Welcome to the home page of the Katy Amateur Radio Society, (KARS). We are an active club in Katy, TX, located just west of the Houston area. If you would like to learn more about the fascinating hobby of Amateur Radio visit the ARRL website or please contact us via email.

The KARS Net is held every Monday at 8:00 PM except meeting nights on the KT5TX 147.200(+) MHz repeater, PL 141.3.

The KARS monthly meetings are held on the 2nd Monday of every month at 7:30PM at West I-10 Fire Station #4 on Franz Road, just east of Grand Parkway (99). Talk-in on the 147.200(+) MHz repeater, PL 141.3. Come join us!

The KARS VE Sessions are held on the 3rd Saturday of every even numbered month at 9:30AM at the West I-10 Firestation #4 on Franz Road, just east of Grand Parkway (99). No pre-registration is required.

The KARS group also meets every Saturday at 8:00AM at a local restaurant - On Most Saturdays we gather at Luby's at 485 S Mason Rd. (it does change occasionally).

Please come and join in the fun!

KarsMeeting minutes

August 12th, 2014 No comments

Here are the minutes. Hannu / KT5FI

Meeting Minutes July 2014

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Field Day, Saturday, Noon, June 27 to Sunday Noon

June 27th, 2014 No comments

Yes, the Katy Amateur Radio Society is participating. You are invited.

Home of Dr. Mark Bing
26226 Morton Road
Katy, TX

From 99 or Ave D go West on Morton Road. The address is about a block plus west of Ave D. It is on the north side of the road.

The house with railroad tracks around it is the place.

We will get there after 9am. Breakfast at Luby’s on Mason comes first.

Photos from KARS 2014 Field Day:
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For Sale

June 25th, 2014 No comments


Jack Philley W B 5 K V V - jackphilley @ consolidated.net

1. Brand new unopened kits:

  • Ramsey 2 meter pre-amp $5 (original cost $ 10)
  • Ramsey UT5 Universal timer/oscillator $ 5 (original cost $10)
  • Vectronics 10 meter receiver $ 20 (original costs $ 35)
  • Vellerman 3 watt monoaudio amplifier $ 5 (original costs $ 10)

 2. Fully assembled 

and functional 6 meter receiver, VectronicsVEC1006 kit $ 20 (original cost $35)

 3. Brand new

MFJ-306 World Band Explorer converts AM/FM car radio into a World Band receiver at the push of a button, covers the entire 19,25,31,and 49 Meter international shortwave broadcast bands, easy to install. Just unplug your car radio antenna and plug it into the MFJ-306, then insert the MFJ-306 cable into your radio antenna jack and connect 12 VDC. Lists $ 110 – sales price $ 25.

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Meeting minutes

June 22nd, 2014 No comments

I am posting meeting minutes for Brian Havran. Thank you Hannu / KT5FI

Minutes April 2014 Minutes June 2014 Minutes March 2014 Minutes May 2014

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VE Session a Success!

June 21st, 2014 No comments

On June 21, 2014 a successful VE licensing session was held at the West I-10 Fire station #4 on Franz road. Many thanks to the KARS VE’s who gave up their Saturday morning to help others enter the ranks of Amateur Radio. Present to administer the session were KARS VE’s Dell (W5QQ), Hannu (KT5FI), Phill (WB4FCC), and Tom (AE5QB).

The session was very successful with 5 individuals testing. Examinees traveled from as far away as Weimer, TX and Lagrange, TX to participate in this KARS session. Congratulations to Janet who successfully completed the Technician exam. Congratulations to Jason, Damon, and David who successfully completed the upgrade to General class. And a very well done and congratulations to James who successfully completed the triple crown by passing the Technician, General, and Extra class exams all in one session. The members of KARS thank you for choosing to test with us and we look forward to having you become members of the Katy Amateur Radio Society.

KARS VE sessions are held the third Saturday of every even numbered month at 9:30 AM at the West I10 Firestation #4. While walk-ins are welcome, we would appreciate reservations by sending an email to AE5QB@arrl.net in advance.


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Field Day Update

June 13th, 2014 No comments

It appears everyone has received the Field Day Needs Lists. I have received a few back and have updated the list.  We have an urgent need to know who can bring Tables and/or chairs, which were not identified on the original Needs List. I have added those to the list along with a couple of other missing items from the original Needs List. You should receive another email Saturday with the updated Needs List.  For those who have already responded,please review the list to make sure I did not miss anything and the rest please respond as quickly as possible. We are still in need of a Band Captain for 15 meters.   Thank you.

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2014 Field Day

June 11th, 2014 No comments

The second attempt to send the 2014 Field Day Needs List spreadsheet went out last night. Please verify receipt of the email and spreadsheet. THEN, please fill in any category or item you can volunteer for and return it as soon as possible.

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Work on the Web site

June 7th, 2014 No comments

Howdy, I’ll be working on the website so if you see something weird or get weird e-mails, that’s an artifact of that.

My apologies for the side-effects.

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Field Day 2014 – June 28 – 29

May 27th, 2014 No comments

Field Day is quickly approaching! All KARS members should have received the 2014 Field Day Needs list in your email Inbox. If you have not received it, please email Paul Glosch at W5PAG@consolidated.net. Please review the Needs List and consider what you can help with, notate it on the needs list and return as soon as possible.

Also, please try to attend the June 9th monthly KARS meeting.

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Kars Net 2014 05 13

May 11th, 2014 No comments

Brian Havran (AF5IT) is our net-controller. Our topic is: Amateur radio use and experimentation above 450 MHz.

Hannu / KT5FI

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