With our new club year beginning in March, we are excited to have coming on February 21@7PM, Tom General KE5ICX past president of DARC. Tom brings with him a wealth of knowledge of events and activities for amateur radio clubs. We are pleased that he will be giving a motivation presentation of what works and doesn’t work at the club level. He has been very helpful providing contact information for speakers at DARC and giving us leads for speakers as well. His many topics including “How do you get all type ‘A’ personalities to work together”, “Using Social Media Effectively”, “Engaging Kids and Community” and “Making a Name for Your Club in Amateur Radio”. As you all know DARC is most active in ham radio and Tom will be able to provide a jump start and challenge to our club as we begin an exciting new year with a new slate of officers and directors. Invite someone that could be a potential new member and come with an renewed interest in our great club and ham radio.
“General Class” amateur radio license course. The purpose of this course
is to help interested individuals upgrade their “Technician Class” license to
“General Class”. Morse code is currently NOT a requirement.The class will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Red Oak,
600 Daubitz Road, Red Oak, TX. Enrollment is now open to the first 8
people to sign up. This class covers the material in the 426 test questions
of the “General Class” question pool and much more. There will be videos,
demos, homework, & mock tests during the 24 hour course, consisting of
3 hours (6:00PM to 9:00PM) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, from March 28
through May 16, 2017, using the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
“General Class” License Manual, 8th Edition” as your textbook. A printed
version is available here for $29.95 plus any shipping & handling charges.
An electronic version can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle here for $19.95.
Following the last session, written FCC amateur radio license exams may be
scheduled and taken for $14 to $15, depending on where the test is taken.
Correctly answering 26 of the 35 questions on your test will qualify someone
to upgrade their “Technician Class” amateur radio license to “General Class”.
TNX es 73,
Maurice Martin (KM5RF) will be our special speaker for January 17 at 7pm. He will be giving us a presentation on Ufer tower grounding, lightning suppression, proper ground rod installation, and station grounding.
He has quite a few hands on items that he will pass around and explain the purpose of each in multiple installations, as well as actual lighting damaged items that have been removed from his station.
His tower has taken 2 direct lighting strikes in the past with no damage with all 7 radios being connected. This will be a most interesting presentation, so come with questions about all things towers and grounding.
Our speaker for November 15th will be Jonathan Brandenburg. He is currently a professor at UTD and active in the DFW area Raspberry Pi user group. He owns a drone education and consulting company, has his pilot license, is an FAA certified advance ground instructor, recently obtained an FAA certificate to fly commercial unmanned aircraft, and loves to scuba dive.
He will be giving a presentation providing information and updates on exciting AMSAT activities and opportunities. These include Amateur Radio on the ISS, as well as recent and upcoming launches of amateur satellites. There will be discussion of progress on a geosynchronous amateur payload and even work on a lunar satellite. He hopes his presentation will pursuade our club to experience satellites through AMSAT and perhaps consider advancing the state of radio art.
The October General meeting and Chili Social was enjoyed by all who attended. A special “Thank You” to each person who brought chili, cheese, chips, beans, salad, and etc. Oh yes, and we even had some yummy deserts! On the Monday Net, Ben (K5NEB) said that his cookies didn’t turn out good. Well, by Tuesday night they got good enough that they pretty much disappeared at a fast pace. Ed (K5ZPC) thoughtfully brought a jar of antacid tablets to aid with the after-effects of too much spicy food. Teamwork prevailed with the set-up and clean-up and there were lots of friendly conversations to be heard as folks enjoyed the opportunity to visit and catch up with one another. It was good to meet and get to visit with family members that do not always attend the meetings.
We are looking forward to another opportunity to get together and eat and visit at the December Christmas dinner. Then there will be Field Day in June, and another October Chili Social.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the November meeting!