Tech Net News 11-11-2017

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The contest calendar is fairly quiet, but the 10-10 International Fall Digital QSO Party is going on, if you’d like to try for a 10-meter opening. The ARRL November Sweepstakes will be having their phone contest next weekend.

Electronic officer elections are now in progress for the DARC. Look for an email entitled “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED.”

Don’t forget to sign up for Turkey Trot!

And one fun bit of amateur radio news that’s tickled my fancy: if it’s made of metal, it’s an antenna! You can buy aluminum foil on small islands where you can’t buy wire, as this ham in Hong Kong found out.

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Tech Net News 11-04-2017

Don’t forget to sign up for Turkey Trot! It’s a big day, and we need your help.

Our November club meeting is coming up soon. We’ll be hearing from Dr. Tim Holzheimer, N6DIY as he compares the different models of SDR available today and studies their ability to deal with interference.

There are two contests in progress at the moment. The ARRL November CW Sweepstakes will run until 02:59 UTC on Monday, and the ARRL EME Contest for 50-1,296 MHz takes place this weekend as well. Don’t forget that the phone Fall Sweepstakes will take place on Nov. 18th-20th.

Are you on 630 meters yet? Even if you can’t transmit, you could listen along during a special operating event next weekend, which focuses on November 11th.

If you aren’t operating on 630 meters, but you plan to, don’t forget to apply for approval from the UTC. The on-line form has improved quite a bit. The folks at the UTC are also sending out approval emails, which is nice, though it’s unexpected.

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Tech Net News 10-28-2017

Don’t forget: there’s a memorial service coming up tomorrow for club member Jim Heye, K5WLQ. Please check the lead story for details.

Don’t forget to volunteer for Turkey Trot!

The next club meeting will be a week from this Tuesday, on November 7th. The program will be by Dr. Tim, N6DIY. He’ll be giving a neat presentation about some pretty unusual antenna stuff; we’ll have more details to share as we get closer to the meeting day.

In contesting, the CQ WW DX SSB contest is going on right now! This is a big one…why not give it a try? And of course, the ARRL November Sweepstakes are coming up as well.

An amazing transatlantic contact was made this week: 10 mW at 8.27 kHz from Newfoundland to the UK!. And as you would expect, CW traffic handling helped loved ones stay in touch after Hurricane Irma.

And don’t forget that tonight’s Afterglow Movie is Blade Runner 2049.

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Tech Net News 10-21-2017

One of our long-time supporters has become a silent key. Please don’t forget all the help he gave to our club and our members!

And please don’t forget that we need your help for the Turkey Trot. I promise, I hate getting up early even more than you do. It’s still worth it.

There are two notable operating events this weekend: the Jamboree on the Air and the 10-10 CW Fall QSO Party. Please keep your ears open—Scouts may be trying to make contacts on our repeater.

Don’t forget our next Lecture and Lab is coming up next weekend. It’s an open forum: anything that’s fun, goes.

We have a surprise net coming up on October 30th. Have you thought of something surprising we should do? Let us know.

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Tech Net news 10-14-2017

Talk to a school club this week! Credit: ARRL

Another quiet week for contests…but the ARRL School Club Roundup will be going on all week. We also have the 60th anniversary JOTA coming up on October 21st, and the ARRL North Texas Mentorfest on the same day. JOTA volunteers should email N5BB or N5HYP at ARRL.net.

Our last Lecture and Lab for the year, on October 28th, will be an open forum: you can work on an un-finished kit, have your antenna checked by a professional, or give a talk about what you’ve been up to. Please contact the club if you’d like to give a presentation.

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Tech Net News 09-30-2017

Lifewalk is tomorrow! Water stop operators should be on location and on the air by 11:30 am. Other operators should report to the DARC net control station by 9:30 am. We’ll be in the parking lot behind the big, white house in Oak Lawn (formerly Lee) Park. Walk in volunteers are welcome. Bring an HT, a spare battery, and a mag-mount antenna (if you have one) if you’d like to join up.

The next DARC meeting is this coming Tuesday, October 3rd. Our program will be on the latest news from AMSAT, presented by Bill Reed, NX5R.

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Tech Net News 09-16-2017

The DARC Radio in the Park event is tomorrow! Don’t forget to come on out and say, “hi!”

The most interesting contest this weekend is the Yankee Clipper Contest Club’s 40th anniversary contest. How else would a contest club celebrate a special day, but with yet another contest?

Please take note of this important information presented by John, KB5NJD: register your station, EOC, or Field Day location if you might use 630 or 2,200 meters. You can contact kb5njd for more information.

Mike, KG5P, mentioned that the Route 66 special event is active on the air!

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