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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Tech Net News 04-06-2019

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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, help with the latest AREDN software update, and  a limited supply of “Borg Cube” LED cubes that you can assemble to practice your soldering.

Yeah, I know, I keep mentioning this, but I really like Texas. So, here I go again: Texas State Parks on the Air is coming up next weekend, April 13th and 14th.

In the world of contests, the VHF Spring Sprint is coming up on Monday, April 8th. The Italian QRP Club Quarterly Marathon is now in progress, running through 4/8/19 UTC. This weekend features the unusual 31-Flavors PSK contest, Florida State Parks on the Air, and QSO parties in Mississippi and Missouri.

UPDATE: Katherine, KE5ZCM has passed along a message that the organizers of the MS-150 Bike Ride still need ham volunteers. The event is May 4th and 5th, 2019. You can contact John Galvin, N5TIM, using his call sign at arrl.net, or email j.marple at verizon.com.

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Tech Net News 03-30-2019

Our next club meeting, on April 2nd, 2019 will be Old Timer’s Night! Come on out and see what makes ham radio keep on ticking.

We now have TWO swap shop items listed, if you’d like a like-new HF rig or antenna.

Texas State Parks on the Air is coming up on April 13th and 14th. Plan your trip, or get on the air from home!

Remember, we’re always looking for more ideas for our Lecture and Lab programs. Got something you’d like to try? Let us know!

UPDATES: Bill, N5BB compiled a list of all the links that were mentioned during the net! Read on below to view them.

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Tech Net News 03-23-2019


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Our April 2nd meeting will be our popular Old Timer’s Night, hosted by our president, Tom General, KE5ICX. We’ll here why our longest-licensed members got into the hobby—and why they stayed.

The club has received information about the funeral services and burial of Chuck Thompson, N5IAG. The viewing will be this Sunday, March 24th; the burial will be this Monday. Please see our Silent Key post for more information.

The contest calendar doesn’t show much this weekend. The NA SSB Sprint is taking place from 19:00 to 23:00 Dallas time tonight, if you’d like to try a short, intense contest.

UPDATE: Gus, W5GUS, mentioned the Light Up 2-Meter Simplex event tomorrow night, March 24th, from 18:00-20:00 local time. You can find out more at their Facebook page or this eHam post.

UPDATE: Gus, W5GUS, mentioned a General license class being offered by the Garland Amateur Radio Club. It starts very soon, on March 28th. More information is available from the Garland ARC training page.

UPDATE: David, KG5EIU, would like to encourage all amateurs who use AREDN to update their firmware to the latest version. Their are MAJOR updates to the operating system that underlies the firmware, as well is the routing protocol used.

And don’t forget our swap and sale items listed here.

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Tech Net News 03-16-2019

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Do you want to have some fun? Help support living history education, show off our hobby, and avoid roaming tyrannosaurs by coming out to the Frontiers of Flight Museum for the Wings of Freedom event. We don’t work…we just have fun with radios. To sign up to help, click here. We’ll be there from about 9:00 AM to, well, some time in the late afternoon. Admission to the museum and parking will be free, but touring the historic aircraft requires purchasing a ticket. We’ll be monitoring the 146.88 repeater during the event, so just give us a call for more information.

Chuck Thompson, N5IAG, has become a silent key. We’ll provide more information about services when it becomes available.

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Tech Net News 03-09-2019

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We need your help! Well, sort of. We need you to come out and goof off with us…but in a way that promotes amateur radio. Our club will be participating in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on March 16 and 17th. At this event, we don’t work hard; we just show off our radio hobby to the interested visitors at the event while get free admission to the museum. We need help on both days, so sign up now. Admission to the museum is free, but visiting the WW II aircraft requires a fee and riding in them while they fly requires both a significant fee and a reservation.

Don’t forget to check the contest calendar for this week. This weekend will features QSO parties for Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wisconsin, among others.

The next club Lecture and Lab on Saturday, March 23rd, will focus on the “DRAWS Digital Work Station”. You don’t need to have one…but you do have to be interested in talking about it.

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Tech Net News 03-02-2019

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Our next club meeting, on Tuesday, March 5th, will focus on the most popular of all radio antennas, the dipole. Jim Eatman, KG5WAW, will discuss the electrical characteristics of dipoles and how to use them effectively.

I hope to see you at the meeting!

The contest calendar features two fun events this weekend: the Novice Rig Roundup, and the ARRL DX Contest SSB weekend. If you have an old rig with a crystal, or even if you don’t but you like to operate CW, the roundup is worth checking out.

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