HCRA Badges Still Available

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Missed out on the last time we had badges available for order? Well have no worries because they’re back! Break the ice and let others know who you are with a stylish new badge. Sorry, the old style badges are no longer available.

They are just $12

You can contact Larry (W1AST) or fill out the form below (Just click Submit Once)


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HCRA Board Meeting September 18, 2014

HCRA Board Meeting September 18, 2014

Opened at 7:06

Attending:
Ed: KB1NWH
Dave AA1YW
Larry W1AST
Jeff NT1K
Gary W1MOW
Dave WM1B

Dave AA1YW:    Cost of Analyzer was not budgeted nor was the cost of the Badges. Income: $1266.22. Expenses: $1266.13   Balance 9/18/2014 $9508.72

Gary W1MOW submitted a bill for the last Zero Beat printing and mailing

Frandy submitted a bill through the President for $60 for recognition gifts.

Dave Fant volunteered to print and mail the Zero Beat Newsletter to the 5 members who receive the ZB by snail mail. He will also verify that the recipients do not have an EM address.

Membership: Only 36 have paid dues (does not include Pay Pal – which will be added about 15)  Will included information in Zero Beat regarding dues.

Program, W1AST: No program yet for October meeting.  Any suggestions should  be sent  to Larry.  Board will put program together.  All asked are willing to speak in a couple of months. We may do a general meeting with a varied program.

Secretary: Minutes were put onto the web, but did not  get published  Were published on 9/18/2014

Webmaster Jeff NT1K gave a tutorial on the use of the Web and posting documents to the Web.

New Business: Holiday Party Ed to finalize plans, Webmaster to provide advertisement on Web Page

Next meeting: Bank Conference Room Nov 13@ 7:00 PM  Board members urged to get payments in for Badges and shirts

David Fant/WM1B, Secretary

 

Ham Radio Classes Coming Soon

 HCRA Amateur Radio License Classes

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Are you or do you know someone who’s interested in amateur radio? Do you want to upgrade your license? The Hampden Country Radio Association (HCRA) is holding classes and study groups for those interested. With a combination of these classes and at-home studying, it’s possible to make it happen. Learn from experienced instructors who are active within the amateur radio community who are willing to help you along the way.

Dates:

  • Wednesday Nov 19th, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Thursday Nov 20th, 2014 – 6:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • VE Session: Saturday Nov 22nd, 2014 – 3:15pm (Walk-Ins Welcomed)

Where:
Holyoke Medical Center Auxiliary Conference Center
575 Beech Street, Holyoke MA, 01040 (Click Here For Directions)

Cost: FREE/$15 Exam Fee

Classes open to anyone and everyone interested in obtaining or upgrading their amateur radio license.

Our classes consist of two weekday night classes and one full Saturday class with an examination following the course. Due to the short amount of time, it’s up to the candidate to do most of the studying at home before attending the classes. The classes will cover the exam questions, provide some details about the questions and help you to better understand the material needed to pass the exam.

Even though it’s not required, it’s suggested that you purchase and use the latest edition of ARRL’s Ham Radio License Manual (Level 1/Technician) to study. Other alternatives can be found online like KB6NU’s No-Nonsense study guides. It’s best that you study and learn as much as possible before attending the classes.

We’re also having study groups for those who are interested in upgrading their current license.

If you’re interested in these classes or study groups, please contact the following or fill out the form below.

Jeffrey Bail (NT1K)
NT1K@arrl.net
P.O. Box 0484
West Springfield MA, 01090


 


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Tickets, Tickets & More TICKETS!!

Good evening everyone,

Just wanted to remind everyone about the raffle ticket for the membership prize, renew your HCRA membership before the end of the meeting this Friday. You can renew through PayPal, the link is on the HCRA.org webpage. Here is the link http://www.hcra.org/membership-payment/. If you use snail mail it needs to be at the PO Box before this Friday morning, October 3,2014. You do not need to be present to win.

MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer
For more information:

http://www.mfjenterprises.com/Product.php?productid=MFJ-266B

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HCRA’s raffle this year is going to be for a Elecraft KX3!
For a mere $10 donation to the HCRA, you get a chance to win an assembled KX3 by Elecraft valued at around $1000.

This is an very popular and excellent HF portable radio that has an excellent receiver, low power consumption, can run on external power or 8AA batteries internally, it can transmit up to 12W and has plenty of options like an 100W amplifier, 2M module, pan adapter, ATU, Roofing filters, internal battery charger, custom CW paddle and others that can be added later.

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HCRA has printed only 250 tickets. Tickets will be sold at meetings and other events throughout 2014 and part of 2015. The drawing will happen when all 250 tickets have been sold or during MTARA’s Hamfest in March of 2015. Plenty of time to obtain your chance. Raffle is just for the Elecraft KX3 Transceiver only. Microphone and paddles not included. Drawing Date Subject To Change.

Last but defiantly not least, The third annual joint HCRA & MTARA Holiday party is scheduled for December 8, 2014. Tickets will be $15.00 and should be available at the October meeting (if the print shop is finished). You may also purchase them by sending a check in the amount of $15.00 made out to HCRA and mailed to Hampden County Radio Association, P.O. Box 562, Agawam, MA 01030. We will have your pre-purchased tickets at the door for you.

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Thank you all for making our club the best. 73

W1MOR
Eric LaCombe
Southwick MA 01077
413-221-0890
V.P. H.C.R.A.

DX Bulletin 39

QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 39 ARLD039
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 25, 2014
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD039
ARLD039 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by HA3JB, ZL4PW, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites. Thanks to all.

VIET NAM, 3W. Bruce is QRV as 3W3B from Da Nang on the HF bands using CW and RTTY. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via E21EIC.

BHUTAN, A5. Operators Pekka, OH2YY and Pekka, OH1TV are QRV as A52O from Paro until October 2. Activity is on the HF bands with two stations using CW and SSB. QSL via OH2YY.

CHINA, BY. Operators Zhang, BA3AX, Wang, BA3CE and Lu, BD3AEO will be QRV as BA3AX/2, BA3CE/2 and BD3AEO/2, respectively, from Juhua Island, IOTA AS-151, from October 2 to 5. Activity will be on 20 to 10 meters. QSL via BA3AX.

NAURU, C2. Stan, LZ1GC will be QRV as C21GC from September 28 to October 14. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home call.

ANDORRA, C3. Members of the Unio de Radioaficionats Andorrans will be QRV as C37NL in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via C37URA.

BAHAMAS, C6. Phil, G3SWH will be QRV as C6AYS from New Providence Island, IOTA NA-001, from September 30 to October 10. QSL to home call.

SOUTH COOK ISLANDS, E5. Operators Mathias, DJ2HD and Gerd, DJ5IW will be QRV as E51HDJ and E51XIW, respectively, from Rarotonga, IOTA OC-013, from September 30 to October 6. Activity will be holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. QSL to home calls.

CANARY ISLANDS, EA8. Members of the Union de Radioaficionados Espanoles plan to be QRV as EF8U in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.

JERSEY, GJ. Kazu, M0CFW is QRV as MJ5Z and plans to be active in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest as a Single Op/All Band/Low Power entry. Before and after the contest he is active as MJ0CFW. QSL both calls to home call.

LUXEMBOURG, LX. Operator LX7I will be QRV in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest as a Multi Op entry. QSL via LX2A.

ARUBA, P4. Al, W6HGF is QRV as P4/W6HGF until October 1. He plans to be active as P40HF in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest.
Otherwise, he’ll be active as P4/W6HGF. QSL both calls to home call.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. David, OK6DJ, Petr, OK1FCJ and Pavel, OK1FPS are QRV as PJ5/home calls from Sint Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, until October 3. Activity is on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes with up to three stations active. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.

INDONESIA, YB. Members of the Orari Daerah Jawa Tengah Contesting Team will be QRV as YE2C in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest as a Multi/Single entry. QSL via operators’ instructions. In addition, Gab, HA3JB is QRV as YB9/HA3JB as part of the International Police Association Expedition until October 7. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

VANUATU, YJ. Members of the Quake Contesters will be QRV as YJ0X from October 3 to 15. Activity will be on the HF bands, including 6 meters, with two stations using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes an entry in the upcoming Oceania DX contest. QSL via ZL3PAH.

ALBANIA, ZA. R.C. Nikola Tesla club members Igor, Z32ID, Mome, Z32ZM, Oz, Z35T and Venco, Z36W will be QRV as ZA/Z35T in the CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. Outside the contest they are active on the newer bands. QSL via operators’ instructions.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/5 in New Mexico and W1AW/7 in Idaho are QRV until 2359z on September 30. In addition, W1AW/KL7 in Alaska, W1AW/6 in California and W1AW/3 in the District of Columbia will be QRV starting at 0000z on October 1.
They will be active until 2359z on October 7.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. The CQ Worldwide RTTY DX Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder, NCCC Sprint, AGCW VHF/UHF CW Contest, Texas QSO Party, UBA ON 6-Meter Contest and the Peanut Power QRP Sprint are all on tap for this upcoming weekend. The 222 MHz Fall Sprint is scheduled for September 30. The CWops Mini-CWT Test is scheduled for October 1. Please see September QST, page 81, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

(Copied from an E-Mail sent by the ARRL)

Weekly ARRL DX news

QST de W1AW
DX Bulletin 38 ARLD038
From ARRL Headquarters
Newington CT September 18, 2014
To all radio amateurs

SB DX ARL ARLD038
ARLD038 DX news

This week’s bulletin was made possible with information provided by I3VJW, the OPDX Bulletin, 425 DX News, The Daily DX, DXNL, Contest Corral from QST and the ARRL Contest Calendar and WA7BNM web sites.
Thanks to all.

TIMOR-LESTE, 4W. Sei, JA7LU and Hiro, JA2VWG will be QRV as 4W6LU and 4W6DD, respectively, from Dili, IOTA OC-148, from September 22 to 29. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using SSB and RTTY. QSL direct to home calls.

CROATIA, 9A. Ede, HA5BWW, Pista, HA5AUC and Karl, HA7PC will be QRV as 9A/home calls from Rab Island, IOTA EU-136, from September 22 to 29. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home calls. In addition, a group of operators are QRV as 9A/IQ3VO from the Lighthouse Porer-Pula Croatia, ARLHS CRO-014, until September 21. Activity is on 80 to 6 meters with two stations using CW, SSB, RTTY, PSK31, JT65A and EME. QSL direct to IQ3VO.

KUWAIT, 9K. To celebrate the naming by the UN of Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah as a Global Humanitarian Leader, special event station 9K9GHL is QRV until October 6. QSL via 9K2QA.

FRANCE, F. Special event station TM89IARU will be QRV from September 20 to 29 to celebrate the IARU’s 89th anniversary. QSL via F6KMF.

ITALY, I. Bob, OK2BOB will be QRV as IA5/OK2BOB from Giglio Island, IOTA EU-028, from September 21 to 28. Activity will be holiday style mostly on the newer bands using CW and SSB. QSL to home call.

BULGARIA, LZ. Special event station LZ14IARU will be QRV from September 20 to 27 during the IARU Region 1 conference in Albena.
QSL via bureau.

BELGIUM, ON. Special event station OT703CCF will be QRV on September 21 and 22 to celebrate the 70th anniversary for the freedom of the Farciennes City. Activity will be on the HF bands using CW, SSB and PSK31. QSL via ON4CPN.

SABA, ST. EUSTATIUS, PJ5. David, OK6DJ, Petr, OK1FCJ and Pavel, OK1FPS will be QRV as PJ5/home calls from Sint Eustatius, IOTA NA-145, from September 21 to October 3. Activity will be on 160 to 10 meters using CW, SSB, RTTY and other digital modes with up to three stations active. This includes an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL via operators’ instructions.

ST. MAARTEN, PJ7. Ed, WA1ZAM will be QRV as PJ7PL from the Royal Palm Beach Resort in Cole Bay, IOTA NA-105, from September 21 to October 15. Activity is holiday style on the HF bands using CW, SSB and RTTY. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL direct to home call.

SEYCHELLES, S7. Chris, HB9LCA will be QRV as S79LCA from La Digue from September 22 to 27. Activity will be on 40 to 6 meters using mostly CW. QSL to home call.

DODECANESE, SV5. Fred, PA1FJ is QRV as SV5/PA1FJ/p from Karpathos Island, IOTA EU-001, until September 27. Activity is on the HF bands using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL to home call.

GABON, TR. Alain, F6CTL is QRV as TR8CA. His length of stay is unknown. QSL via F6CBC.

BENIN, TY. A group of operators are QRV as TY1AA until September 26. Activity is on the HF bands. QSL direct via I2YSB.

CHRISTMAS ISLANDS, VK9X. Rob, N7QT and Melanie, AB1UH are QRV as VK9AN until October 2. Activity is on 80 to 10 meters using CW, SSB and various digital modes. QSL via N7QT.

ASCENSION ISLAND, ZD8. Bob, G4DBW will be QRV as ZD8RH from Georgetown, IOTA AF-003, from September 22 to 30. Activity will be mainly on the HF bands using CW. This includes being an entry in the upcoming CQ World Wide RTTY DX contest. QSL to home call.

SPECIAL EVENT STATIONS. W1AW Centennial Stations W1AW/1 in Connecticut and W1AW/4 in North Carolina are QRV until 2359z on September 23. In addition, W1AW/5 in New Mexico and W1AW/7 in Idaho will be QRV starting at 0000z on September 24. They will be active until 2359z on September 30.

THIS WEEKEND ON THE RADIO. ARRL 10 GHz and Up Contest, NCCC RTTY Sprint Ladder, NCCC Sprint, AGB NEMIGA Contest, Pirate QSO Party, Scandinavian Activity CW Contest, Feld Hell Sprint, QRP Afield, Washington State Salmon Run, and BARTG Sprint 75 are all on tap for this weekend. The 144 MHz Fall Sprint and Run for the Bacon QRP CW Contest are scheduled for September 22. The CWops Mini-CWT CW Test and SKCC CW Sprint are scheduled for September 24. Please see September QST, page 81, and the ARRL and WA7BNM contest web sites for details.

This was clipped from and E-Mail that I recieved

Win A MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer!

Win A MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer From HCRA

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All you have to do is join or renew your membership before the end of Octobers meeting (10/3/2014) and it’s possible that you can walk away with an MFJ-266B Antenna Analyzer.

Specs on The MFJ-266B can be found HERE. It’s similar to the 266C but does not support 220Mhz area measurements. If you don’t have an analyzer or the one you have doesn’t cover UHF, this would be an excellent addition to your shack. It can be yours just by supporting the club!

You have 3 options to renew. You can show up to the October meeting and renew, you can renew right now using our on-line renewal system or you can print and fill out the application and send it VIA post office. All mail applications must be received by October 2nd 2014 for it to qualify for this raffle.

Drawing will be held Friday, October 3rd, 2014 at the end of the meeting. Meeting starts approx 7:30pm at the Holyoke Hospital Auxiliary Conference Center in Holyoke MA.
Click Here for directions to the meeting 

Thank you for your support!

Board Meeting Minutes Aug 12, 2014

HCRA Board of Directors Minutes

Aug 15, 2014 7:15 PM at W1AST QTH
OFFICER REPORTS
Vice President – W1MOR
Report
Projects: New tower at W1MOR QTH
FD with royal rangers set up station in Gardner, MA with multiple antennae
Turned a number of youth into amateur radio

Treasurer – AA1YW Not Present
(Items)
Ed still needs to be added on Checks
Pay-Pal Jeff to work with Dave on process

Secretary – WM1B
Report- Minutes of June meeting accepted (MSP)
Minutes will be sent out within 2 weeks of BOD meeting to the board for approval. Put a final on the web site after board approval.

DIRECTOR REPORTS
Technical – K1YO Not Present
No Report

Zero Beat, WA1MOW
Report: Needs input to add to ZB Deadline is 20th of month.
Ham of the month: Still to be determined as to who. Suggest Shack of Month?
Picture page. Tidbit column. Website of month. Welcome new members Name, Call, Town.
Secretary to obtain the members who are getting hard copy. Contact to see if EM is acceptable.

Membership – N1KXR
Report
Starting in September, will want a report for member totals (get them from the Secretary)
Only put what is on the App in the E-Mail List
Moved(W1AST)MFJ 266B ($299.95) Antenna Analyzer as a Membership Raffle for all who renew at or before the October meeting. Drawing at end October meeting. Seconded (W1MOR) Passed. AA1YW to purchase.
New Ham Packet to be assembled for those new Hams

At Large – NT1K
Report
Web site has been updated. Account has been paid up for two additional years. It receives about 50 hits per day.
Make changes so that purchase can be made from Pay pal account
Request that a Square be obtained for processing credit cards at meeting

Program – W1AST
Report
Upcoming Meetings?
October open
November open

OLD BUSINESS
None

NEW BUSINESS

250 Raffle….KX3..#sold approximately 20 tickets sold
QSL manager NT1K agreed to be QSL Manager along with LOTW. Ed gave him PW

Drop box table for next meeting. Account created, Ed has access.

Move to get rid of Yahoo BOD group. Perhaps a Private FB Page. We also have a BB on HCRA

Need to assist and develop Elmers

NT1K planning a Ham Class this fall. Plans Need to be developed

ACTION ITEMS

W1MOR Packet for VE exams

AA1YW put Ed on checks.

N1KXR get total memberships from secretary at Sept meeting

W1AST BOD T-shirts Dark, Black or Navy Blue. Order Name badges

K1YO

NT1K publish May & June minutes To send us a group message to give us access to check out BB

WA1MOW Send list to secretary from Frandy of those who get hard copies of ZB

WM1B get minutes out to BOD

Welcome to the 2014 – 2015 Year

OK, here we go. It the first meeting of the year tomorrow night at the Holyoke Medical Center at 7:30.

There will be the usual camaraderie, 3 that’s right 3 guest speakers. KK1W, W1MSW, and W1MOR. All have short presentations on these summers’ activities that the club participated in in one way or another, They will be talking about Field Days and WRTC.

There will be chances for you to buy your HCRA 250 Raffle tickets for a nice KX3.

Renew you membership and get entered for a MFJ 266B antenna analyzer.