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 Break
A few HOTARC members have a tradition. 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 the nicely renovated China Springs highway and Wortham Bend Rd (beside the gas station). Club members, other hams, and guests are all welcome! Come, and join us!
HOTARC/BARC Amateur Radio Testing
HOTARC and BARC (Baylor ARC) are pleased to offer ARRL VEC Amateur Radio testing for the general public, but at this time there is no testing scheduled for February 2020. Please check back here, or on our Club Calendar, or at the ARRL-VEC site to find our next VE test session.
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
HOTARC Members Meeting
HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, February 27 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 (12772 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!
Make your plans to attend SKYWARN 2020 at the Cashion Academic Center #506 on the campus of Baylor University in Waco (click here for map) on Monday, 16 March, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 PM. Staff from the Fort Worth office of the National Weather Service (NWS) plans to travel to Waco (McLennan County) to present an annual severe weather training program. This year the Fort Worth NWS office is NOT offering the Advanced training—only the Basic program. NOTE: Stay alert—sessions are changing!
FYI: The NWS and others have prepared many excellent materials—especially good, if you cannot attend Skywarn:
Baylor Bearathon 2020
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