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Next Meeting

The Next Meeting
of the
Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club
will be on 
May 15, 2022 
at 11:00 am
At the
Spring Picnic!

See the details below.

Meeting topic:
 

Food!

   

Featured Shacks

K0CTU SHACK
K0CTU SHACK
   

When:  Sunday May 15 from 10-2 pm. Cooks and setup will start at 9 a.m. Food will be served starting 11 a.m.

For:  Open to all AARC and BARC members and a “plus one”.  Additionally, we welcome anyone interested in becoming an amateur radio operator to join us at the picnic!!!

Where: Walnut Creek Lake and Recreation Area at 9902 Schram Rd, Papillion, NE at the large pavilion that is closest to lake on the east side.

Menu:  Hot Dogs and buns, chips, relish, pork and beans, and non-alchol beverages.  (If you would like, please bring a covered dish to share.)

 Activities: In addition to lively conversations, and if you like, please bring any new radio toys etc. to share and educate others.

 Free Raffle for any person attending.  Prizes include one 3 day pass to the Dayton 2022 Hamfest!and many other prizes.

 RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by May 10 at noon.  Please let us know if you will coming by yourself or with “your plus one” to better help us plan on the quantity of food needed.

Volunteers Needed to help unload the grill at 9 a.m. on Sunday.  Please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you could be available.

Is your spouse not excited about the 9913 snaked along the baseboards?  Are you tired of tripping over your coax?
Have you ever wished that you could get that feedline exactly where you want it?   Well wish no more!

At the January Meeting of the AARC John ABØZT has promised a hands on demonstration of how to fish wires through a wall and install a cable access wall plate to help de-clutter your shack! And bring harmony to your ham shack once again!   

 

Hope to see you January 14th - normal meeting time and place! 

This has been postponed due to weather! We look forward to seeing it in the future.

Report from our new VP on the Holiday Party:

"The Aksarben amateur radio club annual holiday party saw 27 members and guests in attendance. There was a wide variety of delicious food including: meat tray/cheeses/smoked sausage/meatballs/salads/chips and desserts. The evening began with a short business meeting to elect officers for the upcoming year followed by a raffle that had the usual great variety of prizes. It was great to see everyone enjoying themselves eating/visiting, and talking about some of our plans for the new year."

de ABØZT

Photos provided by ABØZT 

AARC Annual Meeting

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Goodies Await

The Annual Meeting was held on December 10 at the Red Cross chapterhouse.   At this meeting 2022 club officers and board members were elected  - please congratulate the following and thank them for stepping up to lead the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club into 2022.

WØUJO - President
ABØZT - Vice President
KEØOPB - Board of Direcctors / Secretary
NØREA - Board of Directors

After the election were held, club members in attendence enjoyed a potluck dinner and socializing and of course Door Prizes.  

Newsletter Editor Brian, WBØBEP took notes on the door prizes and provided the following information.  

  • The build your own FM Radio kit: I won - WE0BEP (Brian Pitchanau).
  • The Electronic Components Kit: NE0G (Russ Rosenquist)
  • The Repair Kit: N0POT (Dan Buchholz)
  • The YAESU FT-4V Radio: WB0BIK (James Leedham)
  • Mr. Reeh: a 1975 Olds Cutlass Car Radio: Our Vice Pres.

2021 sees the Flea-Esta under a new banner as the Ak-Sar-Ben ARC and the Bellevue ARC join forces to bring you 

"ARK-BARK" 

Saturday October 2nd 2021


9:00 am to 1:00pm

Reed Community Center
1200 Lord Blvd, Bellevue NE
Admission $5 (under 16 are free)

Table Rentals $10 (does not include admission) 

The grand door prize will be an

AnyTone AT-868UV dual-band handheld radio

Drawing for the grand prize will be held at 12:00pm.

Additional door prizes
(need not be present to win):

ARRL: One $50 and two $25 gift certificates

N3FJP: Ham Radio Software Package gift certificate

HamTestOnline: 2 Technician, 1 General & 1 Amateur Extra course coupons

 

The recently discussed patches and decals have arrived. 

 Current members can get their free patch by picking it up at the August (or any upcoming) meeting.  

Additional Patches are $3.00 each and the decals are $2.00 each

If you can't make a meeting and you'd like one of these limited edition decals,

Please send payment along with your Name, Address and how many Decals you want at $2.00 each to

AARC Treasurer 
PO BOX 24551
Omaha, NE 68124

Delivery method and potential mailing costs for the patches is still being determined. 

 

  

 


Field day this year is on June 26-27.  This year’s rules can be found at 
http://www.arrl.org/field-day#rules. Or you can download the 2021 FD Packet at this link:
https://tinyurl.com/dva2jrn8  Both of these links will provide everything you need to know about Field Day 2021.   

What is Field Day you say?  

Field Day is: "The single most popular on-the-air event". Approximately 35,000 hams across the US and Canada partipicpate.  It is held annually on the 4th Weekend in June.  For 2021 that will be June 26th and 27th.  The event starts at 1:00pm CDT on Saturday afternoon and runs until 1:00pm CDT on Sunday afternoon.  It can be a lot of different things  depending on the groups and individuals who are particpiating.  But the original idea (and its still part of the spirit of the event) is to set up your equipment away from your comfortable home station and already installed antennas, and set up a station or many stations in the field. This would demonstrate our ability to communication in an emergency.  Over the years it has become a social event, contest, picnic, and a public relations affair. 

Clubs, like the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club, often have equipment like beam antennas, dipoles, towers, generators and lots that they use to set up a multi band multi operate event in a park. Everyone would be invited to stop by, get on the air for a while, learn about amateur radio, eat, socialize and generally just have fun.   This type of operation (3 or more hams setting up away from home) was given a designation of "A" or Alpha.  Usually AARC would put 5 to 8 stations on the air at the same time.  Meaning that K0USA had a Designator of 5A or 8A - the number being the number of stations that could get on the air simultaneously.  Every station on site using the same callsign.  With the late removal of the 2021 masking and gathering restrictions within Omaha, the AARC was not able to obtain permission to use one of the many parks as we have done in the past. 

The contest aspect is a bit more than just how many stations you work, but bonus points are given for using emergency power, setting up in public locations, making a contact through a satellite, copying a special message, sending messages from your field day site to the ARRL Section Manager.     

 

Since Field Day was always about being away from home, stations working from home could participate but were restricted to not being able to work each other for "points".  But the ARRL has changed those rules for this year.   Hams working from home using commercial power sources are given the designator "D"  Usually its a single station so 1D.   Again in 2021  "Deltas" can work "Deltas" for points![For 2021 they are limited on power however.]   Use your home station, or setup in the back yard even call call CQ Field Day on 2m FM simplex!  You might find a LOT of those out there this year.  Or if you have a generator or battery capacity, you can still work from home and be an"E" or "Echo" Station.   

The ARRL has also recognized that Field Day is in a club's blood.  Normally club names are only published for class A and Class F entries - but again in 2021 participants in ANY class can submit their results for the club..   So if DogPatch ARc members Daisy May KZ0XYL and  KZ0LIL Abner both participate in Field Day 2021 - Abner from his Class D home station and Daisy May from her car as a Class C Mobile station,   When they upload their logs, they can both include their radio radio club name.  Their scores will be included in the in the combined score for Dogpatch ARC.  

 The League has made it easy to do.  You upload your log here: https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php and chose "Ak Sar Ben ARC" from the drop down.   

There are  plans underway [again] for KØUSA to be operated as a 2E or 3E.   So KØUSA will still be a presense during Field Day!  But YOU can still do field day.  

Also email or mail your log to our club secretary Brian Sohl KE0GKB at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..   We plan on having certificates and awards for club members who upload or submit their log with the club designation as Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club.  This year only we will also have certficiates and maybe some prizes  and your accomplishments will be recognized in a future issue of HamHum!!