January 2019 Meeting Pictures
January 2019 Meeting Pictures
January 2019 Meeting Pictures
A YEAR IN REVIEW …
Congratulations to the new and returning RCARA 2019 Board of Directors and Appointed Positions:
• President – Michael Anderson W6OSO
• Vice President – Alan Serl KM6KPW
• Treasurer – Jim Wiley AG6EA (continuing)
• Secretary – Margaret Albanese KC6UDH
• Director of Communications – Ron Braley KE6RYX (continuing)
• Membership Chair – TBD
• W6TJ Trustee – Don Williams KD6UVT (continuing)
• Web Master – Alan Serl KM6KPW (continuing)
• Sunshine Chair – Art Sutorus – AA6CA (continuing)
• Club Photographer – Rick Schirmer KK6CTT (continuing)
Your service to RCARA is greatly appreciated and we wish you well in your leadership roles. Please don’t hesitate to call on the former/past Board Members for assistance and advice. We will be happy to help in any way we can.
Appreciation was received for the outgoing 2018 Board Members:
• President/Membership Chair – Marlene Odebralski KK6CTX
• Vice President – Rick Golden NI6AU
• Secretary – Carrie Smith N6LMA
Thank you for doing a great job.
The Annual Christmas Party was another fun and successful event with approximately 40 guests in attendance. We shared a lot of laughter, congratulatory acclaim, award presentations as well as some unique items in the gift exchange. The food and service was good as was the camaraderie.
Recipient of the 2018 Harry Crawford W6TJ Award was presented to Alan Serl KM6KPW for his outstanding work as the Web Master. He has done an exemplary job in restoring, updating and maintaining our web site.
The 2018 LeJo Perpetual Award went to Rick Schirmer KK6CTT for always being at the wrong place at the right time or vice versa. Rick is one of those “doers” who will always lend a helping hand, solve problems and give back to the ham community in too many ways to count. Both awardees are well deserving for their many contributions.
Nathan Albanese, son of proud parents Phil and Margaret Albanese was welcomed as the newest and youngest club member having passed his Tech test the day before the party. We welcome you and look forward to many good things.
The victors of the 4 door prizes (Three $100 gift certificates for HRO and a Baofeng HT) are:
• Madeleine Haas KM6QCF
• Loreen Wynja KF6ACY
• Donna Beveridge KK6UDF
• Don Bower AG6HQ (thanks to Ted KM6AYC for the donation)
The next club meeting will be on Thursday, January 10, 2019. Check the web site for updates: w6tj.org
In conclusion, I’d like to personally thank each and every one of you for your support during the past year. We planned, implemented, celebrated and enjoyed many facets of ham radio … friendships were made; information was shared and support was given to one another. May we continue to grow and harvest what we do in a positive direction.
With all good wishes for a healthy, happy, prosperous New Year, de.
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:
APPOINTED POSITIONS: All positions are open. The following members have volunteered to continue in their present roles:
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.
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.
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:
Highlight photos from Field Day 2017: