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Ham Coffee Break

griffs grill photo   griffs grill map

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

ARRL-VEC patch

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 May 2019. Please check back here or on our Club Calendar 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:
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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Driving: Route 1Route 2Route 3

HOTARC will hold its next Meeting of Members on Thursday, May 23 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!


Ham-Com, a VERY popular and well attended annual hamfest, is combined with the ARRL West Gulf Division Convention. Sponsored by the North Texas section of ARRL, this year's TWO-DAY gathering in the Dallas-Fort Worth area will start on Friday, June 7th at the Plano Event Center in Plano, TX (click link for map, NOTE different location from past years). See the Ham-Com web site for more details, including presentation schedule (times, topics, presenters), and other meetings, parking, admission costs, volunteering, scout activities, etc. (HINT: Save $2 on admission by ordering online.)

Field Day 2019

HOTARC trailer with HF yagi

map to Hewitt Park

The annual ARRL Field Day is always the fourth full weekend of June. This year that means June 22 & 23, 2019—only about 5 weeks away! We have Hewitt Park (Grid square EM11jk) 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. Check the Field Day Locator for other sites that have registered their locations.

ARRL-FD2019-logo Watch last year's ARRL Public Service Announcement!

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. Starting around 10:00 AM Saturday, HOTARC members will erect an "emergency operations center" with three radio stations capable of world-wide communications. At 1:00 PM CDT, the event begins and we will begin operating those stations—without commercial electricity, continuously, for 24 hourswrapping up operations at 1 PM on Sunday.

How can you contribute to a successful 2019 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, sign up for some wee morning hours—please contact Clint AE5CA.

Getting everything ready for Field Day can be as much fun as Field Day itself! It can also be an opportunity for new hams to get help and advice on a new rig, new antenna, a new solar power setup, a new digital mode, etc.!

Make your plans to attend and participate in our Field Day. And remember to invite your family and friends (young ones welcome, too!) to stop by and visit, and maybe speak into that microphone and help us earn some points!

For more inspiration, check out our past Field Day events!

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