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Time to Renew your HOTARC Membership!


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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.)

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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! Around 8:00 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 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/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 Saturday, January 19th 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 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 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.




HOTARC Members Meeting

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HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, January 24 at 7:00 pm. 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!






SKYWARN 2019

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, 2 February, from 9:00 AM to ~4:30 PM (w/ one-hour break for lunch on your own). Staff from the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service (NWS) plans to travel to Waco (McLennan County) to present the acclaimed annual severe weather training program. Both Basic and Advanced programs will be presented. NOTE: Stay alert—sessions are being postponed due to the ongoing government shutdown.

Click the link here for an up-to-date listing of all Skywarn sessions to be delivered by the DFW office. (If you miss the Waco one, maybe you can catch a later session in a nearby county.)

HOTARC will be available to talk-in attendees on the 145.15 repeater, and answer questions about amateur radio and HOTARC membership. All spotters should plan 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 (mostly non-hams!) attending the sessions. So, look sharp!

FYI: The NWS and others have prepared many excellent materials—especially good, if you cannot attend Skywarn:



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