Welcome!      To the Bradenton Amateur Radio Club in Manatee County, West-Central Florida.  The Bradenton ARC is one of only two Special Service Clubs of the ARRL, in Manatee County, dedicated to the advancement of Amateur Radio in the community.

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Why Join? To have fun. Also... Vote, Maintain Equipment & Repeater, Field Day, Emergency Communications Training, and Much More...

Repeater Use
The Bradenton ARC repeater is an open repeater on 146.955- with a 100 Hz tone access.  Nets are currently being held on Wednesday evening.


What is the Goal of the SSC Program?

The goal of the SSC Program is to establish a more aggressive, more effective presence for Amateur Radio and the ARRL locally. The goal is also to ensure that necessary skills exist and local resources are organized for an effective response to any local situation where Amateur Radio can contribute as a public service, or can benefit from positive exposure.
Encourage affiliated clubs in the section to become more active and, if the club is already healthy and effective, to apply as a Special Service Club (SSC).

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Club Meetings:
The Bradenton ARC holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday of every month at 7:00 PM at Beef O’Bradys, 4925 Cortez Road West   Bradenton, FL 34210.  Everyone is welcome at our meetings.  The meetings usually last about an hour, so take a break and join us for some fun and camaraderie.  Wives and non hams are welcome too.

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Advisory to Amateur Radio license/upgrade applicants: Use your FRN! (Mar 8, 2007) -- ARRL Volunteer Examiner Coordinator (ARRL VEC) urges all Amateur Radio license and upgrade applicants to use their FCC Registration Number (FRN), if they have one, when completing Form 605, not their Social Security number. The FCC asks applicants to register via the FCC's COmmission REgistration System (CORES), to obtain an FRN, and it requires applicants to use their FRNs when filing Form 605. The FRN uniquely identifies an applicant in all transactions with the FCC and avoids the need to provide a Social Security number on the application form. ARRL VEC Manager Maria Somma, AB1FM, says that if her department submits license data to the FCC using a Social Security number when the applicant already has an FRN, the FCC rejects the data because an FRN already exists. Somma also reminds applicants and Volunteer Examiner teams to attach any Certificate of Successful Completion of Examination (CSCE) for element credit to upgrade applications. Using your FRN and attaching any needed CSCE to your Amateur Radio application in Form 605 will eliminate delays in obtaining your license or upgrade.


Revised ARRL Band Chart available (Feb 22, 2007) -- A new ARRL band chart reflecting all changes to the FCC Amateur Radio Service rules as of February 23, 2007, is available for downloading on the ARRL Web site in either black and white or color versions. Created by ARRL Senior Technical Illustrator, Dave Pingree, N1NAS, the attractive new chart represents a major change from earlier designs. This is the same chart featured in the eight-page "Welcome" tear-out section in March QST (following page 48). The entire QST tearout also is available for downloading in PDF format.


It's Official! Morse Code Requirement Ends Friday, February 23 (Jan 24, 2007 [REVISED Jan 26, 2007 14:15 ET]) -- Circle Friday, February 23, on your calendar. That's when the current 5 WPM Morse code requirement will officially disappear from the Amateur Radio Service Part 97 rules in accordance with the FCC's Report and Order (R&O) in the "Morse code proceeding," WT Docket 05-235. Beginning on that date, applicants for a General or Amateur Extra class Amateur Radio license no longer will have to demonstrate proficiency in Morse code. They'll just have to pass the applicable written examination. Publication of the new rules in the January 24 Federal Register started a 30-day countdown for the new rules to become effective. Deletion of the Morse requirement -- still a matter of controversy within the amateur community -- is a landmark in Amateur Radio history.
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PSK for Beginners (Aug 6, 2006) -- You may have heard about PSK31, a fairly new mode of communication that's getting quite popular with hams. With PSK, you use your home computer with your radio to send and receive digital signals with other hams. The signals come through the radio, are fed into the computer and are decoded by software as the words being sent appear on the screen. The computer then turns the words you type into a signal that is sent through your radio to the ham you're talking to. It all works amazingly well, and pretty simply at that. With that in mind, here's a basic explanation of how to get involved in PSK31.
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Part 97 Amateur Radio Service

§97.1 Basis and purpose.

The rules and regulations in this Part are designed to provide an amateur radio service having a fundamental purpose as expressed in the following principles:

(a) Recognition and enhancement of the value of the amateur service to the public as a voluntary noncommercial communication service, particularly with respect to providing emergency communications.

(b) Continuation and extension of the amateur's proven ability to contribute to the advancement of the radio art.

(c) Encouragement and improvement of the amateur service through rules which provide for advancing skills in both the communications and technical phases of the art.

(d) Expansion of the existing reservoir within the amateur radio service of trained operators, technicians, and electronics experts.

(e) Continuation and extension of the amateur's unique ability to enhance international goodwill.



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