New list as of 8/12/22
October 8 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
The 9th Annual Tailgate Fest.
Whether you are looking to save on a radio. Or some supplies. Don’t forget you can TesT whatever you purchase on site.
Still a bit early but here is what we know. It will be located at the Hollywood VFD on October 8th.
Dan, KD3CQ has offered to run it again this year so keep a look out for more details.
I would expect to be similar to last year’s (http://www.k3hki.org/2021/09/smcara-tailgate-fest-a-success/) event so check it out for an idea of what to expect.
A new list is posted in the member section.
On Thursday evening May 12 CARA had its first in person meeting since the pandemic. This was a hybrid meeting with some in person and some on Zoom.
On Monday April 18th, Dale KC3RKP and wife Debbie, and Dave KB3RAN went camping at Cunningham Falls with the intent to get on the air from the forested mountains. Little did they know that they would arrive to snow. Dale arrived with an inch of snow, Dave to a couple inches and it continued until evening with about 4 inches total. The temperature was hovering around freezing with light winds so it was just a different experience rather than a problem. We ate indoors together on some big juicy hamburgers.
Antennae up the next morning. Dale put up his ham stick spider web attached to the back of his travel trailer. Dave got a 20 meter wire dipole up in the trees and a multiband ham stick on the back of the van. Dale was on the air making lsb contacts to hams in the eastern part of the US. Dave was attempting to make contacts on 20 m PSK. This being a new Roadtrek campervan; not all of the bugs are worked out and he was getting nowhere. Most likely due to stray rf modulation getting back to his computer. We cooked steaks outside on Tuesday smothered in onions. That was tasty.
Wednesday we did more of the same. Dave got on the air on 20 meter sideband, then changed his dipole to a 40 meter wire dipole in the trees. It was warm enough to stay outside for longer and Dave played a bit and sang with his autoharp.
Thursday we had a round robin chat group with 4 stations in Calvert and 2 in Frederick County from the campground. Participating were Dale KC3RKP, Dave KB3RAN, Steve N3BPM, Erik KC3QQD, Bob N3PPH and Shawn N3AE. This was a great exercise of NVIS capabilities and fun to chat with the folks back home. It turns out NVIS Day on April 26 didn’t happen due to a lack of venue; so we got some practice in anyways. Dave never made a PSK contact but made more sideband mike conversations than he had ever done, so that was good. Ferrite beads are on order and will be put to use soon.
We left Friday morning to a beautiful day going up to the 70’s and all the snow had melted. It was a great trip and we plan to do more of these and hopefully get more folks to join us.
On April 9,2022 CARA/AUXCOMM participated in the Hospital Emergency Radio Operator (HEROs) MDC Section Region V Drill. This was a combined exercise involving Montgomery, Prince George’s, Charles, Calvert and St. Mary’s counties. Each county set up a station for message transfer and a communications and control station. The purpose of this drill is to demonstrate MD Medical Region V continuous communications capability among the five Region V counties, specifically those hospital facilities therein during a disaster event. The expected outcome is a better understanding of the process of setting up an off-site station ‘near’ the affected facility in the event of an evacuation. Part 1 is a point to point message originating in Montgomery Co and passing through to St Mary’s through the other counties. Part 2 is posting a WinLink Position report via an APRS server.
Attending on Saturday were Shawn N3AE Emergency Coordinator, Dale KC3RKP Club VP, Dave KB3RAN Club Secretary, Erik KC3QQD, Les KH6CUJ, Ed WN6NCO, Dave W3PQS and others. Stations and antennae were set up on the grass at the north end of the Calvert Memorial Hospital campus. All was battery powered with solar and generator charges. The weather was cooperative with sun and breeze with temperatures in the high 40’s to 50’s.
Messages were passed with just some minor glitches as to which station was to present the information to the which county. Some on-the-fly adjustment of mode was made to accommodate changing propagation conditions.
There was lots of free time for conversation and coffee and donuts. It was good to have so many club members out for a portable radio operations event.
Due to a lack of meeting space on the first Thursday of the month club meeting are now the second Thursday of the month at the Harriet Brown Community Center, 901 Dares Beach Road, Prince Frederick Maryland at 7:30 PM.
Due to the unavailability of the only meeting room that has been found in central Calvert County on the FIRST Thursdays of the month and that the SECOND Thursdays are now reserved for the use of Calvert Amateur Radio Club at Harriet E Brown Community Center on E Dares Beach Road (formerly SMECO Building).
Dale KC3RKP, Andy KC3WRX and Erik KC3QQD set up shop and the Fairgrounds in Prince Frederick to play radio while promoting the club. Thank you to all three.