Try Wires-X

If you have a newer Yaesu radio that supports Wires-X  you can try it out by tuning in the W5FC 442.425 repeater and hitting your Wires-X button on your radio.  Providing you are within repeater range you should connect up to the node. (you don’t have to connect to use or talk on the node)  No code plug needed – just tune your radio to the correct frequency and join in the fun.   There is also a very handy web site to bookmark called that will show you where other Wires-X nodes are located that perhaps you can connect with.  Lots of exciting rooms out in Wires-X land and now there are several nets around the world as well.  Here is a short video on how to get connected:

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YL NTX Weekly Monday Net 8PM 442.325MHz

At our last club meeting we said we’d try to support this net, so please see the announcement below.  Since we just had a Lecture and Lab on this very same topic it might be an interesting net to listen to and maybe even check-in…

Please join us tonight at 8pm for the YL NTX Weekly Net.   The main frequency is 442.325 (127.3), however, if you are unable to make the main repeater, try the Fort Worth link —  442.225 (110.9).
Tonight’s YL/OM  Discussion topic:  Shelly has net control tonight, so I have no idea what she’s going to pull out of her hatbox for a discussion topic.

Tonight’s technical topic:  Soldering 101, presented by Bill Galloway, KF5YIV.

A word about the Labor Day night net.  We will, in fact, be having a net, but instead of having a more structured topic, we’re going to have a Round Robin Topic.  The subject?  “Name a time when you have actually had to use your radio for an emergency situation.  Be it a car wreck, a weather emergency, ship in distress, lost person, etc.”  Again, this is regularly scheduled “Technical Topic” so if you have  a good story, please come share it.  Otherwise, it’s going to be really really quiet out there.  🙂

See you tonight~


Afterglow Movie:”Beyond the Time Barrier” Sat. 10:30 CT.


Major Bill Allison, US Air Force pilot takes the X-80 up for a sub-orbital flight. Though he loses radio contact he returns to his base and finds it abandoned! “Where is everyone?”, he wonders out loud.

He heads towards a city off in the distance! Is that “Big Tex” in a space helmet? Sure looks like him. Wow, a big Ferris wheel amongst a plethora of 30’s era buildings – the 2030’s. Major Allison is suddenly attacked. When he comes to, his wallet is missing.

Will we find out what happens to the major? Why is Big Tex in our science fiction movie of the moment? Will this movie rise above the muck we’ve had all month?

Find out on Saturday, August 27th for our next time travel marvel, “Beyond the Time Barrier”, at 10:30PM.

Public Domain: Google “beyond the time barrier full movie” for streaming options.

UPDATED: Geek Net, 8/22/2016: Shortwave Strangeness.

dorchester_antenna_closeup-728x760Have you ever heard a numbers station? Did you ever hear the Russian Woodpecker? I can recognize the sound of an ionosonde, but I don’t know much more than that…and I’d like to learn more. This Monday, I plan to talk about odd things we’ve heard on the radio. Bring your news of the weird. Bring you wild shortwave stories. Bring your secret key to understanding Swedish Rhapsody, and join us on the 146.88 repeater this Monday, August 22nd, at 7:00 PM.

Some of the resources I mentioned on the air are listed below.

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SkyNet Aug 20, 2016 – Science Museum Oklahoma (OKC) and Constellation Cepheus 9PM CT

omniplex_science_museum_-_kirkpatrick_air_and_space_museumSKYNET!!!! Saturday, 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Summer Space Camp: Science Museum Oklahoma (OKC)” and “Tour of the Constellation Cepheus”
Net Control: Tom KE5ICX
Afterglow Movie at 10:30: Journey to the Seventh Planet
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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