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AD HOC FREE NET TIME

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.

AD HOC FREE NET TIME

 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

Major Announcement: COVID-19

A letter to all members and friends of the
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

My Friends,

The novel Corona virus known as COVID-19 is a source of great concern to all of us.  There are many things not yet known about this virus, but it is clear by what we have heard from recognized public health experts that it is something to be taken very seriously.

Several BRARA events are scheduled to take place in the coming weeks. I have been wrestling with the question of how to balance the desire to continue BRARA’s programs against the need to do what we can as an organization to avoid contributing to the risks posed by COVID-19.

I have taken into consideration the following factors:

 The majority of our members fall into at least one of the high-risk groups designated by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).

  • While our social events generally include the sharing of food, we lack the necessary equipment and training to comply with Safe-Serve standards.
  • The CDC recommends the frequent washing of hands, particularly after touching shared objects and surfaces (door knobs, switches, etc.).  Our lack of running water limits our ability to comply with this recommendation.
  • Health authorities recommend maintaining a distance of six feet between individuals.  The limited space in our station makes this impossible when more than a few people are present.
  • Our club radios and associated equipment are common touch points that would be very difficult to disinfect without causing damage or overly limiting their usability.
  • The public reaction to the constant stream of disturbing news has caused shortages of many common household supplies.  This poses a challenge in obtaining adequate materials and supplies to keep our trailer clean and disinfected.
  • Public health authorities continue to advise that gatherings of people be avoided.

For these reasons I have taken the following actions:

  • The Radiator Grille scheduled for March 21 is postponed.  The new date has not yet been determined.
  • The General License class and test scheduled for the weekends of March 28 and April 4 is postponed.  The new date has not yet been determined.

These and other measures will be reviewed by the Board of Directors in the coming weeks.  It is possible that additional actions may be taken by the Board, so please monitor our website and email blasts for any future updates.

DO NOT MAKE CRITICAL HEALTH DECISIONS BASED ON POLITICAL SPEECHES OR SOCIAL MEDIA

For the latest status and recommendations regarding the COVID-19 pandemic, please consult the Center for Disease Control website:  CLICK HERE TO ACCESS CDC

I share with you my prayer that we all make it safely through this global crisis.

Take care and be well.

73,

Bruce Ratoff, KO4XL
President
Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

When the Internet and Cell Phone Networks Go Down

By  Marcia Wendorf    March 09, 2020

When the Internet and Cell Phone Networks Go Down, Amateur Radio Operators Step Up

Preppers have been saying it for years: amateur radio might soon be your only way to communicate.

The Northshore School District, which serves 22,000 students in the Seattle area, announced that they are closing all of their 36 schools due to the COVID-19 virus. Northshore Superintendent Michelle Reid said that classes will be conducted online starting on Monday, March 9, 2020.

Twitter has instructed its almost 5,000 employees to work from home, and Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc. (Google) have done the same for their employees in the Seattle area.

Amazon Inc., which employs 50,000 people in the Seattle area, has instructed its employees to telecommute, and Apple just requested that the 12,000 employees at its Apple Park campus in California also work from home.

With students studying from home, and employees working from home, our internet and cell phone networks are going to be stretched thin, and this can impact your ability to reach emergency responders if you need to.

During 9/11, when cell networks went down due to overloading, and police and fire command centers were destroyed, amateur or “ham” radio operators stepped into the breach and kept emergency responders communicating with one another and with the public.

The term “ham”, as in “ham-handed”, was applied to new, wireless telegraphy operators by wired telegraphy operators to imply that their Morse code skills were poor.

What is amateur radio?

Amateur radio is different from commercial radio, public safety radio such as police and fire, and professional radio used by taxis, airplanes, and ships. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) sets aside blocks of radio frequencies for satellites, emergency services, military, commercial aircraft, commercial radio stations, and mobile phones.

Amateur radio operators are allocated 27 bands, or groups of frequencies, starting at 1.8 Megahertz (MHz), which is just above the broadcast radio frequencies, and going all the way up to 275 Gigahertz. FM radio stations have numbers on the dial between 88 and 108, which signifies their frequency of 88 MHz to 108 MHz. AM radio stations are always between 540 and 1600 KHz.

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These blocks of frequencies have different attributes, such as the amount of power that can be used to transmit a signal, the equipment, and antennas that can be used, whether repeaters are allowed, and the available frequencies.

Amateur radio can transmit voice, text, images, data, and Morse code across distances ranging from a city, a region, a country, a continent, the entire globe, or even out into space. Amateur radio can access satellites, the International Space Station, and can even bounce off the Moon.

Amateur radio is administered by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), which is an agency of the United Nations. It is the oldest global international organization. Individual governments regulate amateur radio within their own borders, and issue station licenses and call signs.

In the U.S., the American Radio Relay League (AARL) is the national association for amateur radio, and it has over 161,000 members. ARRL provides books, news, support, information, special operating events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members.

Types of amateur radio

There are several types of amateur radio:

  • Amateur (ham) radio – 1.8 – 1300 MHz with gaps, base stations can be up to 1,500 watts, while a typical handheld ham radio is 5 – 8 watts, there are few restrictions on antennas and you will need a license
  • Citizen’s Band (CB) – 26 – 27 MHz (HF), 11-meter band, 40 channels, power is limited to 4 watts, you don’t need a license, CB requires larger antennas due to its longer wavelength compared to VHF/UHF, and CB is susceptible to interference from baby monitors
  • Family Radio Service (FRS) and General Mobile Radio Service (GMRS) – 462 – 467 MHz (UHF), 22 channels, while technically two different types, their frequencies overlap, and in 2017, the FCC changed its rules making the two types even more similar; the FRS block was proposed by RadioShack in the 1990s and led to the two-pack walkie-talkies that were popular, farmers and businesses use GMRS, while you don’t need a license for FRS, you do need one for GMRS but there is no test, GMRS can operate at up to 50 watts but most radios are 3 – 5 watts, GMRS allows repeaters
  • Multi-Use Radio Service (MURS) – 151 – 154 MHz (VHF), 5 channels, created in 2000, you don’t need a license, power is limited to 2 watts, some devices pair with your cell phone to send short text messages without using the cell network, allowing for a peer-to-peer radio network.

Of these, ham is the only way to listen to and talk to local emergency services. CB, FRS, GMRS, and MURS don’t work on emergency broadcast and local emergency responder frequencies.

Frequency and wavelength

Frequency is the number of waves per second, and it is described in Hertz (Hz) which is one wave. When you see k, M, or G in front of Hz, it represents kiloMega, and Giga, where kilo is 1,000, Mega is one million, and Giga is one billion. A radio frequency of 300 MHz would be 300,000,000 waves per second.

 

Radio spectrum, Source: NASA

Wavelength is the physical distance of one point on a wave, such as its peak, to the same point on the next wave. Wavelength and frequency are in inverse proportion, that is, the higher the frequency, the lower the wavelength.

High Frequency (HF) is 3 – 30 MHz, Very High Frequency (VHF) is 30 – 300 MHz, and Ultra High Frequency (UHF) is 300 MHz to 3 GHz. Of the 27 amateur radio bands, the most popular are:

Range Band (Meter) MHz
HF 80 3.5 – 4.0
HF 40 7.0 – 7.3
HF 30 10.1 – 10.15
HF 20 14.0 – 14.350
HF 17 18.068 – 18.168
HF 15 21.0 – 21.450
HF 12 24.890 – 24.990
HF 10 28.0 – 29.70
VHF 6 50 – 54
VHF 2 144 – 148
UHF 70 cm 430 – 440

Most amateur radio is focused on just two bands: 2-meter / 144-148 MHz and 70-centimeter / 430-440 MHz. These two bands are what are used by local emergency radio services, such as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service, Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service, and Community Emergency Response Teams (CERT).

Radio channels are like URLs, you don’t describe a website as its IP address (173.219.163.98), instead, you describe it as “whitehouse.gov.” When people use Channel 19 on CB radio, they’re actually referring to the frequency 27.185 MHz.

The attributes of wavelengths are that longer wavelengths travel farther, and smaller wavelengths can penetrate buildings. Since the higher the radio frequency, the smaller the wavelength, the VHF 2-meter band might travel farther, but the UHF 70-cm band is better at finding its way through windows and doors.

The largest wavelengths travel farther than the horizon because they bounce off of the atmosphere, mountains, and even the Moon. Since an FCC Technician’s License, which you’ll learn about below, doesn’t permit HF, VHF is most popular among amateur radio enthusiasts.

When Hurricane Maria wiped out cellular networks in Puerto Rico in 2017, ham radio operators working with VHF mobile radios and talking on the 2-meter band allowed emergency responders to communicate with one another.

Radio repeaters

What gives ham radio its range are repeaters, which are somewhat akin to cell phone towers. Repeaters receive a nearby signal, then rebroadcast it with more power and clarity.

Repeaters are usually located on top of a hill or a tall building, and they are free to use. They are typically created and maintained by a local ham radio club or operator. One repeater can move your signal up to 50 miles, but if it is handed off by a number of repeaters, your signal can span an entire country.

A repeater can’t receive and broadcast on the same frequency at the same time. Therefore, they use two different frequencies that are slightly offset from one another, one to receive, and one to broadcast.

While some repeaters have solar or generator power, most rely on the electrical grid, so in cases of extreme emergency, these may not be available.

Ham radio setups

All amateur radios are comprised of a transceiver that both sends and receives radio signals, a power supply, and an antenna. The three types of amateur radios are:

  • Handheld Radios – also called Handitalkies or HTs, the most popular are the Baofeng UV-5R and BF-F8HP.
  • Mobile Radios – are installed in a vehicle such as a CB radio, they are typically mounted in a vehicle’s dashboard, glove box, or under a seat, and they have a corded microphone that runs to the driver’s seat. Mobile radios have at least double the signal range of a handheld radio because of more power from the battery and a larger antenna. The antenna can attach to a car’s hood, roof, or tailgate, and magnetic mounts are popular because you can remove the antenna when you don’t need it.
  • Base Station Radios – are typically installed in your home and have a large, immobile antenna. The antenna is the most critical piece of a base station, and it should be at least 1/4 the size of the wavelength you want to use. The UHF 70-cm band only needs a 7-inch antenna.

Ham radio licenses

There are three levels of ham licenses, and each requires a test and lasts for 10 years. The levels differ by how many frequencies you can have access to.

  • Technician (entry) – gives you access to amateur bands above 30 MHz, including the popular 2-meter and 70-centimeter bands
  • General – gets you into the lower frequency, longer wavelength High Frequency bands that are better for long distances
  • Extra (advanced) – allows you to transmit on any amateur frequency.

SE FL NBEMS

This information is provided by the following groups:

Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

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Gold Coast Amateur Radio Association

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Broward ARES RACES Group of FL

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DEFINITIONS

NBEMS Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software is an Open Source software suite that allows amateur radio operators to reliably send and receive data using nearly any computer (Windows, Mac, and Linux) and any analog radio without requiring a dedicated digital infrastructure or specialized modem hardware.

FLDIGI (short for Fast light digital) is a free and open-source program which allows an ordinary computer’s sound card to be used as a simple two-way data modem. The software is mostly used by amateur radio operators who connect the microphone and headphone connections of an amateur radio SSB transceiver or an FM two way radio to the computer’s headphone and microphone connections, respectively. This interconnection creates a “sound card defined radio” whose available bandwidth is limited by the sound card’s sample rate and the external radio’s bandwidth. Such communications are normally done on the shortwave amateur radio bands in modes such as PSK31, MFSK, RTTY, Olivia, and CW (morse code). Increasingly, the software is also being used for data on VHF and UHF frequencies. Using this software, it is possible for amateur radio operators to communicate worldwide while using only a few watts of RF power. Fldigi software is also used for amateur radio emergency communications when other communication systems fail due to natural disaster or power outage. Transfer of files, emails, and FEMA ICS forms are possible using inexpensive radio hardware.

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FLMSG is a simple forms management editor for the amateur radio supported standard message formats. … The form template must reside on each flmsg computer that will be used to create, edit, or review the data.

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FLRIG is a transceiver control program designed to be used either stand alone or as an adjunct to FLDIGI. The supported transceivers all have some degree of CAT. The back end control code for each transceiver is unique to FLRIG. No additional libraries or definition files are required.

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FLAMP is a program for AMP or Amateur Multicast Protocol. An FLAMP session will transmit one or more files with one or more iterations of the transmission. Each file is broken into blocks, each of which has a checksum. The receiving station saves the blocks that pass checksum. Successive transmissions will fill in the missing blocks provided that the new blocks pass the checksum. After the transmission sequence, the entire file is assembled and may be saved. “Fills” may be provided by retransmitting the entire file or by the sending station only sending the missing blocks.

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Announcements

  • General Member Meeting PBC Boca Library 7pm 7-APRIL-2020
  • General Class in March
  • Satellite tower section and antennas installation

PROJECT NAME: Satellite Antenna Installation (Phase-2)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • WHEN: TBA 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install tower section, antennas, run coax to shack
  • WHO: All able folks who can help 
  • WHY: Set tower system as Phase-2  of 3 phases for the satellite system
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

DESCRIPTION

Now that the tower base is set and the concrete is cured, the tower section and antennas may be assembles and raised.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING
  • Work shoes and gloves
  • Water
  • Sense of humor
PROJECT TASKS
  • Time TBA
  • Layout antennas, rotors and all cabling
  • Wire these up and test

TRANSCEIVER for Satellite / EME operation needed

Over the past few weeks the satellite tower base has been set and the concrete is curing for another few weeks. The satellite system team of George WA2VNV, Rick K1DS, Roy K4YV, Pablo KK4YK, Michael W2RT, Jay N2ELG and many others have been staging the outside components for assembly.

When this is done, we expect to have a dedicated satellite station in the VHF/UHF room.

One key component we want to ensure is a donation of a reliable satellite capable transceiver.

George WA2VNV has offered to our association one of his ICOM IC-910H satellite transceivers at a very discounted price.  

Icom IC-910H       CLICK FOR TRANSCEIVER DETAIL

Are you able to donate funds to help pay for the balance of this radio?

Please email Bruce ko4xl@brara.org if you can help fund this radio.

FOLLOWS ITEM NEEDED

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

For the items above, please contact George WA2VNV wa2vnv@optonline.net


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



After a lengthy period of FT8 downtime and thanks to the persistence of Mike W2RT and Grant W2KEK, WSJT-x (FT-8) on both ICOM IC-7600 transceivers at Station-1 and Station-2 are now working normally.

The root cause of the issues causing FT8 not to work properly was a combination of settings on the radios and the computers. These included CAT control and the sound settings for the microphone and speakers plus an assortment of others settings such as VOX. The process to recover these settings are being documented in the event this issue should arise.

Any station operator using WSJT-X (FT8) and the IC-7600 should avoid making any change to the radio or computer settings. Please see one of the Subject Matter Experts (SMEs) or board member for guidance.


Training Classes

Class:

BRARA General  class

 Register: By EMAIL to  training@brara.org
 Date: 28-MAR-2020 and 4-APR-2020 (over 2 weekends)
 Time: From 9am to 5:30pm
 Where: The Shack
West Delray Regional Park
10875 W Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33446
 MAP:

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 Food: bring your own
 Text Book: Gordon West General Class 2016-2020
 Purchase:

CLICK FOR GORDON WEST ON AMAZON

 Exam: There will be an exam session on the final afternoon

Free Laurel VEC Testing
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Calendar


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This Month’s Speaker

  • March Presenter: George WA2VNV on remote station operation

Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 IC-7600 working normally
  • Station-1 Amp being repaired
  • 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-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

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation UNDERWAY
  • Install amplifier to the 2m analog repeater COMPLETE
  • Shack outside power replacement
  • Replace cabinets at repeater site ON-HOLD
  • Relocate microwave dish at repeater site

Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


Dx Operating News and Information
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Contests and Special Events
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New Website Capability


For website security reasons, when you LOG IN to our website or change your CREDENTIALS, you will be asked to CHECK a special anti-robot process. This process helps prevent robotic attacks and cause us to have to address a preventable circumstance.

When you see a request like seen below, please CHECK the box to the left of “I’m not a robot” . Your check event will shake hands with a Google anti-robot service and send back a response.


If you PASS, the box will change to a GREEN CHECK and you may proceed. If the Google anti-robot check process sees a suspect behavior, you may be asked to answer another question. Follow the directions, it’s as easy as ma’s apple pie.


Good luck. Contact me if you have a problem doing this.
John.C N1QFH


A new web enabled tool called Event Registration Wizard has been added to our website. You may access it from the BRARA Menu Bar: Hover on SUPPORT, hover and click on EVENT SIGNUP.

CLICK HERE to try the Wizard.


Public Classified Section is LIVE

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Please note: items are Negotiable 


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:

  • K2OBM Herbert Burbank
  • Associate Steve DiMartino
  • KC9HTA Nathan Russell
  • KB1VLX Mike Balch
  • KM4YOU Greg Bitto
  • K4BYB James Cruz
  • KO4BKT Alan Friederwitzer
  • W1GGG George Garcia
  • KF4EZT Kathryn Holzapfel
    K2SMC Jerry Lebow

New Membership Form
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Statistics

  • 10 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

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WELLINGTON ARA 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WELLINGTON 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1 

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net

  • BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 (uses FLDigi and FLMsg)

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

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 10:00 and 13:00 ET 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:
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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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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

DMR: Updating the Pi-Star system to the new system

Updating the Pi-Star system to the new system by creating a new SD card

First thing to do is to save your current configuration by logging into your pi-star and going to configuration and the backup/restore and click on download configuration. This will create a zip file needed later.

  • Bring up your web browser and go to www.pistar.uk
  • On the left side near the bottom hover over downloads
  • then click on Beta Releases
  • then click on bottom one (Pi-Star_RP1_V4.1.0-RC7_20-Dec-2019.zip) and
  • download it (save the file)

If you need the SD CARD FORMATTER program

  • Bring up your web browser and enter in the search box sd card formatter
  • pick the first entry and download the zip file
  • unzip it and install the program

If you need the IMAGE INSTALLER program

  • Bring up your web browser and enter in the search box balenaetcher
  • pick the first entry and download the exe file
  • Install the program

If you would rather use a different IMAGE INSTALLER

  • Bring up your web browser and enter in the search box w32diskimager
  • pick the first entry and download the exe file
  • Install the program

After you have done all the above

  • Insert your sd card into a holder and insert it into the computer
  • Make sure you write down the drive letter assigned to it.
  • Click on the sd card formatter, enter the drive letter associated to the SD card, format it.
  • Unzip the pi-star file and save it to the desktop
  • now click on the IMAGER program you chose and again make sure the drive letter is correct. Select the .img file you unzipped and write it to the SD card.
  • After the write is complete copy your saved configuration zip file from your old pistar to the base directory of the sd card.

You are now ready to insert the SD card into your Pi-Star hotspot and turn it on to automatically expand the system files and reapply your configuration. This will take a couple of minutes to do and then you can log into the Pi-Star and do an update to get current by going to configuration then expert then SSH access.

Enter pi-star then the password(raspberry). Then enter sudo pistar-update. After this is done type exit to leave the SSH. If you had changed the password you can now reset it by going to configuration and entering your own password.

Provided by Al AF4FA

 

 

Newsletter – Feb 2020

LAST UPDATED: 2-FEB-2020 – 0957 ET
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Announcements

  • WELCOME TO 2020

  • General Member Meeting PBC Boca Library 7pm 4-FEB-2020
  • Satellite Tower Base INSTALLATION COMPLETE
  • 2020 Winter Field Day 25+26 Jan 2020 – SEE BELOW
  • PayPal available for 2020 dues, donation, and purchased items
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • 2020 HamCation Carpool Plans, reservation are NOW STANDBY
  • Website: New Event and updated Reservation capability rolled out
  • New Extra Class CLICK HERE FMI

PROFILE IN ACTION

Every so often we will profile a member of our association and share a little bit about their life experiences.

Stanley Pulitzer W5JYK

Stan has always been connected with kangaroo characters and memorabilia. Friends and family would donate these treasure pieces to Stan and he in turn would register and certify them; the donor would automatically become a member of his exclusive Kangaroo Club. Stan pursued obtaining his vanity callsign  W5JWK callsign and his kids announced it to mean “Jumping Yellow Kangaroo“. He has the logo to prove it.

Stan summers with his son Donald and his wife in Greensboro, NC and winters with his daughter Nancy and husband in Boca Raton FL. Stan’s family has a long lineage to the Pulitzer of Hungary and Czechoslovakia; and yes, The Pulitzer Prize. Stan was first licenced as a 13 year old and continues to work CW. As a 14 year old one day, he was hearing a word repeated over over. He thought he was hearing the other station’s name: “PEARL”. What he heard was Pearl Harbor had been attacked and later that day all operators we ordered to cease transmissions and listen and report questionable activity. In the below painting rendered by his daughter Nancy, Stan is working CW with his “JYK” logo on his dress shirt. He’s a blessed man to have such talented and loving family.

Often San and Maxine (SK) spent the day together. Maxine  was an accomplished artist with many painting works and sculptures. They were married over 50 years. On shopping days, Stan would drop her off for shopping and he would travel around various neighborhoods looking for towers and other antennas. When he spotted one, he approached the home, knocked on the door and explained to the owner he saw the antena and that he too was a amateur operator. He usually got invited into the home and a lengthy discussion of the hobby occured.  Hope he did not forget Maxine  was shopping and in need of a ride.

Stan has a few passions aside from amateur radio and one includes photography and interviewing people. Often he’d invite a person to talk with him and gather that person’s story and yes take pictures. He loved hearing these tales. His work was published in local amateur radio club publications and public news outlets. Stan once had a QSO with an Italian operator and they exchanged common interests. Over time several of Stan’s family and his Italian friend would would visit each other and share stories all due to amateur radio and Stan’s willingness to reach out to people.

For many generations beginning in the 1800’s, Stan’s family lived in New Orleans LA running the long established wholesale family business in the downtown near the French section and the superdome. Stan is a long time New Orleans Saints football fan and never misses a game. Just before hurricane Katrina, Stan and his wife Maxine left their home in New Orleans to ride out the storm.

Stan is old school and has one of the most quiet and pleasant personalities always being a good listener and wealth of knowledge and good stories. As you can imagine Stan has many amateur radio friends all over the world with a few special buddies In Greensboro and yes to all of us in south Florida.


PROJECT NAME: Satellite Tower Base (Phase-1)

  • PLANNER: George WA2VNV
  • WHEN: Saturday 1-FEB-2020 at 9.00 am 
  • WHERE: The Shack @ West Delray Park
  • WHAT: Install tower base for Satellite system
  • WHO: All able folks who can help excavate tower base
  • WHY: Set tower base for installing satellite system
  • CONTACT: Email George sintchak@optonline.net

DESCRIPTION

BRARA is undertaking installing the satellite system donated to our association by Roy K4YV. The first step is to plan out installing the base of the 20 foot tower section which will hold the directional antenna system.In this first phase we need several individuals who can handle excavating the dirt either by hand digging and or operating a gas operated auger. We will be rotating the labor force so each person digs a bit and then has a break.

The goal is to dig a hole deep enough to set the pre-made 4 ft tower section with hinges which will enable the tower to be tilted over for servicing.

Once the hole is deep and wide enough to our specifications, then we can hand pour concrete into the hole and allow it to set.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO BRING
  • Work shoes
  • Work gloves
  • Water
  • Shovel
  • Folding superviser outdoor chair
  • Willingness to offer your labor
  • Sense of humor
PROJECT TASKS
  • Begin excavation at 9.00am
  • When clear of all conduits, use auger to dig the rest of the hole
  • Once auger is done, remove any remaining debris
  • Lower  tower section and secure
  • Build wood retaining wall around top of hole
  • Dumped concrete into the hole and mixed with water
  • Continue until 2 inches above the ground level for rain runoff

Training Classes

Class: BRARA Extra class
 Register: By EMAIL to training@brara.org
 Date: 15,16,22,23-FEB-2020
 Time: From 9am to 5:30pm
 Where: The Shack
West Delray Regional Park
10875 W Atlantic Ave
Delray Beach, FL 33446
 MAP: CLICK FOR MAP
 Food: bring your own
 Text Book: Gordon West Extra Class 2016-2020
 Purchase: CLICK FOR GORDON WEST ON AMAZON
 Exam: There will be an exam session on the final afternoon

Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE


Thank you for being part of our event. Special thanks to our operators, Radio and MIS teams, setup and cleanup staff. We learned a lot, have begun plans to fix what did not go as planned and enjoyed an array of food items (thanks John.H KE4IDW).

2020 RESULTS

  • OPERATORS: 14
  • EXCHG: 3H SFL
  • QSO: 643
  • BANDS / QSO:  20M (125), 40M (323) 80M (185)  2M (1) 70CM (1) 6M (1)
  • MODES / QSO: CW (216) DIGITAL (24) PHONE (403)
  • BONUS: 3,000
  • NET SCORE: 20,442

FMI:         CLICK FOR DETAILS 

PHOTOS: CLICK FOR PICTURES

Out thanks to Jay N2ELG and Dennis KA2TGQ for these event photos.


Calendar


CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS


This Month’s Speaker

  • Feb: Jim.T N3JT on radio development and CW technology

Ham Shack News

  • 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-4 FT-897 working normally
  • Station-5 TESTING STATION
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally

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 or Art WA8VSJ for details.


ITEMS FOR SALE

CLICK FOR DETAILS


Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation COMPLETE
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation
  • Install amplifier to the 2m analog repeater
  • Shack outside power replacement
  • Replace cabinets at repeater site
  • Relocate microwave dish at repeater site

Use PayPal for BRARA member dues

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


  • 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.

PAYMENT CONFIRMATION

A recent change to our payment process is to notify you via email that your payment was processed. This could be for dues, a donation, HamCation CarPool, etc.

Below is a SAMPLE of an email to you.

CLICK FOR DUES FMI

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Currently 98 of 164 members or 60% have paid 2020 dues.

Every member will be shown 2020 dues status when logging onto our website.

For 2020 paid members, they will see the following:

The gentle dues reminder looks like the following:

Further details may help:


Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


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?


Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020

CLICK FOR CARPOOL PLANS


New Website Capability

Have you ever tried to make a Station Reservation for an event like Field Day and did not know the date? A new web capability shows members the List of Events in event date order from which you may choose the event and date you want to make your station reservations.

NAVIGATION: Logon is assumed. From TOOLS > hover and click on EVENTS; review the list of events. From the Event List on the left hand side of the list under SEL column, select the radio button for the event and date you desire. You will be taken to that event reservation and date where you may make your station reservations.


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

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

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.


New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF


We welcome the following new members:

  • K2OBM Herbert Burbank
  • Associate Steve DiMartino
  • KC9HTA Nathan Russell
  • KB1VLX Mike Balch
  • KM4YOU Greg Bitto
  • K4BYB James Cruz
  • KO4BKT Alan Friederwitzer
  • W1GGG George Garcia

Statistics

  • 28 Member renewals Jan
  • 118 Paid members YTD
  • 7 New members
  • 3 Pending online applications
  • 7 Silent keys
  • 164 Regular members (2018 to 2020)
  • 2 Associate members
  • 13 Family members
  • 2 Lifetime

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

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WARA 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1 (new discovery)

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WARA 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1 (new discovery)

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 (uses FLDigi and FLMsg)

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
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • 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

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 10:00 and 13:00 ET 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

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

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 © 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

DMR: Pi-Star Users – Change your default password ASAP

Attention Pi-Star (digital hotspot Raspberry PI operating System) Users:

PLEASE change your default passwords before exposing your pi-star to the internet. As in, GO DO IT NOW.

It takes less than 2 minutes for a hacker to query for open-to-the-internet pi-stars (CLICK HERE FMI), randomly pick one, use the default creds, and get a remote SSH shell into your home network. You’re basically locking your front door but leaving a window open. Once inside your home network, the hacker can sniff your traffic, spoof your identity, and do a whole host of other stuff. Getting into a network is the hard part, and you’re leaving it wide open.

Oh also, since your callsign is on it, a hacker can not only do stuff from your home internet, but knows where your home is and can impersonate you by name!

This only affects you directly if you have the “Dashboard Access” or “SSH access” set to public, but you should change the password either way.

CLICK HERE FOR HOW-TO BRANDMEISTER SECURITY

73

Al AF4FA

Newsletter – Jan-2020

LAST UPDATED: 11-JAN-2020 – 0819 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

Proposed Minutes
CLICK TO VIEW MINUTES

Subscribe
CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE

Announcements

  • WELCOME TO 2020

  • General Member Meeting PBC Boca Library 7pm 7-Jan-2020
  • 2020 Winter Field Day 25+26 Jan 2020 – Made your station reservation yet?
  • PayPal available for 2020 dues, donation, and purchased items
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • 2020 HamCation Carpool Plans, have you made your reservation?
  • BRARA Nets transition to TG-311037 on Sunday 5-Jan-2020

Contact:   John.C N1QFH wirehead52@gmail.com

LINK:       2020WFD Sponsor

FMI:         CLICK FOR BRARA DETAILS 


Calendar


CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS


 

This Month’s Speaker

  • Jan: John.C N1QFH on 2020 Winter Field Day
  • Feb: Jim.T N3JT on radio development and CW technology

Ham Shack News

  • 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

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 or Art WA8VSJ for details.


ITEMS FOR SALE

CLICK FOR DETAILS


Special Projects

The following are project and watch weekly emails for status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation
  • Install amplifier to the 2m analog repeater
  • Shack outside power replacement
  • Replace cabinets at repeater site
  • Relocate microwave dish at repeater site

Use PayPal for BRARA member dues

CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS


  • 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.

PAYMENT CONFIRMATION

A recent change to our payment process is to notify you via email that your payment was processed. This could be for dues, a donation, HamCation CarPool, etc.

Below is a SAMPLE of an email to you.

CLICK FOR DUES FMI

HOW DO YOU KNOW?

Currently 81 of 172 members or 47% have paid 2020 dues.

Every member will be shown 2020 dues status when logging onto our website.

For 2020 paid members, they will see the following:

The gentle dues reminder looks like the following:

Further details may help:


Report (by Ed N4II)

TBA

Ed N4II


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?


Hamcation


Save the date 8-February 2020

CLICK FOR CARPOOL PLANS


New Website Capability

Before the end of 2019, wanted to add one more enhancement. When you’re on any webpage and you experience LONG scrolling via the scroll bar, when you’re at the top or bottom or you just want to GO HOME, these little enhancements have been added to help:

There are three (3) new ways to navigate

  • BOTTOM
  • TOP
  • HOME

One the MENU BAR, hover on HOME and CLICK on BOTTOM to go to bottom of the current webpage. When you are looking at the FOOTER there are two (2) links. HOME takes you to the HOME page and TOP takes you to the top of the current page.

See the following to help explain.

WHAT’S HAPPENING Look and Feel Change

When you visit our website you’ll see some changes to the icons that support items like SUBSCRIBE, NEWSLETTER, and PAYPAL


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
CLICK FMI


Free Laurel VEC Testing
CLICK TO READ MORE


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 CLICK FOR OBIT

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.


New Membership Form
CLICK FOR MEMBERSHIP APP AS PDF


We welcome the following new members:

  • N2QLQ Steven Meltz
  • KB1VGH Bennett Beres
  • KO4AQI Daniel Kreshak
  • KF4LZA Eric Rodriguez
  • AC2NI Benett Rosen

Statistics

  • 7 Member renewals Jan
  • 81 Paid members YTD
  • 5 New members
  • 4 Pending online applications
  • 6 Silent keys
  • 172 Regular members (2018 to 2020)
  • 2 Associate members
  • 13 Family members
  • 1 Lifetime

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

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WARA 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1 (new discovery)

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net – USE TG-311037

  • BRARA 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 
  • GCARA 443.350+ CC-11 TS-1 
  • WARA 145.19(-) CC-2 TS-1 (new discovery)

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net
BRARA analog 145.29- PL110.9 (uses FLDigi and FLMsg)

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
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • 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

We meet every Wednesday and Saturday morning between 10:00 and 13:00 ET 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

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

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 © 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

BRARA / N4BRF Winter Field Points and Rules

Bands

  • All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF except 12, 17, 30 and 60 meters

Modes

  • CW, SSB, AM, FM, DStar, C4FM, DMR, Packet, PSK, SSTV, RTTY, Olivia, Satellite

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 – not on nationally recognized simplex calling channels

Entry categories

  • HOME by nature of permanently installed antenna system or station components

Entry Class

  • 3

Exchange

  • N4BRF 3H SFL (Call sign, Class + Category, Section)

QSO Points

  • 1 point per Phone QSO
  • 2 points per CW & Digital QSO

Mode and Band Multipliers

  • Count 1 multiplier for each mode operated per band

Power Output Multipliers

  • 2x: 100W or less

Bonus points

  • No Commercial power: 1500 bonus points
  • Remote: 1500 bonus points
  • Satellite: 1500 bonus points

Claimed Score Tabulation

  • (QSO Points x Power Output Multiplier x Band/mode multiplier) + Bonus Points

Log submission deadline and contents

  • Email before 0000 UTC March 1st