Tech Net News 02-17-2018

kkmoon signal generator kit
Come to Lecture and Lab, and you too can build a gizmo. You know you want to.

There are two interesting contests going on right now: the ARRL CW DX contest, and the much more relaxed AWA AM QSO Party. Several of my rigs can operate AM,  but I’ve never even tried to make an AM contact. I guess I’d better get to work!

The next Lecture and Lab will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24th. We’ll be building the XR2206 High Precision Function Signal Generator. This kit is easy to build and it’s a useful piece of test equipment. Bring $15.00 and a soldering station to the Dallas Medical Center and meet us in the 3rd floor community room. We’ll be there from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a possible break for lunch.

We had a few interesting announcements during the net: The Irving Hamfest is coming up soon…and so is the TESSA conference. The Garland Amateur Radio Club will have technician classes starting on this coming Tuesday, February 20th.

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Skynet 2-17-18 JPL: Voyager Missions (Part 1) & Constellation Monoceros 9PM CT

1280px-voyager_probes_with_the_outer_worldsSKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “JPL: The Voyager Missions (Part 1)”  and “Tour of the Constellation Monoceros”

Net Control: Kelley K5KTX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:

“The Matrix” (1999)

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

No video or audio streams tonight.  They will return next week!

Video Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/skynet2

& Facebook “DARC Skynet Astronomy Net”

Audio Stream: http://pokeys.doomdns.com:8000

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

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

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

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Tech Net News 02-10-2017

skywarnLogoThe Irving Hamfest is fast approaching! You can buy tickets on-line, and even more importantly, you can volunteer to help out. The need for hams to help with set-up and take-down is particularly significant. The DARC supports this event, and we benefit from the proceeds, so please—do your part.

Texas State Parks on the Air will be taking place this April 7th and 8th, so now’s the time to look for a state park that you can activate. You can contact the Lake Area Amateur Radio Klub for more information.

And don’t forget: the Dallas County SKYWARN training event is just one week away! Head on over to the Granville Performing Arts Center on Saturday the 17th and learn from the best. There’ll be food trucks, ham merchandise vendors, door prizes, and good fellowship, too.

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Skynet! 2-10-18 “Space Aliens! Do the Math!” & Constellation Gemini 9PM CT

211410578_orig-e1485977609246SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “How Many Space Aliens: Do The Math” and “Tour of the Constellation Gemini”

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“The Time Tunnel” (2002)
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.
Video Stream: http://www.ustream.tv/channel/skynet2
& Facebook “DARC Skynet Astronomy Net”
Audio Stream: http://pokeys.doomdns.com:8000
Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skynet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/
Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

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Tech Net News 02-03-2018

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Credit: OU

Don’t forget, our next club meeting is coming up this Tuesday. Come on out! You’ll get to hear Bob Coelln, KG5JL talk about coax and connectors.

There is one well-known contest in progress this weekend: the 10-10 International SSB QSO Party. There’s also a neat event for those interested in the first voice mode, AM: an AM Rally! The event runs until 07:00 UTC Monday.

In club news, our Winter Field Day results have been submitted. Our 19 phone and 27 digital contacts should produce about 5,230 points. It was a fun event, and I hope you were able to make it.

If you’re interested in travel, you could always volunteer to help at the Boston Marathon. If you’re interested in storms, you could always go to Skywarn training! Our Dallas county training will be Saturday, February 17th.

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