Tech Net News 08-11-2018

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The summer’s heat is still strong, but the end is in sight. That means that the DARC is becoming more active! We’re looking for short, 20-25-minute presentations for our Tech Net on the Hill event this October 27th. Please get in touch with us and volunteer! We also need folks who can share something cool in 5 minutes or less: our next meeting is a show and tell night.

Our next Lecture and Lab will be on Saturday, August 25th. We’ll have a few antenna analyzer kits for $45.00…but even if you don’t get a kit, you can still learn how to use the equipment you order on your own.

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Tech Net News 07-28-2018


Our next club meeting will be on Tuesday, August 7th; our club officers will present an AREDN update.

If you enjoyed today’s Lecture and Lab, or if you missed it, you can review the antenna dimensions on-line, or contact the club if you have any questions.

This coming Monday is going to be the 5th Monday of the month, so instead of one of our regular nets, we’ll be having trivia night on the air. Get ready to compete against the smartest hams in the area!

Tonight’s Afterglow Movie will be The Green Hornet, and if you can put up with commercials, you can watch it for free on-line.

On the contest calendar, the main stand-out is the RSGB IOTA contest, in progress now, but you’ll have to get moving: the contest ends at 7:00 am tomorrow, Dallas time.

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Tech Net News 07-21-2018

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The contest calendar has a few events this weekend. The CQ WW VHF contest is on, and challenging; the RTTY installment of the North American QSO Party is taking place as well.

The next Dallas Amateur Radio Club Lecture and Lab will be happening a week from today; come on out and build the easy 2-meter antenna discussed at the last meeting!

There hasn’t been too much in the way of ham news; it looks like Slovenian amateurs have received a new 60-meter allocation; it overlaps with two of our channels.

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Tech Net News 07-14-2018

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Moon Day is coming up in less than a week! Don’t forget to volunteer!

There’s only one big event on this weekend’s contest calendar: the IARU HF Championship. You get multipliers for working national club headquarters stations!

In ham news:

Some rule changes have been announced for the CQ WW contests. Most notably, the penalties for busted exchanges and missed log entries have been slightly reduced.

The ARRL reports that a ham technology—a low frequency radio phone—helped in the famous cave rescue that just took place in Thailand.

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Tech Net News 07-06-2018

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Our next club meeting is this coming Tuesday. I’ll talk about a very simple portable antenna for 2 meters and 70 cm, and I hope that you’ll bring and share your favorites, too. There’s more to portable antennas than just J-poles.

Don’t forget that Moon Day is coming up. The club will be active at the Frontiers of Flight Museum from 8:30 am until 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 21st. More details will be announced at the next club meeting, and I’ll update this post as needed. Moon Day is an exciting educational event! Thousands of children and young adults who are interested in science come out to the museum, and dozens of local groups—including us—spend the day teaching them more about what they love. There’s no hard outdoor work or getting up at 5:00 am; just share your enthusiasm and the kids will be happy.

UPDATE: Randy, KE5JIT, would like you to save the date. We’ll have a Tech Net on the Hill event at Flag Pole Hill in Dallas on Saturday, October 27th, from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm. Hot dogs, fun, and education will abound!

In the world of contesting, you still have a little time left to participate in the Spirit of 76 QSO Party on 10 meters, and in the 13 Colonies Special Event. Get on the air, if you can!

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Tech Net News 06-30-2018

SBob Ceiszenski - 2018annivWe have several special events and contests about to begin! Canada Day is tomorrow, so the Canada Day Contest will be starting this evening. The 10-10 International Spirit of 76 QSO Party will get underway at 7:00 pm Dallas time this Sunday, and my favorite special event—the 13 Colonies—begins at 8:00 am Dallas time this Sunday.

Don’t forget that our next club meeting is coming up on July 10th. I’ll be presenting on simple alternatives to the portable j-pole for VHF and UHF, including an easy antenna that uses nothing but coax. You’ll are encouraged to bring your own portable, non-j-pole antennas, and they don’t have to be omnidirectional or even dual band.

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Tech Net News 06-16-2018

field day 2018 small mapField day is next weekend! Where will you be? How will you participate? Get ready now. Please bring announcements about area field day activities to the net.

The contest calendar has only one well-known event for this weekend, but it’s big contest for big amateurs with big antennas: the Stew Perry Topband Challenge.

Remember that we’re also looking for Tech Net net controls. If you’d like to try it—no long-term commitment required—please email w9ve, that’s whiskey nine voice of excellence, at netzero dot net.

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