November 26, 2021

Field Day Results Are In

   As a reminder, a group of MARS hams set up for an unofficial Field Day at Carrollton’s McInnish Sports Complex. Working under the special event call, W5N, Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, David Duke, KM5YQ, Ron Reeves, NN5R, Tom Yenny, K5LOL, Fred Lusen, W5CWO, and Steve Darrah, KD5YPB, turned in an impressive score of 1,164.

   Working from home Dennis Allen, WA5LXS, Darrell Crimmins, KG5E, Mike Brown, W5MDB, Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, David Gilpin, K5GIL, Dave Lewis, AC5DL, and George Williams, KG5GXU, added a combined score of 2,990 to the aggregate. The total score for the Club was 4,154. Congratulations go to all who worked the event.

   Please go here to download the complete list of club scores:

   You can download a list of individual line scores here:

Next Regular Meeting

Thursday, January 13, 2022 •  7:00 PM

There will be no meeting in December.

Enjoy the Holidays with your family.

Play Day

Play Days are usually on the third Saturday of each month.

The next Play Day will be in January.

January 15, 2022

10:00 AM ≈ 4:00 PM CT

• • • It’s all about antennas. • • •

Please go to the EVENTS page for details.

In-Person Testing

Saturday, January 15, 2022 • 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM

Please go to the EVENTS page to register.


It’s with great sadness we report that Bob Riska, KS5L, passed away Saturday, November 13, 2021, peacefully surrounded by members of his family. Bob was a long time ham radio operator and held an Amateur Extra license. He was prominent in the ham community and active in several groups such as RACES, ARES, and MARS. We offer our deepest condolences to his family. Please go here for more details.

NTECC Revealed

   At the November 11 meeting, Tom Rushing, Wireless Communications Manager for the City of Carrollton, explained how the North Texas Emergency Communications Center serves the cities of Farmers Branch, Carrollton, Addison, and Coppell.

Switchyard Fest Success

November 6, 2021


   For the first time in two years, MARS hams joined Carrollton’s annual Festival at the Switchyard and set up the club’s booth on Broadway in downtown Carrollton. The team set up two VHF/UHF rigs to demonstrate how amateur radio works. A Winlink station sent a few messages showing how radio email works worldwide.

   Back for a return engagement was the very popular “Kid Code Key.” Youngsters and adults alike tried their “fists” pounding out their names in Morse code.

   As in years past Steve Darrah, KD5YPB, spearheaded the project. Steve notes, “We made several face-to-face contacts that may very well lead to new ham radio operators.”

   Joining Steve were Liz Brown, K5EMB, Tom Yenny, K5LOL, Arnold Krusemark, K0YVI, David Gilpin, K5GIL, James Jernigan, KG5WVL, Bob Norris, N0IIL, Gary Rodgers, KI5X, and Mike Brown, W5MDB. Ken Wendel, W5RPS, and J.J. Henry, N5IMS, monitored the 145.210 repeater to answer calls from the Switchyard. Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, and Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, worked with Citizens on Patrol to provide ham radio communications during the event. Many thanks go to all those involved.

   For next year, Steve suggested the club conduct an official special event. If you have any other suggestions, please send him an email,

Net Without An Interesting Name

Thursdays 7:00 PM CT

145.210 Repeater

Go now to the EVENTS page for more exciting information!

Farmers Branch
Next scheduled nets

*** No training nets in December ***


ARES® Training

9 January 2022, 8:00 PM CDT

145.210 Tone 110.9

RACES Training

16 January, 2022 7:45 PM CDT
145.210 Tone 110.9

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

Extra License Study Group

  The group meets by Zoom each Thursday at 8:00 PM CT.

  If you wish to join, send your name, call sign, and your club name (if applicable), to Beat the FCC license fee—get your Extra soon! Good luck to the new candidates!

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Amazon Smile

Shop AmazonSmile at no extra cost to you. A portion of your eligible purchases will be donated to the Club.


On your phone simply follow the instructions below to select “Metrocrest Amateur Radio Society Inc” as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app.

1. Download the Amazon app to your phone

2. Open the app, select the main menu (=) and tap on “AmazonSmile” within Programs & Features

3. Select “Metrocrest Amateur Radio Society Inc” as your charity

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

Tom Thumb’s Good Neighbor Program

Use your Tom Thumb Reward Card to benefit MARS. Here’s how:

1. Download and print the registration form here:

2. Fill out the form with your Reward Card number, the MARS charity number 14223, your name and phone number.

3. Sign, date and take the form to your store’s courtesy booth.

Kroger Community Rewards Program

MARS is registered with the Kroger Community Rewards Program. To set up your card, log in to your Kroger account, Search for Metrocrest Amateur Radio Society, Inc. – or – RD792 and click Enroll. New users will need to create an account which requires some basic information, a valid email address and a Rewards card.

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   In spite of the pandemic, close to 27,000 participants joined the fun this year. ARRL reports hams made over 1,400,000 contacts. It looks like the Club as a whole did quite well.