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, August 23 at 7:00 pm. This evening we are looking forward to an informative presentation and demonstration of the new Digital Mobile Radio (DMR) by Toby N5SIM—owner of Troy Radio. The Club meets on the fourth Thursday each month 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/BARC Amateur Radio Testing
HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to support ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing for the general public, but there is no testing scheduled for September 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 your first ham radio 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
Our fellow hams in the Temple ARC sponsor the twice-annual Ham Expo held in the Bell County Expo Center located in Belton, Texas. The next Ham Expo will be held on Saturday, October 6th at 7:00 AM-12:30 PM.
From I‑35 take Exit 292 and drive west a few blocks to the Dome. Admission is only $5, and includes a raffle ticket for several door prizes (need NOT be present to win)! The 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 even set up your own tailgate store and offer some of your own surplus equipment "for sale," but slots are limited, so register early!
Make plans now to get up early on this date and head down I-35 for ham deals and fun.