Field Day 2022 Quick Stats

Field Day 2022 was a great event, from the well-prepared set-up to the well-orchestrated, fast, take-down. As Randy, KE5JIT, pointed out, a 55-minute “strike” is clearly a record for the DARC. While the Field Day committee works on the final entry, please enjoy some fun facts and numbers about our Field Day contacts.

I’m proud to say that team “TM” did a great job making contacts! It was only on Sunday morning that Travis McWaters pointed out to me that he was using the same initials as Tony Mendina. Travis made many more contacts than I did.

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Skynet 6-25-22 “See a Rare Alignment” & Constellation “Scorpius” 9PM

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “See a Rare Alignment” & ”Scorpius, the Scorpion” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Battlefield Earth” (2000)

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Skynet 6-18-22 “Artemus Program Components” & “Lupus the Wolf” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “The Artemus Program Components” & “Lupus, the Wolf” 

Net Control: Tom KE5ICX

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “The Gamma People” (1956)

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Skynet 6-11-22 “10 Things about the X-36B” & Constellations: “Bootes” and “Corona Borealis”

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “10 Things We Know About the Secret X-37B Space Plane” & “Bootes, the Shepherd, and Corona Borealis, the Northern Crown” 

Net Control: Brenda WB5OZL

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “On the Threshold of Space” (1956)

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/groups/306498286059167/

Saturday’s DARC SkyNet is at 9PM CT.

Discussion Topic of the Evening

10 Things We Know About the X-37B Space Plane

https://www.livescience.com/x37b-secret-space-plane-facts.html

Skynet 6-4-22 “Bill’s Trip to Washington D.C. & Constellation “Libra, the Scales” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “Bill’s Trip to Washington D.C.” & “Libra, the Scales” 

Net Control: Bill N5BB

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: “Star Trek: Beyond” (2016) 

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

IO Group: https://groups.io/g/DARCskynet/topics

Skynet! 5-28-22 “A Comet Will Make for Spectacular Night Sky!” & Constellation “Virgo, the Maiden” 9PM CT

SKYNET!!!!  9PM CT – 10:30PM CT

Saturday’s Topic: “A Comet Is Tearing Apart And Will Make For A Spectacular Night Sky Meteor Shower” & Constellation “Virgo, the Maiden” 

Net Control: Billye KF5PDS

Afterglow Movie 10:30PM: Armageddon (1998)

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

Echolink: W5FC-R, node 37247.

Youtube.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Facebook.com Search “DARC Skynet”

Twitch.tv Search “KE5ICX”

Direct Video Link: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCishlh8WmW7OXy9Q6sxsaag

Lecture And Lab May 2022

Come join the DARC for May 2022 Lecture and Lab – Radio In The Park Day. This will be a fun in-person outdoor event. Plan on attending in-person May 28, 2022 start time is 10am central time at TW Richardson Grove Park in Irving TX Bring your Go-Boxes, antennas, radios, batteries – what ever – will also be testing the KM4ACK antennas that we built at the Apr 2022 DARC Lecture and lab.

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DARC ARRL Field Day 2022

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 radio amateur operators gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends and family to operate from remote locations. 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 25, 2022 but the DARC crew in true fashion will be there early at 9am 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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