Archive for the ‘Training’ Category

Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge – UPDATE

September 11th, 2018 Comments off

We need a few more KARS members to help with the Boy Scout Radio Merit Badge class on Sat 3 Nov.

It is an all day event (8-5), held at Holy Covenant Methodist Church on Morton Road. You could be a part of starting a lifelong hobby for a young person. It is also a great opportunity to work with and get to know some of the KARS members. If you can’t help all day, we also need a KARS member to operate from home, 3 hrs in the morning and 3 hrs in the afternoon to be on the other end of a QSO, as part of the class.

If interested, please contact Jack Philley, wb5kvv,

73 and Thanks

Categories: Elmer, Training, Volunteer

UPDATE – NARS DMR Group Buy and Training – UPDATE

August 25th, 2018 Comments off

Klein Fire Station#4  (Meeting Conference Room)

16810 Squyres Rd, Klein, TX 77379 (Behind the post office on Louetta RD).

Sept 29th  6 / 9pm Initial Kick Off – DMR Radio Training

Oct. 5th    6 /9 pm  DMR Radio Training

Oct. 12th     6 / 9 pm  DMR Radio Training

Oct  26th  6 / 9 pm DMR Radio Training

Ron Matusek of NARS is putting together a group buy and some training sessions. If you would like more information, please contact Ron
I have just received back a quote for the radio’s from my distributor:
TYT MD-UV380 GPS US$110.00
TYT MD-390 GPS US$124.00
Note: He wants me to place one order for the total quantity.  So what I need is a solid commitment from each of you to make the purchase.  Then I need to collect the money prior to placing the order.  PayPal is an option or a check made out to me Ronald Matusek.
So far we have Eighteen people who desire training and Eight people wanting to order radios.  This is great progress!  Let’s target initial training for next month.
My Distributor for the MD-UV380(GPS) is supposed to return from vacation today so am waiting his response to my inquiry.
If you have not already registered for a DMR ID please follow the link below and start that process now.  Can’t program anything without it.
DMR ID registration request.
I will be providing other links for various applications to be downloaded but here is another one you need to get started.  This is a list of DMR registered contacts.  This would be loaded into your radio along with the code plug.  More information on this later.
This is MUCH more complete list of users, while still showing the state and country etc..  Over 106.000 users.
Here are some but not all of the things we plan on covering in multiple training sessions:
What parts do I need to build a “Hotspot”
Where do I get the parts for a “Hotspot”
How do I program a “Hotspot”
Do I want a Simplex Hotspot or Duplex Hotspot
What’s the difference/ advantage
Basic DMR operations on repeaters via DMR-Marc/c-bridge
Basic DMR operations on Hostspots via Brandmeister
Flashing normal firmware updates to radios
Loading a codeplug into the radio
Changing zones, etc..
 Loading the user database into the radio
Making changes to codeplugs
Adding a channel
Creating a Zone and adding channels to it
Creating a Scan group and adding channels into it
You will need your cell phones and laptop computers at the training sessions.  We are working on a workaround for WiFi connectons at the FireStation as in some cases a WiFi connection will be required.
More information will be provided as we start to pull together training plans.
Categories: Equipment, Training

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

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, 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

CERT Training

July 13th, 2017 Comments off

You have options for your CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) training:

Fort Bend Co.

ONE WEEKEND: August 12-13, 2017; 8A-8P


Cy-Fair CERT

8 ea. Tuesday nights starting Sept. 12th

Sign up now!

Categories: Training

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.

Other CERT training opportunities:

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