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

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, January 14, 2019

January 15th, 2019 Comments off

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $4103.67
  • World RadioSport Team Championship 2018” presentation by Colin Jenkins (KU5B).
  • The December BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Charlie (KT5BBQ), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and approved by club members.
  • Three (3) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Chuck Abramson (K9CFA), Marc Abramson (KC9VW), and Steven Chun (KD5SIP).
  • KARS BOD has recommended the purchase of a portable generator & telescoping mast and tripod for use at club events. Motion was raised by Darrel (K5TWT), seconded by Shawn (W5AQY), and approved by club members.
  • Upcoming Public Service Events:
    • Saturday, January 19th: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Governor’s Place subdivision, Katy. Anyone interested in participating, please contact Jimmy Vance.
    • KARS Winter Field Day, Jan 26-27, 2019: Will be held at Cullen Park West, same location as last year’s event. All members are encouraged to participate.
    • Pedaling the Prairie, Feb 2nd, 2019. http://www.pedalingtheprairie.org/register/
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of Jan 15 – Feb 12, 2019
Date Net Control Operator
1/15 Bob Bentley
1/22 Sheree Horton
1/29 George Graves
2/5 Open
2/12 Open
  • There were 31 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at app. 8:40 PM.
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Where in the World is . . . Christmas Island, (VK9X) OC-002 – Ron, K5HM

December 27th, 2018 Comments off


That’s right little Jimmy. Do you think Santa Clause really likes living at the North Pole? He prefers the temperate climes of the tropics. Christmas island is a territory of Australia in the Indian Ocean. It has a population of 2,072 residents who live in several “settlement areas” on the northern tip of the island variously called Flying Fish Cove, Kampong, Silver City, Poon Saan and Drumsite (I will leave the visual picture of the last two to the reader). Most of the population are Chinese Australian. It is called Christmas Island because it was discovered on Christmas Day, 1643 by Capt. William Mynors of the Royal Mary an East India Company trading vessel as he sailed past it. In 1957, the island was transferred from the U.K. to Australian sovereignty. Read more, download article here

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KARS General Meeting –Monday, December 10, 2018

December 14th, 2018 Comments off

  • Meeting was held at Rudy’s BBQ restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $4260.07
  • The raffle for the ICOM IC-7300 was held. Congrats to Darrel, K5TWG, for winning.
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of Dec 18, 2018 – Jan 15, 2019:
Date Net Control Operator
12/18 David McMasters
12/25 Holiday – No Net
1/1 Holiday – No Net
1/8 Carlisle Rodriguez
1/15 Sheree Horton
  • Four (4) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Benjamin Sommers (K5BSO), Louis Orlando (KI5BWV), Mauricio Valdez, Orville Burg (K5VWW).
  • There was a combined total of 39 members and guests in attendance.
  • Dinner and meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all.
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ARES inclement weather “Check-in” Net

December 7th, 2018 Comments off

ARES inclement weather “Check-in” Net this evening @ 6:00pm

using 145.370 MHz. Backup is 147.000 MHz (New tone 103.5).

by:K5TBN

Categories: Net

KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 12, 2018

November 18th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2888.73

“Understanding Electronic Circuits Through Schematic Circuit Analysis” presentation by Brian Havran (AF5IT).

Presentation will be posted to our KARS website  http://www.katyars.com/karspresentations/

The October BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.
No new member applications were presented at this meeting.
Purchase of Handheld Radios – the BOD has recommended the purchase of a few, low cost, handheld units that could be used as loaners for new KARS members that have recently received their Tech license.
Silent Key Equipment – Jimmy (W5ZTX) and Jack (WB5KVV) have recently met with the wife of silent key, Jim Adam – K5UI, to offer the club’s assistance in the selling of Jim’s equipment. The extent of this assistance has yet to be determined.
Rudy’s BBQ has been selected for our KARS Christmas dinner. More details to follow.

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, November 10, 2018: ESD48 Smoke Alarm Blitz. This will take place in the Cimarron Katy neighborhood.
Net Control Assignment for the period of Nov 13 – Dec 11, 2018:
Date    Net Control Operator
11/13   Brian Havran
11/20   George Graves
11/27   Scott Reeve
12/4    Tom Greathouse
12/11   Raul Ramos

There were 23 members and 8 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at app. 8:30 PM.

Categories: Meetings

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

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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/

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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…

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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

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