February 15, 2020

President’s Corner

  The winter excitement continues!

  Winter Field Day was tough. Not only the equipment and antenna issues, but it was hard digging out contacts on 20m and 40m. Later that night 80m opened up to some very strong signals and we were able to put some in the log.

  Our ARES/RACES group is going to work on programming radios and setting up Winlink stations at our next Radio Play Day. Come to the meeting on February 13 and we’ll talk about it, and then be sure to put that Saturday on your calendar.

  On March 7 you can attend the Irving Hamfest and sell your unused equipment to make room for your new gear that you will be using at Texas State Parks On the Air (TSPOTA) and ARRL Field Day, coming up April 18 and June 27. Don’t forget Ham-Com in Plano. We will have tables there to sell donated items to help raise money for MARS, and to help sell your items.

  Very soon we’ll be appointing a nominating committee. Yes, we’ll need to have candidates ready by May so that we can vote in June. Please let me know if you would be willing to serve on a club committee, as a club officer (all are up for election) or a director (one position needs to be filled.)

  Until then I’ll see you at the meeting or on the air.

73 Kevin N5KRG

Winter Field Day a Cool Event

February 3, 2020

  MARS joined the Irving Amateur Radio Club and the Dallas Amateur Radio Club for Winter Field Day January 25–26 by activating the showroom at Alford Media Services in Coppell.

  Using the special event call, K5T, the three clubs worked from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM as 3I-NTX (3 stations; indoor; commercial power). Each club had one station and one table.

  As Dallas and Irving packed up the showroom, Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, and Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, continued to operate into the night from their mobile command vehicle.

  The log showed 125 total contacts including 1 satellite QSO (thanks to Tom Schuessler, N5HYP) for a total claimed score of 5,364. Nice going!

  Many thanks go to Ken Hansen, N2VIP, Bill Brady, KF5ZBL, and all the gang at Irving and Dallas for their help organizing this event.

  Check out the gallery below for snapshots of the action. Click to open in a popup.

Next Regular Meeting

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N Josey Ln,

Hebron & Josey

Amateur Testing 6:00 PM

Meeting 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Next Play Day

Saturday, March 14, 2020

Carrollton Josey Ranch Lake Library, 1700 Keller Springs Road

Farmers Branch
SKYWARN™ Class Schedule
Next scheduled nets

ARES Training

8 March 2020, 8:00 PM CDT

145.210 Tone 110.9

RACES Training

15 March 2020, 7:45 PM CDT
145.210 Tone 110.9

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


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