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 Radio Central's August Meeting:
Wednesday August 26

Antenna Basics

"Social Half Hour" starts at 6:30 PM
Meeting starts at 7:00 PM
Middle Country Public Library in Centereach

You are invited to attend Radio Central Amateur Radio Club's August meeting on Wednesday August 26th at 6:30 PM at the Middle Country Library in Centereach.

Our August meeting will be a basic antenna presentation by Ed Newman, W2EMN. Ed will cover basic antenna theory and design. The presentation will be oriented for beginners and amateurs without an engineering background who would like to understand why antennas operate (or not) as they do. Ed will couple technical concepts with practical examples so that listeners will be able to make simple antennas, and be prepared to dig into more comprehensive works like the ARRL Antenna Book.

Radio Central Amateur Radio Club meetings are open to non-members as well as members. Anyone interested in Amateur Radio or wireless history is welcome to attend.

Our 2015 General Meetings will be at the Middle Country Public Library in Centereach. You can get directions to the Middle Country Public Library here.

 Radio Central's September Meeting:

Tesla Talk: An Update on the Tesla Science Museum

Thursday, September 24, 2015, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Middle Country Public Library Community Room

Wardenclyffe Laboratory, in Shoreham, NY, is the last remaining research facility of Nikola Tesla, the famed Serbian-American scientist whose bold ideas about electricity led to the development of alternating current motors & radio communications.

Richard Gearns, a board member of the Tesla Science Center at Wardenclyffe will talk about how money was raised to save the site from development as well as the plans to build a Tesla Museum there.

  Ham Radio and Distracted Driving

In light of increasingly strict "Distracted Driving" laws, our ARRL Hudson Division Director contacted the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles to get their position on operation of mobile Amateur Radio equipment with respect to Distracted Driving laws. The DMV responded with a letter of opinion that appears to be very favorable to Amateur Radio. Basically is says that talking via ham radio does not constitute a violation of the Distracted Driving laws. It should be noted that though the DMV's letter (which can be downloaded from the Hudson Division web page here, of or from the RCARC web page here) is pro-Amateur Radio, it's an opinion from the DMV, not a binding agreement, so it's still possible to get pulled over, cited, and required to appear in court. More importantly, you should always give the road and traffic absolute priority over operating your radio while driving. In Mike Lisenco's own words: "Feel free to print out this opinion, but understand that it is not a license to be stupid! Letís hope that you never need to use it."

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