RCARA Sunshine Committee

The Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA) wants to acknowledge the sorrows with which our members sometimes must struggle with as well as  the joyful momentous happenings, celebrated by our members.

When informed of illnesses, accidents or deaths of active club or disabled former members, or of heartwarming occurrences such as milestone birthdays or anniversaries, committee members will strive to take appropriate approved actions, for example, sending cards and/or flowers or other gifts, keeping within the monetary limits set by the Club Leadership.

Contact Art Sutorus, AA6CA (email: aa6ca@att.net)  Sunshine Committee Chairman if you have information on active Club or disabled former members who are in need of “Sunshine”.

RCARA Members are invited to join this Committee in order to assist with timely responses and occasional follow up support as appropriate.  Please contact AA6CA for further information.

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Members Only – Field Day 2019

If you wish to volunteer for specific duties or as needed, please sign up at the May 9th meeting.

Boy Scouts (Troop TBD) will facilitate the Opening Ceremonies at 10:45 a.m. on Saturday

Art Sutorus has accepted the position of Publicity Chair

Volunteers needed:

  • QSO Loggers – bring your laptop to the May meeting. Logging software – N1MM Logger
  • Setup crews (Friday beginning at 11:00 a.m.)
  • Cleanup crews (Sunday, 11:00 a.m.)
  • Overnight security (4 hour shifts) for Friday and Saturday nights
  • Radio equipment and operators
  • Folding tables
  • Potluck food donations or $5.00 for Saturday night dinner
  • Cook(s) if needed for BBQ
  • Overnight campers
  • Donations of items for Door Prizes
  • Ticket sales for main raffle by members (see Marlene KK6CTX for tickets)
  • Main raffle will be for a new radio; $100 gift certificate; $50 gift certificate

The Albanese Family has generously donated a new HT for the raffle

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W6TJ at the School Science Fair

RCARA Club Member K6MJM Michael McBride’s son Anthony took the sweepstakes trophy at his school science fair.  Next stop is off to the district!!

Anthony’s Project
Antenna vs antenna
Accepting the trophy

Thanks to Marlene (KK6CTX), Ted (KM6AYC), Phil (KJ6KE) and Rick (KK6CTT) for their help with the radio testing and the Riverside County Amateur Radio Association (RCARA) for the use of their repeater to make this project possible.

Christmas Party 2018

  • A round table
  • Men in black
  • The McBride Krewe
  • Dinner with friends
  • Phyllis gets a surprise
  • Patti and Duane
  • Smiling Faces
  • Are we having fun yet? Yes we are!
  • Larry scores!
  • So many gifts to choose from!
  • Enjoying dinner
  • Decisions Decisions!
  • Rich received the LEJO Award
  • The LEJO Award 2018
  • Chris steals a gift
  • Alan receives the Harry Crawford Award
  • Dinner is served!
  • To steal or not?

November 8th Meeting Agenda

IMPORTANT – PLEASE READ:

Check in to the RCARA Public Service Net tonight, 7:00 p.m. on the w6tj repeater.

Thursday, November 8th is the final FORMAL meeting of 2018 for RCARA.  It is probably one of the most important meetings of the year because elections will be held for the new Board of Directors for 2019.

Please consider volunteering or nominating someone who is willing to be a part of the planning and implementation of club activities.  Without these dedicated members, RCARA could cease to sustain the status of an outstanding and functional radio club.  Nominations can be made from the floor at the November meeting prior to the election.

All positions are open for nominations.  The following club members have volunteered to serve:

  • PRESIDENT:  Open
  • VICE PRESIDENT:  Alan Serl KM6KPW
  • SECRETARY:  Margaret Albanese KC6UDH
  • TREASURER:  Jim Wiley AG6EA
  • COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR:  Ron Braley KE6RYX
  • DIRECTOR OF MEMBERSHIP:  Open
  • EDITOR OF THE MONITOR NEWSLETTER:  Open

 

APPOINTED POSITIONS:   All positions are open.  The following members have volunteered to continue in their present roles:

  • W6TJ TRUSTEE:  Don Williams KD6UVT
  • CLUB PHOTOGRAPHER: Rick Schirmer KK6CTT
  • SUNSHINE CHAIRMAN:  Art Sutorus AA6CA
  • WEB MASTER:  Alan Serl KM6KPW

 

Annual Club Dues for 2019 are coming up.  There has been a change in the dues structure and amount as well as in the application methods.  You can find the information on the w6tj.org web site in the Club Membership Link.

 

November 8 is the last day to submit your nomination letter for the Harry Crawford W6TJ Memorial Award or the LEJO Perpetual Award.

 

The Annual Christmas Party is scheduled for FRIDAY, December 14, 2018 at Kountry Folks Restaurant, 3653 La Sierra Avenue, 6:00 p.m.  Further details  on the web site in the Upcoming Events link.

 

Michael McBride K6MJM has come up with an “On Line Tech Class” using specialized software and will share details at the meeting.  We will need a couple of volunteers to assist.

 

 

SOCIALIZING IS FUN TOO

 

Several of us meet prior to the meeting, 4:00 p.m. for dinner at the Kountry Folks Restaurant before proceeding on to the meeting.  Everyone is invited to join us.

 

Tuesday, November 13 the Hungry Hams Lunch Bunch will gather at the Back Street Café, 3735 Nelson Street at Brockton, 11:00 a.m.  Join us for some further socializing and camaraderie.

 

Your attendance at the November meeting is very important for the reasons stated above.  I look forward to your attendance and participation.

 

Sincerely,

 

~Marlene

KK6CTX

 

W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

FIELD DAY BEHIND THE SCENES:

  W6TJ’s Field Day eQSL Cards

 

The tradition of exchanging post cards (QSLs) to confirm radio contacts goes back to the very first ham radio operators.  The cards usually bore the call sign, and station and contact information, of the station sending.  Many ham shacks even today have these cards plastered on their walls.  ARRL Awards such as Worked All States, DX Century Club etc. required the submission of these cards as proof of contacts made.  The ARRL manages bureaus for incoming and outgoing paper DX QSL cards, primarily for this purpose.  For information go to ARRL.org web site.

In recent years online electronic QSLs have become popular through eQSL.cc.

These are often received in one’s inbox, shortly after a contact is made.  Registration and use, is free, and set up is easy.  Check it out at www.eQSL.cc.

For the past twenty years, Clair, K6LG, has been managing the W6TJ eQSL account.  We have received many (800 to date) from our Field Day contacts, and other public demonstrations .  All incoming eQSLs have been sent the W6TJ QSL shown below.  Some of the incoming eQSL’s for Field Day contacts are also shown:

  • W6TJ to VE7NSR
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