Richmond Amateur Radio Club

New How to area

There is now a new how to area on the website, on the right under RARC.

Currently there are 3 sets of instructions

  • How to change your address with the FCC
  • How to renew license with the  FCC
  • How to find where Hams are in Virginia (FM17 grid, and several club’s members), and all of the Virginia repeaters. You need Google Earth to display the locations on the map.

RARC April Meeting Virtually Happened

President John DeMajo, K5HTZ, convened the meeting at 7pm April 10, 2020 on the Chesterfield repeater, 137.60. At the same time over 20 members also signed on to Skype for the visual part of the meeting. All the audio was through the repeater. Minutes of the meeting will appear in the next newsletter.

After the formal meeting ended, Tom Flippin, KD4CMK, served as net control to take the roll of all present.

It was different.

Thanks to Robert Vest, KA4CBB, trustee for the Chesterfield repeater, for permission to use it.

Why Skype instead of Zoom

After the meeting the question of why Skype and not Zoom. Some club members are current or retired computer professionals who follow software development. They saw the growing security, privacy, and intrusion issues happening with Zoom. Skype had a better reputation on those issues, so the choice. One example from Tech Republic:

Spring Radio School Registration closed

Radio school iconFifteen folk signed up to become new hams by taking the Technician class taught by George Starke. We did not have enough students for any of the other classes or seminars. That usually doesn’t happen in the spring. Maybe it was the not-really-winter season we had.

Designing and Constructing Magnetic Loop Antennas

Two presentations, one by John DeMajo, K5HTZ, and a second by Ken Zutavern, K4ZUT, at the 10 January 2020 RARC club meeting are outlined here.

John DeMajo Mag Loop presentation

John‘s presentation is available by clicking this link: loop-antenna-project

John’s spreadsheet calculator is at mag_loop_calculator.

Ken showed another design that used a hand-wound toroid transformer instead of a small loop to feed the large loop.

K4ZUT toroid transformer and motor-driven capacitor tuning

Ken’s loop also used a motor to turn the tuning capacitor. This allows him to locate the loop away from his operating position.

RARClub.net at new hosting site

If you have problems with this site, sent a note to richmondarclub@gmail.com.

After years of Chris Walker, N4CBW, generously hosting our website rarclub.net on his site, we’ve moved it to another server. It’s taken almost a month longer than than expected but the webmaster (W4BRU) is pretty rusty not having done this since 2009.