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 plus EchoLink (KT5TX-R)
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 Amateur Radio License Exam Nov 10, 2018   Sat. 9am Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room No Preregistration Required, Public Welcome
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!  Membership Application

Facebook Group Katy Amateur Radio Society on Facebook

Categories: Club Info

Main ARES Frequency Tone Change

November 8th, 2018 Comments off

A message from KA5QDG:

The PL tone on the 147.000 has been changed to 100.0 encode ONLY.  It does NOT transmit a pl tone now.  This was done to cure a interference problem.

As a reminder, this is the main ARES frequency.

Sean Ramsey, AEC Communications, ARES STX HARRIS NW

Categories: Uncategorized

Katy Amateur Radio Society Icom IC-7300 Raffle

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

The Katy Amateur Radio Society is holding a raffle for an Icom IC-7300. Tickets are $20.00 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at the December club meeting.

Ticket information http://www.katyars.com/raffle/

Categories: Uncategorized

Where in the World is The Marshall Islands (V73)

October 30th, 2018 Comments off

Where in the World is The Marshall Islands (V73)

CQ Zone 31 ITU Zone 65 IOTA OC-028

Think WW II – the big one. Names of individual atolls are engraved forever in American military history. Part of Admiral Nimitz’ island hopping strategy, islands in the Marshall and Gilberts chains became battle grounds. After the war, the islands, especially Bikini and Eniwetok atolls became U.S. atomic testing grounds. The first hydrogen bomb was tested there.  Officially named the Republic of the Marshall Islands, none of the 29 low-lying coral atolls and the five coral islands in the Marshall group rises to more than 20 feet above high tide. The islands are coral caps set on the rims of submerged volcanoes rising from the ocean floor. The island units of the Marshalls are scattered over about 180,000 square miles of the Pacific.  To read more…

Categories: Uncategorized

KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 8, 2018

October 13th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 8, 2018

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2256.61
“DXpedition – Taongi Atoll, Marshall Islands for IOTA” presentation by John McColly (W5RQ). Presentation has been posted to our KARS website – Taongi Atoll 2003 DXpedition
The September BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
Five (5) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Mike Almaguer, Chuck Lewis (KT5COL), Samuel Martinez (KI5AVV), Ronald Morrison (KG5WBV), and Rod Lewis (KC5RJL).
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower.
REMINDER: To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred for the KARS Remote Station, KARS will be auctioning off a new ICOM IC-7300. Tickets are $20/each with the drawing to be held at our December meeting. Please contact any of the KARS officers if you are interested in purchasing a ticket(s). We have limited the number of tickets to be sold at 250.
Rudy’s BBQ has been selected for our KARS Christmas dinner. More details to follow.
Upcoming Public Service Events:

Wings Over Houston Air Show – October 20-21, 2018.
KARS will again be helping with a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday November 3rd, conducting a radio merit badge course. This is a district wide fair with at least 20 merit badges being offered. Last year there were over 200 scouts participating. We need app. 6 KARS members to participate in this effort – contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) for more information and/or to volunteer.
Saturday, November 10, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Cimarron Katy neighborhood. More details forthcoming.

Net Control Assignment for the period of Oct 9 – Nov 13, 2018:
Date  Net Control Operator
10/9    Raul Ramos
10/16  Jimmy Vance
10/23  Jack Philley
10/30  Tom Greathouse
11/6    Ron & Sheree Horton
11/13  Brian Havran

There were 26 members and visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

Categories: Meetings

Wings Over Houston Air Show

September 15th, 2018 Comments off

Good Morning Wings Over Houston Communicators!

This Year’s Wings Over Houston Air Show will be held on October 19 (Special Air Show), with the Main Public Show being held on October 20-21, 2018.

We require your Ham Radio Communication Skills once again for this amazing air show. Wings Over Houston is an “Air-Show-Major”. It is one of the top 4 most prestigious air shows in the country along with: SUN ‘n FUN International Fly-In & Expo in Lakeland, Florida, the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach in Wantagh, New York, and the Cleveland National Air Show in Cleveland, Ohio!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Please contact me as soon as you can as I begin compiling this year’s Communicator Roster. I’ll need to know all the important bits and pieces of contact information about you. Especially what days you are available. Remember, this is a HUGE 2-day event, and we’d prefer to have you for both Saturday and Sunday. The Special Air Show on Friday is a greatly trimmed version of Saturday and Sunday. We’ll need 10-15 Communicators for this event on Friday.

This year’s show again features the United States Navy, Blue Angels. You know what that means…Weather permitting, we break attendance records each year “The Blues” are here, and flying over Houston, Texas’ October Blue Skies.

Please pass this opportunity to serve our communities, and this Great American Airshow with the dates, along to your clubs, to your friends, and circles of influence.

Remember, use the KD5AYF@Reagan.com and GEORGE@HOHI.NET for replies please.

Thanks to All! Please call me if you have any questions.

Office: (713) 266-6464    Cell: (832) 723-4760

Sincerely Yours,

George Levandoski

Wings Over Houston,

Staff Coordinator,

Amateur Radio Communications

Categories: Volunteer

KARS General Meeting – Monday, September 10, 2018

September 15th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2795.39
“Experiences & Lessons Learned During Hurricane Harvey” presentation by Jeff Walker (KE5FGA). Jeff is the ARES District 14 Emergency Coordinator.
Representatives (Mary Payne & Pattie Creel) from the Katy CERT team attended the September meeting. For more information on this team please check out their Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/KatyAreaCERT/) or email them at KatyAreaCert@gmail.com.
The August BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
One (1) new member application were presented and approved by club membership: Paul Koby (KA5OBI). Paul holds a General Class license.
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower.
REMINDER: To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred for the KARS Remote Station, KARS will be auctioning off a new ICOM IC-7300. Tickets are $20/each with the drawing to be held at our December meeting. Please contact any of the KARS officers if you are interested in purchasing a ticket(s). We have limited the number of tickets to be sold at 250.

Net Control Assignment for the period of Sept 18 – Oct 9, 2018:
Date  Net Control Operator
Sept 18  Bob Bentley
Sept 25  George Graves
Oct 2     Tom Greathouse
Oct 9     Raul Ramos

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, September 22, 2018, Houston Tour de Cure at Prairie View A&M (http://main.diabetes.org/site/TR/TourdeCure/TourAdmin?fr_id=12331&pg=entry). Contact Scott Reeve (KT5SR) for details.

Saturday, October 6, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the West Memorial neighborhood. They will have 4 teams working a total of 131 homes.  Ideally, we will need one or two operators with each team and one or two operators to acts as net control at the command post. Contact Jimmy Vance (W5ZTX) if you are interested in participating.

KARS will again be helping with a Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair on Saturday November 3rd, conducting a radio merit badge course. This is a district wide fair with at least 20 merit badges being offered. Last year there were over 200 scouts participating. We need app. 6 KARS members to participate in this effort – contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) for more information and/or to volunteer.

There were 22 members and 7 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

Categories: Meetings

Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge – UPDATE

September 11th, 2018 Comments off

We need a few more KARS members to help with the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge class on Sat 3 Nov.

It is an all day event (8-5), held at Holy Covenant Methodist Church on Morton Road. You could be a part of starting a lifelong hobby for a young person. It is also a great opportunity to work with and get to know some of the KARS members. If you can’t help all day, we also need a KARS member to operate from home, 3 hrs in the morning and 3 hrs in the afternoon to be on the other end of a QSO, as part of the class.

If interested, please contact Jack Philley, wb5kvv jackphilley@consolidated.net,

73 and Thanks

Categories: Elmer, Training, Volunteer

Where in he World is . . . Market Reef (OJ0), CQ Zone 15 ITU Zone 18, IOTA EU-053

September 10th, 2018 Comments off

It is cold and uninhabited. Barely 6 degrees of latitude below he Arctic Circle

It’s not an island really, basically consisting of about 8 acres of rocks. Located in the narrow part of the Baltic Sea between Sweden and Finland, the island guards the strait to the Gulf of Bothnia. In the summer, the Baltic Sea washes over it and in winter drift ice pushes against it. Nothing grows here. The Market Reef lighthouse is located low to the sea, where waves can wash over the entire DXCC entity. At high tides, it can only be safely approached by helicopter or zodiac boat.

The island is shared by both countries – and it is the smallest island thus divided between two nations. Market Reef was formally divided between the two sovereignties at the Treaty of Fredrikshamn in 1809 which defined the border between Sweden and Finland, then part of Imperial Russia.

Read more about Market Reef here

Reporting from the Dark Side,

Ron Litt K5HM

Categories: Articles

Ever thought about Q Signals? – Ron K5HM

September 10th, 2018 Comments off

In today’s amateur world, VHF/UHF repeater communications are commonplace but the use of Q signals in repeater communications is sadly diminished.

The use of “Q” signals is an amateur radio practice that goes back as early as 1915. When Morse code was the exclusive means of communicating, Q signals were a handy way of shortening common sentences into three letter groups.

Q signals have changed with time but are still widely used in voice communications as a kind of shorthand, especially on the HF bands. QSX originally meant, “Shall I change my spark frequency?” Now we use QSY instead.

In the world of repeaters, we don’t QRM people; we “double”. We don’t use QSB or QSA. Instead we say you have full quieting or white noise or bacon frying (ugh!). We rarely are at a QTH where we can QRT or QRV. We are usually at home, work or some other place. We no longer QRX, QSY or QRZ. In the D-star world, we use R2D2 to describe when a signal loses intelligibility.

Q codes are an important aspect of amateur communications. I use them liberally when there are non-hams visiting. It helps to create curiosity about ham radio. Usually, something like, “What the heck did you say?”

QSO’s on repeaters tend to have a lot more local and personal content. In order to revive the use of Q Signals on VHF/UHF, what we need is a set of Q codes more appropriate for this mode of communication.

Some Unique Q Signals for Repeater Use

QWK Going to work. Are you going to work?

QHO Are you headed for home? I’m headed for home.

QTF Is traffic is bad? Traffic is terrible!

QBQ Know a good BBQ place? I know a good BBQ place

QCF I am going for coffee. Are you going for coffee?

QGA I am stopping for gas. Are you stopping for gas?

QHG Did you just pass gas? Phew!

QBR I need a beer. Me too!

QHD Going to Home Depot (Lowes, Ace Hardware, Radio Shack)?

QLT Are you late? I am way late!

QTO Are you on the way to breakfast? QSL.

QNW No way! Way!

QDT Done that. Been there (Interchangeable with QBT)

QBT Been there. Done that (Another way to QDT).

QDW That Doesn’t Work. Yes it will.

QWW That Won’t Work! (QDW with emphasis).

QHF Going to the hamfest? I am/am not going.

QIX XYL is in the car. Don’t mention what I bought at the hamfest. QSL?

Reporting from the Dark Side,

Ron Litt. K5HM

Categories: Articles

UPDATE – NARS DMR Group Buy and Training – UPDATE

August 25th, 2018 Comments off
UPDATE

Klein Fire Station#4  (Meeting Conference Room)

16810 Squyres Rd, Klein, TX 77379 (Behind the post office on Louetta RD).

Sept 29th  6 / 9pm Initial Kick Off – DMR Radio Training

Oct. 5th    6 /9 pm  DMR Radio Training

Oct. 12th     6 / 9 pm  DMR Radio Training

Oct  26th  6 / 9 pm DMR Radio Training

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Ron Matusek of NARS is putting together a group buy and some training sessions. If you would like more information, please contact Ron ronm1@att.net
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I have just received back a quote for the radio’s from my distributor:
TYT MD-UV380 GPS US$110.00
TYT MD-390 GPS US$124.00
Note: He wants me to place one order for the total quantity.  So what I need is a solid commitment from each of you to make the purchase.  Then I need to collect the money prior to placing the order.  PayPal is an option or a check made out to me Ronald Matusek.
So far we have Eighteen people who desire training and Eight people wanting to order radios.  This is great progress!  Let’s target initial training for next month.
My Distributor for the MD-UV380(GPS) is supposed to return from vacation today so am waiting his response to my inquiry.
If you have not already registered for a DMR ID please follow the link below and start that process now.  Can’t program anything without it.
DMR ID registration request.
I will be providing other links for various applications to be downloaded but here is another one you need to get started.  This is a list of DMR registered contacts.  This would be loaded into your radio along with the code plug.  More information on this later.
This is MUCH more complete list of users, while still showing the state and country etc..  Over 106.000 users.
Here are some but not all of the things we plan on covering in multiple training sessions:
What parts do I need to build a “Hotspot”
Where do I get the parts for a “Hotspot”
How do I program a “Hotspot”
Do I want a Simplex Hotspot or Duplex Hotspot
What’s the difference/ advantage
Basic DMR operations on repeaters via DMR-Marc/c-bridge
Basic DMR operations on Hostspots via Brandmeister
Flashing normal firmware updates to radios
Loading a codeplug into the radio
Changing zones, etc..
 Loading the user database into the radio
Making changes to codeplugs
Adding a channel
Creating a Zone and adding channels to it
Creating a Scan group and adding channels into it
You will need your cell phones and laptop computers at the training sessions.  We are working on a workaround for WiFi connectons at the FireStation as in some cases a WiFi connection will be required.
More information will be provided as we start to pull together training plans.
Categories: Equipment, Training