Saturday GROUP

The Saturday GROUP is all about getting together for show-and-tell, amateur radio projects, equipment help, and sometimes just telling stories. The GROUP is very friendly and welcomes all newcomers with an interest in amateur radio and related technology.

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 442.850Mhz (PL 110.9hz) KM5HT repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Morse Code Study Group

Always wanted to learn Morse code? Not sure how to get started? Need a little more motivation to practice? Want to learn the tricks the pros use? Come and join us for a bi-weekly study group focused on learning code.

Nick (KA5TVI) and others will lead practice sessions and will share experiences with learning and communicating with Code.

Since this is a bi-weekly meetup, you will not be able to learn code solely in class. Learning code takes a daily commitment to retain and expand on what you’ve learned.

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 147.100Mhz (PL 110.9hz) repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Please make an effort to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting starts to allow everyone to be escorted and the meeting can begin on time. Thanks!

Repeater Updates

First, Butch KC5ONZ has accepted the position of club callsign trustee and repeater coordinator. The FCC ULS has already been updated and we will be submitting the proper notification to the Texas VHF-FM Society very soon. Thanks to Butch for volunteering.

Second, I received an e-mail from a Yaesu representative last week which informed me that our application for the System Fusion Repeater Installation program had been accepted and our new Yaesu DR-1X repeater had been shipped. It should arrive on soon, but it may take us some time to test and assess the best way to implement the repeater so that we can utilize the new digital capabilities while retaining all of the same usability of the current repeater.

If you would like to know more about the System Fusion repeater and the features of the new Yaesu radios which it supports, there is a 15 minute video which provides an excellent overview. Yaesu has also published an excellent Digital Communications Guide for Amateur Radio Operators which explains many of the reasons by behind the System Fusion design decisions, gives some history, and clears up some misconceptions and misunderstandings about digital in general.

Yaesu has rebates on several of the System Fusion radios good through the end of the year. There is a handheld, a dual-band mobile, and an HF+VHF/UHF model which support the new C4FM digital mode, have GPS/APRS built-in, and can use the optional mic with built-in digital camera.

The important thing to understand as a user of the current  repeater is that the new repeater is fully compatible with all existing analog FM radios, but you may have to program a CTCSS tone into your radio if you don’t want to hear the digital transmissions. We will be testing this out before we put the new repeater on the air.

We also have the option of configuring the repeater to decode and transmit all received signals, even digital, as analog FM which is where Yaesu’s approach to digital differs from digital-only solutions like D-Star. I think this is an exciting new era in amateur radio that allows us to embrace digital without losing the advantages of analog FM and we are happy to be on the leading edge of it!

Mall Watch 2014

It’s almost time for Mall Watch to begin for the 2014 holiday shopping season!

We will talk more about Mall Watch at the November 17th meeting, the online sign up sheets for those that want to get the best spots. Just bookmark this URL: http://bit.ly/MallWatch2014.

You can sign up for specific slots at specific times between Black Friday and Christmas Eve and the system will send you an e-mail reminder with your assignment a few days in advance.

Before you head out to the mall, be sure you ask for a copy of the Mall Watch guidelines document. It has everything you need to be prepared for your shift.

HARC Monthly Business Meeting

The club’s regular business meeting is the 3rd Monday of each month. Visitors are welcome!

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 147.100Mhz (PL 110.9hz) repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Please make an effort to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting start to allow everyone to be escorted in and seated and the meeting can begin on time. Thanks! 

Tech Talk – Remote Rig Operation

The December Tech Talk will be a demonstration of different remote rig configuration options. If you have a radio you can control via computer, an Internet connection, and a way to steam the audio you can work your rig from anywhere in the world. What does this mean if you are chasing awards?

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 442.850Mhz (PL 110.9hz) KM5HT repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Saturday GROUP

The Saturday GROUP is all about getting together for show-and-tell, amateur radio projects, equipment help, and sometimes just telling stories. The GROUP is very friendly and welcomes all newcomers with an interest in amateur radio and related technology.

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 442.850Mhz (PL 110.9hz) KM5HT repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Morse Code Study Group

Always wanted to learn Morse code? Not sure how to get started? Need a little more motivation to practice? Want to learn the tricks the pros use? Come and join us for a bi-weekly study group focused on learning code.

Nick (KA5TVI) and others will lead practice sessions and will share experiences with learning and communicating with Code.

Since this is a bi-weekly meetup, you will not be able to learn code solely in class. Learning code takes a daily commitment to retain and expand on what you’ve learned.

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 147.100Mhz (PL 110.9hz) repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Please make an effort to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting starts to allow everyone to be escorted and the meeting can begin on time. Thanks!

Extra Class Study Group

If you are looking to upgrade to Extra, come join us for a bi-weekly discussion group about advanced ham radio topics which are covered in the Extra question pool.

This is not an instructor-led licensing class. The group will decide what the topic will be for the next session and everyone is expected to study and be prepared to discuss and help each other grasp the topic.

Current Extas and Technicians are welcome as well!

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 147.100Mhz (PL 110.9hz) repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.

Please make an effort to arrive 15 minutes before the meeting start to allow everyone to be escorted in and seated and the meeting can begin on time. Thanks!

Saturday GROUP

The Saturday GROUP is all about getting together for show-and-tell, amateur radio projects, equipment help, and sometimes just telling stories. The GROUP is very friendly and welcomes all newcomers with an interest in amateur radio and related technology.

Note: The meeting place is in a secured area and visitors need to be escorted. Contact W5HRC on the 442.850Mhz (PL 110.9hz) KM5HT repeater for access or call 817-788-7379 from a cell phone. Do not use the lobby phone as it goes directly to 911.