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WCARC Events / Technician License -Class to begin in January
« Last post by Dennis Cody WR5DC on December 01, 2018, 02:07:02 pm »
The Washington County Amateur Radio Club will be starting a Technician Class Training Course in January for those interested in getting their First Ham Radio License.  See attachment for details. :)
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Upcoming election of officers for WCARC
« Last post by N5MBM on October 24, 2018, 05:38:46 pm »
It is election time! I would like to invite everyone to attend the club meeting on October 25th at the EMS building in Brenham at 7pm to participate in the yearly election of officers for our club. You must be present to vote.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind everyone that nominations for positions can happen right up until the time we take a vote from our members for people to fill the positions of leadership. And only paid up members can vote in the upcoming election.

So please, take the time out of your schedule to come participate, renew your membership and vote for the people you think can handle the clubs business effectively, impartially and for the good of our club and the citizens of Washington County.

I would also implore you to think hard about who you think can lead our club into the future with everyone's best interests in mind. I think the future of our club is important as we serve a need in our county for emergency communications as well as give us all a place for us to commune in the spirit of Amateur Radio by hosting events and maintaining VHF/UHF repeaters that foster the spirit of Amateur Radio.

I will, once again, be running for President after a couple of years respite. I am running with the intent of giving us all a place to enjoy Amateur Radio and share our common hobby, keep the repeaters up and operating for the benefit of all and I look forward to participating in our events to sharpen our skills and share our mutual hobby. I will endeavor to run the club with fiscal responsibility, keep our repeaters working and serve the needs of the entire county and beyond with everyone's best interests in mind.

I have been involved with Amateur Radio since 1972. I have done a little bit of everything from chasing DX to chasing satellites. I have enjoyed challenging myself and others by learning something new and integrating it into our Amateur Radio toolbox. I have been a member (and leader) of many different clubs over the years, even before I had my license. I turned my Amateur Radio skills into a career and owned several small businesses at the forefront of the technical revolution we all now live with. I have started clubs from scratch and I have been a member in old clubs that served the needs of Houstonians and citizens of Washington County for many decades. So, I have a little bit of experience in this area. Over all, I have come to have a deep-seated belief that an Amateur Radio club needs to serve ALL of its members needs, not just the needs and political aspirations of a few.

I will allow my record of previous impartial and dedicated service to these clubs to stand on its own...

I am taking this opportunity to formally ask you for your vote and your support for the leadership of our club in 2019.

I look forward to possibly serving you for another year as your President. Please come and participate in the vote for the 2019 term.

73,

Bill Potter – N5MBM

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The Lobby - the "public" forum / QST QST Radio in the Park
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on October 23, 2018, 12:56:59 pm »
Calling all amateur radio operators and anyone interested in radio.
On Saturday October 27th there is a Radio in the Park at Fireman’s Park.
Start at 8:00 am.  Finish whenever.

No club affilliation.  All are welcome. If you want to try ham radio or just want to see it in action come by and say hello.

We will setup at the pavillion between Library and  new restroom construction.  Bring your own radio or operate one that is setup.

Get there early before doughnuts and coffee are gone.

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The Lobby - the "public" forum / 2019 WCARC Officer Election
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on September 28, 2018, 06:33:53 pm »
I want to thank you for the nominations for WCARC officer for 2019.  Unfortunately, I must remove my name from any club officer position.

Thanks
Gary Baldwin
KF5ZRT
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / HAM RADIO FIELD DAY 2018 GUIDE 6/20/2018
« Last post by David Gilpin W5FUY on September 24, 2018, 03:12:42 pm »
Please find attached the Ham Radio Field Day 2018 Guide as published on 6/20/2018:
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WCARC Events / Ham Radio Field Day 2018 Guide 6/20/2018
« Last post by David Gilpin W5FUY on September 18, 2018, 03:34:35 pm »
Please find attached the Ham Radio Field Day 2018 Guide as published on 6/20/2018:
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / WCARC-Membership Application Form
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on September 18, 2018, 09:19:54 am »
Here is the application form to Join/Renew your membership for the Washington County Amateur Radio Club.

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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Hurricane Florence info and net monitoring
« Last post by N5MBM on September 13, 2018, 06:57:45 pm »
I've been watching one particular weather web cam on the coast....  It's been pretty intense.  During daylight hours, the video is actually pretty darn good and you can watch the wave action.  When it is dark - forget it, you can't see anything...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=deG4NxkouGM

And this "Sky Tower Cam"  - it is more light sensitive and it is constantly "panning" across the horizon.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZENO8e6IITA

The 441.650 repeater here in Brenham will intermittently be hooked up to the Hurricane Net in MONITOR ONLY mode if you would like to listen in from time to time.  You will know it is connected to the hurricane net in monitor mode if you key it and it comes back with a very short "dit" for a courtesy tone.  When traffic comes FROM the hurricane net, the courtesy tone will be a "dit dit".

The rest of the time it will probably be connected to the WIN system.  (With the regular and longer "dah" as a courtesy tone")

Bill - N5MBM
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / WCARC-Meeting
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on August 23, 2018, 09:39:05 am »
Just a FYI

The WCARC will meet on August 30th at 7:00 PM at the EMS building on Hwy 290 across from Dodge Dealership.

All Amateur Radio Operators are invited as well as anyone interested in our hobby.

Look forward to seeing you there.

Reminder-Club dues are due by the end of September.  Also election of club officers is in October.

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