PARC Bulletin No. 2 - 09: PARC Views - Winter Newsletter
Hello to you all …….
At the PARC monthly meeting on January 7th, the members in attendance agreed that we needed a newsletter to send out to the members. So here it is! It’s not anything fancy - just information about what’s currently happening with PARC, the amateur radio community, upcoming events and topics of interest to all.
====> TECHNICIAN CLASS TRAINING SESSION
Hampton Public Service Team and the Southern Peninsula Amateur Radio Club
(SPARK) will be holding a Technician Class training session at the
This class is not required to obtain your Amateur Radio license. The group provides instruction aimed at producing competent hams that can pass the Technician and maybe even the General amateur radio class examinations.
class is free but you will need the book, “The ARRL Ham Radio License Manual” 1st
Edition (c) 2006 #9639. The cost of the book is $24.95. The group anticipates
having a supply of the books on hand for the first class. The books are also
available at Hilton Sport and Hobby Shop in
There is a $14.00 testing fee collected on the day of the test which goes to the FCC.
For additional information or to register for the class, contact Chris Hosman (KC4F) at:
(757) 825-9345 - Home
(757) 719-0956 - Cell
====> FROSTFEST 2009
Frostfest 2009 will be held at the Richmond Raceway Complex on Saturday, February 7th from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Admission tickets are $9.00 but if you order online by going to the RATS website at: (http://www.rats.net/zen/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=2&products_id=4) and use the coupon code “WEB2009” you can receive $1.00 off. For more information, go to the Frostfest website located at: http://www.frostfest.com
====> ARES/RACES REGISTRATION
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management (VDEM) and Virginia ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) have a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in order to establish guidelines and procedures when ARES/RACES members are activated during disasters, emergencies, drills and exercises. In order to participate in any of these ARES/RACES events, you must first be registered with your local ARES group. If you are not registered, you are not covered under the insurance so you will not be allowed to
Please note that if your registered PRIOR to June 1, 2008, your ARES registration IS NOT valid and you must re-register. Registering with ARES is fast, easy and painless.
Registering does not obligate you so please take a minute to register by going to:
If you have any questions about the process or about ARES in general, contact Rick Ross (KG4TAX) at: firstname.lastname@example.org
====> SUMMER PICNIC
plan on having a picnic this summer with SPARK and the Hampton Public Service
Team, possibly at the
more information on the picnic in the Spring newsletter.
====> REPEATER NEWS
2 meter repeater is still down but the 440 repeater (442.900+ with 100.0 pl) is
up and running. At the present, the antenna height is only 50 feet so the range
is very limited. Its physical location is near the intersection of
====> FIELD DAY
Since we had a low turn out at last years Field Day, we discussed the possibility of having a combined Field Day with the Hampton Public Service Team and SPARK clubs.
More details on this in the Spring newsletter.
====> MEMBERSHIP DUES
Your 2009 PARC membership dues are up for renewal. Dues are still $25.00 (single or family). You can renew at the meeting, we can come by and pick them up or you can send
them via snail mail to:
c/o Marc Fogleman
====> FOR YOUR HEALTH
Are you at risk for heart attack or stroke? Yes, no, maybe? Want to find out? Consider a health screening. If you follow the link to either one of the websites listed below, it explains the procedures and their associated costs. You can type in your zip code to locate the closest screening center and the available dates.
====> FREE ON-LINE COLLEGE COURSES
Interested in biology, electronics, aeronautics, computers? Charlie Stokes (WB4PVT) found that MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) is offering free on-line college courses in over 1800 subjects. Yes, there is a catch: you can’t obtain college credit for completing the courses (that is, unless, you are willing to pay for the course). For more information, visit
their website at:
====> PARC OFFICERS FOR 2009
Our PARC officers for 2009 are:
Bobby Yates (N4RY), President
Rick Ross (KG4TAX), Vice President
Janet Jenkins (KC4YWY), Secretary
Marc Fogleman (KF4POD), Treasurer
Please take a moment to congratulate and thank them for their efforts to keep our club moving in a positive direction.
====> FEBRUARY MEETING INFORMATION
combined February business and program meeting will be held on Wednesday,
February 4th at 7:30 pm at
====> DID YOU KNOW THAT ……
Operators skilled in Morse code can often copy code in
their heads at rates in excess of 40 wpm? In July 1939 at a contest in
Lastly, I previously mentioned we plan on sending out a newsletter once a quarter. Please send us anything you would like to see placed in the newsletter. Give us your suggestions on what you’d like to see and how we can improve on the content. Look for the next newsletter around April 1st. If you know of someone who does not have email capabilities and would
like a hard copy of the newsletter, please let us know and we’ll be sure they receive one.
Take care, stay warm and 73,
Marc Fogleman, KF4POD
PARC Bulletin and Publicity Chairman
Visit the PARC website at: http://www.qsl.net/w4mt