Tech Net News 12-02-2017

pia21972There’s a lot coming up for the DARC! Your electronic ballots are due tomorrow. Look for an email reminder in your inbox or junk folder, or search your email for “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED.” You have only one more day—tomorrow—in which to vote for our 2018 officers and directors.

Our annual pizza party is coming up this Tuesday, and I’m hungry already. Bring your favorite pizza or pizza-related side dish to our next meeting and share it with your fellow members! We’re also in need of videos and slide shows to share; so far, no one has announced that they plan to bring a movie or video to the meeting…we’re going to need your help.

The club’s Annual Dinner is this week, too. Join us at the Spring Creek BBQ in Addison at 7:30 PM this coming Thursday for a night of fun and fellowship and loot. Did I say loot? I did. We’ll be having a raffle for a Yaesu FT-991a and a second drawing for a multi-band antenna. You’d better bring some cash to the December meeting, the raffle tickets are going fast.

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Tech Net News 11-25-2017. Gobble Gobble!

AMSATALTLOGO6The contest calendar for this weekend has a big event on it: the CQ WW DX CW contest! It’s going on right now.

Richard Bartlett, KE6LOU, a former PSO for the DARC, has become a Silent Key.

Don’t forget: check your email for a message with the subject “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED”. Vote for your 2018 officers and directors!

AO-91 (Fox-1B), our newest amateur radio cubesat, is open for business!

SKYWARN recognition day is coming up on December 1st and 2nd. There’s a webinar to help you find out more about it.

Did you like NPOTA? Do you like SOTA? There’s a new -OTA coming on December 11th: NASA on the Air!

We have one more big public service event in our area this year: the Dallas Marathon. It’s on Sunday, December 10th, and more than a hundred hams will be helping to make the event a success! Email Bob, W5BJ or John, N5TIM at arrl.net to volunteer.

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Tech Net News 11-11-2017

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The contest calendar is fairly quiet, but the 10-10 International Fall Digital QSO Party is going on, if you’d like to try for a 10-meter opening. The ARRL November Sweepstakes will be having their phone contest next weekend.

Electronic officer elections are now in progress for the DARC. Look for an email entitled “Ballot for 2018 Ballot for DARC Officers – REVISED.”

Don’t forget to sign up for Turkey Trot!

And one fun bit of amateur radio news that’s tickled my fancy: if it’s made of metal, it’s an antenna! You can buy aluminum foil on small islands where you can’t buy wire, as this ham in Hong Kong found out.

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Tech Net News 11-04-2017

Don’t forget to sign up for Turkey Trot! It’s a big day, and we need your help.

Our November club meeting is coming up soon. We’ll be hearing from Dr. Tim Holzheimer, N6DIY as he compares the different models of SDR available today and studies their ability to deal with interference.

There are two contests in progress at the moment. The ARRL November CW Sweepstakes will run until 02:59 UTC on Monday, and the ARRL EME Contest for 50-1,296 MHz takes place this weekend as well. Don’t forget that the phone Fall Sweepstakes will take place on Nov. 18th-20th.

Are you on 630 meters yet? Even if you can’t transmit, you could listen along during a special operating event next weekend, which focuses on November 11th.

If you aren’t operating on 630 meters, but you plan to, don’t forget to apply for approval from the UTC. The on-line form has improved quite a bit. The folks at the UTC are also sending out approval emails, which is nice, though it’s unexpected.

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Tech Net News 10-28-2017

Don’t forget: there’s a memorial service coming up tomorrow for club member Jim Heye, K5WLQ. Please check the lead story for details.

Don’t forget to volunteer for Turkey Trot!

The next club meeting will be a week from this Tuesday, on November 7th. The program will be by Dr. Tim, N6DIY. He’ll be giving a neat presentation about some pretty unusual antenna stuff; we’ll have more details to share as we get closer to the meeting day.

In contesting, the CQ WW DX SSB contest is going on right now! This is a big one…why not give it a try? And of course, the ARRL November Sweepstakes are coming up as well.

An amazing transatlantic contact was made this week: 10 mW at 8.27 kHz from Newfoundland to the UK!. And as you would expect, CW traffic handling helped loved ones stay in touch after Hurricane Irma.

And don’t forget that tonight’s Afterglow Movie is Blade Runner 2049.

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Tech Net News 10-21-2017

One of our long-time supporters has become a silent key. Please don’t forget all the help he gave to our club and our members!

And please don’t forget that we need your help for the Turkey Trot. I promise, I hate getting up early even more than you do. It’s still worth it.

There are two notable operating events this weekend: the Jamboree on the Air and the 10-10 CW Fall QSO Party. Please keep your ears open—Scouts may be trying to make contacts on our repeater.

Don’t forget our next Lecture and Lab is coming up next weekend. It’s an open forum: anything that’s fun, goes.

We have a surprise net coming up on October 30th. Have you thought of something surprising we should do? Let us know.

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Tech Net news 10-14-2017

Talk to a school club this week! Credit: ARRL

Another quiet week for contests…but the ARRL School Club Roundup will be going on all week. We also have the 60th anniversary JOTA coming up on October 21st, and the ARRL North Texas Mentorfest on the same day. JOTA volunteers should email N5BB or N5HYP at ARRL.net.

Our last Lecture and Lab for the year, on October 28th, will be an open forum: you can work on an un-finished kit, have your antenna checked by a professional, or give a talk about what you’ve been up to. Please contact the club if you’d like to give a presentation.

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