Announcements of the Week: 02-12-2019

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. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket. We also have a Lecture and Lab this month, on Saturday, February 23rd: Bring $15.00, your soldering tools, and your enthusiasm, and you can build your own digital multi-meter. We’ll be in the 3rd-floor community room of the Dallas Medical Center at 10:00 am.

This week’s contests include the ARRL School Club Roundup (during the week) and the CW edition of the ARRL DX Contest, coming up this weekend.

And finally, don’t forget that the Dallas County SKYWARN class—the one in Garland with both basic and advanced classes—is THIS SATURDAY!

Announcements of the Week: 02-03-2019

nullThis Tuesday, Februrary 5th, Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB, will give a presentation about amateur radio direction finding at the DARC meeting. You can also sign up to help at the Irving Hamfest either at the meeting or by using the “contact us” form here on the site. The hamfest will be taking place on March 2nd, 2019. Help with set-up, take-down, and security will be needed, and all volunteers will get free admission and a free door prize ticket.

Next weekend features several operating events, including Straight Key Century Club’s Weekend Sprintathon and the OMISS QSO Party.

Have a great week, and I hope to year you on the air.

Announcements of the Week: 1/27/2019

apollo_1_patchFor 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.

Don’t forget to pay your dues if they’re due! And please consider helping with set-up and take-down for the Irving Hamfest on March 2nd, 2019. The DARC supports this event and it brings a financial benefit to the DARC and IARC.

There are a few contests coming up next weekend (Feb. 1st-3rd): The 10-10 International Winter QSO Party (SSB), and state QSO parties for Vermont, Minnesota, and British Columbia.

Announcements of the Week: 01-20-2019

polar-bear22.jpgWinter Field Day is just a few days away! The event begins this Saturday, January 26th. For more details about the 3-club special event station that the DARC, IARC, and MARS will be organizing, you can see our information post here. You can also sign up and let us know you’re coming—but don’t worry, the event is open to all, whether you’ve signed up or not, even if you’re not a licensed ham yet.

If you enjoy contesting but aren’t interested in Winter Field Day, the CQ WW 160-meter CW Contest is coming up on the 25th-27th of this month.

Winter Field Day won’t mean that we won’t have our usual, scheduled nets. TechNet and SKYNET will meet as planned, and the next Afterglow Movie will be Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

There will be no Lecture and Lab this weekend. Instead, the next Lecture and Lab will be on February 23rd. We might be building a neat digital meter kit, or we might be learning about the DRAWS Rasperry Pi hat and software.

UPDATE: The National Weather Service has cancelled the Tarrant County SKYWARN class for this weekend (Jan. 26th).

Announcements of the Week: 01-13-2018

earthfall_caption_from_tomIts January, so please remember to check on-line and make sure your dues are paid. If you’re past due, please pay your dues.

Winter Field Day is coming soon: it’s the 26th of this month. You can sign up to participate using the form from the right-side menu of our website. More details are available from a post here on the club website or from the MARS website, KB5A.org.

Our next afterglow movie will be the pilot from the un-bought series Pioneer 1: Earthfall. Have a look, and be ready to discuss it on the next Afterglow Movie Net.

And finally, don’t forget that the popular SSB edition of the North American QSO Party is coming up this weekend!

Tech Net News 01-12-2019

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Computer simulation of the Earth’s magnetic field in a period of normal polarity. Dr Gary A. Glatzmaier/Los Alamos National Laboratory US Department of Energy.

Remember to check on-line and make sure your dues are paid. If you’re past due, please pay your dues.

Please don’t forget that Winter Field Day is coming up on the 26th of this month. You can sign up to participate using the form from the right-side menu of our website. More details are available from our official post here on the club website.

And of course, Tech Net is not our only net this Saturday. SKYNET will be meeting at 9:00 PM, and the Afterglow Movie discussion will take place at 10:30 PM local time. The movie for the 12th will be an unusual fan-made Start Trek episode, “The Fairest of Them All.”

On the contest calendar, we have two main events listed for this weekend: the Italian QRP Club Quarterly Marathon might still be in progress and open to all modes, but their website is out of date. The NCJ North American QSO Party (CW) is this weekend…the SSB edition of this famous event will be next weekend.

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