Arlington & Fairfax Sessions -
Arlington Meetings in Person!
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Meeting in Person and Via Zoom
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OPCUG Members Welcome!
PATACS - Arlington
Wednesday,June 5th, 2024 7 PM

Please Come Early & Help with Meeting Setup!

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204
Zoom Session: Details Sent via Email
Using Zoom

Presented by
John Krout

In John's April 2022 presentation titled Internet Radio on the Road, Safely, John introduced the user groups to Internet radio stations. He explained that the free VLC application and app could be used to listen to such stations. He demonstrated the free VRadio app for smart phones, which is his favorite method.

In 2023, it occurred to John that some might prefer to use Windows Media Player, an application already on their Windows computer, rather than downloading and installing VLC for their computer or VRadio for their smart phone or tablet.

This presentation will show the audience how to use Windows Media player, included with the Windows operating system, to access an Internet radio station by typing or pasting the station's streaming URL. Also included will be several sample internet radio streaming URLs so the audience can try it.

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The program planners for our First Wednesday PATACS meetings in Arlington are looking for topics that members would like to have explored or questions answered - this is your opportunity to have a say in topics addressed at this meeting. This is a smaller meeting than the Fairfax meeting, and it allows for much more interaction between members than is possible in Fairfax. And there's the post-meeting Pizza and Salad SIG, the post-meeting social at a nearby restaurant - another value-added feature of your membership! Please send your suggestions to our meeting program planners at arlmtgpgm@patacs.org.

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OPCUG / PATACS Joint Meeting,
Saturday, June 15th, 2024 1 PM   3rd Saturday

Meeting In-Person and Via Zoom - See Above Banner

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Tallwood, TA1
4210 Roberts Road, Fairfax, VA 22032-1028
Fairfax Meeting Info, Maps
Agenda / Meeting Info

In Person Requirements -
OLLI Health and Safety Protocols

Coffee, Soda and Individual Snack Packages will be available.


It's All About the Drone
Fairfax County Public Safety UAS Program

Presented by
Roy Shrout

Drones can be found in almost every city and county in the United States. In 2020 alone around 1.0 million consumer drones were purchased in North America. As of December 31, 2023, The FAA reports that they have 790,918 drones registered in their data base. This includes 369,528 commercial drones, 416,095 recreational drones and 5,295 paper registrations. They also have 368,604 individuals who are certified as Part 107 Remote Pilots.

So how do you keep a level of safety for all these users as they interact in the NAS (National Air Space) and what is happening with all of the video and pictures that are taken with these airborne cameras.

To help keep safety as a key component to anyone who flies a drone, the FAA implemented a new safety program called TRUST in June 2021. The law requires that all recreational flyers must first pass this short aeronautical knowledge and safety test prior to flying their drone. 667,165 have already passed this test.

For those who are going to fly for more than just recreational use the FAA developed the 14 CFR Part 107 certificate. My presentation will focus on two parts.

Part 1: Drone Basics (show and tell and a few videos)
- What types of drones are out there for the public
- What can you do with them
- Safety
- Where and when are you allowed to fly (airspace, weather, parks, applicable law)
- Types of required certification/training
- Registration

Part 2: Fairfax County Public Safety Program
- What steps were used to create the program
- What the program is (Refer to web site)
- How it is being used today

If time permits, I will talk about the concerns with flying these drones and some of the issues that continue to be raised regarding internationally manufactured drones, the potential that they are a means for them to spy on this country, and what happens if they are banned.

Roy Shrout served as the Deputy Coordinator of Emergency Management for the Fairfax County Office of Emergency Management from 2006 until he retired in April 2020. Mr. Shrout served as the Program Manager for the implementation of the Fairfax County Public Safety UAS program which includes Law Enforcement, Fire and Rescue and Emergency Management. The program was formally adopted by the Board of Supervisors on May 21, 2019. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Shrout also received approval by the Board of Supervisors to expand the program to include additional County agencies such as Parks, Public Affairs and Public Works thus setting the stage for Fairfax County to become one of the first "All County UAS programs." Mr. Shrout lives in Culpeper County, Virginia and can be reached at royshrout@yahoo.com.

Learn in 30: To Be Announced

Presented by Your Name Here


Upcoming Learn in 30 Sessions:
This Is Your Chance!
10 - 15 Minute Talks Welcome
Presented by YOU !!
Contact director2 (at) patacs.org to arrange a presentation !!

Diagnostic Troubleshooting

PC Clinic in the Annex

Get hands-on help with your computer problems from PATACS experts. Bring in your computer, and we'll help you lose the 'blues' - system slowdowns, unwanted programs, virus and malware. We can help install new RAM, optical drives, hard disks, and software.
Be sure to read the Clinic Rules - click link below.

Clinic Rules

Computer Mechanic

Future Meeting Topics:

Presentation Volunteers Needed! Contact director2 (at) patacs.org

July 20th: TBA

August 17th: TBA

October 19th: Lorrin Garson - Advances in Chemistry

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PC Troubleshooting

Meeting In-Person & via Zoom - See Above Banner
OPCUG Members Welcome!

PATACS - Arlington,
4th Wednesday, June 26th, 7 PM
Zoom Details Will be Sent by Email

Meeting Location: Carlin Hall Community Center,
5711 S. 4th Street, Arlington, VA 22204

Technology & PC Help Desk:
Extended Q&A

Do all your electronics, gadgets, computers, phones, tablets, TV sets, networks, earbuds, and software apps/applications work perfectly? Do you never encounter glitches, freezes, failures? Are you always certain what brand and model product to buy? If so, we'd like to hear about your magic touch.

But if you're like the rest of us, none of that is true for you. And so PATACS' first Wednesday meetings may be just the resource you need for a happier technology life. Just as most PATACS meetings begin with a Q&A session, so does this meeting. But then the meeting continues for nothing but Q&A -- meaning that it's possible to have detailed and in-depth discussions, including real-time research and demonstrations.

Same as all PATACS meetings, these sessions are free and open to the public. So join in, share your questions, problems, and pain -- and perhaps receive answers, solutions, and relief.

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Computer Mechanic

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