MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday January 15, 2020

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

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MEETING TOPICS:   December, 2019

Cumberland Amateur Radio Club does not hold a December Meeting.  In place of an actual Club Meeting, CARC holds its Annual Holiday Brunch.  Date, Time and Location To Be Determined.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday November 20, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Election of Club Officers 2020

This is somewhat of a formality.  All Club Office positions are running without opposition.  We will have the same Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President in 2020 as we had in 2019.  I hope you will agree that all Club Officers have done a good job and will continue to do so in the new year.

Topic 2

Selection of Membership Secretary 2020

Hail Columbia.  Our current Membership Secretary, Richard Johnson, N3EPY offered to extend his service to the Club by re-enlisting for 2020.  All this took place in a few brief moments without badgering, beating, or cajoling.  Thank you very much, Richard.  

Topic 3

Final Preparation for our Holiday Brunch

We will have a few 11th hour actions related to our Holiday Brunch.  Between the time I am writing this note and the date of our November 2019 meeting I intend to eMail Club Members with the details of the brunch and solicit their attendance/participation response.  My goal is to have all responses “on the books” by end of day Friday November 22, 2019 so that I can give the restaurant a firm head-count.

Topic 4

Preview of the New Year

I will share a few thoughts of things Club Members can do in preparation for the January 2020 meeting.  At that time I plan to talk about what activities we wish to continue doing and what activities we may wish to retire.  Additionally, there is a wonderful opportunity to think of new activities we could consider taking on.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday October 16, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Recap for our PA QSO Party Event

CARC staged an award winning event for the 2019 Pennsylvania QSO Party.  We entered the competition as a Multi-Operator, Portable from York County.  Special Thanks to Dave and Beth Hile who provided the venue for this operation.  Special Thanks to the CARC Members and Guests who set up, operated, and took down the portable station.

Topic 2

Final Preparations for our Farmers Fair Parade Event

CARC once again will provide communications support for the Annual Farmers Fair Parade.  CARC Volunteers are asked for assemble at the Dillsburg Authority Building (West Church Street) Saturday Afternoon October 19, 2019 at 4 p.m. (unless directed otherwise).  The Farmers Fair and its Parade probably is the biggest event of the year in this community.  

Topic 3

Candidates for Elected Office 2020

CARC holds an election of Officers as part of the November meeting.  Our By-Laws call for posting a slate of candidates for Elected Office immediately following the October meeting.  The Elected Officer Positions that are are up for election are:  Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President, and President.  If you meeting the requirements and if you are interested in holding one of these positions, please  make your interest known.

Topic 4

Candidates for Volunteer Service 2020

The Membership Secretary is an important volunteer position in our club.  We have been well-served during 2019 by Membership Secretary Richard Johnson, N3EPY.  If you would like to serve your club in the same capacity for 2020 please make your interest known.

Topic 5

Annual Holiday Brunch Planning

CARC Members and their guests look forward to an annual Holiday Brunch sometime in the 12th month of the year.  Valli Hoski, N8QVT has taken steps to propose two dates for the event — Sunday December 8, 2019 or Sunday December 15, 2019.  Coordinating such an event typically involves some juggling as we strive to accommodate our personal calendars as well as the availability of space in the dining venue.  Please come to the meeting with some insight as to your preference of dates , and/or let Valli know beforehand.

Topic 6

Meeting Activity

My notes remind me that I offered to whip up a presentation having a focus on Lee de Forest.  I was introduced to a YouTube video that captured Dr. de Forest’s appearance on the television show This Is Your Life.  I have a bit of due diligence ahead of me as I take steps to confirm that the Wi-Fi at our meeting venue will permit me to connect with the YouTube site.

 


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday September 18, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Presentation by Glenn Kurzenknabe, K3SWZ

Tonight’s topic is the Pennsylvania QSO Party.  Glenn will share his insights and techniques for how to run up a great score in this annual event in which everyone else around the world wants to work the Pennsylvania Guys — that is us!  We are going to be very popular that weekend.  Glenn is an authority on the PA QSO Party and holds the record high-score in one of the major categories.  I will do some research and provide the details.

Topic 2

Feedback on the New Technologies

We have been introducing all kinds of new technologies as part of being One Of The Best Ham Radio Clubs You Are Likely To Find.  Now and then we have something to Show And Tell.  I expect to have something to say about the EchoLink Node which operates as AF3I-L on Node 259045.  I expect to have something to say about the ZOOM Web Conferencing.  I invite you to try out either or both of those technologies and share your feedback with me.  (I am Andy Forsyth AF3I.)

Topic 3

Officers for Calendar Year 2020

Soon it will be time to post the ballot of candidates for Club Offices 2020.  Each year, as part of the November meeting, we elect a President, Vice-President, Treasurer, and Secretary.  In addition, we seek a volunteer for the position of Membership Secretary.  If you would like to be on the ballot for any of these offices please make your interest known.

Topic 4

Preparations for the Pennsylvania QSO Party

There may be some news or action items on this topic.  The date remains Saturday October 12, 2019.  I am looking for our PAQP Coordinator to step forward and provide an update.  September is the last meeting prior to the event.

Topic 5

Preparations for the Farmer’s Fair Parade

There may be some news or actions items on this topic.   The date remains Saturday October 19, 2019.  The time remains about  4 p.m., maybe 4:40 p.m.  Parade Coordinator Harry Fasick, K3EYL will provide an update.  We may have Parking Passes to share with our volunteers.  We are always seeking volunteers. If the only thing standing between you and volunteering is the need for a Two Meter Handheld Transceiver then please be assured that we will have one you can borrow.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday August 21, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Field Day 2019 Concerns

In the spirit of continuous improvement let’s put all of our cards on the table and work through any issues that members have in mind.  If we can do better next year now is the time to start that process.

Topic 2

Community Day in the Park

The event took place Saturday August 10, 2019.  Let’s review our performance.  If our club gets something out of this event let’s bookmark the date for next year.  If the communities we serve get something out of this event let’s do the same.  If life gives us lemons, let’s make lemonade.

Topic 3

Pennsylvania QSO Party Planning

We might begin planning for the Pennsylvania QSO Party.  This is one of our two big annual October events.  All in all, we have this August Meeting and the September Meeting to complete the preparations. 

Topic 4

Farmers Fair Parade Planning

Likewise, we ought to come away from tonight’s meeting with our plans for the other big annual October event — the Dillsburg Farmers Fair Parade.  

Topic 5

We Are Making Progress With Our 2019 Objectives

Andy Forsyth expects to report on his progress toward the 2019 Objective of setting up an EchoLink node.  This node will be made available to those who would like to participate in our weekly Two-Meter Net but who have no transceiver or antenna.  Andy can report that this will be EchoLink Node 259045.  This node has been configured to allow up to three conference participants. subject to the bandwidth capacity of Andy’s internet connection and server performance.

Likewise, Andy Forsyth expects to report on his progress toward the 2019 Objective of enabling our “At Home” members to participate in our Monthly Meetings.  An initial attempt involved using Skype to have interaction between those in the meeting room and those who are at home.  Andy has been dabbling in an alternative concept — ZOOM web conferencing.  Come hear what Andy has to say about these technologies.

Topic 6

Field Day 2020 Planning — First Steps

After celebrating our Field Day 2019 success as the highlight of our July meeting I intend to devote portions of our August meeting to the concept of continuous improvement.  In that respect, I will end  tonight’s meeting with my request that you preserve two thoughts and return next month prepared to discuss our Field Day 2020 strategy. 

1.)  What one aspect of Field Day 2019 was the most rewarding to you?   You may substitute other positive words, such as “enjoyable”, “satisfying”, “memorable” in place of “rewarding”.

2.)  If it was within your power to add, change or delete anything to or from our Field Day 2020 activity what would that be?

 


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday July 17, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Field Day 2019 Celebration

Our results have been tabulated and our entry has been submitted to the ARRL well in advance of the meeting date and far in advance of the entry deadline.  I’ve created a nice presentation of our Field Day accomplishments, in booklet format, to share with meeting attendees.  In the spirit of the Alice’s Restaurant Massacre song written and performed by Arlo Guthrie, I counted 18 color glossy photographs in the booklet.  There is no sign of Office Obie.

Topic 2

Community Day in the Park

The event takes place Saturday August 10, 2019 at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park in Mechanicsburg.  We will have a bit of final planning including coverage scheduling, and the logistics of finding our booth space on the day of the event.  Through the generosity of Club President Andrew Forsyth, AF3I, CARC is a Sponsor of the event and our club name will be listed on event signs.  

Topic 3

Pennsylvania QSO Party Planning

We might begin planning for the Pennsylvania QSO Party.  This is one of our two big annual October events.  Between now and meeting night let me see how the agenda plays out. 

Topic 4

Farmers Fair Parade Planning

Likewise, we might begin planning for the other big annual October event — the Dillsburg Farmers Fair Parade.  

Topic 5

Free Books are Priceless

A special thank you to the people who read the list of books that are seeking a good home.  The list is posted on the Members Page of our website.  These books represent a lifetime collection of knowledge that has been preserved by one of Dillsburg’s premier Amateur Radio Operators — Mr. David Germeyer, W3BJG.  David asked that I take his collection and find good homes where the books will be treasured for years to come.  The books are free to anyone who has a genuine interest in their content.

Topic 6

Field Day 2020 Planning — First Steps

After celebrating our Field Day 2019 success as the highlight of our July meeting I intend to devote portions of our August meeting to the concept of continuous improvement.  In that respect, I will end  tonight’s meeting with my request that you preserve two thoughts and return next month prepared to discuss our Field Day 2020 strategy. 

1.)  What one aspect of Field Day 2019 was the most rewarding to you?   You may substitute other positive words, such as “enjoyable”, “satisfying”, “memorable” in place of “rewarding”.

2.)  If it was within your power to add, change or delete anything to or from our Field Day 2020 activity what would that be?

 


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday June 19, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Field Day Planning 2019 — Last Chance

Only three days stand between us and Field Day 2019.  This is our final opportunity for planning any of the last minute details.  There will be some last minute discussion of the food arrangements — menus and preparation.  We also expect to have some discussion of the actions that will earn us 100 Bonus Points for originating RadioGram Message Traffic using WinLink 2000.  Please come to the meeting prepared with your message recipient e-mail address and the wording of the message you wish to send during Field Day.

Topic 2

Dayton Hamvention Recap

Our May Meeting took place prior to the Dayton Hamvention.  We can talk about Dayton here, as part of our June meeting.

Topic 3

Community Day in the Park

Preliminary discussions related to the Mechanicsburg Borough event for which CARC is a Sponsor.  Volunteers are sought.  Your input regarding what type of activity we can present to our visitors.  Our goal is to put our best foot forward and share the enjoyment we get from our Ham Radio hobby.

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday May 15, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Field Day 2019 Preparations

Field Day Saturday Supper Planning.  Between now and the date of this meeting the BBQ Grill will be tested.  The results of that testing will be on the agenda.  

Topic 2

7QP Recap

The Seventh Callsign District QSO Party is a good warm-up activity in preparation for Field Day.  Perhaps those who participated in the 7QP will offer their feedback.  The floor will be open for anyone who has any contest-related stories to share. 

Topic 3

CARC Polo Shirt Clubwear Ordering

If you are interested in purchasing one of the newly redesigned CARC Polo Shirts please come to the meeting with (or eMail me) your Name, Callsign, and Shirt Size.  We have a PRICE GAME you can play.  The game consists of drawing a “ticket” from the jar and seeing what price you will pay.  We have some FREE tickets in the pool, some $20 tickets, and the remaining tickets are $25.  The street-price of the shirt with embroidery sewing would have been $33.  You reap the savings!

Topic 4

ARRL Field Day Merchandise Distribution

CARC Members placed their orders for ARRL Field Day 2019 merchandise including PINS, STICKERS, HATS, MUGS, and SHIRTS.  I placed our big order with the ARRL.  They fulfilled and FedEx delivered.  I will  have the products in-hand at our May meeting.  I will distribute the bounty to those who ordered.

Topic 5

York Hamfest April 27 Feedback.  Warminster Hamfest May 5 Feedback.

I am continually looking for ways to have other people share in the work involved in putting together a Ham Radio Club Meeting.  If you attended either (or both) of these popular events perhaps you could share a few thoughts and recollections with the group.  

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MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday April 17, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Field Day 2019 Other-Than-Operating Planning

Discussion of the important topic on many minds — FOOD.  We need to nail down our Saturday Supper plans.  Menu, Provisioning, Preparation, etc.

Topic 2

Field Day 2019 Operating Planning

With the advent of FT8 Digital Mode as one of the Field Day options, how do we envision deploying our resources to make good use of the equipment, antennas, operators, and band conditions.  A planning matrix was distributed last month.  Let’s pick up from there.

Topic 3

Field Day 2019 Details

Let’s nail down the topics over which we have complete control this far in advance of the Big Day.  Media Publicity Arrangements, Request Permission from the License Trustee to use the Club Callsign, Saturday Breakfast Venue, Pick-up and Return of the Cabin Key, Review the Volunteer Sign-up Sheet.

Topic 4

Clubwear

I like to model our Club Activities after other inspirational events in my life.  Tonight will be our version of Project Runway.  I hope to have as many a four high-fashion models who have been carefully selected from among the CARC Membership.  Our models will be wearing the latest creations from our Dauphin County design team — Holly’s Embroidery.  In case you would like to own the latest fashions please come to tonight’s meeting prepared with your clothing size.

Topic 5

Birthday Wishes — For You and the IARU

Someone in the room has an April Birthday.  Who is it?  Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time! 

April 18 is the date that marks the founding of the International Amateur Radio Union.  That sounds as much like a birthday as anything else I have recently heard.  Let’s Celebrate and Have a Good Time!

Topic 6

Make This Your Meeting

I could use your help.  What is on your mind?  What topics of interest should we discuss?  Can I post a photo of you doing something with your Ham Radio Station?  My offer of the Selfie-Sticks still stands.  If you promise to send me a photo I will provide you with a Selfie-Stick as the enabler.


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday March 20, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00 pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:15pm and will end by 8:45pm.

Topic 1

Is there anything we DID NOT cover in February?

The February Meeting Agenda was jam-packed.  How could we possibly have anything to discuss at our March Meeting?

Topic 2

Field Day 2019

By our meeting date I expect that the ARRL will have posted the Field Day Packet.  High among our priorities will be to see if there are any new rules, or scoring opportunities.  I am looking for some Go/No Go feedback on the Bonus Point categories that involve extended planning, resources, and effort.  I am Okay if the recommendation is to focus more of our Field Day Activity on having a good time making contacts and less effort on earning the Bonus Points that expose us to what i will call “return favors”.

Topic 3

Meeting Time

I plan to begin the March 2019 meeting at 7:15 p.m., 15 minutes earlier than usual.  In turn, it is my objective to finish the meeting and depart by 8:45 p.m. so that the Hoss’s staff can remain on schedule.  Please note:  the March Meeting will take place under DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME conditions.  The sky will be bright and sunny when you arrive — not so bright and sunny when you depart.

Topic 4

Club Polo Shirts

Our friends at the Blue Moon Cruisers car club introduced me to Hollys Embroidery as the place where they obtain products similar to what we are seeking.  I’ve taken some photos of my CARC Polo Shirt and plan to contact the folks at Hollys Embroidery to see if they are willing and able to produce Polo Shirts for CARC.  I will be seeking your feedback regarding our Polo Shirts — colors, wording, use of a logo, replacing or removing the 50 Years slogan.

Topic 5

Member Appreciation Night

If the Girl Scouts come through with their delivery of the cookies i ordered we will celebrate Member Appreciation Night as part of our March Meeting.  I am a big customer and ordered sixty boxes of cookies from the World’s Best Salesperson, my granddaughter Jade.  If the cookies don’t arrive in time we will have another dance lesson.  I’ve been watch Fred Astaire in Royal Wedding and think I know how he did that dancing on the ceiling scene.

Topic 6

Door Prize Pool

I’ve tried to organize the Door Prize Pool so that members and guest can have a better understanding of what is available to the lucky winner.  I’ve replenished some of the popular prizes.  And, I am trying to unload a couple of the not-so-popular prizes through a BUY IT NOW concept to what you see on eBay.  Last month I tried to sell off the slow-moving prizes for 25 cents each.  Won’t you help lighten my load?


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday February 27, 2019  * * * * * RESCHEDULED FROM February 20

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

CARC Net BINGO

We should have had a few weeks of CARC Net BINGO under our belts by the time of our February meeting.  Lets hear from the participants.  Did anyone get a BINGO — Horizontal, Vertical, Diagonal, Small Diamond, Large Diamond, Four Corners, Postage Stamp?  Regarding Prizes — I am going to start small.

Topic 2

Winter Field Day Results

Winter Field Day took place January 26-27.  Lets see what kind of performance CARC Members delivered.

Topic 3

CARC  Objectives 2019

At our January Meeting I put a few objectives on the table and solicited your participation to come up with additional objectives.  Do we have any add-on objectives?  Perhaps we have had some reportable results from the objectives I introduced.

Topic 4

Field Day Planning Matrix

Roles and Responsibilities.  Volunteers.  Leadership.  Goals.  Food,  Educational Activity.  Bonus Points.  Safety.  Food (mentioned twice because it is SO important).  Equipment,  Antennas,  Operators.  Did I mention Food?

Topic 5

Door Prize Process Improvement

You may have noticed that Andy Forsyth sometimes becomes overwhelmed with the logistics of everything he brings into and takes out of the meeting venue.  He is (I am) motivated to bring more organization to that process.  In that sense, I plan to create a Door Prize Shopping List.  If your name is drawn you can refer to the shopping list and tell me what you would like to receive as your Door Prize Reward.  I will commit to posting the Door Prize Shopping List on the Members Page of our website prior to the meeting.

Topic 6

Club Business Continuity

I sometimes worry about who will take over essential functions in case any of our key-people meet their demise.  I would like to begin thinking about and acting upon what it means to have a business continuity program for our Club.  For starters, I would like to take everything I know about our club  processes and put it in a hermetically sealed mayonnaise jar on Funk & Wagnalls’ porch.  Only Really Old People who are Vibrantly Young At Heart will understand that cryptic reference.  Come to the February Meeting and I will explain it to the younger members. 

Topic 7

What’s Left?

a.)  It was very nice to have four guests participate in our January meeting.  In anticipation that some or all may wish to join our club, let’s set aside a few minutes to exercise our membership formalities and welcome the successful applications into our club.
b.)
  An ALARM CLOCK to help Andy stay on-time.  I do not want to wear out our welcome with the Hoss’s Team by running beyond their 9:00 p.m. closing time.  Someone remind me to set my alarm for 8:45 p.m. 
c.)  I will be fishing around to see how we feel about the possibility of an earlier starting time for our meeting.  If we commit to timely arrivals, ordering, and eating our meals could we advance the Meeting Start Time to 7:00 p.m. ?  In turn, that might also lead to a slightly earlier completion time of, let’s say 8:45 p.m.
d.)  Perhaps our Membership Secretary can provide a status report on 2019 Membership Renewals.
e.)  I will present feedback from our favorite English Teacher and her husband who responded to my question of why is it that English Teachers shudder whenever I say — “A good time was had by all.”


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday January 16, 2019

Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner and Pre-Meeting Conversation.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

Annual Club Membership Renewal (in other words: Dues Payment)

First, let me express profound appreciation to Richard Johnson, N3EPY, who Volunteered to serve a Club Membership Secretary for 2019.  Thank you Richard.  CARC Membership and its benefits can be yours for a modest $10 annual dues payment covering the calendar year.  Richard Johnson will receive your dues money in exchange for a personalized Membership Card.  You have the power to make Richard’s job easy.  Exact Change is appreciated.   If you are not able to attend one of the early-2019 CARC Meetings in person, your annual dues payment can be mailed.  Address:  Andrew Forsyth, 5 Northern Dancer Drive, Dillsburg, PA  17019-9300.  

Topic 2

Recap of the Holiday Brunch.  Continual Improvement for Next Year’s Event

I am seeking your feedback on the venue, the menu, the quality and quantity of the food and beverages, the service, the seating arrangements, the goodie bags, the Ladies Gifts, the Door Prizes — in short, every aspect of our Annual Event.  If you were starting with a Clean Slate what would you do the same, and what would you do differently?  It is your Club.  Speak up and help shape the future.

Topic 3

How do we feel about Club Participation in the Winter Field Day Contest?

Individual participation is an option.  Group participation is an option.  The event takes place Saturday January 26 through Sunday January 27, 2019.  Without twisting any arms beyond the breaking point, let’s measure our interest level in this event.  On a scale of 1 to 10, where do we stand…?

Topic 4

Hot Off The Press.  Brand New.  2019 Sticker Collection Booklets will be distributed.

Each person attending our January Meeting will receive one of the coveted CARC Sticker Collection Booklets, 2019 Edition.

Topic 5

Feedback on the Shaffer Park Cabin Reservation for our Field Day 2019 Operations.

One of the most highly respected Members of our Club has the perennial duty of securing our reservation with the Carlisle Parks and Recreation Department.  Let’s see how that worked this year.  Mister Field Day — please take the floor and deliver your update.

Topic 6

Club Objectives for 2019 

This is your Club President Andy Forsyth speaking.  The business world has taught me the value of  running a tight ship.  As a Club, we should have some objectives.  As Members of the Club, each person should have the opportunity to contribute toward the achievement of those objectives.   I will have a few objectives in mind.  Please come to the meeting prepared with your input regarding Club Objectives.


HOLIDAY BRUNCH:   Sunday December 9, 2018

Our annual Holiday Brunch will take place at the T J Rockwell’s Restaurant located at 896 West Grantham Road, Mechanicsburg, PA.  This venue is located next door to the Ashcombe Farm and Greenhouses.

Seating is at 11:00 am.   Please arrive a few minutes beforehand so that we can be seated together at the same time.

Topic 1

Full Menu Option

In prior years T J Rockwell’s offered their Dinner Menu as one of the dining options.  Pricing ranges from 69 cents for the World’s Smallest Sundae to $25.99 for a surf and turf selection.  There are many delicious options between those end points.  If you wish to preview the menu beforehand please visit www.TJRockwells.com

Topic 2

Buffet Brunch Option

The All-You-Can-Eat Buffet Brunch is available as one of the dining options.  Selections include Made-to-Order Omelets, Fresh Fruit, Smoked Sausage, Skillet Potatoes, Made-to-Order Waffles, Peel-and-Eat Shrimp, Carved Roast Beef, and the Dessert Tray.  The T J Rockwell web site mentions $17.95 as the price which includes a complimentary Mimosa cocktail.

Topic 3

Goodie Bags

Andy Forsyth and a Duo of Volunteers intend to continue our annual tradition of providing each CARC Attendee and guests a Goodie Bag of things that make the holiday a little bit sweeter.  We have new Goodie Bag Coordinators this year.  Let’s see how they do.

Topic 4

Something Nice for the Ladies 

Jeri Forsyth (Mrs. AF3I) has taken the first steps to continue our other annual tradition of providing something nice for our lady guests and our lady members.  

Topic 5

Door Prize Raffle 

Andy Forsyth intends to continue our tradition of drawing a few names from a figurative hat and rewarding each lucky winner with some kind of treat.  Many of the door prize selections, and the overall quantity of prizes, occur on a whim as I see what the marketplace has to offer.  You can bet on some Matangos Chocolates being in the prize pool.  And my business friends at the winery will be represented in the prize pool.   I am not yet sure of which winery will earn my business this year — but it will a recognizable name in the Central PA marketplace.

Topic 6

Planning 

The restaurant will set the same number of places at the table as Valli Hoski or I tell them we will have as guests.  An accurate head-count is the key to a pleasant dining experience.  Valli and I will communicate her needs to you and ask that you make a commitment that can be shared with the Restaurant Staff.  Lets’s go with Friday November 30. 2018 as the due date to submit your attendance commitment.  If you have not already signed-up, please E-mail Andy Forsyth at:   AF3I@RadioClub-CARC.com


MEETING TOPICS:   Wednesday November 14, 2018  One Week Early Due to Thanksgiving

COMPLETED    Our meeting will take place at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA  (Upper Allen Township).

Arrive about 6:00pm for Dinner.  Our meeting begins at 7:30pm and will end by 9:00pm.

Topic 1

Marketing Activity

Frank Mellott, Steve Hancock and perhaps others have been spreading the gospel of CARC to all who will listen.  Their audience typically involves people who have attended a Volunteer Exam session and passed their test.  I been working on a Marketing brochure that can be put into the hands of all these potential members.  I’ve also taken steps to package our Wooden Nickel Round TUITs in order to make a better first impression.  I expect to have samples of these materials for your review and comments.

Topic 2

Farmers Fair Fantastic Parade Recap

Harry Fasick K3EYL will present the topic.  The event ran on schedule Saturday Night October 20, 2018.  Volunteers on duty included Harry Fasick, Valli Hoski, Frank Mellott, Doug Good, Dave Hile, Sherry Morgan, and Andy Forsyth.   Everyone thought the torrential downpour, gale force winds, and what some observers are calling hail was a great way to end the evening.

Topic 3

Election of Officers for 2019

There were no self-expressions of interest and no nominations of new candidates for office other than a motion to request that the 2018 officers continue in their current roles for the upcoming year.  Our November meeting will formalize the selection of officers.

Topic 4

Membership Secretary 2019 Volunteer Sought

I should have made this Topic #1 because without a Membership Secretary for 2019 our club will flounder.  I should have checked the entomology of that word, and some other words in this topic, because it really bugs me to use a word that means a “flat fish” when I intended something quite different.

The essence of the Membership Secretary position is to accept Dues Payments from the Members, issue a Membership Card to each paying member, keep accurate records of the payments received, turn over the payments to the Club Treasurer on a periodic basis, and give an occasional report of where we stand in terms of paid-up memberships.  Most of the work takes place in January, with a little spill-over into February.

If you are hesitant to volunteer for this Club Leadership Role because the duties and workload are a bit mysterious please express your concern and we will bring clarity to the matter.

Topic 5

Holiday Brunch Final Planning

Our Holiday Brunch has been planned for Sunday December 9, 2018 at the T J Rockwell’s Restaurant located at 896 West Grantham Road in Mechanicsburg, PA.   Our reservation time is 11:00am.  Valli Hoski and I will be fishing for your commitment so that an accurate head count can be provided to the Restaurant Staff.

Topic 6

Field Day 2019

As November  is our last meeting of 2018, and as the Cariisle Parks and Recreation Department will begin taking reservations for the Shaffer Park Cabin before our January meeting, therefore it is of utmost importance that we use the November Meeting to establish authority and responsibility for making the cabin reservation.

Topic 7

The Business Of Being a Club

I plan to share a few thoughts about whether or not we should take steps to more formally organize our Club as a Pennsylvania Non-Profit Corporation and to seek an Exempt Organization 501 c 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.  I am sure there are PROs and CONs.  I will be seeking input from Club Members who have experience is such matters.


General Meeting Information

 

MEETING LOCATION

We almost always meet at the Hoss’s Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg, PA (Upper Allen Township).  Perhaps you think of this location as being next door to the Stauffer’s of Kissel Hill Garden Center. 
The Events page will list the specific date, time and location of each upcoming meeting.

Mention RADIO CLUB MEETING at the entrance and you will be directed to our meeting room.

MEETING DATE AND TIME

If you would enjoy the Hoss-pitality arrive about 6:00pm for dinner (Dutch Treat).  The Hoss’s staff will take your order and then serve the food in the meeting room.  Soup, Salad Bar, Bread, and Desserts are in the main dining area.
 
We begin the business part of the meeting at 7:15pm and plan to finish before 8:45pm.

MEETING ELEMENTS

A typical meeting includes welcoming our guests, general announcements, recognition for jobs well-done , a segment that reminds me of Show & Tell, customary business topics, a ham-radio activity, and a door prize drawing. 

The meeting atmosphere tends to be light-hearted and tightly focused on the agenda.

 

COME TO OUR MEETING 
HAVE A GOOD TIME

You will meet other Ham Radio Operators and have ample opportunity to ask questions or seek advice.  There are many years of experience among our members.  Meeting attendance typically ranges from 12 to 20 persons. 

Members, Family, Guests, and Visitors are Welcome to attend.

Address Information for Events

Monthly Meeting Location

 

Hoss’s Restaurant

61 Gettysburg Pike

Mechanicsburg, PA

Holiday Brunch Venue

 

T J Rockwell’s Restaurant

896 West Grantham Road

Mechanicsburg, PA

Field Day 2019 Location

 

Shaffer Park

1549 Spring Road

Carlisle, PA

Thursday Morning Coffee Club

 

Caffe 101

On the lake-front across from the Clock Tower.

Boiling Springs, PA