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Re: FW: 2021 Dayton Hamvention CANCELLED

Dr. Steven Davoust N5KCH
 

 DR STEVEN DAVOUST DEC 7Just to let you know I received your message and I am here if you need me


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On Tuesday, January 12, 2021, 10:34 AM, Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC <k5gtx@...> wrote:

Another huge disappointing announcement, but I agree that it is the prudent action to keep visitors safe.

 

Please follow CDC guidelines - WEAR A MASK  & SOCIAL DISTANCE!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: CQ Amateur Radio <d.kehrwieder@...>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 5:06 PM
To: k5gtx@...
Subject: 2021 Dayton Hamvention CANCELLED

 

Citing "several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic"

 

 

CQ AR logo

 

 

2021 Dayton Hamvention Cancelled

 

 

Citing "several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," the Dayton Hamvention Executive Committee has announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, scheduled for mid-May. The announcement cited the slower-than-expected rollout of the COVID vaccine as well as the even-more contagious variant that has emerged in recent weeks.

 

This is the second consecutive year in which the pandemic has forced cancellation of the world's largest hamfest. The committee says tickets that were deferred from last year will be deferred again, and that plans are in the works for another on-air Hamvention QSO Party on what would have been the Hamvention weekend.

 

Click here to visit the CQ Newsroom where you'll find more news and information of interest to ham radio operators

 

CQ Amateur Radio

www.cq-amateur-radio.com

 

 

CQ Communications, Inc. | POB 1206, Sayville, NY 11782

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FW: 2021 Dayton Hamvention CANCELLED

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

Another huge disappointing announcement, but I agree that it is the prudent action to keep visitors safe.

 

Please follow CDC guidelines - WEAR A MASK  & SOCIAL DISTANCE!

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 

 

From: CQ Amateur Radio <d.kehrwieder@...>
Sent: Monday, January 11, 2021 5:06 PM
To: k5gtx@...
Subject: 2021 Dayton Hamvention CANCELLED

 

Citing "several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic"

 

 

CQ AR logo

 

 

2021 Dayton Hamvention Cancelled

 

 

Citing "several setbacks in the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," the Dayton Hamvention Executive Committee has announced the cancellation of the 2021 event, scheduled for mid-May. The announcement cited the slower-than-expected rollout of the COVID vaccine as well as the even-more contagious variant that has emerged in recent weeks.

 

This is the second consecutive year in which the pandemic has forced cancellation of the world's largest hamfest. The committee says tickets that were deferred from last year will be deferred again, and that plans are in the works for another on-air Hamvention QSO Party on what would have been the Hamvention weekend.

 

Click here to visit the CQ Newsroom where you'll find more news and information of interest to ham radio operators

 

CQ Amateur Radio

www.cq-amateur-radio.com

 

 

CQ Communications, Inc. | POB 1206, Sayville, NY 11782

Trusted Email from Constant Contact - Try it FREE today.

 


January 2021 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

HAPPY NEW YEAR ALL,
It's time for our first NTX ARES Information Net of 2021. It's this coming Wednesday (1/13/2021) at 2030 Hrs on 3860. We've had good weather recently, except for the past few days, so, hopefully, you have
your 75 meter station, including antenna, up and running. Please bring any topics you would like to discuss with you on the net.

Hope to hear you on the net'

73,
Bob, W5BJ

Bob Jones
w5bj@...
972-495-8573 (H)
972-849-3363 (C)



Re: ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2020

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Quick correction to the SAR/PSHR table – the grand totals did not include the last two rows as I missed updating the formulas. Thanks to Melissa KI5GRH for catching.

 

Station

SAR total

PSHR total

Originated

Sent

Received

Delivered

1

2

3

4

5

6

K6JT

190

86

0

32

155

3

26

40

0

0

0

20

K8AMH

215

145

1

109

104

1

40

40

20

5

0

40

KA5AZK

150

110

0

118

31

1

40

40

20

0

0

10

KD5RQB

1

30

0

0

1

0

30

0

0

0

0

0

KE5YTA

545

100

4

204

266

71

40

40

20

0

0

0

KF5IOU

243

110

1

83

119

40

40

40

30

0

0

0

KF5IVJ

25

64

0

8

14

3

29

25

10

0

0

0

KF5OMH

165

115

3

48

72

42

40

40

10

10

5

10

KG5NNA

91

110

0

6

75

10

40

40

20

10

0

0

KG5VSR

26

55

0

16

8

2

19

26

10

0

0

0

KI5GRH

90

145

2

54

31

3

40

40

10

55

0

0

Grand Total

1741

1070

11

678

876

176

384

371

150

80

5

80

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
Sent: Thursday, January 7, 2021 00:36
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2020

 

Did this not load correctly? You can find this report on the Section Website:

https://arrlntx.org/WP/blog/2021/01/07/section-traffic-manager-report-december-2020/

 

www.arrlntx.org

                   Section Traffic Manager Report

December 2020

Official Relay Station Reports

 

 

Totals

SAR

(Station Activity Report)

PSHR

(Public Service Honor Roll)

Station

SAR

PSHR

Originated

Sent

Received

Delivered

1

2

3

4

5

6

K6JT

190

86

0

32

155

3

26

40

0

0

0

20

K8AMH

215

145

1

109

104

1

40

40

20

5

0

40

KA5AZK

150

110

0

118

31

1

40

40

20

0

0

10

KD5RQB

1

30

0

0

1

0

30

0

0

0

0

0

KE5YTA

545

100

4

204

266

71

40

40

20

0

0

0

KF5IOU

243

110

1

83

119

40

40

40

30

0

0

0

KF5IVJ

25

64

0

8

14

3

29

25

10

0

0

0

KF5OMH

165

115

3

48

72

42

40

40

10

10

5

10

KG5NNA

91

110

0

6

75

10

40

40

20

10

0

0

KG5VSR

26

55

0

16

8

2

19

26

10

0

0

0

KI5GRH

90

145

2

54

31

3

40

40

10

55

0

0

Grand Total

1625

870

9

608

837

171

325

305

130

25

5

80

 

 

Traffic Net Reports

 

Net

QNI

(Check-ins)

QTC

(Traffic Volume)

QTR

(Net time)

Sessions

DFW Early

382

292

1007

31

DFW Late

273

234

839

31

DFW Totals

655

526

1846

62

TEX

219

110

556

51

TSN

6

0

44

6

Grand Total

880

636

2446

119

 

 

Additional Data

 

Internet

Information is updated in real time at https://arrlntx.org/WP/public-service/national-traffic-system/nts-traffic-statistics/.

Table

You can find the data used to generate these tables and charts in this online Excel file.

Comments

 

Happy New Year!

 

I expected December to be a quieter month given the holidays, but to my delight, we actually had the highest monthly traffic volume of the year with over 630 pieces of traffic, beating Field Day levels for the second month in a row! My thanks to all of our traffic handlers for helping keep our increased volumes moving quickly and efficiently!

 

 

 

 

As we enter 2021…

As we start into 2021, I am taking some time to look back at what we’ve accomplished last year, and also planning out projects and objectives for this year. The lessons learned during the DFW Metroplex NTS Functional Exercise is playing a significant role in laying out this direction, and if you haven’t already, I recommend checking out the After Action Report / Improvement Plan coming from this exercise.

 

I will have more to share with you about 2021 plans soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Service Honor Roll for December 2020

Congratulations to these amateur radio operators that qualify for Public Service Honor Roll recognition with 70 or more points for the month!

 

 

Learn more about the Public Service Honor Roll:

https://arrlntx.org/WP/public-service/public-service-honor-roll/

 

 

 

 

 

Next NTS training Session Saturday January 16 at 2 pm Central time

The next session is just around the corner on Saturday January 16 at 2 pm Central time. If you would like to attend, please be sure to sign up!

 

Please visit this link to find out more and register for this free training:

https://ntsjan21.eventbrite.com/

 

 

 

 

My thanks to everyone helping keep traffic moving. Talk to you soon about 2021 plans!

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469.630.2528

F: 469.731.8326

E: k8amh@...
Winlink: K8AMH

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 


ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2020

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Did this not load correctly? You can find this report on the Section Website:

https://arrlntx.org/WP/blog/2021/01/07/section-traffic-manager-report-december-2020/

 

www.arrlntx.org

                   Section Traffic Manager Report

December 2020

Official Relay Station Reports

 

 

Totals

SAR

(Station Activity Report)

PSHR

(Public Service Honor Roll)

Station

SAR

PSHR

Originated

Sent

Received

Delivered

1

2

3

4

5

6

K6JT

190

86

0

32

155

3

26

40

0

0

0

20

K8AMH

215

145

1

109

104

1

40

40

20

5

0

40

KA5AZK

150

110

0

118

31

1

40

40

20

0

0

10

KD5RQB

1

30

0

0

1

0

30

0

0

0

0

0

KE5YTA

545

100

4

204

266

71

40

40

20

0

0

0

KF5IOU

243

110

1

83

119

40

40

40

30

0

0

0

KF5IVJ

25

64

0

8

14

3

29

25

10

0

0

0

KF5OMH

165

115

3

48

72

42

40

40

10

10

5

10

KG5NNA

91

110

0

6

75

10

40

40

20

10

0

0

KG5VSR

26

55

0

16

8

2

19

26

10

0

0

0

KI5GRH

90

145

2

54

31

3

40

40

10

55

0

0

Grand Total

1625

870

9

608

837

171

325

305

130

25

5

80

 

 

Traffic Net Reports

 

Net

QNI

(Check-ins)

QTC

(Traffic Volume)

QTR

(Net time)

Sessions

DFW Early

382

292

1007

31

DFW Late

273

234

839

31

DFW Totals

655

526

1846

62

TEX

219

110

556

51

TSN

6

0

44

6

Grand Total

880

636

2446

119

 

 

Additional Data

 

Internet

Information is updated in real time at https://arrlntx.org/WP/public-service/national-traffic-system/nts-traffic-statistics/.

Table

You can find the data used to generate these tables and charts in this online Excel file.

Comments

 

Happy New Year!

 

I expected December to be a quieter month given the holidays, but to my delight, we actually had the highest monthly traffic volume of the year with over 630 pieces of traffic, beating Field Day levels for the second month in a row! My thanks to all of our traffic handlers for helping keep our increased volumes moving quickly and efficiently!

 

 

 

 

As we enter 2021…

As we start into 2021, I am taking some time to look back at what we’ve accomplished last year, and also planning out projects and objectives for this year. The lessons learned during the DFW Metroplex NTS Functional Exercise is playing a significant role in laying out this direction, and if you haven’t already, I recommend checking out the After Action Report / Improvement Plan coming from this exercise.

 

I will have more to share with you about 2021 plans soon.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Service Honor Roll for December 2020

Congratulations to these amateur radio operators that qualify for Public Service Honor Roll recognition with 70 or more points for the month!

 

 

Learn more about the Public Service Honor Roll:

https://arrlntx.org/WP/public-service/public-service-honor-roll/

 

 

 

 

 

Next NTS training Session Saturday January 16 at 2 pm Central time

The next session is just around the corner on Saturday January 16 at 2 pm Central time. If you would like to attend, please be sure to sign up!

 

Please visit this link to find out more and register for this free training:

https://ntsjan21.eventbrite.com/

 

 

 

 

My thanks to everyone helping keep traffic moving. Talk to you soon about 2021 plans!

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469.630.2528

F: 469.731.8326

E: k8amh@...
Winlink: K8AMH

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 


Winlink Wednesday 2021

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

This week we will continue the theme of New Years Resolutions. Or, if you don't like those, then we can call them goals. To make the goals achievable, you can use the SMART method. SMART is the acronym meaning Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. For example, instead of saying "I want to do more digital modes", you could say something like "I want to learn RTTY and participate in at least 3 RTTY contests this year" or "I would like to complete the Work All States award using FT-8 this year". So, what would be your HAM related goals? Let me know in the comment section of the Winlink Checkin form.


Other instructions:

Use the same template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINKE TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. Include the info between the stars below. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results. I have a script that tallies the check-ins, and it looks for the information below, between the strings "TAB Delimited:" and "Semicolon Delimited:"

***********************************************************************************

TAB Delimited:
title (or blank)<tab>date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> GPS Coordinates (or blank) <tab> Grid Square <tab> ham band <tab> session type <tab> Comments (please do not put tabs or line spaces in the comments)

Semicolon Delimited:
***********************************************************************************


Happy Winlinking!


Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info on how to check in to the net:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

If you haven't already, please join our mailing list on Groups.IO
https://groups.io/g/WinlinkWednesdayNTX


Re: [stxares] Red Cross Weather Decision Support Services

Kevin McCoy
 

Wow.  I was not aware of that issue.

There are two alternate ways to get the Emergency! App onto your smart device.  Make sure you enable your location services.

For iPhone Users:

App Store

For Android users

Google Play

Links in this email:

Apple: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/emergency-by-american-red/id954783878?mt=8

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.cube.arc.hzd

Let me know if you still have trouble.

Best Kevin @KF5FUZ

On 12/31/2020 2:56 PM, Charles Wannall KG5ITH wrote:

Terrific! Thanks.

 

BTW: Tried 90999 but “Sorry, this service is not available for your service plan.” We are with Consumer Cellular.

 

RW

KG5ITH

 

From: main@stxares.groups.io <main@stxares.groups.io> On Behalf Of Kevin McCoy KF5FUZ via groups.io
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2020 09:58
To: main@stxares.groups.io; section@arrlntx.groups.io; David Overton - KF5WDJ <kf5wdj@...>
Cc: n5aus@...; Dale Durham - W5WI <daled43@...>; Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <KG5VK@...>; Stuart Wolfe <amadeus8558@...>; Jeff Walter - KE5FGA <jawalter6@...>; Greg Evans - K5GTX <sec@...>; McAlister, Richard <richard.mcalister@...>; McMillin, Alan <alan.mcmillin3@...>
Subject: Re: [stxares] Red Cross Weather Decision Support Services

 

Weather update: You can subscribe to this channel on youtube if you want these regularly.  And of course keep in touch with your local weather office and/or text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999.  Along with alerts you can set the locations of grandchildren etc.

Watch the Texas Weather Update on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DWh-GIM4kx4

Response update:

  • Kent, TX: At 4pm yesterday afternoon, all eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 were closed before Exit 173 outside of Kent in Culberson County, Texas due to multiple crashes caused by weather conditions. Portions of US Highway 67 are closed due to icy conditions from Marfa to Presidio and from Marfa to Alpine.  An independent shelter for stranded motorists opened at the First Baptist Church in Fort Stockton, Texas and is being staffed by church members. Warming centers opened in Marfa and Van Horn and the ARC moved a shelter trailer to support the response.  
  • Corsicana, TX: Yesterday afternoon the Corsicana PD/Fire Dispatch requested ARC assistance for a tornado that impacted the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park. Damage assessment completed with 1 destroyed, 3 major, 1 minor and 6 affected. Red Cross opened 4 cases

Last night by the I-10 I 20 at 9PM Junction:

I 20 at 9PM
            12-30-20

Permian Basin Chapter / Central and South Texas Reg Cross Region

Best Kevin @KF5FUZ

 

On 12/30/2020 11:18 AM, Kevin McCoy wrote:

Radio Operators:

I thought you might all be interested in how we get our weather overviews inside Red Cross.

https://youtu.be/ZA7i_UVB9us

This usually is 2 minutes, but with the interesting conditions I think it is about 4 minutes.

A good threat overview across the state.

FYI - In Central Texas alone we have responded to 21 fires and 2 fatal fires since Xmas eve.  So give those space heaters space.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ

American Red Cross


Re: Red Cross Weather Decision Support Services

Kevin McCoy
 

Weather update: You can subscribe to this channel on youtube if you want these regularly.  And of course keep in touch with your local weather office and/or text "GETEMERGENCY" to 90999.  Along with alerts you can set the locations of grandchildren etc.

Watch the Texas Weather Update on YouTube: https://youtu.be/DWh-GIM4kx4

Response update:

  • Kent, TX: At 4pm yesterday afternoon, all eastbound lanes of Interstate 10 were closed before Exit 173 outside of Kent in Culberson County, Texas due to multiple crashes caused by weather conditions. Portions of US Highway 67 are closed due to icy conditions from Marfa to Presidio and from Marfa to Alpine.  An independent shelter for stranded motorists opened at the First Baptist Church in Fort Stockton, Texas and is being staffed by church members. Warming centers opened in Marfa and Van Horn and the ARC moved a shelter trailer to support the response.  
  • Corsicana, TX: Yesterday afternoon the Corsicana PD/Fire Dispatch requested ARC assistance for a tornado that impacted the Cottonwood Mobile Home Park. Damage assessment completed with 1 destroyed, 3 major, 1 minor and 6 affected. Red Cross opened 4 cases

Last night by the I-10 I 20 at 9PM Junction:

I 20 at 9PM
        12-30-20

Permian Basin Chapter / Central and South Texas Reg Cross Region

Best Kevin @KF5FUZ


On 12/30/2020 11:18 AM, Kevin McCoy wrote:

Radio Operators:

I thought you might all be interested in how we get our weather overviews inside Red Cross.

https://youtu.be/ZA7i_UVB9us

This usually is 2 minutes, but with the interesting conditions I think it is about 4 minutes.

A good threat overview across the state.

FYI - In Central Texas alone we have responded to 21 fires and 2 fatal fires since Xmas eve.  So give those space heaters space.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ

American Red Cross


Just announced from our West Gulf Division Director and the ARRL "The FCC has adopted a decision in the matter of Amateur Radio licensing fees"

 

The FCC has adopted a decision in the matter of Amateur Radio licensing
fees — in a remarkably short time in comparison to other FCC NPRM
proceedings.

     The FCC, based on input from the ARRL and its Members, agreed to
lower the "Personal License Application Fee" that applies to Amateur
Radio licensees from $50 to $35. Unfortunately, it did not accept the
ARRL and its Members' argument that due to the services provided by
Amateur Radio that the fee should be $0.00.

     Go to https://tinyurl.com/y7mso3x4 for the FCC's complete Report & Order.


*** NORTH TEXAS SECTION STANDBY NOTICE ***

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

PRIORITY HANDLING

 

*** FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION ***

 

EFFECTIVE 1300 30 DEC 2020 – 2400 01 JAN 2021

 

The National Weather Service has forecast Winter and Severe Flooding for the North Texas Section Wednesday-Friday of this week. Winter weather is expected in the Western Part of the Section and potentially severe flooding for the eastern half of the Section. Please visit your local Weather Service Office Webpage/Social Media sites for up to date forecast information for your area.

 

The Remote State Operations Center has been activated.

 

All District and Emergency Coordinators are asked to place their teams on Standby in support of Emergency Operations Centers and our partners. 

                                                                                          

All activation / deactivation notices should be copied to SEC@... (Winlink:  ARES-NTXSEC). 

 

Any support must include member safety training and equipping with proper PPE prior to any activity as directed by local Emergency Management.

 

All AUXCOMM/COM-L/COM-T are asked to provide updated contact information and availability to the North Texas Section Emergency Coordinator (sec@...)

 

All ARES and RACES Members are asked to:

 

  • Ensure all equipment in working order by testing its operation
  • Ensure all batteries/alternate power sources are fully charged and in working order
  • Ensure all vehicles are working and filled up/charged
  • Ensure your Emergency Coordinator and/or District Emergency Coordinator and/or Section Emergency Coordinator have updated contact information
  • Stay Weather Aware by monitoring your local Weather Service
  • Follow guidelines for infection prevention for COVID-19 that have been promulgated by the Centers for Disease Control.
  • Do not report to any exercise, activity, event or work if you have COVID-19 Symptoms
  • While participating in any exercise or activity; be sure you are clear as to your tasks and responsibilities that are assigned to you
  • Be courteous, supportive and calm – your community needs you!
  • And ABOVE ALL STAY SAFE – Wear proper PPE as directed by local Emergency Management

 

73,

 

STAY PREPARED,

STAY READY,

STAY SAFE!

Greg Evans, K5GTX

North Texas ARES

Section Emergency Coordinator

 

Mobile: 713-410-2376 

Email: sec@...

Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

 

815 Wind Elm Dr.

Allen, TX 75002

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

 

 

 

 


Red Cross Weather Decision Support Services

Kevin McCoy
 

Radio Operators:

I thought you might all be interested in how we get our weather overviews inside Red Cross.

https://youtu.be/ZA7i_UVB9us

This usually is 2 minutes, but with the interesting conditions I think it is about 4 minutes.

A good threat overview across the state.

FYI - In Central Texas alone we have responded to 21 fires and 2 fatal fires since Xmas eve.  So give those space heaters space.

Best

Kevin @KF5FUZ

American Red Cross


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

 

At work, our team has to set personal goals to accomplish within the year. This is one of the things our annual reviews are based upon. In setting the goals, we follow the acronym "SMART". This means each goal must be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-based. At the beginning of 2020, the first Winlink Wednesday net of the year was asking about your New Years Resolution. These resolutions are a sort of goal to be accomplished within the year (Time-based). Now that we are at the end of the year, I would like for you to take some time of reflection to see how close (Measurable) you came to completing the goal (Attainable).

 

From the net last year, here is what I've posted:

 

"One of my HAM related goals is the same as the past three years, but this year I have a plan for it. For the past three years, I've been saying that I want to learn CW. I finally signed up for a class through CW Academy, and it starts in January. Not HAM radio related, I'm still working on a goal from 2013. What was it? Simple, really. It was to use an entire tube of chap stick before losing it. Since I don't use it every day, it's lasted quite a while."

 

For my HAM Radio goal of learning CW, I did take the Beginner and Basic class, and was able to copy up to 13 words per minute as of September. Since then, some things have changed to where I haven't been able to get on the air. So, I would say that goal has been accomplished.

 

As for the other goal, yes, I'm still working on that Chapstick. Maybe I should use it multiple times a day to get it done!

 

So, for this week's net, tell me how you did concerning your New Years resolutions. For those that checked into the net last year (about half the people, we've grown), you can review your answers in the file on the Groups.IO page. For the others, well, you'll have to remember what those resolutions were. And for those of you that are humbugs and "don't do New Years Resolutions", just remember, if you have nothing to aim for, you'll hit nothing every time.

 

 

Other instructions:

 

Use the same template when checking in. As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt.

 

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

 

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

 

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINKE TO CHECK IN:

In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. Include the info between the stars below. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results. I have a script that tallies the check-ins, and it looks for the information below, between the strings "TAB Delimited:" and "Semicolon Delimited:"

 

***********************************************************************************

 

TAB Delimited:

title (or blank)<tab>date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> GPS Coordinates (or blank) <tab> Grid Square <tab> ham band <tab> session type <tab> Comments (please do not put tabs or line spaces in the comments)

 

Semicolon Delimited:

***********************************************************************************

 

 

Happy Winlinking!

 

 

Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info on how to check in to the net:

https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

 

If you haven't already, please join our mailing list on Groups.IO

https://groups.io/g/WinlinkWednesdayNTX


FW: Ham-Com Last Call

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

I really wish I did not have to be the barer of bad news. It will be very sad to not have HamCom in the future.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is with a heavy heart that I write this letter about the future of Ham-Com. After 41 years, Ham-Com has decided to close its doors in lieu of the restrictions in place for COVID-19 and the rising costs of putting on a show. The decision was not made lightly, but the safety and wellness of our volunteers, vendors, clubs, presenters, and attendees is our paramount concern.

We sincerely thank each and every person for their support over the past years. This starts with clubs who have participated in offering forums, transmitter sessions, VE sessions, talk-ins, and many more things through the years. Next, to the commercial and flea market vendors who have helped new hams get their first radio to established hams who are building the ultimate ham shack, we thank you for returning year over year. To the volunteer staff, functional directors, and access control, your dedication and hard work have contributed to the continued success of the show for 41 years. Finally, to our attendees. Without you, there is no show. Over 41 years, we have met a variety of people with one common passion, amateur radio. Ham-Com is proud to contribute to bringing people together to enjoy this passion. We will definitely miss this gathering of the broader community.

Our thoughts and best wishes to you and your families and “see you on-the-air”.

73

Bill Nelson

President of Ham-Com Inc

 






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Communication Partner Holiday Update - HUR Laura/Delta/Zeta

Kevin McCoy
 

Red Cross Communication Partner Update 12-20-20

Going into the holidays I just wanted to give you a snapshot of where we are.

Today, nationally there are 23 Major disaster operations in progress.

National
        Operations Summary 12/20/20

        National Operations Summary 23 in progress.

This includes our response to Laura/Delta/Zeta which is 122 days old today.

Amy Barnes - HUR
      Laura / Delta

        Amy Barnes cooked in her back yard for 27 days after Laura hit before power and water were restored.  Then Delta hit. 

While we were hoping to get all evacuees in longer term housing by the holidays, that looks to be impossible.  However, we have made great progress with our Business, Government, and non-profit partners.

Today we have 966 clients in 487 Hotel Rooms in Louisiana.

These are folks like you and I that had homes, jobs, and school, that were damaged or destroyed by the hurricanes.  As they return to repair homes or to new housing, they are also dealing with work, online learning, and other disaster / COVID-19 challenges.

We have 73 trained Red Cross Workers still on the job, and for the first time in many months all of my Technology team are at home and off deployment!

Thanks for all you do to make sure we will be ready here in Texas.

Have a great holiday!

Best

Kevin KF5FUZ


Re: ARRL SM & Staff Town Hall style Zoom meeting with North Texas ARRL members

Joseph Webb K5WRZ
 

Zoom assigns numbers at random from their overall pool of numbers for general accounts. 


On Mon, Dec 14, 2020, 9:43 PM Owen Anderson via groups.io <oaand=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:

How come the 6 cities listed with numbers are not of our area? How about some cities in this area

Owen Anderson
KE5HRI


On Monday, December 14, 2020 Steven Lott Smith KG5VK ARRL NTX SM <section@arrlntx.groups.io> wrote:
Steven Smith KG5VK is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ARRL North Texas Section Manager & Staff Town Hall Meeting with ARRL North Texas Members
Time: Jan 26, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487424617?pwd=UUFjc3RTUGJ1VWlFS0M0Sm5rVTNrUT09

Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kvt7f1zhd


Re: ARRL SM & Staff Town Hall style Zoom meeting with North Texas ARRL members

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
 

I don't think Zoom has tie numbers in every city, those are all the major cities they have locations.

Ken, N2VIP

On Dec 14, 2020, at 21:43, Owen Anderson via groups.io <oaand@...> wrote:



How come the 6 cities listed with numbers are not of our area? How about some cities in this area

Owen Anderson
KE5HRI




On Monday, December 14, 2020 Steven Lott Smith KG5VK ARRL NTX SM <section@arrlntx.groups.io> wrote:

Steven Smith KG5VK is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ARRL North Texas Section Manager & Staff Town Hall Meeting with ARRL North Texas Members
Time: Jan 26, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487424617?pwd=UUFjc3RTUGJ1VWlFS0M0Sm5rVTNrUT09

Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kvt7f1zhd


Re: ARRL SM & Staff Town Hall style Zoom meeting with North Texas ARRL members

Owen Anderson
 

How come the 6 cities listed with numbers are not of our area? How about some cities in this area

Owen Anderson
KE5HRI




On Monday, December 14, 2020 Steven Lott Smith KG5VK ARRL NTX SM <section@arrlntx.groups.io> wrote:

Steven Smith KG5VK is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ARRL North Texas Section Manager & Staff Town Hall Meeting with ARRL North Texas Members
Time: Jan 26, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487424617?pwd=UUFjc3RTUGJ1VWlFS0M0Sm5rVTNrUT09

Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kvt7f1zhd


ARRL SM & Staff Town Hall style Zoom meeting with North Texas ARRL members

 

Steven Smith KG5VK is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ARRL North Texas Section Manager & Staff Town Hall Meeting with ARRL North Texas Members
Time: Jan 26, 2021 08:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87487424617?pwd=UUFjc3RTUGJ1VWlFS0M0Sm5rVTNrUT09

Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
One tap mobile
+13462487799,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (Houston)
+16699009128,,87487424617#,,,,,,0#,,025590# US (San Jose)

Dial by your location
        +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston)
        +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose)
        +1 253 215 8782 US (Tacoma)
        +1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
        +1 301 715 8592 US (Washington D.C)
        +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago)
Meeting ID: 874 8742 4617
Passcode: 025590
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kvt7f1zhd


ARRL NTX December 2020 Newsletter

 

ARRL North Texas December 2020 Newsletter

Greetings fellow North Texas Amateur Radio OPS!

ARRL FD 2020 is history and the results proved everyone loves a chance to get on the radio when we are forced to Social Distance

The December QST showed that North Texas Amateurs were one of the most active sections on the air for the unique running of ARRL FD this year. We had 332 entries (logs turned in). The few Sections with more activity were Ohio, North Carolina, Virginia and Illinois. My compliments to everyone that embraced getting on the air and participating.

There were almost 19,000 participates overall with 10,213 logs entered. Saying participation was off the charts is an understatement. There were many creative “Virtual FD sites” some using Discord or other Electronic gatherings under the virtual tree and I am pleased to state that to my knowledge all North Texans stayed safe whether in the field or at their home stations.

This weekend is the ARRL Ten Meter Contest

Starts this evening at 000Z 11 December 2020 Local (12 Dec GMT) and is a great time to get on the air and have some fun. Ten Meters can be a fickle band, wide open one minute and practically dead the next minute, therein lies some extra challenges. READ THE RULES as there are some subtle changes for Multi and multi-op stations.

I held our first Virtual Town Hall Meeting on December the 7th at 8 PM

Turnout was small as I announced the event with little notice to test the waters on doing this, we had 16 attendees and the session went almost two full hours. Our Next Town Hall meeting with myself and a select number of the section management staff with be on January 26th at 8 PM. Watch for details at the http://arrlntx.org website under the events tab. Participation is by use of the Zoom Teleconferencing Tool. ARRL NTX members can also see news item and participate in discussions at the Groups.io site at https://arrlntx.groups.io/g/section.

The Town Hall meeting is just one more way I am striving to provide you the members a method to have discussions with myself and the whole ARRL North Texas Section Management Team. My Telephone contact info is on page 16 of any recent QST. My Email is KG5VK@.... Or contact anyone of the Staff members from the contact information on the website. North Texas Section Management Team Officials are listed under the About us tab on the arrlntx.org site. Here is a link to make getting there easy https://arrlntx.org/WP/about-us/ntx-officials/

Since I am the only one that submitted a Nomination package to be the Section Manager for the Next Term April 2021 – 2023

I will proudly be serving a second term as the North Texas Section manager come the first of April of 2021. While I hope we are out of the Social Distancing environment we have been living under come Spring Ham Fest time, I continue to attend club meetings via Zoom conferencing. I am averaging four club meetings per month now, using this technology.

I know not every club has the resources or the warewithal to embrace virtual meetings and not every ARRL member is active in a club, just one more reason that I am looking forward to the next Town Hall session scheduled for the 26th of next month. I look forward to seeing you at that Town Hall meeting.

Happy Holidays to you and everyone you know and love

Please stay safe, winter has arrived in some of our Northern Counties we may have Snow flurries tomorrow and while the roads are still warm an Ice storm could be around the corner. As we always say don’t like the weather here in Texas, wait a few minutes it may change.

 

Cheers!

Steve
KG5VK


NO NTX ARES Information Net Tonght

Bob Jones
 

To: All NTX ARES Members

This is a reminder that there will be NO NTX ARES Information Net tonight. Our next net will be on Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2030 Hrs. on 3860.

Seasons best to all and stay safe.

73,
Bob, W5J


Bob Jones
w5bj@...
972-495-8573 (H)
972-849-3363 (C)


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