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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!

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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 2017

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 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.

2017 Bearathon start-finish line aerial view
Click the Bearathon logo and map image shown below 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 plan to use the BARC repeater: 147.16 MHz (tone 123). NOTE: Transmitting from deep within Cameron Park, you will need more than a handheld radio with stock antenna—consider a better, higher antenna, or use a mobile rig. Also, be prepared to fall back to our 145.15 repeater (tone 123) or simplex 147.55 as backup. Check back here for station locations, current assignments (see below), and other late-breaking announcements. To volunteer please contact Jim KA5QKL or Lynn KD5DZU .
Current assignments (scroll): (Use Ctrl-F5 to force reload)
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Click image for more Bearathon maps.

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

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Technician License Classes

HOTARC 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!

We've scheduled the next class sessions for Saturday, April 8 and 22. If you're interested, pre-registration is required and April 1 is the last day to register! Check your calendar today, and click the Register button above to start the process.

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!

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 Saturday, April 22nd at 3:30 PM at the W5NCD Workshop located at 12772 Chapel Road, Lorena, Texas 76655, near the intersection of Chapel Rd and Old Lorena Rd in south Waco. This is the same location used for our monthly Club meetings (see map).

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:
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 here for FCC ULS License Search.
2. Search your callsign; click it when found.
3. Click on Reference Copy to download.
4. Print the 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. 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 Reference Copy How to get & print your FCC License
1. Click here for FCC ULS License Search.
2. Search your callsign; click it when found.
3. Click on Reference Copy to download.
4. Print the downloaded PDF file.
of the new license.

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