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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!

Six Seats Still Available in the General License Class Starting Feb.18th!

A General License Preparation Class will be starting on Monday, February 18th.  It will be held at the Niwot Fire Station.  Thisi class runs for four weeks, and will give you the knowledge and practice to pass your General Class exam.  The class follows with a VE Session on the last day, March 16th, to take the test.  For more information, go to, or click on the Education link on the left, then on the General Class link.

Come to our General Meeting, Wed. 8/15

Our next Club meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, 8/15, at 7:00 pm at the Clover Building at the Boulder County Fairgrounds, 9595 Nelson Road, in Longmont.

Join us to learn how to build a high-power mag loop and auto-tuner.  Hopefully a number of us will be undertaking a build project and you can be one of the happy builders.  We will overview some technical options for the antenna and auto-tuner, and also the costs for the projects.  Depending on your preferences, the loop antenna can handle 10W or up to hundreds of watts.  This is a great option for club members with HOA or other location restrictions.  We will order parts for these projects in the near future, so be sure to come and express your interest in this project.

Come to Field Day on Sat. 6/23 & Sun. 6/24!

Join Us on Field Day!

  • Where:  Isaac Walton Park Clubhouse at 18 Sunset Street, Longmont, 80501 
  • When:   Begins Saturday, 6/23, at 12:00 noon thru Sunday 6/24 noon
  • Why:     Get experience on HF Radios, make friends, get contacts, have fun!
  • How:     Come to the Clubhouse, and bring your family & friends!

Highlights of Field Day:

  • Digital Mode operation will be demonstrated through out the day Saturday.  Don, KE0EE will demonstrate JT65 operation.  He will show you the automated software on his laptop, and how two stations exchange information.  Don has made over 1200 contacts JT65 on the HF bands.
  • A High-End Software Defined Radio will be demonstrated also during the day Saturday.  The Flex Radio is 90% computer software and 10% hardware (very small black box).
  • One of our radio set ups will be in a really nice GO BOX.  It contains two radios and capability for multiple antennas and power sources.  A Solar Power Source will be used part of the time.
  • We will have a CW station for those who want to try their hand at this digital mode during the contest. Bring your own key, bug, or keyer.
  • There will be a radio set up just for newer hams to use, with an elmer (trainer) right there beside you to help you learn how to use the HF Radio and to get some contacts.
  • Bring your own radio if you would like.  Remember to bring your own power supply to connect with 110 volts. 
  • There is wifi in the building.
  • Snacks will be provided.
  • We will have a variety of antennas from 6 meters to 40 meters.
  • We will have an excellent exhibit of what HAM radio is all about.  Bring a friend and introduce them to HAM Radio too!

If you would like to help set up the antennas and the clubhouse, feel free to come by at 9:30 am on Saturday.People are also needed for take-down just after 12:00 noon on Sunday.Hope to see you there!




Technician License Class Starts Monday, June 4th

Our next Technician License Preparation Class begins on Monday, June 4th, at the Niwot Fire Station.  This class will be held on Mondays & Thursdays from 6:00 - 9:00 pm, and on two Saturdays from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, and will finish in time for the June 23rd VE Exam.  To learn more and/or to register for this class, click on the Education link on the left.  This is the last class and exam that uses the current 2014-2018 test question pool, as the new test questions are being implemented as of July 1st.

New Technician Class Starting Monday, February 5th

A new Technician License Preparation class starts on Monday, February 5th, at the Niwot Fire Station.This class will run on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays for three weeks, ending with the VE Exam Session on Saturday, February 24th.  For more information or to register, go to or click on the Education link on the left and go to the Technician class link.

Register for the March Technician License Preparation Class!

Our next Technician License Preparation Class starts Monday, March 6th!  Click on the Education link on the left to register for this class.  Tell all your friends & relatives who aren't licensed yet that now is the time to jump into the hobby.  Register today and become a licensed ham operator! 

Upgrade Your License Before the Holidays!

Register for the General License Preparation Class that begins on Saturday, November 12th!  This class consists of 27 total hours of training, takes a break for the Thanksgiving holiday, and ends in time for you to take your exam at the LARC VE Exam Session on Saturday, December 10th.  

You will be able to use your new HF skills when you take this class, pass your test, and get your new license!  Register on the Education link at the left.

TECHFest 2016

The 285 TechConnect Radio Club (NAØTC) is pleased to announce its 2016 Fall TechFest. This will be our 9th TechFest!! It will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2016 at the Lakewood Elks Club. Topics include: Things in Space, Basic Ham Radio Test Equipment and Techniques, AllStarLink, Summits on the Air (SOTA) and Digital Modes. Lunch hour will have participant demos. Last year’s TechFest was a great success and we feel very strongly that you will both enjoy and get a lot out of this year’s event.

Information is available on our website  

Please pre-register by e-mail –  We encourage early registration. Payment ($10 cash only) will be due at the door and includes your 2017 club dues. Ages 16 and younger can attend at no charge.

Questions can also be directed to

Thanks for your interest and we hope you can join us this year. Please feel free to share this flyer with other hams.


Susan Wall K0SPW

TechFest Register

285 TechConnect Radio Club

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