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

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.
Categories: Meetings

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

KARS General Meeting – Monday, December 11, 2017

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

Meeting was held at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant, combined with our annual KARS Christmas dinner.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Balance provided was $2889.95. Report accepted by club membership.

BOD minutes were read and approved by club membership.

Non-Profit Status Update – Request for $275 processing fee brought before membership. Unanimous approval to proceed with payment of fee and submission of paperwork.

One (1) new member application: John Cooley (N5EVH) – unanimous approval by club membership.

Net Control Operator assignments from Dec 12, 2017 – Jan 9, 2018.

Date        Net Control Operator
Dec 12    Bruce W5BCA
Dec 19   George KI6G
Dec 26   Dan K5DAF
Jan 2     Raul KD5RR
Jan 9     Tom AE5TG

There were 23 members and several guests in attendance.

Ham Update: Website is up & running – ready to accept KARS orders!

KARS VE Testing Update: New KARS testing schedule for 2018 has been submitted to ARRL for posting and first KARS test session for 2018 will be January 6, 2018, held at Memorial Hermann Katy Hospital – Ram Room. Test sessions for 2018 will occur every odd month throughout the year.

Dinner & meeting adjourned at app. 9:00 pm. Good time had by all!

Categories: Meetings

KARS Shirts, Hats, Jackets, etc. Now Available

December 12th, 2017 Comments off

KARS shirts, hats, vests and jackets from Ham Threads.  The prices are quite reasonable considering all the custom embroidery options.  Our KARS logo is loaded on the site and you can choose from plenty of items.


Categories: Club Info

KARS General Meeting – Monday, November 13, 2017

November 19th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:30 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: No report given at this meeting. Previous balance provided was $2922.92
  • Reading the Tea Leaves KARS schematic presentation 15Oct17presentation (Jack – WB5KVV). An overview of the most common schematic symbols. The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook & web pages for future reference.
  • October BOD minutes were read and approved. Charlie raised the motion, John seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • Two (2) new member applications: Bruce Campbell (W5SVF) & Philip Lanham (KG5UBL); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Nov 21 – Dec 19:


Net Control Operator

Nov 21

Raul Ramos

Nov 28

Bob Bentley

Dec 5

Brian Havran

Dec 12

Bruce Alfredson

Dec 19

George Graves
  • There were 25 members and 1 visitor in attendance.
  • Ham Update: payment & digital image has been sent. Expect that site will be ready for orders in a few weeks.
  • KARS Officer Nominating Committee has been formed: Brian Havran, Bob Bentley, & Mike Brannan will assume this responsibility for the election of new club offices for yr: 2018.
  • Discussion continued regarding the possible realignment of KARS VE team under the Laurel VEC organization. Majority of members agreed that we should continue our VE alignment under the ARRL. It was also determined that KARS should increase the frequency of our VE exam sessions to every two (2) months, and if possible, conduct the exams at Katy Memorial Hospital which would provide a better testing environment than we currently have. Action item: Mike B. to provide KARS testing schedule to Mark B. to secure Tiger Room A beginning in yr. 2018.
  • KARS Christmas dinner will be held at El Jarrito Mexican restaurant, Monday, Dec.11th @ 7:00 pm. Dan will send out an email to confirm number of attendees prior to the event. El Jarrito is located at 21724 Highland Knolls Dr, Katy, TX 77450
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.
Categories: Meetings, Training

KARS Christmas Dinner – Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm

November 14th, 2017 Comments off

KARS Christmas Dinner – this event will be at El Jarrito Mexican Restaurant. Dinner reservations have been made for Monday, Dec 11th at 7pm. Will need to follow-up with the restaurant one week prior with the final number of attendees.

Categories: Meetings

KARS General Meeting – Monday, October 9, 2017

October 11th, 2017 Comments off
  • Meeting called to order at 7:35 PM
  • The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
  • Smith Chart – A Quick Summary presentation (Hannu – KT5FI). The presentation has been posted to the KARS Facebook page which includes links to other Smith Chart references.
  • September BOD minutes were read and approved. Jimmy V. raised the motion, Gerald D. seconded, and the BOD minutes were approved.
  • One (1)) new member application: Matt Smith (KG5VBO); unanimous approval by club membership.
  • Net Control Operator assignments from Oct 17 – Nov 14:


Net Control Operator
17-Oct George Graves


Tom Greathouse


Raul Ramos


Jimmy Vance


Bob Leitgen
  • There were 26 members and 2 visitors in attendance.
  • Meeting adjourned at 8:30 PM.

Treasurer’s Report – Raul Ramos: Current Balance = $2922.92

Upcoming Public Service events (Scott Reeve):

  • Sat 10/14: 10 for Texas Triathlon, Woodlands, TX
  • Fri 10/20: Wings Over Houston (WOH), Special People Day – WOH (Sat 10/21), Full Day Show, Sun 10/22 WOH.
  • Sat 10/21 Fairfield Childrens Triathlon, Sun 10/22 Fairfield Adult Triathlon
  • Sat 10/21: Bike Around the Bay (BATB) Baytown to Galveston; Sun 10/22 BATB Galveston to Baytown Raceway Park.
  • Sat 11/04: Bike for Heroes Bike Ride, Wallis, TX
  • Sat 11/04: Tour de Cure Prairie View A&M


Categories: Meetings

Texas QSO Party Results – 2017

October 4th, 2017 Comments off

Battleship TEXAS Amateur Radio Station

Band     QSOs     Pts   Mult   Pt/Q

7     194     386   78   2.0

14       35       70   20   2.0

Total     229     456   98   2.0

Score: 44,688 1 Mult = 2.3 Q

Operators: Mike Smith, N5TGL; Mike Monsour, AC0TX; Mike Brannan, KA5OXA

We operated from roughly 9 am to 9 pm Saturday then 9 am to 2 pm Sunday.

About 50 people stopped by during the day. Saturday night about 30 Cub Scouts visited us and a few were very interested.

We certainly had a lot of fun. Access was restricted due to ongoing critical repairs so we could not raise better antennas. The little Pac 12 did yeoman duty on 20. The 40 meter ships vertical was our big performer. It made contacts as short as 12 miles and out to about 600 miles. Ninety-eight out of 254 counties were bagged. We criss-crossed the country with contacts in Washington to Florida, Arizona to Pennsylvania, South Carolina to California. It was fun.

We definitely need more operators so we can get better breaks.

Come join us.

Categories: Field Day, Net