Tech Net News 01-20-2018

Australian flag_2Don’t forget that Winter Field Day is right around the corner! The DARC Lecture and Lab will be taking place at the same time and location, but keep an eye on the weather: both events are shine-only.

There’s only one big event on the contest calendar right now: the ARRL January VHF contest is in-progress now; it ends at 03:59 UTC on the 22nd.

The FCC reports that it will be open at least for the first part of the current partial government shutdown.

January 26th marks Australia day, which is not a holiday I usually remember…but Australian amateurs will be operating with a special prefix. See who you can work!

Finally, there’s now a WSPR beacon in Antarctica, at the Wegener Institute’s Neumayer Station III. Erin has photographed one of their DC-3s flying over Dallas…that institute gets around.

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Tech Net News 01-06-2018

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Credit: NASA

I hope your new year is off to a good start! Contests and operating activities are beginning to appear once again. The Italian QRP Club’s quarterly operating event is drawing to a close at 23:59 UTC tomorrow, and the very popular ARRL RTTY Roundup is going on right now. The roundup involves more than just RTTY—you can use PSK31 and PSK63, too. You’ve got until tomorrow, early evening…get to work at having fun!

It’s been good to see that many club members have been paying their dues on-line. There’s a link in our right-hand menu. Dues are the lifeblood of the club. Please pay yours!

UPDATE: you can read more about Tabby’s Star, mentioned by N5BB…and read the latest scientific paper on the star at arxiv.org.

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Tech Net News 12-30-2017

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There are no big contests this weekend, but Straight Key Night (really, it’s all day) is coming up on the New Year’s Day! Maybe I’ll finally make some CW contacts on the air.

Don’t forget to pay your dues on-line or by mail.

Remember, Winter Field Day is right around the corner. I’ll see you at the park on the afternoon and evening of the 27th, if the weather is good.

The first 630-meter amateur radio transatlantic contact since our new band has opened up has been reported.

Tonight’s Afterglow Movie Net is a little bit different: there will be an open discussion on how to make the net better. Please join in tonight on 146.88 MHz at 22:30 local.

And yes, there really will be a club meeting on the 2nd. I hope to see you there!

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Tech Net News 12-16-2017

penguinThere’s not too much going on, outside of our own families or away from our friends. The contest calendar is pretty quiet.

Don’t forget to pay your dues! And don’t worry about keeping the repeater busy on Christmas day. While the NTS Early Net will take place as scheduled, there will be no Geek Net on Monday, Dec. 25th.

In the world of science…

Giant penguins are really neat. Look out!

Science can sometimes be boring; cell phones still don’t cause brain cancer.

It’s pretty neat to learn about EGGS IN SPACE! And don’t forget that the annual Christmas Bird Count is now in progress.

Yeah, not much is going on this week. Did anyone see any cool Geminids?

Tech Net News 12-02-2017

pia21972There’s a lot coming up for the DARC! Your electronic ballots are due tomorrow. Look for an email reminder in your inbox or junk folder, or search your email for “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED.” You have only one more day—tomorrow—in which to vote for our 2018 officers and directors.

Our annual pizza party is coming up this Tuesday, and I’m hungry already. Bring your favorite pizza or pizza-related side dish to our next meeting and share it with your fellow members! We’re also in need of videos and slide shows to share; so far, no one has announced that they plan to bring a movie or video to the meeting…we’re going to need your help.

The club’s Annual Dinner is this week, too. Join us at the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison at 7:30 PM this coming Thursday for a night of fun and fellowship and loot. Did I say loot? I did. We’ll be having a raffle for a Yaesu FT-991a and a second drawing for a multi-band antenna. You’d better bring some cash to the December meeting, the raffle tickets are going fast.

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Tech Net News 11-25-2017. Gobble Gobble!

AMSATALTLOGO6The contest calendar for this weekend has a big event on it: the CQ WW DX CW contest! It’s going on right now.

Richard Bartlett, KE6LOU, a former PSO for the DARC, has become a Silent Key.

Don’t forget: check your email for a message with the subject “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED”. Vote for your 2018 officers and directors!

AO-91 (Fox-1B), our newest amateur radio cubesat, is open for business!

SKYWARN recognition day is coming up on December 1st and 2nd. There’s a webinar to help you find out more about it.

Did you like NPOTA? Do you like SOTA? There’s a new -OTA coming on December 11th: NASA on the Air!

We have one more big public service event in our area this year: the Dallas Marathon. It’s on Sunday, December 10th, and more than a hundred hams will be helping to make the event a success! Email Bob, W5BJ or John, N5TIM at arrl.net to volunteer.

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