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LARC General Meeting, Weds., 10/16/19, at 6:30 pm

Our October General Membership meeting is on Wednesday, October 16 (this week), at 6:30 pm.

As we are starting a new format for our meetings, from 6:30 to 7:00 pm will be a social part, where you can visit with other club members, get to meet the newly-elected officers, ask an Elmer, and visit with your friends.  The actual presentation will begin on the dot at 7:00 pm, and will last until 8:00 pm.  From 8 pm to 9 pm, there will be more socializing of members.

This meeting is held at the Clover Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, at 9595 Nelson Road in Longmont.  Please refer to the map listed in the September meeting post.

The topics include a final quick update from Ron Schwartz (K2RAS), and a SOTA (Summits on the Air) presentation by James Cizek, (KI0KN).

Hope to see everyone at the meeting!


LARC General Meeting, Weds., 9/18, at 7:00 pm

Our September General Meeting is on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7:00 pm.It is held at the Clover Building of the Boulder County Fairgrounds at 9595 Neson Road, Longmont, 80501.  At this meeting, we will hold quick election for officers for 2020, and then we will hear about the new microwave updgrades/enhancements that have been completed on our repeater.Please join us whether you are a member or not -- we'd love to have you!

September Splatter is Up!

To see the September Splatter newsletter, go to the Splatter Newsletters link on the lower left or click here.

Amateur Extra Class is FULL! Starts Monday, Aug. 12

Our first Amateur Extra Class preparation & training course is slated to start on Monday, August 12th at the Niwot Fire Station at 6:00 pm. 

This class runs on Monday & Thursday nights from 6-9 pm and also on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm.  (There are no classes on the Saturday & Monday of Labor Day weekend.)  The class ends on Saturday morning, September 28th, with the exam being held at 1:00 pm.

The tuition for this class is $50, which is a fundraiser for LARC.  You can purchase the spiral-bound ARRL Amateur Extra class manual with our instructor-discounted price for $25 on the first day of class.

If you want to take this class, please register at or just click on the Education link on the left.  Seats are limited, so be sure to register as soon as you can!       Kat W0UM


July Splatter Poll

Did you already vote in this month's Field Day Poll that was in the July edition of the Splatter?  If not, be sure to vote here by 7/31:

ARCS - Reply Comments

I just filed my Reply Comments in RM-11829... they ARCS Initiative and Tyro License.

I have attached a copy hoping we can get it on our website in a prominent place.  When I get back from Iceland, I will put the LARC  and Ron Collins comments (and some others) in a package so we can get the on the website too.

All the comments for this proceeding can be viewed and downloaded on the FCC website.  An easy way to find them is to Google:  FCC RM-11829   they should appear.

gah, AD0WU

Click Here to access Gary's full reply comments

Field Day is Coming Soon! Get Ready!

LARC will participate in the ARRL Field Day June 22 and 23rd.  Please sign up to help, and or drop by to observe or make contacts on the radio. 

Our annual Field Day Event is open to the public, and we encourage everyone to bring friends & relatives over to see what we're doing and to join us!

Antenna setup begins at 9:30 am, and we get on the air at 12:00 noon, running for 24 hours in shifts through 12:00 noon on Sunday.

We usually have a digital station, a CW station, and of course several SSB stations.  Check out the Field Day link at the top of this page. 

A Fox Hunt will be starting at 1:30 pm, with starting times every half hour through 4:00 pm, to be finished at 4:30 pm. 

The cooking for a Bar-B-Q will begin at 5:00 pm.

For more information, click on the Field Day in the top menu bar, or go to

VE Exam Session on June 22nd -- Last One Before General Book & Question Pool Expire!

Our next VE Exam Session is being held on Saturday, June 22nd, at 10:00 am at the Niwot Fire Station.  Please see our Licensing/Testing link on the left for everything you need to do & bring for this test session.  This is the last exam session being given prior to the General Book & Question Pool expiring on June 30, 2019.  The next regularly-scheduled exam session after this one will be on August 24th, 2019.

First LARC Emergency Exercise - Scheduled for May 18

First LARC Exercise - Scheduled for May 18

Our first LARC emergency exercise is scheduled for Saturday, May 18 at 7:00 PM. The exercise will start promptly at 7:00, to participate you must start by calling into the LARC repeaters (they will be linked). Starting with Net Control (K2RAS), we will take a roll call for the exercise and will provide detail instructions for the event.  Net Control will (hopefully) remain on the repeaters for the duration of the exercise to answer any questions.
Note that two or more members can use a single radio, but each member must make their own contacts. Contacts must be made over the air to another radio, (Internet connections cannot be used in Winlink).  Also, points will only be awarded for contacts between stations acknowledged on the roll call.  All contacts must be made during the exercise.

All activity must be completed by 8:00PM (1 hour for the total exercise).  The following points can be earned (in any order) by participants:



Running your radio (and computer) on battery power for the entire exercise 5 points
Using the LARC GOBOX 5 points
VHF voice contact with Net Control 1 point
VHF Packet Winlink email sent (each 2-way QSO) 1 point
VHF Packet peer-to-peer email sent (each 2-way QSO) 1 point
HF Packet email sent (each 2-way QSO) 1 point
HF Packet peer-to-peer email sent (each 2-way QSO) 1 point
No final roll call will be made.  If you used Winlink for the exercise the final Winlink email should be to Net Control (K2RAS in this exercise). It should list all the contacts made (both the sending and receiving station), and the mode of contact. Also mention any other points earned (being off-grid, using the GOBOX...) If you are not using Winlink, simply email any required details to Net Control at  It is not necessary to confirm the initial check-in contact with Net Control if you were acknowledged during the event.

Good luck...


New Technician Class Starting April 22!

LARC is sponsoring a new Technician License Preparation Class that begins on Monday, April 22nd.  This class is three weeks long, and will end with a VE Exam Session on May 11th.  For more information or to register, click on the Education link on the left, and then on the Technician Class. Seats are limited, so register soon!


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