Time to Renew your HOTARC Membership!
For current HOTARC members, it's time to renew your Club membership! According to our bylaws, annual dues are due on January 1 of each year (we'll accept renewals up to March 31). As approved by the Directors this year, dues for Full Members remain at $30/yr; for Associate Members only $15/yr; and no charge for Family Members (along with a paying Member). (See the Club By-laws for more details.)
You can now use PayPal to quickly, easily, and securely pay your HOTARC Member dues right now!
Also, please help us keep our records up to date (email, phone numbers, family members, etc.) by completing the short Membership Renewal Form (html version or pdf version), along with your dues payment. You can mail, or email, or just bring it to the next meeting. Thanks for your continued support of HOTARC! We are glad to be YOUR Club!
Ham Coffee Breakscheduled) 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
HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, January 25th at 7:00 PM. NOTE: This meeting will be held at a different location: the new offices of McLennan County Emergency Managment: N 4th Street and Waco Drive (formerly the Waco Police building). See email notices sent to the Members list for more info.
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, entertaining radio-related discussions, 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/BARC Amateur Radio Testing
HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to announce an ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing session for the general public, Saturday, January 27th 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:
NOTE: Upgrading? We must have copies, as indicated above, for our records.
*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
How to get & print your FCC License
Make your plans to attend SKYWARN 2019 at the Emergency Services Communications Center on Steinbeck Bend Road in Waco (click here for map) on Saturday, 3 February, from 9:00 AM to ~4:30 PM (w/ one-hour break for lunch). Staff from the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service (NWS) will travel to Waco (McLennan County) to present the acclaimed annual severe weather training program. Both Basic and Advanced programs will be presented.
See a listing of all Skywarn 2019 sessions delivered by the DFW office. (If you miss the Waco one, maybe you can catch another nearby presentation.)
HOTARC will be available to talk-in attendees on the 145.15 repeater, and answer questions about amateur radio and HOTARC membership. Make plans to attend. There's always new information, new photos and videos, and fresh advice on storm spotting and reporting techniques—preparing the spotters of the Bakers Dozen Weather Net and the public for another storm season. This is also an excellent opportunity to represent Amateur Radio to the variety of folks attending the sessions (so, look sharp!).
FYI: The NWS has prepared many excellent materials—especially good, if you cannot attend Skywarn:
Technician License Classes — Spring 2018
HOTARC is making plans to again assist folks living in the central Texas area to earn their first amateur radio license and participate in the exciting hobby of amateur radio!
Our teaching plan expects you to complete a little "pre-study" homework. Then HOTARC members deliver lively classroom instruction to aid you in understanding and remembering the content that will appear on the FCC license exam.
To earn the Technician amateur radio license, the FCC requires that you simply score 75% or better on a 35-question multiple-choice test—that's all! And our two-weekend approach—with demonstrations, hands-on activities with actual ham-radio equipment, and discussions of the more difficult test questions—"brings to life" and helps you to actually understand the concepts in the text. Students from our classes have very near a 100%-passing rate! And this will be the last few months before a new FCC question pool is released. So, this is a great opportunity to earn your license before the new—usually more difficult—questions arrive!
After the registration cutoff date, we won't have time to get you the study materials, but you are welcome to attend and we'll try to squeeze you in!
Following the second session, HOTARC VEs will administer the FCC exam on site. A few days later, those who passed the exam will be known by their new ham radio call sign!
Seating is limited, so register early!