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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It is with the heaviest of hearts that we report on the passing of one of BRATS' founders, Heru W3WWV.

Visiting hours at Singleton's Funeral Home, Glen Burnie, Tuesday, Oct 25, 3-5 and 7-9 PM. Memorial service Wednesday at 1:00 PM.

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BRATS Host Successful JOTA Aboard the NS Savannah!

The Baltimore Radio Amateur Television society hosted its 4th annual Ernie L. Walker Memorial Jamboree on the Air, introducing over 200 Scouts and family members to amateur radio.

The BRATS would like to offer our sincere thanks to Erhard Koehler and the crew of the Savannah for allowing us to host our event aboard during Fleet Week. We'd also like to thank Chris Gutberlet and the rest of the Scouting volunteers for organizing the event, and radio volunteers Ted WA3AER, Steve KA3ZMN, Ed N3GXH, Jim KB3SKN, Shane K2GZL, Brent K2AGR, Liam K3DKN, Oryx K0RYX, Brad K5KNK, and especially first time HFer Jason KC3CAC for his tireless efforts finding other Scouts to chat with.


Panoramic shot from atop the NS Savannah

Panoramic shot from atop the NS Savannah


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Susan G Komen Promise Ride

The BRATS will be supporting the Susan G Komen foundation for its inaugural Promise Ride, a Metric Century (66 mi) "woods and water" ride through Anne Arundel county, MD, on Saturday, June 25.

For more details, please contact


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BRATS Meeting 5/16 at Greene Turtle

The May meeting of the BRATS will be held 5/16 at 7 pm at the Owings Mills Greene Turtle. Hope to see you there!

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BARC W3FT Hamfest

The 2016 Baltimore Amateur Radio Club hamfest will be held Sunday, June 19, at the Arcadia Volunteer Fire Company from 8 am until 2 pm.

For more information, please visit the BARC Hamfest page.

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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.


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 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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