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Updated February 1, 2018

President’s Corner

January 2018

     Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season, in spite of the Dallas Cowboys.

     This coming Saturday we’ll have Radio Play Day at the Carrollton Public Library, Josey Ranch. I’ll be presenting “HT Boot Camp.” We’ve done this in the past and not only new hams but experienced hams new to VHF/UHF repeaters, and those looking to fill in some knowledge gaps came. We’ll cover how to work with repeaters, on-air protocols and procedures, how to set up your radio, what all the terms mean, and how to program radios. It’s a great refresher.

     I’ll be at the Dallas RACES Council meeting at 10, so while Play Day starts at 10, we’ll kick off the “HT Boot Camp” a little after noon. You can bring lunch or there is a snack bar selling sandwiches, drinks and, well, snacks located in the Library.

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Christmas Party

December 14, 2017

     Over 60 hams and guests descended upon Carrollton’s Indian Creek Golf Club for a fine dinner, door prizes and fellowship on Thursday night. President Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, welcomed everyone and VP Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, read a slightly edited version of K1YPP’s “The Night Before Christmas.” Of interest to all were the excellent door prizes securely wrapped with care by Kim Gilpin.

     James McCormick, KG5KBP, took away the big Raffle Prize, an Icom IC-718 HF transceiver. It may find its way into a go-box very soon.

     Click on the gallery below for pictures of the festivities. Meanwhile, MARS wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas with good DX in 2018!

MARS featured in QST

     A photo from our 2017 ARRL Field Day in June anchored the Field Day results article in the December issue of QST. It was good to see us representing the 37,700 hams who worked the event. You can download the article from the ARRL here:
http://www.arrl.org/files/file/ContestResults/2017/2017-FIELD-DAY-QST.pdf

     Our final score was 1,188 with 137 QSOs. Read the rest of our Field Day story with more photos in the Archives here: https://www.kb5a.org/fd-2017.

DMR Talkgroups Updated

     The Worldwide (WW) and North America (NA) talkgroups on N5GDL’s DMR repeater have been changed to push-to-talk (PTT). Please go to the DMR Notes page to download the new list.