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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Tech Net News 02-23-2019

16-AAW-2019-300x267The final countdown is at hand for the 2019 Irving Hamfestclick here for the latest, updated flyer. Sign up to help by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place one week from today—March 2nd, 2019—from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Betcha Bingo hall in Irving. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed.

There are also a few contests this weekend. There are QSO parties in both North and South Carolina, as well as the CQ WW 160-meter SSB Contest, for folks with big ambitions on the top band.

If you have time to get on the air and catch a rare one, Antarctic Activity Week runs through Sunday. I missed out on hearing about this event when it started, but I’ll be doing my best this weekend.

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.

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Tech Net News 02-16-2019

Nasa_mer_daffyThee Irving Hamfest is coming up soon! Sign up by using the “contact us” form here on the site! Remember, all volunteers get free admission to this fun event on Saturday, March 2nd. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd: If you bring $15.00 and your soldering tools, you can try your hand at building your own digital multi-meter. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

The ARRL DX Contest, is going on right now, as are special SSTV transmissions from the International Space Station. The contest calendar also features the AWA AM QSO Party, for the AMers out there.

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Tech Net News 02-02-2019

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For the club’s February 5th meeting, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding, also known as fox hunting, a skill set useful for finding transmitters, jammers, and sources of interference.

Please consider helping with set-up and take-down for the Irving Hamfest on March 2nd, 2019. We need 4-5 volunteers for setup on Friday night, 4-5 volunteers for Takedown on Saturday afternoon at about 13:15, and 2 volunteers for each of three security shifts, beginning at 6:30 am, 8:30 am, and 10:30 am.

The hamfest will be running with a simplified table layout, so setup and takedown will be quick, probably an hour or less. Also, as in previous years every volunteer will receive free admission to the event, which includes a raffle ticket.

There are a few contests in progress this weekend: The 10-10 International Winter QSO Party (SSB), and state QSO parties for VermontMinnesota, and British Columbia.

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Tech Net News 01-26-2019

polar-bear22.jpgFor the club’s February 5th meeting, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding, also known as fox hunting, a skill set useful for finding transmitters, jammers, and sources of interference.

Our Winter Field Day special event station, K5M, is hopping with activity! Join in the event from home or come out and join us.

Don’t forget that all our weekly nets will be taking place as scheduled, even though it’s a special event weekend. Tonight’s Afterglow Movie is Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Don’t forget to pay your dues if they’re due! And the Irving Hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. The DARC supports this event; if you can help with set-up or take-down, please contact us.

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