BRATS Holiday Dinner and Elections

The BRATS Holiday Dinner and elections will be held Tuesday, December 17th, at 6:30 pm at the Greene Turtle in Owings Mills, MD. Hope to see you there!

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BRATS Call-in Meeting Monday, November 11

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BRATS October Meeting Monday, October 21

The October meeting of the BRATS will be Monday, October 21st, at 7 pm at the Mt Hope American Red cross. We hope to see you there!

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Brats call-in info

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https://meet.lync.com/sheehyautostores/kevinsherwood/79M6I3R7

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+17036604565 (Dial-in Number)            English (United States)

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https://dialin.lync.com/69ff15fb-d61a-42a2-b0e9-1326ed56eccf

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708907054

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Monthly meeting 8/12

The August meeting of the BRATS will be Monday, August 12th, at 7 pm at the Mt Hope American Red cross.

We have lots of important things to discuss, including the upcoming MS Nation’s Capital bike ride, the Red Cross disaster communications plan, and the recent developments from TMARC.

Hope to see you there!

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Hello BRATS ATV Enthusiasts:

T-MARC recently distributed a draft for proposed 70cm band plan changes. Since the draft includes passages of particular impact to ATV in that band, the enclosed response was sent from our club to T-MARC.

To: T-MARCDate: Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Subject: Comments regarding the proposed 70cm band plan changes

The Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society (BRATS) has operated one of the earliest NTSC repeaters since the 1970s.  In keeping with that history, we have been developing a dual-mode NTSC and DVB-T software ATV repeater which will allow us to transmit a 6MHz DVB-T signal.  The W3WCQ Memorial ATV/DATV Repeater is the first software based dual-mode ATV repeater in the country.

While the BRATS understands a digital TV signal, even one substantially weaker than a comparable analog signal, can impact nearby FM repeaters, we feel by limiting 70 cm amateur television to analog NTSC does a disservice to the Amateur Radio community, our community of Amateur TV operators, and the experimental spirit of Amateur Radio.

The BRATS ATV repeater has historically utilized a reverse allocation in regards to our transmit and receive frequencies.  Although this pairing has been in place for over 40 years, we have identified that our omnidirectional transmitter output has the potential of causing interference to FM repeater inputs allocated within 438 – 444MHz in the Baltimore region.

In an effort to eliminate the potential for interference of our ATV transmitter to FM repeater inputs allocated to 438 – 444MHz, the BRATS would like to propose a modification to our allocation to swap our allocated transmit and receive frequencies to align our ATV repeater closer to the ARRL bandplan. (http://www.arrl.org/band-plan)

This modification would prevent any signals from our repeater from interfering with FM repeaters by allocating our ATV output to below 432MHz.  As most ATV users have directional antennas and transmit on low power with analog ATV, this would minimize or eliminate any possible interference to FM repeaters.

In the interests of our Amateur Radio and the Amateur TV community, please consider our proposal above to prevent interference from our ATV repeater to FM repeaters and to not forbid the use of Digital ATV on the 70cm band.

Baltimore Radio Amateur Television Society (BRATS)
WB3DZO
brats@bratsatv.org | http://bratsatv.org/

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2019 Field Day at KA3ZMN 6/22/2019

KA3ZMN has again offered to host the BRATS field day at his QTH (not far from Randallstown) on Saturday, June 22, 2019. Please email ka3zmn@arrl.net for details!

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W3WCQ Repeater Discussion 6/18/19 @ 7 pm

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June BRATS meeting Monday, June 10

The June meeting of the Brats will be Monday, June 10, at 7 pm at the Mt Hope American Red Cross.

4800 Mount Hope drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

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BRATS meeting May 13 at 7 pm

The May meeting if the Brats will be Monday, May 13, at 7 pm at the Mt Hope American Red Cross.

4800 Mount Hope drive
Baltimore, MD 21215

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Conference ID:
8237355

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