Brief Updates re Web Site

Several important announcements for members:

(1) The on line directory of members is up to date through AUG 15 2014, for all members dues-paid through at least Jun 30 of this year.  Posted today Aug 17.

If you do NOT see your call/name, or we have listed it incorrectly, PLEASE email us and let us know — we can fix what we know about, and promise to do it quickly.  (If your password doesn’t work, email us and we’ll figure out how to get you in)

(2) Our Club’s on line renewal AND new member registration working fabulously.  The vast majority of new memberships are via the optional on line portal with payments through PayPal.  Your fee for this is only $1 (yep, one dollar US), no matter whether you pay for one year or up to five years.  Do you think a bunch of frugal hams would take advantage of the Club by opting for more years at the same low service fee of $1?  Yep.

(3) The Club had a tremendous number of hams at the WBCCI International Rally.  This worked wonderfully — we were able to catch up some of your dues, we recruited a fine new crop, we minted two new Techs (Welcome Doug KE0BEZ and Paul KE0BEY!).  We listed 50 hams on the grounds out of 325 rigs total attending — that’s a great percentage, eh?

(4) Some of you asked last year for the Club to support outreach at several events.  The Club was therefore represented in the past year at QuartzFest, Albuquerque Balloon Fest, HamCation in Orlando FL, Tall Timbers KOA (for Hamvention), and WBCCI International Rally in Gillette WY.  The Club has two sets of attractive banners for these special events, and produced very nice information/membership brochures.  This October, WBCCI ARC / RV Service Nets will additionally be represented, with amateur radio activities too, at WBCCI Region 12 Rally in Pahrump NV.

If you want more information, please contact us by clicking on Member Services..

August 17 2014 | Members and Rallies | Comments Off

Last Call for Current Year Dues

The club’s last fiscal year ended over 45 days ago, on Jun 30 2014.  Many of you made a great response to the club’s last post –  half of the unpaid members got their dues in — a record, for sure!

Still, that leaves a few folks about to lose their membership privileges.  We don’t want to lose you! And we know you don’t want to miss an issue of THE BULLETIN, our club’s great newsletter. And you’ll lose access to the member-only pages of this web site, and your name and call won’t be listed here or in the BULLETIN. Won’t you take care of this today? It’s easy to renew.

You can update your dues electronically by clicking on this link, or by sending a check in the mail to this address:

Secretary-Treasurer, WBCCI ARC
196 Rainbow Drive #9636
Livingston TX 77399-1096

Have you taken care of your annual dues?

updated 17 Aug 2014

August 16 2014 | Members | Comments Off

On-line registration and payment for members and candidates

Effective 13 September 2013, we have implemented on-line registration and payment for members and candidates alike. This is a change from our last implementation in two ways:

(1) New members can join on-line, and members can renew, and
(2) You will need to enter your data to join or to renew

It all happens from this page, where you can choose whether you want to do this on line or by US Mail.

We previously implemented, as many of you know, on-line payments for renewal several months ago. A small problem arose from that first effort — we did not receive updated information, nor callsign, from renewals. And, we could not provide new membership registrations on-line, we did not have the means to obtain the membership application information.

We now have these issues resolved, and are in action. The on-line payment method is again via PayPal. You may either use your PayPal account, if you have one, or you may use your credit card. Of course, you may also renew or join by US Mail.

As always, please let the Club know if any problems, concerns, or comments.

September 14 2013 | News | Comments Off

Member passwords changed

The passwords for member-only pages have changed. E-mails issued to all members in good standing today, September 03, 2013, with their personal passwords for these member-only pages.

The member roster is updated through Aug 31, 2013 for all members with dues paid through at least Jun 30, 2014. If your dues expired Jun 30, 2013 then you won’t be on this list AND you won’t be able to see it until you have paid your dues.

Also, any members who do not pay dues through at least Jun 2014 will not receive or be able to see on-line the next editions of the club’s fabulous award winning newsletter, The Bulletin. No kidding, did you know The Bulletin placed fourth in a keen competition for national newsletters at the Airstream owners annual International meeting and convention this past summer?

Please email webmaster here if any difficulties or questions. If you would like to become a member, please email treasurer here.

Thanks,

WBCCI Amateur Radio Club

September 03 2013 | Members and Miscellaneous | Comments Off

Beating the Summer heat

Two short items in today’s post: news of of a member’s recent travels, and addition of a neat new link on the club’s LINKS page. (click on highlighted item to see that page)

First this:
Debbie N4RTG and Jim N5RTG just returned from a cool week in the Virginia Highlands. We had a nice site at the Airstream park there at 2,800 feet elevation with fantastic views to the west. Temperatures were up to 15 degrees cooler than back here in Kannapolis NC, 25 miles from Charlotte NC.

While there, we put Debbie’s Eagle-1 antenna atop the Airstream. Winds were 5-10 mph during the install, so raising the 31′ vertical was a little challenging. Jim decided to try, next time, to stake out the guy ropes before raising the antenna. It will require some ninth grade geometry to get the ropes staked at the correct length for the vertical.

Safety is the reason — Jim is working at the trailer’s roof edge standing near the top of the ladder and levering a long whip (although light in weight) from a very short fulcrum. The guys, if layout is correct, will stabilize the antenna at install height so Jim will only need to steer the base of the antenna into the rooftop mount.

How did Debbie’s antenna work? This was the first instance of our using it with a new pair of MFJ bias tees, a 4116 and a 4117. These bias tees allow injecting (and importantly, removing) 12vdc on the coax from the operating position to the remote end. We are powering an SGC-237 auto-coupler at the antenna’s base, and the bias tees make this a lot simpler than running a dedicated 12vdc feed line along with the coax.

The setup worked fine, although conditions were so poor on 20m we couldn’t do a thing there and 40m was only a little better. Sometimes we have great luck in great locations, and less often we suffer like everyone else the varied and not-so-great propagation on the HF bands.

We’re looking forward to connecting our new home brew full-wave 40m delta loop with the bias tees at the in-law’s house. It should be interesting. More on this later.

And now item 2: Jim added today a new link to the WBCCI ARC LINKS page. We are glad to offer you this new link because this is a neat ham radio page you may enjoy browsing. The web site is attractive, has nice pictures, and a nice variety of things. The website might be a little bit much for your MacBook or iPad, but it worked great on the Windows computers we checked it with.

73,
Jim n5rtg
Kannapolis NC
29 Aug 2013

August 30 2013 | News | Comments Off

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