Post Field Day 2020 Virtual Meeting

Join the Dallas Amateur Radio Club for a post ARRL Field Day Virtual meeting via Google Meet – details are on the DARC Calendar here in this link: We will talk about field day your activities, getting your log uploaded and any thing else. This is an open invite to all HAMs – you don’t need to be a club member to join in. Meeting is Monday June 29, 2020 at 8pm Central Time. We will be using the ARRL web site to submit your log online at:

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Field Day 2020 Best Practices

The DARC will be hosting two virtual meetings during the month of June 2020 in preparation for Field Day 2020.  Tune in via Google Meet on June 4th and June 18th at 7pm central time.   For the meeting link see the DARC club event calendar online at:   These are open public meetings and you don’t need to be a club member to attend. The purpose of these two virtual meetings are to ask questions, get help with station setup, antennas, logging and anything else related to Field Day 2020.   You will also have the ability to test your rig and logging software real time and work out all the kinks etc. Review the “DARC Field Day 2020 Participation How We Can Have Fun” document below.

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DARC ARRL Field Day 2020

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends 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 COVID pandemic the DARC/W5FC will not be hosting a club/group event for 2020.  Instead, following the ARRL guide lines it is suggested you work as an individual station such as a 1D NTX, or 1E NTX – staying safe! 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 – including some best practices for operating 1E or 1D, logging and more.

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Lecture And Lab May 2020

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Still Keeping with the times the DARC Lecture And Lab for May 23, 2020 has gone virtual! Join us at 11am Central Time from the comfort and safety of your home. In this virtual Lab And Lecture, John Galvin N5TIM will be presenting WinLink Express Fundamentals and getting your PC setup and running with WinLink. If you ever wanted to get setup and running on WinLink this is for you. More Details below.

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Getting Started With Virtual Club Meetings

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Because of the world-wide Coronavirus pandemic the DARC will be utilizing Google Meet for our online/virtual meetings related to club activities.  The first official club activity due to the COVID-19 virus pandemic will be the virtual BOD meeting on Apr 7, 2020 at 6pm central time. There will be additional virtual events later in Apr 2020 and in May 2020……..

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Local ARISS contact coming up tomorrow, 2/25/2020

Bill, N5BB reports:

Our Amateur Radio on the International Space Station contact is GO for Tue Feb 25 at approximately 11:34 – 11:44 CST local Texas time (17:34 UTC).

Celia Hays Elementary, Rockwall, Texas, direct via W5SO

The ISS callsign is presently scheduled to be NA1SS

The scheduled astronaut is Drew Morgan KI5AAA

Contact is go for: Tue 2020-02-25 17:35:18 UTC 31 deg

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