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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.  :)


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  • 07/13/2017 1:45 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    ARRL reported today that the Amateur Radio Parity Act was introduced in the US Senate yesterday, July 12. This is the next step in this landmark and controversial legislation. It is claimed that the measure will supposedly "guarantee all radio amateurs living in deed-restricted communities governed by a homeowner’s association (HOA) or subject to any private land use regulations, the right to erect and maintain effective outdoor antennas at their homes." However, the bill does not make it clear who determines how to measure the effectiveness of an antenna. It leaves much power with the governing entity regarding aesthetics and placement of antennas. The amateur radio operator wanting to erect an antenna will be required to "negotiate with individual HOAs to install antennas that conform to the community's aesthetic interests." Regardless of how you feel about the bill, all licensed operators are encouraged to contact their Senators to voice their opinions. If you do, please remember that you are representing not only yourself, but all amateur radio operators at the same time. Be courteous and professional and speak to the bill and how it would affect you.

    For the full ARRL article, visit

  • 06/20/2017 1:06 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The July 2017 meeting of the Austin Amateur Radio club is moved to July 11th to not conflict with 4th of July, Independence Day plans.

    July 11- usually 1st Tue 7PM- AARC Meeting @ ARL / 10,000 Burnet Rd
    Meeting topic: Jim George (N3BB) Discussion of the book "Contact Sport," and the behind the scenes story of the book and the World Radiosport Team Championship of 2014 in New England.
    Solar WX summary by Lew W5IFQ.

  • 01/16/2017 1:53 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    It's true! We have a new website. It's still a work-in-progress at the moment, but the major areas of the site are available now. The remaining areas will be finished as soon as possible.

    We are also able to provide some new features for Members Only. You'll be able to login and have your own account profile. We'll also setup some information pages only for our members.

    We're also working out the details to offer membership renewals online from this new site - switching from Paypal to a new payment merchant. More info will be posted when it's available.

    Visit often and you're sure to see more changes as we get more familiar with this new system. We hope you enjoy your stay!

    AARC Editor/Webmaster

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