November 27, 2020
Still Time to Buy Your Tickets
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,
http://field-day.arrl.org. Click on “Results.”
Play Day on Hold
Play Day is postponed indefinitely until we can get together.
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.
University of Central Florida:
National Science Foundation: