Richmond Amateur Radio Club

Recently elected RARC leaders installed

These members were elected at the October meeting and installed at the annual banquet on November 3.

  • President Jim Bates, K8OI, (804) 690-9143, jlbates4 at gmail dot com
  • Vice President George Golding, W3PPY
  • Treasurer Ken Leidner, WV0L
  • Secretary Tom Newman, KJ4LVC
  • Director Allan Johnson, WA3J
  • Director Tom Flippin, KD4CMK
  • Director Win Grant, WA4SSG
  • Director as past president David Robinson, KJ4LHP

Left to right, Tom Flippin, KD4CMK, Win Grant, WA4SSG, David Robinson, KJ4LHP, George Golding, W3PPY, Ken Leidner, WV0L, and Jim Bates, K8OI

At the bottom right the evening’s speaker, Henry Hassell, K4LMY, told of his boat-building and the adventure of sailing the circuit up the east coast, the bottom of eastern Canada, down the Ohio to Florida and then back to Virginia.

The next week former Treasurer Richard Arnold, WA4FEH, left, was seen transferring the RARC funds from the trunk of his car to that of the newly-elected Treasurer Ken Leidner, WV0L. Richard had been treasurer for about 14 years.

30 km or Bust – high altitude balloons, Franklin Military Academy, and ham radio

Norm Marshall, KN4CZZ, used ham radio to launch, get pictures, and track a balloon in his “30 km or Bust” project for the Franklin Military Academy where he teaches chemistry and computers. It is a Richmond public school. The October launch worked well with the balloon landing in a tree on the Northern Neck. He and some fellow teachers retrieved it a week later. The instrumentation was in good and re-usable condition. Stand by for the spring. One successful balloon launch deserves another.

To see more pictures, go to balloon pictures. You can learn more about this special school at FMA website and FMA Facebook page.

 

History of Radio slides

The history of radio – and a museum to go with it – is a passion for RARC member John DeMajo, K5HTZ. In edition of his series in the RARC monthly newsletter, he presents it as a series of slides. Some have asked for the slides. You can get a PDF copy by clicking radio_history.

Hams at the 2017 RVA MakerFest

Clockwise John King, WB4NHX, gets the SDR receiver and its large spectrum display going. Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU, and Rick Waller, KA4OHM, show an Arrow (brand) dual-band Yagi-Udo antenna used to talk via ham satellites. Maylon Pearman, N4EG, answers questions. Tom Ebbert, KQ4BIZ, (in the striped shirt) shows how Manhattan-style circuits are built. Rick Waller, KA4OHM, shows DIY radios to a mother and son.

Photos by Armand Hamel, WA1UQO

Hams staffing the tables:

Amand Hamel, WA1UQO

Bill Catogni, KM4MGP

Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU

Dan Bryant, N4DOB

John King, WB4NHX

Judi LeHuquet, KM4MGO

Ken Zutavern, K4ZUT

Maylon Pearman, N4EG

Mike Calkins, KA2CUF

Mike Owens, K4RKO

Rick Waller, KA4OHM

Rob Thomas, KC4NYK

Tom Ebbert, KQ4BIZ

Join the hams making eyeball QSOs at MakerFest Oct 7

Saturday October 7 is the 2017 edition of the RVA MakerFest at the Science Museum of Virginia. We’ve been doing this since the first one in 2013. The club has a table down by the tracks where we meet and greet. Come join us at 2500 W Broad St, 10am to 5pm.

Beside hams there will be metal working, beer, textiles, food trucks, robots, and much more making.