ARRL Field Day 2017: June 24 – 25

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FD 2017

 

The University of Michigan Amateur Radio Club and the ARROW Radio Club invite you to attend the National Amateur Radio Field Day this weekend at the Ann Arbor Airport.

When: June 24, 2 p.m. to June 25, 2 p.m. (24 hours)
Where: Ann Arbor Airport Soccer Field, 801 Airport Dr, Ann Arbor, MI (W. Ellsworth and Airport Blvd.; Across from Costco)

The public is welcome and admission is free!!!

This annual 24-hour national open-house event gives the public an overview of amateur radio and also helps amateur radio operators prepare for emergencies and develop radio communication skills. You will get a chance to meet experts, ask questions, learn how radio operators help local governments in times of need, and even operate the station, under supervision.

Free and open to all ages, amateur radio or ham radio is a hobby where licensed operators use radios to communicate with people all over the world and even with astronauts in space. Please do drop by and experience the amazing world of ham radio and don’t forget to bring along your kids as Amateur Radio might be a stepping stone for them to get involved in STEM-related activities and careers.

More information about Field Day can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/field-day

Dayton Hamvention 2017 Bus Trip

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2017 Tickets Now On Sale!!! Hurry… Only 2 seats left…

Update for bus riders: The bus now departs at 5 AM instead of 4 AM as Hamvention is starting an hour later at 9 AM.

Please consider joining us for the one-day excursion to the Dayton Hamvention on Saturday, May 20th at 4:00 AM 5:00 AM. We will arrive in Dayton around 8:00 AM 9:00 AM, depart for Ann Arbor at 5:30 PM, and be home by 8:30 PM or 9:00 PM.

Who could ask for more? Breakfast. Door prizes. You have the dealers and forums inside and the monster flea market outside.

Please join us! Tickets are $55 (Before April 1) and $65 (From April 1). Please note that this does not include the Hamvention ticket.

For more info and to buy the tickets online please visit: https://w8rp.org/activities/dayton-bus-trip/

May 2017 General Meeting at UM Space Research Building

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Date/Time: Wednesday, May 10th at 6:45 pm 

Location: Rm #2424
Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location and also that the doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive early 10-15 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-general-meeting-location-for-march-2017/

The next General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, May 10th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month we will be discussing the 2017 ARROW/UM Joint Field Day Plans. ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June (June 24 – 25, 2017) more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. We will be operating from the Ann Arbor airport soccer field at the corner of W. Ellsworth and Airport Blvd. in Ann Arbor.

April 2017 General Meeting at UM Space Research Building

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Date/Time: Wednesday, April 12th at 7:00 pm. 

Location: Rm #2424
Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Please note the change in location and also that the doors automatically close at 7:00 pm. So please plan to arrive early 5-10 minutes early. If you are locked out please give a call on the 146.96 (-ve) repeater frequency.

Maps and Parking info: https://w8rp.org/news/change-in-general-meeting-location-for-march-2017/

The next General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, April 12th in Room 2424 at the University of Michigan’s Space Research Building.

This month’s presentation topic is “Michigan State Parks On The Air Program (MSPOTA)”, by Thomas Martin, W8TAM and Julie Martin, K8VOX. Thom and Julie will be talking about the MI state parks that they have activated so far, their experiences and some rules and tips for us to active more parks as part of this 3-year activation program.

More information about MSPOTA: http://www.mspota.org

Volunteers Needed: Ann Arbor Marathon on 03/26/17

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The Ann Arbor marathon is rapidly approaching on March 26, 2017 and at this point we only have nine (9) volunteers and need, at least, ten (10) more. We had about 16 last year and that was OK but this year, we have some participants who can only spend a few hours working. The marathon starts at 7:30 AM on S. Main St. near the intersection of S. Main and Keech St. and ends on S. Main between William St. and Liberty. There will be a shelter in the finish area for net control and we will meet there at 7:00 AM where we will hand out route maps and assign stations. You can find route maps at: http://epicraces.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/usatf_marathon_map.pdf

Last year the last runner crossed the finish line about 6+ hours later or about 2:40 PM so I would guess that this year we should be done by about 3:00 PM. People posted to spots near the beginning should be able to leave as soon as the last runner passes or, if we don’t get enough volunteers, I would ask that you move to a spot further down the route. We need someone to volunteer to be net control and also a portable, battery operated station with antenna. If you can do either one of these, please let me know.

There will be some fine tuning as to when you need to be at the net control shelter as we firm up the volunteer count and those people assigned to posts farther down the route will be able to report in at a later time.

Remember, last year Epic Races made a $200.00 donation to ARROW and will make a contribution again this year. So join us and help out your Club.

73,
Jim Lommel WD8RWI
ARROW PSO

Change in General Meeting Location for March 2017

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Hello ARROW colleagues,

I want to get the word out that we will have a new location for the March 8 ARROW General Meeting. Instead of a classroom at Washtenaw Community College, we will be using a classroom at the University of Michigan.

The new location is:
Rm #2424
Space Research Building
University of Michigan
2455 Hayward St
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

Parking behind the building is free after 5 pm (UM lot NC-28).

It is easy to get to; go west on Hubbard from Huron Parkway (Hubbard is the first traffic light on Huron Parkway south of Plymouth Road; turn right on Hubbard if you are coming from the north, or turn left if you are approaching from the south). You will soon come to a stop sign. Go straight at the stop sign; the road name will change to Hayward. Space Research is the first building on the right, after you pass a couple of parking lots on the right. The driveway for Space Research parking comes up just before you get to the building; turn in and park behind the building. We have the room starting at 6:30. The building automatic door locks kick-on at precisely 7pm, although we will station somebody to let people in. And will be listening on the ARROW repeater.

Don
AC8TO
ARROW Secretary

February 2017 General Meeting

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Date/Time: Wednesday, February 08th at 7:30pm

Location: Washtenaw Community College
4800 E Huron River Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
Room BE-171 or BE-172

The next General Membership Meeting will be held this Wednesday, February 08th in room BE-172 (or BE-171, whichever is available) on the WCC campus. Doors open at 7pm for eyeball QSOs, with the business meeting starting at 7:30pm followed by the presentation.

This month’s presentation topic is “Amateur Radio Enabled Weather station with Inexpensive Components” by Don Winsor, AC8TO. Don will present on his experiences integrating a Raspberry Pi single board computer, a Baofeng UV-5R transceiver, and an assortment of weather sensors to create a fairly low cost weather sensing system that can report its data remotely using amateur radio.

ARROW Holiday Brunch – Sunday, Nov 20

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The Annual ARROW Holiday Brunch is on Sunday, November 20, 2016 Quarter Bistro Logoat The Quarter Bistro and Tavern, 300 S Maple Rd, Ann Arbor, MI 48103 from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

 

Cost (with 20% gratuity and 6% sales tax and rounded up to the nearest dollar):
Adults and Seniors: $27.00
Children 12 and Under: $12.00
Children 5 and Under: $8.00

Click here for a sample menu in PDF. Note that everything with a check mark to the right is “For Sure!”. The Fresh Vegetable Medley and Wild Rice Pilaf will change from week to week. Also, the last four entrees (listed just before “Drink Specials”) will change from week to week, also. I will call the Monday before to find out what these will be, if they know in advance.

The cost of the Brunch includes either coffee or soda with free refills. For those of you who might want to add them, there are “Drink Specials” that you can add to your bill, if you like.

We will be meeting in the RED ROOM. This will seat up to 35. Family (including children), Relatives and Friends are all welcome! We will seat in tables of 6, so there will be room to mingle around with all of your buddies! Lots of eyeball QSO’s!

Let’s make this the BIGGEST HOLIDAY BRUNCH in ARROW Communication Association history!

Hope to see you all there!

73
John F. Wasciuk
WA8TON / VO1TON

November General Meeting

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The November 2016 ARROW general meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 09 at 7:30 PM in or near room BE-172 at Washtenaw Community College. We start gathering for eyeball QSOs at 7:00 PM. The business meeting starts at 7:30 PM.

Our ARRL MI Section Manager, Larry Camp, WB8R will be visiting us to talk about the new and upcoming hamfest at the Michigan International Speedway in Fall 2017. Larry is visiting Clubs around the area to assemble a consortium of clubs to help make the event a success. More info is available here: http://www.mi-arrl.org/index.php/2016/10/17/michigan-section-news

Following Larry’s presentation we have our Technical Coordinator, Jay Nugent, WB8TKL talking to us about emergency preparedness and freeze dried food supplies for long term storage. Jay will be bringing along samples for everyone to taste.

All are welcome to attend. After the meeting, many of us meet for a late dinner at Red Robin on Carpenter Road.

I hope to see you there.

73,
Dinesh Cyanam, AB3DC
ARROW President