Author Archives: Chris Cotter, KD5HIY

2018 General Upgrade Class

The Hurst Amateur Radio Club will be offering a free Amateur General licensing class during the last week of September and first week of October 2018. This instructor-led class will take place on Tuesday and Thursday’s from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on both weeks. An optional VE test session will be offered on the last day of class and cost $15 paid to the VEC.

DatesSeptember 25th & 27th, October 2nd & 4th.
Location – This class is hosted by the Hurst Amateur Radio Club at the Hurst Fire Station Number 2, in Hurst TX.
Cost – The class is free, but there is a $15 exam fee, paid to the ARRL or W5YI VEC by check or cash at the time of testing.

The recommended study manual is the Gordon West 2015-2019 General 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 pre-class study worksheet (follow link to download and print). We ask that you come to the first day of class with the worksheet completed so we know what material to emphasize.

Note: This is an upgrade class for those that already have the Technician class license. An entry level, Technician class, will be offered in November 2018.

Please register for this class on our webpage here.

*** This class has been cancelled ***

Net Control Operators Needed

We are needing additional net control stations to volunteer for our weekly Sunday night and monthly Simplex nets. All members are welcome and encouraged to try their hand at running one of our nets.

A script is provided to assist you in directing, if needed. Operating as an NCS helps with giving you a different perspective of net operations. Please take a look at the schedule for both nets and decide which one you would like.

You can send an email to us through the contact page or directly by email at .

440 Repeater Move and Echolink Changes

We recently wrapped up a project of moving our 440 repeater from one location to a new one, greatly expanding our UHF foot print. Initial testing to determine our new coverage area have been very promising.

Echolink has traditionally been connected to this machine, but with the move, we must reconfigure our connection, so EchoLink will be offline for a short time while we work through this, setting up a new RF node.

Our frequency did not change. You can still find the repeater on 442.850+110.9, and it is open for anyone to use. The HEB area is showing to be completely covered, but a bit more testing to locate any dead spots or problem areas still needs to be done.

We are thankful to the City of Hurst for allowing us to repurpose a former public service antenna and other repeater equipment to make this happen. We hope to hear you on the air.