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Re: North Texas Newsletter May 2019

 

Jerry Goodson W5BFF

Thank you for the edits (adding the image of Katherine etc)
and posting of the News Letter !

Jerry you continue to be a Valuable asset to our section !

Steve
KG5VK


North Texas Newsletter May 2019

ARRL NTX Section Website
 

  • The ARRL North Texas Section gains their first Section Youth Coordinator
  • Notes from Greg Evans The Section Emergency Coordinator
  • Mentorfest Hailed Success
  • Go To Webinar with The EC's
  • Groups.IO New NTX Email Reflector
  • Emory Ham Fest (11th of May)
  • Ham Com in Plano The First week of June
  • ARRL Field Day June 22-23, 2019

New Section Youth Coordinator

QST Magazine - March 2019 - page 75 Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, was congratulated by MARC President Bill Vining, N5YZ, after she presented her award-winning project at a club meeting.
Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, was congratulated by MARC President Bill Vining, N5YZ, after she presented her award-winning project at a club meeting.

Katherine M. Forson, KT5KMF has joined the section management team as our Section Youth Coordinator.

Katherine is a Vibrant young lady that is a member of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK), she has awesome school grades and is a member of her school band.

Her Photo along with that of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub president appeared on page 75 of the March issue of QST.

Katherine and I first met, during my campaign for the Section Manager position, during my visit to Plano. At that club meeting, she gave a presentation on her Science Fair project, her topic "Effects of Time of Day on Radio Wave Signal Propagation".

Saying I was impressed with this young lady is an understatement.

One of my short term goals as your new section manager has been to recruit a young person to be not only our Section Youth Coordinator, but a Youth Team Leader, Katherine is just that a Leader.

Katherine, her Dad and I first discussed her possible role at the Irving Ham Fest, just after the announcement that I won the SM election. This was a big family decision and I was beyond happy when she and her dad showed up at Mentorfest on the 27th of April and Katherine told me she was eager to do this.

We are going to see great things happening with the Youth in our section thanks to the many ideas and plans that Katherine has.

I see a Texas YOTA (Youth On The Air) team evolving in the near future.

Notes from our SEC Greg Evans K5GTX

First, I would like to thank everyone for the support on becoming the SEC of our great section. I especially want to thank our outgoing SEC, Jerry Goodson for his hard work over the past couple of years. I have asked Jerry to continue as ASEC along with Noreen O’Connell, Dave Martin, Dale Finley, and John Galvin. I will be leaning on the team to help our ARES section be the best.

NTX ARES will have it’s own booth at HAMCOM this year to promote our members. I ask that all DECs and ECs in attendance stop by and help staff the booth. I will be giving a presentation ‘ARES – Supporting EMCOMM’ at noon on Saturday, June 8. I invite you to come to learn about our ARES mission.

In April, K5XPO and I represented North Texas at the Spring COMMEX, and we had a successful event. It was great to work with various State and Federal Agencies to learn how they operate, and we can work with them in the future. We will be incorporating that knowledge into the next SETs.

We are in the planning phase of a Fall SET with South Texas in the October time frame. More information and training will be forthcoming.

Information concerning the section including training, events, and discussions is found at our Groups.IO forum at arrlntx.groups.io/g/ares. If you are an ARES member, please join us in our forums to be kept up to date on happenings throughout our section.

The most important thing we can focus on is training. Training is vital for our members and the partners we serve. A lot of us have been in radio for a long time, so we know how to talk on the radio. But that is not the only need. Our partners and our members need to understand how to work together, what is expected of ARES members and how to complete the mission of supporting our communities. Through training, we get to know each other – by participating in nets, filing communications roles at public service events or in support during an emergency. The FEMA ICS courses are critical for ARES and our partners – ICS provides the common terminology and methodology that we will use.

SKYWARN is not the only ARES mission. We support local races, public events, other Volunteer agencies and joint communications exercises with local, state and federal agencies. Critical Infrastructure assessment is another key mission that ARES members can help complete even when directly impacted by a disaster. And, with completed training, ARES members can support efforts to recover after a disaster

I look forward to working with you – it is an exciting time for our Section.

Mentorfest 2019

April 27th was of course Mentorfest, and while I had never attended before.

I was told by many that the turn out looked better than last year, at times it was a bit crowed, but in a comfy way.

As the new Section manager, I relied entirely on Bill Caldwell AC5BC and his team to get Mentorfest ready.
Bill did not disappoint, he and his crew did a Fantastic job !!!
Jay Urish, W5GM was also a huge help in ensuring that Mentorfest went off without a hitch,
Jay, Thank You and congratulations on your new job !

After everyone left for the day, Bill and I chatted for a bit

We both realize Mentorfest 2020 needs to be even bigger and better, it will be.

Join in on the conversation at https://arrlntx.groups.io/g/mentorfest

on what you loved and what you would like to see done a bit different at Mentorfest next year.
We want your suggestions and Feedback !

Go To Webinar with the EC's

A Go To Webinar conference will be held around the 15th of May with all EC's, myself, and Greg Evans our SEC.

This will be a discussion of the needs of the EC's.

How can Greg and I best help you do your job, what you like and what you need.

And find out if you have all you need from your DEC.

Watch your email in box for an invite to this Go To Webinar.


Groups.IO New NTX Email Reflector

To join the ARRLNTX reflector Sign up for http://Groups.io then search for the Group "ARRLNTX" and request to Join.

Please, use your real name and your Call sign in your Groups IO profile.

If you have any problems signing up just drop me an email request for signup

kg5vk@...

We currently have 199 members signed up, please help spread the word on this communication tool.

Emory Ham Fest (11th of May)

The newest ARRL Ham Fest for North Texas is The Emory Ham Fest on May 11th

More info on the Emory Fest here... http://www.arrl.org/hamfests/emory-tailgate-hamfest


Ham Com in Plano

Ham Com this June is going to be Bigger than ever !
Lots of ARRL activity and a Saturday morning full of ARRL specific forums, plenty of other forums as well.

Ham Com organizer currently have a total of over Forty Three Forums on Saturday alone, There are also forums on the Half day Friday.

Complete info here....... http://hamcom.org

Click presentations when you get to the Ham Com site.

W1AW portable 5 will also be on the air for guest to operate from, so come have some fun !

The ARRL Booth will be attended by ARRL Staff ranging from the ARRL President to the Section Youth Coordinator, I will of course be there, when not upstairs at a forum.

I need to attend several ARRL forums, and I have two presentations I am doing on Saturday, plus one Friday afternoon.

If your a DX OP make sure you consider going to the DX Dinner Saturday evening and the very first presentation Saturday morning is "K3LR Multi-Multi Story" by Tim Duffy.

ARRL Field Day June 22-23, 2019

I know everyone wants me to personally visit their FD site and I would love to.

With the distance between the sites that are on the East and West side of the the greater Dallas area, it is going to very difficult for me to attend everyone's FD site.

Please understand, everyone of you and your clubs are important to me.

If your FD site is currently, plotted on the ARRL FD Locator Map and North of Dallas, I will make an appearance if at all possible.

http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator

If you don't see me at your FD site, you may see an Assistant Section manager and/or the West Gulf Division Director.

It is my goal for everyone that has their site on the FD locator Map, to get a visit from someone in the Section management staff.

If your site is NOT on the ARRL FD Site locator Map, then please do not expect a visit this year.

KG5VK@...
Telephone 318-470-9806

73

Steve
KG5VK


To view the archives of all previous newsletters, please visit www.arrlntx.org/newsletter.


Katherine Forson, KT5KMF ARRL NTX Section Youth Coordinator

 

Yesterday at Mentor Fest... (April 27, 2019)

Katherine Forson, KT5KMF
Stepped up to the plate and Volunteered to be our Section Youth Coordinator.

She is much more than just a coordinator, she is our Section Youth Team Leader.
Katherine is a very vibrant and talented youngster, that has already accomplished many milestones
in her short life as a Ham Radio Operator. 

She is active on HF with FT8 and even made QST last month
with news of her Science Fair Project. 
She has high grades in School, plays a Tuba in the school band and is an overall wonderful person.

Katherine is a member of the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK)

While I have given her some small goals as our Youth Section Coordinator,
She has already asked me, if she could reach out to others and find out
the keys to getting Teams of Youth involved in our great hobby.

I consider this is as a milestone in my leadership as Section manger and
am very proud to have Katherine as a part of our team.
I know she is going to be Excellent at recruiting more youth to our ARRL Section and hobby.

Welcome aboard Katherine !!!

Steve
KG5VK

 


Re: Photographs From MentorFest Today

 

John,

Thank you for taking the photos and sharing them !

Greatly appreciate it.

Steve
KG5VK


Photographs From MentorFest Today

John Abbott KF5FWK
 

Howdy,

For some pictures taken at MentorFest today visit either of these Facebook pages.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/sachseradio/

https://www.facebook.com/K5QHD/

Thanks,
John, KF5FWK


Re: NVIS Testing

Jim McGlynn, K5QOI
 

Listening on 7.244


Re: NVIS Testing

Jim McGlynn, K5QOI
 

We are on 3.818 listening


Re: NVIS Testing

Dave Martin K5YFO
 

3.8 MHz will be possible, 40 meters will be useless for NVIS unless you have a relay in Alabama.  60M has the best NVIS possibility based on the FoF2 (critical frequency) at the Austin ionosonde.  (RED line is today, Blue line was yesterday and the Green are the last 5 days plot of the FoF2.)

73 de Dave K5YFO

 

Austin ionosonde foF2 trend

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io [mailto:section@arrlntx.groups.io] On Behalf Of Jim McGlynn via Groups.Io
Sent: Friday, April 26, 2019 12:18 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] NVIS Testing

 

We plan to start on 75 meter phone 3.818 +/- 10khz @ 10.00 am local time, 40 meter phone @12:00 on 7.242 +/- 10 kHz. Until 2 pm, we will then check for 60 meters and 160 meters dependent on propagation and available antennas to use. Please check back here for updates Saturday.We may be contacted at 903.436.1270 and through the K5RVT repeater in Grayson County 147.00 PL 100 if you are in range.

73 Jim K5QOI


Re: NVIS Testing

Jim McGlynn, K5QOI
 

We plan to start on 75 meter phone 3.818 +/- 10khz @ 10.00 am local time, 40 meter phone @12:00 on 7.242 +/- 10 kHz. Until 2 pm, we will then check for 60 meters and 160 meters dependent on propagation and available antennas to use. Please check back here for updates Saturday.We may be contacted at 903.436.1270 and through the K5RVT repeater in Grayson County 147.00 PL 100 if you are in range.
73 Jim K5QOI


Mentor Fest is tomorrow, I am departing in a few hours for Garland, If your in the area and a few Hams want to get together and visit late this afternoon / early evening

 
Edited

Mentor Fest tomorrow at the
Hella Shrine, 2121 Rowlett Rd, Garland, TX 75043

I am departing from Paris Texas area in a couple of hours
and will spend the night at...

SpringHill Suites Dallas Rockwall

2601 Lakefront Trail

 

Rockwall, Texas 75032


Anyone want to get together with a small group of fellow Hams

late this afternoon, early evening let me know   

Steve  KG5VK
Telephone 318-470-9806
KG5VK@...


Re: Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

Perry Nettles
 

Made it last year, but unable this year due to work schedule.
Perry Nettles
KF5SMU

On 4/22/2019 10:47 AM, Chris wrote:
I will be there, came last year and really enjoyed it.
Chris Claytor
KG5ZFQ

On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 8:52 AM Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:

Mentor Fest is this Saturday, yes it is FREE !!!

So come be a part of it, be a Mentor or a men-tee :)

We have a full day of Seminars scheduled,
maybe you don't see what you need, come ask around you will find the answers - I will be at the ARRL Tables
if you need help and cant find the answer come see me.
I will point you the right direction - we will also have others directing folks to the right person or room.

If your knowledge level runs deeper than most on a certain topic, like antennas for example, your the guy or gal in the local club that others seek out and ask antenna or other Topic questions.

Then hang a sign on your self - or Come see me I will find you a spot where you can set up and answer Antenna or other questions.
 
Mentor Fest is for sharing and learning together.

Still sitting on the fence, with doubts about joining in....

Pick up the phone and call me !!!
Telephone 318-470-9806

Mentor Fest is going to be a great Success with you there !!!

Steven Lott Smith
KG5VK


Re: Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

Chris
 

I will be there, came last year and really enjoyed it.
Chris Claytor
KG5ZFQ

On Mon, Apr 22, 2019 at 8:52 AM Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:

Mentor Fest is this Saturday, yes it is FREE !!!

So come be a part of it, be a Mentor or a men-tee :)

We have a full day of Seminars scheduled,
maybe you don't see what you need, come ask around you will find the answers - I will be at the ARRL Tables
if you need help and cant find the answer come see me.
I will point you the right direction - we will also have others directing folks to the right person or room.

If your knowledge level runs deeper than most on a certain topic, like antennas for example, your the guy or gal in the local club that others seek out and ask antenna or other Topic questions.

Then hang a sign on your self - or Come see me I will find you a spot where you can set up and answer Antenna or other questions.
 
Mentor Fest is for sharing and learning together.

Still sitting on the fence, with doubts about joining in....

Pick up the phone and call me !!!
Telephone 318-470-9806

Mentor Fest is going to be a great Success with you there !!!

Steven Lott Smith
KG5VK


Re: Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

Jay Urish <jay@...>
 

Here is the schedule as it stands.

NOTICE!!! If you are interested in the baofeng class, PLEASE BRING YOUR RADIO!!!!!




On 4/22/19 9:14 AM, Steven Lott Smith KG5VK wrote:

More Details on Mentor Fest right here...........

Click on the link...

Mentor Fest Details


Re: Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

 

More Details on Mentor Fest right here...........

Click on the link...

Mentor Fest Details


Re: Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

Jennifer LaChance, KF5HCD
 

Hi Stephen,

 

I probably missed this in a previous message, but where is this being held?  And what times does it open and close?

 

Thanks!

 

Jennifer – KF5HCD

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Steven Lott Smith KG5VK
Sent: Monday, April 22, 2019 8:53 AM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

 

Mentor Fest is this Saturday, yes it is FREE !!!

So come be a part of it, be a Mentor or a men-tee 
:)

We have a full day of Seminars scheduled,
maybe you don't see what you need, come ask around you will find the answers - I will be at the ARRL Tables
if you need help and cant find the answer come see me. I will point you the right direction - we will also have others directing folks to the right person or room.

If your knowledge level runs deeper than most on a certain topic, like antennas for example, your the guy or gal in the local club that others seek out and ask antenna or other Topic questions.

Then hang a sign on your self - or Come see me I will find you a spot where you can set up and answer Antenna or other questions.
 
Mentor Fest is for sharing and learning together.

Still sitting on the fence, with doubts about joining in....

Pick up the phone and call me !!!
Telephone 318-470-9806

Mentor Fest is going to be a great Success with you there !!!

Steven Lott Smith
KG5VK


Mentor Fest is This Saturday, you are coming right !!!

 

Mentor Fest is this Saturday, yes it is FREE !!!

So come be a part of it, be a Mentor or a men-tee :)

We have a full day of Seminars scheduled,
maybe you don't see what you need, come ask around you will find the answers - I will be at the ARRL Tables
if you need help and cant find the answer come see me.
I will point you the right direction - we will also have others directing folks to the right person or room.

If your knowledge level runs deeper than most on a certain topic, like antennas for example, your the guy or gal in the local club that others seek out and ask antenna or other Topic questions.

Then hang a sign on your self - or Come see me I will find you a spot where you can set up and answer Antenna or other questions.
 
Mentor Fest is for sharing and learning together.

Still sitting on the fence, with doubts about joining in....

Pick up the phone and call me !!!
Telephone 318-470-9806

Mentor Fest is going to be a great Success with you there !!!

Steven Lott Smith
KG5VK


Re: ARRLNTX #facebook

 

I have had several clubs contact me this week end and this morning

Asking what they should bring for their Table at Mentor Fest

The Club Table you have at Mentor Fest is for your team to show case your club,
bring whatever you want to use to do that, whether it be brochures about your club
membership application forms a Lap Top with images show casing your club member activities etc etc.

Make your clubs table attractive and appealing
There are going to be many club tables there, so try and make your table stand out
Consider who is manning the Table, Young, Old and Wise but all smiling faces that attract and entertain
and above all EDUCATE,  after all the theme is Mentoring !

Another way to think of it, is what would you do if your club was asked to show case itself
in the city square, at the Town festival or at the Fair 

Above all Have fun !

Steve
KG5VK


Re: Aaron Hulett K8AMH is the newest member of the North Texas Section Staff

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH <k8amh@...>
 

Thank you, looking forward to jumping in!


Re: Aaron Hulett K8AMH is the newest member of the North Texas Section Staff

Ken Mitchell
 

Welcome to the group,  Aaron. 


On Fri, Apr 19, 2019, 5:01 PM Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:
Aaron Hulett  K8AMH
K8AMH@...

Aaron is now our Section Traffic Manager
Welcome aboard Aaron and thanks for joining the Team !

Steve
KG5VK


Aaron Hulett K8AMH is the newest member of the North Texas Section Staff

 

Aaron Hulett  K8AMH
K8AMH@...

Aaron is now our Section Traffic Manager
Welcome aboard Aaron and thanks for joining the Team !

Steve
KG5VK