February 25 is registration for the spring semester. We teach Technician, General, and Extra license preparation classes. They are ten (10) Tuesday nights ending in early May. They are followed by our Volunteer Examiners giving the tests.
Although no longer required for a license, we are offering an introductory Morse code class this spring.
Using the links on the right you can see the class schedule, the costs, the school contact and the exam opportunities in detail. You can print the registration form to fill it out in advance.
No reservation is required, just walk in February 25 with a check or cash. We have forms there or you can use the one from this website.
Now for the fine print: if there are fewer than three (3) students for a class, we usually do not teach the class.
Oldies but goodies
Put Saturday, February 1 on your calendar for a day-long treat of radio vendor displays, tables full of used gear you just have to have, eyeball QSOs and a place to rent a table and sell some of your gear.
Click here to buy your early-bird ticket. You can also rent tables at the site. Do it soon.
The 2013 RARC annual meeting with installation of officers and directors was held Friday, November 8 at the Chesterfield County Airport. Harry Dannals, W2HD, president emeritus of both the ARRL and Quarter Century Wireless Association was the speaker. More on the meeting plans is in the announcement posting below.
Left to right Treasurer Richard Arnold, WA4FEH; Secretary Maylon Pearman, KG4RPQ; Vice President, David Robinson, KJ4LHP; President, Joe Palsa, K3WRY; outgoing President Win Grant, WA4SSG, at the microphone.
The officers and directors elected at the October meeting were installed. They are President, Joe Palsa, K3WRY; Vice President, David Robinson, KJ4LHP; Treasurer Richard Arnold, WA4FEH; Secretary Maylon Pearman, KG4RPQ; Director, Allan Johnson, WA3J; Director,Austin Thomas, N4CVA, the youngest director to date; Win Grant, WA4SSG, who, as past president, automatically serves as a director. Marshall Ervine, N4XBP continues as Registered Agent. The final director is appointed by the president each year. Tom Flippen, KD4CMK, was appointed for 2014.
Harry Dannals, W2HD, guest speaker and Austin Thomas, N4CVA, the youngest director to date
The photos are from Win Grant. Since he is in some of them, the photographer was some anonymous ham whose identity may be revealed eventually.
The 2013 RARC Annual Banquet will be held on Friday, November 8. The board of directors decided to try something a little different this year.
First, we have a new venue with plenty of room for everyone. We set out to find a site with sufficient room, and RARC vice president Pete Fundinger, AA4PF, has found just such a place. The banquet will be at the King’s Korner restaurant at the Chesterfield County Airport. We will have a private room with a buffet set up just for us.
Second, rather than paying for whatever you order, the board of directors voted to charge a flat $15 for each person with everyone responsible for paying for any drinks you order from the bar. But we need everyone to make a reservation and pay the $15 per person cost in advance of the banquet. That is well before November 8.
Reservation forms are available on this website by clicking here (or see Forms on the right) and at the September and October Club meetings. The reservation form was also mailed or e-mailed to all members with the September newsletter. You can mail your reservation to the address on the form.
Most importantly, we have past ARRL president, Harry Dannals, W2HD, lined up to be our guest speaker. Harry has an amateur radio biography that few can claim. He was president of the ARRL from 1972-82. He was named President Emeritus of ARRL in 1984. In 2010, Harry was named President Emeritus of the Quarter Century Wireless Association, an association he also served as president from 1989-94. In 2002, Harry was inducted into the CQ Magazine Amateur Radio Hall of Fame. And these are just a few of Harry’s radio affiliations and accomplishments. Harry lives in Charlottesville where he is still active in ham radio. Harry will be joined by Bob Patterson, K4DU, the president of the Albemarle Amateur Radio Club.
Excerpted from the “From the Prez” article by RARC president Win Grant, WA4SSG, in the September 2013 RARC newsletter. See News Letters on the right to read the entire article.
Thanks to Armand Hamel, WA1UQO, for heading up the September 2013 program where members built a Powerpole polarity tester.
We still have parts available for anyone who wants to build one but did not get the chance.
Instructions can be found at
Most hams learn their electronics in clumps. For those taking the more advanced FCC license exams, the lack of a linear view of electronics can make answering the exam questions tougher. For those with all the licenses they ever want or need, this is a chance to put the clumps together for a linear knowledge of electronics.
It has not been taught in several years owning to the lack of an instructor. Starting on September 3, 2013 it will be taught by Tray Murphy, N4PAT. Tray has all the FCC Amateur Service licenses a ham can get plus a commercial FCC license. Using whatever it takes – lectures, demonstrations, projected slides, hands-on, etc – Tray will take the students from the DC (direct current) in a battery to RF (radio frequency) pouring out of the antenna. It is not everything there is to learn about electronics but it is most of what is useful for a ham and his or her radios.
The course was developed several years ago for the RARC Radio School by Bruce MacAlister, W4BRU and Ron Chase, KD4XA. Ray Roberts, W4MYI (SK), Mel Ford, W4AHC, and Mike Owns, K4RKO helped with the demonstrations and class content.
The RARC Radio School starts the fall classes with registration Tuesday, September 3 at 7pm. Two instructors had to skip the fall semester owing to schedule conflicts. (All the instructors are unpaid volunteers.) As a result, the school will teach Technician and General license preparation classes, but not Extra, on 10 Tuesday nights.
Although Extra will not be taught, those wishing to study it can take the Electronics for Hams on Thursday nights, a class that has not been taught for several years. It teaches electronics from battery to radio frequencies and contains all the theory and formulas in the Extra test plus some. In the past it has been popular with both those with Extra licenses and those studying for it. That class together with studying the other material in the Extra text and taking the practice tests on QRZ should help master the exam.
See the schedules on this website.
It’s a kite! No, it’s guiding an antenna into vertical position. It’s preparation for the 2013 Field Day done in partnership with RATS (Richmond Amateur Telecommunications Society).
There were plenty of operators and the bands were kind allowing lots of contacts. This row of operators shows some of the action. The club didn’t bother to set up a GOTA (get on the air) station but later someone arrived with the equipment and set it up. A good thing too since, according to Richard Arnold, WA4FEH, club treasurer, a ham who had no HF gear at home used it to make contacts when a GOTA-eligible visitor didn’t need to use it.
Allan Johnson, WA3J, and his hardy band of volunteer examiners (VEs) provided convenient on-the-spot exams for those wanting to become a ham or to upgrade.
On proud display was the club’s new banner that – along with the new 1916 club logo – was designed by industrial designer and former club secretary Rob Thomas, KC4NYK.
Those wanting to see all the photos taken by Armand Hamel, WA1UQO, can do so at Field Day Pictures.
Not able to attend the 2013 National Scout Jamboree?
Here’s how to engage with K2BSA and Jamboree participants as well as Jamboree visitors via amateur radio.
July 15 – July 24, 2013
QSL card for the K2BSA National Scout Jamboree 2013
On the Air Frequencies:
SSB in MHz: 28.390, 24.960, 21.360, 18.140, 14.290, 7.190, 3.940
PSK-31 in MHz: 28.120, 24.920, 21.080, 18.100, 14.070, 10.142, 7.080, 3.580
EchoLink: K2BSA-R Demonstration Station (node 4566), WV8BSA-R VHF Repeater (node 6544), W6BSA-R UHF Repeater (node 9877), Conference *JOTA-365* (node 480809)
D-Star: WV8BSA and Reflector 033A
CW: There will be limited operation on CW as time permits