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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.

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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.

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 10, 2017

July 12th, 2017 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, July 10, 2017
• 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.

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KARS General Meeting Minutes – Monday, June 12, 2017

June 15th, 2017 Comments off

KARS General Meeting Minutes – Monday, June 12, 2017
• 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.

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D-STAR Presentation by Bill, KE5XV and Hal, N5BXP

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

Intro to D-Star Katy Amateur Radio Society 2017 

Everyone’s invited to the Houston Digital Radio group meeting, usually the 4th Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at Transtar.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/

 

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, May 8, 2017

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

• Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
• The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
• “Intro to D-Star” presentation by Bill Pellerin, KE5XV, and Hal Fuglaar, N5BXP. Presentation will be posted on KARS website within a few days.
• BOD minutes were read; Jimmy raised motion to approve and Jack seconded. BOD minutes were approved.
• New Member Applications – no applications were presented at this meeting.
• Net Control Operator assignments from May 16 – June 20.
5/16 – Tom Greathouse
5/23 – George Graves
5/30 – Brian Havran
6/6 – Tommy Winder
6/13 – Cash Jacobson
6/20 – Dan Fawvor

• There were 26 members and 3 visitors in attendance.
• Meeting adjourned at 8:34 PM
VHF/UHF Antenna – George explained that Dr. Ed Fong will provide a special pricing of $27/ea. for a group order of the dual band antenna that he presented at the April meeting. Any members that are interested in purchasing this antenna should contact George.
KARS Repeater Update – Jimmy Vance: The Kenwood TKR-750 repeater has arrived. Still need to purchase power supply and coax but expect it to be on air within a week or so.
Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: After the purchase of the TKR-750, the current balance is $3733.13.
KARS Field Day – June 24-25, 2017: It was suggested that we partner with Brazos Valley Amateur Radio (BVARC) as well as several other clubs, to be held at Pecan Grove Plantation, Richmond, TX. Cost of $150 to be incurred by KARS. Mike Brannan raised the motion to approve and Darrel seconded. Membership voted unanimously in favor. More details to follow.
Remote Ham Station – Dan presented the BOD’s decision to set up the KARS HF station for Remote Ham access, along with the plan to relocate the station to Mark’s property. General vote was called for – all members were in favor of this decision.
Upcoming Events – Scott Reeves:
Houston Hurricane Workshop at George R. Brown Convention Center – June 3, 2017
Next Smoke Alarm Blitz – currently scheduled for June 17, 2017.

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KARS General Meeting  –  Monday, April 10, 2017

April 12th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • The BOD minutes were read. Tommy moved to approve and Darrel seconded.  BOD minutes were approved.
  • New member (Alan Macintyre) application approved.
  • Net Control Operators assignments from April 11 through May 16:
4/11 – Mike Brannan 5/2 – Carlisle Rodriguez
4/18 – Cash Jacobson 5/9 – Mark Bing
4/25 – George Graves 5/16 – Ron Horton
  • There were 33 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting ended at app. 8:45 PM

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos

  • Raul reported that the club’s bank account has a balance of $4776.24
  • Requested that all remaining dues are paid.

KARS Repeater Update – Charlie Lancaster

  • Although multiple repair efforts have been made on our existing KARS 2M repeater it has been determined that a replacement repeater should be purchased. Dan authorized a payment of $2K to purchase a new repeater, Mark moved to approve and John seconded.  Motion was passed by the clubs’ members.
  • A committee was formed to select the replacement repeater, as well as all necessary components that should be part of the purchase. Committee members are Jimmy, Charlie, Darrel, Dave, with Wayne to act as a technical consultant.  Nomination and motion passed to form this committee.

Weekly KARS Net

  • Until the KARS 2M repeater is back online, our UHF repeater will be used for our weekly nets.
    • Receive Freq – 442.350
    • Transmit Freq – 447.350
    • Offset = 5MHz
    • Tone = + 131.8 Hz

Meeting Presentation

  • Skype presentation by Dr. Ed Fong: A Tri-Band Antenna without Radial for 2 Meters, 1.25 Meters, and 70 Centimeters. The majority of the information that Dr. Fong presented can be found in the March, 2017, issue of QST magazine

 Upcoming Events – Scott Reeves

  • Safety Fest @ Katy Mills Mall – April 22nd.
  • MS150 – April 29 & 30. If you’re interested in working this even use the following link to take you to the sign up page: http://bpms150hams.org/
  • Boy Scout Fair – May 6th
  • The Woodlands Triathlon – May 6th

 

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KARS General Meeting Minutes – Monday, March 13, 2017

March 15th, 2017 Comments off

KARS General Meeting Monday, March 13, 2017
I. Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
II. BOD minutes for February, 2017 were approved
III. Silent Auction conducted and completed
IV. New members’ applications approved
V. Digital Mobile Radio presentation (by Hal Fuglaar & Russell Biggs)
VI. Upcoming Events:
a. Greater Houston Hamfest – March 24-25 (KARS will have 2 tables, need members to participate)
b. Bike Ride for Little Heroes – March 26 (contact Scott Reeves for details)
c. Texas State Parks on the Air – April 8-9 (contact Jimmy Vance for details)
d. Katy Area Safety Fest – April 22 (contact Bob Bentley for details)
VII. REMINDER: Annual dues must be paid by next club meeting (April 10)
VIII. Meeting ended at app. 8:45 PM

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Intro to Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)

November 14th, 2016 Comments off

Tonight’s presentation will be

Introduction to Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS)”

Here is the presentation aprs-presentation-nov-2016.

You can look at my 7 day travels at KG5JBJ-9

See you tonight!  73 KG5JBJ

 

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