October 22, 2021

   The Metrocrest Amateur Radio Society is an active radio club. We have many activities throughout the year related to a variety of ham radio interests.

Hams & Eggs

  The dining room of our beloved Whataburger on the tollway is open. Every Saturday morning, dedicated radio enthusiasts get together about 8:00 AM CT for breakfast and camaraderie. All Hams or Want-to-Be-Hams are invited to drop by.

Net Without An Interesting Name (NeWAIN)

  The net encourages hams to have fun and help one another with news and technical support. Net control operator Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, is looking for Elmers to help lead the discussions. If you would like to volunteer send Andy an email, Meanwhile, join us every Thursday (except club meeting nights), at 7:00 PM CT, on the 145.210 repeater, CTCSS tone 110.9. As always, please follow appropriate Repeater Etiquette.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday, November 11, 2021 • 7:00 PM CDT

Meeting will be virtual via Zoom videoconference.
Watch your email for the invitation.

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Play Day

Saturday, November 20, 2021 • 10:00 AM ≈ 3:00 PM CT

Play Days are usually on the third Saturday of each month.

In-person Testing • November 20 • 11:00 AM–Noon

Allan Batteiger, WB5QNG, will conduct an in-person testing session during Play Day. To sign up, please visit to register. Send Allan an email if you have any questions.

Safety Note: Play Day is a completely voluntary event; attend only if you are comfortable doing so. We have plenty of room to do social distancing by scattering the work tables around the room. Because Dallas county is in a high transmission area, the CDC recommends everyone wear a mask in public indoor settings. If the library becomes unavailable, we may consider moving Play Day to an outdoor venue.

Upcoming events

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Extra License Study Group

Andy Parcel, KE5KOF, has formed a study group to prepare for the Amateur Extra license exam. Using HamStudy,, the group will meet by Zoom each Thursday at 8:00 PM CT except Club meeting nights.

If you have your General ticket and want to get those precious Extra privileges, shoot Andy an email with your name, call sign, and your club name (if applicable),

Beat the FCC license fee—get your Extra soon! Good luck to the new candidates!

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Parker County Hamfest & Preparedness Expo

Saturday, October 23, 2021, 8:00 AM–12:00 Noon CT

Cornerstone Community Church

2233 E Hwy 199, Springtown, Texas 76082

Indoor / Outdoor Swap Meet • Ham license testing • Lectures on various related topics

Grand prize: new mobile 2m/440 radio • Admission $1 • Visit or  for details.

Festival At The Switchyard

Saturday, November 6, 2021 • 11:00 AM – 10:00 PM CT

MARS will have a booth at this year’s Festival at the Switchyard. This is one of the best events to show off ham radio to the general public.

We typically have displays showing some of the less technical features of our hobby. We’ll have the ever popular “Kid Code Key” as well. We can have an operational VHF/UHF station for voice and maybe Winlink to show off “ham email without the internet.” From past experience, a working HF station is too complicated for this event.

We need a couple of things:
  1. Ideas for static displays to fill out the booth display. I have an RF spectrum chart. We should have several more displays.
  2. People to sign up to work the booth in 2-hour segments. Load-in will be 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM CT. Load-out is after the event. Please go here to sign up.

I expect there will be Covid-19 protocols including social distancing and wearing masks. Send your questions to Steve Darrah, KD5YPB,

Dallas YMCA 2021 Turkey Trot

Thanksgiving Day, November 25, 2021

The Dallas Amateur Radio Club (DARC) is looking for radio operators to work the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot. If you are interested, please go to to sign up. You’ll find more details about the event here: or click the logo.

BMW Dallas Marathon

Sunday, December 12, 2021 • 6:00 AM – 4:30 PM CT

Communications organizers are seeking volunteer radio operators to work the event. Please visit for details. Select Volunteering > Signup to volunteer as a radio operator. Meanwhile, click the logo for the main event page.

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