BRATS Activate Ft. McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine for NPOTA

The BRATS activated Ft. McHenry for National Parks on the air, setting up two stations and making contacts throughout the continent.

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Thanks to WA3AER, K0RYX, K9FXY, and KB3SKN for their attendance and equipment to help us bring this station on the air, and a very special thanks to Mark W3MSR for all his efforts securing permission to operate and making this event happen!

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Special Guest 4/25 Meeting at Liberty Road VFC

Please join us for the April meeting of the BRATS at Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company as we welcome Stephen Hamilton KJ5HY. The meeting begins at 7 pm.

In 2011, the United States Military Academy began a Balloon Satellite program where cadets would build a payload and attach it to a weather balloon and send it to heights exceeding 100,000 feet. The payload always includes an APRS tracker with the West Point Amateur Radio club callsign W2KGY. Stephen Hamilton (KJ5HY) has advised the cadets and helped with all 6 launches, to include the last one on 17 April, 2016. Stephen will discuss various issues with balloon satellite building,
launching, and recovery.

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BRATS to Active Ft. McHenry for NPOTA

The BRATS will be setting up a station at Ft. McHenry on Saturday, April 30, for National Parks on the Air. Please email us brats@bratsatv.org for more info. Hope to see you there!

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147.030+ WB3DZO/r Improvements

The BRATS are working hard to maintain and improve the WB3DZO linked repeater system. As a part of this process, we've installed new radios and filters at several of our sites.

One of the features we're looking into is whether a PL tone will help cut down on activations. For now, we've only enabled it on one of our receive sites, so no PL is necessary to reach the repeater from most of Baltimore, but we encourage you to set PL 156.7 to ensure you can hit every receive site.

Although we hope the summer storm season is quiet, we're working hard to make sure our gear is ready!

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April Meeting 4/25 at LRVFC

The April meeting of the BRATS will be Monday, April 25, at 7 pm at the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Company. We hope to see you there!

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BRATS Meeting March 28

The only Monday we could get the Liberty Road VFC was March 28; we hope to see you there!

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February Meeting

The February meeting will be held Feb. 22, 2016, 7:00PM, at the Liberty Road Volunteer Fire Department (LRVFD).

We are still working to find a permanent location.

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Brats 2016 Calendar

April 17, 2016 - MS 5k Walk, Hunt Valley, MD
April 30, 2016 (tentative) - National Parks on the Air
June 4-5, 2016 - MS 150 Chesapeake Challenge, Easton, MD
September 9-10, 2016 - MS Challenge Walk, Easton, MD
October 14-15, 2016 - Jamboree on the Air, N/S Savannah, Baltimore, MD

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January Board Meeting

The BRATS January meeting - Board meeting followed by Monthly meeting - will be held on Monday, January 18 at 1900EST.

Mark Rosenthal has kindly volunteered use of his office space for this month. Address and directions follow.

2700 Quarry lake Drive
Suite 300
Baltimore, MD 21209

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Amateur Extra Class Starting Soon

There is an Extra Class Course starting Feb 2 at the National Electronics Museum, 6:30 to 9:30 PM. Contact Rol Anders, roland.anders at comcast.net or call 410-796-4792. No charge, but must purchase ARRL Extra Class License Manual, Edition 10.

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