Our Monthly General membership meeting will be held on Zoom Video Conference at 7:00 PM, Our topic of interest will be presented by Doug Barcon K6AHT (K6AGF Trustee) concerning the very timely subject of: Updated Radio Frequency Exposure Rules that Became Effective on May 3 2021
On May 3rd, new FCC regulations on RF exposure became effective. The basics of RF exposure is incorporated into the technician class licensure exam. How many years has it been since you passed the technician exam?Learn about the changes to FCC regulations and how to evaluate your station at the August 11, 2021 TCARA meeting with a presentation on RF evaluation. The process is not as hard as you think if you understand it.
All interested parties are welcomed to attend, TCARA members will receive an email with a link, all others simply send an email request to attend at email@example.com
This month, Tim N6DLC, will will have a presentation on “Hot Spots”!
We look forward to seeing TCARA members, friends and guests this Wednesday July 14th 2021 via our Video conference platform Zoom.us, If your email is registered with Tri County Amateur Radio Association you will receive an invitation with a link. If you would like to attend and are not registered please email a request to firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Net control operator Bruce AG6YS is looking forward to hearing from all Licensed Hams that would like to Check-in, discuss your day, Your shack, Newly licensed friends or whatever else is on your mind. If you’re not within repeater range use one of the other available linking options! you need not be a member to participate. We’ll see y’all on the Net!
As of Wednesday July 7th 2021, N6USO 145.440-136.5 PL was fitted with a new Diamond F23H monoband vertical antenna, 30 metes of Andrews 1/2″ Heliax feedline run directly to the recently repaired Motorola Quantar repeater. All resonance an the antenna and feedline were fully tested/matched and signal reports from much of SoCal and even Catalina were excellent.
Bruce Bolton AG6YS (net control operator) plans on returning the TCARA weekly Net to 145.44 as of July 18th giving time for an announcement during the July 11th Net.
As Burton Brink Posted on the N6USO linked repeater system Facebook page, Thanking local club members Andrew-KM6SCA (GOTAhams) for climbing the tower and putting up the new Transmit antenna and feedline, Ken-KC6WOK (TCARA Publicity/GOTAhams) for supplying the new antenna and feedline and George-WB6OEB (TCARA / GOTAhams) for the vehicle to transport them up to the site. All Licensed Amateur Radio operators are welcomed to use the N6USO open repeater, it has excellent coverage over most of Southern California south of the Angeles mountain range.
Ok, what is the TDF and why do I need to ask for help in radio support?
Well, the TDF is the Tour de Foothills bicycle event put on by the Upland Chamber of Commerce, coming this fall on Saturday November 13.
I am involved in the planning for this event and was assigned the task of providing radio support for the rest stops and SAG vehicles. I previously sent out a notice for this event to others so I have a small group of volunteers currently lined up, but I am looking to fill up the team by making a follow up request.
Here are details to help you make a decision on whether or not you can support this effort. I will conduct a briefing for the event as we get closer to the event.
Time frame: This is a multi-distance event with rides between a short family ride and a 100 mile ride. The longest ride starts at about 7 AM with shorter rides starting at later intervals. Rides start in downtown Upland.
Support at the start line is activated at ride start time.
Support for the rest stops can be staggered as it takes some time for riders to arrive at each one, however, radio support needs to be in place during the stop setup.
SAG vehicle support usually starts sometime after the ride starts since problems requiring help don’t usually happen early in the ride. A radio volunteer will ride in a SAG vehicle rather than using their own vehicle.
Since this event has a 100 mile ride some riders will finish well after noon. This means radio support generally will be needed till the afternoon, possibly 4 PM.
This sounds like a long event to support but it is enjoyable and fun.
Now for the good part!!!
I have some goodies for volunteers as you sign up. Additionally, there will be some others added as the time gets near to the event. Each volunteer will get a tee shirt, lunch at the finish line area where there is also a beer garden to quench thirst as necessary.
So, I’m not asking for volunteers with no rewards for your involvement, just that you are willing to spend the day among bicycle riders and those who support them.
I have acquired the use of a repeater for the event so we will be able to cover the route which covers the area from Rancho to Pasadena. A handheld radio should be able to do the job. I will do a radio survey of the route so we have a good idea of our coverage.
Think it over and if you are willing let me know via email and I will add your name to my list of volunteers.
In observance of the July 4th holiday, Tri County Amateur Radio Association will not be hosting the weekly 7:00 PM “Net”. Please join us next Sunday July 11th on 449.160-(77.0)for our regular weekly net.