After (hopefully) a relaxing summer, the ARA has returned to a two meeting per month schedule. Please join us for the activities meeting this coming Tuesday, when Steve will explain the statisical stats of Field Day 2019.
I hope that everyone is checking their rigs and antennas to be sure these parts work good! Why? The second full weekend of September. Begins 1800 UTC Saturday and runs through 0259 UTC Monday (September 14-16, 2019).
Bands-All authorized frequencies above 50 MHz (6 Meters).
Mode - Any mode, ssb, fm, am, digital ......
Objective: For amateurs in the US and Canada (and their possessions) to work as many amateur stations in as many different 2 degrees x 1 degree Maidenhead grid squares as possible using authorized frequencies above 50 MHz. Stations outside the US & Canada (and their possessions) may only work stations in the US (and its possessions) and Canada.
Lowe's Home Improvement Center is hosting the 2019 Washington County Emergency Preparedness event -- We are hoping for a great turnout by all of amateur radio operators, from ARA members and non-members alike.
UPDATE! Garry Laing (W3GTL), the member who coordinates ARA durng this event, recently informed us that Racine Racing cancelled the Fort Ritchie Triathlon for 2020.
The Ft. Ritchie Triathlon in Ft. Ritchie, MD -- Sunday, Aug 2, 2020
The ARA provides 2 meter ham radio communications support for the bicycle segment of the race. Volunteers operate along the country roads using their car mobiles or handie talkie. The ARA has assisted with communications for this event for the last few years, and I have always found it a rewarding experience; if you have a few hours on Sunday 8/2/2020 please consider volunteering a few hours of your day. Full disclosure: this event takes place at the same time of the Berryville Hamfest.
Reminder: The June monthly breakfast is still on for the 29th of April! Per an email many of is received from Bob:
"We look forward to seeing every one of you on Saturday at the Rail Road Junction Restaurant on Saturday.
The restaurant is still at 301 S Burhans Blvd - right across from the Rail Road Museum.
We look forward to seeing YOU as the 9 am hour approaches.
As Bob has said many times before, come early to get the best seating! I hope to see all of you there!