Tech Net News 10-28-2017

Don’t forget: there’s a memorial service coming up tomorrow for club member Jim Heye, K5WLQ. Please check the lead story for details.

Don’t forget to volunteer for Turkey Trot!

The next club meeting will be a week from this Tuesday, on November 7th. The program will be by Dr. Tim, N6DIY. He’ll be giving a neat presentation about some pretty unusual antenna stuff; we’ll have more details to share as we get closer to the meeting day.

In contesting, the CQ WW DX SSB contest is going on right now! This is a big one…why not give it a try? And of course, the ARRL November Sweepstakes are coming up as well.

An amazing transatlantic contact was made this week: 10 mW at 8.27 kHz from Newfoundland to the UK!. And as you would expect, CW traffic handling helped loved ones stay in touch after Hurricane Irma.

And don’t forget that tonight’s Afterglow Movie is Blade Runner 2049.

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Unique Volunteer Opportunity: DART tunnel exercise on night of 10/25/2017

Dallas CERT has asked their members to share the news about an exciting exercise TOMORROW night. It’s just about the only way you can hike through the DART subway tunnels around Cityplace without being hit by a train, and it’s fun and worth doing. Some volunteers will get to wear injury makeup!

You DO NOT need to be a CERT member, or even able-bodied, to participate. The organizers are specifically seeking participants with disabilities to help make the event more realistic. Everyone of all ages (minors must be accompanied by an adult) can take part.

Move fast—sign up here!

Tech Net News 10-21-2017

One of our long-time supporters has become a silent key. Please don’t forget all the help he gave to our club and our members!

And please don’t forget that we need your help for the Turkey Trot. I promise, I hate getting up early even more than you do. It’s still worth it.

There are two notable operating events this weekend: the Jamboree on the Air and the 10-10 CW Fall QSO Party. Please keep your ears open—Scouts may be trying to make contacts on our repeater.

Don’t forget our next Lecture and Lab is coming up next weekend. It’s an open forum: anything that’s fun, goes.

We have a surprise net coming up on October 30th. Have you thought of something surprising we should do? Let us know.

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SK K5WLQ Jim Heye

It is with great sadness that I share the following information with you:

Dear Friends,

Our dad Jim went to be with the Lord on October 18th. He fought cancer for 18 amazing years.

Please join us for his celebration of his life on Sunday, October 29th from 2 – 4 at Jim’s home at 1710 Woodoak, Richardson, TX.

A small graveside service will be held in San Antonio at a later date.

In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to either the American Cancer Society ( or The American Radio Relay League (

Keri Ellis and Christi Heye

On a personal note, I met Jim shortly after becoming a member of the DARC in 2006.  Jim, Tom and I became good friend and we enjoyed talking with him and visiting him in his home and going out for a dinner with him a couple times a year.

Jim K5WLQ joined the Dallas Amateur Radio Club on December 31, 2003.  Jim was always willing to help anytime we contacted him looking for advise or with a need.  Jim was a large donor in supporting the DARC when we were building the DARC Communications Trailer. He was also helpful in helping the club sell equipment on E-Bay and care of all the work in selling/packing/shipping products.  Jim was a great friend!

Anyone who knew Jim, knows he never complained about his long illness, in fact, he did not like discussing illness but would rather look on the bright side.

73 Jim K5WLQ!  You will be greatly missed.

Randy Patterson



Tech Net news 10-14-2017

Talk to a school club this week! Credit: ARRL

Another quiet week for contests…but the ARRL School Club Roundup will be going on all week. We also have the 60th anniversary JOTA coming up on October 21st, and the ARRL North Texas Mentorfest on the same day. JOTA volunteers should email N5BB or N5HYP at

Our last Lecture and Lab for the year, on October 28th, will be an open forum: you can work on an un-finished kit, have your antenna checked by a professional, or give a talk about what you’ve been up to. Please contact the club if you’d like to give a presentation.

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