Tech Net News 07-21-2018

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Credit: Roberto Molar Candanosa

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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Credit: NASA, not David Bowie, please.

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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Skynet 7-14-18 Parallax Distances Explained! & Tour of Constellation Libra 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Parallax Distances Explained!” and “Tour of the Constellation Libra”

Net Controls: Mike KG5P & Tom KE5ICX
Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Ice Planet” (2001)
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Yahoo Groups: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/skynet
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/
Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion topic of the evening.

Astronomical Parallax – Mike KG5P

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Links from Meeting Presentation 07-10-2018: Beyond the J-Pole

coil crop DSC_2208The response and interest in my presentation was great! Here are the links from the presentation and the details of my antenna build. Remember, we’ll be building this antenna at the July 28th, 2018, Lecture and Lab.

My modifications to the design by F3WM:

If you want to reproduce my design exactly, use CQ-118 from The Wireman.

I wanted full 2-meter band coverage; I used a 19 11/16” (498mm) upper section and a 19 3/4” (500mm) lower section instead. His size will work better in a radome, if you want to weatherproof the antenna.

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Skynet 7-7-18 The Baffling Explosion of ATLAS2018cow & Tour of Constellation Scorpius 9PM CT

atlas_discovery_imageSKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Baffling Explosion of ATLAS 2018cow” and “Tour of the Constellation Scorpius”

Net Control: Carolyn KC5OZT

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Tribute to Harlan Ellison – Outer Limits: Demon With a Glass Hand/Soldier”
2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –
Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”
Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

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Tech Net News 07-06-2018

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Credit: Benjamint444

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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