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May XARC General Meeting – gone Virtual

We had a successful Board Meeting using Zoom earlier this month so we decided to go ahead and schedule our May general meeting as a virtual meeting.  The meeting date will be the usual 2nd Thursday (May 14), but instead of our 6PM start time, we will start at 8PM, and it will be online (NOT AT WEBSTER REC).


We will be using Zoom.  You should be able to get audio via phone or PC.  A good USB headset with a mike is a plus on a PC.


One topic will be plans for Field Day.  As of this moment, it is still on as far as we know.  We will likely need to develop some additional plans/procedures this year. We also hope to have a few virtual shack tours during the meeting.  I’m sure there will be a few bugs, but we think things will go fairly smooth.


Details on how to access the meeting have been sent out in a separate e-mail. If you did not receive that e-mail, message any of the board members.

Rich, K2RAH

April XARC General meeting – cancelled

There will be no meeting at Webster Rec this Thursday April 9.  Webster Rec is closed due to the pandemic. They have cancelled all reservations of meeting rooms for the first half of the month.


However, we will have our usual Thursday night 2M net on the club repeater starting at 8:00PM local time. Hope to hear you the air.

XRX Amateur Radio Club 2 Meter Repeater

  • Callsign: W2XRX
  • Output Freq: 145.29 MHz
  • Input Freq: 144.69MHz
  • Yaesu System Fusion DR-1X
  • Usually set to Auto Mode Select
  • PL Tone for FM Analog: 110.9Hz

Repeater Update

Harry W2HRY and myself replaced our 2 meter DR1X repeater with a new DR2X model. All went well and settings are the same for the moment. We will likely move from a CTCSS Tone Squelch to a DCS (Digital Coded Squelch) system in a couple of months.

DCS is a newer and better system from a performance standpoint. It will hopefully eliminate squelch hang and noise.

Here is a photo Harry took –

March XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, March 12 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

  • Attendance
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
  • Net Reports  (Fusion, 2M, and CW)
  • FT8 Usage (virtual presentation), Brian (K2AS)
  • Hamfests, Contests, other Events Review- Past or Present
  • Other Business
  • Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month – bring photos of your shack this meeting!
  • Meeting Adjournment

Rich, K2RAH

FEBRUARY XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, February 13 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

  • Attendance
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
  • Net Reports  (Fusion, 2M, and CW)
  • Presentation – “Gaining Familiarity with the NanoVNA and its use in Amateur Radio” – Harry, KF2TV
    • bring in your rubber ducks, filters, mobile antennas, etc for testing!
  • Hamfests, Contests, other Events Review- Past or Present
  • Other Business
  • Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month – bring photos of your shack this meeting!
  • Meeting Adjournment

Rich, K2RAH

January XARC General Meeting

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, January 9 from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

  • Attendance
  • Approval of Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Report
  • Membership Report
  • 2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
  • Net Reports  (Fusion, 2M, and CW)
  • Hamfests, Contests, other Events Review- Past or Present
  • Other Business
  • Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?
  • Meeting Adjournment

Rich, K2RAH

December XARC General MeetinG

Reminder – The monthly meeting of the XARC will be held Thursday, December 12  from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at the Webster Recreation Center in Webster, NY. Check our Calendar for details and a map.

Agenda

  • Attendance
  • Approval of 2019: June,  September, October, & November Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer’s Reports (2019 September thru November consolidated report)
  • Membership Report
  • 2M/440MHz Repeaters Status
  • Net Reports  (Fusion, 2M, and CW)
  • Presentation “QRZ.com – Your Ham Radio Identity” – Brian D. (K2AS)
  • Hamfests, Contests, other Events Review- Past or Present
  • Other Business
  • Electronics  Show and Tell, what have you done this past month?
  • Meeting Adjournment

Rich, K2RAH

Fusion Radio Price Updates

As of Nov. 5 – some include coupons which expire. Check with retailer or Yaesu. These are HRO prices:

  • FTM-3200DR – $114.95 after rebate! 2 Meters only mobile
  • FTM-3207DR – $114.95 after rebate! 440 Only mobile
  • FTM-7250DR – $199.95 Dual Band mobile
  • FTM-100DR – $264.95 – after coupon/rebate dual band mobile , APRS, GPS
  • FTM-400XDR – $459.95 Dual Band mobile, APRS, GPS, color touch screen
  • FT-70DR – $144.95 – after rebate/coupon, dual band HT
  • FT-2DR – $359.95 – Dual Band HT, APRS, GPS, Touch screen
  • FT-3DR – $399.95 – Dual Band HT, GPS, APRS, Color touch screen

XARC / W2XRX

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