Announcements of the Week: 01-13-2018

earthfall_caption_from_tomIts January, so please remember to check on-line and make sure your dues are paid. If you’re past due, please pay your dues.

Winter Field Day is coming soon: it’s the 26th of this month. You can sign up to participate using the form from the right-side menu of our website. More details are available from a post here on the club website or from the MARS website,

Our next afterglow movie will be the pilot from the un-bought series Pioneer 1: Earthfall. Have a look, and be ready to discuss it on the next Afterglow Movie Net.

And finally, don’t forget that the popular SSB edition of the North American QSO Party is coming up this weekend!

Tech Net News 01-12-2019

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Computer simulation of the Earth’s magnetic field in a period of normal polarity. Dr Gary A. Glatzmaier/Los Alamos National Laboratory US Department of Energy.

Remember to check on-line and make sure your dues are paid. If you’re past due, please pay your dues.

Please don’t forget that Winter Field Day is coming up on the 26th of this month. You can sign up to participate using the form from the right-side menu of our website. More details are available from our official post here on the club website.

And of course, Tech Net is not our only net this Saturday. SKYNET will be meeting at 9:00 PM, and the Afterglow Movie discussion will take place at 10:30 PM local time. The movie for the 12th will be an unusual fan-made Start Trek episode, “The Fairest of Them All.”

On the contest calendar, we have two main events listed for this weekend: the Italian QRP Club Quarterly Marathon might still be in progress and open to all modes, but their website is out of date. The NCJ North American QSO Party (CW) is this weekend…the SSB edition of this famous event will be next weekend.

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Tech Net News 01-05-2018

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Humans are tasty! They look so funny after I disembowel them, too. Credit:

The next club meeting is this Tuesday! I’ll be presenting on knots and ropes in amateur radio, also known as “why not to buy rope from a home improvement store,” and why dyneema—or even paracord—is amazing. Don’t worry about being bored! We’ll all practice some fun and important knots right there at the meeting.

And don’t forget to pay your dues. Check Ham Club Online to see if they’re due.

And after you pay your dues, why not sign up for Winter Field Day? It would be great if we knew you were coming.

The contest calendar is fairly quiet, but the Linc Cudnall Memorial CW contest—where you get points for using pre-1950 gear—is still going on.

I’m not clear on the dates, because their website is out of date, but the Italian QRP Quarterly Marathon might be going on now. Some sites put the dates as 0800Z, Jan 7 to 2000Z, Jan 13, 2019.

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Tech Net News 12-29-2018

Hams get extra photon cards from our transmitters!

The next club meeting will be on January 8th. We’ll be talking about knots and ropes in amateur radio…no nooses allowed! And don’t forget to pay your dues if they’re due.

There’s a surprise net scheduled for New Year’s Eve. If you have an idea for a topic, or if you’d like to be net control, let the club know. I’ll need to pick a topic tomorrow so that we can spread the word and encourage participation.

Winter Field Day is coming up on January 26th, from 1 PM to midnight. Please sign up if you’ll be able to participate. More details about the three-club special event station that’s in the works can be found here.

Now that Christmas is over, there are several contests available. The RAC Winter Contest is in progress, with extra points for working Canadian stations. Sounds fun, eh? The 45th Original QRP Contest sounds fun; you get extra points for using kit-built or custom-designed radios…but if your radio is capable of operating with more than 20 watts, you may only submit a checklog. The American Wireless Association Linc Cudnall Memorial CW Contest rewards users of pre-1950 equipment. If you’ve got a boat anchor and CW skills, you can give it a try.

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Tech Net News 12-22-2018


Don’t forget that it’s time to pay your dues! For most (but not all) club members, dues are due on the 1st day of January. Check online and make sure you’re paid up.

And enjoy your Christmas Eve with your friends and family…there will be no Geek Net on Monday, Dec. 24th.

The contest calendar is pretty quiet this week, and the only notable news in the world of ham radio is that you’ll be able to hear Christmas carols from Antarctica (propagation permitting) at 17:00 Dallas time tomorrow.

UPDATE: Please see this post for more information about Winter Field Day, and sign up using the link from the right-hand portion of the page, or this link.

UPDATE: More information about Jeanne Socrates, VE0JS, is available from her QRZ page.

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Tech Net news 12-15-2018

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Credit: Sky and Telescope

Save the date! Winter Field Day will be coming up on January 26th-27th, 2019.

And if your dues are due, do you know where to pay them? Do pay dues!

The contest calendar has few well-known events on it, but if you’re a new amateur and you’d like to try your hand at CW, you could try the ARRL Rookie Roundup tomorrow afternoon.

There’s been plenty of news from the world of Ham Radio, though.

Broadcasters have been interfering with the 40-meter amateur band, and high-frequency stock traders have been trying to use high-frequency radio to save microseconds off of their trade times…but in violation of their experimental license.

The FT-8 Roundup was a success, with 1,300 logs turned in despite short notice and competing contests.

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Tech Net News 12-08-2018

Credit: Maria Sibylla Merian, from Metamorphosis insectorum Surinamensium II., Plate LXX.

The Winter Dinner is just around the corner! I hope to see you there.

On the contest calendar, we have the ARRL 10-meter contest in progress, for phone and CW. Yes, they have a 10-meter contest in December…for the challenge.

Did anyone participate in the FT-8 Roundup last weekend? Share your experiences on the net if you did.

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