The holiday party will be at the Owings Mills Greene Turtle at 6:30 PM on Monday, December 7th. Come celebrate the BRATS’ accomplishments for 2015 and help set the tone for the new year!
The BRATS family has suffered another loss with the passing of KA3IDB, Bill Self. Bill was a long-time member of BRATS and another frequent contributor to our public service events. I had the pleasure of riding with Bill to the MS 150 this past June and learned a lot about the history of our club and how we grew to be what we are today.
There will be a funeral service at the Burgee-Henss-Seitz Funeral Home (410-889-3735) at 3631 Falls Rd (between 36th and 37th Streets), Baltimore, MD 21211, on Friday 20th November from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. There will be time for remembrances from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
73 KA3IDB from WB3DZO and the Baltimore Radio ATV Society
The BRATS wish to thank BRATS/CATS member Fred K3TAZ for his presentation on the state of the art in digital amateur TV.
Fred’s presentation pulled from several groups across the country, with a focus on how this would apply to the BRATS, and Fred has let us share the Powerpoint here.
The November meeting of the BRATS will be held at the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company at 7 pm.
Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company
10010 Liberty Rd
Randallstown, MD 21133
NOTE: Please park in the lot to the side of the building on Liberty Road and enter at the front door
It is with the heaviest of hearts that we announce the passing of long time member N3DGY, Father “Skip” Koritzer. Father Skip dedicated his life in service to God and the community, and his appearance at BRATS public service events brought smiles and joy to everyone.
Services will be held at the Ambrose Funeral Home, 1328 Sulphur Spring Road, Arbutus, MD 21227, on Monday, November 9 at 10am with burial to follow in Lorraine Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made in Skip’s memory to the American Legion #137, 1508 Desoto Rd, Baltimore, MD 21230.
73 N3DGY de WB3DZO and the Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society
The BRATS hosted the Third Annual Ernie L Walker Memorial JOTA, carrying on Ernie’s legacy of public service and sharing our hobby with the next generation, with 73 Scouts and many more siblings and parents aboard the Nuclear Ship Savannah in Baltimore Harbor.
The BRATS wish to thank Chris Gutberlet and Marc Huete for bringing this event to life, and the BRATS members that worked tirelessly make this a successful event, Steve KA3ZMN, Shane K2GZL, Jim KB3SKN, Ed N3GXH, Ted WA3AER, Mark W3MSR, and Oryx K0RYX.
Steve arranges a contact while Scouts await the opportunity to get on the air
Scouts interact with their counterparts in other countries in the Jamboree on the Internet station
The BRATS successfully deployed our first Yaesu DR-1X digital for our 443.350 standalone repeater. The DR-1X supports traditional FM voice, as well as Yaesu’s new digital C4FM mode. The 443.350 repeater will operate in “full auto” mode, transmitting digital out when a user transmits it, and analog out otherwise.
Additionally, we upgraded the battery for both the standalone machine, and our linked repeater receive equipment, providing several more hours of backup.
Thank you very much to K0RYX and KB3SKN for their time and efforts in helping bring digital voice to Baltimore!
As Hurricane Joaquin bears down on the US East Coast, the WB3DZO linked repeater network stands ready, with continual improvements from the BRATS. The receiver replacement is well under way – and the new ones can hear an HT in a basement from 12 miles away – with the new transmitters and amplifiers set to arrive soon. Most of our sites are already on emergency power, but we’ve also made improvements to our battery backup systems.
Remember, if heavy weather does occur, 147.030 is the official NOAA SkyWarn repeater for the Baltimore Area!
The BRATS have setup a webcam of the Baltimore city skyline as a demonstration of new approaches to digital ATV. Using a $35 Raspberry Pi, a $20 camera module, and an $80 dish into the BRATS’ data network, we can stream high-def video across the region. This is currently updated every 10 minutes during the day, twice an hour overnight. We’re working on optimizing a live streaming video. Be sure to attend the next BRATS meeting to see how you can be a part of the future of ham radio in Baltimore!
The BRATS have been approved for the Yaesu Fusion DR-1X program. While we don’t intend to change our main linked repeater to digital at this time, we will begin the process of rolling out C4FM on our standalone and portable units.
Please note a major benefit of the DR-1X is the ability for analog and digital users to share the same repeater. Obviously analog users won’t hear digital users, but the repeater will still function as normal for analog users forever.
Stay tuned for more exciting news, and be sure to read more at https://www.yaesu.com/indexVS.cfm?cmd=DisplayProducts&ProdCatID=249&encProdID=4105F1B8AE65079CAD2D26735B83B302&DivisionID=65&isArchived=0