WB3DZO Field Day Information

2017 Amateur Radio Field Day will be held from 2pm Saturday, June 24 through 2pm Sunday, June 25 at a private residence not far from Randallstown, Md.  This is our third annual Field Day event.   As usual, we will be operating and logging contacts as WB3DZO.
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BRATS Tower Trailer Restored!

A few BRATS volunteers took it upon themselves to restore our 50+ year old 50' tower trailer to it's original condition! See the incredible before and after photos below!

The BRATS acquired the tower trailer sometime in the 1980's from Baltimore City Civil Defense. The tower trailer has been used by the BRATS for over 30 years to provide support during public service events and Amateur Radio Field Day.

Over the past few years, the BRATS have identified a growing number of concerns with utilizing repeaters operated by other clubs during public service events outside of the Baltimore area. This prompted the need for the BRATS to build a 175W portable repeater which will utilize the tower trailer to provide paramount coverage and reliability during public service events.

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After

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Special thanks to Shane K2GZL, Oryx K0RYX, and Lizard N3GXH for the hard work and dedication it took to restore the tower trailer! Here's to another 50 years!

If you're interested in volunteering with the BRATS, please let us know by visiting our Public Service page!

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SK WB3LKB

It is with great sadness that we pass along the silent key notice for long-time BRATS member Charlie Schnepf WB3LKB. Charlie retired from WMPT, and was a go-to guy for many years for his expertise in audio, video, and ATV. Charlie also created the Clipper database used to track BRATS membership for many years.

Viewing will be Sunday at the Schimunek Funeral Home at 9705 Belair Rd, Nottingham, MD from 3PM to 5 PM and 7PM to 9PM.

The funeral is at Epiphany Lutheran Church, 4301 Raspe Ave. Baltimore, Md 21206 on Monday June 12th at 11AM.

http://obits.dignitymemorial.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Charles-Schnepf&lc=6890&pid=185735470&mid=7437830

73 WB3LKB de WB3DZO

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June conference call Monday June 12, 7 pm

Please note area code 804 is a Richmond area code; there are none local to Baltimore. Feel free to join online!

Join online meeting
https://meet.lync.com/sheehyautostores/kevinsherwood/VEZIOPP9

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

Find a local number
https://dialin.lync.com/69ff15fb-d61a-42a2-b0e9-1326ed56eccf

Conference ID:
68800134

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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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