Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS), Katy, Texas

Recurring Events
EventTimeLocationNotes
KARS NetEvery Tuesday, 8:00 PMKARS RepeaterKT5TX 147.200(+) MHz Repeater, PL 141.3
KARS Monthly Meeting2nd Monday of Every Month, 7:30 PMWest I-10 Firestation #4Talk in on the Repeater
KARS VE Session (Licensing Exam)March 12, 2016, 9:30 AMWest I-10 Firestation #4No Pre-registration Required
KARS CoffeeEvery Wednesday, 7:30 PMStarbucks547 South Mason Rd. Mason & Merrymount
KARS BreakfastEvery Saturday, 8:00 AMLocal RestaurantOften Corner Bakery and Cafe 19355 Katy Freeway #700.

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!

February ’16 Presentation – Software Defined Radio

February 9th, 2016 No comments

Monday, February 8, 2016 , at 7:30 PM
West I-10 Fire House at 22855Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449

SDR Clip

KF5CZO gave a presentation, a high level overview of SDRs, software defined radios.

KARS – Software Defined Radio Presentation.pdf

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January Presentation – RF Propagation, Introduction and Overview

January 20th, 2016 No comments

RF Propagation, Introduction and Overview

Monday, January 11, 2016 , at 7:30 PM
West I-10 Fire House at 22855Franz Rd, Katy, TX 77449

 

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WB5KVV gave a presentation on RF propagation.  He covered different types of propagation, considerations and special cases.

RF Propagation 101 Jan2016.pptx

handout RF Propagation 101.doc

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Technician Radio Class

December 29th, 2015 No comments

Technician Radio Class

Katy Amateur Radio Society will offer a Technician Amateur Radio License Class over four Saturday morning sessions.  Classes are February 13, February 20, February 27 and March 5.  Classes will be Saturday mornings from 9:30am-11:30am at HCESD 48 Fire Station No. 4 at 22855 Franz Road.   

Class will be based on the HamTestOnLine program.  The web-based training materials will be offered at a discounted price of $15.00.  Additional topics covered include: using your handi-talkie, digital communications, public service opportunities, and other areas of ham radio.

The VE Exam for the FCC Amateur Technician License will be held March 12.

Class space is limited to 30.

Please contact Mike Brannan at KA5OXA@arrl.net or 281-782-3046 to reserve a space.

 We can respond to your questions via the contact below.

Katy Amateur Radio Society        P.O. Box 200, Katy, TX  77492-0200

Public Information Officer:          Mike Brannan    License:  KA50XA              Phone:  281-782-3046

Email:  KA5OXA@arrl.net              Home address: 23006 Greenrush Dr., Katy, TX 77494

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December Monthly Minutes

December 24th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES DECEMBER 2015

December 14, 2015. Special Christmas Dinner meeting.
Spring Creek Barbeque, I-10 & Westgreen Blvd., Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:32 PM.

Twenty members and sixteen visitors were present. Everyone introduced themselves. All enjoyed a fine barbeque dinner as served by the Spring Creek folks.
One visitor, Mark Lorie, KG5JBJ submitted an application for membership. This will be placed on the January meeting agenda.

Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Tommie KG5FMY to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on
the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by John AK5AK to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

There was no Board of Directors meeting in November to report on.

Old Business
Our weekly net continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM on our repeater, 147.200 Mhz, +600KHz offset, and PL tone of 141.3Hz.

A date to install the new VHF/UHF antenna and replace the 450 ohm ladder line is needing to be set. District 48 fire department has just received delivery of its ladder truck which would be very helpful in doing this activity.

The KARS club repeater has been successfully moved to a site on top of the Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital. The antenna is approximately 140 above ground and offers a much larger coverage area. A big “Thank You” goes out to Darrell KK5LG for working with ESD 48, the West I-10 fire department, the attorneys and the court to get our repeater out of station #2. The KARS treasury funded the cost of the move and is accepting donations to offset the costs. See Mike KA5OXA if you can help.

New Business
A vote on two applications for membership as previously submitted to the club:
Ben Keel KF5ZRN and George Graves KG5KOB. Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Scott KT5SR to accept these applicants into membership of the club. Motion passed.

KARS is offering several Technician level ham classes throughout 2016 using the Ham Test Online curriculum. Access to the online class is $15.00 through the club instead of the regular cost of $24.95 per student. We do need a minimum of five student per session. Optional classroom work will be one to two hours of mentoring and clarification for four weeks on Saturday mornings leading up to the test. Have a family member, friend, neighbor interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator, then invite them to attend the class. Mike KA5OXA is heading up this training.
A nomination committee has been formed in advance of 2016 club officer elections. We will be electing a new President, Vice President, and Secretary for 2016. Voting is during the March meeting.

Announcements
The next Board of Directors meeting is set for Tuesday, December 22, 2015 at 7:30PM at fire station #4 on Franz Rd.
The next club monthly meeting is Monday, January 11th at 7:30 at fire station #4 on Franz Rd.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 7:54PM.

Entered into record this 14th day of December 2015 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.

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KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 2015

December 10th, 2015 No comments

KARS MONTHLY MEETING MINUTES NOVEMBER 2015

November 9, 2015. Regular monthly meeting. Harris County ESD #48 Fire Station 4, Franz Rd. Katy, TX

Meeting called to order by President Bob WB3EWP at 7:30 PM.
All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Eighteen members and two visitors signed in. Everyone introduced themselves.

Motion by Mark N5YUS and seconded by Bruce W5BCA to accept the minutes of last month’s meeting as posted on the website. Motion passed.

The Treasurer’s report was given by Mike KA5OXA. Motion by Gerald N5KT and seconded by Charlie KT5BBQ accept the treasurer’s report. Motion carried.

The Board of Directors minutes for October 27, 2015 were read.

Old Business

Our weekly net continues on Tuesday evenings at 8:00 PM on our repeater,
The frequency is 147.200 MHz +600kHz with a PL of 141.3.

The repairs to the exterior wall of Fire Station #4 have finally been completed. A date to install our new VHF/UHF antenna will be set soon. This will need to be coordinated with the fire department (ladder truck, etc.). It was pointed out that District 48 fire department does not own a ladder truck at this time.
Our ladder line to the HF antenna had snapped in multiple places. Two hundred feet of 450 Ohm ladder line has been supplied to KARS by a club member. Both activities need to be scheduled simultaneously.

Photo documenting for a KARS member album continues. Pictures are able to be taken during break time.

The club is holding applications for two prospective members:
Ruben Caparos, KG5IOO was not in attendance at this meeting. (Third reading). Nick Magoulianos, KG5IOP was in attendance and voted into membership of the Katy Amateur Radio Society.

Death certificates for Marshall Dues, K5MMD, and Jerry Cammack, KT5US, were submitted to the ARRL to be listed in their Silent Key column as reported by Mike KA5OXA.

The club has been given an opportunity to move the club repeater from its current location behind West I-10 station 2 which is elevated to approximately 70 feet above ground to a site on top on the Memorial Herman Katy Hospital which would be about 140 feet high. The new antenna has been installed on the hospital roof. By court order, ALL equipment in several firehouses still cannot be removed until a final settlement is reached. Both parties, West I-10 fire department and Harris County ESD #48, are not due back in court until late May 2016. Our repeater is still operating from station #2. Moving the KARS repeater to the Katy hospital roof will make it more useable over a wider area. The KARS treasury is funding the project and seeking donations to assist with this costly effort. Several members have stepped up by making donations for the antenna change. See Mike, WB5OXA, Treasurer if you can help.

Information for a repeater rack was received from Tommy, KG5FMA.
The information has been passed onto Darrell, KK5LG.


New Business

Our information has been updated for our ARRL Club Affiliation.

KARS is considering offering ham classes using the Ham Test Online curriculum. We would sell access to the online class to the students for $15.00 each. Our class room work would be one to two hours of mentoring and clarification for four weeks on Saturday before the VE test. Mike KA5OXA is heading up this training.

A nomination committee was formed tonight to select members willing to run for the offices of President, Vice-President, and Secretary. The election will be held during the March 2016 meeting. Chosen to be on the nomination committee were Mike KA5OXA, and Brian AF5IT. A third member needs to be added before the committee can begin its work.

The KARS Breakfast Bunch has left Luby’s on Mason Rd. in Katy and currently meets at the Corner Bakery & Café. It is located on the southwest corner of I-10 and Greenhouse Rd.

Announcements

The next VE examination will be held here at Fire Station #4 on Saturday, November 21, 2015 beginning at 9:30 AM. VE examiners are always needed. Want to become a VE examiner? See Mark, N5YUS, for the easy steps to do so.

Our next Board of Directors meeting is Tuesday, December 22nd at 7:30 here at station #4.

Our next monthly meeting is Monday December 14th and is this year’s Christmas Dinner at 7:00PM. It will be held at Spring Creek Barbeque, 21000 Katy Freeway at Westgreen Boulevard. (located on the northwest corner of I-10 & Westgreen Blvd.) Spouses and/or family are welcome to attend.

Public Service Events and Opportunities

Pearl Harbor Memorial Service at the Battleship Texas on Saturday, December 5, 2015.
The station NA5DV would be set up and operating on the ship. The Patriot Guard Riders will have a flag line leading up to the ship.

The CyFair half marathon happens on Sunday, Nov 15th. Sid Sherwood is in charge of the ham communication for it.

Break

Tea, coffee, and sweet treats were enjoyed by the attendees during break time.
Thanks to all for keeping the refreshments self sustaining.

Presentation

Scott KT5SR, discussed Amateur Radio Emergency Service or ARES for short. He explained its purpose, structure, people and leaders, and operation. Scott urged all of us to join the Harris County ARES organization.

Hearing no further business to conduct, President Bob closed the meeting at 9:25PM

Entered into record this 9th day of November 2015 by Brian Havran, recording secretary.