Tech Net News 06-08-2019

cas satellite.pngField Day is coming up fast! We really hope you’ll join us; it’s going to be a new experience at our new, air-conditioned location.

There’s really not much else on our calendar for the next couple of weeks. We’re getting ready for Field Day, arranging for time off from work, and checking the radios we bought at Ham-Com. There’s no separate Lecture and Lab event this month; we’ll be having an educational event at Field Day instead.

Remember, if you have announcements you’d like to share, just let the club know and one of our members will update this news post—even during the net.

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Tech Net News 06-01-2019

2019_ARRL_Field_Day_Logo_version_2Our next club meeting on June 4th, 2019, will focus on Field Day. We have exciting plans in store, including a new location—with air conditioning—and great opportunities to get on the air. Get ready, and join us for our next meeting!

Ham-Com is coming up this weekend! The club will have a table, as always. If you can help us out by hanging out at the club table, please contact us or sign up at the next club meeting.

The contest calendar for this weekend has a few events: Ten-Ten International is hosting a PSK “Open Season” QSO Party on the 10-meter band, for all amateurs; the 070 club is putting on a PSK contest for all the non-WARC bands; and the Kentucky QSO Party is in progress now, but ending soon.

Remember, if you have news or announcements to share, let the club know, and we’ll add them to the announcements post before, during, or even after Tech Net.

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Tech Net News 05-25-2019

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Our next club meeting on June 4th, 2019, will focus on Field Day. We have exciting plans in store, including a new location—with air conditioning—and great opportunities to get on the air. Get ready, and join us for our next meeting!

There’s one notable contest this weekend, the CQ WW WPX Contest, CW weekend. What’s this? It’s a CW contest where countries count for more points, but callsign prefixes are multipliers. If you’d like to be part of a new and different “country,” possibly a rare one, then this contest is for you.

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Tech Net News 05-18-2019

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Our next club activity will be Lecture and Lab, on May 25th, 2019. Our focus will be Anderson PowerPoles, and there will be kits available for you to build. Check out the details, and let us know which kits interest you!

The contest calendar doesn’t list much of significance for this weekend, but if you catch a good opening to Europe, you could try for the Portuguese Navy Day Contest.

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Tech Net News 05-04-2019

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Our next club meeting will take place this coming Tuesday, May 7th. Our presentation will be by the famous Jason Johnston, KC5HWB, discussing the differences between the Brandmeister and MARC DMR systems.

We also have a radio day in the park, coming up tomorrow at 13:00 local, at Custer Park in Richardson.

There are several operating events going on this weekend. The 10-10 International Spring CW Contest is in-progress, as are QSO parties for Indiana, Delaware, all of New England, and the entire 7th call area.

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Tech Net News 04-13-2019

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Our next club event will be a “catch-all” lecture and lab day on Saturday, April 27th. We’ll have digital multi-meters you can build (mine works great!), more discussion about APRS and the DRAWS digital workstation, and  a limited supply of “Borg Cube” LED cubes that you can assemble to practice your soldering. The topic for our May Lecture and Lab has also been announced: The Anderson Powerpole!

We have several contests in progress or about to take place this weekend: there’s the Yuri Gagarin International DX Contest, the ARRL Rookie Roundup, the famous Texas State Parks on the Air, and QSO parties in New Mexico, North Dakota, and Georgia. There’s also the European FT-8 Contest, if you know how to get WSJT-X to transmit your state.

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