With deep sadness we announce the recent passing of fellow Baltimore area radio amateur Chuck Nemec K3VPZ. He died from congestive heart failure. Chuck was a CW guy and loved working DX. First licensed in 1962, he accomplished much over his years in the hobby. He will be missed.
I am starting a free Technician Class course on Zoom beginning Thursday, September 9 and running for 7 sessions. Sessions will start at 6:30, and run 3 hours. No charge, of course. These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that we have been holding for years. Please publicize this with your club and anyone you know whom you think would be interested. Those wishing to sign up should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With deep sadness we announce the passing of fellow radio amateur Joe Cotton W3TTT on July 31, 2021. An avid project builder, amateur radio enthusiast and mentor, he leaves behind many friends. We thank him for service to our club and the amateur radio community at large.
Leon Neufeld N3LN, of Baltimore, MD, passed away on Friday, April 23rd, 2021 at the age of 75. A long time, early BRATS member and connoisseur of area hamfests. He was active in HF, ATV, and 2-meters FM and was known far and wide as a great ambassador of amateur radio. Helpful to all; he will be missed. Details at Sol Levinson.
The National Electronics Museum is sponsoring its well-received Operating Course again starting April 15, 2021 and running each Thursday for 11 weeks from 6:30 to 9:30 EDST on Zoom. There is no charge for participation. The purpose of these classes is to provide information to help licensed radio amateurs to participate in the many on-the-air activities available in the hobby. The presenters are very experienced in their topics—many are nationally known experts—and they will be available to answer your questions following the presentations. The exact order of presentations will be determined and published in the next few weeks. These are independent presentations, and participants are free to participate in any or all of the evenings. Feel free to pass this announcement along to others, but we request that all prospective attendees register by emailing Tom Christovich at email@example.com . You will receive confirmation of enrollment and the Zoom link for attendance by reply email. Here is a tentative list of topics:
All About Operating-an Introduction
Amateur Radio Organizations: Local, National, and International clubs, societies and groups devoted to specific aspects of amateur radio
Ham Radio Operating Award Hunting—from working Lighthouses to the DXCC Challenge
VHF/UHF Weak Signal Work
Remote Station Control Over Internet
CW in the No-code Era
Amateur Satellite Comms
Portable (backpacking) Operation, including Park and Summits
Setting Up an HF Station
Emergency and Public Service Communications (ARES and RACES)
Efforts are underway to revitalize the Baltimore County ARES system. They are seeking hams to get involved with ARES in Baltimore county group. An interim Emergency Coordinator is needed; also someone to design and host the MDC website. Please contact either Chris Van Winkle firstname.lastname@example.org or Don Jennings email@example.com. Let's get this going folks!!
I am starting a General Class course on Zoom beginning Thursday, November 5, and running for 9 sessions. Due to holiday breaks, the course ends Jan 21. Sessions will start at 6:30, and run 3 hours. No charge, of course. These are the classes sponsored by the National Electronics Museum that we have been holding for years. Please publicize this with anyone you know whom you think would be interested. Those wishing to sign up should email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
With deep sadness, we report the passing of long time avid ATV enthusiast Bob Martin KC3FI, last evening August 22, 2020. Comfortable with both HF and ATV, Bob was a frequent attendee of the nets of a number of area amateur radio clubs.