Thanks to everyone who attended last nights meeting. We had a good turnout, and many good discussions. We are narrowing in on a “permanent” meeting place (see the minutes once they are posted). Our officers are set for 2015, with a couple of members becoming officers for the first time. Our equipment auction converted some of our unused assets to cash, helping give us a financial buffer.
We’re looking for ideas for meeting programs (and people willing to present) for the upcoming year.
is Saturday November 22nd at the riverside convention center. I’m running the multi-club ham radio booth and we will have code keys for kids to build, homebrew and kit radios to show off, antennas, APRS, hidden transmitters, high altitude balloon trackers, broadband hamnet mesh, and more.
I have most of the volunteers I need but you are welcome to come hangout with us. tickets are cheaper in advance. bring kids if you have them. check out the booths about robots, astronomy, microcontrollers, arts and crafts, and 90 more.
if you have a DIY radio gadget you want the kids to see, please get it to me so we can display it.
I picked up the club archives from Mike Ishler yesterday. There is some good info in there, like what we paid for the repeaters and duplexers, antennas, equipment, etc. Old logbooks, awards, QSL cards, and various paperwork.
The most interesting find were old club newsletters and meeting minutes. These are by no means complete, but is still a good amount. I have to thanks all the previous club secretary’s and other officers who kept these records. Newsletters pretty much stopped in the late 1990’s, with a couple of exceptions. Much club business and discussions took place via email, and eventually club news via website. The old websites are pretty much lost, though I think I’ve saved most photos, and some club meeting minutes are somewhere in the xarc@yahoogroups archives.
I hope to be able to scan our old newsletters at some point. The 1981 ones are on the History page. I hope to be able to add some other info from the archives as well.
For the time being, I’ve volunteered to be the home for the archives. Until I can’t.
Unfortunately, we aren’t fully automated, at least yet, so even if you indicate you will pay dues using PayPal, one must manually navigate to the Pay Dues page to actually perform the payment. So after you submit your membership application, go to the menu above and hover over Join XARC, then select Pay Dues or Donate.
The XARC Fall Fox Hunt is planned for Saturday, October 11, 2014. We are gathering at the Tinker Farm Nature Park in Henrietta, NY about 1 mile south of the Locust Hill Golf Club. Registration, instruction and practice begin at 9:00 am, and the hunt starts at 9:30 am. The hunt comprises multiple hidden transmitters all on the 2 meter band. Each transmitter is on its own frequency, and has its own unique tone and code rate. The hunt is designed to be fun for the beginner and challenging for the expert. No special equipment is required beyond a 2 meter FM hand held radio. Come and have fun! #FoxHunt#XARC#HamRadio
After a couple of years of informal club operation, that still included some operational activities, but little club official business, we have decided to make a new start. The biggest change is that our club name has changed slightly. We are now officially the XRX Amateur Radio Club, also known as XARC, and also W2XRX. Our Club Constitution and Bylaws have been updated, but our goals and purpose are the same.
The goals of this Club are to:
• Promote interest in amateur radio communications and experimentation
• Provide public amateur radio education through periodic classes
• Relay non-commercial messages by radio without charge
• Further public welfare
• Advance the radio art within the community
• Foster and promote intercommunications by electronic means for personal
benefit of members but without pecuniary gain
• Foster education in the field of electronic communication
• Disseminate knowledge and information by electronic means
Now we have some work to do. We have positions to be filled, decisions to be made, members to recruit, and activities to plan.