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Updated April 2, 2019

President’s Corner

March 2019

  We have a very special presentation to one of our members for the March club meeting on the 14th. Please plan to attend. It’s a lifetime achievement award.

  With all the excitement around Winter Field Day, the great presentations at the club meetings, fun Play Days, and the various hamfests, it’s easy to let time get away. But don’t let it! We have the Texas State Parks On The Air (TSPOTA) coming up and then it’s time to start thinking about Field Day.

Winter Field Day Update

  The results from the January 26-27 event are in. Here is the final tally for K5M from the Winter Field Day Association:

  Thanks go to the Irving Amateur Radio Club and the Dallas Amateur Radio Club for making this a success.

Winter Field Success

     On January 26, MARS, the Irving Amateur Radio Club and the Dallas Amateur Radio Club gathered at the Farmers Branch Fire Administration building to participate in this year’s Winter Field Day.

     Working under the special event call, K5M, the group set up four stations with the goal to make as many US and Canada QSOs as possible. According to the log, we made 237 contacts across four bands plus one satellite QSO by Tom Schuessler, N5HYP. We earned 3,771 total points for the event. We worked 62 sections across 48 states and provinces. David Capello, KG5EIU, racked up an amazing 115 contacts! [See update above.]

     Special thanks go to Steve Darrah, KD5YPB, Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, Bill Brady KF5ZBL, Tony Mendina, NT5TM, and especially Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, for the food! And thanks to all who participated.

     Please check out the photo gallery below. You can view it full screen by clicking on the main picture.

QTH—Farmers Branch Fire Administration Building

Ron Reeves, NN5R, gathering a bit of coax.

Hams being Hams

Tony Mendina, NT5TM, and David Gilpin, K5GIL, setting up the logging network.

Tony Mendina, NT5TM

Filling in the map.

John Byrom, N5BB, ready to go.

Venzula Mathews, KF5PJH, and Tom Schuessler, N5HYP, rig a vertical.

Venzula Mathews, KF5PJH, and Tom Schuessler, N5HYP

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, with Ron Reeves, NN5R.

A dipole is always a good bet.

Guys with guys and a gal.

Dave Lewis, AC5DL, laying feed line.

Mike Brown, W5MDB, put his camera aside long enough to pull some coax.

Yet another antenna.

Ken Wendel, W5RPS, looks on as Tom Schuessler N5HYP, and Dave Lewis, AC5DL, look for a satellite.

A successful satellite QSO!

Venzula Mathews, KF5PJH, was our Safety Officer.

John Byrom, N5BB, racking up CW points.

Pounding brass.

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG, and Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, stayed overnight to keep the contest going.

Kevin Grantham, N5KRG

Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, and his awesome Flex radio.

Steve Darrah, KD5YPB, and Dave Lewis, AC5DL, just happened to have a birthday.

Venzula Mathews, KF5PJH, and Liz Brown, K5EMB

A good time was had by all!

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