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KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

November 19th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: No report given at this meeting. Previous balance provided was $2922.92
  • Reading the Tea Leaves KARS schematic presentation 15Oct17presentation (Jack – WB5KVV). An overview of the most common schematic symbols. The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook & web pages for future reference.
  • October BOD minutes were read and approved. Charlie raised the motion, John seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • Two (2) new member applications: Bruce Campbell (W5SVF) & Philip Lanham (KG5UBL); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Nov 21 – Dec 19:

Date

Net Control Operator

Nov 21

Raul Ramos

Nov 28

Bob Bentley

Dec 5

Brian Havran

Dec 12

Bruce Alfredson

Dec 19

George Graves
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Ham Threads.com Update: payment & digital image has been sent. Expect that site will be ready for orders in a few weeks.
  • KARS Officer Nominating Committee has been formed: Brian Havran, Bob Bentley, & Mike Brannan will assume this responsibility for the election of new club offices for yr: 2018.
  • Discussion continued regarding the possible realignment of KARS VE team under the Laurel VEC organization. Majority of members agreed that we should continue our VE alignment under the ARRL. It was also determined that KARS should increase the frequency of our VE exam sessions to every two (2) months, and if possible, conduct the exams at Katy Memorial Hospital which would provide a better testing environment than we currently have. Action item: Mike B. to provide KARS testing schedule to Mark B. to secure Tiger Room A beginning in yr. 2018.
  • KARS Christmas dinner will be held at El Jarrito Mexican restaurant, Monday, Dec.11th @ 7:00 pm. Dan will send out an email to confirm number of attendees prior to the event. El Jarrito is located at 21724 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy, TX 77450
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Categories: Meetings, Training

KARS Christmas Dinner – Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm

November 14th, 2017 Comments off

KARS Christmas Dinner – this event will be at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant. Dinner reservations have been made for Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm. Will need to follow-up with the restaurant one week prior with the final number of attendees.

Categories: Meetings

KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 9, 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:35 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Smith Chart – A Quick Summary presentation (Hannu – KT5FI). The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook page which includes links to other Smith Chart references.
  • September BOD minutes were read and approved. Jimmy V. raised the motion, Gerald D. seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • One (1)) new member application: Matt Smith (KG5VBO); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Oct 17 – Nov 14:

Date

Net Control Operator
17-Oct George Graves

24-Oct

Tom Greathouse

31-Oct

Raul Ramos

7-Nov

Jimmy Vance

14-Nov

Bob Leitgen
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $2922.92

Upcoming Public Service events (Scott Reeve):

  • Sat 10/14: 10 for Texas Triathlon, Woodlands, TX
  • Fri 10/20: Wings Over Houston (WOH), Special People Day – WOH (Sat 10/21), Full Day Show, Sun 10/22 WOH.
  • Sat 10/21 Fairfield Childrens Triathlon, Sun 10/22 Fairfield Adult Triathlon
  • Sat 10/21: Bike Around the Bay (BATB) Baytown to Galveston; Sun 10/22 BATB Galveston to Baytown Raceway Park.
  • Sat 11/04: Bike for Heroes Bike Ride, Wallis, TX
  • Sat 11/04: Tour de Cure Prairie View A&M

 

Categories: Meetings

Texas QSO Party Results – 2017

October 4th, 2017 Comments off

Battleship TEXAS Amateur Radio Station

Band     QSOs     Pts   Mult   Pt/Q

7     194     386   78   2.0

14       35       70   20   2.0

Total     229     456   98   2.0

Score: 44,688 1 Mult = 2.3 Q

Operators: Mike Smith, N5TGL; Mike Monsour, AC0TX; Mike Brannan, KA5OXA

We operated from roughly 9 am to 9 pm Saturday then 9 am to 2 pm Sunday.

About 50 people stopped by during the day. Saturday night about 30 Cub Scouts visited us and a few were very interested.

We certainly had a lot of fun. Access was restricted due to ongoing critical repairs so we could not raise better antennas. The little Pac 12 did yeoman duty on 20. The 40 meter ships vertical was our big performer. It made contacts as short as 12 miles and out to about 600 miles. Ninety-eight out of 254 counties were bagged. We criss-crossed the country with contacts in Washington to Florida, Arizona to Pennsylvania, South Carolina to California. It was fun.

We definitely need more operators so we can get better breaks.

Come join us.

Categories: Field Day, Net

KARS General Meeting – Monday, September 11, 2017

September 14th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Previously scheduled Smith Chart presentation (Hannu – KT5FI) cancelled due to illness. In its place, Jimmy (W5ZTX) and Dave (WD8RZA) provided an overview of their respective involvement in the recent Hurricane Harvey disaster. Jimmy spent time at both the Houston TranStar and NRG facilities, while Dave ran the Fort Bend EOC communications net. Very informative discussion by all regarding how KARS members could be better prepared, in terms of tools & processes, to participate in these types of efforts in the future.
  • There was no August BOD meeting so there were no BOD Minutes to be shared.
  • Four (4) new member applications: Ashley McMasters – KG5USL, Matt Dycus – KF5TCL, Robert Holder – KG5USJ, & Kevin Odom – KG5USG; unanimous approval by club membership on all applicants.
  • Discussion re: KARS logo. Decision was made to stay with the current KARS logo and proceed with the use of hamthreads.com. The use of hamthreads.com will allow KARS members to purchase, at their convenience, various apparel items (shirts, caps, jackets, etc.) with the club logo at a reduced cost. Once the initial setup is confirmed the club membership will be notified.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Sept 12 – Oct 10:

Date

Net Control Operator

12-Sep

Carlisle Rodriguez

19-Sep

David McMasters

26-Sep

Dan Fawvor

3-Oct

Bob Leitgen

10-Oct

Bob Bentley
  • There were 20 members and 3 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $2922.92

Upcoming Public Service events: Scott Reeve: Kemah Triathlon – Oct 8th, Memorial Hermann 10 for Texas – Oct14th, Wings over Houston – Oct 21st-22nd, Tour de Cure – Nov 4th . Note: Smoke Alarm Blitz (Sept 24th) has been cancelled.

Categories: Meetings

KARS General Meeting – Monday, August 14, 2017

August 21st, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
• HF Digital Modes presentation by Jeff MacMillian – KG5LRP. Link to the presentation to be posted on the KARS website (http://www.katyars.com/).
• BOD Minutes were read and approved. Michael D. raised the motion, Bob B. seconded and BOD minutes were approved.
• New member application: Paul Smith – KT4WHL, unanimous approval by club membership.
• Acknowledgement of KARS members that recently completed CERTS training: Dan-K5DAF, Jimmy-W5ZTX, Mark-N5YUS, Paul-KT4WHL, and Tom-AE5TG.
• Discussion re: KARS logo. Majority of members would support changing the logo. For those that are interested in designing a new logo, the decision was to present those logos at the September meeting for the members to vote on. Whatever logo is determined to be the club’s logo will be sent, via digital format, to hamthreads.com. The use of hamthreads.com will allow KARS members to purchase, at their convenience, various apparel items (shirts, caps, jackets, etc.) with the club logo at a reduced cost.
• Net Control Operator assignments from August 15 – September 19:
Date  Net Control Operator
Aug 15  Andrew Siverly
Aug 22  George Graves
Aug 29  Dan Fawvor
Sept 5  Mark Bing
Sept 12  Carlisle Rodriquez
Sept 19  David McMasters

• There were 26 members and 4 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $3023.92
Upcoming Public Service events: Scott Reeve: Town Lake Triathlon – Sept 4th; Tour de Cure – Sept 23rd.

Categories: Meetings

CERT Training

July 13th, 2017 Comments off

You have options for your CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training:

Fort Bend Co.

ONE WEEKEND: August 12-13, 2017; 8A-8P

or

Cy-Fair CERT

8 ea. Tuesday nights starting Sept. 12th

Sign up now!

Categories: Training

KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 10, 2017

July 12th, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
CERT Presentation by Michael Deaver, KG5JBJ, and Michael Livingston, KF5MVP.
• BOD Minutes were read and approved. Bob B. raised the motion, Jimmy V. seconded and BOD minutes were approved.
• New member application: Frank Anthony – KG5QAP, unanimous approval by club membership.
• Net Control Operator assignments from July 11 – August 22:
Date Net Control Operator
July 11 Brian Havran
July 18 Jack Philley
July 25 David McMasters
Aug 1 Andrew Siverly
Aug 8 Tom Greathouse
Aug 15 Andrew Siverly
Aug 22 George Graves

• There were 23 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:25 PM.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $3026.27
Remote Ham Station Update – Jimmy Vance: The radio (Elecraft K3s transceiver) had arrived and Jimmy is in the process of configuring the Remote Ham software. Waiting on tower installers to confirm install date: antenna is still in the “build process”.
Upcoming Public Service events: Dan Fawvor: Smoke Alarm Blitz is tentatively scheduled for Sept. 2017.

Categories: Meetings

Tidelands Hamfest 2017

June 15th, 2017 Comments off

Texas City HamFest

Location:
Doyle Convention Center
2010 5th Avenue North
Texas City, Texas 77590
8am-2pm – July 8, 2017

Categories: HamFest

KARS General Meeting Minutes – Monday, June 12, 2017

June 15th, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
• “Use and Abuse of Digital Millimeter” presentation by Jack Philley, WB5KVV. Presentation included both slides and hands-on applications. Well Received!
• BOD Minutes were read; Tommy raised the motion to approve and Raul seconded. BOD minutes were approved.
• New member application: Bob Leitgen – KG5SYE , unanimous approval by club membership.
• Net Control Operator assignments from June 13 – Aug 15. Still need a volunteer for the July 25th slot.
Date Net Control Operator
6/13/2017 Cash Jacobson
6/20/2017 Dan Fawvor
6/27/2017 Scott Reeve
7/4/2017 George Graves
7/11/2017 Brian Havran
7/18/2017 Jack Philley
7/25/2017 OPEN
8/1/2017 Andrew Siverly
8/8/2017 Bruce Alfredson
8/15/2017 Andrew Siverly

• There were 30 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:20 PM.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Expenses= $2273.15, Deposits = $135.00, Balance = $3299.15

KARS Repeater Update – Jimmy Vance: all work has been successfully completed on the installation of the new Kenwood TKR-750 repeater. Many thanks to all that participated in this critical task.

ARRL Field Day (June 24-25) Update – Jimmy Vance: KARS will partner with BVARC, and other clubs, at this upcoming event. Date for N1MM logging software training TBD. There are several open slots in the Operator Schedule and if you are interested in participating in this event contact either Jimmy Vance or Jeff MacMillian.
Remote Ham Station Update – work continues on setting up a station at Mark Bing’s property for the club to use for Remote Ham access. No completion data available at this time.

Texas Museum Ships Weekend (June 3-4) – Dan Fawvor: Gerald Doucet (N5KT) & son participated in this event from the Battleship Texas. Gerald reported 105 contacts, 17 states, primarily working 40 meters.
Upcoming Public Service events – Scott Reeve: None scheduled at this time.

KARS VE Training Session (June 17) – To be held at HCESD 48, Sta #4; all KARS VE requested to participate.

Categories: Meetings