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Call for Nominations of MARCA Officers 2021-2022
Per the MARCA by-Laws amended 2005; every two years, MARCA is required to hold an Election to elect Officers and Directors for a term of two years. The Past President, is a voting Board of Directors position, and is the Election Committee Chair to facilate the Next Election Process.
The current Past President is Norm Johnson, aa7oo.
Call for nominations of Officers and Board Members to the 2021 through 2020 calendar years.
Considerations for Nominees:
Considerations for a Nominee to accept Nominations;
You are welcome to contact any of the officers or board members to discuss the details of responsibilities of a position or other questions. If you think someone else might be interested, talk to them and encourage them to be nominated by yourself.
Norm Johnson, aa7oo
current Vice President
Past President, MARCA
October 2020 General Membership Zoom Meeting .... Routine
General Membership meetings are open to all MARCA members, guests, and those interested in Amateur Radio.
The next Meeting is Tuesday October 20th 2020 @ 18:30 MST
Start TIME for Chit Chat n Greetings is ...... 6:00 PM local MST
start TIME for Business Meeting ... call to order ...... 6:30 PM local MST
The VE Testing Sessions continue to be On-HOLD for near future. Keep checking here and website .... for updates on MARCA's VE Program & Schedule. Status will also be posted on ARRL website.
How to Join the MARCA Zoom Meeting:
Click Here to Continue Reading: October 2020 General Membership Zoom Meeting
Google Groups is Hosting TinyTrak or TT4
Not many of us are actively playing or using APRS these days even though MARCA has many operational APRS repeaters on several major mountain tops around Arizona.
WOW! I didn't know that!
And many of our members were early adapters and help spread the popularity of APRS.
Some of us were quick adapt a compact APRS device called the TT4 or TinyTrak 4. This device was cool and still one of the most popular. It has gone through updates and modifications. Anyone having invested in this little device knows how powerful it is and adaptable to stationary as well as mobile & portable applications.
Well maybe its time to take a few minutes break from calling CQ de ... and catch up. Maybe you have some of the old links for the TT4 or TinyTrak or ... Byonics .... And maybe time has just really left you in the dark .... Did you know Yahoo Groups is sortof old technology. Most of the old Amateur Radio Groups have all migrated to GOOGLE !!! Even MARCA has disappeared from that landscape of knowledge sharing!!!
We'll talk about MARCA Groups some other time. For now lets focus on TinyTrak ...
click here to see what you've missed in APRS goodies .... or go to this link .... https://groups.io/g/TinyTrak .
After reviewing all this, lets have a discussion on APRS and our W7MOT APRS Repeaters. I can now see a Drone as a mobile digi-ptr..... How about an Amateur Video Podcast???
Tucson Fall Hamfest 2020 (Cancelled)
Hosted by the Radio Society of Tucson
Date: 26 September 2020
Time: Saturday, 6:00 AM - 1100 AM.
Location: Target Store, 9615 E Old Spanish Trail, Tucson, AZ.
Click HERE for Map
visit the web site at http://www.k7rst.org .
Copafest 2020 (Rescheduled)
Hosted by the Maricopa Amateur Radio Association
Date: 30 October 2020
Hours are 7:00 AM until 1:00 PM.
The UltraStar Multitainment Center, 16000 N Maricopa Road, Maricopa, AZ
Click HERE for Map.
Spaces are $10.00 for two parking spaces. Setup begins at 5:00 AM.
Balloon Launch, VE Testing, Card Checking, Vendor Exhibits, Seminars, Prizes and more.
Many activities available in the Multitainment Center including:
laser tag, bowling, movies, games, dining and more. Dining and Hotel also available.
Cochise Hamfest 2020
and 7th Region Communications Exercise
Hosted by the Cochise Amateur Radio Association
Date: 5 May 2020 Rescheduled to 7 November 2020
Hours: 7am to 1pm
2756 South Moson Rd, Sierra Vista, AZ
Gates Open at 7:00 AM
Parking and Admission - Free
Tailgate Space $5 - Inside Space $10
VE Testing, Refreshments, Prizes
Web Site - http://www.k7rdg.org
Talk-In on 146.76(-) Pl 162.2 Hz. Watch for more details.
Oro Valley ARC Hamfest 2020 (Cancelled)
Hosted by the Oro Valley Amateur Radio Club
Date: 14 November 2020
Hours: 7am to 1pm
Marana Middle School, 11285 W Grier Road, Marana, AZ
Click HERE for Map https://goo.gl/maps/sTxWAC4Snn42
Gates open at 7:00 AM (5:00 AM for Sellers) - Close at 1:00 PMAdmission is $5.00 which includes a bottle of water.
Children under 12 with a paid adult and students with any Arizona school ID are free.
Sellers spaces are $10.00 per space and includes seller's admission.
Indoor VE Session with pre-registration preferred, but not required.
Interesting Seminars - ARRL Card Checking and LOTW Assistance at ARRL Booth
Visit the website at www.tucsonhamradio.org.
Superstition SuperFest 2020 (Cancelled)
Hosted by the Supersition Amateur Radio Club
Date: TBD December 2020
Hours: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Mesa Community College, 1833 W Southern Ave, Mesa, AZ
Click HERE for Map.
Admission: $5.00/person (includes 1 door prize ticket) - Children 12 and under free
Tailgate: $10.00 - Includes 2 spaces and 2 paid admissions
VE Testing - Registration 8:00 - 9:00 AM. Testing at 9:00 AM
ARRL Card Checking, Special Event Station, GOTA Station, Fox Hunt, Prizes
Food Vendor and Drinks Available
DX Seasons - Ned Stearns AA7A
I gave a talk to CADXA last week titled "DX Seasons" on Zoom and we recorded the program. And then one of the members uploaded the video to YouTube. You might pass this link around to the MARCA members for them to enjoy while they stay at home.
*** Editor's Note: when opening this link, it does NOT start at the begining, Soooo RESET to begining of video ***
73 and stay well.
Paul Bennett, kd7kdo, gave a presentation, via Zoom, at the May MARCA Membership Meeting on Sim Smith, a very interesting Interactive Simth Chart program.
The presentation can be viewed here ....
There was also a live demonstration of the program which is overviewed on a few slides in the presentation.
You'll probably want to download it, try it, and then sit back and be amazed that its really Free to use.
Enjoy and Thanks Paul for a smooth Zoom presentation.
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