Tech Net News 12-01-2018

I hope I get an Osiris-REX for my birthday! Credit: NASA

The Dallas Amateur Radio Club’s annual Pizza Party will take place at our next club meeting. Don’t forget to bring your favorite pizza or side!

The DARC Winter Dinner is coming up on the 11th, too.

Don’t forget to check your email and vote for the 2018 club officers…and don’t forget to sign up to volunteer at the Dallas Marathon if you’ve forgotten to do that. The marathon is Sunday, Dec. 9th, 2018.

The contest calendar has one fun, traditional item, and one exciting new one. The ARRL 160-Meter CW Contest is keeping some hams busy, but others will be taking place in the first real FT-8 contest. As David, KG5EIU, mentioned earlier, participants must upgrade to the latest WSJT-X software (scroll way down on that page) to participate.

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Tech Net News 11-24-2018

Credit: NASA/JPL

Turkey Trot went super-smoothly, but there’s still one more big public service event coming up in our area: the 2018 Dallas Marathon. If you enjoyed the Turkey Trot, please head over and sign up!

Our December 4th meeting will be our annual Pizza Party. Bring your favorite pizza or side dish and share it as we celebrate a year’s worth of accomplishments. If you have any fun, short movies to watch, bring those, too. And don’t forget, our Winter Dinner is just around the corner on December 11th.

We’ve got one big contest going on: the CQ WW CW contest.

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On-Line Repeater Feed Available

broadcastify-cropIf you’d like to listen to one of our nets without using Echolink, or if you’d like to introduce non-ham friends to the 88 machine, I’ve been working on a resource that can help: a Broadcastify feed. After experimenting for several evenings with a RTL-SDR dongle, I’ve decided that I can get better audio quality by wiring an old HT up to a computer…so that’s what I’ve done.

Be aware that there is 30-40 seconds of latency between the repeater and the feed, so don’t try using this for checking in to SKYNET. Broadcastify also claims to provide archives of recorded audio, but I haven’t tested that feature yet.

Let me know if you need to report a problem: just email my callsign, nt5tm, at

Tech Net News 11-17-2018

Credit: James Montgomery Flagg and Anthony Mendina

Turkey Trot is less than a week away. Sign up on-line or get in touch with Randy, KE5JIT. We need your participation, and you’ll have a great time. You could make this your first public service event, and then graduate right away to working at the “big one,” the Dallas Marathon.

Yep, that’s right: the Dallas Marathon is coming up soon, too. Please sign up for that event; there are lots of great jobs still open. The Marathon was the first public service event I participated in. It might not sound like an easy way to get started, but there are tons of other amateur radio volunteers around to help you out and guide you—it’ll be easier than you think.

And don’t forget: there’s a Chili Cook-Off tomorrow afternoon!

There’s one contest going on right now, and it’s a big one: The ARRL SSB November Sweepstakes.

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Tech Net News 11-10-2018

Credit: Chen et al. (2018). They promise this won’t hurt, much.

Have you signed up for Turkey Trot? If not, and you like having fun in the cold with other hams, you should join us! All you need is an HT and enthusiasm.

And don’t forget: many club members will soon need to pay their dues for next year. If that’s you, then head over to and take care of that.

Finally, our president will be one of the leading competitors in a chili cook-off next weekend. It benefits a great charity, so why not check it out?

The contest calendar shows a few events going on this weekend. The RTTY weekend of the Worked All Europe DX Contest is in progress, as is the 10-10 International Fall Digital QSO Party.

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Tech Net News 11-03-2018

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Credit: SpaceX

The next club meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. Dr. Tim, N6DIY, will present on different types of code keys.

Our surprise net on October 29th, about mysterious disappearances, was a big success! We might even have found all the socks that disappeared in your washing machine over the years. The club has another surprise net coming up on New Year’s Eve. What should we do? Let us know!

It’s time to sign up for Turkey Trot! It’s just about the neatest thing you can do with your holiday morning, and you get to sleep in—we’re not getting started until 6:00 am this year.

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Tech Net News 10-27-2018

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The next club meeting will be on Tuesday, November 6th, 2018. Dr. Tim, N6DIY, will present on different types of code keys.

We have a surprise net coming up this Monday…and we are badly in need of a good surprise. Please contact the club and share your ideas.

It’s time to sign up for Turkey Trot! It’s just about the neatest thing you can do with your holiday morning, and you get to sleep in—we’re not getting started until 6:00 am this year.

In the world of contests, there’s a big one going on right now: the SSB installment of the famous CQ World Wide DX Contest. When you’re not at Tech Net on the Hill, you’d better be on the air. You might even think about bringing a portable HF setup with you wherever you go, so that you don’t miss any contacts.

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