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 7:30 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!

TEXAS QSO PARTY

September 17th, 2014 No comments

Texas QSO Party

It’s that time of year again when the world works Texas, and Texas operators try once again to put all 254 counties on the air. In the last few years we’ve come close with several years above 250 but we haven’t, in recent memory, put all 254 in the submitted logs. Therefore, I hope everyone is making plans to participate again this year on the weekend of September 28-29. I’ve volunteered to again keep track on the web of who is going to be operating from where by publishing the Active Stations Map – available on http://www.txqp.net/– and to do that we need your input.

Once your plans are finalized, please send Chuck Sanders a note (the sooner the better and preferably no later than the Wednesday before the party) with the following information and he will add your operations to the map.

Fixed Stations:
1. Your call
2. Modes of Operation: CW Only, Phone Only, Mixed
3. Bands of Operation: HF only, HF+6m, HF+2m
4. Days of Operation: Both days, Saturday Only, Sunday Only
5. The county you will be operating from

Mobile Stations:

1-3 same as above
4. Saturday counties in the order you plan to activate them
5. Sunday counties in the order you plan to activate them

In listing the counties please use the full name of the county, not the abbreviation.

If the information is available early enough, the Active Stations Map can be a great tool for seeing where activity is currently planned and where more activity is needed. If you are a mobile and have flexibility in your route, check the Active Stations Map from time to time to see where additional activity is needed.

Please talk up the TQP in your club meetings. Questions can be directed to Chuck Sanders, NO5W or to Keith Dutson, NM5G through the http://www.txqp.net/ website.

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Kars meeting minutes aug 2014

September 7th, 2014 No comments

Here are meeting minutes:Minutes August 2014

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KARS Meeting Minutes Aug. 11, 2014

September 7th, 2014 No comments

KATY AMATEUR RADIO SOCIETY MEETING MINUTES

Regular monthly meeting held August 11, 2014
West I-10 Fire Station #4, Franz Rd., Katy, Tx.

Meeting called to order at 7:29 PM by President Bob WB3EWP. All in attendance stood and recited the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag. Twenty-five members and three visitors signed in.

Minutes of the July meeting were available online and there were some copies on the tables as well. Motion by Mark N5YUS to accept and second by Jonathan KA8KPN. Motion carried.
Treasurer Scott KT5SR gave the treasury report and said that there is $3547.10 in the bank with no payments outstanding and he is not holding any monies for deposit. Motion by Christian KG5AKF and second by Mike KA5OXA to accept the treasurer’s report. Motion passed.

Old Business

Tom AE5QB is the official VE liaison person per an email from ARRL dated 7/31/2014. He takes over from Sachiko W5IDF who recently resigned the position.
An update on the Joy Lancaster radio room at West I-10 Station #4 was given. The Kenwood TS-140 has been repaired and is in place in the room along with a power supply and an MFJ tuner. The dual VHF/UHF band Yaesu FT8800 is also in the room and is up and running. That now brings up the question of what to do with the old Kenwood TS-830. The repair estimate is $210.00. The best guess estimated value of the radio is $250.00. Houston Amateur Radio Supply asks a 20% sales commission. Questions in front of the club are: Do we fix it up and keep it, do we fix it up and sell it and, if so, how, or do we sell it as is and, if so, how, when, and where? After a vigorous discussion, Del W5QQ moved to sell it as is. Seconded by Jack WB5KVV. Motion passed. Bob WB3EWP will go to Houston Amateur Radio Supply and pick up the radio in the coming days. Club members will have first chance to buy the TS-830.
Phil KJ5OW is the new coordinator for the weekly net. He asked that the net be moved from Tuesday night to Monday night. His idea is to have a formal net on the first Monday of the month, no net (meeting) on the second Monday, a Swap Meet on the third, and casual conversation/rag chew on the remaining Mondays of the month. Phil KJ5OW made a motion to move the weekly net from Tuesdays to Mondays. Seconded by Jerry KT5US. Motion passed. This will be in effect August 18, 2014.

New Business

Tom AE5QB has been talking to a group of near 50 people who are interested in becoming amateur radio operators. Del W5QQ recently gave them a presentation on many of the wonderful virtues of ham radio.
Paul W5PAG recently submitted his resignation as Activities Coordinator for the club. Jack WB5KVV has offered to step up and temporarily fill the position. Mark N5YUS moved to accept Jack as temporary Activities Coordinator. Seconded by Ron K5CE. Motion passed.
The Atlantic Division of the ARRL is sponsoring a webinar on HR4969, the Amateur Radio Parity Act of 2014. The webinair will be held on August 13, 2014 from 8:00PM to 9:30PM.
The Board of Directors minutes were read.
Jack WB5KVV is looking for a location for us to hold our Christmas Dinner. The early front runner is Midway Bar-Be-Que in Katy.
The KARS 2 meter simplex activity is scheduled for August 24, 2014 starting at 7:00PM. Jack WB5KVV is heading up this activity.
Scott KT5SR reported that there is not a lot happening in the way of volunteer opportunities this month.
We, as a club, need to set up a comprehensive emergency preparedness program. We will need to determine who are the primary operators, where they will operate from, and who are the backups.
It is not too early to start thinking about Summer Field Day 2015. It appears that we will be class 3A once again.

Break

We enjoyed cookies and other sweets along with coffee during the break time.

Presentation

Tom AE5QB gave a presentation on the Buddi Pole antenna as invented by W3FF Budd Drummond. Ron K5CE brought in his commercial version. Tom showed us how we could construct our own and save money. A ham could build his own Buddi Pole antenna for about $35 give or take a few dollars. Tom lead off his presentation with a primer on radio waves and a brief discussion on a few early pioneering scientists in the field of radio wave transmission.

Hearing no other business to conduct, President Bob WB3EWP closed the meeting at 9:12PM.

Entered into record this 11th day of August 2014 by Brian Havran AF5IT, recording secretary.

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Greater Houston Texas 2-meter FM Challenge

September 5th, 2014 No comments
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Emergency Communications In A Zombie Apocalypse

September 4th, 2014 No comments

Emergency Communications In A Zombie Apocalypse - What Will You Do When The Cell Phones Go Out? This is an in-depth class based on the very well received presentation given at the Greater Houston Hamfest 2014.

By now it should be clear to everyone that a Zombie Apocalypse (Z.A.) can happen at anytime.  When the cell phones go out, how will you: Find shelter, food and water? Locate other survivors? Find weapons and ammo caches? Find out who’s willing to swap lighters for fresh peaches. Keep informed of the movements of zombie hordes?
The answer of course is Ham Radio! This fun and interactive class takes a humorous look at how to prepare your communications for the coming Z.A. or any disaster.

  • What are the best radios to have
  • How to power your radio gear
  • How you can get a zombie to pedal a stationary bike that has a generator attached forever
  • If you’re single, how to use your radio to find a non-infected date
  • If you’re married and have kids, how to keep your teen from dating a zombie
  • Can your Ham radios skills be used to make a directed energy weapon out of stuff your likely to find lying around after a Z.A.? YES!
  • What if the zombie hordes tear down your antenna? You’ll learn how to build a backup emergency antenna out of just coax. You can even take your antenna home with you!

Feel free to forward this to anyone who might be interested!

Class: Emergency Communications In A Zombie Apocalypse
Date: Saturday, September 13th 2014
Times: 9:00am – 4:00pm with a 1 hour lunch break
Location: Westlake Volunteer Fire Department
Address: 19636 Saums Road Houston, TX 77084
Talk In: 147.200(+)141.3 (Ham radio)
GPS: 29.800768, -95.716287
Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xXmwZ
Questions:
 perez.alfred@gmail.com
Requirements: The only requirement is that you register.  You do not have to have your Ham license to benefit from this class.
Open To: Everyone and anyone who is interested.

Materials Cost: $10

Instructor: Alfred Perez – N5VEV, EC-001 Cell: 281-919-9877 GV: 832-380-5867   24/7 Emergency Contact Accepts SMS – Text Messages

Follow Alfred On Twitter: https://twitter.com/TxEmMgmt
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/pub/alfred-perez/90/801/42b

Registration:  Click Here To Register If that doesn’t work, cut and paste this link to register: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1wYs49pylkZ76Uix87RDspE7xmqh9FEA5GYy1-nM9Qts/viewform?usp=send_form#start=invite

Would you like to offer this class to your group? Contact Alfred Perez at perez.alfred@gmail.com for more information.

Would you like information on upcoming classes related to Ham radio, emergency management or disaster preparedness? Sign up for the  training mailing list: http://eepurl.com/2rMYX

 

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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.

Address:
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

HAM SHACK PURGE 

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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