DARC ARRL Field Day 2020

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  However, due to the COVID pandemic the DARC/W5FC will not be hosting a club/group event for 2020.  Instead, following the ARRL guide lines it is suggested you work as an individual station such as a 1D NTX, or 1E NTX – staying safe! We hope that you will participate as this is such a fun event and the more stations on the air the more fun it will be. Stay tuned in on this web frequency we will have more information coming – including some best practices for operating 1E or 1D, logging and more.

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Tech Net News 05-23-2020

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At a little bright spot near the center, there just might be a planet being born. Credit: ESO/Boccaletti et al

Our June 2nd, 2020, club meeting will feature a program written by Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and delivered by Tom Schuessler, N5HYP. Titled “AMSAT’s Future in the Microwave Bands” It will go into a little history on previous uses of microwaves on Amateur Satellites, look at what is being designed for the GOLF satellites and the design efforts to fulfill the ARISS International goal of putting Amateur Radio on the Lunar Gateway.

The contest calendar is perhaps a bit quieter than usual this weekend, but there are two interesting events going on: The Day of the YLs contest, and the Strange Antenna Challenge. Get on out there and electrify your fence, your bird feeder, or your downspouts!

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Skynet 5-23-20 “‘Launch America’ Website” & “Vega and Epsilon Lyrae” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA’s “Launch America” Website” & “Vega and Epsilon Lyrae”

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: They Might Be Giants (1971)

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

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

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Allen Public Library “Apollo 13 – A Miracle in Outer Space” Live Streamed (5-21-20) 7:30PM.

Here’s the info on the announcement from the 10AM net.

Apollo 13-A Miracle in Outer Space will be streaming on the Allen Public Library site.
Associated Press reporter Rusty Williams will discuss all the “behind the scenes” activities of Apollo 13.  Last month was the 50th Anniversary of the mission.  Rusty will answer your submitted questions about the flight.  He was in Houston, reporting on the mission when the third mission to land on the moon became a race against time, to get the astronauts home.  It sounds really interesting.

This event will be live streamed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at https://allentx.swagit.com/live/.

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Apollo 13-A Miracle in Outer Space

Live but virtual program presented by former Associated Press reporter Rusty Williams at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at https://allentx.swagit.com/live/   Audience can submit questions until 8:30 p.m., May 21 at liveonstage@cityofallen.org.   Former KERA-FM news editor B. J. Austin will interview Williams on-stage at the Allen Public Library

Fifty years ago the world held its breath as three American astronauts drifted through space in a crippled command module. With depleted oxygen tanks and only a trickle of electric power, only gravity, precise navigation, and a miracle of engineering could save them from a dark and lingering death in deep space.

The dramatic story of Apollo 13 has been told in books, documentaries, and a movie, but writer-historian Rusty Williams witnessed events first-hand from the Mission Operations Control Room at the Manned Spacecraft Center.  As a junior reporter for the Associated Press, Williams observed ─ and wrote about ─ the backstage magic eventually brought the astronauts home safely.

Williams will tell his exciting story through a virtual presentation for the first time at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 21 at  https://allentx.swagit.com/live/.  Former KERA-FM news editor and CBS Radio broadcaster B. J. Austin will interview Williams on-stage at the Allen Public Library, asking for details and stories not generally known to the public.  Questions from the audience will be accepted until 8:30 p.m. May 21.   Please submit your questions to liveonstage@cityofallen.org.                                                     

Rusty Williams is an award-winning writer and speaker, the author of four history books.  His Red River Bridge War: A Texas-Oklahoma Border Battle (Texas A&M University Press, 2016) was named “Best Book of Oklahoma History, 2016” by the Oklahoma Historical Society.  My Old Confederate Home—A Respectable Place for Civil War Veterans (University Press of Kentucky, 2010) won the 2011 Douglas S. Freeman Award for Southern History.

Call 214-509-4911 for additional information.

 

 

 

 

Skynet 5-16-20 “X-37B’s No-So-Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus” 9PM CT

200506-f-xx000-0004SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “X-37B Not So Secret Payloads” & “The Arc to Arcturus”

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Beyond” (2018)

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

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

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Tech Net News 05-16-2020

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This deadly bird is prettier than most! Hint—don’t feed it. Credit: en.wikipedia.org

Coming up just one week from today, this month’s lab will focus on the Winlink radio e-mail software, which is both fun and useful in an emergency. Served agencies just love to use email when they can, and Winlink is a way to get it through.

The contest calendar has plenty of operating possibilities even if there’s nothing famous. The RSGB Hope QSO Party is continuing, and there are some unusual events like the Portuguese Navy Day contest and a CW event to honor the King of Spain.

In amateur radio news, a new release candidate for WSJT-X has been released. It offers improved decoding speed and reliability, so you should give it a try.

The ARRL reports that the amateur radio transponder on Huskysat-1 is now open for use, offering an inverting transponder with VHF up and UHF down.

UPDATE: Gus, W5GUS, mentions that next (Memorial Day) weekend will feature the Strange Antenna Challenge, where your goal is to make HF contacts using debris you might find after a natural disaster, not the usual wire or pipe antennas. It’s time to get out your toughest old antenna tuner and load up a tomato cage!

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