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It's A Contest!

To encourage participation, the Editor of the AARCover Newsletter is sponsoring a contest! Starting August 11 @ 00:00:00 CDT through November 30, 23:59:59 CDT, the Editor is accepting articles for future publication in the AARCover Newsletter. What's in it for you? The Grand Prize is the ARRL Antenna Book, 23rd Edition, Hardcover, brand new with full-color jacket and CD still sealed in the back!  Original value: $59.95. The hardcover edition is no longer available on the ARRL website. The paperback edition is still available for $49.95. See for details about the book. But now, more on the contest... Yes. There are rules.


  1. Articles must be original content of a single topic related to amateur radio. Technical articles are preferred, but articles based on real-live experiences are welcome. Ideas: Home-brew equipment (radios, antennas, supporting hardware), history of the club and/or newsletter, or a special contest experience. You are highly encouraged to draw on personal experiences and knowledge.
  2. Articles must be submitted via email to:  editor (at)  [remove the (at) for the proper email address]. Include "Contest Article" in the subject, if possible, or mention in the body that the submission is for the contest.  Note: When you submit an article via email, you will receive an automatic email response. If you do not receive the automatic email response there may be something wrong with the email system, i.e. it thought your article was spam or a virus. If this happens, send a plain email to the editor (without any attachments) to inquire and research the issue.
  3. Articles will only be accepted August 11 @ 00:00:00 CDT through November 30, 23:59:59 CDT. The timestamp used will be the time received by the editor's email account. Articles and tidbits received before or after the contest may be considered for publication.
  4. Articles must be at least one page in length, single-spaced, using 1-inch margins, and the Times Roman 12pt font face. This equates to approximately 600 words. For an example, download this example (MS Word format) or this alternate example (PDF).
  5. The article must be in one of the following formats: (a) Microsoft Word 97-2003 or newer is preferred, (b) Open Office .odt, or (c) Plain ASCII text. If plain text is used, it must be a minimum of 500 words.
  6. Submitted files may not contain macros. Submissions will be scanned for viruses. 
  7. Rich Text format will NOT be accepted as it is a common format for malware.
  8. Images do not count toward article length. Images must be open source, creative commons, or original artwork. Third-party images will not be accepted due to copyright issues.
  9. Previously published articles are not eligible (one exception below). However, if you have previously submitted an article that hasn't been published yet, you most definitely may and are encouraged to re-submit for consideration. Plagiarism and copyright violations will not be accepted. Short, properly attributed quotes may be included, but may be excluded from word count at the Editor's sole discretion. The goal is to obtain original articles for publication.
  10. Scoring will consist of the sum of the following: Two (2) points for each article, one (1) point for each page or 500 words, one (1) point for each accompanying image - open source, creative commons attribution - link to original source with license must be included, two (2) points for original artwork - photos, hand-drawn, etc.. For example, a technical article of 3 pages of approximately 1200 words with one open source image and one original photo will earn 2 + 3 + 1 + 2 points, for a total of 8 points. Example 2: A plain text article of 1024 words will earn 2 + 2 points, for a total of 8 points.
  11. If you include images, you may insert them inline with the text where they are referenced OR you may attach them separately with simple notations in the text where they belong, i.e. Figure 1. Be sure the images are named appropriate so there is no confusion. Images in the body of the article will be removed for counting pages and words since they are scored separately.
  12. For those who don't have time or patience to write an in-depth article, small tidbits for the WWWaves column may be submitted. A website link must be accompanied by a descriptive paragraph of at least two complete sentences of approximately 20 words. Other "tidbits" may be Hints-n-Tips or even a humorous paragraph about a personal amateur radio experience. Each written "tidbit" will earn one (1) point. An original quarter-page cartoon will earn two (4) points.
  13. Here's a twist: If you find an article and can get the author's written permission for inclusion in the AARCover, you will earn one-half of the points that would be otherwise awarded. Very little work with big rewards! So if you can find a relevant 4-page article with 2 original images and you get the original author's written permission to reprint in AARCover, you can earn five points (2 + 4 + 4)! For this rule, articles previously published in the AARCover are not eligible. Sorry... Not going to be that easy!
  14. The Editor in his sole discretion will determine if the submitted articles meet the criteria and requirements for submission. Submissions will be acknowledged via email and whether the submission was accepted and how many points were earned.
  15. Articles submitted may be edited for grammar, content, and space limitations.
  16. The winner will be announced at the Christmas Party on December 4th, 2018. You do not need to be present to win, but you must pick up the book at a regular AARC club meeting or make other arrangements with the Editor (i.e. pick up at a TCARES meeting).
  17. Additional prizes may be awarded at the Editor's discretion and include a Yaesu Fusion cap, homebrew 2-meter twin lead J-pole antenna, an Anderson PowerPole extension cable, and more! These prizes may be awarded based on the article content or randomly and will only be presented at a regular AARC club meeting. Must be present to win.
  18. This contest is open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the club to participate. However, prize(s) will be awarded as previously mentioned in these rules.
  19. Important: This is not a contract-to-hire for writing articles. This is a contest to encourage participation in the AARCover Newsletter. Only the Grand Prize is guaranteed to be awarded. No other remuneration is offered or guaranteed. Void where prohibited by law.
  20. If fewer than five (5) full-length articles are received, the Editor reserves the right to withdraw or extend the contest until enough entries has been received.

Obviously, the points structure favors full articles with accompanying original images. The first article of 2019 will be one of the articles submitted by the winner. Remaining submissions will be published throughout the year. Depending on the results of this contest, more contests/prizes may be offered in the future.


A leaderboard is a list of the submitters and who's at the top of the list. Well. It's time for the "fog of war" and you will just have to come to the Christmas Party to find out!  Last minute entries may have tipped the scales.  :)


  • 07/30/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    Hot off the virtual press... AARCover Newsletter for August 2018. We have more photos of Field Day 2018, an article from the Electronic Junque Lover, and a few words from our President. The usual monthly tidbits are there, too - Meeting announcement & previous month minutes, Ham Exam Results, WWWaves, Calendar of Events, and more! Download your copy while we have plenty available. Oh... Wait... It's digital. We'll always have plenty available!

  • 07/15/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    Visit the Trailer Auction page to download the details for the auction. Included are complete instructions to bidders and specifications of the trailer.

  • 07/12/2018 4:13 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    The Austin Amateur Radio Club (AARC) has an emergency communications trailer that will be sold by sealed-bid auction, beginning July 20, 2018. Details for the auction will be available at as soon as possible. Check back soon for more information.

  • 07/01/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    Sorry... All the food from Field Day is gone. But we do have the July 2018 AARCover newsletter with photos from Field Day to satisfy your appetite for fun. Check out the photos (more coming next month, too!) and the final installment on the University Radio Club. And don't forget, the July meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 10th @ 7:00pm at the Applied Research Laboratories, 10000 Burnet Road. Hope to see you there!

  • 06/01/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    Read all about it in the June edition of the AARCover! Field Day 2018. Get your free copy today. Did I mention it's FREE! And come to the meeting on Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00pm. See the Meetings page for meeting info.

  • 05/19/2018 8:00 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    We've added a new page to the Technical section of this site - Links.  We'll be posting helpful links of a technical nature. So far, we've been adding links to sites that have been a topic of discussion during the Elmer Net. (Saturday, 7:00pm, 146.94 repeater).

  • 04/30/2018 8:40 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    April showers bring May flowers. They also bring the May edition of the AARCover Newsletter! We'd also like to remind you that the May meeting (Tuesday, May 1st) for Austin Amateur Radio Club will be held at 7:00pm at the American Red Cross, 2218 Pershing Dr, Austin, TX.  This location changes is only for the May meeting. Later meetings will return to our usual spot.

  • 04/22/2018 7:08 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    The Austin Amateur Radio Club monthly meeting for May will be held at the American Red Cross facility at 2218 Pershing Drive, Austin Texas 78723. Click here for a Google map of the meeting. The meeting will be held Tuesday, May 1st at the normal time of 7:00pm. Meeting topic is a show-and-tell of the TC-ARES Communications trailer. All are invited to attend.

  • 04/02/2018 10:30 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    You heard me.  Come and get it!  Yes - I mean the April 2018 edition of the AARCover newsletter. To tickle your curiosity, there's Part IV of the University Radio Club, photos of the TC-ARES trailer, the latest results for ham radio exams, a new puzzle, and words from the AARC President. Go to the Newsletter page and download yours now!

  • 11/07/2017 10:00 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    At the November 7th meeting (2017), it was proposed to start a new 10-meter net. No specifics were discusses about the focus of the net, so I presume it will be a "social and technical". So get off of that 11-meter CB and join us on 28.410 MHz every Sunday at 3:00pm Central Time!  KE5AL has volunteered to lead the net (Net Coordinator).

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