2018 NC QSO Party

NC QSO PARTY 2018 (2/25) – The NC QSO Party 2018 will be held on Sunday, February 25, 2018, from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST. For further information, see http://ncqsoparty.org/

The following information was provided by Marc Sullivan, W4MPS: “Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Carolina Weekend, February 24-25.

Our own North Carolina QSO Party (NCQP) will be held Sunday, February 25 from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM EST (1500 UTC – 0059 UTC). This year marks the 48th anniversary of this great event. The South Carolina QSO Party is held on Saturday, February 24 from 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM EST. http://scqso.com/ Complete details, rules, categories and county activity may be found on the new NCQP website, www.ncqsoparty.org

With 146 counties between the two states, these events are a county hunter’s dream.

There are 22 operating categories, each one eligible for beautiful trophies and attractive certificates with some special prizes, including this year’s Spelling Bee. You don’t have to be an avid contester to enjoy these operating events. There is no shortage of casual operators participating, which make these QSO parties very enjoyable for all.

Many regulars really look forward to the challenge of chasing our many mobile Op’s, as they travel from county to county in both states, racking up multipliers. The NCQP continues to grow every year.

Whether you operate Phone, CW or Digital, get on the air and have some fun. The North Carolina QSO Party is sponsored by the Raleigh Amateur Radio Society (RARS). … 73 Marc, W4MPS.”

Thanks to Marc Sullivan, W4MPS, NCQP Log Analyst, for providing this information!

(sources: NC QSO Party website, W4MPS)

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Thanks Ken Flanagan – W4KFF

Ken Flanagan W4KFF recently donated an Icom 765 to the club.  Thank you Ken!  The radio is going to see good use starting with the NC QSO party next weekend.  This radio is a serious improvement to our shack equipment.  At the next meeting, stop by the shack and operate the radio to see why it is such a good donation to the club.

Again thanks Ken for your generosity.



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PL259 Class with Carl Stover

If you think that a class on PL259 connection is kind of simple and mundane, then you missed one of the best in the Carl Stover series of shack classes.  Carl went into depth about different kinds of cables, challenges connecting PL259’s to them and his own method for connecting PL259’s.  Then we had a hands on session and soldered up a storm.  I came away from the class with a couple of tips and techniques that I know are going to pay off in better management of my station.  Thanks much Carl!

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February ECHO is out

The February, 2018 is available here


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Hello BRARC Members,

I am reaching out to you at this time to let you know that a lot has been happening lately at BRARC.
Here is what you need to know…..
1.  Our website has been updated (radioclub.org), and you will find a section in the menu labeled ‘POSTS’.   Please check here routinely.  Items of interest to the club come up occasionally between issues of our newsletter and the POSTS section will help keep you up to date on club happenings (and will help keep emails from me from hitting your inbox).
2.  Dues are past due now.  Please pay annual dues if you have not done so already.
3.  So far this year, we’ve had 2 really good presentations at the club meetings.  Phil Jenkins will be updating us on satellite amateur radio at the March meeting.  It is going to be a good one so please try to attend…….however…..
4.  IF FOR SOME REASON YOU CANNOT ATTEND, we are now live streaming meetings to your home via the internet.  Complete details are on the website for how to remote attend a meeting. (radioclub.org).  We can handle up to 100 participants remotely, so I will be promoting club presentations beyond our geographic area.  If you know of anyone who would like to watch our presentations and cannot attend, please let them know about this service.  It is free to everyone.
5.  Carl Stover has done a wonderful job at organizing the shack, and he is routinely running classes out of the shack on selected Thursday evenings.  The next class will be this Thursday at 6pm.  The topic is better ways to attach PL259’s to coax.  His sessions are very practical, so please try to attend.
6.  The club is trying to up our game on contests.  Danny Rector runs events and contesting.  If you would like to learn more or help out, email him at rectordl@bellsouth.net.
7.  If there is anything I can do to help facilitate making BRARC a club that you would like to invite fellow HAMS and non-hams to join, please let me know.  Help me to get the word out about our club so that we can attract new members.
Thanks and 73
David Day  N1DAY
BRARC President
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Digital Helpline

Need Help with Configuring your station for Digital Modes? Make an appointment for a digital house call… click here for details

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Tonight’s Meeting Agenda

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WCARS-VE Test Session Announced

The BRARC WCARS-VE Team will hold a test session on Saturday, May 10, at 9:00 a.m. at the Mountain Home Fire Department on US25(Hendersonville Rd.)

Bring the test fee, still $10.00, a picture i.d., and any test certificates, if you have them.

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