DARC ARRL Field Day 2023

ARRL Field Day is the single most popular HAM Radio on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada and is open to all FCC license classes. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 amateur radio operators gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family to operate from remote locations or their home. Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!  This year the DARC will host an in-person event at the Johnston Outpost YMCA in Farmers Branch. The festivities and event officially start at 1pm central time June 24, 2023 but the W5FC DARC crew in true fashion will be there early at 9am Sat June 24, 2023 for setup. The DARC will be operating as 3A (Three Alpha) (section NTX) and will have 3 radios on the air during the event. Come join in the fun! Additional event/agenda details below.

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Lecture And Lab Apr 2023

Come join the DARC for the Apr 22, 2023 Lecture and Lab – POTA 101. This lab will be a shine only event at a nearby POTA Park (Parks On the Air) in the Garland area just off the Geo Bush. In this event you will make at least 10 radio contacts and “activate” Park K-4423. Join the DARC on site at Spring Creek Forest Preserve Apr 22, 2023 start time is 10am more details below.

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Lecture And Lab October 2022

Come join the DARC for October 2022 Lecture and Lab – you will build a vertical J-Pole Antenna for 146 and 455 MHz. Rollin Gary WA5RFG will be leading this build. This will be a fun in-person outdoor event at TW Richardson Grove Pavilion in Irving just off Interstate 635 and part of the Tech-Net in the park later that afternoon. Plan on attending in-person Oct 22, 2022 start time is 10am central time for the antenna build. Details below

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Turkey Trot Volunteer Assignments

Last page update: 11/22/22 9:30 CST

NEW TACTICAL CALL SIGNS ADDED. Please make sure you know yours.

Please familiarize yourself with the your section by referring to the areas labeled on the DARC Turkey Trot map.

Questions about positions will be answered during the two upcoming Volunteer Info Sessions. Visit the main Turkey Trot Volunteer Info page for times and how to join.

MOBILE USERS: you may have to scroll to the right to see everything.

2022 YMCA Turkey Trot Volunteer Info and Sign Up

Last page update: 11/25/22 12:06 CST

Turkey Trot 2022 was a great success! We all got a little wet, the 8 Mile race was canceled, and the usual amount of hiccups and last minute pivots happened, but through it all Team Turkey displayed the flexibility and professionalism you can always count on hams for.

Thanks to everyone for your participation and input. We hope to see you next year!

Race Day Schedule

View the Race Day Schedule and be sure to bookmark it for race day! I’m tried to make it as mobile friendly as possible so you can easily pull it up on your mobile devices.

Volunteer sign ups are closed for 2022. Thank you to all our volunteers! If we missed you this year we hope you’ll join our ranks in 2023!

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Lecture And Lab September 2022

Morse Code practice key kit

Come join the DARC for September 2022 Lecture and Lab – you will build a  CW (continuous wave) Morse code key kit – complete with a 3D-Printed CW key, and 3D-printed case. This will be a fun in-person event at the Dallas Medical Center on the 3rd floor. Plan on attending in-person September 24, 2022 start time is 10am central time. Details below

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Help Needed – Moon Day 2022

MoonDay Graphic

DARC will be onsite at the Frontiers Of Flight Museum for Moon Day on July 16, 2022. Come join us celebrating the exploration and the Apollo lunar landing on the moon.

We’ll need at least two-four people at the DARC radio table throughout most of the day (8:30AM – 4PM central).  Will also need help with setup starting at 8:30am and teardown at 3:30pm (central time).  If you can help out please fill the form out below.

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