Tech Net News 05-18-2019

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Our next club activity will be Lecture and Lab, on May 25th, 2019. Our focus will be Anderson PowerPoles, and there will be kits available for you to build. Check out the details, and let us know which kits interest you!

The contest calendar doesn’t list much of significance for this weekend, but if you catch a good opening to Europe, you could try for the Portuguese Navy Day Contest.

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Army MARS Crossband Test: May 11th, 2019

army mars customLogo.gifNormally, I’d wait to give this announcement until Tech Net…but by then, the event will be over. If you’d like to participate in a unique exercise that promotes both amateur radio and national defense readiness, there’s an event for you!

From the Army Mars website:

The Army Military Auxiliary Radio System (MARS) will host this year’s Armed Forces Day (AFD) Crossband Test on Saturday May 11, 2019. This annual event is open to all licensed amateur radio operators. For more than 50 years, military and amateur stations have taken part in this event, which is only an exercise scenario, designed to include hobbyist and government radio operators alike.

 

Tech Net News 05-04-2019

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Our next club meeting will take place this coming Tuesday, May 7th. Our presentation will be by the famous Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, discussing the differences between the Brandmeister and MARC DMR systems.

We also have a radio day in the park, coming up tomorrow at 13:00 local, at Custer Park in Richardson.

There are several operating events going on this weekend. The 10-10 International Spring CW Contest is in-progress, as are QSO parties for Indiana, Delaware, all of New England, and the entire 7th call area.

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Tech Net News 04-13-2019

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Our next club event will be a “catch-all” lecture and lab day on Saturday, April 27th. We’ll have digital multi-meters you can build (mine works great!), more discussion about APRS and the DRAWS digital workstation, and  a limited supply of “Borg Cube” LED cubes that you can assemble to practice your soldering. The topic for our May Lecture and Lab has also been announced: The Anderson Powerpole!

We have several contests in progress or about to take place this weekend: there’s the Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest, the ARRL Rookie Roundup, the famous Texas State Parks on the Air, and QSO parties in New Mexico, North Dakota, and Georgia. There’s also the European FT-8 Contest, if you know how to get WSJT-X to transmit your state.

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Tech Net News 04-06-2019

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Our next club event will be a “catch-all” lecture and lab day on Saturday, April 27th. We’ll have digital multi-meters you can build (mine works great!), more discussion about APRS and the DRAWS digital workstation, help with the latest AREDN software update, and  a limited supply of “Borg Cube” LED cubes that you can assemble to practice your soldering.

Yeah, I know, I keep mentioning this, but I really like Texas. So, here I go again: Texas State Parks on the Air is coming up next weekend, April 13th and 14th.

In the world of contests, the VHF Spring Sprint is coming up on Monday, April 8th. The Italian QRP Club Quarterly Marathon is now in progress, running through 4/8/19 UTC. This weekend features the unusual 31-Flavors PSK contest, Florida State Parks on the Air, and QSO parties in Mississippi and Missouri.

UPDATE: Katherine, KE5ZCM has passed along a message that the organizers of the MS-150 Bike Ride still need ham volunteers. The event is May 4th and 5th, 2019. You can contact John Galvin, N5TIM, using his call sign at arrl.net, or email j.marple at verizon.com.

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