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Website Etc

At one time it was setup so that all posts here on the website were automatically published on our Facebook page ( https://www.facebook.com/xarc73/ ). Apparently that stopped working a few months ago, so I investigated why. Facebook now requires all websites that publish to Facebook be from sites that have SSL enabled (https). The additional cost for that feature is approx $70/yr.
Other than Google (and maybe others) labeling this website as (Not secure), lowering our search index ranking, we probably cannot justify paying the additional costs.
We aren’t trying to sell anything, we don’t ask for sensitive information, our dues payments are handled by PayPal (with https). So we really don’t need it, other than the convenience of our posts being reproduced automatically on our Facebook page.
I will try to manually copy posts here to there, but can’t guarantee they will always end up on Facebbok, so you will have to bookmark this page and visit occaisionally. Sorry.

Fusion Nets

Just a reminder of a couple of nets that the W2XRX 2 meter repeater will often be connected to:

  • Southern Tier Fusion Tech Net – Sundays 8:00PM
    Access is through W2XRX repeater DN mode C4FM. The room number is 40963 for anyone who wants to connect direct. Check-ins encouraged
  • MNWIS Fusion Technical Net – Mondays 8:30PM. DN Mode C4FM. The 2 meter repeater is usually connected via K2AS Wires-X node. Check-ins only with announcements, questions, comments. Room is 21493

Field Day 2019 Results

Folks,

Wow, what a Field Day!  Great weather, great attendance, and record results.

I’m a bit bleary eyed as I write this, but here is our preliminary results…

1176 QSOs compared to 994 last year.  428 were CW, 131 Digital, and 617 were Phone.

I project we will have about 1590 bonus points which is a record for us.  We normally get about 900.

That will give us a record high finish at about the top 13.3% level compared to the top 18.5% last year (which was another excellent year).

It’s all summed up in the attached spreadsheet.

The results are a projection, of course, but they’re normally within a percent or two.

Thanks to everyone in both clubs for your efforts.  I had a great time and I hope you did as well.

Only a bit over 360 days until FD 2020.

73

Bob, K2OID

Now to get some sleep…..

Spring 2019 XARC Fox Hunt

Greetings,

The XARC Spring Fox Hunt will be held…

  • On Saturday, May 11.
  • We will meet at 9:00AM for registration and instructions.
  • At the Perinton Community Center on Turk Hill Rd.
  • Plan to gather at the north end of the north most parking lot.
  • The hunt will begin at 9:30 am

The hunt will feature multiple 2 meter FoxMitters (hidden transmitters), all on different frequencies. All FoxMitters will be able to be heard from the Community Center parking lot, and will be within a 5 mile radius of the start point.

All you really need is a 2 meter handheld. If this is your first hunt, we can arrange for you to go with a more experienced hunter.

The goal is to have fun. Plan to join the hunters for lunch after the hunt — usually at about 12:30. The location for the lunch will be announced.
See you there…

Regards,
Ned, W2NED


1993 ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes

In the late 80s and much of the 90s, the Rochester VHF Group sponsored a local club competition to spur activity in the ARRL January VHF Sweepstakes contest. XARC participated for several years, and won the local club competition several times, including 3 years in a row, finally retiring the “Rochester Cup” in 1996.

Though doing so well in the local club competition was a highlight, maybe the most impressive feat was winning the ARRL Gavel for the Medium Club Category in 1993. Only 3 clubs outscored us in the Unlimited category, placing us fourth in the country. We had 37 participants, and likely the most serious of our VHF/UHF active members gave their scores to the Rochester VHF Group.

Here is a screen capture of the results in QST from the June 1993 issue: