November Second Sunday

The following is the announcement for the November Second Sunday event (November 13th) from Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

This month we are going to meet and discuss setting up a series of CW classes: how to do it, what we need to do, and what would the radio community like to get out of such classes.

Many people now are getting involved in CW. Once it became optional lots of people, after getting licensed, decided they want to start using it, that they were missing something by not using it. Second Sunday has always been about doing things – hands on activity – and this fits that real well.

If you are interested in learning CW, already know CW and want to get better, or are OK with it and like to share what you know, please come to this meeting. This is a planning meeting – input here is important as we will use that to set up the entire program.

The thinking now is the CW classes will be on the fourth Sunday of each month with a way for the group to get together on-line as weekly or more often if needed. This will be an ongoing class with people progressing as far as they want to progress.

If you have a test key/keyer bring it Sunday. If you have any materials you have used in the past to work with CW bring that along too. The more we know upfront the better we can do, right?

Same place: PDK Airport – Dekalb Peachtree Airport Room 227 (top of the stairs near the guard’s office, 2pm eastern whatever-they-call-it-now time).

Come prepared to share your ideas and be part of the solution to the problem of “how do I learn CW?”

The address to PDK is:

Angel Flight Room (224)
Dekalb Peachtree Airport (PDK)
2000 Airport Rd
Atlanta, GA 30341

November Events

It’s been a busy couple of months for the Atlanta Radio Club and there are several events coming up in November.

First, the Member Meeting is this Thursday, November 3rd. John Kludt, K4SQC, will be presenting his program about making contacts when there are no sunspots, “EME using JT65.” Many of us will also be meeting at Cowtippers prior to the meeting for dinner. You can find directions to the meeting and to Cowtippers on the Member Meetings page.

Second, the Stone Mountain Hamfest is this Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th. There will be several micro presentations at the Atlanta Radio Club booth throughout both days covering various topics relating to amateur radio.

Lastly (but not least!), our Second Sunday event will be on November 13th, the weekend after the hamfest, however the program is still TBD. I will post here with the details once the program is confirmed.

Atlanta Radio Club Store Now Open!

The Atlanta Radio Club Store is now open! As announced at the last member meeting, shirts and jackets are available with an option to embroider your name and callsign underneath the club logo! A hat is also available featuring the Atlanta Radio Club logo, though no customization options are available.

Please make sure you spell your name and callsign as you want it to appear on your items. I will be checking each order to ensure that your name and callsign are correct and will be confirming with you if they are different, however I may accidentally overlook something so please check your order receipt.

Also note: these items will not be delivered to you, however they will be available at our monthly meetings. If you’re unable to make the member meeting but can make any other meeting that has an Atlanta Radio Club presence (such as, Second Sunday, the Stone Mountain Hamfest, etc.), then please contact [email protected] to make alternate arrangements.

Generally, orders will be available at the following member meeting if ordered at least one week in advance (by the end of the day Wednesday) prior to the member meeting. This means that if you order today or tomorrow you will have your stuff at our meeting next Thursday, November 3rd! If you aren’t able to order before Thursday then you can still place an order and your items will be available by the next member meeting, though you will be notified if they are available before then. Additionally, any polos ordered between this Thursday and our member meeting next Thursday will be available at the hamfest on the 5th.

Lastly, if you’re having trouble ordering please don’t hesitate to email me at [email protected].

October Technician License Class

The following was posted to the Atlanta Radio Club Yahoo Group as well as various other outlets for area radio clubs. Please contact Elden Morris, N1MN, for more information; his contact information is at the end of this post.

I will be conducting an Amateur Radio Licensing class for the Technician License or introductory level license.

Attached is a flier for the class.

Class will be held October 22, 29 & November 5 from 8am until 4pm. You MUST attend all three days.

The class is free but there is a fee of $15 for the FCC exam.

Students must pre-register for the class.

For more information or to register for this class, please contact me.

Thank you,

[email protected]

This attachment also has some additional information.

October Sunday Tech

The following is the October Sunday Tech announcement from Bill Perkins, KB4KFT:

Time again for our semi annual Second Sunday Tech Session Park Fall Outing. (Technically it is not “semi-annual” since we only do the Fall outing once a year, in the fall… but go with me here, OK?)

Setup starts around 2pm and we continue with the last person usually leaving the park right at dark.

If you are new to ham radio or just interested in what we do come on out and check it out. GOTA (Get On The Air) radios, VHF and UHF (and DMR) radios will be up and running. And there is usually someone doing something new (sometimes just plain odd) just to see if it can be done at all.

If you have a rig or gear you want to try it out come on out we can get it on the air for you (well… unless it requires some odd ball DC voltage, we’ve had people show up with radios needing 37V). If you want to come and use a radio, try out HF, or try out an antenna, or just hang around for a while – you’re welcome to come and do any or all of those things. We can get most any antenna up enough to try out and there will be extra batteries for those who don’t have one big enough to run their rigs.

The only real purpose is to play with radios and have fun. This is supposed to be a fun hobby. So come have fun.

Simple snacks, soft drinks and water will be available. We seem to often run short of chairs so bring your own folding chair if you can.

We will be set up near the near Collier Road and Walthall Street. There is some limited parking on Collier, most of us park along Walthall Street, there is a hill but there is also some steps and a good ramp down into the park.

The outing will be at Tanyard Creek Park. You can use the following address which should get you close to the small parking lot that Bill mentioned, though you may just have to find street parking as it’s a pretty small lot and usually packed.

488 Collier Road Northwest
Atlanta, GA 30309

HR1301 Letters

Your executive committee is sending letters to both GA senators in support of HR1301, the so called Radio Parity Act. The PDF’s of both documents are linked below.

A tip of the hat to member KD4SGN Michael for the suggestion for us to do that. Thanks Michael!

Johnny Isakson

David Perdue

Update (October 9th): Letters to Johnny Isakson and David Perdue have been signed and mailed.

Stone Mountain Hamfest – Student Shack

We received the following announcement for the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest. Additional details will be posted as they become available.

Plans Are Developing for the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest.

Do you know young people who are interested in Amateur Radio?  Please plan on bringing them to the Student Shack at the Stone Mountain Hamfest.  Once again this year, the Student Shack has completely replaced the Youth Lounge of old.  There will not be any coloring books or bead bracelet to be found.  Instead, aimed at the growing number of students at schools with Amateur Radio programs, either during the school day or as an after school activity, the Student Shack will offer a series of educational opportunities for these budding hams.

The full schedule of activities is still being developed.  We will share the full list here in about a week, so stay tuned!.

The Student Shack will run only on Saturday, November 5, during the Stone Mountain Hamfest. Bring your students, their friends, and any youth who have that spark of interest early to the Student Shack while you peruse the bone yard. You better hurry though because the students might find that bargain before you!

Update: Click here for the official Student Shack schedule.

October Member Meeting

The October member meeting is coming up in a couple weeks on October 6th. The meeting will take place at the normal time and place, the American Red Cross at 7:30pm, as well as the pre-meeting dinner at Cowtippers at 6:00pm. Addresses and other information is on the Member Meetings page.

The program for October is a presentation about Battle Bots by Randy Farmer, N4FET. Randy was involved in this year’s ABC TV program, “Battle Bots,” and will discuss that program and how RF is involved with the various teams’ creations.

Additionally, we will be voting on the proposed Bylaw change involving the membership period. The changes presented at the September meeting were the following (underlines are adds, strikethroughs are removals):

Update section 3.05 to say the following:

Any member who has not renewed by April 1 within 30 days of the expiration date of their membership shall be dropped from the active membership roll. Such member may be reinstated to membership by paying dues for the current year at any time restart a new membership at any time.

Update section 8.01 to say the following:

Annual dues for all membership levels shall be proposed by the Executive Officers and approved by the members. Annual dues are payable on January 1st of each year. A new member joining the Club after July 1 shall pay half dues to carry through to the end of that calendar year. A new member joining after October 31st shall pay full membership dues and shall have that payment cover the remainder of the current calendar and the next calendar year. Annual dues are assessed in 12 month increments, on the anniversary of the membership in the club. Members before September 2016 shall have their renewal fixed on January 1.

Schedule B shall be published as a companion to the bylaws outlining the sub categories of membership and their individual dues. This schedule may be modified by recommendation of the board at a regular meeting as defined in Section 7.01.

Update Schedule B with the following changes:

Member and Non-Voting Member to $30 per year.

Life Member to $500 one time.

Update 9/18: Slight update to Section 3.05.

July/August Atlanta Ham

The July/August edition of the Atlanta Ham has been posted here. This edition includes a new section, “Beginner’s Corner”, written by David Harden, KJ4CMY. I’d like to thank David for adding some much needed additional content to this newsletter and I greatly appreciate the work he has put into this. On that note, if you would like your original content published in the newsletter, please contact me at [email protected]; if your article is sent to my by the 20th, it will most likely be published in that month’s newsletter.

Additionally, if you would like to read past newsletters, the newsletter archive is here.