Club News

 

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club will be testing a new service called HamClubOnline.com.   

Ham Club Online is an amateur radio club management tool that will make it easier for the membership committee to keep track of your data.  As this year's dues are processed, you will be added to the new online system.  You will receive an email from hamclubonline.net  with this subject line: 

 
[AkSarBenARC] You have been added to the  AARC online database  

The body of the email will be something like this: 

Congratulations! Your application to AkSarBenARC has been accepted and you have been added to the club roster.
You may access the private club roster, calendar, and other member-only information by visiting www.hamclubonline.com.  If it is your first time using HamClubOnline, click on the forgot password link to receive a password.

Please take a few minutes to log in and make sure we have your phone number and your preferred email address. 

Also please update if you are an ARRL member or not by checking the "View and Update Your Skills". You can also add that you want to receive an emailed copy of the Ham Hum or a Mailed Copy of the Ham Hum (or both).  

Welcome aboard!  

 
Some of the features of this system are: automatic email reminders of dues being due, simple distribution of newsletters and other communications, auto-tracking of call sign changes, license upgrades and address changes, (this is all pulled from the FCC database) club event tracking and soon online payments.     This puts you in control of your contact information and you can check your membership status.  
 
Make sure you log in and update your ARRL Membership status and how you would like to receive the Ham Hum as soon as you get your notification!
 AARC Membership Committee

Field DayFinal Field Day Planning Meeting - Saturday June 1st 9:30 am at the Red Cross 2912 S 80th Ave -

This will be where we finalize what stations will be on the air and from where - we will be operating as an "F" station as the Red Cross qualifies as an EOC!    However the small footprint of the area will raise some challenges.  

If you want to be a shack captain,  this is a meeting to attend and make your final plans for your station.    If you want to just operate, this will be a great place to meet up with the shack captains and let them know when you want to come help.   As always, setup crews will be needed as will tear down.   We need trailer pullers, food coordinators, tour guides, talk-in crew, late night operators, loggers,  

Or maybe you are just wondering how you can help.  This is the place to find out! - See you there!

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Field DayWinter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) , and takes place the last full weekend in January.  For 2019 that will be Janurary  26th and 27th.   

“Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house,” the WFDA says. “Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.   

There are three entry categories — indoor, outdoor, and home. The rule are similar to those for ARRL Field Day. Operation will take place on all HF bands except 12, 17, 30, and 60 meters, as well as on VHF, UHF, and satellite. The event runs 24 hours. Starting at 1:00 pm CDT on Saturday and running to 1:00 pm on Sunday.   US and Canadian stations exchange call sign, operating category, and ARRL or RAC section.

The Omaha Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) will be participating in Winter Field Day from the local EDS building at 10629 Burt Circle and invites all interested amateur radio operators to participate with them.     At this point everything is still in the planning phase, but so far the plan is to operate as in the Indoor category with at least 2 HF stations one voice station and one digital stations.  The stations will run off of generator and battery power.      Hours of operation will depend on band conditions and the number of participants to work those late night hours.   

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Winter Field Day, sponsored by the Winter Field Day Association (WFDA) , and takes place the last full weekend in January.  For 2019 that was Janurary  26th and 27th.   

40 meter station

“Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house  the WFDA says. 

20 meters“Get out and play some radio!” The WFDA said it believes that maintaining operating skills should not be limited to fair-weather scenarios.   And right they are!  

We operated 2I from Salvation Army EDS building at 10629 Burt Circle and had a great turn out.  The Salvation Army provided some donuts and sandwhiches.   

Results are still being tablutated,  (meaning that N0TRK did not network the computers and used the computer running the KØTSA-2 Packet BBS as the logging computer - so she needs to go back to the TSA to get the results off that computer)  but it is doubtful that the group broke any records.  Stay tuned to this web site for the final score!

 

 

election resultsThe Annual Meeting of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club was held at the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross on Friday December 14, 2018.   The Annual Meeting is also the election of new officers and board members!

The Results of the election are:

President:  Kevin Hill KAØVNY

Vice President: Sean Edwards ACØQG

Board Member: Dan Buccholz NØPOT

Board Member: Dave Rice NØJSB

 

Board members who's term was not up are Barb Westcott KCØHLB and Brian Sohl KEØGKB

Please give your leadership your support and volunteer to lead or help with one of the many committees that make the AARC function.   There are a lot of things to help with.   Email addresses for all of the board and current committee chairs are available on the "Club Contacts" directory on the left.  

During the Annual Meeting in December elections are held for club officers. The Nominating Committee has been formed and we are looking for candidates.

The open positions for this election are:

Board Member (2),
Vice President and
President. 

Any club member in good standing may nominate any other club member in standing for a position. If you are interested in running have another member nominate you. If you know of someone who would be a good candidate, nominate them.

Thirty days before the election the Nominating Committee must present its candidates to the membership so time is running out. Contact any Board Member with your nominations.

This Friday July 13th is the monthly meeting of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club... the meeting starts at 7:00 pm and is held at the Heartland Chapter of the American Red Cross 2912 S 80th Ave, This month's meeting will be the Omaha Maker Group.

The 

Omaha Maker Group exists to facilitate a place where people can explore Technology, Science and Art. They operate a community workshop in Omaha a

nd have bi-weekly meetings where people can collaborate, share resources, create, and learn together. They are Omaha’s original makerspace. Come find out about some of the cool things they do and get involved in "making"
 

 

The objective of the Nebraska QSO party is for stations outside of Nebraska to work Nebraska stations and Nebraska counties as possible.  Stations in Nebraska work everyone.  

The QSO Party is held over two days, April 21 at 1300z (8:00 AM CDT April 21)  and will end at 0200Z Sunday, April 22nd (9:00 PM CDT April 21st)  The second Day, April 22nd operations will begin again at 1300Z (8:00 AM CDT April 22) and end at 2200z (5:00 PM CDT April 22nd)

Modes of operation are CW, Phone (SSB, AM, FM) and Digital (RTTY, PSK, FT8 and other digital modes) Please note that for FT8 contacts, the exchange will be different based on the current standard exchange for the mode.    Please check the rules for how to submit the logs for 

your FT8 contacts.  

The complete rules can be found at the link below

http://www.qcwa.org/chapter025-rules-ne-qso-party-2018.pdf

The more Nebraska stations on the air, the more fun it is for the stations outside of Nebraska.  So... mark the date and get on the air for a while.  Its a lot of fun!

KØUSA will be on the air from the USS Hazard radio room starting at 11:00am until approximatly 3:00pm  Come on down to Freedom Park and get on the air for a while.