Skynet 11-17-18 Cepheid Variables & Constellation Auriga 9PM CT


SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Cepheid Variables” and “Tour of the Constellation Auriga”

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Firefly: The Train Job” (2002 – S01E02)
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247. Search “DARC Skynet” Search “DARC Skynet” Search “KE5ICX”

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Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

Mike KG5P

Cepheid Variables

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Tech Net News 11-17-2018

Credit: James Montgomery Flagg and Anthony Mendina

Turkey Trot is less than a week away. Sign up on-line or get in touch with Randy, KE5JIT. We need your participation, and you’ll have a great time. You could make this your first public service event, and then graduate right away to working at the “big one,” the Dallas Marathon.

Yep, that’s right: the Dallas Marathon is coming up soon, too. Please sign up for that event; there are lots of great jobs still open. The Marathon was the first public service event I participated in. It might not sound like an easy way to get started, but there are tons of other amateur radio volunteers around to help you out and guide you—it’ll be easier than you think.

And don’t forget: there’s a Chili Cook-Off tomorrow afternoon!

There’s one contest going on right now, and it’s a big one: The ARRL SSB November Sweepstakes.

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Fusion Repeater Upgraded

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W5FC 442.425 DR-2X Repeater

On Nov 17, 2018 upgrades have been completed on the W5FC 442.425 Fusion repeater.   The older DR-1X was upgraded and replaced with a new Yaesu DR-2X. Special thanks to K5BP for his hard work and effort on “tweeking” the controller codes to work with the new hardware.   The repeater is also Wires-X attached – operators can talk around the world.

Fusion Repeater Upgrade


Some good news and bad – The Bad:  AS of Nov 11, 2018 the w5fc DARC 442.425 Yaesu System Fusion Repeater will be off the air for a few days.  The Good:  when the repeater and controller come back on the air it will be the new Yaesu DR2X and have Wires-X connectivity (replacing the older DR1X).  Stay tuned for more updates as they occur.  We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Skynet 11-10-18 “The Indian Space Program” & Constellation “Cetus, the Whale” 9PM CT

05naughty1SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Indian Space Program” and “Tour of the Constellation Cetus, the Whale”

Net Control: Tony NT5TM
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“The Prisoner: The Chimes of Big Ben”

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247. Search “DARC Skynet” Search “DARC Skynet” Search “KE5ICX”

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Tech Net News 11-10-2018

Credit: Chen et al. (2018). They promise this won’t hurt, much.

Have you signed up for Turkey Trot? If not, and you like having fun in the cold with other hams, you should join us! All you need is an HT and enthusiasm.

And don’t forget: many club members will soon need to pay their dues for next year. If that’s you, then head over to and take care of that.

Finally, our president will be one of the leading competitors in a chili cook-off next weekend. It benefits a great charity, so why not check it out?

The contest calendar shows a few events going on this weekend. The RTTY weekend of the Worked All Europe DX Contest is in progress, as is the 10-10 International Fall Digital QSO Party.

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