Help Needed – Moon Day 2021

MoonDay Graphic

DARC will be onsite at the Frontiers Of Flight Museum for Moon Day on July 24, 2021. Come join us celebrating the exploration and the Apollo lunar landing on the moon.

We’ll need at least two-four people at the DARC radio table throughout most of the day (10AM – 3PM).  Will also need help with setup starting at 9am and teardown at 3pm.  If you can help out please fill the form out below.

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DARC ARRL Field Day 2021

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada and is open to all license classes. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family to operate from remote locations. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  However, due to the on-going COVID pandemic the DARC/W5FC will NOT be hosting a club/group event for 2021.  Instead, in accordance with the ARRL guide lines for 2021 you can work as an individual station such as a 1D NTX, or 1E NTX and have your individual score count towards the DARC club score. We hope that you will participate as this is such a fun event and the more stations on the air the more fun it will be. Stay tuned in on this web frequency we will have more information coming – or drop in on DARC Discord Channel and say hello and join the Discord DARC Field Day 2021 channel for even more interaction, fun and giveaways.

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DARC Lecture And Lab May 2021

Field Day Logging Options

QRUQSP Field Day Logger Site

Join the DARC for Lecture and Lab May 22, 2021 from 11am until 2/3pm Central Time virtually via Google Meet. (The virtual meeting ID/Link is always on the W5FC event calendar) During this lecture and Lab, we’ll be helping all participants learn how to use the free QRUQSP.org Field Day logger. This is an online logging system designed for Field Day and Winter Field Day and all you need is an internet connection and any device with a web browser with access to the https://qruqsp.org site.

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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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