General Meeting Information
We usually meet at the Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA (Upper Allen Township). Meeting dates are the third Wednesday of each month, January through November.
The Hoss's Staff will take our food and beverage orders in the meeting room. When arriving, simply say the magic words "Radio Club Meeting" to the Hoss's Host and you will be directed to our meeting room.
If you enjoy eating dinner and talking about Ham Radio before the meeting then arrive about 6 p.m. If you would like to attend the business meeting then please arrive by 7:30 p.m. Either way, we try to complete our agenda and head home before 9 p.m.
We begin most meetings with an activity that reminds me of Show and Tell, which you probably remember from your school days. As part of the prior meeting we select the next month's topic that has some connection to our hobby. Each person tells a brief story with that theme. Everyone takes a turn, or you can pass.
If there is a reason we need to cancel a meeting a notification will be posted here. In case of inclement winter weather you may wish to check here before travelling.
I plan to use the words and colors ON SCHEDULE (green), AT RISK (orange) and CANCELLED (red) to describe the meeting status.
If I use AT RISK (orange) then something about the forecast is in doubt. Please check again closer to the event date/time.
** Monthly Meeting
March 21, 2017
The March 21, 2018 Monthly Meeting is ON SCHEDULE.
The groundhog out in Punxsutawney may have something to say about that.
** Weekly 2 Meter Net
The Sunday Night 2 Meter Net is ON SCHEDULE.
** Weekly 10 Meter Net
Wednesday Night ex. Meeting night
The Wednesday Night 10 Meter Net is ON SCHEDULE.
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March 21, 2018 Wednesday
CARC Monthly Meeting
As certain as the Sun rises in the East and sets in the West we will have our next CARC Meeting on Wedneday March 21, 2018 at the Hoss's Steak and Sea House located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA. Eating time arrives about 6 p.m. Meeting time arrives at 7:30 p.m.
As the meeting date draws closer please consider working on Word Search Puzzle #3 and tell us how you did. I will post the Download Link around March 1.
Also around March 1 I will be out at the ARRL Web Page looking for the Field Day 2018 Packet. If there are any Rule Changes, or new Bonus Point opportunities I want to get a jump start on folding them into our plans.
My other take-away from the February Meeting is to put together a planning document for the various Operating Positions we will use on Field Day. With the recent renovations to the Shaffer Park Cabin we might need to rethink our equipment and cable placements.
One of my favorite Daisy Gift Scouts gave a great sales pitch for Girl Scout Cookies and got a huge order in return. Forty-two boxes are on their way to PopPop's house. I am expecting the delivery to arrive in time for our March Meeting. Assuming the delivery does arrive, we will hold our Annual Member Appreciation Event that night. Girl Scout Cookiers are a special component of that event.
February 21, 2018 Wednesday
CARC Monthly Meeting
Status: Successfully Completed
Hey Guys. Watch me do this! Did I capture your interest?
In preparation for our next meeting perhaps you could shuffle through your collection of QSL Cards. If you worked the Panama Canal Zone back when Canal Zone was a DXCC entity then there is a guy named Mike Paulson who would like to have a scanned image of your QSL Cards. He has family ties to the CZ and has been building a tribute website to the many hams who were on-the-air from CZ, most likely tied to their military service.
If you have your own scanner or multi-function printer I will post a link to his request. If you do not have a scanner I will bring one to our February meeting. All he is asking is for you to scan the front and back of the cards and email the image files to him.
Mike asked that the scanned images be made a 100 dpi resolution.
My scanner let me get down to 200 dpi. I welcome ideas for how to go lower.
eMail Mike Paulson: email@example.com
Web Site: https://kz5land.wixsite.com/kz5land
Other items of interest on the February meeting agenda:
ARRL International Grid Chase. N3FWE has cranked up a great score. I plan to report on his impressive efforts.
ARRL LOTW is the key to participating in the International Grid Chase
I have some CAUGHT DOING SOMETHING GOOD coins to distribute.
There is a Word Search puzzle on our FILES page. Select Puzzle 2.
I handed out CERTIFICATES to travelling participants in our PA QSO SAFARI.
January 17, 2018 Wednesday
CARC Monthly Meeting
Status: Suecessfully Completed
A core group of CARC members braved the cold winter weather. We were at Hoss's, 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA for our first meeting of the new year. The eating and conversation aspect of our gathering began at 6 p.m. The "down to business" aspect of our gathering began at 7:30 p.m.
Those who are familiar with Central Pennsylvania know that the Pennsylvania Farm Show, an annual event held in Harrisburg, draws a big crowd. I've heard attendance is about 600,000. I thought it might benefit our club to study the reasons behind the Farm Show success and apply the lessons-learned to our Ham Radio Club. In that spirit we had Milk Shakes at our meeting. I decided against charging $15 for parking and was not able to supply Baked Potatoes or Breaded Mushrooms. We did, however, create a Butter Sculpture with a Ham Radio Theme. I did post a photograph of the sculpture on our new Facebook page.
We had a Ham Radio Activity involving the Professor Joe Taylor Digital Modes FT8, JT65 and JT9.
If you have a burning desire to renew your membership and pay 2018 Dues please spend a couple of minutes with 2018 Membership Secretary Frank Mellott KB3PQT. Ten Dollars will get you a Full Year of every Membership Benefit we offer.
December 20, 2017 Wednesday
No Monthly Meeting in December
Status: In The Past
Please note -- We do not conduct a traditional meeting on the third Wednesday of December.
If you went to Hoss's on December 20, 2017 you may have ended up eating alone.
Enjoying a nice meal at Hoss's is still a pretty good way to spend a Wednesday evening.
December 10, 2017 Sunday
Status: Successfully Completed
Our All Volunteer Staff planned and executed this annual event.
Thank you Valli N8QVT for taking the Lead Role in scheduling and reserving the venue for our Holiday Brunch activity.
We had 18 members and guests in attendance at TJ Rockwells in Grantham. Six lucky people won door prizes. They selected from among the following premium items:
- Whistleberry Farms Raw Honey -- Quart and Pint Sized
- Hauser Estate Wines -- several varieties including Chardonnay
- Matangos Candies -- Assorted Chocolates and Venetian Mints
- Family Favorites Recipies cookbook featuring Savory Chuck Roast by Shirley Halliday.
- Hoss's Gift Card
- Journal Book
Everyone took home a Goodie Bag containing tasty snack items such as Fig Newtons, Keebler Cheese Crackers, Lance Salted Peanuts, Nutella Spread, Hershey and York candies, Tom Sturgis Pretzels, and a store-brand Peppermint Candy Cane.
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