WB3DZO Portable Repeater test success!

N3GXH, K0RYX, and KB3PLX traveled to Easton, MD on a rainy Saturday for a quick proof of concept/trial run of the portable repeater for the upcoming MS150. Using a smaller 30' pole tower, the group was able to show only marginal gaps in coverage over most of the course.

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Oryx K0RYX checks the wattmeter as we fire up the amplifier

Portable site for repeater test

Portable site for repeater test

Using the 30' tower, coverage matched very close to the software predictions. When we upgrade to the 50' trailer tower, we expect no issues for the event. For Saturday, the course covers Black Walnut Point, on the southern tip of Tilghman Island, to Cordova Park, and 100 miles of road in between.

Repeater coverage

To volunteer, please click here or on the Public Service tab above!

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MS Walk Saturday, May 6, Padonia Park Club

The MS 5k walk will be this Saturday, May 6, at the Padonia Park Club. For more info please click on on our public service form.

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Tour de Cure volunteers needed

AERO is looking for volunteers for the Tour de Cure on Saturday, May 6. Please click here for more info!

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April/May Meeting Locations

Monday, Apr. 17, 7 PM - Woodlawn Library. 1811 Woodlawn Dr, Woodlawn, MD 21207
Wednesday, May 17, 7 PM - Pikesville Library. 1301 Reisterstown Rd, Pikesville, MD 21208

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BRATS March Conference Call

The March meeting of the BRATS will be this Monday, March 20th, at 7:00 pm, and will again be held via Skype for Business conference call.

Join online meeting

Join by Phone - please note this is a Richmond phone number; they do not have numbers available in Baltimore.
+18042866686 (Dial-in Number) English (United States)

Conference ID: 74855951

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BRATS 2017 Public Service updates

2017 Events
April 8 - Hunt Valley - MS 5k Walk
May 13 - BRATS Balloon launch
June 17-18 - MS 150 Chesapeake Challenge, Easton, MD
June 24 - Susan G. Komen Promise Ride, Annapolis, MD
October 20-21 - Jamboree on the Air, Baltimore Harbor
October 27-29 - MS Challenge Walk, Cambridge, MD

Please contact BRATS@BRATSATV.org to volunteer!

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Conference call info

Join online meeting

Join by Phone
+18042866686 (Dial-in Number) English (United States)

Find a local number

Conference ID: 18635843

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Amateur Radio Licensing Course

The Montgomery Amateur Radio Club is offering a free amateur radio Technician license class at the Rockville Memorial Library for six Sundays on March 26, April 2, April 9, April 23, April 30, May 7, 2017 from 1:30 PM to 4:30 PM. More information about this class is at
http://www.marcclub.org/mweb/education/classes/index.html
We will be meeting at the
Studio i Makerspace
Rockville Memorial Library, second floor
21 Maryland Ave
Rockville, MD 20850
Maps & Directions
This is a great opportunity for you to get your amateur radio license. To learn more about amateur radio, also known as ham radio, go to
http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

or watch the Discovering Amateur Radio video

You can register for this free class by sending an email to education@marcclub.org .

Thank you,
David Bern, W2LNX
MARC Education committee
education@marcclub.org

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BRATS 2017 Schedule

2017 Events
April - MS 5k Walk; details to follow
May 13 - BRATS Balloon launch
June 17-18 - MS 150 Chesapeake Challenge, Easton, MD
June 24 - Susan G. Komen Promise Ride, Annapolis, MD
September - MS Challenge Walk, Cambridge, MD
October 20-21 - Jamboree on the Air, Baltimore Harbor

Meetings, generally 7 pm on the 3rd Monday of the month:
Feb 20 - Conference Call
Mar 20 - Conference Call
Apr 17 - Location TBD, pre-balloon meeting
May 22 - Location TBD, public service planning
June 19 - Conference Call

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January Meeting

The annual meeting of the board of the BRATS and the January general meeting will be held Monday, January 23, at the Liberty Road VFC. The board meeting will start promptly at 7, and the general meeting at 7:30.

Board members may call into the board meeting at (804) 286-6686 with a conference ID of 1149225.

Directions to the Liberty Road VFC can be found here.

Hope to see you there!

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