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Next Meeting

The Next Meeting
of the
Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club
will be on 
August 12, 2022 
at 7:00 pm
At the
American Red Cross

2912 S. 80th Ave


Meeting topic:
 

Show and Tell!  Bring something neat from ham radio!

   

Featured Shacks

K0CTU SHACK
K0CTU SHACK
   

This month’s program will be a classic program of “Show and Tell”. Each AARC member can bring one piece of ham radio equipment or other ham radio memorabilia. The member will have three to five minutes to discuss the significance of the ham radio item and the individual member. Some examples might be their favorite morse code key, a QSL card from a significant or unusual contact, a piece of ham brew equipment, etc.

We will have silent and secret judges in the audience and there will be awards for first through third place finishes based on the most interesting presentation. Remember you must be present to win!! See your Friday August 12 at 7:00 p.m. at the Omaha Red Cross building. This will be fun, interesting, and educational.

de John Fifer AB0ZT

Field day radio operations will commence at 1 p.m. on June 25 and end 24 hours later.  The AARC Field Day Site is on the west side of the Palrang Fieldhouse in the Boys Town Village.  It is the biggest building on the campus and is 200 yards east of the Blue water tower. There will be AARC signs pointing you in the right direction.  For your GPS - the address is 122 Heroes Blvd, Boys Town, NE 68010. I would suggest using the Dodge street entrance.

The BT police will block off both ends of the west Palrang Field House Parking lot for our exclusive use.  You can move the cones to drive in and park and please put them back in place after entering.  We will be entering and exiting through the west Field House door only. Please do not drive over cables or coax.

We will be operating 3A from this site, unless someone wants to bring a dedicated VHF station and antenna.

  1. A CW/Digital station for operating on 10-80 meters. (Pat W0OJU will provide)
  2. A SSB station for 20-10 meter operations using the club beam on the tower. (Pat W0OJU will provide)
  3. A third stations for operating SSB on 40-80 meters. (Brian Sohl KE0GKB will provide)

BT will bring their emergency generator trailer and supervise its used during the entire operating period.  This generator is very quiet, and no RF noise!  The site has been checked and it has low to minimal RF noise!

Our operating positions will be using 5 large folding table with rolling office chairs inside of the field house.  Adjacent parts of the field house have AC and it will be cooler and drier than being outdoors. Restrooms are available in field house. Please note that 4.1 of the field day rules allow for this as: “Such stations must be located in places that are not regular station locations and must not use facilities installed for permanent station use, or use any structure installed permanently for Field Day”

We needs volunteer for setup Saturday morning, operations, and tear down on Sunday afternoon. We will also need extra runs of 50 ohm coax with male and female to female connectors for joining coax.  Please wear your club gear when possible. Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. of your availability.

We will be erecting antennas starting at 10 a.m. and ready to operate at 1 p.m.  We may be having elected officials as visitors.  Additionally we may be having BT youth and staff wanting to learn more  about amateur radio.  These two activities generate additional points for the club.

Additionally, Boys Town Security will provide security and safety for this event. If we leave during the night the building will be secured until the next day.

If you can’t join us onsite you can still submit your FD contacts from you home, portable and mobile to the Ak-SAR-BEN aggregate Club Score. An aggregate club score will also be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions). Participants from any Class can optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day. For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2022 Field Day -- Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station -- both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results. The published results listing will include individual score is for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.

Other Fidel day rules of interest are: 7.3.14. Web submission: A 50-point bonus may be claimed by a group submitting their Field Day entry via the https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php web app. Available to all Classes. And 8. Reporting: Entries may be submitted to the ARRL via: Field Day Web App at https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php or USPS or other delivery service to (tracking highly recommended): Field Day Entries, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111. Entries must be postmarked or submitted by Tuesday July 26, 2022. Late entries cannot be accepted.

More information on FD Rules can be found at https://www.arrl.org/field-day-rules

Hope to see you there and if you have any questions email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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