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Per unaminous vote, ARA membership agrees that the July Business Meeting (July 7) will be OTA, repeater 146.940, PL 100, June 16, 7PM. Click here for WebEx credentials, or click here to see a timeline.

Activities

Field Day Antenna Placement and Config

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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.  

FD antennas.pdf

ARA Field Day antenna plan 2020.pdf

Three Cluster Field Day Antenna System Measurements and Findings.pdf

Managing Field Day Interstation Interference by Antenna Configuration.pdf

A Trap Dipole For 80-40-20-15-10 Meters For Field Day.pdf

A Wide Spaced Fan Inverted Vee For 80-40-20 Meters For Field Day.pdf

Vertical antennas for Field Day.pdf

Inter-Station Interference Fiilters For Field Day.pdf

 

 

May Business Meeting (COVID-19 AFFECTED)

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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 held out election OTA, and elected a new slate of officers and directors. 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. 

Date: 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020 - 19:00 to 21:00

Antietam Radio Association's Response to the COVID-19 Crisis

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Meeting OTA instead of in-person per unamous vote my attendees of June 16 OTA meeting. Webex will be available for this meeting. Credentials are below:

Event number (access code): 199 957 8643

Event password: 5tmUrWW9ZZ2

https://doilearn2.webex.com/doilearn2/onstage/g.php?MTID=e87c62065ad1409...

Part III

Update: During the June 2nd meeting the club voted as to whether or not to hold the next June 16 meeting in person, or to again hold it over the air as we have done for the past few months. The overall concensus was that we hold the meeting at St. John's in Gettysburg Hall, as is our regular practice. 

As time moved forward toward the 16th of June, the Executive Committee got together and re-thought our position on the earlier decision. We all admitted that we thought that the State and the virus would be further along. Maryland just entered Phase Two, so it was determined that we would certainly hit the maximum of 10 people during this meeting. We also thought about the future, and how high the attendance was during an OTA meeting in comparison to those meetings held in person. Usual attendance at an in-person meeting has been as low as a few people, to as high as about 30, with an average of about 18 attendees. In comparison, the attendance has not dropped below ~25y, and during the last two meetings almost hit 40!

A majority of the Executive Committee voted to hold the June 16 meeting OTA on the 146.94 repeater, PL 100. Karin (KB3GFV) also plans to hold a WEBEX session; credentials will be emailed to the membership, and posted on the website when available.

This news has been prominently posted to the ARA website, and we will soon send a similar message via an email blast. 

Part II

UPDATE: In response to concerns from several members that there are members who are unable to hit the repeater form their home QTH we are trying something a little different today. We understand that while not illegal, leaving the house to drive to a nearby location where hitting the repeater is possible may not be the best solution under these circumstances, so Karin Christenen (KB3GFV) will be hosting a Webex meeting for those who would like to join in. This is a first attempt at joining a Webex and OTA meeting. 

A good number of you may have already gotten an email invitation from "messenger@webex.com." This email provides you with all of the details required to join into the Webex meeting if you are not able to hit the repeater -- or just because.  You may also receive a general email from the ARA that includes the same details. We are not replacing the Over The Air (OTA) meeting with the Webex meeting. The Webex meeting is a BACKUP to the OTA meeting for those who are unable to hit the repeater. 

The OTA meeting will be held as scheduled: Tuesday, April 21, 20202 at 1900 EDT. Repeater 146.940, PL tones of 100.

December Business Meeting

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The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, and are held in the Educational Building Auditorium, 2nd Floor building behind St. John's Lutheran Church in the 141 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

Date: 
Tuesday, December 1, 2020 - 19:00

November Activities Meeting

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The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, and are held in the Educational Building Auditorium, 2nd Floor building behind St. John's Lutheran Church in the 141 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 - 19:00

November Business Meeting

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The club meets the first and third Tuesday of each month, and are held in the Educational Building Auditorium, 2nd Floor building behind St. John's Lutheran Church in the 141 South Potomac Street in Hagerstown.

Date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2020 - 19:00