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Re: July 2020 North Texas ARES Information Net

Greg Higgins, KB5GLV
 

Wednesday is July 8th, Friday is the 10th.

 

73

Greg, KB5GLV

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Jones via groups.io
Sent: 7 July, 2020 08:38
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io; ares@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] July 2020 North Texas ARES Information Net

 

Greetings All,
This is a reminder that the NTX ARES Information Net will be held Wednesday evening, July 10th at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please plan to check in if you can. Hopefully band conditions will be favorable.
Your NCS will be Les, WD5BYQ.

Stay safe.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


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



July 2020 North Texas ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Greetings All,
This is a reminder that the NTX ARES Information Net will be held Wednesday evening, July 10th at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please plan to check in if you can. Hopefully band conditions will be favorable.
Your NCS will be Les, WD5BYQ.

Stay safe.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


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



Re: What's the "relay" in ARRL? Online NTS Training Session Sat Jul 18 2:00 pm CDT

John Hamilton KD5INM
 

Relay refers to sending a message from one station to the next in "hops".  The station "relays" the message from one to another.

John KD5INM 

On Monday, July 6, 2020, 08:13:34 PM CDT, Aaron Hulett | K8AMH <ahulett@...> wrote:


Hello everyone,

 

Would you like to know what the “relay” in American Radio Relay League is? I’ve set up another one of my online NTS training sessions, this one on Saturday July 18 at 2 pm CDT. You can find details and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-traffic-system-nts-training-july-18-2020-registration-112550898768.

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

Section Traffic Manager, ARRL North Texas


What's the "relay" in ARRL? Online NTS Training Session Sat Jul 18 2:00 pm CDT

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

 

Would you like to know what the “relay” in American Radio Relay League is? I’ve set up another one of my online NTS training sessions, this one on Saturday July 18 at 2 pm CDT. You can find details and register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-traffic-system-nts-training-july-18-2020-registration-112550898768.

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

Section Traffic Manager, ARRL North Texas


ARRLNTX July Newsletter

 

I very sadly report the loss of 3 valued members of our community.

Henry Allen W5TYD
Henry Allen, better known to many amateur radio ops
as Mr. Texas Bug Catcher for his Bug Catcher antenna System
Prayers to his wife Tina and the whole family as well as the many that
came to know him.
I knew Henry as a gentle giant, an amazing person that always had a
great story to tell.

Benjamin Sly KF5OEB
Ben was a very young Amateur radio Op that I met at ARRL FD 2019.
We lost Ben at 47 years young, Ben's Dad Lee Sly N5SLY is a long time
amateur radio op and is very active in his community.
Ben leaves behind three young girls, his wife, his Dad and Mom as well
as extended family.
This was a tragic and sudden loss
Prayers to his family and the many friends

Tom M. Blackwell N5GAR
Tom was a unique individual, some would say one of a kind
He was passionate about politics and our great hobby
Tom served 4 years as our ARRL North Texas Section Manager
from 2005 to 2009
Prayers to his family and friends.

I hope everyone had a wonderful ARRL FD weekend
It was a strange one, for me it seemed really weird.
Seemed well attended and I have received many radiograms and other
traffic generated to me
your ARRL SM during the event.
It was an honor to chat with many of you on the air even if just for a
few seconds.
I worked mostly Phone and some CW QSO's
Helped one local amateur with some HF radio issues

I hope and pray we are back to normal next year with ARRL FD and so much
more normalization.

The ARRL has announced a new initiative with The ARRL Learning Network
Virtual Seminars (Forums) presented by the many talented speakers we
have within each of the ARRL Sections.  Those that wish to do
presentations should look for more info at the following link...... 
http://www.arrl.org/ARRL-Learning-Network-Speakers-Form

A second ARRL North Texas Round Table with your Division Director and
myself is coming soon
Our ARRL Division Director John Robert Stratton N5AUS and myself
are in the planning stage of having another ARRL Clubs Round Table
Discussion
(This one will be held Virtually using online Conferencing tools such as
Zoom)
We need to know which ARRL Affiliated Clubs will be represented in this
round table discussion.  
Attendance is for The Club president plus one of his Board Members.

An announcement on this went out about a week ago, and I have only seen
interests expressed from 8 clubs so far. If your club is interested the
Club officers need to contact me ASAP
Email me KG5VK@... if your Club is interested in attending
Remember attendance is for President Plus One from each club within the
ARRL North Texas Section, 
a date will be announced within the next few weeks.

Please remember Summer Heat has arrived
It can be deadly working outside
Stay Hydrated !!!

Have a safe and enjoyable Fourth of July!

73
Steve
KG5VK

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ARRL North Texas Section
Section Manager: Steven Lott Smith, KG5VK
kg5vk@...
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Wanted: Your Field Day Photos!

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

I hope you had a fun and enjoyable Field Day! Did you happen to take photos? We're interested!

While I put the upload page on my website as it is quick/easy to implement with the setup I have there, this is for North Texas Section projects - we want to feature YOU! (Sorry, upcoming projects are still secret for now.)

Head to https://www.k8amh.com/fielddayphotos/ and upload your Field Day photos, and my thanks for helping us to highlight amateur radio activity in our Section.

73,
Aaron (K8AMH)
Section Traffic Manager


Re: Field Day VHF

Jim McGlynn, K5QOI
 

Great idea, I am in Brazoria county now after a move to South Texas and will also dedicate the first 5 minutes to VHF. I have posted to District 1 STX groups.io


73 K5QOI

On Saturday, June 27, 2020, 07:44:30 AM CDT, John Hill - KF5VO <john@...> wrote:


I was talking to some of my buddies about Field Day for the Technician class operator. One of the things we agreed on was to take the first 5 minutes of every hour to be on 146.480 to make contacts with Techs.

Anyone else wish to do this?


~John Hill
KF5VO


Re: Field Day VHF

 

It is a great idea which will work great for those in densely populated areas

Many outside our area have been talking about this for a week or more
Chatter on this on local repeaters 
Before this afternoon is a good idea

Be safe have Fun 
And remember Techs have almost the whole 6 meter band they can use as well as a big chuck of ten meters
It is not just 2 m and 440 MHz

Steve
KG5VK 

On Sat, Jun 27, 2020 at 7:44 AM John Hill - KF5VO <john@...> wrote:
I was talking to some of my buddies about Field Day for the Technician class operator. One of the things we agreed on was to take the first 5 minutes of every hour to be on 146.480 to make contacts with Techs.

Anyone else wish to do this?


~John Hill
KF5VO

--
Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806
ARRL NTX Section Manager 
Please note: My Out Going Email address is LottsPhoto@...
KG5VK@... is forwarded to my Gmail address


Field Day VHF

John Hill - KF5VO
 

I was talking to some of my buddies about Field Day for the Technician class operator. One of the things we agreed on was to take the first 5 minutes of every hour to be on 146.480 to make contacts with Techs.

Anyone else wish to do this?


~John Hill
KF5VO


Field Day 2020 formal message bonus points

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Don't forget your formal message bonus points!


Field Day is this weekend! Do you know how to earn your formal message bonus points? Here are some details.

 

 

 

Formal message to the SM or SEC: 100 points

You need to "originate", which is a fancy way of saying you need to author your own message, to either your Section Manager or your Section Emergency Coordinator, using the ARRL Radiogram format. Here in the North Texas Section your SM and SEC are:

 

 

Section
Manager


Steve Lott Smith KG5VK
125 Contest Lane
Ben Franklin TX 75415
318 470 9806

Section Emergency Coordinator


Greg Evans K5GTX
815 Wind Elm Dr
Allen TX 75002
713 410 2376

 

While the rules mention including your club name, number of participants, and so on, if you are operating from home and do not have these details, they are not required in your message. You can simply send a message with your general greetings to your SM or SEC to earn these points.

And to be  clear, you can only qualify once for this, meaning you earn 100 points total for sending this to either your SM or your SEC, but you do not get 200 points for sending something to both of them.

 

Message handling: Up to 100 points

You can earn 10 points for each message (up to 10 messages / 100 points) for each formal message originated, relayed or received and delivered.

A very easy way to earn these points is to send 10 radiogram-based messages to 10 different contacts. These can be friends or family. If you need some additional stations to send traffic to, you can find a list of stations that have stepped up to accept Field Day related traffic at https://groups.io/g/arrlnts/wiki/21231.

 

 

 

When turning in your Field Day reports...

Make sure you keep copies of all of your messages as you will need to include these in your report. If you use Winlink, use the complete information found in the Sent Items entry for each of your messages (including the message ID, date and time, and so on).

Also make sure that your messages go out from your station using RF. If you are using Winlink, for example, you cannot send your messages using Telnet as that is not an over-the-air method, and you would not earn the points. These must go out from your station over the air.

 

 

 

Need some help putting your radiograms together?

Here is a radiogram "crash course" video I put together covering the Field Day rules related to these points, how to put your radiograms together, and how to relay them over the air.
 

 

 

 

 

Need to find a Field Day traffic net?

We have a list of these on the Section website at https://www.arrlntx.org/national-traffic-system/traffic-nets. You can move your traffic during any regularly scheduled traffic net taking place during the Field Day timeframe. Additionally, these two traffic nets taking place in our Section have dedicated Field Day hours:

 

 

DFW Metroplex Traffic Net


Sunday June 28
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM Central
Dallas ARC Repeater
W5FC | 146.88 MHz | PL 110.9

Visit https://www.dfwtrafficnet.org for more info.

7290 Traffic Net


Saturday June 27
Starting at 1:00 PM Central
7.290 MHz (LSB)

Visit https://www.7290trafficnet.org/ for more info.

 

 

 

If you have any questions about earning your Field Day message handling bonus points, please feel free to reach out.

Have fun on Field Day everyone!

73,
Aaron | K8AMH


Aaron Hulett | K8AMH

Section Traffic Manager
ARRL North Texas Section

k8amh@...

PO Box 479
Little Elm TX 75068-0479

www.arrlntx.org

      


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

For anyone interested, here are the maps for the Winlink Wednesday check-ins for Texas. For the world maps, those are updated weekly on the Winlink Wednesday website.


Re: Field Day traffic handling bonus points walkthrough

 

Aaron,

Thank you for the continued great work with the STM position !!!

During your 2 pm session today you are welcome to mention........

The ARRL NTX SM (Me) will be active this week-end for ARRL FD
I will be on Phone as well as CW
Members may send their Section Manager Traffic Direct to me if they run across me on the bands

On Phone just Tell me you have Traffic for me and when I state I am Ready to copy send it
On CW send QRG?   When I send QRG  Send your traffic.

I will also be on Win VARA (WinLink) Peer To Peer HF Radio twice on Saturday........

My Winlink details VARA  P2P  (HF to HF) at 3PM  and 6 PM on Saturday.

Day Time Center frequency will be 3594.500 with the Dial Frequency of 3593.000

You may of course also send Traffic to me via any of the established Nets

Have a Safe and Fun ARRL FD event.

Steve
KG5VK
Your ARRL NTX SM 



On Fri, Jun 19, 2020 at 9:16 PM Aaron Hulett | K8AMH <ahulett@...> wrote:

Hello everyone,

 

With Field Day rapidly approaching and many of us playing from home, and I have had lots of interest in the message handling bonus points available to Field Day stations. If you would like some information about the message handling rules (a.k.a. how to earn the points), see how to put a radiogram together, learn how to relay it over the air, and learn how to send it using Winlink if you have an on-air Winlink setup, I have published a video on the Section YouTube channel providing this end-to-end walkthrough.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncNHTe3JDLc

 

Quick note that I have some space left for tomorrow’s 2 pm Central time traffic handling training if you would like a more in-depth explanation about the traffic system and radiograms. Registration details are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-traffic-system-nts-training-june-20-2020-registration-105660738112

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. And, if you need some help with coming up with destinations for your radiogram traffic, feel free to reference this list of stations that have stepped up to receive Field Day traffic. While we would generally very much want a phone number, these stations that stepped up are active in the traffic system and will pick it up through the traffic system directly (so no need for any phone calls).

 

https://groups.io/g/arrlnts/wiki/21231

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section


Field Day traffic handling bonus points walkthrough

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

 

With Field Day rapidly approaching and many of us playing from home, and I have had lots of interest in the message handling bonus points available to Field Day stations. If you would like some information about the message handling rules (a.k.a. how to earn the points), see how to put a radiogram together, learn how to relay it over the air, and learn how to send it using Winlink if you have an on-air Winlink setup, I have published a video on the Section YouTube channel providing this end-to-end walkthrough.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ncNHTe3JDLc

 

Quick note that I have some space left for tomorrow’s 2 pm Central time traffic handling training if you would like a more in-depth explanation about the traffic system and radiograms. Registration details are at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/national-traffic-system-nts-training-june-20-2020-registration-105660738112

 

If you have any questions, please feel free to let me know. And, if you need some help with coming up with destinations for your radiogram traffic, feel free to reference this list of stations that have stepped up to receive Field Day traffic. While we would generally very much want a phone number, these stations that stepped up are active in the traffic system and will pick it up through the traffic system directly (so no need for any phone calls).

 

https://groups.io/g/arrlnts/wiki/21231

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

Section Traffic Manager

ARRL North Texas Section


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Since most of the check-ins for last week stated that they will be participating in Field Day, I thought it might be fun to get a little practice in with message sending. The goal is to get you familiar with the Radiogram template that is in Winlink Express. This will help with bonus points in rules 7.3.5 and 7.3.6 (http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2020/2020%20Field%20Day%20Packet%20Rev%20a.pdf )

Here are this week's instructions:

For this week, we will be using the Radiogram form. This is located in the Template Manager under Standard Templates --> RADIOGRAM RRI Forms --> Radiogram.txt

On the form, I'll leave it up to you to figure out what to put in each in-put box.

In the text box at the bottom to the left of the "Submit" button, you will need to put my call sign, KF5VO, in this box.

On the New Message screen after you submit the form, make sure the To: field is to KF5VO. Make sure the Subject: field is "Winlink Wednesday Check-in"

Good luck!


Don't Hide your FD Light Under a COVID Bushel... #arrlfd

Brent Boydston
 

If you're still working on getting word of your Club's (or your individual) Field Day operation into the local media, here are a few helpful resources. http://www.arrl.org/…/3_4a-2020%20New%20Field%20Day%20PR%20…

http://www.arrl.org/…/2020%20ARRL%20Field%20Day%20-%20Speci…

If you're like me, sometimes not knowing exactly how/where to start, don't worry. There is a press release template you can use to plug in the specifics of your group's FD activity and just send to the various news outlets in your area. With so much going on in the last few weeks, I'm betting that news outlets are really eager to hear and publish some good news for a change. If you get your FD activities on the TV or the local paper, let us know as well. We all enjoy good news for a change. Stay Calm and Field Day On. Brent KF5THB, NTX PIC


ARRL FD 2020

 

ARRL Field Day Notes from NTX Section Manager

Jun 13, 2020

With ARRL FD just two weeks away, I wanted to answer the most frequent questions about Field Day.

As always, I want to emphasize that we all do the safest thing for each one of us and for our club members.

Q: Can a club member operate from home using the club call sign?
A: Yes, but the call sign may only be used in one location and the member must receive permission from the trustee of the call sign. However, keep in mind these two facts:

1. Only those members that are within a 1,000-foot circle of the defined ARRL FD Location.

2. No more than one station (Station Defined as a Callsign) can be on the same Band/Mode at any given instant (FCC Rule). So if Jerry W5JJ, Kelly W5KJ and Debbie W5DJ all live within a 1,000 foot circle they can use the same callsign provided they have permission from the Trustee of the Callsign AND they ensure that they do not operate on the same Band-Mode at ANY given instant in order to be compliant with this FCC Rule.

This requires coordination and planning with each other. If anyone does this and they are outside of the 1,000-foot circle, the hams have broken the FD Rule and therefore must submit their log so stating as a Check Log. 

Distributed Multi-OP is beyond most clubs/members capability (Distributed Multi-Op is what we are discussing under item 2.) because of the required coordination to ensure no more than one person per Band-Mode.

If coordination can be done and each member of the team is using the same callsign while  using the same software, such as N1MM+ on linked computers..

However, keep in mind if any of the members of that Distributed Multi-Op team are outside of a 1,000 foot circle then they have broken the 1,000-foot ARRL FD Rule and you will need to state so during Log Submission and therefore submit your Log as a Check Log

*** Most clubs will ask each member to operate on their own, with their own station and callsign. When the operator submits their log, they state the Name of the Club of which they are a member.

Each station can work any other station. For example, W5JJ can work anyone he wants, including other club members operating with their own callsign. Just because W5DJ is a member of the same club does not mean he cannot work Debbie (W5DJ)

The ONLY rule changes for FD 2020 are Class D stations may work anyone else including other Class D stations and Individual scores will be aggregated to Club scores, if those submitting their scores so request it, by naming their club.

 *** Clubs will not need to total the scores of each member and submit a combined log ***

A few clubs will still have a few members that insist on going to a Field Day location and operating just like they have forever. While I do NOT recommend this, it is OK to operate at a location as long as they do not violate any city or county ordinance and respect the social distancing recommendations.

Please, realize sanitizing radios and especially Microphones in the field is almost impossible. If operators recognize their own personal risk and are wanting to press forward so be it. 

Use the Club callsign and submit the log just as previous field days.

The members that wish to remain safer and operate at home or other secluded location, can operate with their own station callsign and add the club name to their own personal submission.

The deployed club members (In The Field) can work any other stations even if they are a club member, as long as they have not also gone home and worked the deployed station for a QSO.

I know many clubs enjoy providing a GOTA station there are some creative social distancing methods of doing so, however they demand the control op, be on their toes at all times and therefore I do NOT recommend it.

Personally, I will be operating 1E from my home station. I will be accepting traffic addressed to myself as the Section Manager for those seeking those bonus points

I will take traffic on cw and phone. When you work me on Phone, just state you have traffic for me. On

CW just send QRG? When I send QRG without the question mark, you can start sending your traffic.

I will also check Winlink using VARA  P2P  (HF to HF) at 3PM  and 6 PM on Saturday. My VARA Day Time Center frequency will be 3594.500 with the Dial Frequency of 3593.000

You may of course also send Traffic to me via any of the established Nets

Have a Safe and Fun ARRL FD event.

I will be glad to answer any further questions Just drop me an email.

Steve, KG5VK


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

It seems like the ARRL has finally shored up the rules concerning Field Day (http://www.arrl.org/field-day). How does this impact your participation in Field Day for this year? Let me know what your plans are for Field Day in the comments for this week's check-in.

For more information on how to check in to the net, please visit the Winlink Wednesday NT website at:
https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

Join us on Groups.IO
https://groups.io/g/WinlinkWednesdayNTX


June 2020 NTX ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

To: All North Texas Section Members

This is a reminder that the June NTX ARES Information Net will be held this coming Wednesday, June 10th, at 2030 Hrs on 3860. Please bring any items you feel other members could benefit from. Hopefully, band conditions will be supportive. Please check in if you can. Your NCS will be your's truly, W5BJ.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


Re: ARRL NTX STM Report - May 2020

Mike K5YX
 

Just saw your NTS video update.  Nice work, and thank you for being the NTS section mgr

 

 

Mike Nelson, K5YX

Nelson6753@...

 

 

 

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> On Behalf Of Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
Sent: Monday, June 8, 2020 7:30 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io
Subject: [ARRLNTX] ARRL NTX STM Report - May 2020

 

Hello everyone,

Trying something new - here's a video covering the May 2020 STM report! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-h_wNCjWoI - let me know what you think!

Here is a link to the full ARRL NTX STM Report for May 2020: https://mailchi.mp/52f19ca7d18f/may-2020-arrl-ntx-stm-report

:)

This report is now available via a STM email list
I have set up an email list on MailChimp as a new way to send and archive these reports. If you would like to receive these via this email list, sign up at https://www.k8amh.com/email-list.



Did you miss my May NTS online training session? Good news! I have another one coming up on Saturday June 2p at 2 pm, and if you're interested in earning Field Day points related to traffic, be sure you know how! Details in the newsletter.

73,
Aaron | K8AMH
Section Traffic Manager, ARRL North Texas
https://www.k8amh.com
https://www.arrlntx.org


ARRL NTX STM Report - May 2020

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

Trying something new - here's a video covering the May 2020 STM report! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-h_wNCjWoI - let me know what you think!

Here is a link to the full ARRL NTX STM Report for May 2020: https://mailchi.mp/52f19ca7d18f/may-2020-arrl-ntx-stm-report


:)

This report is now available via a STM email list
I have set up an email list on MailChimp as a new way to send and archive these reports. If you would like to receive these via this email list, sign up at https://www.k8amh.com/email-list.



Did you miss my May NTS online training session? Good news! I have another one coming up on Saturday June 2p at 2 pm, and if you're interested in earning Field Day points related to traffic, be sure you know how! Details in the newsletter.

73,
Aaron | K8AMH
Section Traffic Manager, ARRL North Texas
https://www.k8amh.com
https://www.arrlntx.org

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