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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Tech Net News 10-07-2017

My favorite contest calendar site has been down today, but the ARRL’s calendar reminds us that there’s an EME contest going on right now. We also have the 60th anniversary JOTA coming up on October 21st, and the ARRL North Texas Mentorfest on the same day. Mentorfest volunters will find information at the link given; JOTA volunteers should email N5BB or N5HYP at

Our last Lecture and Lab for the year, on October 28th, will be a smörgåsbord: bring your Buddipoles to test and adjust them, bring your un-finished kits from previous labs, or buy a left-over kit from the club to work on. If you have short presentation or show-and-tell you’d like to share, this is the day for it. Please contact the club if you’d like to give a presentation.

Amateur radio operators have been helping in Puerto Rico, and the Hurricane Watch Net is on the air because of Hurricane Nate. Be especially careful of 14.325 and 7.268 MHz.

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Tech Net News 09-30-2017

Lifewalk is tomorrow! Water stop operators should be on location and on the air by 11:30 am. Other operators should report to the DARC net control station by 9:30 am. We’ll be in the parking lot behind the big, white house in Oak Lawn (formerly Lee) Park. Walk in volunteers are welcome. Bring an HT, a spare battery, and a mag-mount antenna (if you have one) if you’d like to join up.

The next DARC meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 3rd. Our program will be on the latest news from AMSAT, presented by Bill Reed, NX5R.

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DCARA Needs a Hand Right Away!

We’ve received a last-minute request to help the Denton County Amateur Radio Association. They have a public service event coming up this Saturday, Sept. 30th, 2017. Gerald Marchant of DCARA says:

We need at least 5 more operators to help out with the Emmit Smith Gran Fondo Bicycle Ride this coming Saturday morning.

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Tech Net News 09-16-2017

The DARC Radio in the Park event is tomorrow! Don’t forget to come on out and say, “hi!”

The most interesting contest this weekend is the Yankee Clipper Contest Club’s 40th anniversary contest. How else would a contest club celebrate a special day, but with yet another contest?

Please take note of this important information presented by John, KB5NJD: register your station, EOC, or Field Day location if you might use 630 or 2,200 meters. You can contact kb5njd for more information.

Mike, KG5P, mentioned that the Route 66 special event is active on the air!

Read more to find out about news from the world of science.

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Tech Net news 09-09-2017

It’s been a wild week in amateur radio, with many solar flares and geomagnetic disturbances sending the northern lights as far south as Arkansas.  We also have at least one unusual contest going on: the Worked All Europe DX Context, sponsored by that other DARC in Germany. The Route 66 special event is going on now, too!

We’ve got several club events coming up, with a radio day in the park planned for the Sept. 17th, our Lifewalk support taking place on October 1st, and a Lecture and Lab taking place on Sept. 23rd. Don’t forget that raffle tickets for the excellent Yaesu FT-991A are available at all our club events, including Lecture and Lab.

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Tech Net News 09-02-2017

G. D. Gierliński et al./Proc Geol. Assoc.

Our next club meeting is this coming Tuesday. Join us at the Dallas Medical Center to hear NWS meteorologist Jason Dunn speak about reading weather radar. Our board meeting is at 6:00 pm, our program is at at 7:00. Both meetings are public and take place in the 3rd floor Community Room of the main hosptial building. Don’t worry—parking is free.

Don’t forget to bring some extra cash to the meeting! We’ll have raffle tickets on sale for our December Dinner grand prize, a Yaesu FT-991A.

We have an on-line form you can use if you’d like to volunteer to help us support the 2017 Lifewalk on October 1st, and the Plano Amateur Radio Klub has a site up for those who’d like to help at the Plano Balloon Festival.

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