After having to cancel the March, April, and May General Meetings due to COVID-19, it sure was good to see some familiar faces at our June meeting! It was a bit strange seeing everyone in masks, but the company was still great, and we had a great time finalizing plans for Field Day 2020. Speaking of that, it is a GO, beginning at 1:00pm on June 27 until 4:00pm on June 28 (we usually wrap things up a bit early due to fatigue, though!). FD2020 will be held at the DeSoto Fire Training Center on Wintergreen Rd. in DeSoto, and we hope to see everyone out! More details about FD2020 can be found under Activities & Programs.
By Jerry Keltner (KB6OJE), Membership Director:
This year’s Field Day is behind us. It was on the weekend of 22-23 June at the DeSoto Fire Training Center. The crew started setting up the antennas about 8:30am and the effort and help of those that came out to assist is greatly appreciated. There was a Delta Loop antenna for the SSB station for 10-40 meters, another Delta Loop antenna for the GOTA station for 10-40 meters, a long wire antenna for the SSB station for 10-40 meters, a long wire antenna for the CW station, a 2 meter/440 antenna for the satellite station, a 6 meter antenna for the 6 meter station and an antenna for the Digital (FT8) station. The attendance this year “in my opinion” was less by members but greater than last year by non-members attending. Mark your calendars now for next year’s Field Day which is on the fourth full weekend in June. Start planning now to attend. It was great seeing several former members, like Bernie, Fred, Bennett, and I feel I’m forgetting someone. The food this year again was plentiful and those attending seemed to enjoy themselves and the fellowship during dinner. A special thanks to Lester, K5ITO, for providing the hamburgers and hot dogs. Also, a big thanks to all the others who brought food. The July general membership meeting program was a Field Day recap presented by Rick, KJ5UY. As usual, it was a funny and light-hearted, and was very entertaining. Hope to see you all next year!
By Tommy Brough (K6TB), President:
Our final Field Day 2019 score was 2,070, which was an improvement on our 2018 score! We made 81 CW contacts, 108 SSB contacts, and 82 digital contacts. In addition, there were 16 contacts made at our Get On The Air (GOTA) station. A lot of hard work went into making the day enjoyable and successful, and thank you to all who helped and participated!
A great time was had by all as we gathered for a 2-meter J-pole antenna construction project. As you can see from the pictures, many hands made light work, and it was great to see the involvement, teamwork, and learning going on. The antennas were made from 450-ohm ladder line, and there were several soldering stations set up to get everything done up just right! An added surprise was everyone ended up with an antenna that would work on not only 2m, but 70cm as well. On top of that, the Club had two folks submit membership applications. An overall fantastic night – thanks to all who attended and participated! Hope you enjoy the snapshots of the evening, and we’ll see you at the next General Meeting on May 21.
Great job by Eddie, KG5YXI, and his guest, in finding the fox during this morning’s Fox Hunt! We had a great turnout in spite of the chilly and damp weather and a great time was had by all! The next Hunt will be at 8:30am on Saturday, April 27. Meet by the communications tower at the end of James Collins Blvd.
Texas State Parks on the Air Event April 8th and 9th.
We will be camping at and activating Lake Whitney State Park, just a little west of Hillsboro. A friend and I were on the repeater talking about our camping plans when another ham chimed in, and then another, and then another. At last count it looks like we’ll have at least 4 RV’s, plus a tent or two, all hams. It should be a great weekend!
Everyone is welcome to come down and play radio. Come for the day or come for the weekend. This is a very informal event and a great opportunity for new hams to get a taste of HF. We chose Lake Whitney because it’s just a short drive (around an hour) from the Midlothian/Mansfield area. It’s an easy day trip. Just bring a chair.
Debbie, KK5DW, and I plan to go down on Thursday and will stay through Sunday. Our group will be in the Full Hookup Loop which includes campsites 1-51. This is the first large camping area on your right as you enter the park. Just look for the antennas.
To reach the park from Interstate 35, take the Hillsboro exit. In Hillsboro, take State Highway 22 west to Whitney; then follow the signs to Lake Whitney State Park The park is located three miles west of Whitney on FM 1244 on the shore of Lake Whitney.
Hope to see you there!
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