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Leaving Meetup

For a couple of years now, W5HRC has used the website Meetup.com for planning and scheduling our events. Recently the club leadership voted to not renew our subscription for a variety of reasons. A couple of reasons are this, primarily the cost over the past year has doubled. We saw tremendous value in Meetup when the cost was just $90 a year.
Last year, they doubled their prices to $180 for a 12 month term. In order for us to justify the expense, our cost-to-member/new member rate must be at a point where we are not losing money or just throwing around money as an attempt to grow. Meetup.com did not provide this over the past year, and no longer provides the benefit it once did.

You may have noticed if you are a Meetup.com user, the W5HRC group has been removed. This is not a problem for those that want to participate with the club, because we have, for the past year, been using other methods for sign-ups for our club events. We will continue to do this. This allows us to host events, have anyone that wants to participate, participate, without the need for creating an account on a third-party website. Your information is now all internal, self hosted, and secure. We have a set of online forms that we have been using lately that allows us to more efficiently use whatever data we need as hosts.

There is a second reason we have now left Meetup. We are a club of diversity. We have people from all backgrounds and walks of life, all ages, young to old. Our membership is made up an incredible group of individuals, new Hams to those that have been one for 50+ years. Regardless of your personal feelings of the political world, W5HRC is not a club that promotes civil disobedience. We do not promote any criminal activity. With that said, Meetup has begun a protest movement under the name #Resist. You have a right to protest, and we support your right to do it, but you can turn on the news just about any day and see the ongoing #Resist protest that frequently turn to destructive riots. Many of these groups are made up of what have been called professional protesters or professional anarchist.

We will continue to be a club of service. We serve the City of Hurst and surrounding neighboring cities, Tarrant County RACES and other events in the area. We can have our personal opinions towards politics or other social issues, but the club as an organization will remain neutral due to being a community service club.

Meetup data will be removed from our website but for every event we used Meetup for, an alternate sign-up method has and will continue to be provided. We may find other social calendar websites to use at a later date, but that is an area to be explored in the future.

Call for 2017 Tech Talks

With the busy month of January being over with (holidays, Skywarn and Tarrant RACES training complete), we can now refocus on our planned club activities. One of the popular events we do, and would like to do more often, are Tech Talks. We traditionally do our Tech Talk Series on the first Saturday of the month, but are flexible.

Tech Talk subjects can range from discussions on operating digital, to how to build antennas, to EmComm operations. This is a call out to anyone, club member or not, that would like have an opportunity to teach a subject, please let us know. They are fun and your audience usually like having the chance to learn a new subject.

You can email us using the Contact page. Just select “Tech Talks” from the drop down. We hope to hear from you.

February 2017 Technician Class Licensing Course

The Hurst Amateur Radio Club will be offering a free FCC licensing class during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of February 2017. If you are looking to get started with amateur radio, this is a great way to do it.

This instructor-led class will take place on Tuesday and Thursday from 6:30pm to 9:30pm during both weeks . An optional licensing test session will be offered during the last class and will cost $15 payable to the VEC.

The recommended study manual is the Gordon West 2014-2018 Technician Class Book available from a number of online and local booksellers or directly from W5YI (purchase online, but available for pickup locally). Please purchase ASAP for use with the Please purchase ASAP for use with the pre-class study worksheet (follow link to print). We ask that you come to the first day of class with the worksheet completed so we know what material to emphasize.

Please register for this class here

Seats are limited to 20, so get in while you can.