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February 24 & 25, 2018

Registration for this class is REQUIRED
Please contact Paulette Quick by
email : (subject: Tech Class)
or phone : (608) 255-0639 to register.

As a Licensed Amateur Radio Operator You Get To:
Serve Your Community
Become a weather spotter - SKYWARN!
Meet New Friends
Have Your Own Individual FCC Callsign

The UW Space Place and FLARC will be holding a weekend course where YOU will learn everything you need to earn your Amateur Radio Technician license.
You don't need to learn Morse Code for any Ham license!

This class is Saturday and Sunday, February 24-25, 2018, 8am-5pm.
2300 S. Park Street, in the Villager Mall lower level.

This is FREE to you, thanks to our sponsoring organizations!

For more information please contact Paulette Quick, (subject: Tech Class), (608) 255-0639
ARRL, The national association for Amateur Radio --
Helping Hams Get Started Since 1914.

Called to order by Frederick W9GOC at 19:30.

Frederick W9GOC is looking for signatures to nominate our current section manager, Patrick, for another term.


Read by Matt NM9O, question regarding the nomination for President, AC9BJ was removed at his request.


Barry K8SD, went up to Blue Mounds in November and worked CQWW CW. Worked Guam, Japan and many other countries.
Had a great time. Used an IC-7300 and an 80M endfed halfwave. 10, 15, 40, and 80M.

VE Report

Ron K2VB, wants to thank Carolyn NQ9A for covering for him at the beginning of January.

January: 3 Tech, 1 General.

In December one of the people checked the felony box, and have not received his license yet, the FCC did follow up, but he did not respond.

Next VE session is February 3rd.

There will be a technician class, February 24-25, 2018. Testing at 15:30 on the 25th.

Ralph Kuehn, KD9NHU, upgraded to Extra.


The Senate looks like it will be having a debate on Net Neutrality.
Jefferson Hamfest on March 18th.
MARA Hamfest, which is now ARRL affiliated will be in April 7, 2018. In Stoughton, Jeff KC9UNZ is the volunteer chairman if one would like to volunteer. Those that have had a table in the last three years should be receiving a notification in the mail.

Dayton Hamvention is in May, along with 4 days in May.

Austin KD9CZE, looking for some help with setting up a station and also looking at upgrading to General.


2018 Board Election Results:

President: Frederick W9GOC
Vice President: Thomas AC9BJ
Treasurer: Andy AC9CB
Secretary: Matt NM9O

Board Members at Large:
Barry K8SD
Eldon NK9U
Stuart AC9LZ

Fellow FLARCians!

This is a longish update, please read through to the end.

Our monthly gathering is soon to be upon us! This coming Tuesday evening,
January 16th, 2018, we will be gathering at our usual location of UW Space
Place at 19:00 and being called to order at 19:30.

Our program this month will be programming radios, specifically with the Free
and Open Source program CHIRP. If you got a new radio this past holiday
season and want some help programming it, or have had one for a while that you
would like help with, please bring it! We will have cables for
Kenwood/Baofeng radios.

This month we will be holding elections for the Board of Directors, so far our
nominees are, in no particular order:

President: Frederick W9GOC
Vice President: Thomas AC9BJ, Ron K2VB
Treasurer: Joe KC9OOG
Secretary: Matt NM9O

Board Member at Large (3): Barry K8SD
Andy AC9CB
Eldon NK9U
Thomas AC9BJ
Stuart AC9LZ

We will take more nominations before the election, self nominations are

Which brings me to my next item, membership dues. In order to vote, you must
be a current member. If you have not paid your dues for this year, please
bring cash or check made out to Four Lakes Amateur Radio Club.

$25 Regular Membership
$20 Senior
$14 Additional Family Member
$10 Student

Also with the new year, we will be retiring the mailing current QST mailing list.

The new list will be located at and will only be for
current members.

Also at the end of this month we will be participating in Winter Field Day,
Jan 27-28. We will be at the Town of Christiana Town Hall, just outside of
Cambridge. If you have any questions or want to attend, but are not on the
FDOPS list, please contact Matt NM9O or Carolyn NQ9A.