It’s that time of year again! We have begun to seek nominations for club officers. Members should have received an email from hparcelections at gmail dot com with instructions on how to nominate members for office, as well as the guidelines for nomination.
Just an FYI – we’ve relaxed the membership requirements for some of the offices. You can now nominate members with only 6 months of membership behind them for the positions of Secretary, Parliamentarian, and Director. The board approved this plan so that we can get some more participation from our newer members who might have some good ideas for our club.
If you did not receive the email, please check your spam filter, or send an email to hparcelections at gmail dot com. We look forward to hearing from the membership – remember, whoever you nominate will potentially be leading your club for the next year!
February 2023 Meeting and Newsletter
The next meeting of the Hazel Park Amateur Radio Club will be held Wednesday, February 8 at 7:30 PM at the Hazel Park Library and on Zoom. Socializing starts around 7:00 PM. Our February meeting will include a presentation by Paul Reinhardt, KC8BDK, about the Central Michigan Emergency Network.
The contact will happen on Tuesday, October 18, 2022 at around 1:30 PM EDT, and it will be streamed LIVE via the Detroit Public Schools Community District’s YouTube channel. There will be some presentations and other informational content happening before then, so please feel free to load up that link a bit earlier than 1:30 PM on Tuesday if you would like.
Due to space and security concerns, we ask that you please not attempt to visit the school where the contact is taking place – you can instead use the YouTube streaming link provided above.
Lastly, the standard ISS FM voice downlink frequency will be used for this contact. Tune your VHF radio(s) to 145.800 MHz and see if you can catch the astronaut’s responses! (You won’t hear the student’s questions on this frequency – again, you can use the YouTube link if you want to hear both the questions and the answers.)
This has been a long time coming, and we are very excited!
September 2022 Meeting and Newsletter
Our September meeting will include a presentation from Joe Raznik, WB8ADX, which will give us a substantial update on the ISS contact project with Davis Aerospace Technical High School. Even though Joe has opted to step away from the board for this term, he is still very instrumental in furthering our STEM/ASTEM initiatives, and this is a big one for us. He will be speaking about what has happened so far, and what is still to come before the contact in October. (Side note: The Detroit Public Schools Community District has issued a press release about this contact as well on their website.)
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 14th at 7:30 PM EDT at the Hazel Park District Library. We’ll also have Zoom up and running for those who can’t make it. If you are not a member and would like to attend via Zoom, please email one of the board members for further information.
Also, if you haven’t checked out our Zero Beat Newsletter recently, have a look at the Newsletter page. The September 2022 issue is available there, as are many past issues!
Picnic: Thank You!
We had our annual club picnic this past Wednesday (August 10, 2022) at Green Acres Park in Hazel Park. The turnout was great, the weather was fantastic, and the food was delicious. What more could we have wanted?
Thanks to Jim W8DPM and Bill N8QVS for handling the food and other related items to ensure a smooth event, and thanks to all of you for showing up!
We’ll see you on Wednesday, September 14 at the Hazel Park Memorial Library for the first monthly membership meeting of the 2022-2023 term. It happens at 7:30 PM EDT with socializing beginning at 7 PM.
Field Day: Thank You!
Another ARRL Field Day is now in the books. Thanks to all of you who came out to help us set up and tear down (there were a LOT of people helping this year!); to all of you who helped with the food acquisition and preparation, as well as the tents, park permits, and all of the other things that we need to secure to have this event every year; to all of you who operated stations and got contacts for our W8HP club callsign; to all of you who took part in our GOTA (Get on the Air) station (using our W8JXU callsign); to all of you who visited, even if only for a short while; and to all of you who we may have forgotten. You made it yet another HPARC event to remember!
Reminder #1: Our club picnic is right around the corner. It will be at Green Acres Park in Hazel Park on Wednesday, August 10, 2022. We will have food and it will be a fun time!
Reminder #2: Our monthly membership meetings begin again in September. Our next one will be on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the Hazel Park Memorial Library. Details to come!
No June Meeting, But Field Day is Coming
To dispel any confusion: There will be no June meeting. This is due to a few circumstances, some of which are beyond our control.
However, as we all know, ARRL Field Day is fast approaching, and we will be participating this year as usual. The club will have some stations set up at Scout Park in Hazel Park, MI, and we will be on the air operating between 2 PM EDT on Saturday, June 25 until 2 PM EDT on Sunday, June 26. As is tradition for Field Day, food will be provided by Bill N8QVS.
If you would like to volunteer for setup, please be at the park no later than 9 AM EDT on Saturday 6/25. We will have plenty for you to do. Thanks, and we hope to see you there!
May 2022 Meeting and Newsletter
Our May meeting will include a presentation from Steve Bible, N7HPR. Steve has a long history of being a technical innovator and proponent in Amateur Radio, and he will be speaking to our club about the nanoVNA and tinySA SDR-based testing tools, and how they use SDR technology to work.
We will also be announcing the official results of the 2022 Club Officer elections at this meeting!
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:30 PM EDT at the Hazel Park District Library. We’ll also have Zoom up and running for those who can’t make it. If you are not a member and would like to attend via Zoom, please email one of the board members for further information.
Also, if you haven’t checked out our Zero Beat Newsletter recently, have a look at the Newsletter page. The May 2022 issue is available there, as are many past issues!
Election 2022 – Update
We are now in the actual election phase of this year’s club officer elections. You should have received a ballot via email by now. If you did not, please contact hparcelections77 -at- gmail -dot- com to get yours.
April 2022 Meeting and Newsletter
Our April meeting will include a presentation from Jim Wilson, AC8NT. Jim will be speaking about various microcontrollers (including the ESP32 and Teensy), and what role they can play in your Amateur Radio projects.
The meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 13th at 7:30 PM EDT at the Hazel Park District Library. We’ll also have Zoom up and running for those who can’t make it. If you are not a member and would like to attend via Zoom, please email one of the board members for further information.
Also, if you haven’t checked out our Zero Beat Newsletter recently, have a look at the Newsletter page. The April 2022 issue is available there, as are many past issues!