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The Vic Clark Chapter 91 of the Quarter Century Wireless Association serves the Washington, D. C. area. Our chapter usually meets once per month on the third Saturday at 11:30 a.m. Usually we meet at Glory Days Grill in Fairfax, Virginia, but check the club calendar for changes. We may have a speaker, take a field trip, have a picnic, or just have a social gathering. Visitors are welcome.
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  2. Join us for our first meeting of the new year, via Zoom on Saturday, Jan 15th at the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 We are planning to have an old-fashion ragchew … there will be no presentation or speaker for this month’s meeting.
  3. For over a decade, The Santa Net has connected kids from coast to coast with Santa Claus. Youngsters (and those Amateurs young at heart) can talk to “Santa at The North Pole” via strategically placed relay stations who are responsible for relaying in the voice of Santa. Prenet check-ins are welcome each night starting at 7:15 PM central or via email at 3916nets@gmail.com Third party rules and regulations apply. The event runs nightly thru Christmas Eve. The Santa Net is a team effort that involves the efforts of a number of 3916 Net members. The Santa Nets are presented annually by The 3916 Nets. The Weather Bunch, The Rag Chew Crew, The Tailgaters, The Freewheelers and The 3916 Late Late Show are all amateur radio nets that meet on 3.916 MHz. For more information on The 3916 Nets, go to http://www.3916nets.com The Facebook page for The Santa Nets can be found at https://www.facebook.com/3916santanet/ For more information on The Santa Net, email KE5GGY at Gmail dot com.
  4. All, Remember QCWA won't have a face to face holiday party/meeting on Saturday, 11 Dec at PJ Skidoos. Next meeting will be January 15th ... most likely by Zoom. Also, there is a possibility that the 146.685 MHz repeater will be off the air starting on Friday, Dec 10th. Our regular Sunday morning net will be hosted on the NVFMA 146.910 MHz repeater at 9am. Hope to see you on the net on Sunday. We're pleased to provide you a link to the YouTube video of our November meeting, where our visitor, Bruce Littlefield discussed his Grandfather Paul Godfley's 2ZE exploits conducting the 1921 ARRL Transatlantic Radio Test. to view the vid, click here: https://youtu.be/-5eGJ9EIIzE Also, on Dec 11th, the 100th anniversary of the test, about 9pm in the evening ARRL is attempting to recreate the radio test, and the event will be live streamed. The live stream will be on and off all day long, first at the museum most of the day and into the evening live streaming various parts of the day (and hopefully a museum tour!) at https://www.youtube.com/user/mikefef Mike WA8AHZ President, QCWA Ch 91
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  6. Please mark your calendar to join us, via Zoom on Saturday, Nov 20th @ 1130. Our program will discuss a number of mystery radio stations (and not so mystery stations) that populate the HF bands, sometimes right in the middle of the US Amateur Radio bands. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Would also like to point out that QCWA, in cooperation with (ARRL, Radio Club of America (RCA), Radio Society of Great Britain (RSGB), and the Antique Wireless Association (AWA), are celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the December 1921 Transatlantic tests, which proved that amateur signals could span the Atlantic. As such, RCA is hosting a QSO Party on November 13-14, 2021 See details at: https://www.radioclubofamerica.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=500767&module_id=475160) Our December Holiday Party will be Saturday, Dec 11th @ 1130 at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax. Hopefully the COVID situation will simmer down by December. This will be our Holiday Party & Social. We will talk about our tentative plans for 2022, and if anybody wishes to volunteer to be the Programs Chairman for next year, let me know! QCWA is celebrating its 74th anniversary in early December, and conducting a Special Event Station, using the QCWA radio call, W2MM from 4-11 Dec. If anybody is interested in signing up to work the SES for an hour or two, let me know and I’ll get you added to the list. The SES will operate both CW and SSB on the harmonic bands.
  7. Pse mark your calendar for Sat, 16 Oct @ 1130 for our monthly Ch 91meeting, via zoom. The topic is an historical perspective of the ARRL 1921 Transatlantic test – the first Amateur Radio transatlantic radio test. Our speaker is Bruce Godley Littlefield, the grandson of Paul Godley, 2XE and one of the principals radio operators of the 1921 test. Bruce has extensively researched his grandfather’s journey in Amateur Radio, and I believe you’ll find his talk stimulating. The Zoom link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Click on the link, or copy and paste it to your browser ... DONOT use the Zoom app!
  8. We're going to defer the Face to Face picnic planned for September, due to COVID. So, the plan for September? Let's have lunch together via Zoom .... hard to share (ham) sandwiches, but we can share our ham radio stories and exploits. Details for our Sept social (bring your own lunch): When: Saturday, 18 Sep @ 11:30 am Where: Zoom, link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 What: General rag chew See you on the 18th!
  9. Join our friends at Vienna Wireless Society as they host the ARRL NAQP-SSB event starting at 2pm on Saturday, August 21st. The event will be held in Great Falls, and all members must RSVP by 15 Aug to Mike @ aimonema <at> aol <dot> com There will be NO 1130 lunch, but a light snack dinner will be offered about 5pm.
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  11. Instead meeting in June, we suggest you spend a few hours working the ARRL Field Day event, which this year is June 26 & 27. We will hold our first Face to Face meeting on July 17th at PJ Skidoos, in Fairfax
  12. Hope you'll join us for a discussion by Chris, W2PA, a noted Amateur Radio Historian. Meeting is Sat, May 15th, at 1130 on Zoom Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Our topic is: "Where Did the Bands Come From?" This is a historical look at the early days of radio during which several aspects of amateur radio were established that survive to the present day. This includes, the HF bands (particularly 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters), call sign formats, QSLs, operating practices, and equipment characteristics. Many of these things taken for granted today have become disconnected from their origins, and the reasons why they exist, forgotten. The definition of the HF band allocations is particularly interesting. It started with the 200 meter limitation of 1912, changed as hams demonstrated the utility of the shortwaves, and changed again in response to the radio boom of the 1920s and the first international treaties. Lots more information, articles, and photos are on Chris' website web site: www.w2pa.com
  13. Last year I was #18 in the 4th call area! Woo Hoo!
  14. Our April meeting will NOT be our customary 3rd Saturday of the Month (Apr 17th), but rather we are asking you to consider joining the ARRL VA Section Convention, which is Saturday, 24 Apr starting at 9am. The schedule is at: VA_Sect_Convention_2021 Track Schedule and Zoom Links - Google Drive The convention will host 3 simultaneous tracks: 1) Ham radio boot camp, 2) tho topics, and 3) Auxiliary Communications. You can slip in and out of any session in any track as you wish. The URLs for the 3 tracks will be shortly posted, on the schedule above. See you for a meeting on May 15th. We'll have a guest lecturer talking about how the Amateur bands came about way back in the din of history.
  15. Instead of our meeting on March 20th, we invite all Ch 91 members to work the QCWA and VA QSO Parties. Likewise in April, we're going to join the VWS as they host the ARRL VA Section Convention on Apr 24th.
  16. There will be no online ZOOM meeting this month. All are encouraged to join individually in the VA QSO Party (20-21 March)
  17. Join Chapter 91 members as we welcome Ken Oelke, VE6AFO the President of the Quarter Century Wireless Association meeting via Zoom. The URL link is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09 Ken will discuss the plans and vision for the Association, as well as examples of best practices from other Chapters.
  18. Join QCWA Ch 91 members for our first meeting of the new year on Saturday January 16th at 1130 via Zoom. Kerry, WA4BQM will join us again to talk about solar impacts on HF propagation, and updates on the Solar Cycle 25. Monthly Meeting details coming. https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
  19. Join QCWA Ch 91 members for our first meeting of the new year on Saturday January 16th at 1130 via Zoom. Kerry, WA4BQM will join us again to talk about solar impacts on HF propagation, and updates on the Solar Cycle 25. The Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533
  20. Monthly Meeting details coming. https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
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    Annual Holiday Party via ZOOM at https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
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    Tour of the amateur radio station at Heritage Hunt over 50 retirement center. This meeting will also be our annual Election of Officers. via ZOOM https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09
  23. Our Sunday Net meets every week at 9:00 am on 146.685 (neg offset, 110.9 Hz CTCSS). All are welcome.
  24. This will be our annual Holiday Party. (probably on Zoom - more to follow)
  25. We will virtually visit the Heritage Hunt Retirement over 50 community and tour the Heritage Hunt Amateur Radio Club facility. This meeting will also be our election of officers.
  26. We will once again meet on zoom. Exploring alternative solutions for operating a HF station from retirement communities, assisted living locations and other locations dictated by elder living adjustments. We will learn about some specific solutions available in local retirement and similar situations. We may all have to adjust to a different hamshack situation at sometime. Our meeting will discuss a few solutions. Zoom link is: https://zoom.us/j/968580533?pwd=QUJPWHh2ZWpOcW9TNVdyUjdFMWw2QT09

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