Recurring Events

September 21st, 2016 Comments off

Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS), Katy, Texas

Recurring Events

Event Time Location Notes
KARS Net Every Tuesday, 8:00 PM KARS Repeater KT5TX 147.200(+) MHz Repeater, PL 141.3
KARS Monthly Meeting 2nd Monday of Every Month, 7:30 PM Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Tiger Room A 23900 Katy Freeway, Katy, TX  77494
KARS VE Session (Licensing Exam) Saturday, March 11, 2017, 9:30 AM HCESD Fire Station #4 No Pre-registration Required
KARS Coffee Every Wednesday, 7:30 PM Starbucks 547 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450
KARS Breakfast Every Saturday, 8:00 AM Luby’s 485 S Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS) is an active club in Katy, TX, just west of Houston, dedicated to the fascinating hobby of amateur radio.

Please come and join in the fun!

Categories: Club Info

Updated KARS Net Control Operator Guidelines

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

Please download and use the updated KARS Net Control Operator Guidelines.

KARS_NET_Procedure_v2.2 – 2 20 17

A log sheet has be added to the last page for your convenience.

Thanks to Jimmy W5ZTX for his help updating this document.

If you have not been a KARS Net Control, please volunteer.  It is fun and easy.

Categories: Club Info

KARS Kit Build & Soldering Workshops

November 15th, 2016 Comments off

KARS will conduct a kit build event in January 14 & 21.  We will build a simple AM radio using the ELENCO 780 kit. This is a beginning level kit, with about 20 parts. It should be able to be finished in about 2 hours. There are no surface mounted components and no alignment needed. Cost will be about $15.

You will need to supply your own soldering iron, needle nose pliers, and solder.

One or two weeks before the kit build Saturday, we will also conduct a soldering class for anyone interested. Cost for this soldering workshop event will be about $5.

If you are interested in participating in either event, please contact Jack Philley WB5KVV, (281) 392-8771, before Tuesday 13 Dec.

Jack will order the kits.

Categories: Elmer, Equipment

Intro to Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)

November 14th, 2016 Comments off

Tonight’s presentation will be

Introduction to Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)”

Here is the presentation aprs-presentation-nov-2016.

You can look at my 7 day travels at KG5JBJ-9

See you tonight!  73 KG5JBJ


Categories: Meetings, Presentations

Ham Radio Estate Sale

November 1st, 2016 Comments off

Ham Radio Estate Sale open to KARS members – One of our KARS members passed away recently and left several hundred vintage ham radios along with associated equipment such as vacuum tube volt meters and test gear. His brother Russell Dues is offering the equipment for sale to KARS members this week and next week. If interested contact Russell at 832 595 4102. Call him any day except Saturdays.


Categories: Equipment

My First Year on HF – W5BCA Presentation

October 11th, 2016 Comments off

Here is Bruce’s presentation about his first year on HF.  73 & Thx Bruce


Categories: Presentations

KARS General Meeting Minutes September 12, 2016

October 10th, 2016 Comments off

KARS General Meeting Minutes Monday September 12, 2016


Categories: Club Info

Houston Amateur Radio Supply Closing Their Doors

October 8th, 2016 Comments off

Houston Amateur Radio Supply is going out of business Sat 29 Oct. That day they are hosting a big parking lot swap meet. It looks like between now and then they are selling off their existing inventory at a discount. Check out their website.

Categories: Equipment

2016 KARS Shirts

October 8th, 2016 Comments off

KARS Shirts now available for ordering. Color Red. Imprint is same as previous version; large 4 color KARS logo on back, with lettering on front right breast that says “Katy Amateur Radio Society”. T-shirts are 100 % cotton. Polos are “Moisture Wick” fabric. Moisture wick is a lighter material compared to the Picque fabric for the previous KARS Polos.

Style Price *
Men T-shirt sizes up to 5XL $ 17
Men Polo No Pocket
moisture wick fabric, sizes up to 6XL 25.50
Men Polo With Pocket
Moisture wick fabric, sizes up to 6XL 28.50
Tall Men T-shirt, sizes up to 4 XL 17.50
Tall Men Polo , no pocket, sizes up to 4XL 32.50
Ladies T-shirt, sizes up to 3 XL 14.50
Ladies Polo, no pocket, sizes up to 4XL 25.50
* Price based on minimum order of 36 items

We will take orders until 1900 hrs Monday 17 Oct. Shirt delivery has been promised by the November meeting (14-Nov-2016).

If you would like to order a shirt, please contact Jack Philley on or before Monday 17 Oct. Contact info or (281) 392-8771. Let him know the SIZE and style. Prices include sales tax. Jack must have your money (cash or check) by Monday 17-Oct. Make checks out to Jack Philley.

Prices are based on a minimum order of 36 shirts. If we do not reach this minimum total, you will be given the option of a refund or ordering at a higher price.

Please understand this is a one time event. No re-orders, late orders or additional shirts are planned in the near future.

Categories: Club Info

DMR Network Basics

October 4th, 2016 Comments off

This is compliments of Russell KB5RAB and Brandmeister Talk Group 3148


Categories: Presentations

KARS Emergency Communications Plan SOP

October 4th, 2016 Comments off


This is KARS Emergency Communications Plan SOP as of October 3, 2016.  Please download and become familiar with this SOP.  73


Categories: Club Info