DARC Lecture And Lab April 2021

DIY Custom Shack LED Lighting Controller

DIY WiFi LED Controller Kit

Join the DARC for Lecture and Lab April 24, 2021 from 11am until 2/3pm Central Time virtually via Google Meet. (The virtual meeting ID/Link is always on the W5FC event calendar) You will be assembling a 12 volt custom LED lighting controller for your HAM Shack based on the QuinLED board with a WiFi enable Wemos board programed with WLED. In this LnL you will solder and assemble a complete WiFi enabled LED controller – it even comes with a case and a length of LEDs. Like previous virtual LnL events, participants will need to come to the Dallas Medical Center Apr 17, 2021 from 10:30 – 11:30 to pick up their kits from the Dallas Medical Center parking lot from Bill KF5ZBL.

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DARC Lecture And Lab March 2021

Anderson Power Pole Workshop

Anderson Power Pole

Join the DARC for Lecture and Lab March 27, 2021 from 11am until 2pm virtually via Google Meet. This will be an Anderson Power Pole Workshop – This Workshop will give you a complete overview of Anderson Power Poles and how they are used in HAM Radio. Participants will have a choice of five different Power Pole accessory kits to purchase and build. Like previous virtual LnL events, participants will need to come to the Dallas Medical Center March 20, 2021 from 10:30 – 11:30 to pick up their kits from the Dallas Medical Center parking lot from Bill KF5ZBL.

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Reprint from ARRL regarding Field Day 2021

ARRL to Extend Field Day Rule Waivers from 2020, Add Class D and E Power Limit

02/10/2021

The COVID-19 pandemic-modified ARRL Field Day rules from 2020 will continue this June with the addition of a power limit imposed on Class D (Home Stations) and Class E (Home Stations-Emergency Power) participants. The news from the ARRL Board’s Programs and Services Committee comes as many clubs and groups are starting preparations for Field Day in earnest. Field Day 2021 will take place June 26 – 27.

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Lecture And Lab February 2021

DIY 50+AMP Shack Power Supply Kit

The DARC Lecture And Lab for Feb 27, 2021 will be virtual via Google Meet! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home/location. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, We will be building from scratch a DIY power supply that is 50AMPs+ of 12-13.8volts – complete with cooling fan, USB charger, dual output 45AMP Anderson Power Poles, illuminated on/off switch and a voltage output LED display. The kit will be available for purchase from Bill, KF5ZBL prior to the meeting. Details below.

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Winter Field Day 2021

The purpose of Winter Field Day is to foster HAM camaraderie, field operation, emergency operating preparedness, and just plain on the air, outdoor fun in the midst of winter for American, Canadian, and DX HAMs.  Don’t let those winter doldrums keep you locked up in the house… get out and play some radio but be safe about it!!   Winter Field Day is the last full weekend in January of each year and runs for 24 hours 1900 UTC Saturday to 1900 UTC Sunday. For 2021 this is January 30/31, 2021

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Lecture And Lab October 2020

LiFePO4 4S 7Ah portable battery pack

The DARC Lecture And Lab for Oct 24, 2020 will be virtual via Google Meet! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home/location. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, We will be building from scratch a 1.5lb LiFePO4 4S 7Ah battery pack – complete with BMS and much more. The kit will be available for purchase from Bill, KF5ZBL prior to the meeting. Details below.

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Lecture And Lab September 2020

Screen Shot Icom 705 programming software

Keeping with the times the DARC Lecture And Lab for Sep 26, 2020 will be virtual via Google Meet! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home/location. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, Bill, KF5ZBL will cover the fundamentals of radio programming and the various methods, software and techniques.

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QSO Today – Virtual HAM Expo Aug 8-9 2020

Despite the current Covid-19 situation, ham radio operators are more active than ever and want to continue to learn and engage with their community. Be sure to register for “QSO Today” a virtual HAM Expo – the first of its kind, designed to allow everyone interested in amateur radio to engage with amazing speakers, leading suppliers of equipment, parts and services, and fellow attendees.  All of this is coming to you from the safety of your location and available on your laptop, tablet and smartphone August 8 and 9, 2020. The content will also be available as on-demand in case you miss an event. Get your free ticket, registration and event list at: https://qsotoday.vfairs.com/en/registration

Lecture And Lab August 2020

DIY Calculator Counter Kit

Keeping with the times the DARC Lecture And Lab for Aug 22, 2020 will be virtual! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home/location. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, we will build a Geekcreit DIY calculator kit. You will need to purchase the kit prior to attending the virtual build. Plan on picking up the kit Aug 15, 2020 from 10:30 to 11:30 at the Dallas Medical Center Parking Lot – Bill KF5ZBL will be on site in the Dallas Medical medical center parking lot for distribution. Please see the the sign up form below and sign up if you are interested in the kit – there are 15 available and the cost is $15.00 – first come first served. You will need your own soldering tools to assemble the kit.

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