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North Texas Section February 2020 Newsletter

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

North Texas Section February 2020 Newsletter

Feb 13, 2020
 

Events This Month and Early March

I will be traveling to the Wichita ARC meeting (February 20th) and the West Fork ARC meeting in Bridgeport the following Saturday (February 27th)

New!!! 
February 29th Hella Hams Sidewalk Sale at the Hella Shrine in Garland Texas.
More info on this event below.

March 7th is the Irving Ham Fest
this is one of the best Flea Market style events in North Texas

March 13/14th is the Belton Ham Fest always a big turn out and lots of used gear for sale.

ARRL Awards:

We should have many of our fellow North Texas ARRL members getting nominated for awards that are provided by the League each and every year, details may be found on the ARRL website with a simple search string "Nominations Solicited for 6 ARRL Awards." It would be great if club's in our section would each form a nomination committee to get select amateurs from their club or community nominated for these awards. I know folks this kind of stuff takes time, but if we don't nominate someone, none of us will get recognition that we all deserve. Pay it forward, one day you may get an award. As of today, I have forwarded two nominations for awards to our Division Director.

Mentor Fest

Mentor Fest this year will be held on the third Saturday of April, April 18th. This is an all-day event that you should plan on attending. If you’re a Mentor and you do presentations, I really would like to have a conversation with you Now!!!  Telephone 318-470-9806  Email KG5VK@.... You may also signup at ARRLNTX.org

New...  Hella Ham's Flea Market/Sidewalk Sale

Starting February 29, 2020 at the Hella Shrine in Garland. This will be an ongoing event each month of the year that has a 5th Saturday. Just like February 2020 has a 5th Saturday on the 29th. Shriner Clowns that are Ham Radio Ops, hosting a sidewalk sale - what could be more fun!!!

73,

Steve, KG5VK
ARRL NTX Section Manager


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

I apologize for sending out the notice a bit late. A bit ironic that I forgot the reminder.

Anyway, Valentine's day is this coming Friday. What are your plans for the day? In the comments section of the check-in, let me know what plans you have, either big or small.


Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" 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. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

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 WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab (not just spaces). 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.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/
May 16 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association https://w5lvc.org/


ARRL NTX STM Report - January 2020

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

 

Attaching the January NTS report. You can also find information online at https://www.k8amh.com/ntx-traffic-statistics/.

 

My thanks to the Grayson County ARES team for inviting me to come speak about the NTS and radiograms. I hope you found the information useful!

 

Need a destination for your practice radiograms? Feel free to send my way and I will very happily reply.

 

Upcoming NTS presentations

  • Monday February 17 at Rowlett ARES/RACES
  • Saturday March 7 at Tyler Technician class
  • Saturday April 18 at ARRL North Texas Mentorfest

 

Would your club/org like an NTS presentation?

I am happy to come to one of your club’s or organization’s meetings to talk about the National Traffic System and traffic handling. Email me if interested: k8amh@...

 

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

F: 469 731 8326

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


February 2020 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Good evening,
This is a reminder that the monthly NTX ARES Information Net is this coming Wednesday, Feb. 12th at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please check in if you can and bring any item you would like to present to the net.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Feb 5th is National Weatherman's Day. It honors weather men and woman who work hard to accurately predict the often fickle local and national weather. Despite major technological advances and supercomputers, forecasting the weather can still be a tricky, and ever changing business. Knowing the weather is important in so many ways. It affects how we dress, where we go, and even if we go. Space launches are made or delayed depending upon the weather. And, knowing the weather can save lives. The most obvious example is knowing when and where hurricanes or tornados may hit. According to the Air Force News, Weatherman's Day "commemorates the birth of John Jeffries, one of America's first weathermen". Jeffries was born on Feb 5, 1744. He kept weather records from 1774 to1816.

For the comments for the Winlink Wednesday net this week, tell me who your favorite weatherman is. If it's someone who is on-the-air, where can we find them?


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Feb 7 - Mansfield Johnson Amateur Radio Service https://mjars.org/
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/
May 16 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association https://w5lvc.org/


Re: NTS presentation - Sachse

John Smyder - W5JWS
 

Thank you. Email sent.
--
John W Smyder - W5JWS


Re: NTS presentation - Sachse

John Smyder - W5JWS
 

Alan,
No worries, you will find a couple of emails from me in your inbox. Understand why you wouldn't tell us you were out of town.
--
John W Smyder - W5JWS


Re: NTS presentation - Sachse

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Apologies for the full list email everyone – John feel free to email me directly ahulett@... and we can work out details. For everyone else, you’re welcome to come to the talk!

 

//A

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
Sent: Tuesday, January 28, 2020 13:01
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] NTS presentation - Sachse

 

Hello John,

 

I’m back from a trip out of town and am going through emails. April 23 works for me and it looks like the meeting time is 7:30pm so I’ll plan to be there by 7. We can discuss details as this approaches, but offhand how many folks attend the meetings, and is there a projector I can use/connect to? What questions can I answer for you in the meantime?

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

A person posing for the camera

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Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

F: 469 731 8326

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of John Smyder - W5JWS
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 07:22
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2019

 

Good morning Aaron. The Sachse Amateur Radio Association would be interested.

We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at the Sachse Library, 3815 Sachse Rd, Building C, Sachse TX, 75048.

We have openings at this time for the following months:

  • April 23rd
  • July 23rd
  • August 27th

Please let me know what would work for you.

73,

--
John W Smyder - W5JWS


NTS presentation - Sachse

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello John,

 

I’m back from a trip out of town and am going through emails. April 23 works for me and it looks like the meeting time is 7:30pm so I’ll plan to be there by 7. We can discuss details as this approaches, but offhand how many folks attend the meetings, and is there a projector I can use/connect to? What questions can I answer for you in the meantime?

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

A person posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

F: 469 731 8326

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of John Smyder - W5JWS
Sent: Saturday, January 25, 2020 07:22
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2019

 

Good morning Aaron. The Sachse Amateur Radio Association would be interested.


We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at the Sachse Library, 3815 Sachse Rd, Building C, Sachse TX, 75048.

We have openings at this time for the following months:

  • April 23rd
  • July 23rd
  • August 27th

Please let me know what would work for you.

73,

--
John W Smyder - W5JWS


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

I'm sure a few of you may know this. January is "Oatmeal Month". So, in honor of Oatmeal month, how do you like you're oatmeal? Let me know in the comments for this week's Winlink Wednesday check in.


Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" 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. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

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 WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab (not just spaces). 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.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Feb 7 - Mansfield Johnson Amateur Radio Service https://mjars.org/
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/
May 16 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association https://w5lvc.org/


ARRL EmComm Training on Hamshack Hotline

Ross Bennett
 

The ARRL’s course, EC-001: Introduction to Emergency Communications for Radio Amateurs, has long been conducted with mentors to give feedback to the student. To make the course available to as many people as possible, a new self-study edition without mentors, EC-001-S, has been created. The course is free to all amateurs. Membership in the ARRL is not required. You do need to create a free account at the ARRL web site to sign up.

 

The ARES Public conference at Hamshack Hotline is hosting open chat evenings every Tuesday and Friday—US time zones—for amateurs working through the course. These meetings are informal chats intended to add back some of the value of feedback and discussion the course has traditionally had. Graduates of EC-001 and amateurs with long experience in EmComm are encouraged to come share what they’ve learned, too.

 

Amateurs may enroll in the course at https://www.arrl.org/online-course-enrollment/17. For more information on the Public ARES conference, come visit us at Hamshack Hotline extension 367 or contact Ross Bennett at Hamshack Hotline 4972 or by email to ki5sr@...

To get connected with Hamshack Hotline, visit their website at https://www.hamshackhotline.com.


Re: Want some insight to why the ARRL is looking for a new CEO Dick Norton gives us a good idea

David Poole
 

So just like Jason Garrett wasn’t fired!!


Want some insight to why the ARRL is looking for a new CEO, SW SM Dick Norton gives us a good idea

 

This first.........  The Current CEO was NOT Fired,  his contract was not renewed.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O7o2nBPQZ0g&t=10s&fbclid=IwAR1ki2X_UF2qOs_gWlEBE9_Y2Pbrw-I21kX7PKZpaqzVb90tWeq6ksJfNcE

Steve

KG5VK


Re: ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2019

John Smyder - W5JWS
 

Good morning Aaron. The Sachse Amateur Radio Association would be interested.

We meet the 4th Thursday of each month at the Sachse Library, 3815 Sachse Rd, Building C, Sachse TX, 75048.

We have openings at this time for the following months:

  • April 23rd
  • July 23rd
  • August 27th

Please let me know what would work for you.

73,

--
John W Smyder - W5JWS


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

This weekend is Winter Field day. In the comments, let me know if you will be working it, and if so, where will you be?


Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" 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. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

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 WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab (not just spaces). 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.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Feb 7 - Mansfield Johnson Amateur Radio Service https://mjars.org/
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/
May 16 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association https://w5lvc.org/


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time again for Winlink Wednesday! As I'm preparing for the Winlink  presentation at the Cowtown Hamfest this weekend, it got me thinking about Hamfests in general. So, for the question this week, if you have been to a Hamfest, what is the best deal you've been able to make? Let me know in the comments.


Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" 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. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

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 WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab (not just spaces). 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.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Jan 18 - Cowtown Hamfest http://www.cowtownhamfest.com/
Feb 7 - Mansfield Johnson Amateur Radio Service https://mjars.org/
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/
May 16 - Lewisville Amateur Radio Association https://w5lvc.org/


Reminder The Cow Town Ham Fest is this coming weekend Jan 17-18

 

Cow Town Ham Fest is this coming weekend
http://www.cowtownhamfest.com/

HAMFEST @ A GLANCE

COWTOWN HAMFEST 2020
AND ARRL NORTH TEXAS SECTION CONVENTION, JANUARY 17-18, 2020
FRI 3PM-7PM AND SAT 7AM-3PM.
VENDORS MAY SET UP AT 10:00AM FRI AND 6:00AM ON SAT.


ARRL NTX STM Report - December 2019

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Would your club/org like an NTS presentation?

I am happy to come to one of your club’s or organization’s meetings to talk about the National Traffic System and traffic handling. Email me if interested.

 

 

Please find attached our STM report for December 2019. Live statistics and more are available at https://www.k8amh.com/ntx-traffic-statistics/.

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

A person posing for the camera

Description automatically generated

Aaron Hulett  |  K8AMH

 

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section

 

P: 469 630 2528

F: 469 731 8326

E: k8amh@...

 

PO Box 479

Little Elm TX 75068-0479

 

www.arrlntx.org

 

      

 

 

 


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

This Wednesday is Elvis's birthday! So, in honor of the king, let me know your favorite Elvis Presley song. You may not be "a fan", but everyone has at least one song that's their favorite.


Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" 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. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

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 WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab (not just spaces). 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.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Upcoming Winlink presentations:
Jan 18 - Cowtown Hamfest http://www.cowtownhamfest.com/
Feb 7 - Mansfield Johnson Amateur Radio Service https://mjars.org/
Feb 11 - McKinney Amateur Radio Club https://mckinneyarc.org/
Feb 15 - Bedford Amateur Radio Club https://bedfordarc.org/


Rockwall ARISS Status Update

Tim Johnson K5TCJ
 

Steve Orr W5SO et. al. have organized an ISS / school contact that is scheduled for the week of February 24th.

With the assistance of a lot of folks, the plan and needed equipment is coming together.

The primary station is ready, but the secondary station needs help.

ARISS specifications call for 100 Watts on the uplink.  The rig currently slated for the secondary station is a 50 Watt rig.

 

To meet this specification, they still need to secure the loan of the following equipment:

 

A 2 meter FM 100 Watt capable rig, or a power amp capable of 100 Watts output, and

2 2 meter receive pre-amps.

 

If you’ve got these items and can loan them for this event, you will be contributing to a valuable learning experience and the introduction of Ham Radio to the next generation of operators.

 

If you can help, please contact Steve Orr W5SO at skworr@...

 

Please pass this on to other reflectors, to give this request a wider distribution.

 

Thanks and 73,

 

Tim Johnson - K5TCJ

Plano Amateur Radio Klub - VP.