NEWS & EVENTS
ALPHA RAG CHEW NET
Many enjoy KN4ADM's Thursday Night Rag Chew Net on the Guyton ARES Repeater. Reggie has done a wonderful job running the net. It is always a joy to here him call the net from as he says "The big metropolis of Portal, GA". It is our hope that the fellowship down the coax continues as the Thursday Night Rag Chew Net will now be known as the ALPHA RADIO CLUB Rag Chew Net. Outside of the name of the Net, nothing will change. You do not have to be an ALPHA RADIO CLUB member to participate. The ARC Rag Chew Net is open to any and all stations. To the right of this page you will see the Time, Offset, Frequency and Tone of the repeater. Also the Echolnk and Allstar info.
Please check in on Thursday nights to the net and lets have a great time communicating through amateur radio.
August 14 - 15 -- QSO Today Virtual Ham Expo (online)
August 21 - 22 -- ARRL Southeastern Division Convention (Huntsville Hamfest), Huntsville, Alabama
September 10 - 12 -- ARRL New England Division Convention (Northeast HamXposition), Marlborough, Massachusetts
September 25 - ARRL Dakota Division Convention (RRRA Hamfest), West Fargo, North Dakota
ANNOUNCEMENTS FROM THE ARRL
Paul Rogers and Allen Chance, W2BUZ, have co-written -- and Rogers has produced a video for -- the song "Back on the Air" as a tribute to amateur radio operators. "I'm not a ham myself, although I did build a Heathkit when I was a kid," Rogers told ARRL.
The Radio Amateurs of Canada Contests and Awards Committee (RAC-CAC) has announced the implementation of a new contest log submission system. It's designed to allow contesters to directly submit a Cabrillo-based log file as an official contest entry form for both the RAC Canada Day Contest and the RAC Canada Winter Contest.
AMSAT has announced the candidates for its 2021 Board of Directors Election. They are Joseph Armbruster, KJ4JIO; Robert Bankston, KE4AL; Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and Zach Metzinger, N0ZGO. Voting instructions will be emailed by July 15, 2021 to all members in good standing as of July 1, 2021. Four Board seats are up for election this year, so all four candidates will be seated.
The virtual HAM RADIO World opens on Friday, June 25, at 3 PM CEST. The program offers 3 days of programs of presentations plus a virtual 2D fair world. An explanatory video will help to get you started.
IT'S GREAT TO BE AN
ALPHA RAG CHEW NET
2000 HRS (8pm)
JULY CLUB MEETING
ALPHA RADIO CLUB meetings are on the second Saturday of the Month. On JULY, 12th, 2021, we will meet at The W.W. Mann Retreat & Conference Center. 2171 Prather Rd, Statesboro, GA 30461, at 12pm. If you want, Stop by your favorite drive-through and bring your food to the meeting and we will have lunch before kicking off the meeting. This meeting's presentation will be HF Basic with KM4MD Matt Dunn. We hope to see you all at this July meeting!
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GUYTON ARES REPEATER
ARRL The National Association for Amateur Radio and Mag Instrument, the US manufacturer of the MAGLITE® Flashlight have announced they have formed a partnership based on common interests in equipping people to be prepared for emergencies and to serve their communities in extreme situations such as natural disasters. ARRL members expand the reservoir of trained operators and technicians in radio communications and radio technology, and provide public service through the ARRL Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®). Maglite is the leading maker of US-manufactured high-quality flashlights that have a deserved reputation for toughness and durability.
"Amateur radio operators, or 'hams,' help people in times of difficulty, often by supporting emergency communications when critical infrastructure is damaged, and by aiding first responders' need to keep connected," said Anthony Maglica, Founder, Owner, and CEO of MAG Instrument Inc. "We manufacture a product that has been used in public safety for over 40 years, and we are very supportive of the incredible dedication of radio amateurs, so culturally this is a great alliance for both brands."
"ARRL is delighted that Maglite recognizes the service and skill of ARRL members. This partnership will help us introduce amateur radio to more people," said David Minster, NA2AA, ARRL CEO. Read an expanded version.
RF EXPOSURE RULES
WHAT IS ARRL?
Founded in 1914, the American Radio Relay League is the national association for amateur radio in the US. Today, with more than 161,000 members, ARRL is the largest organization of radio amateurs in the United States and the primary source of information about what is going on in the ham radio world. ARRL offers books, news, support, information, special operating events, continuing education classes and other benefits for its members. Being a member of ARRL is a huge benefit for hams.
Updated RF Exposure Rules
Become Effective on May 3
Mickey Baker, N4MB ARRL Southeastern Division
Director reported receiving calls from ARRL
members concerned about the new FCC
requirements for documenting RF exposure
standards set in 1997. The new FCC rules go into
effect on May 3, 2021.
Mickey said, “Don't panic! It isn't all that difficult
and ARRL is busy developing education and online
tools to help you. Take a look at the new PDF file
containing information about the new RF Safety on
the ARRL website.”
Additional background information and RF
exposure calculator on the ARRL website.
WHAT IS THE APPEAL OF HAM RADIO?
You can communicate from the top of a mountain, your home or behind the wheel of your car, all without relying on the Internet or a cell phone network You can take radio wherever you go! In times of disaster, when regular communications channels fail, hams can swing into action assisting emergency communications efforts and working with public service agencies. For instance, the Amateur Radio Service kept New York City agencies in touch with each other after their command center was destroyed during the 9/11 tragedy. Ham radio also came to the rescue during Hurricane Katrina, where all other communications failed, and the devastating flooding in Colorado in 2013.
You can communicate with other hams using your voice and a microphone, interface a radio with your computer or tablet to send data, text or images, or Morse code, which remains incredibly popular. You can even talk to astronauts aboard the International Space Station, talk to other hams through one of several satellites in space, or bounce signals off the moon and back to Earth!
Some hams like to build and experiment with electronics. Computer hobbyists enjoy using Amateur Radio's digital communications opportunities. Others compete in "DX contests," where the object is to see how many hams in distant locations they can contact. Mostly we use ham radio to form friendships over the air or through participation in one of more than 2000 Amateur Radio clubs throughout the country. There are over 600,000 radio amateurs in the United States and over 2,000,000 worldwide.
JUST AHEAD IN RADIOSPORT
June 26 -- UFT QRP Contest (CW)
June 26 - 27 -- ARRL Field Day (CW, phone, digital)
June 26 - 27 -- Ukrainian DX DIGI Contest
June 26 - 27 -- His Majesty King of Spain Contest (SSB)
June 28 -- RSGB FT4 Contest Series
July 1 -- RAC Canada Day Contest (CW, phone)
July 1 -- NRAU 10-Meter Activity Contest (CW, phone, digital)
July 1 -- SKCC Sprint Europe (CW)
Ham Radio Links
K0BG -- A Website for Mobile Amateur Radio Operators
Web site: http://www.k0bg.com/
CQ (Amateur Radio Magazine)
Web site: http://www.cq-amateur-radio.com/
CQ is a popular amateur radio magazine.
QST (ARRL's Amateur Radio Magazine)
Web site: http://www.arrl.org/qst
QST is ARRL's amateur radio magazine.
eHam.net (Ham Radio Resource Website)
Web site: http://www.eham.net
They provide resources for Hams on the net.
ARRL CONTEST PORTAL
Web site: https://contests.arrl.org/