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) Sat. 9am  14July2018 Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room 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!  Membership Application

Facebook Group Katy Amateur Radio Society on Facebook

Categories: Club Info

KARS General Meeting – Monday, May 14, 2018

May 17th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2958.39

“Antenna Modeling” presentation by Rick Hiller (W5RH). Presentation included a demo of the EZNEC modeling software. Refer to the following link for more information: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Antenna%20Modeling%20for%20Beginners%20Supplemental%20Files/EZNEC%20Modeling%20Tutorial%20by%20W8WWV.pdf

The April BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Bob (WB3EWP), seconded by Mike (KA5OXA), and approved by club members.

A motion was raised, seconded, and approved for the club to purchase the Alpha J-Pole 6-160 Meter end-fed HF antenna. This antenna will be used for various KARS club events. Update: Antenna has arrived and is being stored with the other KARS equipment.

KARS Raffle: Congrats to Charles (W4LXM) for winning this month’s raffle prize – The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications.

Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)

Springs Back Triathlon, Fulshear – Sunday, May 20, 2018

Extreme Weather Ready Expo @ George R. Brown Convention Center – June 2. 2018

Museum Ships Weekend – June 2-3, 2018

Net Control Operator assignments from May 15 – June 12, 2018:

Date       Net Control Operator
May 15   Sheree Horton
May 22   George Graves
May 29   David McMasters
June 5    Tom Greathouse
June 12  Raul Ramos

There were 28 members and 2 visitors in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

Categories: Meetings

KARS General Meeting – Monday, April 9, 2018

April 16th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, April 9, 2018

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $3122.75

Fox Hunting presentation by Dave S. (WD8RZA). Dave provided a thorough overview of direction finding techniques and common types of antennas used. This presentation will be posted on the KARS web page. Presentation was well received by the club members. The information provided by Dave will prepare us for a “yet to be scheduled” KARS foxhunt activity.

The March BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.

A motion was raised, seconded, and approved for the club to purchase the Alpha J-Pole 6-160 Meter end-fed HF antenna. This antenna will be used for various KARS club events

Two new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Michael Srinivasan (KD5QOP) and Luke Bugler (K0LTB).

Upcoming Public Service Events (Bob – WB3EWP & Scott – KT5SR)

2018 Katy Safety Fest – April 14. Update: Great turnout by KARS members. 15 club members participated despite bad weather. Thanks to all that volunteered their time.

2018 BP MS150 – Apr 28-29.

The Woodland Triathlon – May 12

Net Control Operator assignments from Apr 10 – May 8, 2018:

Date
Net Control Operator
Apr 10    Raul Ramos
Apr 17    Scott Reeve
Apr 24    George Graves
May 1    Ron Horton
May 8    Brian Havran

There were 25 members and 2 visitors in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Categories: Meetings

KARS Presentations

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

We recently added a new web page to the KARS site.  Check it out!

KARS Presentations

Categories: KARS Web site

KARS General Meeting – Monday, March 12, 2018

March 15th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, March 12, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $3581.95
  • 3D Printing for the Amateur Radio Operator” presentation by John T. (K5JBT). John provided an informative overview of 3D printing as well as showing several items that he has produced. Presentation was well received by the club members.  3D Printing for the Amateur Radio Operator Mar 2018
  • The February BOD minutes were read – Dan (K5DAF) raised the motion, Jack (WB5KVV) seconded, and the minutes were approved.
  • A recommendation to add EchoLink capabilities to our KARS repeater was presented to the members. Funds of app. $450 will be required to purchase the additional components needed. Motion to accept was raised by Bruce (W5BCA), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and received unanimous approval by members.
  • A payment of $150 is required to continue the services of InMotion Hosting, Inc. to host our KARS website. Motion was raised by Scott (KT5SR), seconded by John (K5JBT), and received unanimous approval by members. Immediately following this Monday’s meeting, Raul send the check via priority mail to InMotion Hosting, Inc.
  • One new member application was submitted at the end of the meeting – will be presented to the membership at the April meeting.
  • Discussion pertaining to KARS joining with BVARC for the upcoming June Field Day event. A fee of $150 is required. Motion raised by Darrel (K5TWT), seconded by Mike (KA5OXA), and received majority approval by members.
  • Presentation topics for future meetings need to be directed to Jimmy (W5ZTX) and David (K5DSM).
  • Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Mar 13 – Apr 10, 2018:

Date

Net Control Operator

Mar 13

George Graves

Mar 20

Mike Brannan

Mar 27

Tom Greathouse

Apr 3

Bob Bentley

Apr 10

Raul Ramos
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.
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Houston Digital Radio Support Group

March 8th, 2018 Comments off

This was sent out to members of the Digital Support Group in Houston. Everyone is welcome so please publicize amongst your members as you see appropriate.

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Here are the details for meetings in March and April. Please pass on to others – all are welcome

NO MARCH MEETING FOR DIGITAL SUPPORT GROUP (MARCH 26)
Instead, moved to April 9th

APRIL 9TH – APRS Roundtable

There will be a round-table on APRS in Houston by our APRS gurus and led by Walter Holmes K5WH.
APRS is changing over the years and has many practical uses. Bring your questions, find out plans for APRS in Houston and more.

This is a joint meeting between ECHO Society and the Digital Support Group.

American Red Cross at 2700 SouthWest Freeway (close to Kirby)
Start time: 7pm
Pre-meeting eating at Goode Company Mexican (Kirby and Westpark)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/?ref=bookmarks

Alan KB2WF

Categories: Meetings

Katy Area Safety Fest

March 1st, 2018 Comments off

Volunteers Needed

Katy Area Safety Fest in coordination with local law enforcement, emergency services and non-profit agencies, invites you to join us for the 3rd Annual Katy Area Safety Fest.

The Katy Area Safety Fest’s purpose is to familiarize residents with useful safety information, as well as the daily responsibilities of your local Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies through a variety of fun and high energy activities.

Fest activities will include:

  • Fire Truck and ambulance tours
  • Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement exhibits
  • Life Flight and Law Enforcement helicopter viewing
  • Inflatable play area (Kid Zone)
  • Food and refreshment vendors
  • Live demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Free Safety Raffle Challenge
  • Citizen Recognition Awards

The event is April 14th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Typhoon Texas. We are happy to announce that we’ll also have a Fun Run for the National Stroke Association on the same day and location from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you are 16 or older and want volunteer hours, what a great place to earn them, learning about safety awareness! An Event Volunteer and Waiver of Liability form must be filled out and returned by March 9th, 2018. Please send email to Katyareacert@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thank you!

Categories: Volunteer

KARS General Meeting – Monday, February 12, 2018

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2827.95

“KARS Emergency Communication Plan” presentation by George (KI6G). A review of our current KARS communication plan and discussion around what changes and/or updates are needed. Suggestion was made that, as a club, we need to clarify the scope of what we hope to accomplish with the plan. As many of our members are active in other organizations, such as ARES, CERT, etc., we need to understand that in a time of emergency that those individuals may not be available due to other commitments. A clearer definition of the role that KARS should undertake, in certain emergency situations, should be stated as part of the plan.

The January BOD minutes were read, Tommy (KG5FMA) raised the motion, John (WB5CTH) seconded, and the minutes were approved.

KARS 2018 Officers Election – membership agreed to accept those candidates that were identified on the voting ballot that was previously sent out (via Google Forms). The motion was raised, and seconded, and all candidates were accepted.

There were no new member applications to present at the February meeting.

Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)

Digital Mode Workshop to be held at TranStar (2/26 @ 7:00pm)

The Woodlands Marathon – March 3rd. Registration for ham volunteers can be found at: http://www.woodlands-event-comms.info/the-woodlands-marathon

Baytown YMCA Gator Ride – March 3.

Net Control Operator assignments from Feb 13 – March 13, 2018:

Date         Net Control Operator
Feb 13    Raul Ramos
Feb 20   Dan Fawvor
Feb 27   Bob Leitgen
Mar 6    Raul Ramos
Mar 13  George Graves

There were 29 members and 1 visitor in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.

Categories: Meetings

CERT Rodeo 2018 Communications Volunteers

February 6th, 2018 Comments off

For those of you who have already signed up. Thank you.

For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, we’re still needing volunteers. We have 39 so far and need about 5-10 more to have everything work as well as it should. If you can assist, please signup.

Here’s who has signed up so far: AD5CQ, AE5EO, AE5MZ, AE5PA, AF5DR, K5DLF, K5HWA, K5KGH, K5PRS, K5WEL, KB5JTJ, KB5PGY, KC5LAA, KD5LOC, KE5STL, KF5ETG, KF5FNH, KF5IMW, KF5LXC, KF5QNS, KF5SDK, KF5UKF, KF5VIK, KG5FFX, KG5QLA , KG5TYM, KG5U, KG5VLY, KT5SR, KW5GIZ, KW5PA, N5CAS, N5KWD, N5TQ, N5VEV, WB5UZZ, WD5JRD and WD8RZA.

If your Ham buddy hasn’t signed up and you have, give them call and encourage them to sign up and join us.

If you thought you had signed up but don’t see your callsign, please sign-up again here: https://goo.gl/forms/Ly9xzylFePL1Br723

Quick details about the event: Sat 2/10/2018 in Humble TX 6-3pm. Only HT with headset needed. Most fun and interesting public service event in the Houston area. Volunteers receive a T-shit and a patch.

The CERT Rodeo 2018 EAP including the detailed site maps and ICS-205 (frequency list) will go out today. Assignments will be delivered Saturday morning.

Thank you for all you do,

Alfred Perez – N5VEV EC-001, AUXCOMM, ARRL-VE

CERT Rodeo 2018 Communications Team, COML

Cell: 281-919-9877 Voice/SMS – Text Messages

GV: 832-380-5867 24/7 Emergency Contact Voice/SMS – Text Messages

Categories: Volunteer

Basics of Digital Modes

January 30th, 2018 Comments off

Basics of Digital Modes

To be held at Transtar, 6922 Katy Rd, 77024 on Monday February 26th at 7pm. The presenter will be Mark, WB2ANN

The presentation covers the basic and intermediate operation of digital modes, primarily on the keyboard modes with the focus on how to quickly get on the air. It covers the basics of the various more popular digital modes, software, setup and interfaces. Also covered are rig control, web spotting and logging, and how to deal with common connection and decoding problems. The presentation is updated to include the weak signal modes.

The actual programs on a computer will demonstrate some of the features.

The meeting is open and everyone is welcome to attend! The Digital Support Group promotes the use of all digital technology for ham radio and normally meets each month on the 4th Monday at 7pm usually at Transtar. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/

Alan KB2WF

Winter Field Day

January 21st, 2018 Comments off

Winter Field Day is coming up next weekend. KARS plans on setting up at Cullen Park West – Pavilion C on Saturday the 27th. The contest starts at 1900 UTC (1:00 CST). Setup time will commence at 1730 UTC (11:30 CST)

Feel free to bring any radios and antennas you’d like to setup.

The address is 18203 Groeschke Rd, Houston, TX 77084

 

Categories: Field Day