KARS Presentations

March 21st, 2018 Comments off

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

KARS Presentations

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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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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.


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

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)


Alan KB2WF

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Katy Area Safety Fest

March 1st, 2018 Comments off

Volunteers Needed

Katy Area Safety Fest in coordination with local law enforcement, emergency services and non-profit agencies, invites you to join us for the 3rd Annual Katy Area Safety Fest.

The Katy Area Safety Fest’s purpose is to familiarize residents with useful safety information, as well as the daily responsibilities of your local Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement agencies through a variety of fun and high energy activities.

Fest activities will include:

  • Fire Truck and ambulance tours
  • Fire, EMS, and Law Enforcement exhibits
  • Life Flight and Law Enforcement helicopter viewing
  • Inflatable play area (Kid Zone)
  • Food and refreshment vendors
  • Live demonstrations
  • Live entertainment
  • Free Safety Raffle Challenge
  • Citizen Recognition Awards

The event is April 14th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Typhoon Texas. We are happy to announce that we’ll also have a Fun Run for the National Stroke Association on the same day and location from 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

If you are 16 or older and want volunteer hours, what a great place to earn them, learning about safety awareness! An Event Volunteer and Waiver of Liability form must be filled out and returned by March 9th, 2018. Please send email to Katyareacert@gmail.com if you are interested.

Thank you!

Categories: Volunteer

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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CERT Rodeo 2018 Communications Volunteers

February 6th, 2018 Comments off

For those of you who have already signed up. Thank you.

For those of you who haven’t signed up yet, we’re still needing volunteers. We have 39 so far and need about 5-10 more to have everything work as well as it should. If you can assist, please signup.


If your Ham buddy hasn’t signed up and you have, give them call and encourage them to sign up and join us.

If you thought you had signed up but don’t see your callsign, please sign-up again here: https://goo.gl/forms/Ly9xzylFePL1Br723

Quick details about the event: Sat 2/10/2018 in Humble TX 6-3pm. Only HT with headset needed. Most fun and interesting public service event in the Houston area. Volunteers receive a T-shit and a patch.

The CERT Rodeo 2018 EAP including the detailed site maps and ICS-205 (frequency list) will go out today. Assignments will be delivered Saturday morning.

Thank you for all you do,

Alfred Perez – N5VEV EC-001, AUXCOMM, ARRL-VE

CERT Rodeo 2018 Communications Team, COML

Cell: 281-919-9877 Voice/SMS – Text Messages

GV: 832-380-5867 24/7 Emergency Contact Voice/SMS – Text Messages

Categories: Volunteer

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

Winter Field Day

January 21st, 2018 Comments off

Winter Field Day is coming up next weekend. KARS plans on setting up at Cullen Park West – Pavilion C on Saturday the 27th. The contest starts at 1900 UTC (1:00 CST). Setup time will commence at 1730 UTC (11:30 CST)

Feel free to bring any radios and antennas you’d like to setup.

The address is 18203 Groeschke Rd, Houston, TX 77084


Categories: Field Day

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:


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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Cy-Fair CERT Class

December 16th, 2017 Comments off

Cy-Fair CERT is now taking Registrations for our Spring 2018 Class. The next class will be held from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. starting Tuesday, March 20, 2018. Classes will be held at Lone Star College-Cy Fair Emergency Services Education Center, 18132 West Road, Cypress, TX 77433.

Don’t wait to sign up, SEATS ARE LIMITED! There is NO FEE for this 8 week class. You receive a class manual and backpack with starter supplies such as a hardhat and safety vest. Upon graduation you receive a certificate and official CERT ID badge.



Categories: Training