KT5TX 2m repeater is back on-line

May 29th, 2017 Comments off

We are happy to report our 2 meter repeater is back up and functioning properly. We will resume using the 2 meter repeater for our weekly Net starting tomorrow evening, 5/30/17 at 8pm.  Thank you to our team of members that got it done!

KT5TX 147.200(+) MHz Repeater, PL 141.3

Categories: Club Info, Net

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.



Categories: Meetings, Presentations

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.

Categories: Meetings

CERT Training

May 10th, 2017 Comments off

Cy-Fair CERT is now taking Registrations for our 2017 Classes. The next class will be held from 6:30p.m. – 9:30p.m. starting Tuesday, June 6, 2017. Classes will be held at Lone Star College-Cy Fair Emergency Services Education Center, 18132 West Road, Cypress, TX 77433.   http://www.cyfaircert.org/

Other CERT training opportunities: http://www.harriscountycitizencorps.com/Training/CERT-Training

Categories: Training

Go Bag Ideas

May 8th, 2017 Comments off

With hurricane season approaching, having your Go Bags ready is strongly recommended.  Attached is a file that is a compilation of Go Bag ideas from several sources.  It includes various items for Personal, Radio, Family, etc.  Lots of great ideas of what you might want to include in you Go Bags.  Be Prepared!

Go Bag Ideas    Emergency Essentials Kit

Categories: Training

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


Categories: Meetings

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

Categories: Meetings

DMR Facebook Pages

March 14th, 2017 Comments off

Brandmeister TalkGroup 3148 (Texas) – https://www.facebook.com/groups/158270421244005/?ref=bookmarks

Houston Digital Radio – https://www.facebook.com/groups/HoustonDigitalRadio/

TYT MD 380 – https://www.facebook.com/groups/992967007380548/?fref=nf

DVMega BlueDV – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1670919469827393/

DVMega BlueStack – https://www.facebook.com/groups/287266488319271/

BlueDV iOS –  https://www.facebook.com/groups/313455825707900/

BlueDV Windows – https://www.facebook.com/groups/1744416682494846/

BlueDV Android – https://www.facebook.com/groups/270169350000583/

OpenSpot – https://www.facebook.com/groups/OpenSpotUsers/

TYT Radios – https://www.facebook.com/groups/TYTradioGroup/

Check for files that are available on most of these sites.  I am sure there are many other sites.  Don’t forget YouTube for lots of DMR information and demonstrations.

Categories: Articles

DMR Information

March 14th, 2017 Comments off

For those of you who have an interest in DMR, here is some additional reading.


Amateur Radio Digital Hotspot Comparison

DMR Radios 8 30 16

Brandmeister – http://hose.brandmeister.network/ you can monitor TalkGroups here even without a DMR radio.

Categories: Articles

KARS Net Control Operator Guidelines

February 20th, 2017 Comments off

Please download and use the updated KARS Net Control Operator Guidelines.

A log sheet has be added to the last page for your convenience.

Thanks to Jimmy W5ZTX for his help updating this document.

If you have not been a KARS Net Control, please volunteer.  It is fun and easy.

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Categories: Club Info