Announcements of the Week: 04-02-2019

Our next club meeting, on April 2nd, 2019 will be Old Timer’s Night! This is always a fun night where our most experienced hams share why they got into the hobby, what’s kept them involved, and tips on mentoring others.

And don’t forget: Texas State Parks on the Air is coming up on April 13th and 14th.

There are several operating events coming up. If you enjoyed the Light Up 2-Meter Simplex event, you might want to try the VHF Spring Sprint on Monday, April 8th. The Italian QRP Club Quarterly Marathon is now in progress, through 4/8/19 UTC. This coming weekend will feature the unusual 31-Flavors PSK contest, Florida State Parks on the Air, and QSO parties in Mississippi and Missouri.

There were also several links mentioned during last Saturday’s tech net. If you’d like to learn more about things that were discussed, see the list below!

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Announcements of the Week: 03-20-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundSorry I’m running late with the announcements! This is a fairly quiet week, except that our next Lecture and Lab is coming up this weekend. We’ll be discussing the Draws Digital Workstation, a tool for interfacing radios with the Raspberry Pi. Don’t worry if you don’t have one! They’re on back-order, and expensive, to boot. But, they’re also very interesting, which is why we’ll be discussing them.

Even the contest calendar is quiet this week. The only contest I’ve heard mentioned is the NA SSB Sprint, which runs for 4 hours this Saturday.

 

Announcements of the Week: 03-04-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundOur 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. The next club Lecture and Lab on Saturday, March 23rd, will focus on the “DRAWS Digital Work Station”. Look for more details in future announcements!

We also have a fun event that’s coming up fast: our club participation in the Wings of Freedom Tour at the Frontiers of Flight Museum in Dallas on March 16 and 17th. We don’t provide public service; 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 so that we can admire the historic aircraft! We need help on both days. A sign-up form will be coming soon. For now, please use the “contact us” form to let us know if you can help.

Finally, don’t forget to check the contest calendar for this week. The Novice Rig Roundup will be going on all week, and this coming weekend will feature QSO parties for Oklahoma, Idaho, and Wisconsin, among others.

Announcements of the Week: 02-24-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundThe 2019 Irving Hamfest is almost upon us; click 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 this Saturday—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.

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.

We hope to see you at the hamfest or at our meeting!

Announcements of the Week: 02-17-2019

DARC logo 500X233 no backgroundPlease consider signing up to help at the Irving Hamfest by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on 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. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd. Bring $15.00, your soldering tools, and your thinking cap…and you, too, can build your own digital multi-meter using instructions written only in Chinese. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

Besides those great local events, you can also look forward to a few contests next 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.