Tech Net News 07-04-2020

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A dipole will work just as well without a flag, but it will be less fun.

Our next club meeting is coming up this Tuesday, July 7th, at 7:00 PM. Like most meetings these days, it will be on-line. Please have a look at the club event calendar for the link you need to use. I’ll be giving the presentation and discussing one of the things I find most mysterious in our hobby: baluns.

I will speak at our next meeting about the basics of baluns, including how and why they work, what choices you have, and when to use them. Baluns can be easy and cheap to make for yourself, so I’ll will cover a few construction tips, too.

The contest calendar has a scattering of events, but the two most interesting are the 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party, which is is wrapping up this weekend, and the 13 Colonies Special Event, which is well under way.

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Post Field Day 2020 Virtual Meeting

Join the Dallas Amateur Radio Club for a post ARRL Field Day Virtual meeting via Google Meet – details are on the DARC Calendar here in this link: https://w5fc.org/club-activities/event-calendar/ We will talk about field day your activities, getting your log uploaded and any thing else. This is an open invite to all HAMs – you don’t need to be a club member to join in. Meeting is Monday June 29, 2020 at 8pm Central Time. We will be using the ARRL web site to submit your log online at:  https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php

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Skynet 6-27-20 “What is Twilight?” & “Constellation Lupus 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “What is Twilight?” & “Constellation Lupus” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

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

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Skynet 6-20-20 Next Rover – Perseverance & Constellation Libra 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance” & “Constellation Libra” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1985)

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

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

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

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening.

Tech Net News 06-20-2020

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I’m pretty, AND I’m important! Credit: Jeremy Sanders, Hermann Brunner and the eSASS team (MPE); Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov (on behalf of IKI)

It’s the last weekend before Field Day! Are you ready? If you still need some hints, please check out the the “DARC Field Day 2020 Participation How We Can Have Fun” document that your fellow club members have been working on.

If your looking for some on-air fun to help you finish your Field Day preparations, there are a few events on the calendar. The West Virginia QSO Party gives you a chance to pick up a sometimes-difficult state, while the All-Asia DX Contest will let you try for a long, long-range contact or two. It’s not hard to reach Venezuela from the Dallas area, so you might want to check out The Battle of Carabobo International Contest, and if you love a noisy challenge on 160 meters this is one of the Stew Perry Top Band Challenge weekends.

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Tech Net News 06-13-2020

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Blue jays HATE paying for overdue books.

I’ve found one battery that will never come back from the dead, and wondering what to buy to replace it. How are your Field Day preparations going? That the DARC still has one more virtual forum coming up on June 18th to help us get ready for Field Day on our own, and we’re continuing to update our participation gude.

Lots of the bonus points that we used to take care of as a club are now available to you as an individual. For example, you can earn 100 points for sending a radiogram to the ARRL NTX Section Manager, and 10 points each (up to 100) for sending radiograms to your family and friends. Don’t know how? Get started at the website for our local traffic net.

There’s no Lecture and Lab this month, because of Field Day, but there’s still plenty you can do on and off the air. The contest calendar has plenty of small events and the second six-week series of the RSGB Hope QSO Party is still ongoing. The biggest event this weekend, though, is the ARRL June VHF Contest. It’s hot and sunny, so give six meters a try…or go even higher.

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Skynet 6-13-20 “Russia Comments on NASA Return to Flight” & “Constellation Virgo” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Roscosmos Head Weighs in on NASA’s Return to Flight” & “Constellation Virgo”

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: Cosmos (2018)

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

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