Archive for May, 2013

KARS Net Controller

May 29th, 2013 No comments

If you are a KARS member and are interested in being Net Controller for Tuesday, June 25, 2013, please contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) via phone 281-392-8771 or email

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KARS BOD Meeting

May 27th, 2013 No comments

KARS members and visitors are welcome to attend the next KARS Board of Directors (BOD) meeting. Details are listed below.

Date: Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Time: 06:30 PM Central
Location: Starbucks, 547 S. Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450
Topics: Merit Badge Class and Field Day

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2013 KARS May Meeting Minutes

May 15th, 2013 No comments

2013 KARS Meeting Minutes
Held on Monday, May 13, 2013

Proper notice of the regularly scheduled meeting of the Katy Amateur Radio Society (KARS) Meeting was sent to all members via email and posted on the KARS website, in accordance with the by-laws of KARS. The meeting was held at Fire Station No. 4 located at 22855 Franz Rd, Katy, Texas at 07:30 PM Central. In attendance were the following board members: Mike (KA5OXA), President, Scott (KT5SR), Jason (NV5DS) Treasurer, Jack (WB5KVV), Activities Manager and Peter (KD5OCR), Secretary. No KARS Board Members were absent. The meeting was called to order by Mike, KA5OXA, at 07:26 PM Central.

Pledge of Allegiance

Introductions of members and visitors:
34 Members present; 5 Visitors and all recorded on sign-in sheet. A Quorum of 28 members was present.

Old Business

Last month’s meeting minutes were online; Motion to accept last KARS
meeting minutes. Motion to accept, Bob (WB3EWP) seconded, Charlie (KT5BBQ) Motion Passed.

Treasury report was given by Scott, KT5SR, Treasurer. Motion to Accept the Treasury report by Ron (K5CE), second, Joe (N5IDF). Motion Passed.

Peter, KD5OCR, Secretary, presented the last BOD Meeting Minutes. No motions were made.

Owen was given a desk carving with his callsign, KF5CZO, for his ham shack in recognition for his work as Activity Directory last year.

Discussed holding a Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge class on Saturday, June 15, 2013 here at Fire Station #4. Mike, KA5OXA, reserved the Fire Station #4. There will be a limit of 15 scouts. Bryan will lead the electronics portion. Peter will lead the Radio Service and Regulation portion. Dave S. and Tom will lead the fox hunt demo. Troop 925 received notice of this event.

Sachiko, W5IDF, cancelled the KARS ham radio VE exam for Saturday, June 15, 2013.

City Council approved KARS Field Day in the Katy City Park.

Public Service Calendar:

Memorial Hermann Triathalon (Woodlands) – Full
Memorial Hermann Emergency Regional Drill: Charlie (KT5BBQ) – Needs Volunteers at the Katy Hospital, Fire Station #4, or badly Downtown
HamComm is July 7th and 8th in Plano, TX
June 1 at George R. Brown: Hurricane Preparation Workshop
June 1 is Museum Ship Weekend on the TEXAS (Houston Ship Channel), Cavella, or Stewart (Seawolf Park): Texas Navy Certificate available
New Ship: AC0TX
Lexigonton: W5LEX
Alyssa: N5E

New Business

New Member Election: None (2 Applications Accepted)

KARS Net Controller Needed for Tuesday Evenings at 07:30 PM:
June 18, 2013
June 25, 2013
July 02, 2013

Dave, KD5FX, has his last KARS meeting is today. He made a nice goodbye speech.

KARS 2013 Field Day
22 June 2013 at 09:30 AM
On the Air by Noon at the Katy Park
Visitors and KARS Members are welcome
24-Hour Off-Grid Power; Meals Provided
Scott would like Peter KD5OCR to coordinate the logging software
15 people wanted to attend Field Day

KARS Inventory Spreadsheet

(Refreshments 10 minutes)

Tom’s International Space Station Presentation

Mike, KA5OXA, closed the meeting at 08:56 PM Central.

Duly submitted for review on May 13th, 2013:
Peter, KD5OCR, Secretary

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ISS Contact: Thornton Middle School

May 15th, 2013 No comments

On 03/25/13, students at Thornton Middle School in Katy, TX. hosted a live Q&A session with the commander aboard the International Space Station. This video shows the results. We are very thankful to NASA, ARRL, ARISS, and AMSAT for making this happen as well as the numerous community sponsors and supporters.

Thanks to Tom, AE5QB on his presentation at the May 2013 KARS Meeting!

Thornton ISS Contact:
ISS Tour:
NASA Johnson Style song:

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Field Day 2013 Spreadsheet

May 13th, 2013 No comments

KARS is gearing up for 2013 Field Day! To sign-up to bring needed items, please review the attached spreadsheet. If you have any questions, contact Jack Philley (WB5KVV) via phone 281-392-8771 or email

Field Day Spreadsheet and Flyer

Overall Planning Coordinator: Jack Philley, WB5KVV
Liaison with City of Katy: Scott R., KT5SR
Overnighters Coordinator: Scott R., KT5SR
Talk-in and 2-Meter Monitor: Brian H., AF5IT
Publicity: Jerry C., KT5US
Operating Plan Coordinator (bands, modes): Phil Y., WB4FCC
Temporary Power Coordinator: Phil B., KJ5OW
Dinner Coordinator: Mike M., KE5VAI
Dinner Assistant: Hannu KT5FI
Logging Coordinator: Peter F., KD5OCR
Filter Czar: Owen M., KF5CZO

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Museum Ship Weekend: June 1 – 2

May 13th, 2013 No comments

The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club will again participate in this year’s
Museum Ships Weekend. June 1-2, 2013. Our call sign, KK5W will be credited
as a contact with both WW II Submarine USS Cavalla and Destroyer Escort USS
Stewart. representing the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart. Visit our web page
for more information, We will be operating from,
Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas, NA-143.

We will have four stations set up, two located in the park, aboard the
Cavalla and aboard the Stewart. Weather permitting these stations will be
on the air continuously.

We need operators. Amateur radio operators in the Galveston – Houston area
are cordially invited to participate. You can sign up on the web page if you
would like to operate KK5W during the event at Seawolf Park.

Frequencies as follows:
7.260 MKHz
14.260 MHz
21.360 MHz
28.360 MHz

7.039 Mhz
14,039 MHz
21.039 KHz
28,039 KHz

Operation on OSCAR satellites is planned for daytime passes on Saturday,
June 1.

KK5W will host two VHF Nets for Houston-Galveston amateurs to contact the
local museum ships using the WA5CYI repeater 146.94 (-) PL 167.9 on Saturday
and Sunday from 11AM – 1 PM Local time. We are anticipating the USS Texas
(NA5DV), Elissa (N5E), and the Grandcamp/High Flyer Memorial (AC0TX) will be
on the net.

A balloon launch is scheduled for Saturday morning, APRS trackers will use
N5BPS (the Cavalla’s wartime call sign was NBPS).

Once again, we will be offering the Texas Navy Award.

This year’s Texas Navy Fleet is expanded to include:
USS Cavalla and USS Stewart – KK5W
USS Texas – NA5DV
Tall Ship Elissa – N5E
USS Lexington – W5LEX
SS High Flyer and SS Grandcamp Memorial – AC0TX
National Museum of the Pacific War – N5P

For KK5W and AC0TX, one contact counts for both ships. Provide evidence of
two way communication (log extract) with at least four of the call signs
during MSWE 2013 to earn the 2013 Texas Navy Certificate. Work all six to
earn the coveted “Clean Sweep” endorsement.

Ron, K5HM
Event Coordinator
“k5hm.ron” at his email with “”

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Armed Forces Day: Satuday, May 11th – Cross Band Event

May 11th, 2013 No comments

AFD (Armed Forces Day) Cross Band Event Saturday, May 11th.

Link to the Army announcement with all frequencies and times

Phil, WB4FCC NNN0KIR, will be broadcasting the SECDEF message at 2340Z on 7393.0KHZ LSB 100 WPM RTTY. I’ll also be on air as NNN0ASF 9AM-11AM CDT 4014KHZ (LSB Voice listening 80M), 11-13 CDT on 13974KHZ USB PSK-31 (LISTENING 20M) and 7394.5KHZ LSB PSK-31 7-9PM CDT.

Frequencies cited are WINDOW frequency.

Other folks in the vicinity will be doing other frequencies/modes as listed including operators in Cypress, Kingwood and Magnolia (all under call sign NNN0ASF).

For folks in the Katy Amateur Radio Society it should be an easy QSL. (And SECDEF says they will be sending cards).

Navy MARS website:

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KARS Meeting: Monday, May 13th at 07:30 PM

May 11th, 2013 No comments

Just a reminder that our May club meeting will be held on Monday, May 13th at 7:30 PM
At the West I-10 Fire Station #4 on Franz Road, just east of Grand Parkway (99).
Here’s our meeting agenda, hope to see you there!

AGENDA KARS MEETING 7:30 P.M. Monday, May 13, 2013

I. Call to Order

II. Pledge to the Flag


III. Old Business
A. Minutes of last meeting (Peter) -motion to approve minutes as posted on the KARS website
B. Treasurers report – (Scott) -motion/vote (Quarterly itemized statement on the projector)
C. BOD Meeting Notes from the last BOD Meeting – (Peter) report only
D. Other Old Business?
a. Planning for BSA Radio Merit Badge class, Sat., June 15 at FS#4
b. Planning for Field Day – volunteer spreadsheet
c. Update on reserving the Katy City Park for Field Day. Scott & Mike at City Hall
d. Update on public service events – Peter & Scott, if we get back

IV. New Business
A. New Members (if any) – election
B. Comments/statements from BOD members (if any)
C. Museum Ships Week End – BTARS on Texas, BVARC on Stewart and Cavalla
D. FIELD DAY planning discussion
E. Other New Business? Property spreadsheet

– Refreshments follow (reminder that these refreshments aren’t free)

V. Presentations
ARISS school satellite contact – Tom
Lightening Protection – Dave KD5FX

VI. Adjourn.

Contest information: See QST Contest site –
Army MARS website:
Navy MARS website:

Upcoming events:
June 1-2: Museum Ships Weekend: Battleship Texas, USS Cavalla, USS Stewart (DE) and many others
June 8-9: June VHF Contest
June 15: Kids Day; possible Merit Badge Class
June 22-23: Field Day, Katy City Park
October 19-20: Scout Jamboree on the Air

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ARISS Chronical Article

May 4th, 2013 No comments

Dateline: 05/02/2013 Houston Chronicle, Lindsay Peyton

For a few minutes, Thorton Middle School was transformed into mission control.
After a year’s worth of preparations, that included the addition of an antenna powerful enough to reach the International Space Station, seventh grader Christoper Babbichio found the right frequency to communication with astronauts with classmates on standby…

For the complete article, go to:

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