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Meeting and other information.

General Meeting Information

We usually meet at the Hoss's Steak and Sea House Restaurant located at 61 Gettysburg Pike in Mechanicsburg, PA.   The Hoss 's Staff will take our food and beverage orders in the meeting room.  Simply say the magic words "Radio Club Meeting" to the Hoss's Host and you will be directed to our Meeting Room.

If you enjoy eating dinner and talking about ham radio before the meeting then arrive about 6 p.m.   If you would like to attend the business meeting then please arrive by 7:30 p.m.  Either way, we try to complete our agenda and head home before 9 p.m.

We begin most meetings with an activity that reminds me of Show and Tell, which you probably remember from your school days.  We select a topic that has some connection to our hobby and tell a brief story with that theme.

May 17, 2017 Wednesday

CARC Meeting

Status:  Successfully Completed

We met at Hoss's, 61 Gettysburg Pike, Mechanicsburg.  6 p.m. for eating purposes.  7:30 p.m. for meeting purposes.  We had some final discussions related to Trail Life.  We began to firm up our plans for Field Day Band Coverage, Operating Positions, Transceivers, Antennas, Feedlines, Masts, and other structures.  A small group of members visited the Field Day site to take measurements which will assist in antenna layout and placement.  Due to the jam-packed agenda we skipped the warm-up topic for tonight's meeting.

May 20, 2017  Saturday
Trail Life Conference

Status:  Succesfully Completed

The Trail Life Conference once again met at the West Shore Free Church.  Doug Good KC3AB holds a leadership position in the Trail Life organization and requested our help.  We were well received in prior years and we would like to support the conference again this year.  We can use people at the site to speak with the young men and their families, or offsite to provide radio contact demonstrations.  The rain stayed away, but those breezes carried a lot of Wind Chill.  Frank Mellott has some nice photographs of the activity.  I believe Bobbe has printed a montage and most likely he will circulate that at our next meeting. 

June 21, 2017  Wednesday

CARC Meeting

Status:  Successfully Completed

This was our last meeting prior to Field Day.  Steve Hancock N3FWE found an easy way for us to earn 200 Bonus Points that have not typically pursued.  Sending an ARRL Radiogram via radio RF to our EPA Section Manager is good for 100 Bonus Points.  Handling message traffic via radio RF can earn us up to 100 Bonus Points.   We have a way to do this that overcomes one of the barriers that we faced in the past. Woo Hoo Steve !

June 24, 2017 Saturday 8:30 a.m.
June 25, 2017 Sunday 10:00 a.m.


Status:  Successfully Completed

ARRL Field Day.  CARC operated as K3IEC 4A EPA from the Monroe Township Fire Company located at 1225 Peffer Road, Mechanicsburg, PA.  Local residents call this area Churchtown.

If you see aluminum you are in the right place.

I am working on the logs and our ARRL Entry.  A full report will be part of our July 19 meeting.   Initial results look GREAT and are a true reflection of the Club Spirit and Effort that each of the on-site participants and countless behind-the-scenes supporters put forth for the betterment of their Club.

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I have emailed some notes related to Field Day 2018 Planning to the Club Members who had an important role in FD 2017.  I want to capture your thoughts while they are fresh in mind.  I hope to formalize the questions for scoring purposes on a five-point scale.  We will use this information to better understand what you most like about Field Day and focus our future efforts in those areas.

July 1, 2017  Saturday
HRAC Firecracker Hamfest

Status:  Upcoming SOON

Located at the Public Safety facility just around the corner from Wildwood Lake and Nature Preserve, and near the Harrisburg Area Community College. The best information is on their own website.  Follow the links to Firecracker Hamfest. 

July 8, 2017  Saturday
MARC Hamfest

Status:  Upcoming

Located on the Kimberton Fire Company grounds which is to the East for most of us.  The best information is on their own website.

July 19, 2017   Wednesday

CARC Meeting

Status:  Upcoming

Stand by for News.  I know that we will have a Field Day Recap on the agenda.

August 16, 2017  Wednesday
Special Monthly Meeting

Status:  Planning Stage

We will have a Special Guest Presentation tonight.  It is a pretty safe bet that none of us have ever done what it is that we are going to see -- not even during Spring Break in college. Not even that weekend when your parents went to the city to see a show and didn't return until Sunday night.  I will keep you in suspense for the time being.  You may wish to reserve this date on your calendar.  You know it is going to be a big event when I tell you that I plan to have Audio-Visual equipment to support our Guest Speaker and his presentation.

It is time to begin dropping some hints.  The presentation involves Earth's Moon.  

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