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Club Activities: FCARC 2016-2017 Calendar

Revised 9/9/2016

The FCARC club year is September to August. We plan the next year's activities each summer.

The club meets every month except July and August. The December meeting is a potluck Holiday Party. In May we expect to have a club picnic on a Saturday instead of a Monday meeting. The June meeting is the annual business meeting and election of officers. Other meetings are combinations of business and program meetings, often with guest speakers.

Monthly meetings are nominally on the third Monday of each month. In 2016-17 we plan to meet at Greenfield Community College. GCC is not available on Monday holidays, and when there is a holiday conflict the meeting will be held on the 2nd or 4th Monday of the month.

We have a monthly Saturday breakfast. This will usually be on the Saturday before the third Monday. The Emergency Communications Group meets following the monthly Saturday breakfast. Activities such as fox hunts also may be scheduled following the breakfasts.

E-Board meetings will normally be held before regular meetings, with the board meeting at 6 p.m. and the membership meeting at 7:15. All members are welcome to attend E-Board meetings. E-board meetings in months during which there is no Monday membership meeting are at 7 p.m., and may be at a Board member's home.

The schedule may vary due to factors such as school snow days or conflicts with public service events.

The Volunteer Examiner team holds Amateur Radio license examination sessions on the fourth Monday of November, February, May, and August. Dates for 2016-2017 are November 28 2016, February 27 2017, May 22 2017, and August 28 2017.

Directions to sites of club activities and links to maps can be found on the Directions page.

*** 2016 ***

Sept  5              Labor Day
Sept 17 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny’s Pantry
            10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Sept 19 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 
             7:15 pm General Meeting at GCC Hammond Studio, Topic: FCARC Repeater Update (Al and Keith)
Sept 25 Sun  all day Public Service: WillBike4Food (Food Bank of Western Mass. benefit)

Oct 10              Columbus Day
Oct 15 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny’s Pantry
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Oct 16 Sun 12:00 pm Public Service: Crop Walk, S. Deerfield (Church World Service benefit)
Oct 17 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board 
            7:15 p.m. General Meeting, Topic: TBA

Nov 12 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's (early date this month)
           10:00 am Fox Hunt; Emergency Comm Group invited. start location TBA
Nov 21 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 7:15 p.m. General Meeting, Topic: APRS (Phill and Al)
Nov 24 Thu          Thanksgiving
Nov 28 Mon  7:00 pm VE exams @Northfield Unitarian Church

Dec 12 Mon  6:00 pm Holiday Potluck Shelburne Senior Center
Dec 17 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's 
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Dec 19 Mon  7:00 pm E-Board at GCC Hammond Studio
Dec 25 Sun          Christmas 
Dec 31 Sat  9:00 am Public Service: Sawmill River 10K, Radio Ops report at 9 a.m. (12/31; 1/1 is Sunday)
           11:50 pm New Year's Eve net on KB1BSS 2m repeater 

*** 2017 ***

Jan  1 Sun          New Year's Day        
Jan 14 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast @Denny's 
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Jan 16              MLK Day
Jan 23 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 7:15 p.m. General Meeting: Topic TBA

Feb  4 Sat  9:00 am Public Service: Sleigh Bell Race, Radio Ops report at 9:00 a.m.
Feb 13 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 7:15 General Meeting: Topic TBA 
Feb 18 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast @Denny's
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Feb 20 Mon          Presidents' Day
Feb 27 Mon  7:00 pm VE exams at Northfield Unitarian Church
 
Mar 11 Sat  8:30 am FCARC table at MTARA Flea Market http://www.mtara.org
Mar 18 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's 
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
Mar 20 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 
            7:15 pm General Meeting at GCC: Topic TBA

Apr 15 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Group at GCC
Apr 16 Sun          Easter
Apr 17 Mon          Patriots Day, Boston Marathon
Apr 24 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 
            7:15 p.m. General Meeting at GCC, Topic: TBA

May 13 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications group at GCC Hammond Studio
May 15 Mon  7:00 pm E-Board at GCC Hammond Studio
May 27 Sat 11:00 am Club Picnic (Date uncertain, time, & location TBA)
May 29 Mon          Memorial Day
            7:00 pm VE exams at Northfield Unitarian Church

Jun 17 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's 
           10:00 am Franklin County Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Group at GCC
Jun 19 Mon  6:00 pm E-Board; 7:15 p.m. Elections & Annual Meeting at GCC Hammond Studio
Jun 24-25 Sat-Sun ARRL Field Day Setup starts at 8 a.m.

Jul  4 Tue          Independence Day
Jul 15 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast at Denny's  
Jul 17 Mon  7:00 pm E-Board location TBA

Aug  5 Sat  8:00 am Breakfast @Denny's   
Aug  6 Sun  7:00 am Public Service: Greenfield Triathlon
Aug 12 Sat  7:00 am Public Service: Bridge of Flowers 10K, Shelburne Falls
Aug 19 Sat  all day Public Service: D2R2, Deerfield to Vermont (Franklin Land Trust benefit)
Aug 21 Mon  7:00 pm E-Board location TBA
Aug 27 Sun          NoBARC Hamfest, Adams, MA
Aug 28 Mon  7:00 pm VE exams @Northfield Unitarian Church 

The 2015-2016 FCARC calendar remains online here.

Thanks to Communicator editor Jeanne, KC1DCQ, for compiling the first draft of the 2016-2017 calendar.

 

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