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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.

Newsletter – Feb 2020

LAST UPDATED: 2-FEB-2020 – 0957 ET
PLEASE NOTE: Newsletter may be undergoing updates

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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
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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 

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


Calendar


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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

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


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


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

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Public Classified Section is LIVE

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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
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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
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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:
Search for:  Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association

CLICK HERE TO SMILE AT BRARA

Planned Giving: Please also consider BRARA when updating or initiating planned giving (including charitable gift annuities, bequests and gifts or retirement plan assets) and other assets.


For More Information

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

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Please be advised that the above are the official BRARA social media sites. No other social media sites are recognized by BRARA.


Newsletter Contributions

Got an idea for an article? Or constructive critique? Want to share club news and events? How about writing a short 30-minute project idea? Your submissions to the Radio Flyer are needed to help keep this one of the best club newsletters in South Florida.

Please send articles to   BRARA@BRARA.org


Ham Shack Access Rules

To obtain a key to the BRARA Ham Shack you must be a member in good standing for a minimum of one continuous year, hold a valid FCC Amateur Radio License, and complete a short training session with one of the Club officers.

Address

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


Copyright and Protection

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

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

Regards and 73 from The Shack
de N4BRF

Newsletter – Jan-2020

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

Proposed Minutes
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Subscribe
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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

Newsletter – Nov 2019

LAST UPDATED: 2-NOV-2019 1443

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

Proposed Minutes
CLICK TO VIEW MINUTES

Subscribe
CLICK TO SUBSCRIBE

Announcements

  • Next meeting is TUESDAY 5-NOV 2019 PBC West Boca Library
  • PayPal available for 2020 dues, donation, and purchased items
  • 2020 Membership Dues will be accepted 1-October 2019
  • Hosted Events: Scout JOTA was weekend of 19+20-OCT
  • Holiday Party on 12-DEC-2019 Boca Chase Clubhouse
  • Monday analog nets move to 146.82- PL110.9
  • Bruce KO4XL Road Tests the Raspberry Pi 4 CLICK HERE TO READ

Calendar


CLICK TO VIEW CALENDAR

CLICK TO VIEW EVENTS


Shack Hosting Events

The following events are planned. Any organization who desires to use BRARA facilities shall contact a board member and provide specific details. CLICK HERE FMI

NO UPCOMING SHACK HOSTED EVENTS SCHEDULED 

HOSTED EVENTS:  JOTA by Ralph W1DAR and Bruce KO4XA


SAVE THE DATE: Thursday 12-DEC-2019 Holiday Potluck Party 
Approximately 6pm to 8pm with setup about 5pm, we are hosting the F2019 Holiday Party at Robert Eng’s W1ENG club house. On behalf of our members, we offer our thanks and appreciation to Robert for offering this facility.

This event is potluck and folks will need to tell us what foods they are bringing.

Please watch for details over the coming days.


This Month’s Speaker

Erik Olmer W4EJO on shelter communications (rescheduled from October)


Ham Shack News

  • Station-1 Amp temporary replacement is inline
  • Station-1 ICOM IC-7600 off line for repair at Station-2
  • Station-1 has gently used and donated IC-7600
  • Station-2 being used to repair IC-7600
  • Station-3 FT-1000 is working normally
  • Station-4 FT-897 is working normally
  • Station-5 FT-1000MP is new and uses offset dipole on VHF tower
  • Station-6 Various VHF/UHF radios are working normally with exception of IC-706

Two new floor chair protectors have been placed at HF stations 1 and 2. Outside debris has been removed to PBC recycle facility thanks to Walt W4WCD. Ralph W1DAR was our Radiator  Grille coordinator and recently cleaned and repaired our Weber Q3000 grill.  The fence gate door has been raised for smoother operation and to meet PBC needs. The shack has been decluttered and reorganized to open up more space. Art WA8VSJ and Bruce KO4XL are addressing the various HF issues such as tuners, amps, switches and radios.


 

Annual Toy Drive:
Request for unwrapped toy donations

In cooperation with the Blue Knights Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club a donation box will be located at The Shack.  Please consider bringing an unwrapped toy to the Radiator Grille on the 26-OCT-2019.

Our appreciation to Mike Ross N4ANO who is one of our members as well as Blue Knights. Mike suggested we provide a donation opportunity and for sure, its with welcome hearts and thoughts our members offer up such gifts.


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, Art WA8VSJ or Ed N2II for details.


Special Projects

The following are project status

  • Satellite TOWER BASE installation POSTPONED until Fall of 2019
  • Satellite ANTENNA and radio installation TBA
  • DMR repeater internet access IN-PROGRESS

CLICK HERE for DMR Repeater and Antenna Installation Status


How to use PayPal for BRARA member business

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.

CLICK FOR DUES FMI


ARRL CANDIDATE ELECTION DETAILS

  • CLICK HERE  for Jeff Stahl K4BH SE Div Vice-Director Statement

Report (by Ed N4II)

We received QSL cards from last fall 2018. Ed said we got new contacts for confirmed 287. Rolled over 251 CW contacts. Worked tough to reach stations on FT8. WAS added 1 state. Got 19 more QSL from 2019 FD.

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

We will begin taking reservations to travel to Orlando in a large van.


New Website Capability

No new capabilities


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 

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


  • KN4GML Nikko Pabion
  • N1JIW Joseph Wiesenfeld
  • WA2ROA Henry Seidner

Statistics

  • 30 Member renewals for 2020
  • 163 paid members
  • 3 new members
  • 7 pending online applications
  • 6 silent keys
  • 130 regular members
  • 4 associate members
  • 22 family members
  • 1 lifetime

Our Scheduled Nets

COORDINATED NETS BEING REFORMED
We are adjusting the content and format of the Monday night Voice Com net. This means shortening the NCS script and refocus on the net content. For example, we used to have checked in stations provide project updates and address questions. Please join us the next few Mondays as we poll those station offering ideas and feedback.

BRARA Net Update – 145.29 moving to 146.82
The BRARA 145.29 repeater located at the Social Security building in Boca Raton FL near RT95 and Yamato has been experiencing audio issues for a few months.  Given this, the two nets that occurs Monday on that machine will transition on a temporary basis to the GCARA 146.82(-) PL110.9 repeater located near the Boca Regional hospital in Boca Raton FL.

Please note the new BRARA DMR repeater is behaving just fine and can be used by those with DMR radios locally on TG-311027.

NET DETAILS FOLLOW

SUNDAY
8.00pm ET SEFL DMR Tech-Net
GCARA 443.3500+ CC-11 TS-1 TG-3112529 (NO CHANGE)

MONDAY
7.00pm ET Voice  Com Net
GCARA analog 146.82- PL110.9 (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED)

7.30pm ET DMR BrainWaves Not-A-Net
BRARA LOCAL 442.875+ CC-1 TS-2 TG-311037

8.00pm ET SoCounty NBEMS Net
GCARA analog 146.82- PL110.9 (TEMPORARILY RELOCATED)

Other Local Analog Repeater Nets

  • Daily 6.00 pm SEFL Traffic 146.61 MHz
  • Tue 7.30pm CERT Plan-B 145.29- PL110.9
  • Fri  7:30 pm SATERN Net WARC 147.285 + PL-103.5 CANCELLED

Club Repeaters

  • 144.390 APRS Repeater (NOW ACTIVE)
  • 145.070 Packet Repeater (OFF LINE)
  • GPS Location: 26.39724 –80.09485

From this past Sunday net a few very informed DMR technical experts suggested anyone using a mobile DMR hotspot such as a Pi-Star to use the Texas server 3102. The reason is this server is much more stable and not experimental like some others.

Please read Bernie’s BLOG post on further details that applies to us all.

WHAT IS TGIF TALKGROUP

On Fridays at 8.30ET on TG-31665 is the TGIF Net. In order to participate, you have to change you pi-start DMR Master from 3102 to TGIF_Network om the drop down list and update your pi-star settings. Once the pi-star has recycled and is operating normally, connect to you hotspot on TG-31665 and enjoy the net. When you are done, change the DMR Master back to 3102. Have fun.

TGIF CONNECTION UPDATE

I reached out to one of my friends at BM to find out about TGIF. TGIF is not part of BM and is not on their network. They are apparently using a software made by Ty Weaver to host their system and a product called HB Link. The HBLINK is what allows your hotspot to connect to it and basically emulates a Brandmeister server type connection. This being the case the only way to reach their TG is connecting to their server or linking through someone else who has a connection.

Regards,
Bernie NY4Z

GCARA DMR REPEATER AND HOTSPOT PACKET DROPOUT
GCARA have adjusted their DMR repeater to use DMR server 3102. This should help reduce te DMR packet dropout. Our many thanks to GCARA and the group of folks who implemented this change.


Local DMR Repeaters
CLICK FOR REPEATER LIST


Scheduled DMR Nets
CLICK FOR DMR NETS

  • Sun 8.00 pm TG-3112529 SeFL FL Tech Net
  • Mon 7.30 pm TG-311037 BrainWaves NotANet (LOCAL ONLY)
  • 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

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: With the new DMR Brandmeister Repeater installed and awaiting internet access, that repeater DMR ID is TG-311037. At a future date, we will be transitioning from TG-3112529 to TG-311037. A whole lot of communication and monitoring will occur well before this happens.

South East Florida (SEFL) DMR Tech Net: Sundays  at 8pm 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. 

BRARA DMR BrainWaves NotANet: On Mondays at 7.30pm on TG-311037 to local user only until IP is available and after which it shall continue but open to all DMR amateurs. The purpose is to use the repeater plus test radios, codeplugs, audio and have fun. There is no NCS so just find an opening and announce yourself.


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
  • 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.


Apparel Donations

  • $10 donation–BRARA Name Plate with your 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 © 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

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