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) 10 March, 2018 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, 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:

Baytown YMCA Gator Ride – March 3.

B-geO Magnolia Miles Bike Ride – March 10

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.


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:

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

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

KARS General Meeting – Monday, January 8, 2018

January 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 = $2614.95
  • Remote Radio Operations” presentation & demo (Jimmy – W5ZTX). An instructional summary of the Remote Hams software, as well an overview of our KARS remote station. The presentation will be posted to the KARS web page in the near future.
  • There was not a December BOD meeting held so, consequently, there were no BOD minutes to read and approve.
  • There were no new member applications to present at the January meeting.
  • Additional funds ($300) needed to complete the buildout of our KARS remote station setup. Motion raised by Bob (WB3EWP) and seconded by Tommy (KG5FMA) to provide Jimmy (W5ZTX) with these funds. Unanimous approval by club membership.
  • VE Sessions: Beginning at the February meeting a VE sign-up sheet will be created to ensure we have proper VE coverage for each VE testing session.
  • KARS Membership Dues – annual dues need to be collected by the next General Membership meeting.
  • Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR) –
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Jan 9 – Feb 13, 2018:


Net Control Operator

Jan 9

Tom Greathouse

Jan 16

Scott Reeve

Jan 23

Mike Brannan

Jan 30

Bob Bentley

Feb 6

David McMasters

Feb 13

Raul Ramos
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Categories: Meetings

Cy-Fair CERT Class

December 16th, 2017 Comments off

Cy-Fair CERT is now taking Registrations for our Spring 2018 Class. The next class will be held from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. starting Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Classes will be held at Lone Star College-Cy Fair Emergency Services Education Center, 18132 West Road, Cypress, TX 77433.

Don’t wait to sign up, SEATS ARE LIMITED! There is NO FEE for this 8 week class. You receive a class manual and backpack with starter supplies such as a hardhat and safety vest. Upon graduation you receive a certificate and official CERT ID badge.

Categories: Training

KARS General Meeting – Monday, December 11, 2017

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

Meeting was held at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Balance provided was $2889.95. Report accepted by club membership.

BOD minutes were read and approved by club membership.

Non-Profit Status Update – Request for $275 processing fee brought before membership. Unanimous approval to proceed with payment of fee and submission of paperwork.

One (1) new member application: John Cooley (N5EVH) – unanimous approval by club membership.

Net Control Operator assignments from Dec 12, 2017 – Jan 9, 2018.

Date        Net Control Operator
Dec 12    Bruce W5BCA
Dec 19   George KI6G
Dec 26   Dan K5DAF
Jan 2     Raul KD5RR
Jan 9     Tom AE5TG

There were 23 members and several guests in attendance.

Ham Update: Website is up & running – ready to accept KARS orders!

KARS VE Testing Update: New KARS testing schedule for 2018 has been submitted to ARRL for posting and first KARS test session for 2018 will be January 6, 2018, held at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room. Test sessions for 2018 will occur every odd month throughout the year.

Dinner & meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all!

Categories: Meetings

KARS Shirts, Hats, Jackets, etc. Now Available

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

KARS shirts, hats, vests and jackets from Ham Threads.  The prices are quite reasonable considering all the custom embroidery options.  Our KARS logo is loaded on the site and you can choose from plenty of items.


Categories: Club Info

KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

November 19th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: No report given at this meeting. Previous balance provided was $2922.92
  • Reading the Tea Leaves KARS schematic presentation 15Oct17presentation (Jack – WB5KVV). An overview of the most common schematic symbols. The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook & web pages for future reference.
  • October BOD minutes were read and approved. Charlie raised the motion, John seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • Two (2) new member applications: Bruce Campbell (W5SVF) & Philip Lanham (KG5UBL); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Nov 21 – Dec 19:


Net Control Operator

Nov 21

Raul Ramos

Nov 28

Bob Bentley

Dec 5

Brian Havran

Dec 12

Bruce Alfredson

Dec 19

George Graves
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Ham Update: payment & digital image has been sent. Expect that site will be ready for orders in a few weeks.
  • KARS Officer Nominating Committee has been formed: Brian Havran, Bob Bentley, & Mike Brannan will assume this responsibility for the election of new club offices for yr: 2018.
  • Discussion continued regarding the possible realignment of KARS VE team under the Laurel VEC organization. Majority of members agreed that we should continue our VE alignment under the ARRL. It was also determined that KARS should increase the frequency of our VE exam sessions to every two (2) months, and if possible, conduct the exams at Katy Memorial Hospital which would provide a better testing environment than we currently have. Action item: Mike B. to provide KARS testing schedule to Mark B. to secure Tiger Room A beginning in yr. 2018.
  • KARS Christmas dinner will be held at El Jarrito Mexican restaurant, Monday, Dec.11th @ 7:00 pm. Dan will send out an email to confirm number of attendees prior to the event. El Jarrito is located at 21724 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy, TX 77450
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Categories: Meetings, Training

KARS Christmas Dinner – Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm

November 14th, 2017 Comments off

KARS Christmas Dinner – this event will be at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant. Dinner reservations have been made for Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm. Will need to follow-up with the restaurant one week prior with the final number of attendees.

Categories: Meetings