Welcome to the
"Half a Bubble Off"
The Woodchuck Amateur Radio Club is based in Parma, Ohio.
We are an Amateur Radio organization the offers training, monthly presentation and other activities.
Why the Woodchucks? Find out why by clicking here...
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The Woodchucks will be hosting an indoor table at the Cleveland Hamfest.
The Cleveland Hamfest is September 26th.
Gates open from 8:00am until 12:00pm
Berea Fairgrounds Eastland Rd Entrance
160 Eastland Rd, Berea, OH 44017
Admission is $6.00
Talk-In on 145.41 (PL 110.9) / 442.225 (PL 131.8) linked repeaters
http://www.hac.org/ for additional information
Members can bring any items that they would like to sell to the table.
Members doing so will be required to staff the table for a short duration.
Please have the price of your items marked clearly and also include your callsign on the price tag.
We will have club information that you can distribute.
Bring your own chair please.
The Woodchucks were back together again for our first in person business meeting at the Busch Community Room in several years.
The turnout was an average size group, and it was great to see each other and get reacquainted.
We had a short Business meeting with several items discussed and then went on to catching up with what members have been doing for the past several years.
The September meeting will have a presentation with the topic to be announced.
Thanks to Bill, KE8HJN, we have a new coffee pot.
Bill found a Keurig single cup and carafe brewer at a bargain basement price.
We can brew a pot of coffee or single servings, bring your own pods.
Larry, N8OWS brought some super tasty cookies that were home made by his Granddaughter, and it was decided after we all sampled the cookies, that we will have these cookies at future meetings.
If you were not at the meeting, you missed some really good cookies.
By the way, I should have taken a photo of the Cookies before we started to eat them.
There were none left when we went home.
The Woodchucks are now offering Amateur Radio License Testing.
The Woodchucks are offering Ham Radio testing on an appointment only basis.
Additional information on to get started amateur Radio or upgrading your Amateur License are available by reading below.
The schedule of FCC amateur radio application fees likely will not go into effect before 2022. FCC staff confirmed during a recent virtual meeting with Volunteer Examiner Coordinators (VECs) that the agency is still working on the necessary changes to the Universal Licensing System (ULS) software and other processes and procedures that must be in place before it starts collecting fees from amateur applicants. Earlier this year, the FCC said it would not start collecting fees from amateur applicants before this summer. The new estimate is that the fees won’t go into effect until early next year.
Read the full article at http://www.arrl.org/news/view/fcc-application-fees-unlikely-to-go-into-effect-until-2022
Tips and tricks to pass your FCC Amateur Radio Exam.
Thank you to Quicksilver Radio for this information.
Some will complain that my approach does not teach anything – that its only purpose lies in memorizing answers in order to pass the test. My answer is “you are 100% correct”. My experience has shown that sometimes our best and most enthusiastic operators – those who give back to the hobby – may not know which end of the soldering iron to hold. And conversely, some of the most technically adept Hams are notably hard to find when there is work to be done or Public Service events to staff. Most Hams, I think fall somewhere in between these extremes. A good friend of mine likes to say that there are 28 different kinds of Ham Radio, and that there’s something there for just about anybody. My goal here is to make (or upgrade) more Hams so that they can find out what kinds of Radio they’re going to enjoy. And if you follow my suggestions, YOU WILL PASS!! So here we go:
The FCC has adopted guidelines and procedures for evaluating environmental effects of RF emissions.
The new guidelines incorporate two tiers of exposure limits based on whether exposure occurs in an occupational or "controlled" situation, or whether the general population is exposed or exposure is in an "uncontrolled" situation.
Under the new FCC rules, some amateurs need to perform routine station evaluations to ensure that their stations comply with the RF exposure rules.
This can be as simple as running an online calculator to determine the minimum safe distance between any part of your antenna and areas where people might be exposed to RF energy from your station.
Although amateurs can make measurements of their stations, evaluations can also be done by calculation.
To make this easy for amateurs, ARRL now provides an RF exposure calculator on its RF Exposure page.
To use the calculator, enter your transmit peak-envelope power (PEP) and operating mode, and answer the questions about the maximum amount of time you might be transmitting.
The calculator will give you the minimum distance people must be from your antenna and human exposure. You can print the results and keep them in your station records.
There is no requirement to send your results to the FCC.
The Woodchuck ARC is looking for any photos you might have of past Woodchuck activities, events of meetings get togethers or whatever.
We wouild like to put togetner a photo ablum highlighting the Woodchuck ARC history.