Every Monday night - club net at 9:00 PM on  147.18+ repeater
Nut Net at 7:30 AM Monday-Friday on 147.18+ repeater
ARES NET WEDNESDAY AT 8:00 PM on 146.67- repeater

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January 2003

         21  Monthly club meeting will be at "Big Business, Industry and Government building at 805 3rd Street ( Intersection of Brunswick and 3rd). Handicap and regular parking available next to building. Talk-in on 147.18 repeater. Rag Chews start at 7:00 PM with meeting starting at 7:30 PM. Annual dues of $20.00 for individuals, $25 for family (2 or more) and $7 for students due by March 31, 2003.

February 2003

           8  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , Morton Hall. (Executive Comm. meeting 1300)

         15  Oak Island Antenna experiment day 0900 to 1600 hours (Contact W4EBR for details 686-5206 or email  w4ebr@msn.com

         18  Monthly club Dinner meeting at McAllister's Restaurant 6:30 PM with meeting starting about 7:30 PM. Annual dues of $20.00 for individual / $25 for Family / $7 Student due by March 31, 2003.

         23 The club will operate in the NC QSO party at Oak Island US Coast Guard station and the USS North Carolina battleship from 0900-1600. Contact Ed-W4EBR for details.

March 2003

         18  Monthly club meeting at Cape Fear Community main building between Front and Water Streets. Room number to be announced later. Rag Chews start at 7:00 PM with meeting starting at 7:30 PM.

April 2003

         12  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , Morton Hall

         15  Monthly club Dinner meeting at McAllister's Restaurant 6:30 PM with meeting starting about 7:30 PM.

         26-27   Spring Lights QSO Party at Oak Island Coast Guard Station. The club will be trying out our resurrected tri-band beam. Glen, AG4NO has repaired it and it seems to be working, the test will be that weekend.

May 2003

         20  Monthly club meeting at Cape Fear Community at the "BIG" Building on 3rd and Brunswick streets. The program will feature Dave Haase's talk about old time radio equipment and restoration. The meeting will start at 7:30 and talk in will be on 146.82 or 147.18.

To All Azalea Coast Amateur Radio Club Members:
With the approach of the 2003 Hurricane Season, the topic of Skywarn Training for Amateur Radio Operators arises. The east coast season nominally runs from June 1 through November 30. The pundits this year predict 12 named storms, 8 growing to hurricane status, 3 of those 8 classified as major. In fact, tropical storm Ana has already passed into pleasant memory. Skywarn training would be provided through the National Weather Service & initial contact has been made between the Club & NWS personnel. The basic Skywarn training class takes 45 minutes; the advanced class, which incorporates the basic class, takes approximately 1 1/2 hours. Date, time & place to be determined based upon interest expressed and coordination with NWS personnel. To assist in bringing the proposed training to reality, please seriously consider joining your fellow hams in the Amateur Radio Service by confirming your desire to take the training. Please e-mail me at BUSHER@ec.rr.com, or phone at 793-3631.  
73's
Bill Usher - AG4PA

June 2003

         14  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , Morton Hall. Great turnout with all 20 getting something. There were 13 new Technicians. Great Job!!!

            16  Bill Morine PIO - 8 AM at Wilmington City Council, City Hall, to accept a Proclamation on Amateur Radio (pdf).

         17  Bill Morine PIO  - 9 AM at New Hanover County Commissioner's meeting, 2nd floor, old Courthouse at 3rd & Princess Sts., to accept Proclamation on Amateur Radio (pdf).

         17  Monthly club Dinner meeting at McAllister's Restaurant 6:30 PM with meeting starting about 7:30 PM.We had 24 in attendance. The club has 86 paying members. Discussions were on Field Day, Battleship, Eagle Coast Guard Ship, Light House and next months meeting. A great time for all. Bill - AD4DN has the 443.400+ T88.5 Hz repeater on the new tower at Delco. The antenna and repeater is at 800 feet.

Dear Fellow Ham Operators:

1) New Hanover County ARES Net tonight at 8 PM, 146.67 MHz. There is no scheduled net control operator of which I'm aware so someone please pick it up tonight.

2) Volunteer Examiners needed. This Saturday, Morton Hall, UNCW, 10 AM - 12 Noon. Optional Breakfast at K&W at 8 AM. We anticipate up to 20 test-takers this session so please turn out.

3) Field Day Publicity, we need extra ham operators to show up for the following events to promote Field Day:

A) New Hanover County Commissioners Meeting, Mon., June 16th by 9:30 AM, New Hanover County Old Court House Building (corner of 3rd & Princess St., 2nd floor. Presentation scheduled for 9:40 AM. Proclamation declaring June 22 - 29 Amateur Radio Week.

B) City of Wilmington Council Meeting, Tues., June 17th, 8 AM, Wilmington City Hall. Proclamation - same as above.

C) Friday, June 27th, 6 AM - 7 AM, WWAY-TV Channel 3 studios, 615 North Front St. Many segments of live Good Morning Carolina program will be devoted to amateur radio. Reporters will be Meteorologist Jerry Jackson, Carissa Lawson and Daniel Seamans. Weather permitting, various ham stations will be set up outside the Channel 3 studios with cameras taking live shots of ham radio in action.

Please e-mail me at n2cop@arrl.net if you can attend any of these sessions or if you have further questions.

TNX es 73,
Bill Morine, N2COP
Wilmington NC PIO

           27  Bill Morine PIO - WWAY-TV studios, 615 N. Front St. across from Cape Fear Community College's Schwartz Center, 6 AM - 7 AM, live one hour television news magazine Good Morning Carolina, where amateur radio will be featured in several segments outside on their patio.

         28-29  Field Day activatesField Day will take place at Ogden Park on Saturday June 28 and Sunday June 29.  We have reserved Picnic Shelter #2 in the park.  Field Day 2003 Results

To get there:  From Market Street turn west onto Gordon Road and go 0.4 miles to Ogden Park Drive (there is a Kangaroo service station on the left).  Turn right onto Ogden Park Drive and go 0.6 miles.  Picnic Shelter #2 is on the right. 

Field Day operations officially begin at 2PM on Saturday, however we want to begin setup at 10AM and WE NEED HELP erecting the wire antennas and beam.  Field Day is over on Sunday at 2PM.  We have permission to stay through the night and hope to have at least one station on the air for the entire 24 hours. 

We plan to operate 2 stations (both with headsets and 1 set up for optional external speaker for demos only).  Both stations will use bandpass filters to eliminate mutual interference.  We will have the capability to operate on 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meters phone or CW.  We will have one station connected to a multi-band 80m loop and the other one to the 3 element tri-band beam. 

Band conditions will determine which bands we operate, however we only have bandpass filters for 40, 20, and 15 meters.  I expect we will operate one station on 40 meters during the day and 80 meters at night.  The other station will be operated on 20 and 15 meters (and probably 20 meters after dark). 

While Field Day is not a contest we would like to demonstrate and improve our operating capabilities in a multi-station portable environment.  Please support your club and amateur radio by coming out and operating.

          If you know when you want to operate, LET ME KNOW
          Email:  gday@ec.rr.com
          Home phone:  256-8358

This year we will have a gas grill and you will be able to cook your own chicken, burgers, and hot dogs with all the goodies.  So even if you donít want to operate come out and enjoy the food and fun!!

Glen Day - AG4NO


Well Field Day 2003 has come and gone. The club and its membership had a wonderful time at the park. While the bands were not in great shape everyone enjoyed themselves. It was great seeing everyone. The food was great and the social times were good too. The number of contacts were around 500.   

 73 Ed / W4EBR

July 2003

         15  The meeting will be a technical presentation by ICOM on Amateur radio equipment. A number of new technologies and pieces of equipment will be discussed. There will be coupons ($10/20/50) for ICOM equipment, door prizes and a IC-2100H door prize. This will be a joint meeting between the Azalea Coast ARC, Wilmington VHF and possibly other clubs in the area. Club members or non-club members are welcome.  (click here for more details)

         19 Cary Hamfest Cary North Carolina

         20-21 Will be the annual Museum of Ships Weekend QSO Party. The club will operate from the Battleship North Carolina. As usual we will gather at K & W for breakfast at 8:00 AM and then proceed to the ship around 9:00 AM. We need operators from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Saturday and 9:00 AM till 3:00 PM Sunday. This is NOT A CONTEST, so there is no push for contacts. Support the club and have fun too.

          26-27 America's tall ship, the Coast Guard Barque Eagle will visit Wilmington from July 25-28. The club will have a special operations station at the ship on Saturday and Sunday.

August 2003

          Note: The Azalea Coast ARC membership is now up to 92 members.

          2-3 Pan-America Lighthouse-Lightship weekend

           9  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , Morton Hall.

          16-17 International Lighthouse-Lightship weekend Sunday, August 17th from 00:00 to 23:59 UTC marks the annual observance of International Lighthouse and Lightship Day.  To celebrate this occasion, the Amateur Radio Lighthouse Society (ARLHS)  will be sponsoring an International Lighthouse & Lightship Weekend QSO party during the same time. Additional information can be found at www.hampublicservice.org/lighthousePhoto from lighthouse operations.

         19  Monthly club Dinner meeting at McAllister's Restaurant 6:30 PM with meeting starting about 7:30 PM. The program agenda include a new PowerPoint presentation about amateur radio designed to gain community support for neighborhoods with covenant restrictions plus there will be discussion about upcoming events at Riverfest (its 25th anniversary) and the 46th annual Boy Scout Jamboree On-The-Air (JOTA).

         29-31 Shelby Hamfest in Shelby, North Carolina. The largest Hamfest in the Southeast.

September 2003

          16  The monthly club meeting will be at UNCW. The meeting will be in the Cameron Building, large room.  Rag Chews start at 7:00 PM with meeting starting at 7:30 PM. Bring a friend.

          20-21 Virginia Beach Hamfest  (Canceled due to Hurricane Isabel)

October 2003

           1  Shriner's Fish Fry, Wed., Oct 1, 9 AM - 7 PM (Contact Rick Card, KD4JKX, at 686-5298 or at www.sedan-central.org

           4  Rock Hill Hamfest is on Saturday

           4-5 The club will operate a special event station operate from the Coastline Convention Center. We are looking for volunteers to come and help operate on Saturday, October 4th from 9 AM to 5 PM, and on Sunday, October 5th, from 11 AM to 5 PM. I have special parking passes available so you can park for free in the convention center. Glen Day, AG4NO, has scoped out antenna logistics and we may have use of the New Hanover County Emergency Management tower trailer. We expect to operate on 20 and 40 meters, and have a 2 meter station for local contacts. Any and all hams are welcome. Also, if a ham would like to showcase something special related to ham radio (for example, SKYWARN, DX, SEDAN, etc.) you are welcome to join us. There are 3 ways to sign up. Just list your name, call sign, hours you are available and a phone number where we can reach you. You can:

1) Send a e-mail to Bill- N2COP
2) Call Bill - N2COP at 452-1770
3) Sign up Monday night during the Ragchew Net or Wednesday night after the ARES Net.

Now in it's 25th year, Riverfest is a high profile, two-day festival in downtown Wilmington, NC featuring more than 50 food booths, 100 craft booths, Healthfest, entertainment stages (Gospel and Children's), the Kids Zone, numerous events and a blue chip list of co-sponsors - all to celebrate the heritage of the Cape Fear River.

  • The Kids Zone at the Cotton Exchange
  • Classic Car Show
  • Fireworks
  • Karate/Gymnastics Demonstration
  • Raft Regatta
  • 13th Annual Riverfest 8K Run the River Race
  • Waiter's Wine Race & Bartender's Race
Results of Riverfest:
First, I want to thank all the hams who turned out for the Riverfest 25th Silver Anniversary special event station at the Coastline Convention Center this past weekend. On Saturday, Dave Schronce (KG4QQR) spent the entire day doing EchoLink and e-QSO through his laptop computer and wireless modem. He created a "Riverfest Special Event" site and had hams from around the world sending best wishes to us through chat rooms, simplex connections and repeaters. Dave travels a lot, but he says when he's in town during a club meeting, he'll give a demonstration of this extraordinary new ham technology. Sunday we ran 3 stations. Conditions were great on 17 meters and we made contact with lots of European and western U.S. stations. I loaded up the gutter with a tuner and did QRP CW at 5 watts and made a QSO in Florida. The Riverfest officers were grateful for our attendance and we met some inactive and unaffiliated hams who would like to become more active. Thanks again to all who came or checked in with the station.

Photo of Club operations at Riverfest 2003.

          11  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , Morton Hall.

          12  Maysville Hamfest

          18-19  46th ANNUAL BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE ON-THE-AIR (JOTA, Sunday, Oct. 19 12 noon to 4 PM), at the Gazebo on the grounds of Battleship Park. Operators welcomed for this fun event. For more information, contact Bill Morine (N2COP) at 452-1770 or by e-mail n2cop@ec.rr.com.

         18-19 There will be a "Charlie the Alligator" party at the Battleship. Jack, WD4OIN has requested that if anyone has a straight key and code practice oscillator that they could loan please contact Jack ASAP (email or telephone). If anyone can help with this event it would be appreciated.

          21  Monthly club Dinner meeting at Golden Coral on Hwy 132 just North of Monkey Junction at 6:30 PM with meeting starting about 7:30 PM. We will have a separate room and meeting area. See you there.

November 2003

          16 Benson Hamfest

          18  The monthly club meeting will be at UNCW. The room number and program to be announced later. Rag Chews start at 7:00 PM with meeting starting at 7:30 PM. Annual election of club officers for 2004.

December 2003

           2  The club Holiday party will be held at Charlie's Restaurant on College Road (Monkey Junction). There special meeting room will be used. An attitude adjustment period (6:30 to 7:30), Dinner (order off the menu) from 7:30 to 8:30, Awards and recognition 8:30 to finish. All members and their families should participate. Non members are always welcome. Please get your reservations in immediately for an evening of fun and fellowship. You can e-mail information to acarc@ac4rc.org . Each person attending, should bring a small (not more than $10.00) gift to exchange. Be sure to mark it for MAN or WOMAN. The social event of the year  ...... do not miss it. See all of you there at 6:30 PM.  Photo's made at the Holiday party.

           6  VEC testing at UNCW 10 AM , James Hall.

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