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, April 26th at 7:00 PM.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!
HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing
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 May 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:
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
Field Day 2018
Our annual Field Day is always the last full weekend of June. This year that means June 23 & 24, 2018—about 8 weeks away! We have Hewitt Park reserved for this year's HOTARC Field Day event, where we will demonstrate our ham radio skills, enjoy food/fellowship with fellow hams and their families, and welcome visitors and VIPs.
On Field Day ham radio operators across the country set up "emergency operations" and contact as many other stations as possible in a contest-like fashion. Folks will arrive around 10:00 AM Saturday, and start erecting an "emergency operations center" with three radio stations capable of world-wide communications. At 1:00 PM, we will begin operating those stations—without commercial electricity, continuously, for 24 hours—wrapping up operations at 1 PM on Sunday.
How can you contribute to a successful 2018 Field Day? Since this event is also a contest, you can sign up to operate and take a turn at the microphone calling out "CQ Field Day CQ Field Day!" This is also a great time to set up and try a new mode, connect a new rig to our antennas, or even try to contact a distant ham friend! But we also need volunteers to help with various set-up and operating tasks. If you are willing to help—for example, simply signing up for one of the wee morning hours (a great time for HF contacts!!)—please contact Clint AE5CA.
Getting everything ready for Field Day can be as much fun as Field Day itself! You can certainly bring some of your own gear to connect to our antennas and field power. Or maybe you want to try out a new antenna you've built. Start gathering and preparing your equipment now!
Make your plans to attend and participate in our Field Day. And remember to invite your family and friends to stop by for a visit to an emergency radio station capable of talking across the country and around the world—without a smartphone or the Internet!
To get inspired, check out photos and details of our past Field Day events!