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Roanoke Valley Amateur Radio Club meeting notes August 22 2014
Members in attendance were treated to a photo show of the 2013 Explore Park/Blue Ridge Bonanza . Introductions around the room, and traffic recorded.
Gary AJ4GL quickly reviewed the highlights of last meeting’s notes.
Fletch K4DCF – Fletch participates in the ARRL official observer program, one of 700+ listeners who help critique amateurson air , “not band cops”. Fletch is an observer coordinator , always looking for volunteer observers. Please contact Fletch if interested. Dave N4JED – talked about the 13 Colonies Speciual Event, and showed the QSL cards & completion certificate for the ARRL 100th anniversary centennial contest.Tomorrow is HI, KS, and OH QSO parties, North Dakota also on air. Also engaged in a lively discussion on LOTW & eQSL. There was also a question about BenFang programming.
JT W4TFA - Willie N4XE and Pat N3AYW sponsoring a Foxhunt tomorrow August 23 @ 9AM , meeting at Crossroads mall parking lot, near Kmart. Awesome learning opportunity.
Gary AJ4GL – upcoming club event schedule will be kept up to date on the W4CA website calendar.Club elections are next month, self nominations & nominations accepted, please talk with an officer or board member.
Sept 12 meeting is Jersey night , wear your favorite jersey/ T shirt from high school, college, or professional team. Program: Tinker Talk voice keyer Part 1 and LOTW Oct 11 – WeatherFest special event station at VA Science Festival , needs a coordinator volunteer by August 29 to register for the event. Program by Fletch K4DCF: Sending email when there is no internet can be done using freeware AIRMAIL over radio. Refer to WINLINK.org for information
Fletch showed a typical setup with a laptop, 2 meter radio, a KPC3 TNC, a USB to RS485 converter (new laptop + old TNC), and a 2m J pole. WINMORE can be used for HF gateways, running 1200 baud thru a sound card like Signalink. WinLink + AIRMAIL can be used for a VHF gateway also at 1200 baud. The programs do white list for anti-spam protection.