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, jackphilley@consolidated.net

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: https://goo.gl/maps/X1zSXyQBiQz

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:  https://goo.gl/maps/sTmRfQmfAi52

For those interested in car polling from the SE/Clear Lake Area, Tanner Jones W9TWJ is coordinating a car pool. Contact him directly twjones85@gmail.com 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

Where in the World is Baker Island (KH1)?

July 23rd, 2018 Comments off

Where in the World is Baker Island (KH1) CQ Zone 31 ITU Zone 61 IOTA OC-089

by Ron Litt, K5HM

Approaching from a distance the island, barely 26 feet above sea level resembled the back of some fabled sea monster of 15th century sea tales. Covered with low lying scrub vegetation, Baker Island is less than a mile wide and slightly more than a mile long. Its population of seabirds makes their presence known on anything that offers a perch.

Its terrain is sandy. Along with its neighbor only 42 miles NNW, Howland Island they form the Baker Island National Wildlife Refuge. Not exactly your favorite bird watching spot, the islands lie almost halfway between Hawaii and Australia. Barely north of the Equator and east of the International Dateline, by this odd quirk of geography, they are last pieces of U.S. territory that experience the new day.

Find out more here

Categories: Articles

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.
Categories: Meetings

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.

Categories: Meetings

HAM SHACK PURGE

May 28th, 2018 Comments off

Free stuff, first come first serve basis.

Contact Jack WB5KVV, jackphilley@consolidated.net, ( 281) 392-8771

Heavy Duty 12 V DC Power Supply – Everybody should have a spare power supply
Unbuilt kit – Ramsey 555 IC timer/oscillator
Unbuilt kit – Radio Shack Digital Clock – two of these
Unbuilt kit – Spark Fun Electronic Logic kit
QRP CW Transceiver – “Little Squall” 40 meter, works OK
Ten Tec 1056 Direct Conversion receiver – 40 meter, works OK
ZZPX Direct Conversion receiver – 40 meter, works OK
Elenco 78K AM radio receiver – excellent booklet circuit description, works OK
Elenco 108K AM FM receiver – excellent booklet circuit description, works OK
P23 AM portable receiver – excellent circuit description, works OK
Cana Kits – 5 watt audio amplifier (works as far as I recall)
Velleman MK102 – blinking LED (this was KARS project), works OK
AmeriKit AK100 – European siren, flashing LED, works OK
AM/FM portable receiver kit – in working condition
73, Jack Ω

Categories: Equipment

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.

Categories: Meetings

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.

Categories: Meetings

KARS Presentations

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

We recently added a new web page to the KARS site.  Check it out!

KARS Presentations

Categories: KARS Web site

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:

Date

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.
Categories: Uncategorized