Archive for August, 2018

KARS General Meeting – Monday, August 13, 2018

August 17th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2795.39
EMP – Electromagnetic Pulse” presentation by Jack (WB5KVV). Presentation included an overview of EMP with a focus on ham radio. This presentation has been posted to our KARS webpage (under the KARS Presentations tab).
The July BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Bruce(W5BCA), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and approved by club members.
KARS Door Prizes – thanks to Charles (W4LXM) for providing an item (Extension Cord Retractable Reel) as door prize for this meeting. Much appreciated by the membership!
Three (3) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Shawn McCoy (W5AQY), Rick Braddy (W5FCX), and Brad Rich (N6GR).
Jimmy (W5ZTX) provided updates on his recently meetings with ESD 47 and ESD 48. Expectation is that more engagement from both ESDs and KARS will occur in the future. Strong possibility that KARS will have a presence at ESD 48, Station #5 Admin Bldg., date TBD.
Katy CERT – Jimmy (W5ZTX) has reached out to KATY CERT team to make them aware of KARS and our desire to work closely with them. There are several KATY CERT members who are interested in gaining their ham license as well as several KARS members who have completed CERT training.
KARS Remote Station – Jimmy provided an update on the antenna and tower. To help offset some of the remaining costs that will be incurred, it was suggested that the club purchase and auction off a radio (example: IC-7300) with the intent that the profits be applied to these remaining costs. A motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club membership to move forward on this suggestion. Additional research into the proper raffle guidelines will occur with the intent to conduct the raffle by our December meeting.
Net Control Assignment for the period of Aug 14 – Sept 11, 2018:
Net Control Operator
Aug 14     Raul Ramos
Aug 21     Jimmy Vance
Aug 28    George Graves
Sept 4     Sheree Horton
Sept 11    John Thumond

Upcoming Public Service Events:

Saturday, September 8, 2018, Harris County Public Health (HCPH) will conduct a Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) in selected neighborhoods of Aldine. This effort will involve teams of HCPH employees and volunteers conducting surveys to assess the recovery of Harris County residents one year following Hurricane Harvey.  Contact Scott Reeve (KT5SR) for details.
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.
There were 25 members and 4 visitors in attendance.
Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.

Categories: Meetings

Vintage Equipment for Sale

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

K5UI (SK) owned an amazing collection of restored vintage rigs, and some new ones,and his widow is looking to sell everything.

The vintage equipment is all in absolutely mint condition, and presumed to be working, but has not been fired up. I live nearby and can help with testing (and can supply an antenna) if needed.

There are some other miscellaneous items that are not listed.

Here’s a spreadsheet of what is available – the listed prices are indicative and negotiable:

Contact Joanie Andrew for more information:

Categories: Equipment

Boy Scout Merit Badge Fair

August 14th, 2018 Comments off

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.

This is a great way to introduce our hobby, possibly create a lifetime interest for a young man, and provide a service to the community.

It will be at the Katy Holy Covenant Methodist Church, 22111 Morton Rd, Katy, TX 77449, from 0800 until 1700 hrs.

We will need at least six KARS members, one of which will be at home to function as the other end of a QSO.

We will be working with small groups of scouts (3-4 in the group), and conducting a series of 45-90 minute sessions. The scouts will rotate among six stations during the day.

Newer KARS members are especially invited to participate. This will be an ideal opportunity to get to know some of the other members while doing something worthwhile.

For further information contact Jack Philley WB5KVV,

Categories: Elmer

Volunteer Examiners Are Needed For An Upcoming Test Sessions

August 9th, 2018 Comments off
Volunteer Examiners Are Needed For An Upcoming Test Sessions:
We’re offering several Ham-In-A-Day classes and need VE’s for the testing sessions to follow.
Date: Saturday 8/11/2018
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: Houston Metallurgical Laboratory, Inc. 2400 Central Pkwy, Suite R, Houston TX 77092

Google Maps Link:

Date: Saturday 9/22/2018
Time: 3:30 PM
Location: Harris County ESD48 station #5
21201 Morton Road, Katy TX 77449
Date: Saturday 10/11/2018
Time: 4:00 PM

Location: Tomball Fire Station #1 1200 Rudel Road, Tomball, Texas 77375
Google Maps Link:

For those interested in car polling from the SE/Clear Lake Area, Tanner Jones W9TWJ is coordinating a car pool. Contact him directly but please cc me so I know who’s coming
Can you assist with any or all of these? 
If you know of any other VEs who might be able to help could you send me their name, callsign, email address and phone number? There is no master list of VEs in the Houston area.
Feel free to email me or call me on my cell: 281-919-9877 if you have any questions.
Thank you for all you do,
Alfred Perez N5VEV
Categories: Exam Session