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.
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 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.
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.
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.