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RadioShack News

Rick
 

Last Thursday we held the first of three sequential Technician Class license sessions. 
In attendance were students Stacy, 

Mark, Sean,  Peter, and  Adam. 

Their enthusiasm was infectious.  

Class resumes this Thursday.

Bill KK4ZIU, and I are expecting all 5 students to test and pass, in November. 


The second floor radio room  will be available to those who would like to work 40 meter SSB, CW or FT8.  Come play radio and hang out at the shack.  Send me a text message before 6p on Thursday, if you can make it.  I’ll get the radio warmed up and give you a primer on a few special knobs, and switches. 


Our air cannon antenna launcher project is on temporary hold......but all parts are in stock and ready for assembly. Very cool.


73,


Richard 
KK4RR 
336-687-8001



RadioShack News!

Don <dondurham43@...>
 

CQ CQ - calling all members of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club:

Here's a report transmitted for your enjoyment with live action from The Shack, hosted by KK4RR!

The link goes to a .wav file in a dropbox folder.  I believe you should be able to stream the file and listen without downloading anything.

Enjoy!

73,
Don
W4DWD

W4CC

H G Robertson
 

Some of you may remember John..
 

RadioShack News

Rick
 

Bill KK4ZIU, and I will be conducting a Technician Class training session this Thursday. It will be the first of 3 Thursday evening class sessions, ending with testing on November 16. We are expecting 5 students.

Club members are welcome this Thursday, to operate the station on the unused level.
Please contact me in advance if you wish to do so.


73,

Richard
KK4RR
336-687-8001

AMATEUR RADIO TEST SESSION SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2019

Tony Lewis
 

This announcement is to advise that amateur exams will be 


administered on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at 9:30 AM

at the Thomasville Public Library at 21 Randolph Street

which is just down the street from the "big chair" at the railroad

tracks at the square in Thomasville NC.

Walk-ins are gladly accepted.

Bring 2 ID's with one being a photo ID and your Social Security

number or FRN number.

PLEASE NOTE: NEW CORES REGISTRATION EFFECTIVE 3-1-19. FCC WANTS
EVERYONE TO HAVE THEIR FRN NUMBER BEFORE TAKING A TEST.

If licensed bring a photo ID and a signed copy of your license

for upgrading exam. Also any CSCE credits you have which

may apply.

The fee is $12.00 cash--NO CHECKS-- for each applicant.

Also the NEW General Class Question  Pool questions effective July 1, 2019.

Wish everyone the best!!

Rae Everhart  K4SWN

Chief Officer W4VEC/VEC

NC QSO Party News and Changes for 2020

Tony Lewis
 

NC QSO Party News and Changes for 2020


See NCQSOPARTY.org for the source of this information. 



BONUS CHANGES AND ‘TARHEEL’ SPELLING BEE

October 3, 2019 Marty Young W4MY

2020 will be here before we know it and change is afoot for NCQP. Without beating around the bush I’ll just get right to it. The bonus stations W4DW, NI4BK, W1VOA, and NC4QP have been retired from their status as extra points in the scoring system. You will still hear these hallmark stations on the air, but they will be regular QSO points like all others. In addition, the two “bonus counties” will no longer be in play for any special scoring advantage. This is a big step we’re taking but we believe it’s the right direction in keeping NCQP vibrant and healthy for years to come.

Now for the exciting news. Replacing the old bonus system this year is a new “TARHEEL” Spelling Bee. Basically, seven special stations with 1×1 calls will be on the air during the entire 10 hour event. The letters in each of the call suffixes will spell out the word “TARHEEL”. The calls to look for are: N4T, W4A, N4R, N4H, N4E, W4E, and N4L.

Like the old bonus system, working these will get you an extra 50 points each (350 possible) plus an extra 200 for sweeping them all (550 total). This is added to your score after QSO’s and multipliers have been calculated.

Working a sweep will qualify you for a very nice personalized certificate that will be sent to you electronically. In addition, each op who achieves this will receive, free of charge, a commemorative coffee cup to celebrate their accomplishment. Kind of like the ARRL Sweepstakes clean sweep mug except NCQP picks up the tab. (Actually our great sponsors do that!)

The 1×1 bonus stations are already selected and have the special 1×1 calls assigned for March 1-2, 2020. We’ll let everyone know who they are after the event.

Good hunting, looking forward to hearing everyone on the air for NCQP 2020!

Marty / W4MY

NCQP Chairman

PS: There’s no need to make a separate application if you achieve the TARHEEL sweep. Logbot will get that out of your log when you submit it. Be sure to have your address correct in the Cabrillo header so your cup will come to the right place! We will also probably list the folks who got the sweep in the 2020 results.



CATEGORY CHANGES

October 3, 2019 Marty Young W4MY

Since I’ve been NCQP chairman the second most asked question to me was, “…why doesn’t NCQP have (a) multi-op category(s)?” My answer has always been that that is taken care of by our club categories and expedition to a lessor extent.

Well, that’s changing. For In-State operators 2019 was the last year for all of the club categories. Essentially, they are being replaced by new multi-2 categories Mixed-LP, Mixed-HP, and SSB-LP. Any group, in or out of state, using any call can have up to two simultaneous signals now. Club groups can certainly enter one of these new categories as they always have done, but now they are sharing entry and competition with any group wishing to compete similarly.

In-State ops note there is no change to the expedition or mobile category. All the old rules are still intact. One transmitted signal maximum regardless of how many folks are in the group. This doesn’t mean a group wanting to do a multi-2 can’t go on an expedition and set up Field Day style. It’s just that they would enter as a Multi-2 and not have the benefits of an Expedition class (i.e., moving to a new county.) So its a strategy decision we’re leaving to the participants.

Check the 2020 rules if you have a group that wants to enter a multi-2 log in the next NCQP. I look forward to working many of the new groups next year.

Marty / W4MY

NCQP Chairman



WORKED MOST COUNTIES CHANGES

October 3, 2019 Marty Young W4MY

Working all 100 North Carolina counties in a 10 hour period is a very overwhelming and difficult task. In the past few years a couple ops have approached working 80% of them. Of course, all 100 counties must be activated and on the air in order for a sweep to even be possible. This is where our expeditions and mobiles play a critical roll. There are quite a few NC counties with almost no active hams residing in them.

We are ramping up our effort to get all 100 counties on the air and changing the county award. No more “Worked most counties” awards. We’re going for broke. The award is for a 100 county Sweep. To my knowledge, this has never been done since NCQP started in the early 70’s. The first person to achieve a full NC county sweep will receive a very fancy (read: expensive!) plaque with annotation it being THE FIRST EVER NC county sweep. Second, a $100 cash prize, and third, I will travel to anywhere in the continental USA to personally present your award before your peers at your local club meeting or time of your choosing.

This is a huge deal for us on the committee and we are all looking forward to the day this FIRST award is presented. To help this along, a few small, but important, rule changes are being made. Every In-State op can count the county they make their QSOs from as part of the sweep (only 99 more!) Expeditions, mobiles; same thing applies. Each county operated from checks off the sweep total regardless if you made a QSO to someone else in the county from which you were physically in operating.

Note these “county credits” only apply to adjudicating the status of your sweep. Score multiplier rules are unchanged. Mults are only posted and calculated in your points for your operating county if you actually work someone else who is there also.

Marty / W4MY

NCQP Chairman

PS: In the rare situation we have more than one “sweep” next year, #1 will be given to the op who completes it first during the event. Lets hope we have that problem!



Minutes of 10/12/19 NC4AR meeting

John Steinberger
 

Tri-County Amateur Radio Club
Minutes of Meeting: 12 Oct. 2019
[Draft: subject to corrections at next meeting on Nov. 9]

A regular monthly meeting of the Tri-County Amateur Radio Club was held on Saturday, 12 October 2019, at 8:30 am EDT, at Loflin's Restaurant, 108 Randolph Street, in Thomasville, NC, the vice president, W4DAE-David, being in the chair.  The meeting was called to order at 8:31 am.

Attending:  K4EBF-Ed; KX4QP-Donald; KK4VCH-Norman; WB2RFK-Ken; KJ4NUS-Steve; KJ4NUU-Vanda; KN4VVQ-Jeremy Sr. and his son Jeremy Jr.; W8LWX-John; KJ4UYR-Janice; K4KKT-Joe; KK4RR-Rick; and KD4LHP-John.  Arriving after adjournment: KF4QDS-John and his son Jonathan.


Approval of Minutes from Previous Meeting

Reading of the minutes of the September 2019 meeting was waived and they were adopted without change or objection.

Reports of Officers and Committees

The treasurer, K4EBF-Ed, provided a three-page treasury report covering 01/01/18 through 2019-Q3 (09/30/19), noting that there was no treasury activity during 2019-Q3.  The report was filed for audit without objection.

An auditing committee consisting of KJ4NUS-Steve was appointed for the purpose of performing routine review of the Treasurer's report and of any subsequent 2019 follow-ups and reporting its  findings to membership at the January 2020 regular monthly meeting.

The secretary, W8LWX-John, reported that various corrections had been made to the roster since the previous meeting in response to an e-mail seeking such corrections.  In addition, KF4NI-Ruby's status was corrected to "Lifetime," reflecting the vote at the January 2015 monthly meeting, and a new legend was placed on the roster to remind members of their duty to protect other members' confidential data.  As of 11 Oct. 2019, we had 36 members.  By the end of the meeting, two more had been added (KJ4NUS-Steve and KJ4NUU-Vanda), resulting in a total of 38 members.


Unfinished Business from Previous Meeting

There was no unfinished business from the previous meeting.


New Business

Volunteers were sought to serve as a three-person Nominating Committee pursuant to Bylaws § 5.2.  KN4VVQ-Jeremy, KJ4NUS-Steve, and W8LWX-John volunteered and, without objection, were appointed.  The first to volunteer and be named was KN4VVQ-Jeremy, who therefore is chairman of the committee as provided by the rules of order.


Program and Announcements

W4DAE-David announced local October hamfests scheduled for Oct. 12 in Winston-Salem and Oct. 13 in Maysville, as well as the Jamboree on the Air ("JOTA") scheduled for Oct. 18-20.

KK4RR-Richard reported on the following events at the "Radio Shack":

a.  The project for building "spud guns" to launch antenna-mounting lines into trees is still ongoing, with the labors of construction balanced out by appropriate quantities of pizza and beer.

b.  About 3-5 enrollees are expected for the first Tech training course at the Shack.  Tech training is expected to occupy about three Thursdays every two months to help anyone wishing to learn and become a new ham.  Course materials are $25.

W8LWX-John presented a program, after formal adjournment, regarding the history of the ICAO spelling alphabet (sometimes called "NATO phonetics") and the older systems, such as the "Able Baker" alphabet, that it replaced shortly after the end of World War II.


Adjournment

The meeting was adjourned at 8:54 am EDT.


Respectfully submitted,
/s/ W8LWX-John
Secretary

  

RadioShack News

Rick
 

Please join us Thursday,  Oct 10 at 7p, as we continue building our antenna launcher,  and work radios at the shack

On October 17, the Tri-County ARC, will host its first Technician Class preparation session at the RadioShack. 
If you know someone who would like to get their technician ticket, please have them call me or Bill KK4ZIU for details. 

Richard 
KK4RR 

The RadioShack of the Tri-County ARC
331 Woodrow Ave
High Point, NC
336-687-8001

Talk in 441.800 

Wire Antennas

 

Found this download on the MFJ site.

https://www.mfjenterprises.com/alreadySignedUpDownloads.php

Re: RadioShack News

Mark
 

I have three people that would like to come to classes. How many
Classes will there be? And how long?

On Oct 1, 2019, at 9:47 PM, Rick via Groups.Io <kk4rr=mac.com@groups.io> wrote:

The Tri-County ARC Board of Directors, will be meeting at the shack this Thursday, October 3. Anthony N4AGL, will work FT8 and begin spewing RF around 8:30 pm. Please come around that time to hang out.

Please join us Thursday, Oct 10, as we continue building our antenna launcher, and work the radios.

On October 17, the Tri-County ARC, will host its first Technician Class preparation session at the RadioShack.
If you know someone who would like to get their technician ticket, please have them call me, or Bill KK4ZIU, for details.

73,
Richard
KK4RR
Cell. 336-687-8001


RadioShack News

Rick
 

The Tri-County ARC Board of Directors, will be meeting at the shack this Thursday, October 3. Anthony N4AGL, will work FT8 and begin spewing RF around 8:30 pm. Please come around that time to hang out.

Please join us Thursday, Oct 10, as we continue building our antenna launcher, and work the radios.

On October 17, the Tri-County ARC, will host its first Technician Class preparation session at the RadioShack.
If you know someone who would like to get their technician ticket, please have them call me, or Bill KK4ZIU, for details.

73,
Richard
KK4RR
Cell. 336-687-8001

Kickstarter for Hobbyist

 

Net this Thursday September 26th

Amy
 

John has asked that i send this message out.

He is going out of town Thursday morning and needs someone to cover the net for him.

If you can help cover for him please contact him at 336-289-3372 asap.

Thank you

Fw: Press release from Asheville Radio Museum

H G Robertson
 

 

Sent: Tuesday, September 24, 2019 8:26 PM
To: undisclosed-recipients:
Subject: Press release from Asheville Radio Museum

This email is being sent to North Carolina ham club newsletter editors.

A lot has been going on lately at the Asheville Radio Museum that will be of interest to your members.  Please have a look at the attachment to this email and you'll see what I mean.

I hope you will make this information available to your club.  If you like, please feel free to forward this attachment with your next club newsletter.

Or.... we have a link to the attachment near the top of our home page at www.avlradiomuseum.org.  It looks like this:
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Many thanks in advance for helping to support our all volunteer museum.

73,
Stuart Smolkin  WA5EYI (Curator)

RadioShack News

Rick
 

We have most of the necessary parts to build an antenna launcher. Come join us this Thursday, as we put the pieces together, and play with radios.

Mark your calendar and encourage a non ham friend or family member, to join us at the shack, for a technician class course.

Class dates are October 17, October 24, and November 7. All classes start at 7p eastern, and will last about 2 hours.
Registration required. Call me for details.


Richard
KK4RR
336-687-8001

The RadioShack of the
Tri-County Amateur Radio Club
331 Woodrow Ave
High Point, NC

RadioShack News

Rick
 

RadioShack News

We are still gathering parts to build an antenna launcher, so there is still time to get in on the project. Drop me an email if you are interested
This Thursday, we will go thru the process of configuring a radio and computer to run FT8, a form of digital communication that really shines when band conditions are poor.
If time permits we will also review the state of the art in CW decoders. CW is the granddaddy of all digital communication modes. With a bit of software and hardware you can transmit and receive Morse, with minimal ( even no ) proficiency in using that thing between your ears. You don’t even need a Morse key.

Hope to see you at the shack. 7p EDST

Talk in 441.800

Rick
KK4RR
336 687 8001

331 Woodrow Ave
High Point

Minutes of Sept. 2019 NC4AR meeting

John Steinberger
 

All,

Draft minutes of the September 2019 club meeting are attached and have been posted to the website. As always, if there are any corrections needed, feel free to say so at the next monthly meeting.

--
73,
John, W8LWX

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H G Robertson
 

 
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RadioShack News

Rick
 

This week at the shack, we will research and develop a shopping list, for the build of pneumatic launchers.

As a group, we can each build our own.

Handy for Field Day, emergency use, or in your backyard! An antenna launcher uses air pressure to propel a mono-filament fishing line, which you can then use to pull a heavier rope up over the tree.

I anticipate that we will build launchers, the following week.

Hope to see you this Thursday at 7p

Richard
KK4RR

RadioShack
331 Woodrow Ave
High Point, NC

At the corner of Woodrow and Forest
Talk in repeater 441.800

NA211

H G Robertson