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Field Day 2016

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FD 16WARC will be taking part in this year’s ARRL Field Day (after sadly missing last year’s due to weather/safety concerns). We will be active from the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, PA, as a 5A/EPA station. Look for us: Kilo-Three-Delta-November. QRZ?!?!

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Looking into a day trip to ARRL HQ

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The club has been looking into another day trip to ARRL HQ this spring.  I have listed some tentative information below; please give me your feedback if you’d be interested and able to go:

Tuesday March 22, 2016

Leaving the Ben Wilson Center between 6:00am-7:00am

Traveling to ARRL HQ (Newington, CT), spending approximately 5 to 6 hours at HQ

Returning to the Center around 8:00pm

The coach fee for the trip will be $55.00/person, with a minimum of 28 people attending.  We will be stopping at least once for a short meal break (perhaps once each way), so you will need some money for that, as well as any swag you may want to buy at HQ.

Please post your comments here, I will do my best to answer them at this preliminary stage.

Thank you,
Tony W3FLH

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President’s Message – February 2016

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Well, that was a lot of snow…I hope this month’s Feedback finds everyone safe and secure after the Blizzard of 2016, and that no one suffered any aerial casualties from the storm!

February is upon us, and since we are mostly housebound during these colder months, it’s good to know that amateur radio is there to help occupy our time. If you get the opportunity, there are several contests taking place, and of course you could check in to any one of the nets that are regularly scheduled, including WARC’s own Wednesday night net (8:00pm local, 147.090MHz, PL 131.8). They are always glad to have you aboard!

As mentioned in last month’s Message, this year is already slated to be an active one for our club. We’re making headway on the details for the kit building session, as well as the trip to ARRL HQ, and have secured our spot at the Shrine of our Lady of Czestochowa for Field Day. Of course, all of this takes the hard work and dedication of our club members, and we’re glad for their efforts. If you’d like to get more involved in the club, now is a great chance for you to jump in, as elections are coming up soon and we will need several vacancies filled. Please consider accepting a nomination to sit on our Board, or chair a committee, and help steer WARC toward a bright and active future!

This month, the General Meeting is on February 4, and it’s the Club Auction. Clean out the shack, and bring some spare change, there’s always a deal to be had! See you there…

de Tony, W3FLH
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Membership Dues are Due

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Club members, dues are due. Renew your club membership before February 1ST, 2016 via PayPal, check or cash and you will be entered in a drawing to be held at the Club’s Meeting on February 4th, 2016. The prize will be a $20.00 gift certificate for the Club’s Hamfest, to be held on May 1st, 2016. Your $ 20.00 dues can be dropped off at the January Club meeting, mailed to The Warminster Amateur Radio Club, P.O. Box 113, Warminster, PA 18974 or you can use your Credit/Debit card to pay via PayPal on the club’s website, K3DN.org. If you are going to pay by check please make them payable to the “Warminster Amateur Radio Club”.

George, KC3ESH

Membership Chairperson

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WARC Participating in the ARRL National Parks on the Air

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WARC will be participating in the ARRL National Parks on the Air initiative. We have scheduled an activation from Valley Forge National Park on April 17, 2016, to be held in conjunction with the Valley Forge Revolutionary Run, which we help with every year by provided communications for the race coordinators.

You can follow all of the NPOTA activity right here on Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NPOTA/

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President’s Message – Dec 2015

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Hello everyone, I hope you all enjoyed your Holiday Season. The New Year is upon us, which affords ample opportunity to
explore new facets of our hobby, or make more time to get on the air. Welcome to 2016!
There’s a lot on WARC’s plate for year ahead, including:
  • operating a Special Event in coordination with the ARRL National
    Parks On The Air initiative
  • we’re planning a another trip to ARRL HQ this spring
  • organizing an introductory kit-building session
  • and, of course, we’ll be putting together our Hamfest again this year, as well as our Field Day operation.

Quite a slate thus far, and the year hasn’t even started yet…The new WARC-Talk group is gaining momentum, but a lot of us still need to get registered. Activity has been steady so far, and there’s been quite a few informative discussions taking place. Remember, the old WARC-Talk reflector will be shuttered on February 15, and all intra-club communication will take place on the Yahoo! Group, so if you need help or guidance getting on the site,don’t hesitate to contact any Board member for assistance.

As many of you are already aware, Dave Simpson WI3Y became SK in early December. Dave was a long-time member of WARC, and truly an asset to our club. His ham radio legacy will live on with the annual presentation of our newly created Outstanding Ham of the Year Award named in his honor, of which Dave was the inaugural recipient.
Our January meeting is on the 7th, and our topic will be led by the teachers at Council Rock South High School, who coordinated with several WARC members to contact the ISS last spring. It promises to be a fascinating presentation. See you there!
de Tony, W3FLH
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Dave Simpson WI3Y (SK)

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wi3y_dave simpsonIt is with a heavy heart that I need to announce the passing of Dave Simpson WI3Y, who became a Silent Key this morning.  As many of you are aware, Dave had been fighting ALS for the last year or so, but remained active on our weekly 2m net until recently (thanks to the wonderful efforts of Bill K3ZMA).  Dave is also the namesake, and inaugural recipient, of our newly created Outstanding Ham of the Year award, which was presented to him in October.

In addition to being a proficient CW operator, Dave also took part in many Field Day activities with WARC, as well as helping Mark AA3K with his efforts as a test station for WRTC 2014.  In addition to his ham radio adventures, Dave was also an accomplished musician, published playwright, and writer; a true Renaissance man.

Dave’s wife Emily was at his side, today as always.  Please keep them in your thoughts at this time.  Dave will be sorely missed, but his legacy will endure.  May he rest in Peace.

de Tony, W3FLH
President