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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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Meeting tomorrow, Mar 29th, at 7 pm.
General meetings are held on the LAST Thursday of each month,
even on months such as this, that have 5 Thursdays.
See you there.
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WCARC Events / Reminder: CLUB MEETING TOMORROW Mar 29th 7PM
« Last post by David Gilpin W5FUY on March 28, 2018, 01:02:18 pm »
[/b]Reminder of the next club meeting, tomorrow, March 29th, at 7PM.
Please note: Meetings are on LAST THURSDAY OF THE  MONTH,  even
when the month has 5 Thursdays, such as this month does.[/b]
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Re: RADIO IN THE PARK Sat Mar 24th
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on March 24, 2018, 02:21:17 pm »
Well today was a good day for radio in the park.  Overcast and early mist in the air but not a problem.

Several contacts on 20 meters PSK31.  Band conditions could have been better but fun anytime.

Thanks to all that stopped by to check out our setup and grab a dough-nut and cup of coffee.

Special thanks to "Old Man FUY" for getting the word out about Radio in the Park.

Hopefully we can do this again before all the hot weather shows up.

Again thanks to all that were in the park today.

73
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / RADIO IN THE PARK Sat Mar 24th
« Last post by David Gilpin W5FUY on March 23, 2018, 06:36:27 am »
QST QST QST ATTENTION ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS.  "RADIO IN THE PARK" IS SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, AND WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 24TH, AT JACKSON STREET PARK, IN BRENHAM, TEXAS.

ALL INTERESTED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS IN THIS AREA OF TEXAS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. PORTABLE AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS WILL BE SET UP IN THE PARK TO DEMONSTRATE, TO OUR AMAZEMENT AND HOPEFULLY TO THE EDIFICATION OF OTHERS, OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS IN TIME OF DISASTER, AND SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ENJOY THIS ACTIVITY.

ALL COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TYPES, TRANSMISSION MODES, FREQUENCY BANDS, POWER LEVELS, ANTENNA TYPES, AND PORTABLE POWER SOURCES MAY BE IN EVIDENCE. THIS MAY  INCLUDE CW, SSB, DIGITAL MODES, ON HF/VHF/UHF, WHIP VERTICAL ANTENNAS TO LONG WIRES OR A WET NOODLE, WITH BATTERY, GENERATOR, SOLAR POWER, WITH OUTPUT LEVELS OF MICROWATTS TO LEGAL LIMIT.

THE FUN WILL BE FROM 8AM-11AM AT THE SOUTH-EAST CORNER OF JACKSON STREET PARK, HERE IN BRENHAM, TX.  THE INTERESTED PUBLIC IS ALSO ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED HAM RADIO UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, PLEASE JOIN US.  WITH FREE COFFEE IN HAND, WE WILL GLADLY SHARE WITH YOU THE FUN WE HAVE IN THE HOBBY OF HAM RADIO. 
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WCARC Events / RADIO IN THE PARK Sat Mar 24th
« Last post by David Gilpin W5FUY on March 23, 2018, 06:28:43 am »
QST QST QST ATTENTION ALL AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS.  "RADIO IN THE PARK" IS SPONSORED BY THE WASHINGTON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB, AND WILL TAKE PLACE THIS SATURDAY MORNING, MARCH 24TH, AT JACKSON STREET PARK, IN BRENHAM, TEXAS.

ALL INTERESTED AMATEUR RADIO OPERATORS IN THIS AREA OF TEXAS ARE INVITED TO PARTICIPATE. PORTABLE AMATEUR RADIO STATIONS WILL BE SET UP IN THE PARK TO DEMONSTRATE, TO OUR AMAZEMENT AND HOPEFULLY TO THE EDIFICATION OF OTHERS, OUR ABILITY TO PROVIDE EMERGENCY COMMUNICATIONS IN TIME OF DISASTER, OR SIMPLY BECAUSE WE ENJOY THIS ACTIVITY.

ALL COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT TYPES, TRANSMISSION MODES, FREQUENCY BANDS, POWER LEVELS, ANTENNA TYPES, AND PORTABLE POWER SOURCES MAY BE IN EVIDENCE. THIS MAY  INCLUDE CW, SSB, DIGITAL MODES, ON HF/VHF/UHF, USING WHIP VERTICAL ANTENNAS TO LONG WIRES OR A WET NOODLE, WITH BATTERY, GENERATOR, PEDDLE, OR SOLAR POWER, WITH OUTPUT LEVELS FROM MICROWATTS TO LEGAL LIMIT.

THE FUN WILL BE FROM 8AM-11AM AT THE SOUTH-EAST CORNER OF JACKSON STREET PARK, HERE IN BRENHAM, TX.  THE INTERESTED PUBLIC IS ALSO ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND.  IF YOU HAVE NEVER EXPERIENCED HAM RADIO UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL, PLEASE JOIN US.  WITH FREE COFFEE IN HAND, WE WILL GLADLY SHARE WITH YOU THE FUN WE HAVE IN THE HOBBY OF HAM RADIO. 
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Mexico Earthquake 02/16/2018 5:43pm
« Last post by N5MBM on February 16, 2018, 06:56:48 pm »
Mexico had a 7.5 earthquake today...  I captured it on my seismometer...

Down on the lower right you can see an awful lot of squiggles!

Bill - N5MBM
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The Lobby - the "public" forum / 2018 Orange HamFest Feb 24th
« Last post by N5MBM on February 08, 2018, 06:00:36 pm »
2018 ORANGE HAMFEST

HOSTED BY

ORANGE AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

AND

JEFFERSON COUNTY AMATEUR RADIO CLUB

 

Saturday, February 24th, 2018

7:30 AM to 2:00 pm

Orange County Convention & Expo Center

11475 FM 1442

Orange, Texas 77632

Coordinates: 30 07.28N & 093 52.92W or 30.1244N, -93.8922W

 

 

If you like attending hamfests you’ll love the 2018 ORANGE HAMFEST!

·      Put a face to a familiar call sign.

·      Have a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones.

·      Shop for a great deal on that new or vintage rig, antenna, or accessories.

Take a chance on drawings for amazing door prizes and grand prizes.

       

Tons of things to see and do:

·      120 dealer/vendor/swap tables

·      Tailgate sale area

·      CONTINUOUS drawings for valuable radio-related door prizes

·      GREAT grand prizes- no need to be present to win

·      Presentations and forums

·      VE license testing

·      Yummy food!

·      Clean, comfortable, ADA-compliant facilities

 

For more information see the attached 2018 ORANGE HAMFEST Flyer or http://www.qsl.net/w5nd/index_files/HAMFEST%20INFO/hamfest%20info.htm

 
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