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On Saturday January 23, 2016, was again a great NCARC Winter Hamfest. Thanks to all who attended and a special thanks to all who help out with the event.

See you next year.  Mark your calendars for January 21, 2017

Golden Corral

The next general club will be on Saturday, February 20, 2016. Club meetings are held on the third Saturday of the month at the Golden Corral, 1360 SCULPTOR DRIVE, LOVELAND, CO It is located off E. Eisenhower (US Hwy 34) with an adjoined Kohl's parking lot. Join us at 8 am for breakfast, then the meeting starts at 9 where the last order of business is a presentation about some aspect of ham radio. Meeting agendas are published before the meeting on the member's area alongside the other meetings minutes.

The next NCARC Board of Directors meeting will be Tuesday February 9,  2016 at the Golden Corral in Loveland (the same one as the general club meetings).  We'll start meeting there around 5 or 5:30 for dinner and informal conversation.  The formal meeting will start at 6:00pm.

The 448.025 repeater on the Budweiser Event Center is having a problem right now and is only 'whispering".  The measurements taken show the repeater is hearing just fine, but is transmitting less than 100mW. (yes, that's milliwatts!)    The finals on the repeater are dead.

We are in the process or ordering a replacement repeater.  This will take a several weeks to get in, configure, and get installed.  The new repeater will be a Yaesu DR-1X C4FM on the same frequency.  It will initially be configured in 'auto' mode which means if it hears an analog signal, it transmits analog, and if it hears digital, it will transmit digital.  This is going to give our club members an interesting new mode in northern Colorado.

Additional details about the installation will be posted as they are available.

At Saturday's club meeting, a major new upgrade to our club repeater system was approved.  This is a big project that we feel brings a great many things to this club.

Please view the proposal here:

We'd like to solicit some help from folks to assemble into teams at the various sites to install this gear. If you'd like to help out, or have questions, feel free to contact the Technical Committee Chair; James at  techchair@ncarc.net. Come be a part of YOUR club!

The Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2015 continues to progress though our countries lawmakers.  This measure would direct the FCC to extend its rules relating to reasonable accommodation of Amateur Service communications to private land use restrictions.

 

We encourage every ham radio operator to become familiar with this act and to contact their representatives.  

 

There is enumarable information about this act on the ARRL web site.

This is a reminder that the FCC is no longer sending paper licenses.  This is a change that started in February, 2015.  

For some information from the ARRL on this change and how to get a paper license, go to "obtain-licnese-copy".

To get a copy of your license, get your FCC Registration Number (FRN) and password and go to the FCC's Universal Licensing System (ULS), or call the FCC at 877-480-3201.

The FCC has recently stopped charging for amateur radio operators for vanity call signs.  They realized that is was costing them more to process them than the charges.  The details can be found in the news release from the ARRL.

Gary KE0AAZ and Greg AD0JP, are interested in getting some activity going on 6 meters.  Right now they both have vertically polarized omnidirectional antennas up, and are primarily working and monitoring on 50.130 MHz USB.  Greg can be contacted for signal reports, antenna questions etc at gregella53@gmail.com

The club holds a net each Wednesday at 6:30 pm on the 447.275 repeater (100 Hz tone).  This net starts as a formal net with check-ins and an opportunity to ask questions of the board and members.  Then switches to an informal net where participants can chat about anything on their mind.

 

The club holds a technical net on Monday at 7:00 p.m. on the 447.275 (100 Hz tone)  This is a great chance for you to ask any question you might have about radios, antenna, or just how to get on with that project. No questions is to simple come join us.

All Meeting Notes, Agendas and Financial Reports are posted on the Members Only page.

 

Want to have access to the Members Only page, be on the members only mail distribution list and other details related to the Northern Colorado Amateur Radio Club?  After  joining the club, members are sent information on how to access these areas by logging in.  If you are already a member and have not been given access please contact the Webmaster.

 If you find any broken links while using these pages, please contact the Webmaster and tell us what you found.

 


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