Boca Raton Amateur Radio Association
Community - Communication - Leadership
ANNOUNCEMENTS
as of 23-Jan-2021
  • VHF Simplex Exercise TODAY CLICK
  • DEC Member Meeting Minutes CLICK
  • SEFTN Updates for 24-JAN-2021 CLICK
  • FCC: do not use radios in crimes CLICK
  • QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo CLICK
  • 2021 Treasure Coast Hamfest  CLICK
  • 2021 Hamvention cancelled CLICK
  • 2021 MCARA Hamfest cancelled CLICK
  • FLARC - CYCLE-25 etc CLICK
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
DECEMBER
Todd Greenstein KC0NNL
David Warner KB4ICU
Yasuo Fujima KD6KTD
Larry Gabriel K4BZY
Mark Lindeman KS4G
Heliene Curtiss c/o Sam WM3Q
Jerrold Ziperstein N4TSC
Jan Welten KO4AEP
Mike Brumberger WB3DEL
SHACK STATUS
To ensure the safety of our members, we the full BRARA Board have decided to postpone our opening plans until the pandemic stabilizes in the state of Florida. We all feel very strongly that our club must not in any way, however small, add to the risk of spreading the virus. We will revisit and resume our plans as soon as we are confident that it is safe to do so.
WINTERHEAT 2021 CONTEST
When: January 2021 (it is the entire month)

What: WINTERHEAT 2021 is a month long amateur radio simplex event.

Why: The goal and purpose is for amateur radio operators to make as many contacts as possible over a month long period of time using only designated simplex frequencies.

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February 2021
2 nd 7pm
General Meeting
2-Feb-2021 7pm
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Meeting ID
865 5255 5294
Passcode 
123456
Presenter
Rich WB1J 
"Remote Flex radio"
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Renewals
Oct 1st to March 31
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WHEN
Jan 30 from 2pm
Jan 31 thru 2pm
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VHF SIMPLEX EXERCISE
TODAY   11am EST
TODAY is the Simplex VHF Exercise.

TIME: 11.00 am (the 1.00 pm net is cancelled)

DURATION: 30 MIN

FREQUENCY: Net begins on 145.29- PL110.9

SIMPLEX: 145.55mHz or 145.58 mHZ

NOTE: All stations be ready to RELAY as requested

GOAL: For stations in the vicinity of the 145.29 mHZ BRARA repeater to operate on one for two (2) assigned simplex frequencies as directed by NCS.


Before the net is established, stations are encouraged to:
 

1. Fully  test their radios
2. Setup the 2 simplex frequencies on their radios
3. Become familiar with programming their radios
4. Know how to use reverse when on the repeater
5. Know how to turn on and off squelch
6. Have set up best power and antennas options
7. Have identified a location for optimal performance
8. Station be ready to relay other stations


At 11am and 1pm the Simplex Exercise net will be established on 145.29 mHz  and stations will check in. Once NCS has checked in all stations, the following will occur:

1. NCS will assign an alternate NCS (ANCS)
2. NCS will direct stations to QSY to simplex frequency
3. NCS will make a call for stations on simplex frequency
4. Each station will provide callsign and signal report
5. NCS will record each station's signal report
6. NCS will direct station to QSY to 145.29 mHz
7. NCS will report findings on the 145.29 mHz Net
8. NCS will ask for comments and then close the net


Stations may desire to remain on the repeater after the net closes to troubleshoot any problem that arise.

Results and summary will be reported on BRARA Scheduled Nets.

 
SEEKING DETAILS OF OUR SILENT KEYS
Since we have been keeping records of our SILENT KEYS, we strive to place a face with the callsign and name. As you know the BRARA Board will be creating plaques listing our SK's.

Yet, we've run into a sticking point: we are missing 2 pictures of our SK.

Yes, we have been looking and asking around to no avail.

The is where you may be able to help. Do you have any good picture of

Frank London W1IVB
Sidney Gogel W2FUR


If so, please contact John.C

EMAIL  wirehead52@gamil.com
TEXT   207.239.0268

CLICK for our SKs (once there. CLICK ON SILENT KEYS TAB)

Thank you.
BRARA 2021 Membership
You may use the Payment Gateway to pay 2021 dues.
 
CLICK HERE for 2021 Dues Payment Gateway

Our membership period is January 1 to December 31.

Renewals began on October 1st. The grace period ends on March 31

We look forward to a full year of many projects even with COVID-19 and yes the Member tools are always undergoing updates. Please be watching for a list of what BRARA has accomplished and what we're planning in 2021.
 
Thank you for your support which is vital to our success.

On 1-Jan-2021 all 2021 Paid Members had their Administrative Year updated from 2020 to 2021.

How can you tell if you have not paid your 2021 dues? There are two ways.

1. No logon permitted if Admin Year was 2019 or earlier.

2. On home page see message "2021 dues payable by 2021-03-31."

In either case, to resolve this, please visit our Payment Gateway to Pay 2021 Dues.

Please Note
Any member who has yet to renew for 2021 continues full privileges and benefits of Membership until 31-March-2021.
 
NOTE: If you have paid your dues and have NOT received an email confirming payment, please contact Michael Greenfeld by email k8bq@arrl.net
MEMBERSHIP STATISTICS
The following are some Membership statistics as of 7-JAN-2021. Please note these numbers are vastly different from prior BRARA Weekly Updates because we rolled into a NEW YEAR. 
STATISTICS DESCRIPTION COUNT
TOTAL MEMBERS 136
ACTIVE MEMBERS 109
FAMILY MEMBERS 20
ASSOCIATE MEMBERS 1
LIFETIME 5
PENDING 1
EXTRA CLASS 78
ADVANCED CLASS 11
GENERAL CLASS 34
TECHNICIAN  CLASS 20
NOVICE  CLASS 0
RENEWED 130
HAVE A QUESTION???
If you have a technical question why not ask the experts, your fellow BRARA members?  The best way to do this is to post it on our groups.io distribution list BRARA@groups.io.

Please remember you need to send your post using the email account that you used when signing up for groups.io.  If you are not signed up, then see below details.
GROUPS . IO SUBSCRIPTION REQUEST
Please subscribe to BRARA@groups.io email distribution. 

For a reminder invitation, email BRARA+owner@groups.io.

Please include in that email request your first name, call sign, and email address which is recorded as your primary email account in the BRARA member roster. 
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.

From inception, here are statistics from what Robert has sent:

 
Condolence cards: 10
Get well cards: 15

CLICK HERE to email your details.
AMATEUR EXTRA QUESTION
E9F13 (A)
What impedance does a 1/4-wavelength transmission line present to a generator when the line is shorted at the far end?
A. Very high impedance
B. Very low impedance
C. The same as the characteristic impedance of the transmission line
D. The same as the generator output impedance

E9D04
Why should an HF mobile antenna loading coil have a high ratio of reactance to resistance?
A. To swamp out harmonics
B. To lower the radiation angle
C. To minimize losses
D. To minimize the Q
Be well 73 
de N4BRF from The Shack
          GOOD HEALTH         
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