Skynet 8-27-22 “The Artemis 1 Launch” & Constellation “Aquila the Eagle” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Artemis 1 Launch” & Constellation “Aquila the Eagle” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Red Planet Mars” (1952)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Skynet 8-20-22 “The Giant Magellan Telescope” and Constellations “Scutum” & “Corona Austrina” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Giant Magellan Telescope” & Constellations “Scutum the Shield and Corona Austrina the Southern Crown” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Teenage Caveman” (1958)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Robert (Bob) Lewis WA5ONL (Previous callsign WB5FDF)- SK

It is with sadness that we announce the passing of Robert (Bob) Lewis WA5ONL (previously WB5FDF) on Wednesday morning, August 17, 2022. Bob passed peacefully while asleep in his living room chair.

Bob was an active member of the DARC back in the 1970 and 1980’s. He taught a number of morse code classes.

(Note from James N5BKL who remembered him): Bob was very active in the DARC. He was the Technical Officer and maintained the W5FC repeaters. He was also one of the teachers of the classes that taught amateur radio twice a year at Love Field and at Electronic Center. He was employed at TI as an electronic engineer. Bob mentored many young hams throughout his career and hobby. He will be missed by many.

Bob was also the brother one of our current members David Lewis AC5DL.

Please keep the Lewis family in your thoughts and prayers.

73 Bob, you will be missed!

Lecture and Lab, August 2022

The QFH Antenna, courtesy of Eugene Ruperto, W3KH

The first draft of the instruction sheet and information guide is now available. I’ve also added some information about on-lin resources.l/

The August, 2022, Lecture and Lab will be held in-person at the Dallas Medical Center on Saturday, August 27th, at 10:00 am. We’ll have an antenna build and a presentation, too. The antenna we build will be a 137-MHz helicoidal loop antenna pair for receiving weather satellite images and aircraft radio voice transmissions. The presentation will discuss the best software tools for decoding satellite imagery for yourself. The antenna will be very easy to build, and the cost will be only $30.00. 20 kits will be available!

You’ll need to bring a soldering iron and some general hand tools such as a tape measure, a sharpie, and your favorite set of files. The club will provide the antenna parts, but not the receiver: you’ll want to have a device that can receive signals at about 137 MHz. Most ham radios can’t do that, so now’s the time to check on your scanner or even order an RTL-SDR dongle or one of its competitors like an Airspy or SDR-Play. You’ll also want an adapter from a PL-259 connector to whatever connector your receiver uses.

I hope to see you there!

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Skynet 8-13-22 “What is SOFIA?” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 9PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “What’s SOFIA?” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Invasion, USA” (1952)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Skynet 8-6-22 “Private Moon Race Kicks Off Soon” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “A New Private Moon Race Kicks Off Soon” & Constellation “Lyra the Harp” 

Net Control: Bill N5BB

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Terror in the Midnight Sun” (1957)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Skynet 7-30-22 “Despite Space Being a Vacuum, Mars is Pretty Dusty” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Despite Space Being a Vacuum, Mars is Really Dusty” 

Net Control: Chaz KF5JHA

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Device” (2014) 

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Skynet 7-23-22 “Why Uranus and Neptune are Different Colors” & Constellation “Draco the Dragon” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Why are Uranus and Neptune Different Colors?” & “Draco the Dragon” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM:  “The Monitors” (1969) 

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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Skynet 7-16-22 JWST: Stunning First Images & Constellation “Ophiuchus” 9PM

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “James Webb Space Telescope: An astronomer explains the stunning, newly released 1st images” & Constellation “Ophiuchus, the snake handler” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: The Deadly Mantis (1957)

2-Meter Repeater W5FC: 146.880MHz, PL 110.9, –

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

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