Announcements of the Week: 02-17-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundPlease consider signing up to help at the Irving Hamfest by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on 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. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd. Bring $15.00, your soldering tools, and your thinking cap…and you, too, can build your own digital multi-meter using instructions written only in Chinese. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

Besides those great local events, you can also look forward to a few contests next 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.

Tech Net News 02-16-2019

Nasa_mer_daffyThee Irving Hamfest is coming up soon! Sign up by using the “contact us” form here on the site! Remember, all volunteers get free admission to this fun event on Saturday, March 2nd. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd: If you bring $15.00 and your soldering tools, you can try your hand at building your own digital multi-meter. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

The ARRL DX Contest, is going on right now, as are special SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station. The contest calendar also features the AWA AM QSO Party, for the AMers out there.

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Announcements of the Week: 02-12-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundPlease consider signing up to help at the Irving Hamfest by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd: Bring $15.00, your soldering tools, and your enthusiasm, and you can build your own digital multi-meter. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

This week’s contests include the ARRL School Club Roundup (during the week) and the CW edition of the ARRL DX Contest, coming up this weekend.

And finally, don’t forget that the Dallas County SKYWARN class—the one in Garland with both basic and advanced classes—is THIS SATURDAY!

K5RWK Extra Class Study Group, Feb.-April 2019

k5rwkWould you like to have help in studying for your Extra Class license? The Richardson Wireless Klub is organizing a study group. There will be 14 sessions, from 6:00PM – 8:30PM on Tuesday and Thursday evenings beginning February 19th, 2019 and ending on Thursday, April 4th when the Extra Class test will be given by the RWK VE Team. If you have the determination to succeed, act fast: there were just four participant slots left as of the DARC meeting on the night of 2/5/2019.

If you’re interested, have a look at the information flyer and their latest newsletter.

Announcements of the Week: 02-03-2019

nullThis Tuesday, Februrary 5th, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding at the DARC meeting. You can also sign up to help at the Irving Hamfest either at the meeting or by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket.

Next weekend features several operating events, including Straight Key Century Club’s Weekend Sprintathon and the OMISS QSO Party.

Have a great week, and I hope to year you on the air.

Tech Net News 02-02-2019

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Humans see what’s on the left, birds what’s on the right. Credit: Cynthia Tedore

For the club’s February 5th meeting, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding, also known as fox hunting, a skill set useful for finding transmitters, jammers, and sources of interference.

Please consider helping with set-up and take-down for the Irving Hamfest on March 2nd, 2019. We need 4-5 volunteers for setup on Friday night, 4-5 volunteers for Takedown on Saturday afternoon at about 13:15, and 2 volunteers for each of three security shifts, beginning at 6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 10:30 am.

The hamfest will be running with a simplified table layout, so setup and takedown will be quick, probably an hour or less. Also, as in previous years every volunteer will receive free admission to the event, which includes a raffle ticket.

There are a few contests in progress this weekend: The 10-10 International Winter QSO Party (SSB), and state QSO parties for VermontMinnesota, and British Columbia.

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Announcements of the Week: 1/27/2019

apollo_1_patchFor the club’s February 5th meeting, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding, also known as fox hunting, a skill set useful for finding transmitters, jammers, and sources of interference.

Don’t forget to pay your dues if they’re due! And please consider helping with set-up and take-down for the Irving Hamfest on March 2nd, 2019. The DARC supports this event and it brings a financial benefit to the DARC and IARC.

There are a few contests coming up next weekend (Feb. 1st-3rd): The 10-10 International Winter QSO Party (SSB), and state QSO parties for Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia.