Created using the Donation Thermometer plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/donation-thermometer/.3230We are in the home stretch.94%Classic CARC Members (25)Super-Senior (Free) (2)First Year Licensed (Free) (3) 

Membership Secretary Richard Johnson N3EPY provided an update on CARC Membership Renewal activity for 2019.  We are in the home stretch.  If you would like to contact Richard please visit the Membership page where you will find FAQs and contact information.

If you were able to attend our March meeting you were treated to Member Appreciation Night.  Every day is Member Appreciation Day at CARC.  Your renewal sustains the activities that make CARC one of the best radio clubs you are likely to find.

73,   Andrew Forsyth  AF3I

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Created using the Donation Thermometer plugin https://wordpress.org/plugins/donation-thermometer/.3218We had a Great Turnout.  Thank you.56%CARC April Meeting Attendance (18) 

Thank you CARC Members for making our April meeting a great success.  We had the largest turnout in recent memory with 18 CARC Members in attendance.

Additional thanks to all those who sent their Best Wishes on my recent retirement.  There was a special surprise presentation with Retirement, Ham Radio, and Farming as the theme.   When the photos come back from the Lab I hope to post something here.  (I am kidding.  When was the last time that photos needed to be sent to a Lab for processing?)

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CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday March 31, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     AND    W3ZIF, Royal     Co-Net Control Stations.

W3ZIF, Royal

KC3CPT, Doug

N3FWE, Steve

AF3I, Andy

KC3JVG, Keith

Various problems plagued our net tonight.  Frank’s station was giving the Operator a hard time.  Frank went out to his vehicle and operated from the Driver’s Seat.  During that relocation Royal Kramer W3ZIF took control of the net.  Thank you Royal.  We had a good check-in from Doug Stenger KC3CPT who operated portable from the Monroe Township Park on Route 174 — across the street from our 2017 Field Day site at the Fire Company.  Andy tried operating mobile using a Yaesu FT-5100 and an M2 Square Halo antenna.  The transceiver had low audio.  Andy surfed the web afterwards and learned there is an electrolytic capacitor in the microphone which has some chronic problems.  When the capacitor fails it takes most of the audio along with it.  It is possible to replace that electrolytic capacitor and it is possible to use a different radio next time.  I propose the second option is a whole lot easier to accomplish.  It was good to hear Keith KC3JVG tonight.  Steve Hancock N3FWE heard Keith better than the rest of us were able to hear.

 

Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday April 03, 2019

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The BINGO game we are playing is based on the callsigns of those who check-in to the net.  For added excitement we draw a CARC Member callsign from the Pickled Okra Jar each time the net discussion passes to the next participant.

We play the traditional Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal 5-box straight lines.  In addition, we play the Four Corners, Small Diamond (four squares around the FREE space), Large Diamond (4 squares a little farther out from the FREE space) , and any of the Postage Stamps (4 in a square with one of them being the corner square).

If you attended our January 16, 2019 meeting you had the opportunity to pickup a CARC NET BINGO card.  If you were unable to attend that meeting, of if at that time you did not realize how much fun this activity was going to be, please contact Andy Forsyth to request a CARC BINGO NET card (two on one sheet of paper).  

If you check into the net and would like to participate in the BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.

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Ham Radio Operators who are long-standing members of the American Radio Relay League have grown accustomed to finding an April Fools article in the April issue of QST Magazine.

Sometimes the articles jump off the page as being the one you were looking for.  Other times it can be quite a challenge to differentiate the genuine technical content from the April Fools joke.

This year I am stumped.  I need your help.   Please read the magazine cover-to-cover.  Then answer the question below.

Thank you and 73,
Andrew Forsyth   AF3I

 

 

If you found the QST April Fools article please share your discovery with us. Page Number, Title, or some other relevant information will secure your claim

World Amateur Radio Day — Thursday April 18, 2019

Every April 18, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves in celebration of World Amateur Radio Day. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

Amateur Radio experimenters were the first to discover that the short wave spectrum — far from being a wasteland — could support worldwide propagation. In the rush to use these shorter wavelengths, Amateur Radio was “in grave danger of being pushed aside,” the IARU’s history has noted. Amateur Radio pioneers met in Paris in 1925 and created the IARU to support Amateur Radio worldwide.

Just two years later, at the International Radiotelegraph Conference, Amateur Radio gained the allocations still recognized today — 160, 80, 40, 20, and 10 meters.  Since its founding, the IARU has worked tirelessly to defend and expand the frequency allocations for Amateur Radio. Thanks to the support of enlightened administrations in every part of the globe, radio amateurs are now able to experiment and communicate in frequency bands strategically located throughout the radio spectrum.  From the 25 countries that formed the IARU in 1925, the IARU has grown to include 160 member-societies in three regions. IARU Region 1 includes Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Northern Asia. Region 2 covers the Americas, and Region 3 is comprised of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific island nations, and most of Asia. The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) has recognized the IARU as representing the interests of Amateur Radio.

Today, Amateur Radio is more popular than ever, with more than 3,000,000 licensed operators!

World Amateur Radio Day is the day when IARU Member-Societies can show our capabilities to the public and enjoy global friendship with other Amateurs worldwide.

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A Ham Radio Training Class is scheduled to take place Saturday April 13, 2019 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and continuing Sunday April 14, 2019 from 8 a.m. to Noon.   

The two-day Class prepares the participant for taking the Amateur Radio Technician License Exam.

 

The Training Class will be followed by a FCC License Exam session on Sunday April 14, 2019 from 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

There is no charge for the Training Class.   The FCC License Exam carries a $14 fee.

The events take place at the South Middleton Township Building, 520 Park Drive, Boiling Springs, PA

Instructor for the class is Mr. Ralph Brandt, K3HQI

To sign-up please contact:     Jack.Himes@verizon.net     or call 717 329 3793

Additional information will be sent via email to those who sign-up.

The Class and Exam Session are sponsored by the South Mountain Radio Amateur Club.  Additional information may be found at their website:   www.N3TWT.org

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While standing in the checkout line at my favorite grocery store I spent a brief moment reading the scholarly publications offered at the checkout counter.  They had run out of the Harvard Business Review, Barrons, and The Wall Street Journal.  However, something called The National Enquirer caught my eye.  I decided to model our Cumberland Amateur Radio Club News Page after what I saw.  Their headline sounded so good that I wanted it to be my headline too.

Photos and other content that CARC Members send to me are very much appreciated.  I did receive some materials from one of our active members and I will be posting those contributions this evening.  

I invite additional activity.  This is where you can make a difference.

I offered Selfie-Sticks to all those who attended our most recent meeting.  Much the same as the main character in the Clement Moore poem, visions of sugar plums danced through my head as I envisioned all the photographic material and web page content that soon would grace my email inbox.  I went home Wednesday night with as many Selfie-Sticks as I had on my in-bound voyage.

Perhaps you were simply overwhelmed with the outpouring of Member Appreciation Night goodies.  That’s okay.  Here comes a fresh opportunity.  Forget the Selfie-Sticks.  Any photo will do the job.  Your best anecdote will rival anything that Jack Benny or Milton Berle ever put on the AM radio.  

I will be waiting.  

73,   Andrew Forsyth  AF3I

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CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday March 03, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     Net Control Station

W3ZIF, Royal

N3FWE, Steve       I did not make a note, but I recall that Steve was tonight’s BINGO winner.

AF3I, Andy

KC3CPT, Doug      First time check-in for Doug.  I am glad you made it.

 

Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday March 06, 2019

K3EYK, Garry           Net Control Station

WA3BKK, Bobbe     Bobbe was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight.

K3EYL, Harry

AF3I, Andy

N8QVT, Valli

 

If you check into the net and would like to participate in the BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.

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CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday February 24, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     Net Control Station     Frank was tonight’s CARC NET BINGO Winner.

KC3AB, Doug

W3ZIF, Royal

KC3JVG, Keith

AF3I, Andy

 

Note:  There will NOT be a Ten-Meter Net on Wednesday February 27, 2019 due to the rescheduled meeting.

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Greetings,

For almost as long as I have been maintaining this website, the Vice President of our Club has been hounding me, as well as other club members, to join with him and write a How Do I… article.  He generously offered several topics.  There was one topic that pretty much had my name written all over it.  I took the bait.

The nature of this article is intended to be humorous.  I hope that fact will be self-evident when you set your eyes on Page 1, but sometimes I just have to prepare the reader for what comes next.   For those reasons I decided against posting such a light-hearted text among all the serious stuff that has been posted on our RESOURCES page.     

Here it is, a downloadable PDF called: I Operate CW

Enjoy.

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth  AF3I

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CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday February 17, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     Net Control Station    Frank was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight.

KC3AB, Doug

W3ZIF, Royal

N3FWE, Steve

AF3I, Andy

 

Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday February 20, 2019

K3EYK, Garry     Net Control Station     Garry was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight

WA3BKK, Bobbe

K3EYL, Harry

N3EPY, Richard

AF3I, Andy

We held the Ten Meter Net Tonight because our Face-To-Face Meeting, normally scheduled on this date, fell on hard times as a result of Winter Storm PETRA along with the storm’s Snow, Sleet, Freezing Rain, and Rain.  We rescheduled the F2F one week later, on February 27, 2019.

If you check into the Cumberland Amateur Radio Club net and would like to participate in the CALLSIGN BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.  Pick up a card at our next meeting.  Or, by request, Andy Forsyth will mail a card to you.

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CARC Net Check-ins

Two-Meter Net ** Sunday February 10, 2019

KB3PQT, Frank     Net Control Station    Frank was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight.

KC3AB, Doug

W3ZIF, Royal

N3FWE, Steve

AF3I, Andy

KC3MRX, Steve

 

Ten-Meter Net ** Wednesday February 13, 2019

K3EYK, Garry    Net Control Station

WA3BKK, Bobbe   Bobbe was the CARC NET BINGO Winner Tonight.

K3EYL, Harry

N8QVT, Valli

WB3IOA, Lance

AF3I, Andy

 

The BINGO game we are playing is based on the callsigns of those who check-in to the net.  For added excitement we draw a CARC Member callsign from the Pickled Okra Jar each time the net discussion passes to the next participant.

We play the traditional Horizontal, Vertical, and Diagonal 5-box straight lines.  In addition, we play the Four Corners, Small Diamond (four squares around the FREE space), Large Diamond (4 squares a little farther out from the FREE space) , and any of the Postage Stamps (4 in a square with one of them being the corner square).

If you attended our January 16, 2019 meeting you had the opportunity to pickup a CARC NET BINGO card.  If you were unable to attend that meeting, of if at that time you did not realize how much fun this activity was going to be, please contact Andy Forsyth to request a CARC BINGO NET card (two on one sheet of paper).  

If you check into the net and would like to participate in the BINGO game but you do not yet have a BINGO Card, Andy Forsyth will play a card for you.

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Introducing a new article in the How Do I… series

One of the newest downloadable articles in the How Do I… series is available to you. 

Watch the video to hear an introduction of the topic about which Frank Mellott, KB3PQT has written.

Follow this link to download the PDF version of Frank’s article Logging Software Please enjoy.

 

CARC Two-Meter Net Check-Ins      Sunday February 3, 2019

§  Frank, KB3PQT  Net Control Station

§  Royal, W3ZIF

§  Steve, N3FWE

§  Andy, AF3I

§  Steve, KC3MRX  Welcome Steve — First Check-In using the new license.  Steve is the winner of our CARC NET BINGO tonight.

 

CARC Ten-Meter Net Check-Ins      Wednesday February 6, 2019

§  Garry, K3EYK  Net Control Station

§  Bobbe, WA3BKK

§  Andy, AF3I

 

•  Author:  Andrew Forsyth, AF3I

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