Tech Net News 10-12-2019

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Tech Net on the Hill is coming up next weekend! On Saturday, October 19th, from 2pm to 9pm, we’ll be up on the hill—the Flag Pole Hill pavilion, 8015 Doran Cir, Dallas, TX 75201. We’ll have great presentations and first-rate amateur radio fun and fellowship. Show off your projects, take a class, and enjoy the hot dogs (first-come, first-served of course).

Our DARC EmCom 101 net will continue this coming Monday at 19:00 local on 146.88 MHz with a discussion of the DHS SAFECOM website.

And don’t forget: your ballot for our West Gulf Division director, our representative on the ARRL’s board, should be arriving in your mailbox soon. Don’t forget to vote! Ballots must be received not later than November 15th, 2019.

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Tech Net News 09-28-2019

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The galactic spiral arms as viewed by an SDR dongle. Credit: David Schneider 

Lifewalk is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019. Bring your friends! This is an especially good event if you know a new ham who hasn’t yet gotten active on the air—it’s an easy way to get started.

Our next club meeting is coming up on Tuesday, October 1st, 2019. Jeff Steinman, N5TJ, will present on antennas for small spaces and HOA restricted yards.

The contest calendar has only a couple of notable events, the CQ WW DX contest RTTY event, and the Maine QSO party. To my mind, though, the biggest on-air event this weekend isn’t on the contest calendar: it’s the WWV 100th Anniversary special event.

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Tech Net News 09-21-2019

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You won’t forget…because I’ll keep reminding you. Lifewalk is coming up on Sunday, Oct. 6th, 2019. This is an easy event you can use to begin your public service career, or a fun chance to see your friends and keep up your public service skills.

And our next Lecture and Lab is coming up on Saturday, September 28th. Bring $10.00, and you’ll get the Wemos D1 Mini, KY-001 DS18B20 temperature-only sensor, breadboard, jumpers, servo, potentiometer, LEDs & resistors, and a USB micro cable. This will be part 1 of a 2-part Lecture and Lab, but don’t worry: you can attend either session or both.

There are tons of contest and operating opportunities this weekend. Go ahead and click to read more. You want to!

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Tech Net News 09-14-2019

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Apparently, it only takes three contaminated seeds to make this cute bird stop eating. Yikes!

You know I’m just going to keep reminding you, right? Please sign up to help at Lifewalk on Oct. 6th, 2019. This is an easy event you can use to begin your public service career, or a fun chance to see your friends and keep up your public service skills.

On the contest calendar, we’ve got several fun events in progress: There’s the ARRL September VHF Contest and the Alabama QSO Party, as well as a fun contest sponsored by the other DARC: the Deutscher Amateur Radio Club’s Worked All Europe DX Contest. But if you’re in Texas, you’ll be most interseted in the Texas QSO Party. Get on the air and say “Howdy!”

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Tech Net News 09-07-2019

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More volunteers are needed, and the clock is ticking. You should sign up to help at Lifewalk on Oct. 6th, 2019. This is an easy event you can use to begin your public service career, or a fun chance to see your friends and keep up your public service skills.

The contest calendar has a number of events week, including the Hiram Percy Maxim 150th birthday celebration which is drawing near to its end. There’s also the Nebraska QSO Party, if that’s a state you need. But what’s more exiting is that the Route 66 Special Event is just now getting underway. Enjoy your trip!

In news from the world of ham radio:

The Hurricane Watch Net has shut down for now, but might re-open by the time you are reading this. Stay alert!

If you’ve been participating in the Richardson Wireless Klub’s weekend fox hunts, you could also help amateurs in Washington catch dangerous interfering signals.

The famous and widely respected ham vendor FlexRadio will share in a government contract to help bring software-defined radio to the USAF. It’s good to see a ham vendor making an even bigger contribution to the world of HF radio.

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