” entrant and eligible for the “remote/not at home” and possibly the “alternate power” bonuses).
Allowed Bands: The Amateur non -WARC band allocations recognized by the ITU, i.e. 160, 75/80, 40, 20, 15, 10, 6, and 2 meters, plus the UHF bands. To qualify as a band worked, at least 1 valid, non-solicited, two-way QSO must have taken place on said band during the contest. The WARC bands (30m, 12m, & 17m) and 60m are off-limits for WFD QSOs as they are for any other contest. Entrants are strongly advised to avoid parking on recognized national simplex calling channels on the 6m, VHF, and UHF bands and use adjacent frequencies.

Satellite Contact rules: Satellite contacts do not count as a new mode/band multiplier. Satellite contacts are limited to ONE ONLY per entry so as to not tie up satellite frequencies with stations calling CQ WFD. A simple CQ (versus CQ WFD) is sufficient and you should be prepared to give a signal report and your VHF Grid Square to the other station versus your normal WFD exchange. A satellite contact is worth 1500 bonus points, one time only. Making further contacts earns no extra points. If you complete a satellite QSO, be sure to note the bonus points as well as a short synopsis of the contact in the “Soapbox”. Chances are very good that the other station will not be a WFD contestant and he will likely want a confirmation of the contact afterwards, especially if your location is remote. Be considerate and comply.
Qualifying WFD QSO: You must copy the full exchange (with the exception of Satellite QSOs, see above). QSOs may not be solicited… in other words; you may not call someone, use the internet (email, IMs, Facebook or spotting networks) or repeater/digipeater to request/suggest they meet you on any frequency for a WFD QSO or set up a QSO in advance of WFD. The internet, Echolink, VOIP, IRLP, repeaters, digipeaters, and cross-banding are off-limits and barred from use to make WFD QSOs as they are in all other contests, with the single exception of a cross-band Satellite QSO. Do not park on the national VHF/UHF/6m calling frequencies to make QSOs. Entrants may not count for QSO credit any contact with anyone who is or was a participant in their WFD operation or is present at their WFD
location. No credit may be taken for QSOs involving, light, laser, or LED unless the stations are more than 1000m distant from each other and the receiving station includes detection circuitry.
Qualifying WFD Modes (underlined): CWPhone (includes SSB, AM, FM, Dstar, C4FM, Mototurbo… if the end result is voice it’s phone), and Digital (includes PSK, RTTY, Olivia, Packet, SSTV, ATV and other soundcard modes. If the end result is text or a picture, it’s digital). Note: Working the same station in multiple digital or phone modes on any one band will result in “dupes” in your logging software.
Operator: Any person that operates a radio, keyboard, microphone or CW key, including logging assistance. This does not include non-operators, such as those who cook or serve food, but do not participate in the radio operation.
Miscellaneous:

All rules governing amateur radio at your location must be observed throughout.

Bonus Points: The more details you add here will help with scoring.

Although not required, we recommend the WFD Logging program by N3FJP, www.n3fjp.com. W3KM also has excellent software  N1MM also has some excellent software, but it can be tricky to set up for WFD and if done improperly may not log properly. Be sure that whatever software you use generates a properly formatted Cabrillo WFD log file. THAT’S what you’ll attach to your entry submission email

Change for WFD 2019

Paper Logs will be accepted