Blue Ridge Brutal 100

KF4ZS hard at work at the New River rest stop.



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Blue Ridge Brutal 100

An excellent article appeared yesterday in the Jefferson Post about our club’s contribution to the Blue Ridge Brutal bicycle race.

Once again this year the Ashe County Amateur Radio Club will support the Brutal with communication services. Adam Lawler, WK4P, is the club liason to the BRB organization and also serves as the base station control point.

Many other club members are volunteering as both mobile and stationary operators to help ensure the Brutal is as safe as possible.

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ARRL Field Day 2013

We had great participation for Field Day this year! I’d like to thank the club members who contributed their time and energy to ensure that the event was enjoyable for all. Special thanks need to go out to Marty (W4MLN), Steve (KK4IDH) [who together with yours truly comprised the overnight super-crew…W4MLN was the facility manager and what a great facility!], the GOTA coaches Duane (KF4ZS), Wanda (N4UGS), and Jane (KK4FZH), and the food & refreshment team Lesley (N3TIA) and Julia Greene. Once again this year Todd (W4TRP) came though with the secret weapon and it was much-admired.

Many folks brought vital equipment together for the event, including David (KK4ING), Tim (N4SSK), Eric (KB4ER), and Richard (WA4ZBY). The set-up and tear-down volunteers, as usual, made the whole event possible. If I have neglected to thank someone, please know that it is not intentional!

Lots of contacts were made and some obstacles had to be overcome- chiefly the TenTec that died at 1 AM. It’s currently in the morgue but maybe some of our specialists can revive it.

Band conditions seemed poor for the most part on Saturday but were better on Sunday. It was gratifying to see some radio operators that I’ve not noticed working in prior years. One thing I’d like to see next year would be a digital-only station (not GOTA). This station would be only be used for digital contacts and Winlink messages.

A newspaper story is already out.

I’m looking forward to June 2014.


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Field Day 2013

Field Day is almost upon us. We’ll be set up at Westwood elementary school on US 221 again this year. Hours of operation will be 2pm on Saturday continuously until 2pm on Sunday.

Don’t forget that we have a VE test session scheduled for 10am on Saturday. You can get your first ham license, or upgrade one you already have. Contact Jess, AK4NC, either by email at or phone at 336-877-6213.

See everyone this weekend!

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Field Day 2013 and other news

The club will be back at Westwood elementary school for ARRL Field Day 2013! A great location for several reasons…thanks to W4MLN and the school administration for allowing us to be be there again this year.

We have a new club member: Marc Scott, KK4OII. Welcome, Scott!

Some club members were able to attend a feature presentation last night, which was documentary on the HK0NA dxpedition last year. Crabs! Cliffs! Contacts!

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