Tech Net News 07-22-2017

Credit: Hawkes, et al.

It looks like a quiet week in the world of ham radio. There don’t seem to be any major contests going on, but there is an interesting series of QRP “fox hunt” events taking place in the 20-meter band.

Our August 1st DARC meeting program will be all about APRS, and presented by Pete Loveall, AE5PL.

Looking forward to this time next month, it looks like there will be many special events on the air to mark the Great American Eclipse. Plenty of Eclipse information is available from NASA, too.

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Tech Net News and Announcements 07-01-2017

The 13 Colonies Special Event is going on right now. Get on the air…see if you can make a clean sweep!

Please remember that the next club meeting will be on July 11th, not the 4th.

Dallas CERT is looking for experienced hams who can help CERT members put their new technician licenses to work. They will be holding a training event on the afternoon of Sunday, July 9th, and they’re looking for experienced hams to help out. If you contact the club, we’ll forward you email to Cassandra Wallace at the City of Dallas.

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Tech Net News 06-17-2017

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The DARC is not slowing down while we get ready for Field Day! We’re busy, but we have all our usual nets going on tonight and this week. Skynet meets tonight at  9:00 pm, and the afterglow movie net will discuss Close Encounters of the Third Kind tonight at 10:30 pm.

We’ll have a meeting on the air this Sunday, a HamFixins net this Monday, and a Vetnet this Wednesday.

There aren’t any contests going on in this part of the world this weekend; everyone seems to be waiting for Field Day.

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Tech Net News 06-10-2017

Enantiornithines, credit: Lida Xing

Ham-Com is done, but Field Day 2017 is still to come! We’ll be at the pavilion at  Flag Pole Hill, in Dallas, TX on June 24th and 25th. Set-up starts at 8:15 on Saturday. Join us!

Our lecture and lab event will be held at our Field Day site. We plan to offer several training sessions on how to participate in Field Day and on how to log contacts. Even if you’re a beginner, you’ll become a well-prepared operator.  We’ll have extra-class control operators available, so even if you’re not licensed yet, you’ll be able to get on the air.

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Memorial Day 2017 Surprise Net

The March of Time, Henry Sandham

Rather than a “goofy” net, I’d just like to focus on the purpose of Memorial Day. I’ll talk a little about the history of the day, and perhaps about one or two of our National Cemeteries. I hope that you can contribute, too. Is there a sailor, soldier, or flyer that you or your family remembers? Are there any stories you like to tell, or customs that you follow?

Please join us on Monday, May 29th, 2017, at 7:00 PM on the 146.88 repeater.

Tech Net News 5-6-2017

Don’t forget to check out our latest club newsletter. We’re still looking for help with our club VE sessions and for preparing for Field Day. Ham-Com is coming up in just a month! Start preparing your shopping list, and remember that the club will need your help to staff our table. Several members are also planning to have a “radio in the park” day on Sunday, May 21st, at Dreyfuss Point (Street View here) at 1:00 PM. Bring your enthusiasm, and maybe a radio and an antenna, and have fun!

There are a few contests and QSO parties in progress tonight. There are QSO parties in Indiana and Delaware, as well as one for the whole 7th call district. That one is complicated, so please check out the rules before you participate.

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News for Tech Net 3/4/2017

Don’t forget that our next club meeting will take place this coming Tuesday, 3/7/2017!

For more details about the oldest known fossils, you can check out this story here and remember that this find is both uncertain and controversial! Arguments that the Amazon rain forest has been heavily modified by humans are not new, but a new paper on that subject has made the news recently. Finally, smog is a big deal. Air pollution in the US has been tightly controlled for many years, but the air is a common resource and pollution from other countries can affect us here.

Don’t forget that the ARRL SSB DX Contest is going on right now!