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    The Thunderbird Amateur Radio Club hamfest for 2019 has finalized location and been announced. See the flyer for details and more information.
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    The October meeting will begin early - right at 7:00 pm - so we can give as much time as possible to our guest presenter.


    Ned Stearns AA7A will talk about the Baker Island 2018 DXpedition. Baker Island finished up in early July, so we'll be among the first to hear the news.

    Ned is the Vice Director of the ARRL Southwestern Division and always an entertaining speaker. We're glad to have him - join us at the meeting on October 19th - at 7:00 pm sharp!
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    Due to schedule mismatches, we've had to update our meeting calendar for September. Luckily, we've snagged a good one! In the September general meeting, the main presentation will be:

    Grounding, Bonding and the NEC for Hams by Andy Keels KD4ABB

    Andy is a Senior Electrical Engineer in his day job at SRP, and is also an entertaining speaker. Don't miss this opportunity to learn how your shack can be grounded, bonded and up to code!
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    Thanks to Gary AF7BJ, we have pictures of Field Day 2018 this year!

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    We recently learned that Edwin ("Ed") Harold Braatelien Jr., KF7EWP, died on June 1 after a long battle with cancer. Ed was 84 years old. He is survived by two sons (including Tom, KF7IDB), five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


    Ed was a long standing member of TBARC and a volunteer examiner. He used to check in the TBARC's Tuesday Net as short-timer. He was a very kind and reserved person. He always supported our net and other club activities, even though his health was in decline. You'd see him at TBARC's meeting with his son Tom. They usually sat next to each other on the right side of the room. Ed was a member of a number of other clubs in the valley as well.

    More details are available in the Arizona Republic obituary. Ed's presence will be missed.

    For August 15, 2018 only, the VE session location will change to:

    Room 1AB
    Cowden Center at John C Lincoln Medical Center Campus
    9202 North Second Street
    Phoenix, Arizona
    85020
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    At the board meeting, it was a very good realization that Thunderbird is a great organization. The Club has so much in progress, we had to cut things short because the place was closing.

    I would love to mention all the people by name, but I am not going to take the risk of forgetting ...

    Field Day 2018 June 22 to June 24

    Where: Jack’s Cabin, 6850 Orange Box Drive, Flagstaff, AZ
    Who: TBARC Members and families, invited Hams, prospective Hams, interested persons, well behaved dogs.

    Why: Have fun, practice radio skills, test and demonstrate emergency communications capability. Promote good will with emergency responders, elected officials and the public.

    Accommodations: Camping, Tent Trailers, Tents, RV, or bunk in the cabin loft (bring sleeping bag)

    Cost: All weekend $ 30.00, or breakfast $ 5.00, lunch $ 6.00, dinner $ 10.00 for short timers Payable by June 18.

    Schedule:
    Friday June 22:
    Set up starts at 11:00 AM (1800 Z). Dutch treat lunch and dinner.

    Saturday June 23
    0730 (1430 Z) Breakfast
    0830 (1530 Z) Set up
    1100 (1800 Z) On the Air
    1200 (1900 Z) Lunch
    1830 (0130 Z) Dinner

    Sunday June 24:
    0730 (1430 Z) Breakfast
    1100 (1800 Z) Sign off at end of 24 hour period
    1115 (1815 Z) Take down
    1200 (1900 Z) Lunch
    1530 (2230 Z) Finish – see you next year

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