Tech Net News 08-18-2018

This HF dipole array has transmitted conspiracy theories for thousands of miles. Credit:

Don’t forget: the DARC needs volunteers for the show-and-tell at our September 4th, 2018, meeting and for our October 27th, 2018 Tech Net on the Hill event. Please sign up! Show and tell presentations only need to be a few minutes long.

Our next Lecture and Lab is coming up in a week: join us on Saturday the 25th to build an antenna analyzer using your RTL-SDR dongle. You’ll need $45.00, a Windows or Linux laptop computer, a 12V power supply, and your dongle. You might also want to bring a VHF or UHF antenna to analyze! I’ll make a special post with more details in the next couple of days.

I’ve also been reminded that the Plano Balloon Festival, Sept. 21-23, is still looking for volunteers. Most of those who’ve signed up already are folks who have to be there: volunteer coordinators, and the like. More hams are definitely needed for this big and beautiful event.

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Skynet 8-18-18 “Top Astronomy Websites” & Constellation Sagittarius 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Top Astronomy Websites”  and “Tour of the Constellation Sagittarius” 

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: 

“Special Bulletin” (1983)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247. Search “DARC Skynet” Search “DARC Skynet” Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link:

Yahoo Groups:


Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

The 10 Best Space and Astronomy Sites on the Internet – From the Astronotes Website

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