November 27, 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! Go now to the RAFFLE PAGE now to buy your tickets. The drawing will be held during the December 10 meeting.

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.

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.”

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.

Arecibo Damage

Credit: University of Central Florida | Click to enlarge

Iconic Arecibo Telescope to be Dismantled

November 19, 2020

  The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced that its 305-meter radio telescope at the Arecibo Observatory in Puerto Rico will be decommissioned.

Several engineering assessments found the structure is in danger of a catastrophic failure.

  Managed by the University of Central Florida (UCF), 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. An engineering firm working for the UCF recommended a controlled demolition to eliminate the danger of an unexpected collapse.

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

This inventor was born.

All creative people want to do the unexpected.

—Hedy Lamarr


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