"TU VP8ORK UP"
The 2011 MicroLite Penguins DXpedition
to South Orkney Islands, Antarctica" by Tom Berson, ND2T
In January 2011, thirteen hams and seven ship's crew ventured across the Drake Passage, long known to sailors as the "most dangerous water in the world," to establish VP8ORK on Signy in the South Orkney Islands. They found a fragile wilderness with difficult access, rugged natural beauty, abundant wildlife, and volatile weather. They made 64,000 QSOs.
Come see and hear a bit of VP8ORK. Learn about the triumphs, tradeoffs, and challenges of Antarctic DXpeditioning. Enjoy a vicarious radio adventure. Parse pileups without plodding through penguin poop. You will not get wet, cold, or seasick, but you may wish you had.
Tom Berson, ND2T, is a member of the VP8ORK team. His previous DXpeditions were to Scarborough Reef (BS7H) and Midway Island (K4M). Tom was first licensed in 1957. He serves as an AEC in Palo Alto. Tom is a member of the Northern California Contest Club, the Stanford Amateur Radio Club, and CWops. He especially enjoys the comradeship of multi-op contesting and the concentration demanded by high rate operating.
Date: November 4, 2011
Time: 7:00 PM
Location: Menlo Park Rec Center
700 Alma Street
Menlo Park, CA
The Palo Alto Amateur Radio Association meets on the 1st Friday of the month at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) (except when the first Friday lands on a holiday and typically moved to the 2nd Friday of the month).
Location: Menlo Park Recreation Center, 700 Alma Street (in Burgess Park)
There is a pre-meeting dinner at the Su Hong Chinese resturaunt on El Camino Real, held to treat the guest speaker. Su Hong is within walking distance of the meeting location, and dinner starts promptly at 5:30 pm (17:30 J).
Location: 1039 El Camino Real Menlo Park, CA 94025
After the meeting, many members gather for beer, pizza, and eyeball QSOs at Round Table Pizza, located on El Camino Real, just a few blocks north of Su Hong.
Location: 1225 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA 94025
The PAARA Board meets at 7:00 pm (19:00 J) at the Palo Alto Red Cross building, 400 Mitchell Lane, usually on the third Wednesday of the month. We conduct most of our club business here in order to allow more time for guest speakers and socializing at club meetings. Any PAARA member is welcome to attend.
A few meetings throughout the year have pre-defined agenda items. These include:
September Board Meeting
The Nominating Committee is appointed by the President to decide on a slate of candidates to be recommended to the membership.
October General Meeting
The slate of nominees shall be introduced at the October general meeting. Additional nominations shall be accepted from the floor at the October and November general meetings. No person may be nominated without the nominee's willing acceptance. At both of these meetings, any nominee that wishes shall be given an opportunity to solicit votes by communicating their qualifications and reasons for their running. Nominations shall be closed at the end of the November meeting.
December General Meeting
Elections are held at the December annual meeting.