Announcements of the Week: 03-20-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundSorry I’m running late with the announcements! This is a fairly quiet week, except that our next Lecture and Lab is coming up this weekend. We’ll be discussing the Draws Digital Workstation, a tool for interfacing radios with the Raspberry Pi. Don’t worry if you don’t have one! They’re on back-order, and expensive, to boot. But, they’re also very interesting, which is why we’ll be discussing them.

Even the contest calendar is quiet this week. The only contest I’ve heard mentioned is the NA SSB Sprint, which runs for 4 hours this Saturday.

 

Tech Net News 03-16-2019

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Do you want to have some fun? Help support living history education, show off our hobby, and avoid roaming tyrannosaurs by coming out to the Frontiers of Flight Museum for the Wings of Freedom event. We don’t work…we just have fun with radios. To sign up to help, click here. We’ll be there from about 9:00 AM to, well, some time in the late afternoon. Admission to the museum and parking will be free, but touring the historic aircraft requires purchasing a ticket. We’ll be monitoring the 146.88 repeater during the event, so just give us a call for more information.

Chuck Thompson, N5IAG, has become a silent key. We’ll provide more information about services when it becomes available.

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Tech Net News 03-09-2019

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We need your help! Well, sort of. We need you to come out and goof off with us…but in a way that promotes amateur radio. Our club will be participating in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on March 16 and 17th. At this event, we don’t work hard; we just show off our radio hobby to the interested visitors at the event while get free admission to the museum. We need help on both days, so sign up now. Admission to the museum is free, but visiting the WW II aircraft requires a fee and riding in them while they fly requires both a significant fee and a reservation.

Don’t forget to check the contest calendar for this week. This weekend will features QSO parties for Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wisconsin, among others.

The next club Lecture and Lab on Saturday, March 23rd, will focus on the “DRAWS Digital Work Station”. You don’t need to have one…but you do have to be interested in talking about it.

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Announcements of the Week: 03-04-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundOur next club meeting, on Tuesday, March 5th, will focus on the most popular of all radio antennas, the dipole. Jim Eatman, KG5WAW, will discuss the electrical characteristics of dipoles and how to use them effectively. The next club Lecture and Lab on Saturday, March 23rd, will focus on the “DRAWS Digital Work Station”. Look for more details in future announcements!

We also have a fun event that’s coming up fast: our club participation in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on March 16 and 17th. We don’t provide public service; we don’t work hard. We just show off our radio hobby to the interested visitors at the event while get free admission to the museum so that we can admire the historic aircraft! We need help on both days. A sign-up form will be coming soon. For now, please use the “contact us” form to let us know if you can help.

Finally, don’t forget to check the contest calendar for this week. The Novice Rig Roundup will be going on all week, and this coming weekend will feature QSO parties for Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wisconsin, among others.

Tech Net News 03-02-2019

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Our next club meeting, on Tuesday, March 5th, will focus on the most popular of all radio antennas, the dipole. Jim Eatman, KG5WAW, will discuss the electrical characteristics of dipoles and how to use them effectively.

I hope to see you at the meeting!

The contest calendar features two fun events this weekend: the Novice Rig Roundup, and the ARRL DX Contest SSB weekend. If you have an old rig with a crystal, or even if you don’t but you like to operate CW, the roundup is worth checking out.

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Announcements of the Week: 02-24-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundThe 2019 Irving Hamfest is almost upon us; click here for the latest, updated flyer. Sign up to help by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place this Saturday—March 2nd, 2019—from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Betcha Bingo hall in Irving. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed.

Our next club meeting, on Tuesday, March 5th, will focus on the most popular of all radio antennas, the dipole. Jim Eatman, KG5WAW, will discuss the electrical characteristics of dipoles and how to use them effectively.

We hope to see you at the hamfest or at our meeting!

Tech Net News 02-23-2019

16-AAW-2019-300x267The final countdown is at hand for the 2019 Irving Hamfestclick here for the latest, updated flyer. Sign up to help by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place one week from today—March 2nd, 2019—from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Betcha Bingo hall in Irving. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed.

There are also a few contests this weekend. There are QSO parties in both North and South Carolina, as well as the CQ WW 160-meter SSB Contest, for folks with big ambitions on the top band.

If you have time to get on the air and catch a rare one, Antarctic Activity Week runs through Sunday. I missed out on hearing about this event when it started, but I’ll be doing my best this weekend.

Our next club meeting, on Tuesday, March 5th, will focus on the most popular of all radio antennas, the dipole. Jim Eatman, KG5WAW, will discuss the electrical characteristics of dipoles and how to use them effectively.

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