2016-17 Executive Committee Slate

Hi All,

For everyone that couldn’t make it on Thursday (or just doesn’t remember (grin)) here’s the slate for Executive Committee I put forward on behalf of my team last night:

Jim Reed, N4BFR, Club President
Newton White, N4EWT, Vice President
Rob Osattin, KI4UTY, Treasurer (Incumbent)
Ryan Petris, AG6RP, Secretary
Alan Sellers, KW4MO, Board Member at Large

We had some discussion about some of the things we’d like to do as a group, these are some of my notes but not a complete list of what was discussed. Would be glad to continue the discussion here or feel free to reach out to me directly at [email protected]

2016-17 Initiatives

(To be clear on terms – POC’s below are just the concept owners at this point, we would look to blow some of these out into bigger committees if there is interest.)

  • Deepen support of the Maker Community and enhance support of Maker Fair and Science Fest (Jim POC)
  • Continuing to evolve the Hamfest (Newt POC)
  • Modernize Clubs Records & Web integration (Ryan and Rob POC)
  • Work on membership marketing (Alan POC)
  • Continue repeater upgrades including Echolink (Bill KB4KFT has agreed to remain Repeater Chair)
    – Continue to support operating events like Field Day, GA QSO Party, NPOTA and others. (Team)
  • Branding Cleanup (Badges, Signs, Club Wear, etc) (Newt POC)
  • Continued support for Atlanta ARES (Jim, Newt, Ryan, Alan are AEC’s working with Chandler W2NP)

Good discussions on ways to get new hams more involved, HF for the urban dweller and support of our VE activities as well.

Feel free to reach out directly to the POC’s with ideas at this point and we’ll keep you updated on these should we be your choice to run the club beginning in August.

Jim for the team

W4DXCC DX and Contest Convention

The following information was sent by Dave Anderson, K4SV, the W4DXCC Leader:

Hi Friends,

Time is sure flying here. We are now 87 days away from the 2016 W4DXCC convention I can hardly believe it myself. I wanted to let you know that the website has been updated showing the program and presentations, take a look.

W4DXCC Program

This year we have a great lineup of DX and Contest presentations including VK0EK Heard Island. Come hear from a team member who is presenting just what happened and get a chance to speak with them before and after their presentation.

The Bootcamp on Friday was a big hit last year and after reviewing the feedback we modified the program to provide an even better program for 2016. Be sure to spread the word for New and Experienced hams who would like to come see how it’s done. Everyone needs an Elmer, consider Ham Radio Bootcamp your Elmer.

The reservation Hot Line is now open. Give Rosie a call and get your Convention and Banquet tickets. Call her at 865 898-2279. The Banquet seats go fast so it might be a good time to get your tickets as the Banquet seating is limited.

Maybe it’s your first time visiting us or returning for another year, either way you wont want to miss the fun. We have a lobby full of great manufacturers who you can speak with one on one about their gear. Come twist the knobs and click the mice. It should be a wonderful time of fellowship, prizes and fun.

I hope to see everyone this year.

Dave Anderson, K4SV
W4DXCC Leader
[email protected]

July Member Meeting

In addition to executive committee nominations at the July member meeting (on July 7th), Ralph Pickwick, KJ4CNC, will be giving a presentation on attic antennas.

Ralph is a retiree from the communications industry, having spent 35 years within Western Electric, AT&T and Lucent Technologies. Ralph holds an Extra Class license and enjoys chasing DX, Special Events and the digital modes. As a member of GARS, he is one of the Technician and General level HamCram instructors. He is also working with the Gwinnett County School System to spread Amateur Radio throughout the schools in support of the their STEM program.

Out of laziness, Ralph got interested in attic antennas. So watch as his attic antenna farm grows, as he moves up in license class from Technician to Extra, and how he learned a little bit about antennas along the way.

The Amazing SDR Dongle

Join us on June 12 as we spend some time with this $12 piece of magic the SDR Dongle.

Want to be an APRS iGate?
Want to have a 25 Mhz – 1.2 Ghz Receiver?
Want to track airplanes as they fly over your house?

You can do it with the dongle.

We’ll connect these up to a Raspberry Pi to show these and a few others at PDK on June 12 at 2:00 PM.

If you would like to buy an SDR Dongle at the session, they will be be a limited quantity there for $12. If you would like to buy a Raspberry Pi 3 Starter Kit to go with it we will have a limited quantity there for $70. Contact [email protected] to reserve a kit in advance.

Update: Instructions handed out during the session can be found here.

ARRL Field Day

The Atlanta Radio Club will be participating in the 2016 ARRL Field Day on June 25th, operating at Lucky Shoals Park. Setup will begin at noon and communications will begin at 2pm.

More information about this event is coming soon and will be posted here as well as the Yahoo group and our Facebook page. Please post any questions to either the Yahoo group or Facebook page, or email [email protected].