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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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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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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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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SK W3WWV

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.

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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 brats@bratsatv.org.

73,
KB3PLX

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