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Calling ALL Members!

LARC Members - As a way to help your club grow, the board needs your help.

Please fill out the 2020 Annual Survey Click on the link and give us your thoughts as soon as possible!  It should only take about five minutes of your time.

Thank you & 73!

Patriot Team/LARC VE Team Exam Session TODAY, SUNDAY, 9/13

The LARC VE Team, in conjunction with the Patriot VE Team, is sponsoring VE Exam Session(s) on Sunday, September 13th, at 9:00 am, 10:30 am, and also at 12:00 NOON, at the Professional Building at 350 Terry Street, Longmont, 80501.

MASKS ARE REQUIRED.

These tests will be offered in-person online (NOT REMOTE). Please bring your tablet or laptop. Further instructions will be given upon registration.

If the 9am session fills up, another session may be added afterwards. Keep tabs on the link below at hamstudy.org/sessions.

How well do you ZOOM ?

In a recent LARC board meeting, the topic of ZOOM came up and how the club might use it. There were a number of suggestions mentioned and I am certain that we will all be hearing about some of them in the near future. There may be articles in the Splatter, or the Website, discussions on the nets, or even via E-Mails.

It is clear that Zoom is being used quite a bit for all sorts of meetings and classes etc. during this time of physical distancing. Jerry (N0OUW) has been using it in conjunction with his volunteering with the SCTC (Senior Computer Tech Center) and has volunteered to create a Zoom class (using Zoom) to introduce this relatively new tool to LARC members. The next question becomes 'How many members would like to attend this type of class to learn more about how to use it?  It may very well be that many folks have already learned about it and are comfortable using it.

We would like to hear your thoughts on the topic of having such a class.

Please click on the following link to take a quick survey to tell us what you think.

Zoom class interest survey   

Thanks......Jerry  (N0OUW)

World-Wide Digi DX Contest for FT8 & FT4 this Weekend!

The World-Wide Digi-DX Contest for FT8 & FT4 is starting at 6 am MDT (1200 UTC) Saturday, 8/29, and is running through 5:59 am MDT (1159 UTC) on Sunday morning.  The purpose of this contest is to get as many Maidenhead Grids as possible.  For more information & the rules for this contest, go to:  https://ww-digi.com/index.htm.

To get more info about FT8 & FT4 (and other digital modes), get user guides and installation information, and to download these packages to your computer, go to http://physics.princeton.edu/pulsar/k1jt/wsjtx.html.

Patriot Team/LARC VE Team Exam Session(s), 9/13 - Sunday

The LARC VE Team, in conjunction with the Patriot VE Team, is sponsoring VE Exam Session(s) on Sunday, September 13th, at 9:00 am., at the Professional Building at 350 Terry Street, Longmont, 80501.

These tests will be offered in-person online (NOT REMOTE). Please bring your tablet or laptop. Further instructions will be given upon registration.

If the 9am session fills up, another session may be added afterwards. Keep tabs on the link below at hamstudy.org/sessions.

You MUST pre-register at https://hamstudy.org/sessions/5f3931308a5215fb24cbaf3d/1.

Masks are REQUIRED for this session. 

If you decide not to take your exam at this session/on this day, you must cancel your reservation as far in advance as possible so someone else can take your seat.

Hamlet Net (for newer operators) Tonight (Tues) at 7pm

You are invited to join us on our club repeater(s) for our regularly-scheduled Hamlet Net, which is held every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm. 

Our repeater information is the third item down on the Navigation panel to the left of this.  You can use either the 70cm or 2m repeater, whichever works best for you, as they are linked.Hope to hear you on the air tonight!

LARC Net Tonight, Thursday, at 8:00 pm

You are invited to join our regularly-scheduled LARC Net tonight, Thursday, at 8:00 pm.  You can use either the 70cm or 2m repeater, whichever one works best for you, as they are linked.  The repeater link is on the left side of this page, third item down.  Hope to hear you on the air!

Monthly Club Meeting, Wed., 8/19, at 6:45 pm.

Please join us for our monthly club membership meeting at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, August 19th.  This will be a virtual meeting on the Zoom platform, and is open to everyone, member or not.  The meeting actually starts at 7:00 pm, but getting on at 6:30 will allow for getting situated and saying hello to everyone.  

The guest speaker for this meeting is Amanda Alden, K1DDN, from Ham Nation.  

You can join the meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82146277548, using meeting number 821 4627 7548.

VOTE in our August Poll!

If you haven't yet voted, go to https://vote.pollcode.com/72189451 to tell us about your handheld radio use.  It's anonymous, and for curiosity purposes only. 

Rookie Roundup (RTTY) This Weekend!

The ARRL Rookie Roundup for RTTY is this Sunday, August 16, from noon to 5:59pm (1800Z-2359Z).

Rookie Roundups are events to encourage newly-licensed operators ("Rookies") to operate "competitively" on HF.  A Rookie is defined as having been licensed in the current year or the previous 2 years, as well as operators who have been licensed longer, but haven't made any contest-related contacts yet.

There are two other Rookie Roundups - one for SSB (held in April), and one for CW (held in December).

You don't have to be a Rookie to participate (only to score points!)  Rookies get points for contacting non-Rookies, so if you're free, get on your radio and help out some newcomers!

For more information, see: http://www.arrl.org/rookie-roundup

The reason I put "competitively" in quotes was that during our first ever contest, I (as KD0ZZX) made just 4 contacts, and my wife Kat made just 3, but we were not the lowest scores in the 0 call area! (see http://www.b4h.net/arrlrr/rr_scores201504.php).

We had a great time participating, and had no illusions of doing well (as this was our very first time on HF at all), so don't be shy!

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