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The Lobby - the "public" forum / WCARC-Announcement
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on July 27, 2018, 03:15:04 pm »
Calling all WCARC members and former members.  Just a reminder that annual enrollment is coming up in September.
Annual club dues are $20.00 for Regular Membership and $30.00 for Family membership.  We request a completed application form to insure we have the most up to date information.  Our next Club meeting is scheduled for August 30th at the EMS building on Hwy 290 across from the Dodge Dealership. 7:00 PM.

Additionally, we will be looking for nominations for Club Officers at the September meeting followed by Election of Club officers at the October meeting.

We encourage all members, former members and anyone interested in Amateur Radio to come join us at the August meeting.  Hope to see you there.................

73
Gary Baldwin
KF5ZRT
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / WCARC -- 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY ROSTER
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on June 24, 2018, 10:42:26 pm »
THANKS TO ALL THAT ATTENDED THE 2018 ARRL FIELD DAY EVENT ON SATURDAY JUNE 23RD

ATTACHED IS A SIGN-UP LIST FOR SATURDAY.  IF THERE ARE CORRECTIONS OR ADDITIONS LET ME KNOW.

THANKS TO ALL THAT HELPED PLAN, ORGANIZE AND DONATE TO THE EVENT.  WITHOUT YOUR HELP AND PARTICIPATION THE EVENT WOULD NOT HAVE BEEN SUCCESS.  SPECIAL THANKS TO BILL AND JAN POTTER FOR THE EVENING MEAL ON SATURDAY AND BREAKFAST ON SUNDAY MORNING.

EVERY YEAR WE LEARN ON WAYS TO IMPROVE THE EVENT.

LOOKING FORWARD TO 2019 FIELD DAY AND ALL THE GREAT FELLOWSHIP.

73
GARY
KF5ZRT

PS
SEE YOU AT THE MEETING ON THURSDAY JUNE 28 AT THE EMS STATION ON HWY 290 @ 7:00 PM
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QST QST QST ATTENTION ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS.   

"Ham Radio Field Day 2018" is being sponsored by the Washington County Amateur Radio Club, and will take place Saturday And Sunday, June 23rd-24th, at Prairie Hill Voluntary Fire Department, a quick 10 minute drive northwest of Brenham on Highway 50. Note that this facility is fully air-conditioned. This accommodation is a welcome addition to any houston area summertime event. Plan to bring the whole family. 
 
This will be a time of fun, a time to celebrate our hobby, with a focus on our tradition of public emergency service. Think of it as fun and fellowship while doing ham radio. All interested amateur radio operators are invited to participate, regardless of your home QTH, County, or Club affiliations.

Some participants will choose to join an "ARRL Field Day Team", who will be attempting to be "in for the count" on the National ARRL Contest. But that is not for everyone. Others will opt for an "Emergency Exercise Team", which will not have the strict logging and reporting requirements. Still others will choose to participate as individual Go-Box Stations.  In any case, each person can engage in the activities in a manner consistent with their own schedules, desires and interests.

See the FD Guide, for details.  The Ham Radio Field Day 2018 Guide/Schedule is available for download as a PDF file.  To download the HamRadioFieldDay2018Guide.pdf,  click on the link below:

   https://www.dropbox.com/s/q0p0p6qry4d973p/HamRadioFieldDay2018Guide.pdf?dl=0

For additional assistance or information, contact David via email at W5FUY@arrl.net.
Hope to see you there. This is W5FUY, ole man fooie! 73
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QST QST QST ATTENTION ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS.   

"Ham Radio Field Day 2018" is being sponsored by the Washington County Amateur Radio Club, and will take place Saturday And Sunday, June 23rd-24th, at Prairie Hill Voluntary Fire Department, a quick 10 minute drive northwest of Brenham on Highway 50. Note that this facility is fully air-conditioned. This accommodation is a welcome addition to any houston area summertime event. Plan to bring the whole family. 
 
This will be a time of fun, a time to celebrate our hobby, with a focus on our tradition of public emergency service. Think of it as fun and fellowship while doing ham radio. All interested amateur radio operators are invited to participate, regardless of your home QTH, County, or Club affiliations.

Some participants will choose to join an "ARRL Field Day Team", who will be attempting to be "in for the count" on the National ARRL Contest. But that is not for everyone. Others will opt for an "Emergency Exercise Team", which will not have the strict logging and reporting requirements. Still others will choose to participate as individual Go-Box Stations.  In any case, each person can engage in the activities in a manner consistent with their own schedules, desires and interests.

See the FD Guide, for details.  The Ham Radio Field Day 2018 Guide/Schedule is available for download as a PDF file. To download the HamRadioFieldDay2018Guide.pdf,  click on the link below:

   https://www.dropbox.com/s/q0p0p6qry4d973p/HamRadioFieldDay2018Guide.pdf?dl=0

For additional assistance or information, contact David via email at W5FUY@arrl.net.
Hope to see you there. This is W5FUY, ole man fooie! 73
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Re: W0FCM SK
« Last post by Mike Earls AF5MS on May 29, 2018, 10:56:04 pm »
When I was still in Baytown, I would hear Fred and his daughter, Lillian, KN5LRM, on the 443.825 in Houston.

Good folks!
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / W0FCM SK
« Last post by N5MBM on May 29, 2018, 09:59:53 pm »
My good friend Fred W0FCM went SK last Friday surrounded by family.

There will be an "on the air" memorial service on this Thursday the 31st at 8PM on the local linked repeaters.  So my time at the meeting will be short as I have to attend and help administrate this memorial service.

Fred was an elmer to a LOT of hams that got into Allstar/Echolink and linked repeater systems and he is responsible for me getting back into Unix/Linux.  He was known far and wide and was always willing to help someone get into these modes of operation.

Fred will be sorely missed.

Bill - N5MBM
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Technician Class Training
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on May 17, 2018, 11:03:37 pm »
This message is from Jack Bates (K5FRT).  Jack is a member of the sister club W5SFA in Bellville.

We are planning a tech class in mid June at Kruse Village.  We have two signed up now but we need a minimum of 4.  It will be either 2 eight hour sessions or 4 4 hour sessions.  Date will be announced when class is full.  Jack Bates K5FRT   73

Anyone interested can contact Jack Bates directly.   k5frt33@gmail.com

73
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WCARC Events / May 12th 2018 Radios in the park - Jackson St. park in Brenham
« Last post by N5MBM on May 08, 2018, 07:49:35 pm »
Just a reminder - the Radios in the Park even is coming up THIS weekend!

Let's make this interesting...

I was skimming through the latest dead tree smeared with soy based ink that recently arrived in my mailbox from the good people at the ARRL – The May issue of QST.  I came across page 94 and saw “Special event stations”.  Hmmm....  Interesting...

And I noticed that there were several special event stations operating on the 12th during the time we would be out in the park.  Three to be exact.  Two in Virginia and one in San Diego aboard the USS Midway.

(copied from QST)
May 12, 1600z-2030z, K5RC, Jamestown, VA. Williamsburg area amateur radio club, Jamestown Island Special Event, 14.265  7.265  QSL, k4rc PO box 1470, Williamsburg, VA 23187, k4rc.net

May 12, 1600z-2300z, NI6IW, San Diego CA. USS Midway Museum Ship, Operation Frequent Wind, 14.320  14.0407.250  14.070 PSK31; D-STAR on REF001C,  QSL USS Midway COMEDTRA, 901 N. Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA. 92101

May 12-May 20, 000z-2359z, K4GVA, King George VA. King George Amateur Radio Club, Caledon State Park 32nd Anniversary, 14.250  14.070  7.250  7.070  QSL, KGARO PO Box 73 King George VA. 22485,  www.qsl.net/kgaro


I began thinking about a little friendly competition to make those contacts...

The basic rules being :
1) The contacts have to be made from our location, there in the park, during our operating time there, using antennas and gear we brought and setup.

2) The person who makes all three contacts, (or the most contacts, even if it is only one) walks home with a prize in their pocket. 

3) If multiple operators make all three of those contacts – the tiebreaker will be the guy who reached them on multiple bands they will be operating on.  If one of them managed two different bands, (or modes) they get it.

I am thinking a $20 buck gift card from Ace Hardware ought to be a nice prize unless someone has a better suggestion.

It at least gives us a goal!  And a little incentive...  What do you think?

Bill – N5MBM
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WCARC Events / RADIO IN THE PARK
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on April 26, 2018, 10:26:16 pm »
Greetings all
It's that time again for fun and excitement of Ham Radio in the Park
Come join us on Saturday May 12th at the Jackson St Park in Brenham Tx.  We normally start around 8:00 am and run to around Noon depending on how the Radio Gods do with the band conditions.  We  setup on the Mansfield St side adjacent to the Restrooms and pavilion.
Get your portable station out of storage, blow off the dust and let's get on the air.  All are welcome to join us.

Whether you are into SSB voice, data or pound on your favorite CW key, come on out.  Don't forget your favorite chair if you want someplace to sit.  Hopefully we will have some of Tom's World Famous coffee.

Thanks for your time checking this out and look forward to seeing you at the park.

Please review the attached PDF Map showing location of Radio In the Park at Jackson St. Park on Mansfield St side.
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