December 3, 2020

Still Time to Buy Your Tickets
Yaesu FTM-300DR

  There’s not going to be a Christmas Party this year, but there will be a raffle! The club has chosen a Yaesu FTM-300DR Dual-Band C4FM Mobile Transceiver. This state-of-the-art rig features a color display, band scope, built-in Bluetooth®, GPS, and much more.

  Don’t delay—sales end December 8! Go now to the RAFFLE PAGE to buy your tickets. The drawing will be held during the December 10 meeting.

2020 Field Day Results

  Despite COVID-19 restrictions, nearly 19,000 participants submitted entries in this year’s event. Many hams chose not to join their club or group in person but credited their individual scores to their clubs.

  MARS racked up an aggregate score of 3,752 with 10 entries:

  You can find all the results on the ARRL Field Day page, Click on “Results.”

Arecibo Damage
UPDATE: Arecibo Telescope Collapses

December 3, 2020

Video from the NSF shows collapse from two angles.

Credit: University of Central Florida | Click to enlarge

  The University of Central Florida (UCF) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) reported that the iconic radio telescope collapsed Tuesday morning, December 1. No one was injured, but the dish and learning center was damaged.

  Managed by the University of Central Florida, the 57-year-old facility has endured several hurricanes and earthquakes. On August 10, 2020, an auxiliary cable slipped from its socket leaving a 100-foot gash in the dish below, More recently, a main cable unexpectedly failed on November 6. Plans for a controlled demolition were in progress.

  The NSF intends to restore operations at its LIDAR facility as well as the visitor center. For more information, please visit the links below.

Next Regular Meeting

Thursday, December 10, 2020

   ARRL North Texas Section Manager Steven Lott Smith, KG5VK, will talk about ARRL and North Texas activities, and current events involving the FCC. And we’ll draw for the 2020 Raffle Prize as well.

  We will meet by teleconference using your computer, tablet or phone. Watch your email in-box for instructions about how to join the meeting.

Remote License Exams Continue

  Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, is still offering online exams through W5YI. Please visit for detailed information.

Play Day on Hold

   Play Day is postponed indefinitely until we can get together.

Farmers Branch
Next scheduled nets

(No training nets in December)

ARES Training

10 January 2020, 8:00 PM CDT

145.210 Tone 110.9

RACES Training

17 January 2020, 7:45 PM CDT
145.210 Tone 110.9

Please go to the ARES/RACES PAGE for more information.

“FM (No Static at All)” —Steely Dan

It ain’t ignorance that causes all the trouble in this world. It’s the things people know that ain’t so. —Edwin H. Armstrong


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