Nelson, KA2C, one of the Directors of the ARA, took a lot of time and effort in testing antenna placement, and multiple antenna configurations in order to make this coming Field Day one of the most spectacular in memory. Then, Covid-16 (a novel coronavirus) struck the world! ARRL will still be holding Field Day, but it really depends on quite a few things as to how the Antietam Radio Association will hold their Field Day 2020. In the mean time, Nelson was kind enough to send all of his articles for inclusion on the ARA website. I currently have links that will open the files in a new tab/window, which you can choose to download onto your hard drive for offline viewing. As time permits, I plan on emedding those files into the website, as well as having them as one ZIP file for direct download.
The official ballot emails will soon be sent out by the 23:59:59 ET. With the help of everyone involved, I threw together a very brief, basic, and not very elegant page containing all of the candidates, so it's easier for everyone to put a name with a face. Click here for more.
Due to Covid-19, meeting will be held over-the-air (OTA) as a net (146.94); backups of Webex and Zello. Read for details.
In reality, it hasn't been that long since we had our last in person meeting, but it seems like it's been forever! At least, that's the way things seems to me (Bill, K3WJC). In mid-March, ARA president Bob Long cancelled the regular meeting held at St John's Lutheran Church, and called an emergency, over the air (OTA) Executive Board meeting for March 17, 2020 on the 146.94 repeater. During that meeting, the Executive Board voted to cancel the May 2020 Hamfest, and to hold the April business meeting and subsequent meetings over the air and possibly on other venues until such time as certain restrictions/guideliens are lifted. We also talked about the upcoming elections, and how we were going to handle the voting process. Several members raised a very valid point that there are members in good standing who may not be able to hit the 146.940 repeater from their home. This article is my attempt at compiling what we, the members of the ARA, determined to be the most fair and just practices as to how to proceed with the upcoming meetings and annual election.
- After a few weeks of lively discussion as to how we plan to proceed with future meetings, Mike Stern made a motion that only those members who have been checked in at the meeting are eligible to vote. The motion was seconded by Steve, WA8EIH, and passed by the membership. read on for more details about Webex, Zello, voting, and other important topics.