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We are having an open house !!!!  Come and join us to know more about amateur radio.

bulletDates: September 26 and 27, 2014.
bulletPlace: EPI Auditorium
bulletTime: Friday 26, 5-9 pm & Saturday 27, noon- 9 pm

MEETINGS

There are no current club meetings.  When meetings are resumed, this is the driving instruction.

Driving instructions:  

bulletTake Highway 1A (Airport-> San Nicolas direction)
bulletPos Chiquito round about turn right
bulletand an immediate left turn
bulletAt the "T" crossing make a right
bulletAt the next "Y" intersection take the road veering right
bulletNext street (Spaans Lagoenweg) make a right 
bulletClub will be on your left hand side within 100 m.

If in daylight, you can easily see the 60' Rohn Tower.  Building is painted yellow

ARUBA

On January 1, 1986, Aruba gained it's Status Apartus status.  Aruba separated from the Netherlands Antilles, and was added to the DXCC list as a new country.  Aruba, remains in the Dutch Kingdom with close ties to the Netherlands, and the Netherlands Antilles.

CQ9, ITU 11, IOTA: SA-036

 

STATION

The club station will be available in the near future again free of charge to all members.  Lisandro is the station trustee, and you are requested to make arrangements, as the radio (IC-746) is not kept in the clubhouse for security reasons. 

BUREAU

The incoming bureau is a free service to all members. 
Anyone wishing to mail directly to a foreign bureau may do so. IARU keeps a list of current bureau addresses.

P4 Bureau address: AARC, P.O.Box 614, Oranjestad, Aruba

Note: Many visitors do not leave SASE to receive their cards.  If you send a card through the bureau, indicate the visitor's homecall clearly, and in LARGE letters in order that YOUR bureau can forward it accordingly.  If you were a visitor and would like to receive your bureau cards, please contact us.

REPEATER Frequencies

The club's repeaters are located on Sero Yamanota.  The P43P repeater is located in Wayaca (across the airport).  The repeaters can be triggered from anywhere on the island, including some parts of Curaçao and Venezuela. 

bullet 146.740 MHz (-600)        Tone 88.5    P43ARC/R     IRLP node# 7898
bullet442.500 MHz (+5 MHz)    Tone 88.5    P43ARC/R
bullet447.250 MHz (-5 MHz)     Tone 100.0   P43P/R

IRLP

On our 2m repeater we have access to IRLP since October 2004.  To contact us enter the Aruba Node #: 7898, and wait to get the message "link connected," and then just call us.

Other Scanner Frequencies

From time-to-time, we get requests about scanner frequencies.  These may be of interest.  Not all are in English.

Government
bullet854.4625Mhz 
bullet855.4625Mhz 
bullet856.4625Mhz 
bullet857.4625Mhz 
bullet858.4625Mhz
bullet859.4625Mhz

Airport

bulletQueen Beatrix Airport tower:  120.9Mhz
bulletApron Control Airport             121.6Mhz
bulletCuraçao control                     127.1Mhz

Marine:

bulletMarine 16                         156.800Mhz
bulletAruba Ports marine 11        156.550Mhz

TRAVEL INFO

There are many daily non-stop flights from around the world, mostly from USA and South America.  The following list gives an indication of who flies to Aruba's Queen Beatrix Airport (AUA.)  Charter flights are not included. 

From USA/ Canada: (All flights are daily, unless otherwise noted)

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Atlanta (Delta, AirTran)

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Boston (Jet Blue)

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Chicago (United)

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Charlotte (US Air)

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Houston (Continental, 2x week)

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Miami (American, Insel, Surinam)

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New Jersey (Continental)

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NY (JFK) (Delta, Jet Blue)

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Philadelphia (US Air)

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Toronto (Air Canada)

From Europe:

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Amsterdam (KLM, Arke Flight)

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Charter flights out of Gatwick, UK (seasonal- winter)

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Stockholm (Thursdays only. charter Cook Travel)

Latin/ South America

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Brasilia (GOL, Fridays )

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Caracas (Aserca )

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Bogota (Avianca, LAN Colombia)

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Georgetown, Guyana (Insel)

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Medellin (Avianca)

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Panama (COPA, Aruba Airlines)

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Sao Paulo (GOL, Sundays)

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Santo Domingo (MAS)

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Surinam (Surinam Airways)

Caribbean
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Curaçao (Insel many times/ day)

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Bonaire (Insel daily)

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St Maarten (Insel)

Double check with your travel agent as these flights may change.  Or you can also check the Aruba Airport's website: www.airportaruba.com for live arrival and departure times.

PASSPORT/ VISA REQUIREMENTS

bulletIf you require a visa to enter the Netherlands, you require one for Aruba.  Visas are available from any Dutch embassy, as Aruba forms part of the Dutch Kingdom.  
bulletA visa has been instituted in 2003 for all Colombian passport holders. However if you have a HK passport, and a valid visa to the USA, this will automatically grant you entrance to Aruba.
bulletUS citizens can travel to Aruba using their passport, or their birth certificate AND another government issued picture ID.  Starting Jan. 1, 2006, the USA requires all its citizens to carry a passport when leaving the country, and thus the birth certificate option ceases to exist.
bulletFor more general info visit: www.aruba.com, http://www.aruba.com/pages/entryreq.htm

CURRENCY

The Aruban Florin (AFL) is the local currency.  It is pegged to the US Dollar (US$), which is widely accepted (1 US$= AFl.1,75)   

WATER

Our drinking water comes from the sea, and it is processed at a desalinization plant.  Needless to say, water is totally safe to drink, and one of the best worldwide.  The only disadvantage is the high cost. 

ELECTRICITY

The standard is 110V/ 60Hz for general use (American standard).  However, our airco system runs on 220V, and thus only limited outlets throughout a house are running on 220V.  If you are bringing in equipment (working on 220V) prepare to bring a transformer as well; it is needed. 

FOOD

Restaurants serve a wide variety of chicken, beef and seafood.  Rice or potatoes and vegetables are common side dishes.  While you may expect fish to be the staple food, chicken is a big seller here.  For anyone having special dietary needs, the supermarkets carry a wide variety of health food products (including soy and tofu) and the current diet craze.  Most products arrive from the USA and Holland, and to a lesser extent South America, but there is an impressive variety of imported Asian food (Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian, Indonesian, and Indian).

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This page was last updated: 04-Jan-10
Web page for Aruba Amateur Radio Club maintained by Emily Thiel, P43E