Tech Net News 03-17-2018

House_mouseThe contest calendar for this week shows a couple of bits of excitement: the British Amateur Radio Teledata Group is hosting their annual RTTY contest, beginning at 21:00 local time today.

There’s also a St. Patrick’s Day operating activity going on right now. You can check out their website or Facebook page for more information.

If you’d like to help the club make friends and influence people, your help would be welcome at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on March 31st and April 1st. The DARC will be showing off our trailer and recruiting new members at the “Wings of Freedom” event. If you can help, please email Randy, KE5JIT, at his callsign at We’ll be setting up at about 8:30 in the morning each day, and we’ll be closing down by 5 pm.

Don’t forget that the March Lecture and Lab is coming up this Saturday. The lab will be an extension of the club’s meeting program on digital hotspots, including help with programming your radio to use them. Bring your curiosity and your digital radio!

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Tech Net News 03-10-2018

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Credit: Raul Martin

Your club dues are due before the end of the month! Mail them in if you have to; better yet, pay now, on-line.

There are a couple of contests in progress at the moment: the Novice Rig Roundup is almost finished, and the “Spring Stew” Stew Perry Topband Distance Challenge is having the first of its four 2018 events. This CW-only event has a unique scoring system that rewards big guns for working small stations.

The DARC will be having a trailer work-out tomorrow (3/11) at 8:00 AM. If you can commit to helping, please contact Randy, KE5JIT, by emailing his callsign at Randy is also looking for volunteers who can help represent the club at the Frontiers of Flight Museum on March 31st and April 1st, 2018. This is a recruitment and social event for the club, not a strenuous public service weekend, so give it a try.

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Tech Net News 03-03-2018


On the contest calendar, I see that there are two operating events this weekend. The ARRL DX Phone Contest, and the Novice Rig Roundup! Crystals aren’t required, but mechanical keying is strongly encouraged for the Roundup…which is, of course, a CW event.

Don’t forget that your club dues are due! If you haven’t paid your dues by the 31st, your membership will end and you’ll have to apply again. Just head over to Ham Club Online to take care of things, and you’ll be all set.

Our next club meeting will be this Tuesday, March 6th. The DARC President and Vice-President, Bill and David, will present a program on digital radio hot spots.

And if you bought (or saw) anything cool at the Irving Hamfest, be sure to mention it during tech net tonight!

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Tech Net News 02-24-2018

It’s MY year, now, humans! Credit: Zachary Webster/Audubon

Lecture and Lab today was great! I’ve shown off my Singing Tesla Coil…have you?

The Irving Hamfest is coming up next weekend! Don’t forget to volunteer for set-up or take-down if you want a free ticket. You can also buy admission tickets (or extra raffle tickets) on-line.

On this week’s contest calendar, we have two events that are going on right now: the CQ 160-Meter SSB Contest, and the NCJ North American RTTY QSO Party. Get on the air and have fun!

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Tech Net News 02-17-2018

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Come to Lecture and Lab, and you too can build a gizmo. You know you want to.

Rescheduled.  We’ll be building the “Mini Tesla Coil Kit”.  See elsewhere for additional information.  

There are two interesting contests going on right now: the ARRL CW DX contest, and the much more relaxed AWA AM QSO Party. Several of my rigs can operate AM,  but I’ve never even tried to make an AM contact. I guess I’d better get to work!

The next Lecture and Lab will take place on Saturday, Feb. 24th. We’ll be building the XR2206 High Precision Function Signal Generator. This kit is easy to build and it’s a useful piece of test equipment. Bring $15.00 and a soldering station to the Dallas Medical Center and meet us in the 3rd floor community room. We’ll be there from about 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with a possible break for lunch.

We had a few interesting announcements during the net: The Irving Hamfest is coming up soon…and so is the TESSA conference. The Garland Amateur Radio Club will have technician classes starting on this coming Tuesday, February 20th.

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Tech Net News 02-10-2017

skywarnLogoThe Irving Hamfest is fast approaching! You can buy tickets on-line, and even more importantly, you can volunteer to help out. The need for hams to help with set-up and take-down is particularly significant. The DARC supports this event, and we benefit from the proceeds, so please—do your part.

Texas State Parks on the Air will be taking place this April 7th and 8th, so now’s the time to look for a state park that you can activate. You can contact the Lake Area Amateur Radio Klub for more information.

And don’t forget: the Dallas County SKYWARN training event is just one week away! Head on over to the Granville Performing Arts Center on Saturday the 17th and learn from the best. There’ll be food trucks, ham merchandise vendors, door prizes, and good fellowship, too.

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Tech Net News 02-03-2018

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Don’t forget, our next club meeting is coming up this Tuesday. Come on out! You’ll get to hear Bob Coelln, KG5JL talk about coax and connectors.

There is one well-known contest in progress this weekend: the 10-10 International SSB QSO Party. There’s also a neat event for those interested in the first voice mode, AM: an AM Rally! The event runs until 07:00 UTC Monday.

In club news, our Winter Field Day results have been submitted. Our 19 phone and 27 digital contacts should produce about 5,230 points. It was a fun event, and I hope you were able to make it.

If you’re interested in travel, you could always volunteer to help at the Boston Marathon. If you’re interested in storms, you could always go to Skywarn training! Our Dallas county training will be Saturday, February 17th.

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