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KARS General Meeting –Monday, December 10, 2018

December 14th, 2018 Comments off

  • Meeting was held at Rudy’s BBQ restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $4260.07
  • The raffle for the ICOM IC-7300 was held. Congrats to Darrel, K5TWG, for winning.
  • Net Control Assignment for the period of Dec 18, 2018 – Jan 15, 2019:
Date Net Control Operator
12/18 David McMasters
12/25 Holiday – No Net
1/1 Holiday – No Net
1/8 Carlisle Rodriguez
1/15 Sheree Horton
  • Four (4) new member applications were presented and approved by club membership: Benjamin Sommers (K5BSO), Louis Orlando (KI5BWV), Mauricio Valdez, Orville Burg (K5VWW).
  • There was a combined total of 39 members and guests in attendance.
  • Dinner and meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all.
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Main ARES Frequency Tone Change

November 8th, 2018 Comments off

A message from KA5QDG:

The PL tone on the 147.000 has been changed to 100.0 encode ONLY.  It does NOT transmit a pl tone now.  This was done to cure a interference problem.

As a reminder, this is the main ARES frequency.

Sean Ramsey, AEC Communications, ARES STX HARRIS NW

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Katy Amateur Radio Society Icom IC-7300 Raffle

November 1st, 2018 Comments off

The Katy Amateur Radio Society is holding a raffle for an Icom IC-7300. Tickets are $20.00 each. Only 250 tickets will be sold. The drawing will be held at the December club meeting.

Ticket information

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Where in the World is The Marshall Islands (V73)

October 30th, 2018 Comments off

Where in the World is The Marshall Islands (V73)

CQ Zone 31 ITU Zone 65 IOTA OC-028

Think WW II – the big one. Names of individual atolls are engraved forever in American military history. Part of Admiral Nimitz’ island hopping strategy, islands in the Marshall and Gilberts chains became battle grounds. After the war, the islands, especially Bikini and Eniwetok atolls became U.S. atomic testing grounds. The first hydrogen bomb was tested there.  Officially named the Republic of the Marshall Islands, none of the 29 low-lying coral atolls and the five coral islands in the Marshall group rises to more than 20 feet above high tide. The islands are coral caps set on the rims of submerged volcanoes rising from the ocean floor. The island units of the Marshalls are scattered over about 180,000 square miles of the Pacific.  To read more…

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KARS General Meeting – Monday, March 12, 2018

March 15th, 2018 Comments off

KARS General Meeting – Monday, March 12, 2018

  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current balance = $3581.95
  • 3D Printing for the Amateur Radio Operator” presentation by John T. (K5JBT). John provided an informative overview of 3D printing as well as showing several items that he has produced. Presentation was well received by the club members.  3D Printing for the Amateur Radio Operator Mar 2018
  • The February BOD minutes were read – Dan (K5DAF) raised the motion, Jack (WB5KVV) seconded, and the minutes were approved.
  • A recommendation to add EchoLink capabilities to our KARS repeater was presented to the members. Funds of app. $450 will be required to purchase the additional components needed. Motion to accept was raised by Bruce (W5BCA), seconded by Bob (WB3EWP), and received unanimous approval by members.
  • A payment of $150 is required to continue the services of InMotion Hosting, Inc. to host our KARS website. Motion was raised by Scott (KT5SR), seconded by John (K5JBT), and received unanimous approval by members. Immediately following this Monday’s meeting, Raul send the check via priority mail to InMotion Hosting, Inc.
  • One new member application was submitted at the end of the meeting – will be presented to the membership at the April meeting.
  • Discussion pertaining to KARS joining with BVARC for the upcoming June Field Day event. A fee of $150 is required. Motion raised by Darrel (K5TWT), seconded by Mike (KA5OXA), and received majority approval by members.
  • Presentation topics for future meetings need to be directed to Jimmy (W5ZTX) and David (K5DSM).
  • Upcoming Public Service Events (Scott – KT5SR)
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Mar 13 – Apr 10, 2018:


Net Control Operator

Mar 13

George Graves

Mar 20

Mike Brannan

Mar 27

Tom Greathouse

Apr 3

Bob Bentley

Apr 10

Raul Ramos
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:35 PM.
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