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    We've started our membership drive for 2019. This year, we've got two gift packs (including PR-77D headsets and swag) that were kindly donated by Heil Sound. They'll be given away to two members!
    The first gift pack will be drawn at the January 2019 meeting, and will go to a lucky member* who has joined or renewed for 2019 by December 31, 2018.

    The second gift pack will be drawn at the April 2019 meeting, and will go to a lucky member* who has joined or renewed for 2019 by March 31, 2019.

    If you join or renew by December 31, 2018 you'll be automatically entered in both drawings. Double your chances to win!

    You've got two options to join or renew:

    We hope you win!

    And if you don't have one of our shiny new badges yet, they're still only $10 for pin or magnet back. You can order those at the meeting or here.


    * 2018 and 2019 board members excluded.
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    DXCC Card Checking
    Thunderbird Hamfest 2019
    Saturday, January 12, 2019
    An ARRL Sanctioned and ARCA Co-Sponsored Event
    This Event will occur Cold, Rain, Wind or Shine. Come prepared!


    Location:
    Glendale Nazarene Church
    5902 W. Cactus Road
    Glendale, AZ 85304

    (Note the new address - just north of Cactus Road on the west side of 59th Ave.)

    Date:
    Saturday January 12, 2019

    Time:
    Open to Vendors at 7:00 AM
    Open to Public from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon
    Commercial Vendors can set up Friday night after 5:00 PM or Saturday after 6:00 AM
    Vendors must supply their own tables

    Cost:
    Tailgate Swap and Vendor: $10.00 per Parking Spot with 2 admissions
    General Admission: $5.00 per person

    Grand Prize Drawing at Noon
    First Prize: Yaesu FT- 891 HF/50MHz 100 Watt Transceiver
    Second Prize: Yaesu FTM100DR 2m/70cm Dual Band Mobile
    Third Prize: Yaesu FTM 7250DR C4FM 2m/70cm Dual Band Mobile
    Need not be present to win

    Door Prize Drawing 11:00 AM
    Yaesu FT-60R 2m/70cm Dual Band HT
    Need not be present to win

    Hourly Prizes Drawing @ 9:00 AM & 10:00 AM
    Must be present to win

    Prize Tickets
    One ticket with each paid admission
    Additional Tickets: $2.00 ea. 3 for $5.00, 6 for $10.00, 12 for $20.00
    Before Event Tickets: TBARC monthly meeting or other events

    Additional info:
    • Talk-in Repeater 147.040 MHz PL 162.2
    • On-site announcements frequency 146.56 MHz simplex
    • No Firearms, Alcohol or Drugs Permitted
    • Snacks and beverages will be available for purchase on site
    • Seminars covering Amateur Radio subjects
    • ARRL QSL Card Checking
    • Laurel VE testing 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

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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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    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 ...
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    The new TBARC constitution and by-laws come into effect November 1, as voted on by the members.

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    At the General Meeting on October 19, 2017 in accordance with the existing constitution and by-laws, the 51 members in attendance voted to modify the constitution and by-laws to the new ones posted here (members-only link). There were no votes in opposition.

    These rule changes are necessary in order for TBARC to comply with the rules defining a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.

    The new constitution and by-laws come into effect on November 1, 2017.

    Thanks to Brian AK7F and Walt NJ8G for their hard work to get these changes implemented.
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    We recently learned of the death of Ralph Barr, W0DNO. He was the first president of TBARC in its current form. At one time he was simultaneously president of TBARC, CARL, West Valley and QCWA.

    Ralph's memorial service will be held at All Saints Lutheran Church, 15649 N 7th Street, Phoenix on October 24th at 2:00pm. Interment will be at Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton, Minnesota. Memorials may be made to the University of Minnesota Institute of Technology or Hospice of the Valley.

    Our condolences go out to his family.

    Further details can be found here.
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