One major impact of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, and the resulting COVID-19 - has been on large gatherings.   That is frustrating to say the least. But at least we live in a time where technolgy can allow us to get together and conduct club business.   The club has been using the video conferencing platform Zoom for many months, and all in all it has been a great tool and keeps us moving forward during these last few months..   And it looks like at least through the winter the gathering restrictions will continue.

Thanks to Zoom, not only have we been able to continue to meet safely,  we have had club members who have moved away from Omaha log on and attend meeings. Its allowed those who don't have transportation to attend and be involved again, and it has allowed some fantastic programs, including a great presentation by the one and only Bob Heil of Heil Sound. (Video coming soon!)

We understand that not everyone has internet to be able to attend meetings held on Zoom, but as mentioned it has allowed people who would not otherwise be able to attend to a meeting.   There is no one way to meet that will meet everyone's needs.  And maybe you think you need a whiz bang computer and all sorts of equipment.  So here are some common misconceptions


1) You don't need a web camera - if you are logging in on a computer, you can see and hear the presenation, and those in the meeting will see a block with your name  - oh.. and Zoom works on tables and      smart phones too!  Many people turn off the camera an just have a blank box or a photo instead.

2) You don't need a ton of bandwidth for video.   - If you have a slow connection - Zoom will decrease the image quality to keep you with the group

3) You don't even need a computer- if you have a free long distance (most phones do) you can call into the meetings and hear what is going on

4)  Video conferencing is expensive - Zoom is free for the attendees - you can even host meetings (with some restrictions) for free -  
a Paid subscription if you are hosting a lot of meetings is available and is just over $10 a month - the club had been using a member's account, but voted at the December meeting to obtain one for club use.

5) Video conferencing is complicated - but it can be intimidating and we also understand that some of you might be uncomfortable learning Zoom in with "the crowd".   Its okay.. lots of people forget to mute their microphone or they forget to unmute their microphone. Its just like learning a new mode. 

But, to help out our club members.. if you would like to learn more about Zoom.. maybe join a training meeting.. or just try it out without a bunch of people.. we have your back.   Send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will work with you to set up a meeting where you can come in and learn to navigate with one of the club's Zoom "experts".    


Current Ak-Sar-Ben ARC members only ---  If you haven't been getting the invitations with the log in instructions please check with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to ensure we have your current email address.   

Non-AARC members can check the latest meeting info to see how to join our meetings.   

Results

The ballots were mailed - and counted and the results were announced at the December 11th  Meeting...
Please give you support to the following people for 2021.  They stepped up to serve the club.

President   Pat Connell WØOJU
Vice President Howard Parks AEØZ 
Board Member   Dave Rice NØJSB 
Board Member Dan Buchholz NØPOT 

Contacts for the officers can be found under Club Contacts from the menu on the left.   Or those who have signed on to Ham Club online - you can find each officer's FCC information as well as emails and phone numbers that were provided when they joined.     They welcome your constructive comments and will gladly listen to all suggestions.

The November meeting of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club will feature a presentation by Dr. Robert Heil (K9EID).

Bob is the founder of Heil Sound, which for over fifty years has produced a variety of professional and amateur radio audio.  Bob also is also one of the hosts of the Ham Nation pod cast. 

 Bob’s presentation will include a brief history of Heil Sound and how he became interested in amateur radio along with a variety of other topics . 

Other topics will include speech articulation studies and how they impacted our modern audio devices, including demonstrations proving the findings, and he will discuss how to adjust the audio of your radio and maximize the benefits of these audio tools.

Lastly, he will address his favorite subject: Phasing.   Bob promses a great demonstration about this important factor in amateur radio.

The November business meeting will be held via Zoom and begins at 7:00 pm, Club members will receive an invitation via the email on file with the membership secretary.
If you are not receiving those emails, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Non Club members are welcome can get an invitation to the meeting by filling out this form: https://tinyurl.com/AARC2020Nov  and should plan on logging about 7:30pm on November 13, 2020

Approved Plan for 2020 Election of Askarben Radio Club (ARC) 2021 Officers and Directors

During This Period of COVID Restrictions on Public Meetings

October 10, 2020

Summary

At the October 9 ARC monthly membership meeting, the voting participants unanimously adopted the following two motions.

 

First motion: Suspend Article 3 Section 1C of the ARC bylaws requiring in-person voting and nominations for the 2020 election of 2021 Officers and Board members.

Second Motion: Adopt the proposed mail-in ballot process (as defined below for the 2020 election of 2021 Officers and Board members). Publish this year’s process in November’s issue of HamHum and on the ARC website.

The Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club Meeting will be on Friday October 9th at 7:00 pm - and will take place on Zoom.   An invitation will be sent to club member via their HamClubOnline account.  

Following a short business meeting there will be a presentation “Ham Radio Hearing Aids”. featuring an Audiology Researcher at Boys Town National Research Hospital. 

Topics to be covered include: the science of hearing, what causes general hearing loss, how can ham radio causes hearing loss, how is hearing loss determined an measured, how can hearing loss be mitigated in ham radio, the history and science of technology used to improve hearing, how does different hearing aid technology work or interface with ham radio, cochlear implants when all else fails, and what to do when you suspect an hearing loss in you or a family member.  

Boys Town is considered one of the leading experts both nationally and internationally on all aspects of hearing related research. 

 

 

 

The September Meeting of the Ak-Sar-Ben Amateur Radio Club will be held via Zoom on September 11, 2020 @7:00 pm.

After our business meeting the program will be about Amateur Radio Direction Finding (ARDF) This program will be presented by Bob Frey, WA6EZV. Bob is an ARDF competitor who has participated in 18 US National ARDF Championships and 4 ARDF World competitions and is a 2 time US ARDF National Champion. He has also been Co-chair of three National Championships and serves on the ARRL ARDF Committee.

Bob will give us insights into this fun and challenging amateur radio activity. The AARC would like to invite everyone to attend the program, which will start about 7:30.

To receive the meeting invite, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we will include you on the invitation to the Zoom meeting.

 Amateur radio licensees would pay a $50 fee for each amateur radio license application if the FCC adopts rules it proposed this week. Included in the FCC’s fee proposal are applications for new licenses, renewal and upgrades to existing licenses, and vanity call sign requests. Excluded are applications for administrative updates, such as changes of address, and annual regulatory fees.

The FCC proposal is contained in a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in MD Docket 20-270, which was adopted to implement portions of the “Repack Airwaves Yielding Better Access for Users of Modern Services Act” of 2018 — the so-called “Ray Baum’s Act.”

The Act requires that the FCC switch from a Congressionally-mandated fee structure to a cost-based system of assessment. In its NPRM, the FCC proposed application fees for a broad range of services that use the FCC’s Universal Licensing System (ULS), including the Amateur Radio Service that had been excluded by an earlier statute. The 2018 statute excludes the Amateur Service from annual regulatory fees, but not from application fees.

We welcome our first two Aksarben ARC “PANDEMIC” members:

Robert Mitchell KE0ZUP and Thomas (Tom) Blocher KE0ULW

As we continue to learn how to conduct our socially distant meetings on Zoom and the repeater it was exciting to introduce these new members to the club.  We look forward to the day when we can welcome them in person and put a face to the voice we hear on the radio. 

Respectfully:

Brian Sohl KE0GKB

Aksarben ARC

Secretary