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FARC Member Monthly Meeting Information, October 12, 2020, Zoom meeting starts at 7:30 pm

Location: Zoom video meeting.

Topic: Doug Spriggs-W4DCS, program will be on his Class-E AM transmitter.

The red link below is to the latest (September 2020) FARC newsletter! September 2020 Newsletter


Join Us for an Informative and Casual "Tech-Talk" Meeting each Wednesday at 7:30 pm.

All Forsyth Amateur Radio Club (FARC) meetings are currently via Zoom video due to Corvid-19 virus restrictions.

The "Tech-Talk" Zoom Meeting number is 549 621 524. Use club call in lower case for the other requested input.


Thank you to presenters at the three past monthly club meetings. Videos of presentations by Marv Hoffman-WA4NC, Cezar-VE3LYC and Ken Kayser, K2KXK are now available at the Past Meeting/Event Info tab to your left. Info below


Thank you to Ken Kayser, K2KXK for his presentation at the club meeting on September 14 on Digital Voice modes (DMR, Fusion, Dstar) and the how and why on doing them with a variety of technologies (repeaters, hotspots, dongles, etc.) digital VOICE modes. The video of his presentation is now available in the Past Meeting/Event Info tab to your left. A copy of his powerpoint in pdf is allso available.

Thank you Cezar-VE3LYC for a great and entertaining presentation on the Islands on the Air (IOTA ) organization and his many exciting DXpeditions at the Monday, August 10 meeting. The video of his presentation (almost 4.5 hours worth) is now available in five parts at the Past Meeting/Event Info tab to your left.

Thank you to Marv Hoffman-WA4NC, NC ARRL Section Manager for a very informative presentation on amateur radio and ARRL initiatives, goals, issues, etc. at our Monday, July 13 Zoom video meeting. Click on the Past Meeting/Event Info tab to your left to view the video of his presentation, part 1 and part 2. Additionally, you can download his powerpoint presentation at the meeting.


AuxComm-ARES Training and News

Online ICS 300 and 400 classes are now being offered, registration required separately for both classes at: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/

300 class link, E/L/G 0300 Intermediate Incident Command System for Expanding Incidents, (Monday-Friday September 14-18, 0800-1300)

Details: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?sourcePage=courseSearch&cofId=128368

400 class link, E/L/G 0400, Advanced Incident Command System for Complex Incidents, (Monday-Thursday September 21-24, 0800-1300)

Details: https://terms.ncem.org/TRS/courseDesc.do?sourcePage=courseSearch&cofId=128369

ONLINE training details will be sent to registered students via TERMS email one week before class begins. Live participation is required for every session, for every student.

NOTE: ***Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Emergency Management local partners will be given priority seating*** Space is limited!

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An EOC NCS Zoom training course has been added on the AuxComm-ARES training tab, tentative date of October 24 from 0800-1700.


A Listing of the Many Continuous Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Meetings

All Forsyth Amateur Radio Club (FARC) meetings listd below are currently via Zoom video due to the Corvid-19 virus restrictions.

Club Member Meetings: Starts at 7:30PM on the second Monday of each month.

Board of Directors Business Meetings: Starts at 7:30PM on the third Monday of each month.

"Tech-Talk" meetings: Held each Wednesday at 7:30PM.

CW Group meetings: Held each Friday at 7:30PM

The Auxcomm-ARES Net: Held each Thursday at 8:30 pm on 145.47 repeater; Zoom training at 8 pm on 3rd Thursday. Click on the AuxComm - ARES Communications Net & Info tab on your left for more info.

Project Group Meetings: Held on the third Tuesday of each month at 7 PM

If you do have the Zoom meeting access information and are interested in joining us in one of the video meetings, please click the "Contact Info" button to your lower left and contact us at the "info" address shown on that page or feel free to contact one of the club officers on the "club officers" tab to your left.

Please provide your name, call sign, phone number, physical address and the meetings that your are interested in participating in your e mail to us.

The e-mail contact with us is prefereable and should provide a quicker response than calling us at the phone number provided on the "Contact Us" page.


From Dale-WB9SZL on the VEC license testing program

New license testing and license upgrades in this area are governed by W4VEC. W4VEC has ruled that local testing sessions are cancelled through October 31, 2020 and remote testing is not being considered. SAFETY FOR THE VE'S AND APPLICANTS IS ALWAYS FIRST. Open air testing is being considered. Some areas have cancelled testing for the remainder of the year. Please stay tuned for additional or changed information on this.


Forsyth Amateur Radio Club's 90th Year Celebration!!!

On December 30, 2019, FARC turned 89 years old!!! So to celebrate, we will make all of 2020 and 2021 a 90th year celebration. A number of events have been planned to help us celebrate. This includes multiple on-air events throughout the remainder of 2020 and 2021. Click on the image to your right for more info!!


2020 October Hamfest News--Cancelled

Due to concerns for the ham radio community and restrictions required by the ongoing Coronavirus, the 2020 October Hamfest of the Forsyth Amateur Radio Club scheduled for October 10 is cancelled. Stay tuned....


Video of Current and Past Meetings

Our live W4NC video capability for meetings is available for our club the second Monday night meeting each month. Meetings start at 7:30 pm.

You can click on the W4NC Live Video button to your left to view the monthly meeting or to view some past members meetings. Be aware that the video and/or audio of some past meetings is iffy. Past meeting videos and other info can also be accessed on the "Past Meeting and Event Info/Downloads" tab in the listing of tabs to the far left.

You may also need to click on the "VIDEOS" Youtube subtitle between the "HOME" and "PLAYLISTS" to bring up all of the club videos.


Tentative Listing of Future FARC Meeting Topics and Amateur Radio Events.

Monday, September 21, 2020: FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting via Zoom

Monday, October 12, 2020, 7:30 pm: FARC Member Meeting. Location: TMA, probably a Zoom video meeting. Topic: Doug Spriggs-W4DCS, program will be on his Class-E AM transmitter.

Monday, October 19, 2020: FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting via Zoom

Monday, November 9, 2020, 7:30 pm: FARC Member Meeting. Location and topic: TBA

Monday, November 16, 2020: FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting via Zoom

Monday, December 14, 2020 6pm--FARC Holiday Meeting, Not sure of format, may be a casual Zoom meeting.

Monday, January 11, 2021 7:30 pm: FARC Member Meeting. Topic: Our famous Show and Tell meeting. Get those snazzy projects done. May be a Zoom meeting.


Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Business Meeting: Monday, September 21 at 7:30pm. Meeting methology via Zoom

The business meeting is an open meeting and all club members are welcome to attend. Topics covered include club equipment needs, hamfests, meeting topics, repeater updates, ARES reports and much more. Please feel free to attend!!


Science Net on 147.315

Science Net--Note from Dr. Robert Meier-AA9AU below:

Please join us every Tuesday 8p on K4GW 147.315-(100.0) to discuss new and/or interesting developments in science and science fiction. From amateur to expert there's something for everyone. Each week has a five-minute "Back to Basics" presentation on some subject, and the latest speculative news in science. In between, attendees ask questions to be answered immediately or researched for answer next week. Everybody, including you, knows something. Lurkers welcome. Bring your interest.


Technical Discussion and Project Building Group Meetings

This is of interest to FARC members and non-FARC members. There is a Technical Discussion and Project Building Group that meets at 7 PM. Meetings are held for those interested in exploring and building various types of electronic projects. There is a lot of show-and-tell as well as technical discussions on many topics. For more information, Steve Patterson-WA3RTC may be contacted.