Skynet 6-27-20 “What is Twilight?” & “Constellation Lupus 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “What is Twilight?” & “Constellation Lupus” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” (1989)

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

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Skynet 6-20-20 Next Rover – Perseverance & Constellation Libra 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance” & “Constellation Libra” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home” (1985)

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

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

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Tech Net News 06-20-2020

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I’m pretty, AND I’m important! Credit: Jeremy Sanders, Hermann Brunner and the eSASS team (MPE); Eugene Churazov, Marat Gilfanov (on behalf of IKI)

It’s the last weekend before Field Day! Are you ready? If you still need some hints, please check out the the “DARC Field Day 2020 Participation How We Can Have Fun” document that your fellow club members have been working on.

If your looking for some on-air fun to help you finish your Field Day preparations, there are a few events on the calendar. The West Virginia QSO Party gives you a chance to pick up a sometimes-difficult state, while the All-Asia DX Contest will let you try for a long, long-range contact or two. It’s not hard to reach Venezuela from the Dallas area, so you might want to check out The Battle of Carabobo International Contest, and if you love a noisy challenge on 160 meters this is one of the Stew Perry Top Band Challenge weekends.

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Skynet 6-13-20 “Russia Comments on NASA Return to Flight” & “Constellation Virgo” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Roscosmos Head Weighs in on NASA’s Return to Flight” & “Constellation Virgo”

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: Cosmos (2018)

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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Tom Blackwell N5GAR (SK)

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Tom Blackwell W5GAR became a silent key on May 14th, 2020. 

Tom was the ARRL North Texas Section Manager in the 2000’s representing area hams for the ARRL.  He frequently attended many club Field Days through the years as well as local club events.  After his tenure as Section Manager he continued to petition the ARRL for suggested improvements in the ARRL bylaws, election rules and regulations.

Tom was also actively involved in Dallas politics and remained so throughout his life. 

Memorial services will be held June 19th at 10AM at Hillcrest Mausoleum & Memorial Park, 7405 West Northwest Highway in Dallas.

Additional Information: 

https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/dallas-tx/thomas-blackwell-9210139?fbclid=IwAR3PZVLrQYgLxyDQnH4_AeRu9dUwo7coa60UEFSTP3PIjBeuPh4ujpdRi-Q

 

Skynet 6-6-2020 “Double Trouble: Supernova Trigger” & “Canes Venatici Alpha/Beta and M51” 9PM CT

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SKYNET!!!! 9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Double Trouble: Supernova Trigger” & “Canes Venatici Alpha/Beta and M51”

Net Control: Bill N5BB

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:
“Space Command” (2020)

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

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics
Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/
Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

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Tech Net News 06-06-20

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With a huge ceremonial platform and a complex of buildings, this ancient Maya site has been hiding in the jungle for millennia. Credit: Takeshi Inomata

Field Day is coming soon! I’ve been testing my inverters, taking inventory of my antenna supports, and running the May supply of gas out of my generator. But there’s lots more that all of us can do. Remember that the DARC still has one more virtual forum coming up on June 18th to help us get ready for Field Day on our own.

Lots of the bonus points that we used to take care of as a club are now available to you as an individual. For example, you can earn 100 points for sending a radiogram to the ARRL NTX Section Manager, and 10 points each (up to 100) for sending radiograms to your family and friends. Don’t know how? Get started at the website for our local traffic net.

The contest calendar for this week has a number of small events and a few that are a little bit larger, like the 10-10 International “Open Season” PSK Contest, the Kentucky QSO Party, and the second six-week series of the RSGB Hope QSO Party.

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Field Day 2020 Best Practices

The DARC will be hosting two virtual meetings during the month of June 2020 in preparation for Field Day 2020.  Tune in via Google Meet on June 4th and June 18th at 7pm central time.   For the meeting link see the DARC club event calendar online at: https://w5fc.org/club-activities/event-calendar/   These are open public meetings and you don’t need to be a club member to attend. The purpose of these two virtual meetings are to ask questions, get help with station setup, antennas, logging and anything else related to Field Day 2020.   You will also have the ability to test your rig and logging software real time and work out all the kinks etc. Review the “DARC Field Day 2020 Participation How We Can Have Fun” document below.

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Tech Net News 05-30-2020

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It’s coming for us! Well, maybe. Credit: USDA.

I’ve been running late! It’s not easy to stop watching the video feed from SpaceX and from NASA TV today.

Our June 2nd, 2020, club meeting will feature a program written by Jerry Buxton, N0JY, and delivered by Tom Schuessler, N5HYP. Titled “AMSAT’s Future in the Microwave Bands” It will go into a little history on previous uses of microwaves on Amateur Satellites, look at what is being designed for the GOLF satellites and the design efforts to fulfill the ARISS International goal of putting Amateur Radio on the Lunar Gateway.

UPDATE: The DARC will also have two virtual meetings during June to talk about best practices and tips for Field Day. The first one is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 4th, and the second is at 7:00 PM on Thursday, June 18th.

The contest calendar is full of events which I have not read about, because space stuff is just so cool. Have a look, and remember that you might want to find small events to participate in to get ready for Field Day, like the Phone Fray or the ARRL June VHF Contest.

If you’re like me and have never participated in a Field Day on your own before, then Anthony Luscre, K8ZT would like to help by sharing a fun presentation with useful tips and links. He’ll be giving a live version of the presentation this Wednesday, June 3rd, at 7:00 PM Dallas time.

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