2020 Monthly General Meetings on the third Thursday Start at 7:00 PM
Weekly Nets on Mondays Start at 8:00 PM
. -Notice- 8/24
There is a new section for Training that is located in the lower left area of the "Projects" page that will take you to a new training page where two programs are shown, one is labeled "BSA Radio MB Training Program". It contains a No-Nonsense Technician class License Study Guide by Dan Romanchik - KB6NU, a free use document and three Merit Badge modules. There is also a new VARC Technician class training program that will eventually be expanded into a training and testing program for all license classes . These are currently modified for Covid-19 restrictions.
- ARRL License Exam Session - 10/2
The Victoria Amateur Radio Club (VARC) held a "Technician Class License Exam" session on Thursday evening, October 1, 2020 in Victoria Texas where we had 30 exam participants of which 18 individuals earned new or upgraded licenses. CovID-19 Mask, Social Spacing, Temperature Monitoring and Sanitizing requirements were fully maintained for the larger than expected number of applicants. The Exam session was divided into two groups of applicants in order to perform the exams and maintain the CovID-19 safety requirements.
The Training Class Sessions consisted of on-line Internet Zoom classroom sessions in conjunction with E-Mail information packets in order to avoid person-to-person contacts.
As a result of the 60% passing rate for this on-line training and exam program, the Victoria Amateur Radio Club (VARC) plans to have a couple more of these mentor advised self study on-line programs during the next year or until the CovID-19 Restrictions are declared unnecessary. Plans are for a Spring and a Fall training class each followed with an Exam session.
Keep tuned in to this Web Site Bulletin Board for future notices.
- * Weather Notice - 10//19 1 PM CDT (1800 UTC)
A depression strengthens into Tropical Storm Epsilon.
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Tropical Storm Epsilon Advisory Number 2 NWS National Hurricane Center Miami FL AL272020 1100 AM AST Mon Oct 19 2020 ...DEPRESSION STRENGTHENS INTO TROPICAL STORM EPSILON...
SUMMARY OF 1100 AM AST...1500 UTC...INFORMATION -----------------------------------------------
ABOUT 735 MI...1185 KM SE OF BERMUDA
MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS...40 MPH...65 KM/H
DISCUSSION AND OUTLOOK
At 1100 AM AST (1500 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Epsilon was located near latitude 25.6 North, longitude 55.3 West. Epsilon is stationary and little overall motion is expected through tonight. A slow west-northwestward to northwestward motion should begin on Tuesday, and this motion should continue through midweek.
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There are new articles under the "Projects" / Useful Information section
One discusses Seven+1 Tips for Better Repeater Operations (i.e. PTT time delay before transmitting)
Another has some ARRL Quick Reference Operating Aids (they are occasionally expanded or added)
Solar Propagation Numbers/Descriptions
And Solar Propagation SpaceWeather link in the Links page (see above for descriptions of numbers)
We have added a BSA (Boy Scouts of America) Merit Badge & Technician Training Class / Exam program and a VARC Technician Training Class / Exam program. Go to the "Projects" page/tab and select the "Training Programs" button.
A new CrossRoads Area VHF-FM Repeater List(Repeaters button on the "MORE" page/tab
Link entries have been added for:
ARRL Volunteer Examiners (VE) Information.
How to order Texas Ham Radio license plates.
Exploring Amateur Radio and Wireless Technology in the Classroom.
Visit the LINKS page.
**** NOTICE ****
The November General Meeting will be held Person-to-Person in DeTar Conference Room Location. We are going to have another Exam starting at 6:00 PM before the meeting. See Notice below.
The November General Meeting
----- NOTICE -----
The Victoria Amateur Radio Club Inc, VARC, monthly meetings on the third Thursday of each month will be conducted at the DeTar Medical Plaza North Conference Room located at 110 Medical Drive for Officer Voting during the November meeting.
There will also be an Exam session immediately before the General Meeting starting at 6 PM. Contact Bob - KI5PG < > or Gary - WT0B at < > for more information and to register to take the exam.
COVID-19 Masks and Social Distance measures will be enforced.
Ham Boot Camp
A successful Ham Boot Camp was held on Saturday morning 10/17/2020 at the DeTar North Medical Plaza Conference Room. Approximately 18 new hams attended. Many of these new hams were heard on the air on our local repeaters on Saturday afternoon and Sunday. Please welcome our new hams to our community.
Directions to Harvey's Busy Bee location.
Harvey says: The Google map shows it being about 1/2 mile from the actual entrance. If coming from 1447, the entrance to the Busy Bee is immediately BEFORE Cattle Guard Road makes a sharp turn to the right. As you get on Cattle Guard from 1447 you will go over a slight rise and then down a hill. When you pass the steel building on your left, slow down and start looking to your left for our gate. There is a white sign to the left of the gate with the address so there will be no mistake. We will try to keep a watch on 146.520 Simplex if you get lost, or try my cell 361-676-0356. Hope to see you there!