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

    If it's December, it must be time for the AARC Christmas Party!  Download the latest AARCover Newsletter for December 2018 and find all the details on page 6! Remember, you don't have to be a member or an amateur radio operator to join us. ALL are welcome!

  • 11/28/2018 1:00 AM | Editor (Administrator)

    Surprisingly, we've receive no articles for the contest. With only three days left, it looks like we may need to extend or withdraw the contest.  Come on, folks!  The ARRL Antenna Book is a pretty good prize for a little effort.

  • 11/28/2018 12:00 AM | Editor (Administrator)

    Did you notice that the VHF propagation map at was offline for a while? Well. It is back online and is now using OpenStreetMaps (in lieu of Google Maps). They still have more work to do on the site, but it is starting to take shape. If you go to the main page, you'll see the tasks that are being worked on. On the left side of the page, near the top, there is a link to see the map progress. Click that link to see the live map.

  • 11/01/2018 12:00 AM | Editor (Administrator)

    Elections, Christmas Party, and more!  It's all in there. Yes. I'm talking about the AARCover Newsletter for November 2018. Free for the downloading! Come and get yours here.

  • 10/28/2018 9:05 PM | Editor (Administrator)

    Yes. Really! While the Christmas season is not yet upon us, the AARC Christmas Party will be quickly approaching. Make plans to join us on Tuesday, December 4th, 7:00pm at Buffet King in the Capital Plaza, 5451 N Interstate Hwy 35, Austin, TX 78723. Come enjoy the camaraderie, Ham of the Year award, QLF contest, and the usual frivolity. We'll have an "Ugly Sweater" Contest instead of the tabletop decoration. Family, friends, and non-members are all welcome! Raffle tickets will be available for purchase. No fees, but attendees are responsible for purchasing own meal/drinks.

  • 10/01/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    The kids are asleep and you have a few minutes to yourself now. How about downloading and reading the latest AARCOVER Newsletter?!  Click the Newsletter link, wander on over and grab your copy.

  • 09/01/2018 12:00 AM | Michael (Administrator)

    Welcome to the September 2018 edition of the AARCover! This month's main article is from Lew, W5IFQ, on constructing a Solar Powered HF station. There are plenty of pictures and detail. Check it out on the Newsletter page!

  • 08/29/2018 11:25 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    The TCARES Emergency Coordinator, KG5DLD - Kerby, presented on the recent Army Futures Command Activation in which TCARES was involved. Visit the TCARES page and look for it under the Presentations section.

  • 08/10/2018 4:30 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    A Grand Prize is being offered!  The AARCover Editor is looking for articles to publish in the monthly newsletter. While we've had some good ones in the past, it often takes quite a bit of prodding to get articles in time for the newsletter. Sometimes it comes down to the wire to scramble and get something written in time. We are hoping you can help us out. Check out the contest details and rules on the News Page and start writing!

  • 08/06/2018 10:00 PM | Michael (Administrator)

    Roy, WA5YZD, has given us some updated information about the Austin UHF network. Visit the Repeaters page for details. (Thanks, Roy!)

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