Tech Net News 03-17-2018

House_mouseThe contest calendar for this week shows a couple of bits of excitement: the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group is hosting their annual RTTY contest, beginning at 21:00 local time today.

There’s also a St. Patrick’s Day operating activity going on right now. You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.

If you’d like to help the club make friends and influence people, your help would be welcome at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on March 31st and April 1st. The DARC will be showing off our trailer and recruiting new members at the “Wings of Freedom” event. If you can help, please email Randy, KE5JIT, at his callsign at We’ll be setting up at about 8:30 in the morning each day, and we’ll be closing down by 5 pm.

Don’t forget that the March Lecture and Lab is coming up this Saturday. The lab will be an extension of the club’s meeting program on digital hotspots, including help with programming your radio to use them. Bring your curiosity and your digital radio!

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Skynet 3-17-18 Voyager Missions (Part 2) & Constellation Cancer 9PM CT

10-cool-facts-on-the-nasa-deep-space-network-voyager-tripSKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Voyager Missions (Part 2)” and “Tour of the Constellation Cancer”

Net Control: Kelley K5KTX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome” (1985)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Live Video Streams: Facebook & Youtube – Search “DARC” & “Skynet”

Youtube Channel:

Yahoo Groups:

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Tech Net News 03-10-2018

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Credit: Raul Martin

Your club dues are due before the end of the month! Mail them in if you have to; better yet, pay now, on-line.

There are a couple of contests in progress at the moment: the Novice Rig Roundup is almost finished, and the “Spring Stew” Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge is having the first of its four 2018 events. This CW-only event has a unique scoring system that rewards big guns for working small stations.

The DARC will be having a trailer work-out tomorrow (3/11) at 8:00 AM. If you can commit to helping, please contact Randy, KE5JIT, by emailing his callsign at Randy is also looking for volunteers who can help represent the club at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on March 31st and April 1st, 2018. This is a recruitment and social event for the club, not a strenuous public service weekend, so give it a try.

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HotSpots For HAM Radio Presentation

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The March 2018 DARC Club meeting presentation topic was about “Digital HotSpots For HAM Radio”.  Click on more below for access to the presentation with information and links for the various HotSpots and Software including Pi-Star and more.   This is an intro/101 presentation.  Topic was presented by Bill KF5ZBL and David KG5EIU.

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