Announcements of the Week: 02-12-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundPlease consider signing up to help at the Irving Hamfest by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd: Bring $15.00, your soldering tools, and your enthusiasm, and you can build your own digital multi-meter. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

This week’s contests include the ARRL School Club Roundup (during the week) and the CW edition of the ARRL DX Contest, coming up this weekend.

And finally, don’t forget that the Dallas County SKYWARN class—the one in Garland with both basic and advanced classes—is THIS SATURDAY!

Skynet 2-9-19 “STS-70 The Woodpecker Mission” & “Constellation Lynx” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “STS-70 The Woodpecker Mission”  and “Tour of the Constellation Lynx”

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:

“Dimension 5” (1966)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skynet

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Topics for This Evening

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K5RWK Extra Class Study Group, Feb.-April 2019

k5rwkWould you like to have help in studying for your Extra Class license? The Richardson Wireless Klub is organizing a study group. There will be 14 sessions, from 6:00PM – 8:30PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning February 19th, 2019 and ending on Thursday, April 4th when the Extra Class test will be given by the RWK VE Team. If you have the determination to succeed, act fast: there were just four participant slots left as of the DARC meeting on the night of 2/5/2019.

If you’re interested, have a look at the information flyer and their latest newsletter.

Announcements of the Week: 02-03-2019

nullThis Tuesday, Februrary 5th, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding at the DARC meeting. You can also sign up to help at the Irving Hamfest either at the meeting or by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket.

Next weekend features several operating events, including Straight Key Century Club’s Weekend Sprintathon and the OMISS QSO Party.

Have a great week, and I hope to year you on the air.

Tech Net News 02-02-2019

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Humans see what’s on the left, birds what’s on the right. Credit: Cynthia Tedore

For the club’s February 5th meeting, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding, also known as fox hunting, a skill set useful for finding transmitters, jammers, and sources of interference.

Please consider helping with set-up and take-down for the Irving Hamfest on March 2nd, 2019. We need 4-5 volunteers for setup on Friday night, 4-5 volunteers for Takedown on Saturday afternoon at about 13:15, and 2 volunteers for each of three security shifts, beginning at 6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 10:30 am.

The hamfest will be running with a simplified table layout, so setup and takedown will be quick, probably an hour or less. Also, as in previous years every volunteer will receive free admission to the event, which includes a raffle ticket.

There are a few contests in progress this weekend: The 10-10 International Winter QSO Party (SSB), and state QSO parties for VermontMinnesota, and British Columbia.

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