January 19, 2020

Handi-Talkie Talk

January 9, 2020

  Tom Yenny, K5LOL, shared just part of his massive collection of portable radios at MARS’ first meeting of 2020. He took us back before we enjoyed our computer-programmed, non-skid, color-displayed HTs with controls too small for human fingers.

  One advantage of early portables was that hams did not have to program CTCSS tones because that feature wasn’t there. And that confusing VFO wasn’t necessary because you just bought a bunch of crystals for your desired frequencies.

  Tom challenged the group to speculate the future for HTs. Will there more merging with cell phones or will the portable just go the way of the floppy disk? He pointed out that amateur radio continues to be at risk of losing our frequency allocations. He challenged us to be more active on the air, and to encourage new and potential hams.

  Go here to download your very own copy of Tom’s presentation, and check out the gallery below.

Next Regular Meeting

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Carrollton Public Library, 4220 N Josey Ln,

Hebron & Josey

Amateur Testing 6:00 PM

Meeting 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

David Gilpin, K5GIL, will go over digital modes.

Next Play Day will be during
Winter Field Day

January 25, 2020

Details on the EVENTS page.

Farmers Branch
Quarterly Meeting

8 February 2020, 10:00 AM – 12 Noon

Carrollton Fire Rescue Administration 1111 W. Belt Line Rd suite #100

Next scheduled nets

ARES Training

9 February 2020, 8:00 PM CDT

145.210 Tone 110.9

RACES Training

16 February 2020, 7:45 PM CDT
145.210 Tone 110.9

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

President’s Corner

January 2020

  Happy New Year! We are halfway through the current “club year” and it’s been fun. Coming up are Winter Field Day this month, then Texas State Parks On The Air (TSPOTA), and finally ARRL Field Day in June. In between are several hamfests including Cowtown Hamfest this month, Irving and then the big Ham-Com in Plano in June. Plan to participate in as many as you can; it’s a great way to sharpen your operating skills and contribute to the club.

Christmas Party a Success

  Over 50 hams and guests gathered at The Victoria Restaurant in Farmers Branch for a great Tex-Mex dinner, door prizes and fellowship on December 12. President Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, presided over the event. An excellent video, The Last Ham on Earth, by Tom General, KE5ICX, was quite a hit.

  David Holliday, NB5V, took away the big Raffle Prize—a $1,000 gift certificate from Main Trading—making him a very Happy Holliday indeed.

  For pictures of the festivities, go now to the Gallery. MARS wishes everyone a wonderful New Year with good DX in 2020!

Winter Field Day

  MARS will join the Irving Amateur Radio Club and the Dallas Amateur Radio Club for Winter Field Day January 25. Bill Brady, KF5ZBL, (DARC) has secured permission from his employer, Alford Media Services, to use their showroom in Coppell.

  This multi-club event will operate from 1:00 PM to 10:00 PM under the special event call K5T as 3I-NTX (3 stations; indoor; commercial power). Each club will have one station and one table.

  Most importantly, lunch, dinner and snacks are pot-luck with coffee and water provided. For directions and more information, go now to the EVENTS page.

Remembering Tom Brewer, K5MET/SK

The world’s first communications-quality two-way transatlantic transmissions were made between Brant Rock, Massachusetts and Machrihanish, Scotland.


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