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Ham Coffee Break

griffs grill photo   griffs grill map
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!

Field Day 2018

HOTARC trailer with HF yagi

map to Hewitt Park

The annual ARRL Field Day is always the last full weekend of June. This year that means June 23 & 24, 2018only 4 days away! We have Hewitt Park (Grid square EM11jk) reserved for this year's HOTARC Field Day event, where we will demonstrate our ham radio skills, enjoy food/fellowship with fellow hams and their families, and welcome visitors and VIPs. Check the Field Day Locator for other sites that have registered their locations.

Watch ARRL Public Service Announcement!

On Field Day ham radio operators across the country set up "emergency operations" and contact as many other stations as possible in a contest-like fashion. Folks will arrive around 10:00 AM Saturday, and start erecting an "emergency operations center" with three radio stations capable of world-wide communications. At 1:00 PM, we will begin operating those stations—without commercial electricity, continuously, for 24 hourswrapping up operations at 1 PM on Sunday.

How can you contribute to a successful 2018 Field Day? Since this event is also a contest, you can sign up to operate and take a turn at the microphone calling out "CQ Field Day CQ Field Day!" This is also a great time to set up and try a new mode, connect a new rig to our antennas, or even try to contact a distant ham friend! But we also need volunteers to help with various set-up and operating tasks. If you are willing to help—for example, sign up for some wee morning hours—please contact Clint AE5CA.

Getting everything ready for Field Day can be as much fun as Field Day itself! This is a great opportunity to get help and advice on a new rig, new antenna, a new solar power setup, a new digital mode, etc., etc.!

Make your plans to attend and participate in our Field Day. And remember to invite your family and friends (young ones welcome, too!) to stop by and visit an emergency radio station capable of talking across the country and around the world—without a smartphone or the Internet!

To get inspired, check out photos and details of our past Field Day events!

HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing

ARRL-VEC patch

HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to proviode ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing for HOTARC members and the general public, Saturday, June 23rd at 10:00 AM in the Baylor University's Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, upstairs in Room 207.

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 the 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 have not yet been granted the new FCC license. If you come to take the next higher license exam, we'll need a photocopy of the CSCE as proof that you have passed the previous exam.

HOTARC Members Meeting

HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, June 28th at 7:00 PM.

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The Club normally meets at the W5NCD Workshop near the southern end of Chapel Road in far south Waco (12272 Chapel Rd, Lorena, TX) on the fourth Thursday each month. 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!

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