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From Dale N4KDW: Winlink is up and running. Due to updates, At times Winlink will be temporarily unavailable. There may still be some glitches and I will address them as they pop up. We will see how Winlink is working for a few days before any more changes are made. Dale N4KDW

New Activity in the making! Starting on the 3rd Tuesday of March and hopefully each 3rd Tuesday of the month therafter. We are planing on meeting at the bacon place, other wise known as Shoneys, for Breakfast, Fun and Talk. Tuesday morning is senior discount and would be a good time to take advantage of a great meal. Darris k4rst

From Bill W4WPL Another training day has come and gone. Darris, K4RST was kind enough to put the FT8 program together with the assistance of Dale, N4KDW and Chris, KM4OTL. 18 club members were in attendance. Coffee was available to wash down the donuts brought by Kenny, KC4OJS and then topped off with Chocolate brought by Mary Ann, W8MAE. Another sure sign that Hamsters are never short on calories. Most time was spent programming laptops with the WJST-X software. Most interesting was the need to synchronize laptop time with Atomic Time to make everything work. Then time was spent making a few contacts on the Sheriff's Dept. radio equipment. The mode can become quite addictive for making just one more contact before shutting down. We are grateful to Sheriff Joe Guy, KM4BFU for the use of the Justice Center classroom for this training day. The next training day is scheduled for March 17, 2018. We are working on presenting a resuscitation program as many club members have not had updated training in this area for many years. This could save someones life so plan on attending. More information will be forthcoming in coming weeks. Bill W4WPL

Reminder Dalton Hamfest Saturday February 24th 2018. If your going to Dalton, please download, print and take some of our MCARC Hamfest Flyers to hand out in Dalton. Download Here Thanks Darris K4RST

Ham Radio Licensing Class Ham Radio Licensing Class will meet on Thursday evenings, beginning February 22. Class will run for 6-7 weeks. It will meet at the Baptist Center (across the street from Benchmark) 350 Congress Pkwy N in Athens 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. There is no fee to take the class. It is provided as a service to the community by myself and members of the McMinn County Amateur Radio Club. There is a study book by Gordon West that goes with the material. There are other study guides available. None of them are required. There is a lot of information online as well. The book is $22 from me, if you want one. Please let me know soon if you do. We will schedule a test session for the final evening of the class. The testing fee is $10 when you pass. This class is open to anyone, of any age who would like to learn more and become an Amateur Radio Operator. Please pass the information on to anyone that might be interested.

If you have any questions, please email me at kt4dw@comcast.net or you can call me at 506-2235. Mike Farmer, Lead Instructor KT4DW

Below are the 2018 MCARC Officers: President: Danny Jones KK4SKU, Vice Pres: Steve Rickerson K4SRR, Secretary: Mike Elkins W1ELK, Treasurer: Cliff Blackburn W4TZD, Trustee: Reed Clayton W4HRC