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!
Belton HamExpoOur fellow hams in the Temple ARC sponsor the twice-annual Ham Expo held in the Bell County Expo Center located in Belton, Texas on March 11 (Saturday morning only, 7:00am‑1:00pm). From I‑35 take Exit 292 and drive west a few blocks to the Dome. 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.
HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing
HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to offer amateur radio testing to the general public and fellow amateurs. Our Volunteer Examiners will deliver an ARRL-VEC test session on Saturday, March 18 at 10:00 AM in the Baylor University's Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Building, upstairs in Room 210.
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 this exam, see our FAQ page.
Please bring with you to the test session:
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. For example, suppose you passed your Technician exam, but have not yet been granted your new FCC license. If you come to take a General exam, we'll need a photocopy of the CSCE as proof that you have passed the Technician exam. If you can print your current FCC license, then we don't need the CSCE—just a photocopy or printed
How to get & print your FCC License
HOTARC Members Meeting
HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, March 23rd at 7:00 PM. The Club normally meets on the fourth Thursday each month at the W5NCD Workshop near the southern end of Chapel Road in south Waco (12272 Chapel Rd, Lorena, TX). 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!
Baylor Bearathon 2017HOTARC 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 25, 2017, starting at 7 AM, with race support lasting until 12 PM, with the Start/Finish Line at McLane Stadium. The half-marathon course, and optional 5k course, give about 2500 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 the new McLane Stadium, through the Baylor campus, into the scenic roads of Cameron Park—and back.
Click the Bearathon logo and map image shown here for more details. Our radio-communication positions are usually at each mile/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.
For this event, we will use the BARC repeater: 147.16 MHz (tone 123). (Be prepared to fall back to our 145.15 repeater or simplex 147.55 as backup). Check back later for station locations, assignments, and so forth. To volunteer please contact KD5DZU Lynn.
Technician License ClassesHOTARC 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!
We expect 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" the concepts in the text. Students from our classes have very near a 100%-passing rate!
Following the second session, HOTARC VEs will administer the FCC exam on site. A few days later, those who pass the exam will be known by their new ham radio call sign! Seating is limited, so register early!