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Help needed this coming Saturday

January 30th, 2012 1 comment

Hi all,

I purchased some tower gear this weekend and could use some help getting it down and moved to my place.  The tower is on the ground in sections, but there are many (five or so)  pushup poles that are still up with beams on them.  I’ve got a couple of folks to help me already (thanks Joe and Dave!) but we sure could use some more help to make short work of this.  Those of you who would like to operate the towers and beams in future field days and contests are welcome to come out and lend a hand!

I plan on leaving my house at 8am sharp Saturday morning.  I’ll have room for up to six people, so you don’t even have to drive, except to get to my house.  The site is 25 minutes west of my house in Wallis.  If you can help, we’d sure appreciate it!  Please let me know by email at radioN5TGL@gmail.com.

Thanks!
Michael

Categories: News

KARS Weekly Tuesday Net

January 29th, 2012 No comments

DATE: January 31, 2012 (Tuesday)
PRE NET: 1930 hours (7:30 pm)
NET TIME: 2000 hours (8:00 pm)
FREQ: 147.200 PL 141.3 HZ
NCS: Mr. Michael Smith (N5TGL)

Pre-net: 1930 hours (7:30) Open discussions, we can discuss anything…
Net topic (Question): TBD

Please check the Net Script so you can read along for the practice.

http://www.katyars.com/about/net-info/

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KARS Weekly Tuesday Net

January 22nd, 2012 No comments

DATE: January 24, 2012 (Tuesday)
PRE NET: 1930 hours (7:30 pm)
NET TIME: 2000 hours (8:00 pm)
FREQ: 147.200 PL 141.3 HZ
NCS: Mr. Scott Reeve (KT5SR)

Pre-net: 1930 hours (7:30) Open discussions, we can discuss anything…
Net topic (Question): “Are you Generally Smart” Questions from the General Exam pool. Answer the question -you get to ask the next one. Have your non diagramatic questions ready!

You can find the question pool at: http://www.arrl.org/question-pools

Please check the Net Script so you can read along for the practice.

http://www.katyars.com/about/net-info/

Categories: News, Uncategorized

Winter Field Day: So what are you bringing?

January 22nd, 2012 1 comment

We are in the final run down to Winter Field Day on this coming Saturday at 9 AM.

Sachiko has been very busy sending out the food list, but I know we have more people who indicated they wanted to come than showed up on the list!  :)

So far, I have attendance by Phil B., David L., Jason McD., Richard H. and Owen M.  So, if you are coming and you haven’t let anyone know yet, now is a good time to do so.  I’m planning on going out and buying some burgers to help out with the food, so if I don’t know about you, that’s probably not a good thing!

Categories: Field Day

BVARC Greater Houston Hamfest

January 22nd, 2012 No comments

Date: Saturday, March 3, 2012
Time: 8AM to 1:30PM — registration begins at 7 AM
Location: Ft. Bend County Fairgrounds, Rosenberg, TX About 30 miles S/W of downtown Houston
Food: Amazing food (breakfast and lunch) will be available and provided by the Larkins Family DX Kid’s Cafe.. Yummy !!
Admission: $5, Children under 14 free. Each paid admission receives 1 free door prize (RED) ticket
Tables: Tables are only $10 each and $5 more if you want power at your tables, if you must have power please get your tables early..Last year the indoor tables were sold out, you can register your tables online Click here Over 120 indoor tables will be available. Pre-registration for sellers allows choice of tables ahead of time and power (500W) if requested at time of pre-registration.
Tailgating: This year we have free tailgating. There is plenty of room at the fairgrounds for this. Buyers will have early access to tailgate sellers before main hall opens at 8 A.M. (Sorry, only service animals allowed.)
Door Prizes (2012): (RED TICKET) Each paid entry will include one door prize ticket, door prizes will be announced throughout the day, those prizes unclaimed will be given away near the end of the hamfest.
Raffle (2012): Raffle (BLUE tickets) for the GRAND PRIZES are separate from the door prize tickets and are available inside for $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. list of prizes
VE (Ham radio) Testing – Registration for testing will begin at 8AM. Actual testing will commence at 9AM with another session beginning at 10:30. You will need a photo ID, Your ORIGINAL license, and a copy of your License (if upgrading) and $15. Testing is on-site in the Sheriff Department Training Classroom just inside the front gate. Due to the small size of the testing room, tests can only be given to 12 people at a time, we will test as long as it takes to accommodate everyone that shows up for testing! For more information contact John Moore, kk5nu, jwm@hal-pc.org .
FOX Hunt – $100 cash prize!! A fox hunt will be held at 10AM , this is a hunt for a hidden transmitter{s) which will be on the fairgrounds.fox hunt will be held at 10AM , this is a hunt for a hidden transmitter{s) which will be on the fairgrounds..

http://www.houstonhamfest.org/

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“CQ, CQ, Panama Canal”

January 16th, 2012 No comments

What?  Is he kidding?  Is that some kind of special event station?

You might hear some strange QSO’s on the air this year as hams work to earn the DXCC Diamond Challenge, commemorating the 75th anniversary of the DXCC award.  To earn the award you have to contact 100 or more of the countries that were on the first DXCC list 75 years ago.

Many of the countries from 1937 no longer in exist.  That creates some interesting challenges when pursuing this award.  The ARRL has a list of current entities to represent former countries from 1937 on their website.  Work Ethiopia to get credit for Abyssinia.  For the former Belgian Congo, you can work Democratic Republic of the Congo (9Q), Burundi (9U) or Rwanda (9X).  How easy is that!  The city of Kaliningrad (RF2), which is its own DXCC entity today but politically part of Russia, gives you credit for 1937 Germany, when it was known as Konigsberg.  There are some oddities in the list.

My personal favorite is the Canal Zone (KZ5), which of course is now part of Panama. To qualify for the CZ credit, you have to work an Panamanian (HP) station that is within 8 kilometers of the canal.

How would that work?  You might try . . .”CQ, CQ, Panama Canal within 8 KM”….  Or “CQ HP <= 8KM de the Canal”…Try that on CW or RTTY!

Since I operate mostly SSB, I tried to envision how that contact might go for me.

ME:  QRZ, QRZ HP only.

[I’m thinking.  Maybe I’ll get lucky.]
HP Station: HI OM UR 59 here, Name is Ralf. BTU.

[ Hmm…So far, so good…]
ME:  Thanks for coming back to me Ralf.  What is your exact QTH?  Are you within 8 KM of the canal? Over.
HP Ralf: What canal? UR 59 hr too. Over.

[I’m thinking maybe Ralf is really in Honduras(HR) or he needs a map.]
ME: The Panama Canal, You know, the big ditch where all the boats go. BTU Ralf.
HP Ralf:  Oh that canal.  I don’t know. I haven’t looked lately.  Does that matter?  BTW, WX is blah, blah, blah.  Rig here is  . . .blah, blah, blah. Antenna is blah, blah, blah.  Do you want my Grid Square?  How about you? Over.

(Obviously Ralf missed the e-mail.  Let’s cut to the chase Ralf]
ME: That’s great Ralf.  Yes its for a new DXCC award.
HP Ralf: Man, I never heard of that one!  That’s some crazy award.  I don’t do kilometers, how many feet is that?

[ARGHH! OK, maybe we are getting somewhere at last.]
ME: Its about 26,200 feet. Over
HP Ralf:  Sorry OM, there was some bad QRM that time. A lot of guys are calling me like I’m some rare DX all of a sudden.  Say again, how many feet is that?

[Panic is setting in.]
ME: 26,200.  26 Two zero zero. Over over.
HP Ralf:  That is a lot of feet dude. Don’t think I have a tape measure that long. Do you mean from the center of the canal?

[Getting desperate.]
ME: Can you just estimate?
HP Ralf You mean guess? I guess so.

ME: Cool, Good enough for me.  Got you in the log.  Thanks Ralf.  73

You don’t need confirmations, its on the honor system.

You can find the rules at
http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-diamond-dxcc-challenge
A list of the entities and the corresponding countries today is available on the ARRL web site at:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Diamond%20DXCC/DXCC75_Entity%20List%20TABLE_1_3x.pdf

Good Luck and have fun.

73,

Ron, AE5NO

Categories: Articles

Winter Field Day 2012

January 16th, 2012 3 comments

Greetings all,

Well, it’s getting very, very close that time again…time for field day in weather that doesn’t cause us to spontaneously combust!  Here are the details:

The 2012 Winter Field Day will be held from 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Saturday January 28, 2011 through 1700 UCT (12:00 noon EST) Sunday January 29, 2012. The object of the event is familiar to most Amateur Radio operators: set up emergency-style communications and make as many contacts as possible during the 24 hour period. The rules encourage as many contacts on as many bands and modes as possible, because during a real emergency, the most important factor is the ability to communicate, regardless of band, mode or distance.

I’m looking at this as a 24 hr operation, so here’s the bed space count: 1 single air mattress, 2 queen air mattresses, one king bed and one couch. If you are planning on staying overnight please let me know. I don’t want to have a repeat of last year where someone got sent home because of bunk space! From memory, I have Richard and Owen. If there are others, please remind me.

For antennas, I’ve got the Butternut which now works on 80/40/30/20/17/12/10. I have a low 80m dipole which does very well in CONUS. I’ve also got a 160m Inverted L up which covers the states quite nicely. If you have an antenna you want to experiment with, you are more than welcome to do so, but be sure to bring whatever you might need to get it supported. I do have a fishing line slingshot, so that will be availible for getting lines up into trees. I also still have (!) the KARS field day antenna boxes and coax (Sorry Dave) so those should be able to be used for this event too. The only thing I ask is to avoid running antennas that require walking on the roof. Hopefully we will have some cool weather, (if you don’t need a coat like last year, it’s not cool!) and also remember that the back of the property and the big metal building is availible to operate out of too. I’ve been able to burn off my brushpile, so we can have a bonfire in the back if we like.

Now, as for food, Sachiko has sent out the list for folks to contribute to. PLEASE fill in what you plan on bringing. This is so we don’t end up with 10 relish trays. If you can’t open the file, or don’t want to fill it out, please at least communicate to her what it is you intend to bring so we can avoid duplications. Also, my grill will be availible for whatever anyone may want to put on it.

For the folks who didn’t make it out last year, you really missed a good time. Even if you don’t plan on staying the whole time, come on out and enjoy the food and fun. It’s definitely a nice time to be outside, much cooler than the field day in the summer!

Categories: Field Day

KARS Weekly Tuesday Net

January 15th, 2012 No comments

DATE: January 17, 2012 (Tuesday)
PRE NET: 1930 hours (7:30 pm)
NET TIME: 2000 hours (8:00 pm)
FREQ: 147.200 PL 141.3 HZ
NCS: Mr. Jack Philley (WB5KVV)

Pre-net: 1930 hours (7:30) Open discussions, we can discuss anything…
Net topic (Question): What do you have for lightning protection?

Please check the Net Script so you can read along for the practice.

http://www.katyars.com/about/net-info/

Categories: News

Morse Machine

January 10th, 2012 No comments

As mentioned at the meeting last night, here is a link to download the software.  There are several versions avalilible, including Windows, Linux and DOS.

http://c2.com/morse/
Also, The Art & Skill of Radio Telegraphy. You can buy the latest edition for $11.95, or get the previous edition for free as a .pdf download:

http://www.qsl.net/n9bor/n0hff.htm

Categories: Articles

KARS Weekly Tuesday Net

January 8th, 2012 No comments

DATE: January 10, 2012 (Tuesday)
PRE NET: 1930 hours (7:30 pm)
NET TIME: 2000 hours (8:00 pm)
FREQ: 147.200 PL 141.3 HZ
NCS: Mr. David Land (KD5FX)

Pre-net: 1930 hours (7:30) Open discussions, we can discuss anything…
Net topic (Question): What club programs would you like to see?

Please check the Net Script so you can read along for the practice.

http://www.katyars.com/about/net-info/

Categories: News