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Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's that time once again for Winlink Wednesday!

There appears to be much activity on 6 meter band lately. So, tell me, are you active on 6M? If not, what is preventing you from getting on that band? Let me know either way in this week's comment for check-in.

Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info and instructions on checking into the net:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

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


Exercise on 60 Meters with MARS 20-24 July

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

This week (July 20-24), the Military Auxiliary Radio Service (MARS) will be conducting an exercise. MARS Members will be contacting Amateur Radio Operators on 60m (5330.5 kHz dial) twice a day. Hams will be asked for county status information as well as airport weather information (called METARS). MARS members will be passing ICS-213 messages to numerous DOD, federal and amateur radio addressees.

 

MARS will also contact hams via HFLink (Ham Radio ALE Network).  WWV is broadcasting information about this exercise at :10 after the hour and WWVH at :50 minutes. This is a great opportunity for you to exercise your HF skills and support an ARES partner.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

WINLINK: ARES-NTXSEC

713.410.2376

 


Appearance on WTBR-FM’s Ham On! program

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

Today I had the pleasure of talking about traffic handling on WTBR-FM’s Ham On! radio program hosted by Peter (KD2JKV) and Jessica Mattice. For the second half of the program I dive into some of the traffic-generating projects I kicked off, including the online trainings we’ve been holding here in the section, and the NASA astronaut traffic, NTS Trivia, and NTS Pen Pal projects. I also talk about the NTS Groups.io discussion group, and some general thoughts on the types of traffic that move through the system. Some exceptionally good questions from Jessica and Peter, and I hope you find the discussion interesting and insightful into the traffic system and what’s going on here in North Texas.

Here’s where you can listen: https://www.k8amh.com/2020/07/15/appearance-on-wtbr-fms-ham-on-program/

Quick note on the recording: the audio for the first half of the program has an echo, but the second half where I talk about things does not have this echo. I jump in at the 29-minute 30-second mark.

73,
Aaron | K8AMH


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

This past week, the Winlink team has stated that the Winmor mode is now deprecated. If you currently use Winmor, it's recommended that you use another mode such as VARA or Ardop.

https://winlink.org/content/winmor_deprecated

So, if you have HF capabilities, try sending this week's check-in with either VARA or Ardop.

This Wednesday, July 15, is National Tapioca Pudding Day (not sure which nation). So, in honor of that, let me know in the comments the flavor of your favorite pudding.
https://nationaldaycalendar.com/national-tapioca-pudding-day-july-15/



Please visit the Winlink Wednesday NTX web site for more info and instructions on checking into the net:
https://bit.ly/2TfJNJE

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


ARRL NTX STM Report - June 2020

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

I once again put together a video covering the June 2020 STM report
https://youtu.be/4naPXg8ebHc - tried changing things a little bit based on some feedback. Let me know what you think!

Here is a link to the full ARRL NTX STM Report for June 2020: https://mailchi.mp/ed80a7fb76dd/june-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.



I have another online NTS training coming up on Saturday July 18 at 2 pm. Details and registration 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
https://www.arrlntx.org


Re: Astronaut Traffic Whitepaper

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Yes yes, it's 77 pages. 7 are the discussion, rather than all 77, at least. :)


Re: Astronaut Traffic Whitepaper

 
Edited

A "short" white paper?  This is awesome Aaron.  A very cool project.  I am enjoying reading everyone's messages.

73 de KG5VSR, David

PS - I can't wait to hear their response!


The Date for the ARRL NTX Club Officers Virtual Round Table discussion with the West Gulf Director and Myself is scheduled for 1 August at 10 AM

 

The Round Table conference via Zoom
With Our ARRL West Gulf Division Director
John Stratton and Myself
will take place 1 August at 10 AM
 
Please forward any questions you may wish detailed answers to
to myself and or John Robert Stratton our Division Director
John Robert Stratton N5AUS@...
Steve KG5VK  KG5VK@...

We will do our best to answer spontaneous questions during the talk
Detailed and specific answers will be researched on those questions that are provided in advance
Again this is a meeting for Club Officers (President plus One with few exceptions)
Email me if you need more info.

At present Thirty club have officers that are scheduled to attend.

Steve
KG5VK


Astronaut Traffic Whitepaper

Aaron Hulett | K8AMH
 

Hello everyone,

 

Now that the astronaut messages have made their way to NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, I have put together a short whitepaper with some quick data points gained from receiving this traffic. I also have copies of all the radiograms, Winlink messages, and emails I received and mailed to NASA.

 

 

 

While I have not heard back from NASA as of yet, I am very thankful to all the amateur radio operators that participated – this was a very fun and rewarding project. My thanks for your 65 messages I was able to send.

 

73,

Aaron | K8AMH

 

 

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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
 

This week marks 1 year since we started this version of Winlink Wednesday! Wow, how this net has grown! Thanks to everyone that participates, from the first time check-in to the people who have been here since the beginning. Thank you all.

In light of this anniversary, I would like to know of things you would like to see as improvements to either the net itself or the Winlink Wednesday web site. Let me know in this week's comments.

The file for last week's check ins has been posted to the Files section on the Groups.IO page.


Please visit the Winliink Wednesday web site for more info and instructions on checking into 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: July 2020 North Texas ARES Information Net

Bob Jones
 

Greg,
You are correct. It is the 8th, not the 10th. My error.Thanks.

73,
Bob, W5BJ


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





-----Original Message-----
From: Greg Higgins, KB5GLV <gs.higgins@...>
To: section <section@arrlntx.groups.io>; ares <ares@arrlntx.groups.io>
Sent: Tue, Jul 7, 2020 10:01 am
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] July 2020 North Texas ARES Information Net

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)



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