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BRAARC Antenna Relocation

UPDATE:  Special thanks to the club members who contributed more than 56 ham hours over four days and to those who provided many valuable donations.  The club cost to relocate the equipment was $1000 (US) to move the two antenna to the new WDEE tower thanks to the generosity of John, Ray and the crew from J.T Towers, Inc.  If you need tower work these are the guys to call.  WDEE and Steve are due an extra special thank you for hosting the BRAARC repeater on their brand new tower.  WDEE provided all of the infrastructure including the tower, a new radio shack and site power utilities at no cost to the club.

The club members and friends keep the repeaters on the air.  Your membership dollars and donations are vital in the maintenance of these systems.  Without you, the repeater would soon be QRT.

UPDATE: As of January 13, 2019 the BRAARC 2 meter repeater is fully operational in its home at the new tower site.  Early reports are exceptional and club members are ecstatic about the lack of static.  There are some reports that the propagation is better than ever.  Have you checked into a net yet?  Better yet, command this new power as net control.  Find the net preamble at the Repeater page or Quick Links page.

Towers on the ridge

Towers on the ridge

WDEE Tower

WDEE Tower

The Club along with WDEE and the IRA link system are in the process of moving to a new tower home. The process of relocating the multiple amateur antenna on the old tower started bright and early at 9AM on Friday and was substantially completed Saturday at 5PM. Both Club transmit and receive multi bay antenna were removed from the old tower, inspected, reconditioned, and transferred to the new tower. The 7/8 inch hard line feeding each antenna were also removed, inspected, reconditioned and transferred. The IRA also had multiple antenna that received the same treatment.

The repeater cabinet will also be inspected, cleaned and prepared for installation at the new site once WDEE is ready. There is more work to be completed before the repeater is back on the air. Expect the 2 meter repeater to be down for a week or two. Club members are working hard to get everything back operating. Thank you to those who have helped and to those who have donated funds.

Happy hamming.


440 Nets

Hello, local hams and 440 net participants.

Due to an equipment problem with the 440 repeater, all nets will be on the BRAARC 2M repeater until the situation can be resolved. It appears that the feed line to the antenna has a problem. As we discover additional details, we will let you know. At this time we do not have an estimated time for repairs. Sorry for the inconvenience. Enjoy the 2M repeater and we will get the 440 back on the air soon. (more…)

BRAARC Members Support Project Starburst

It’s time again for the N8PUG Food Drive because there is never a time for hunger. We need your help to collect food items. Your donation of non-perishable food items will be accepted at the December club meeting and holiday extravaganza – pot luck dinner.

There are families that need our help to keep food on their tables. The N8PUG Food Drive can help fill a small part of this need but only with your help. Check your emergency food stocks for items that are nearing their expiration dates. This way you can refresh your food stocks and donate still usable items. Rotation of food stocks is an important aspect of household emergency planning. Please only bring as much as you can spare.
The club food drive was originally organized by late club member James Orlowski, N8PUG (1960 – 2009). Known to every club member as Jim, he was a man of action in preventing hunger in our community. Jim, a man of little means, always donated more food than any other club member. We lost a dear friend in his passing but we honor his memory by helping feed those around us that are in need.

The N8PUG Food Drive benefits Project Starburst through the collection of non-perishable food items. Annually, BRAARC member collect and donate many food items during the club’s annual holiday celebration.