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AMATEUR RADIO CARAVAN CLUB

of New Mexico, Inc.

 

New !!!  Caravan Club Learns About Direct Current -  The Amateur Radio Caravan Club’s very own Don Wood, W5FHA, presented a very educational program on the basics of Direct Current (DC) Sources and Uses.  His program was geared toward beginning hams but by the follow-up questions from “older” hams it sure caught the attention of the entire audience.  He explained that modern ham radios require 13.8 volts DC to operate and then he went into explaining  power supplies, numerous types of batteries and solar cells.  Our sincere thanks to Don for another of his interesting and educational presentations.

New !!!  Our NM QSO Party Results - The Amateur Radio Caravan Club participated in the annual New Mexico QSO Party where hams all over the world try to contact as many New Mexico counties as possible while we in turn try to contact other counties in our state as well as outside.  The weather for the previous few days had been cold and extremely windy.  With great hopes of a break in the weather we arrived at the Petroglyph National Monument’s visitor center to a cool 40 degree morning temperature and a “breeze”.  Fortunately we remembered to dress WARM.  We had a respectable number of club members come to participate and some visitors stopped by.  Unfortunately the bands didn’t do the same.  Using an Icom 7300 transceiver and an MFJ “Hamtenna” dipole antenna we began on 40 meters until 10 AM and made just ONE contact…in Rio Rancho in nearby Sandoval.  We then switched to 20 meters until 2 PM when that band died completely.  At that point we called it a day.  Sadly our 24 contacts (really!) won’t win any prizes but hopefully our members who participated from their shacks at home can bail us out.  

Note: We would like to remind members who operated from home during this event that the club would appreciate your mentioning your affiliation with the Amateur Radio Caravan Club when you submit your score.  It helps raise the club’s total points.

New !!!   Spring Tailgate Coming  in April – The Amateur Radio Caravan Club will be hosting its annual Spring Tailgate at the Stoneface Tavern, 8201 San Pedro Dr NE in Albuquerque, on Saturday, April 28, 2018 (sunrise to 10:30 AM…the tavern opens at 11).  Location is just north of Paseo Del Norte on San Pedro at Carmel Ave.  This is the same location as the Winter Tailgate in January.  As always, there is no admission charge and no vendor space fee.  Hope to see you there!  Click here for flyer.

 

New !!! Technician Licensing Class Being Offered – The El Malpais Tech VE Group will be conducting a technician licensing class during April 27-29, 2018.  It will be held in the community room at the Albuquerque Police Department’s Northwest Area Command  10401 Cibola Loop, NW (on Ellison Dr NW 1 block west of Coors Bypass and just north of Cibola High School).  Classes over that weekend will be on Friday, April 27th (6 – 9 pm), Saturday April 28th (8 AM – 5 PM) and Sunday, April 29th (8 AM – 5 PM).   Testing will begin at 4 PM on Sunday.  If you pass the exam you will be a ham by around May 1st. There is no cost for the class but you will need to have the current Technician License Manual (3rd Edition) – thru ARRL for $29.95 + shipping or thru instructor Jim Hunter for $24.00 with free shipping.  Be forewarned that the Tech question pool will be changing on July 1st so this may be your last chance to test using the current questions.  

On Sunday (4 PM) there is a $14 fee for the FCC exam payable to Frank Warren (check or cash).  [Frank is the El Malpais VE Coordinator and handles all the paperwork.]  You will also need to bring a picture ID and one other ID to confirm your identify…no ringers allowed. J  [Note:  If you want to upgrade your license testing will also be available for the General and Amateur Extra levels on Sunday afternoon (4 PM).   You will need to bring the above forms of ID, your present license and a $14 check.  Notifying Jim Hunter of your intentions would also be appreciated.] 

To sign up for the class and/or to get more information, please contact Jim Hunter NM5JH at 505-897-2939 or 505-259-3551 (cell) right away so he can send you a study guide, class syllabus, and some sites where you can take practice tests.

 

[Correction!  Due to a conflict with Field Day, our newest tailgate has been moved to a new date AND a new location.] 

New !!!   A New Tailgate in Town – Ken KO5Y (aka “Mr. Trivia Guy”) has announced a new tailgate to be inaugurated on Saturday, June 16th (dawn to about 10:30 AM).  It will be held in the north parking lot of American Legion Post 49, 11007 Central Ave NE (at Elizabeth NE between Eubank and Juan Tabo) in Albuquerque.   As usual there is no charge for vendors nor admission.  Please spread the word about Albuquerque’s newest tailgate.  We hope to see you all there!

 

 

New !!! 2018 DCHF – Different Date, Different Place This Year.   Planners for the 2018 Duke City Hamfest / ARRL Rocky Mountain Division Convention have announced that it will be held on September 21-23, 2018 at the Isleta Resort and Casino.  This beautiful resort and convention facility is located 4.5 miles south of the Albuquerque Airport, just off of I-25 (Exit 215), on the historic Isleta Pueblo. Preliminary plans include an HF University, Amateur Satellite Academy, Emcomm College, W1REX Build-a-thon, VE License Review/Testing, an ARRL Forum, Wouff Hong and a SKYWARN class.  Please check their website  often for updates.

 

 

 

New !!! 37th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference – Rocky Mountain Ham Radio, New Mexico will be hosting the 37th Annual ARRL and TAPR Digital Communications Conference during the weekend prior to the Hamfest.  It will be held on September 14-16 at the Sheraton Albuquerque Airport Hotel in Albuquerque.  For all the details, click here

 

New !!! Winterfest is a Success – The Amateur Radio Caravan Club held its annual “Winterfest” banquet at The Cooperage on Saturday, January 13th and it was a resounding success.  We had about 38 people attend…all enjoying good food and great fellowship.  It was a golden opportunity to relax and just visit over a delicious meal.  Our sincere THANKS to our new hard-working Special Events Coordinator  Mathias Gibbens, K0WBG  for arranging this very enjoyable evening.

 

Trivia Net  is Proving  Entertaining - Albuquerque now has a brand new net.  Mark Goodrum W5MHG and Ken Rindfleisch KO5Y are launching the Trivia Net.  It will be held on Tuesday evenings (8 PM) on the Upper Rio FM Society’s linked repeaters (click here).  The format will be under development for awhile as they see what works but trivia is always a lot of fun.  We encourage all hams to join in.

 

Amateur Radio Well Represented at the 2017 Balloon Fiesta – As the world famous Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta draws to a close, we can declare that more Fiesta visitors than ever before were exposed to ham radio.  For the first time we had a booth in the 7-Eleven Discovery Center tent which attracted tens of thousands of visitors.  The High Desert ARC, who arranged for this booth, invited radio clubs from throughout the area to share in this endeavor.  The response was overwhelming as hams far and wide stepped up to tell the public about our hobby.  We had three rigs set up, a Flex 6500, an Icom 7000 and a VHF/UHF radio.  On Wednesday AM, Jim Hunter NM5JH was onsite to conduct the ScatNet, followed by Bruce Campbell NK5W with Rusty’s Raiders.  Several young people got on the air, probably for their first time ever.  We had many, many visitors from out of state and country stop by for a chat.  All in all, a huge success.  We are already scheduling a debriefing on November 4th at Mimi’s Restaurant to begin planning for next year.  Kudos to the High Desert ARC for ramrodding our ham radio presence again this year; we all enjoyed participating.

 

 

 

 

Getting Started in Ham Radio -  A new page has been added to the Activities section titled Getting Started in Ham Radio.  Thanks to Pete Stine for this write up to help those interested in becoming a licensed Amateur Radio Operator.  (click here)


 

Click on the play button below to listen to an early SCATNet.  Net Control was performed every weekday by Vern (W5CSY).

 

A Net Honoring "Dee" Diedrich, KC5JBO (SK) - We now have a net honoring our longtime friend Landis "Dee" Diedrich aka "The Voice of Amateur Radio in Albuquerque".  The JBO.40Net is held each Tuesday from 6:30 to about 7:30 PM on 146.40 MHz Simplex (yes, simplex so there is no offset, no tone).  Come join the fun.  You may need an external antenna in some areas to check in.  For more info go to the website of our very own Mark Goodrum at www.w5mhg.com . 

 

Caravan Club Shirts, Hats (& COATS)  [Updated]- Our goal is for club members to show club unity by proudly wearing their shirts during public events such as meetings, Field Day, Summer Radio Fun in the Park, Corn Feed, etc.

Local Vendor – The Caravan Club has found a local source for club shirts, hats and now coats.  It is Turbo Threads, 1503 Golf Course Rd SE in Rio Rancho or (505) 999-1234.  You can either order items directly from Turbo Threads or wait until for the next consolidated order by our Special Events Coordinator.   

Club Shirts - A very nice polo-style tan colored shirt.  Each individual shirt will have the club name and logo on its left side and your first name and call sign on the right.   These shirts sell for $21 or $24 depending on the number of X's in your shirt size.  The shirts come in sizes S, M, Lg, XL, XXL plus Regular and Long shirt lengths.  Ladies sizes are also available. 

Club Ball Caps - Ball caps are tan colored with the club name and logo embroidered in front ($9) or $12 if you wish your name and call sign embroidered in the back above the adjuster strap.  

Club Coats – The club recently adopted TWO styles of club coats.  Pete KE5WTM had purchased one style and John N5UVQ a different style:

  • [Note:  We just learned that Port Authority has discontinued the color for the “Pete’s” Style coat.  Sorry.]

  • “John’s Style – Port Authority “Legacy”, Catalog # J764 (regular), TLJ764 (tall) and L764 (women’s), khaki/nutmeg color. This model has a thinner lining but comes with a hood.  Cost is also around $58-$60.


Let Us Tell You About The Amateur Radio Caravan Club

The Amateur Radio Caravan Club is one of the oldest amateur radio clubs in New Mexico. It was established in the 1950s by ham radio operators who shared a passion for the challenges of installing huge, tube type, separate receivers and transmitters in vehicles and then enjoying mobile QSOs as they caravaned to various locations as a club. While installing a modern mobile rig  is not quite the challenge, today's Caravan Club members still enjoy QSOs from the road using the Club's repeater on Sandia Crest.

The Amateur Radio Caravan Club meets monthly year around at the Heights Cumberland Presbyterian Church, 8600 Academy Road NE (corner of Academy & Moon NE) from 7 to 9 PM.  Actually we start gathering around 6:30 PM to watch the coffee brew and to do a little ragchewing.  We encourage you to park at the rear of the church and enter through the single door in the back, walk down the hallway to our meeting room.  Our meetings offer an interesting program on some facet of amateur radio each month followed by an intermission and then a short business meeting.  We are always finished by 9 PM.

During the summer, we focus on outdoor activities.  From May thru August, the club hosts its Summer Fun in the Park program for one evening per month where hams meet at Sister Cities Park in northeast Albuquerque, set up their rigs and get on the air.  Others are welcome to stop by to observe, ask questions or to just visit.  In June, we co-host our ARRL-sponsored Field Day activity where hams worldwide, limited only to emergency power, try to contact one another.  In July we meet for our "Summerfest" dinner at a local restaurant to share delicious food with old and new friends.  September brings the Duke City Hamfest, New Mexico's largest hamfest, in which the Caravan Club is fully involved.  In September we host our annual Corn Feed, a potluck luncheon in a local park where the club provides freshly-cooked sweet corn.  Yum!

In October we conduct our election of club officers.  In January we also host our annual "Winterfest" dinner at the Cooperage restaurant in lieu of competing with all the Christmas parties held during December.  April is a busy month with the New Mexico QSO Party contest where hams worldwide are trying to contact us hams in New Mexico.  This is followed by the Caravan Club hosting its annual Spring Tailgate at the end of April where hams meet to buy or sell radio equipment and maybe swap a few lies.

 

Ongoing Caravan Club Services

The ARRL Audio News is broadcast on Saturdays at 8:00 PM and Amateur Radio News Line on Sundays at 8:10 PM on the club's 145.33 and 444.000 repeaters.  Please tune in and listen to what's going on in Amateur Radio.  Our sincere thanks to club member Mark W5MHG for recording and retransmitting these interesting broadcasts for many year now as a public service.  Thanks, Mark !

Don't forget the Caravan Club Net on Sunday nights starting at 9 PM on the club's two repeaters.  Our officers conduct any club business followed by hams checking-in from throughout the western U.S.  This net is hosted by Roy KD5GBY, our long-time net controller.  Thanks, Roy!

Amateur radio clubs are a good support for Hams and we would welcome the opportunity to help you in any way that we can. We invite you to come to a meeting, talk to us on our Sunday night Net, and join the Amateur Radio Caravan Club! 

 

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Site Last Updated:    31 March 2018