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May 10 FARC Member Meeting at 7:30 pm via Zoom. Two Topics:

1. Harlan Cobert-W1HRC will present the Future of Emergency Communications and

2. Helpful Suggestions from Terry-AK4D to new Technician License Holders and an introduction to programming radios using the Chirp Program.

Due to covid restrictions, this club meeting will be held via Zoom Conferencing. Zoom codes to access this meeting are in the table of Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Meetings on this page.

The link below is to the latest (May 2021) FARC newsletter!
May 2021 Newsletter

The red link below is to the April 2021 FARC newsletter!
April 2021 Newsletter

AuxComm Training and News

Please join in to the Thursday night AuxComm meetings listed in the table further below

VEC Testing Session on Saturday, May 8 from 1 to 3:30 PM.

Announcement from Dale--WB9SZL on VEC Amateur Radio Testing

To all:

Update: Limited Outdoor Testing will be held between 1:00 to 3:30 PM on Saturday May 8th, 2021 in the outdoor shelter at:

Robinhood Road Baptist Church, 5422 Robinhood Road, Winston-Salem, NC 27106

You may pre-register no less than 48 hours prior to an exam session, or get additional information via email to: wb9szl (at) triad (dot) rr (dot) com with attention "Exam Pre-Registration" on the subject line to Dale Mierisch WB9SZL. Please, no text messages.

New license testing and license upgrades in this area are governed by W4VEC. W4VEC has ruled that local testing sessions are currently cancelled. Plans are being made to resume normal testing at some point. Additionally, remote testing is currently not a possibility. SAFETY FOR THE VE'S AND APPLICANTS IS ALWAYS OUR FIRST PRIORITY. Thank you for your understanding.

Listing of Forsyth Amateur Radio Club Meetings

All meetings listed below are held currently via Zoom video due to the Corvid-19 virus restrictions. Feel free to join us at any meeting. You only need to have Zoom installed on your computer or phone. Prior to the meeting time, get the Zoom program running. Then click on the "Join a Meeting" tab.

Zoom meeting access information is shown in the last column. The club call sign in lower case is the pw. Repeater tab has access info for the Auxcomm-ARES Thursday meeting.

April 12, 2021 FARC Member Monthly Meeting. This meeting had two presentations:

1. Ken Kayser-K2KXK-How to Join the Amazon Smile program.

2. Steve Patterson-WA3RTC-Home brew 2m Remote Control project

Below is a link to the pdf document Ken presented


Below is a link to the youtube video of the formal part of the meeting including the Amazon Smile and Remote Control presentations

Youtube video of April 2021 meeting

New FCC Requirement for Radio Frequency Exposure Rules for all Amateur Radio Stations

Last week, the FCC announced that updated RF exposure rules will go into effect on May 3, 2021 for all existing amateur radio stations.

Stations existing on May 3, 2021 must have completed the needed calculations no later than May 3, 2023.

All new stations after May 3, 2021 or existing stations on that date where antenna or station power modifications are planned will need to conduct an evaluation by the date of activation OR MODIFICATION.

The ARRL has posted additional information and links to help with this process, including a RF calculator for assessment at the link below:

ARRL RF Exposure Information

alternate link:

ARRL RF Exposure Background Information

The ARRL page has a link to the following page where you can download a station evaluation worksheet and a guide to assist you in filling out the worksheet.

ARRL RF Exposure worksheet and information downloads

Summary of Upcoming FARC Meetings and Events.

Monday, May 10, 2021 7:30 pm: Zoom FARC Member Meeting. Topic: Harlan Cobert-W1HRC will present the Future of Emergency Communications

Monday, May 17, 2021 7:30 pm: Zoom FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting via Zoom

Monday, June 14, 2021 7:30 pm: Zoom FARC Member Meeting. Topics: 1. Stacey-W1LLO will discuss Field Day Planning, Preparation and 2. Don-WS4NC will discuss the beauty of learning and using CW.

Monday, June 21, 2021 7:30 pm: Zoom FARC Board of Directors Business Meeting via Zoom

Saturday-Sunday, June 26-27, 2021: ARRL Field Day at Hobby Park!!!

Saturday-Sunday, September 25-26, 2021, Tour to Tanglewood

Saturday, October 16, 2021, 7 am - Noon: FARC HAMFEST is planned!!!

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 7:30 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.