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Ham Coffee Break

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A few HOTARC members have started a tradition. Come, and join us! At 9:00 AM each Saturday morning (if nothing else is scheduled) we're meeting for a cup of coffee and a chat (and brunch, anyone?) at Griff's Grill at the intersection of China Springs Highway and Wortham Bend Rd (beside Chevron gas station). The topic list is wide open! We're just getting together to "shoot the bull," and would love for as many Club members, other hams, and guests to participate as are interested.

If we expect large numbers, we'll call ahead for a table, so feel free to drop a quick email to Ralph W5RWR if you're planning to be there. That said, don't hesitate to come because you didn't send an email—if you find yourself able, we'd love to see you!



HOTARC Members Meeting

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HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm. Note that this will be HOTARC's Annual Meeting, where we will elect Officers and Directors for next year, and decide other important business. Please plan to attend and particpate in these important Club actions.

The Club meets on the fourth Thursday each month (except for Nov/Dec, as noted above) at the W5NCD Workshop near the southern end of Chapel Road in far south Waco (12272 Chapel Rd, Lorena, TX). Our meetings include a few minutes of regular business, planning for upcoming special events, entertaining radio-related discussions, usually an interesting program or presentation—and, of course, plenty of friendly fellowship with other area hams!

Otherwise, do you have a question about our Club, about our amateur radio hobby, or about using your ham radio equipment? Look over our web site, and/or attend the next Club meeting—a great opportunity to get answers, or be pointed in the right direction to find an answer. Read the current HOTLINE (issued the weekend prior to the meeting) for more details about this month's meeting. Family members and visitors—especially those interested in becoming hams or joining the Club—are always very welcome!



 

HOTARC Christmas Luncheon

Circle this date on your calendars! We'll hold our annual Christmas gathering of HOTARC members and family members—a casual Noon luncheon on Saturday December 1, at the small map to Golden Corral Restaurant Golden Corral Restaurant (618 N Valley Mills Dr in Waco).

This is a simple Dutch treat* gathering for some pleasant fellowship in a corner of the restaurant, with a few simple door prizes to make it fun. Not only will you find here a wide selection of buffet-style food, but ALSO some great fellowship with fellow hams and their families. Make plans now to attend—you and all your "significant others!"

*Everyone pays for their own meal.



HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing

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HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to support ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing for the general public, but at this time there is no testing scheduled for December 2018. Please check back here or on our Club Calendar to find our next VE test session.

At these test sessions, you can earn (or upgrade) your amateur radio license by simply passing a short multiple-choice exam. For some hints on preparing to pass your first ham radio exam, see our FAQ page.

Please bring with you to the test session, either:
For Your First License or For Upgrading Your License
 1) Testing fee of $15 (cash only); and
 2) Two current photo IDs.

 1) Testing fee of $15 (cash only);
 2) A current photo ID;
 3) Reference Copy How to get & print your FCC License
1. Click now for FCC ULS License Search.
2. Search your callsign; click it when found.
3. Click on Reference Copy link to start download.
4. Print the downloaded pdf.
or photocopy of
      your current FCC license; and
 4) Photocopy of any relevant CSCE * (from recent test session).

NOTE: Upgrading? We must have copies, as indicated above, for our records.

For further questions, or to let us know you plan to come,
contact Linda Hynan AC5QQ by email  OR  by phone:  254-666-4873.

*CSCE is an official proof of previously passed FCC exam(s), valid up to 1 year. If you already have your current FCC license, then we don't need the CSCE—just a photocopy or printed Reference Copy How to get & print your FCC License
1. Click now for FCC ULS License Search.
2. Search your callsign; click it when found.
3. Click on Reference Copy link to start download.
4. Print the downloaded pdf.
of the current license.
But suppose, for example, you recently passed a license exam, and the FCC has not yet issued your new FCC license. If you come to test for the next higher license, we'll need a photocopy of the CSCE as proof that you have passed the previous exam.



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