Tech Net News 03-10-2018

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Your club dues are due before the end of the month! Mail them in if you have to; better yet, pay now, on-line.

There are a couple of contests in progress at the moment: the Novice Rig Roundup is almost finished, and the “Spring Stew” Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge is having the first of its four 2018 events. This CW-only event has a unique scoring system that rewards big guns for working small stations.

The DARC will be having a trailer work-out tomorrow (3/11) at 8:00 AM. If you can commit to helping, please contact Randy, KE5JIT, by emailing his callsign at Randy is also looking for volunteers who can help represent the club at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on March 31st and April 1st, 2018. This is a recruitment and social event for the club, not a strenuous public service weekend, so give it a try.

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HotSpots For HAM Radio Presentation

ZUMSpot and Raspberry Pi 3

The March 2018 DARC Club meeting presentation topic was about “Digital HotSpots For HAM Radio”.  Click on more below for access to the presentation with information and links for the various HotSpots and Software including Pi-Star and more.   This is an intro/101 presentation.  Topic was presented by Bill KF5ZBL and David KG5EIU.

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Tech Net News 03-03-2018


On the contest calendar, I see that there are two operating events this weekend. The ARRL DX Phone Contest, and the Novice Rig Roundup! Crystals aren’t required, but mechanical keying is strongly encouraged for the Roundup…which is, of course, a CW event.

Don’t forget that your club dues are due! If you haven’t paid your dues by the 31st, your membership will end and you’ll have to apply again. Just head over to Ham Club Online to take care of things, and you’ll be all set.

Our next club meeting will be this Tuesday, March 6th. The DARC President and Vice-President, Bill and David, will present a program on digital radio hot spots.

And if you bought (or saw) anything cool at the Irving Hamfest, be sure to mention it during tech net tonight!

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Skynet 3-3-18 Story of Alvan Clark & Tour of Constellation Puppis 9PM CT


SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Story of Alvan Clark, Telescope Maker” and “Tour of the Constellation Puppis”

Net Control:
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.
Video Stream:
YouTube “DARC Skynet”
Facebook “DARC Skynet Astronomy Net”
Audio Stream:
Yahoo Groups:

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

The Story of Telescope Maker Alan Clark

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