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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:
Date
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.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018

July 13th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 9, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2707.39
  • Remote HF Radio Operations” presentation by Jimmy (W5ZTX). Presentation included a review of the Remote Ham software as well as a live demo of our KARS remote HF station. Jimmy also showed a YouTube video on proper installation of coax connectors (by Steve Venner @ ML&S). This video has been posted to our KARS webpage (under the KARS Presentations tab).
  • The June BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Mike (KA5OXA), seconded by Bruce (W5BCA), and approved by club members.
  • KARS Door Prizes – thanks to Jack (WB5KVV) for providing several items as door prizes for this meeting. Much appreciated by the membership!
  • KARS Raffle: Congrats to Rob (KG5ZXY) for winning this month’s raffle prize – The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications.
  • No new member applications were presented at this month’s club meeting.
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of July 17 – August 14, 2018:

Date

Net Control Operator

July 17

Scott Reeve

July 24

David McMasters

July 31

Tom Greathouse

Aug 7

Sheree Horton

Aug 14

Raul Ramos
  • There were 23 members and 5 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:45 PM.
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KARS General Meeting – Monday, June 11, 2018

June 15th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, June 11, 2018

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2575.39

“Portable and Homemade Antennas” presentation by Charlie Lancaster (KT5BBQ). Presentation included a “show & tell” of several antennas that various club members brought to the meeting.

No May BOD minutes were read; there was no May BOD meeting held due to a holiday conflict.

KARS Door Prizes – thanks to Jack (WB5KVV) for providing several items as door prizes for this meeting. Much appreciated by the membership!

Three (3) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Stephen Ellison (WB4KTH), John McColly (W5RQ), and Robert Schweitzer (KG5ZXY).

Net Control Operator assignments from June 19 – July 10, 2018:

Date          Net Control Operator
June 19     Jack Philley
June 26     Phil Yates
July 3        Sheree Horton
July 10      George Graves

There were 28 members and 2 visitors in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, May 14, 2018

May 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 = $2958.39

“Antenna Modeling” presentation by Rick Hiller (W5RH). Presentation included a demo of the EZNEC modeling software. Refer to the following link for more information: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Antenna%20Modeling%20for%20Beginners%20Supplemental%20Files/EZNEC%20Modeling%20Tutorial%20by%20W8WWV.pdf

The April BOD minutes were read, motion was raised by Bob (WB3EWP), seconded by Mike (KA5OXA), and approved by club members.

A motion was raised, seconded, and approved for the club to purchase the Alpha J-Pole 6-160 Meter end-fed HF antenna. This antenna will be used for various KARS club events. Update: Antenna has arrived and is being stored with the other KARS equipment.

KARS Raffle: Congrats to Charles (W4LXM) for winning this month’s raffle prize – The ARRL Handbook for Radio Communications.

Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)

Springs Back Triathlon, Fulshear – Sunday, May 20, 2018

Extreme Weather Ready Expo @ George R. Brown Convention Center – June 2. 2018

Museum Ships Weekend – June 2-3, 2018

Net Control Operator assignments from May 15 – June 12, 2018:

Date       Net Control Operator
May 15   Sheree Horton
May 22   George Graves
May 29   David McMasters
June 5    Tom Greathouse
June 12  Raul Ramos

There were 28 members and 2 visitors in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:40 PM.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, April 9, 2018

April 16th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, April 9, 2018

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $3122.75

Fox Hunting presentation by Dave S. (WD8RZA). Dave provided a thorough overview of direction finding techniques and common types of antennas used. This presentation will be posted on the KARS web page. Presentation was well received by the club members. The information provided by Dave will prepare us for a “yet to be scheduled” KARS foxhunt activity.

The March BOD minutes were read, motion was raised, seconded, and approved by club members.

A motion was raised, seconded, and approved for the club to purchase the Alpha J-Pole 6-160 Meter end-fed HF antenna. This antenna will be used for various KARS club events

Two new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Michael Srinivasan (KD5QOP) and Luke Bugler (K0LTB).

Upcoming Public Service Events (Bob – WB3EWP & Scott – KT5SR)

2018 Katy Safety Fest – April 14. Update: Great turnout by KARS members. 15 club members participated despite bad weather. Thanks to all that volunteered their time.

2018 BP MS150 – Apr 28-29.

The Woodland Triathlon – May 12

Net Control Operator assignments from Apr 10 – May 8, 2018:

Date
Net Control Operator
Apr 10    Raul Ramos
Apr 17    Scott Reeve
Apr 24    George Graves
May 1    Ron Horton
May 8    Brian Havran

There were 25 members and 2 visitors in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

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Houston Digital Radio Support Group

March 8th, 2018 Comments off

This was sent out to members of the Digital Support Group in Houston. Everyone is welcome so please publicize amongst your members as you see appropriate.

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Here are the details for meetings in March and April. Please pass on to others – all are welcome

NO MARCH MEETING FOR DIGITAL SUPPORT GROUP (MARCH 26)
Instead, moved to April 9th

APRIL 9TH – APRS Roundtable

There will be a round-table on APRS in Houston by our APRS gurus and led by Walter Holmes K5WH.
APRS is changing over the years and has many practical uses. Bring your questions, find out plans for APRS in Houston and more.

This is a joint meeting between ECHO Society and the Digital Support Group.

American Red Cross at 2700 SouthWest Freeway (close to Kirby)
Start time: 7pm
Pre-meeting eating at Goode Company Mexican (Kirby and Westpark)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/?ref=bookmarks

Alan KB2WF

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, February 12, 2018

February 13th, 2018 Comments off

Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2827.95

“KARS Emergency Communication Plan” presentation by George (KI6G). A review of our current KARS communication plan and discussion around what changes and/or updates are needed. Suggestion was made that, as a club, we need to clarify the scope of what we hope to accomplish with the plan. As many of our members are active in other organizations, such as ARES, CERT, etc., we need to understand that in a time of emergency that those individuals may not be available due to other commitments. A clearer definition of the role that KARS should undertake, in certain emergency situations, should be stated as part of the plan.

The January BOD minutes were read, Tommy (KG5FMA) raised the motion, John (WB5CTH) seconded, and the minutes were approved.

KARS 2018 Officers Election – membership agreed to accept those candidates that were identified on the voting ballot that was previously sent out (via Google Forms). The motion was raised, and seconded, and all candidates were accepted.

There were no new member applications to present at the February meeting.

Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)

Digital Mode Workshop to be held at TranStar (2/26 @ 7:00pm)

The Woodlands Marathon – March 3rd. Registration for ham volunteers can be found at: http://www.woodlands-event-comms.info/the-woodlands-marathon

Baytown YMCA Gator Ride – March 3.

Net Control Operator assignments from Feb 13 – March 13, 2018:

Date         Net Control Operator
Feb 13    Raul Ramos
Feb 20   Dan Fawvor
Feb 27   Bob Leitgen
Mar 6    Raul Ramos
Mar 13  George Graves

There were 29 members and 1 visitor in attendance.

Meeting adjourned at 8:26 PM.

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Basics of Digital Modes

January 30th, 2018 Comments off

Basics of Digital Modes

To be held at Transtar, 6922 Katy Rd, 77024 on Monday February 26th at 7pm. The presenter will be Mark, WB2ANN

The presentation covers the basic and intermediate operation of digital modes, primarily on the keyboard modes with the focus on how to quickly get on the air. It covers the basics of the various more popular digital modes, software, setup and interfaces. Also covered are rig control, web spotting and logging, and how to deal with common connection and decoding problems. The presentation is updated to include the weak signal modes.

The actual programs on a computer will demonstrate some of the features.

The meeting is open and everyone is welcome to attend! The Digital Support Group promotes the use of all digital technology for ham radio and normally meets each month on the 4th Monday at 7pm usually at Transtar. The Facebook page is at https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/

Alan KB2WF

KARS General Meeting – Monday, January 8, 2018

January 15th, 2018 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $2614.95
  • Remote Radio Operations” presentation & demo (Jimmy – W5ZTX). An instructional summary of the Remote Hams software, as well an overview of our KARS remote station. The presentation will be posted to the KARS web page in the near future.
  • There was not a December BOD meeting held so, consequently, there were no BOD minutes to read and approve.
  • There were no new member applications to present at the January meeting.
  • Additional funds ($300) needed to complete the buildout of our KARS remote station setup. Motion raised by Bob (WB3EWP) and seconded by Tommy (KG5FMA) to provide Jimmy (W5ZTX) with these funds. Unanimous approval by club membership.
  • VE Sessions: Beginning at the February meeting a VE sign-up sheet will be created to ensure we have proper VE coverage for each VE testing session.
  • KARS Membership Dues – annual dues need to be collected by the next General Membership meeting.
  • Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR) –
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Jan 9 – Feb 13, 2018:

Date

Net Control Operator

Jan 9

Tom Greathouse

Jan 16

Scott Reeve

Jan 23

Mike Brannan

Jan 30

Bob Bentley

Feb 6

David McMasters

Feb 13

Raul Ramos
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
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KARS General Meeting – Monday, December 11, 2017

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

Meeting was held at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Balance provided was $2889.95. Report accepted by club membership.

BOD minutes were read and approved by club membership.

Non-Profit Status Update – Request for $275 processing fee brought before membership. Unanimous approval to proceed with payment of fee and submission of paperwork.

One (1) new member application: John Cooley (N5EVH) – unanimous approval by club membership.

Net Control Operator assignments from Dec 12, 2017 – Jan 9, 2018.

Date        Net Control Operator
Dec 12    Bruce W5BCA
Dec 19   George KI6G
Dec 26   Dan K5DAF
Jan 2     Raul KD5RR
Jan 9     Tom AE5TG

There were 23 members and several guests in attendance.

Ham Threads.com Update: Website is up & running – ready to accept KARS orders!

KARS VE Testing Update: New KARS testing schedule for 2018 has been submitted to ARRL for posting and first KARS test session for 2018 will be January 6, 2018, held at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room. Test sessions for 2018 will occur every odd month throughout the year.

Dinner & meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all!

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