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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 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

HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, March 22nd 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!

Baylor Bearathon 2018

HOTARC members will lend our radio communications skills to support the Baylor Student Foundation as they hold their annual BEARATHON. This year's event will be held on March 24, 2018, starting at 7 AM, with race support lasting until 12 PM, with the Start/Finish Line at McLane Stadium. The half-marathon course, and shorter 6k course, give over 2000 runners from across the state opportunity to test their stamina, support the Baylor Student Foundation, and even compete for some cash prizes, as they run from McLane Stadium, through the Baylor campus, along the banks of Lake Brazos, into the scenic roads of Cameron Park—and back. (Note: The route is slightly different than last year.)

2018 Bearathon start-finish line aerial view
Click the Bearathon links (above) and map image (below) for more details. Our radio-communication positions are usually near each rest stop. Texas springtime weather can be unpredictable for this event, but the event sponsors intend to hold the event rain or shine—except for reports of lightning in the area.

The course will be blocked off by Waco Police, so arrive early at your assigned location, park on a side street or nearby lot, and politely introduce yourself to the rest stop crew as Radio Communications Support from HOTARC—available if they need anything "communicated."

For this event, we plan to use the BARC repeater: 147.16 MHz (tone 123). NOTE: Transmitting from under the trees deep within Cameron Park, you will need more than a 2W handheld radio with stock antenna—consider a better antenna, or use the higher power and better antenna of your mobile rig. In addition to 147.16, have your radio programmed with backup frequencies: our 145.15 repeater (tone 123) and simplex 147.55. Check back here for station locations, current assignments (see below), and other late-breaking announcements. This a great way to practice your radio skills with friends, use your equipment, and support a worthy cause. To volunteer please contact Clint Anderson.

Assignments: (clear your cache for latest)
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Click image for more official maps.

Visit MapMyRun for mile markers, 3D video track, satellite view, zoomable, etc.
(Hint: Use full screen button )

HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing

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HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to proviode ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing for HOTARC members and the general public, but there is no testing scheduled for Mar 2018 at this time. Please check back later for our next session date.

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.

Belton HamExpo

HamEXPO-Flag-Logo Our fellow hams in the Temple ARC sponsor the twice-annual Ham Expo held in the Bell County Expo Center located in Belton, Texas on Saturday, April 7th at 7:00 AM-12:30 PM. From I‑35 take Exit 292 and drive west a few blocks to the Dome. parking-lot-at-hamexpo Admission is only $5, includes a door-prize raffle ticket, and ham-gear shopping opportunities—both new stuff from vendors and gently-handled stuff on the tailgates—are as good you'll find at any hamfest (outside of Dayton, maybe). For a small fee, you can set up your own tailgate store and offer some of your own used equipment "for sale" (but slots are limited, so register early)! Make plans now to get up early this day and head south for ham deals and fun.

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