REGULAR MEETING DATE CHANGE
IMPORTANT: The Grayson County Amateur Radio Club took a club vote at the regular club meeting on May 18th, 2018 to change the meeting day for the regular monthly meetings. Per the vote, the meetings will now take place on the third Tuesday of each month instead of on Friday. The By-laws of the GCARC Constitution will be modified to reflect the new day for regular club meetings.
THE NEXT REGULAR MEETING WILL BE ON
TUESDAY - JUNE 19, 2018
by Wade Graves - KF5AUD - Grayson County ARES Emergency Coordinator
This Tuesday, May 22nd (or 29th if bad weather) Grayson County ARES is going to try something new and different. We will put a UHF repeater into Rick's airplane. Rick, K5ECX and Moe, NT7C will fly around the county at 1,500 feet and hams will use a variety of equipment to test the range and reliability of this system. ARES members should go to various parts of the county to help test the repeater at a distance. Net control at Sherman Municipal Airport. Land at Sherman Municipal Airport at 1900 (or so) a debriefing of gathered hams. Everyone present will be able to view the temporary repeater & installation. The plane will leave Sherman around 8pm in time to get home before dark.
We will send out a text message around 1600 or so to let everyone know if the exercise is a "go" or postponed. When the exercise occurs, the Command net will be on the W5COP repeater, 147.280, + offset, CTCSS of 107.2 on both the input and output. Tactical net will be announced on the day of the event. It will occur on one of these simplex frequencies.
ARESU1 -- 441.300, +5 offset, CTCSS 67.0Hz
ARESU2 -- 441.325, +5 offset, CTCSS 67.0Hz
ARESU3 -- 441.350, +5 offset, CTCSS 67.0Hz
ARESU4 -- 441.375, +5 offset, CTCSS 67.0Hz
ARESV1 -- 144.650, +.6 offset, CTCSS 67.0Hz
Net control will ask everyone to check in on the Command net on the 147.280 repeater and say where they are located. As the plane reaches the corner of the county, Moe (NT7C) will call net control on and announce the plane is making the turn. Net control will then tell everyone on the command net (147.280) to monitor the tactical net (441.325) and respond when their call sign is called.
If you would like to go mobile during this event, please try to go to the outer boundaries of the county and then try to reach the plane as it makes the various turns around the county.
This will be repeated as the plane reaches each corner of the county. The plane will also circle over the center of the county so we can check reception from the center of the county before landing at Sherman Municipal Airport.
All hams are welcome to check into this net. You do not have to be a member of ARRL, ARES, or live in Grayson County to participate in this exercise.
Wade Graves, KF5AUD
Grayson County ARES EC
Note: I'm sorry I'm not going to be able to provide hot dogs as originally planned. My granddaughter still hasn't arrived and her inducement date has been set for the 22nd. Not sure if I will be back in time for the test but I appreciate everyone, in advance, for your participation and your understanding.
The Perrin Field Special Event - May 19, 2018 through May 27th @ 2359z
The GCARC set up two radios at the event this year at the Air Force base, and the members that attended had lots of fun. It started out with a dilemma of trying to set up another station besides the station set up by James - KW5CW which he ran on 40-meter CW. The regular radio and antenna for phone operations were not present, so the crew at hand put up another antenna that James happened to have in his car, which was a backup dipole antenna. It was one of James's backup antennas. Lee - N5SLY brought along the club 'rent a radio' station to use, but also had no feedline available. Luckily, James brought 2 different coax cables and one of them were used for the 20-meter phone station and the other for his CW station on 40 meters. Luckily, the 'rent a radio' has an antenna tuner, but later in the day, when it was discovered that the antenna used was actually cut for 30 meters, the crew at hand also discovered that the dipole was not as functional as they had thought as it had a higher than wanted SWR, but it still worked OK for 20 meter phone. It truly qualified as an NVIS antenna, as it was mounted very close to the ground. There were lots of visitors at the Perrin Air Force base that day, and a few of them may be interested in attending our next club meeting. The weather turned out great. Be on the lookout for an article about the Perrin Field Event, along with a few pictures of the ops and antennas used. The event will continue until the end of day on May 27th, so have some fun working the event using the W5I callsign from the comfort of your home. Remember to continue to ONLY use the priveledges you have acquired with your own FCC license.
- UPDATE ANNOUNCEMENT: by Steve - K5ZYZ - An old timer from Grayson County, Don Markl - KI5DT was previously admitted in the Texoma Medical Center - Denison for an extremely bad case of pneumonia and very low oxygen levels in his blood. He is presently recovering at the Carrus Specialty and Rehabilitation Hospital, room 231 located at 1810 West Highway, East of FM1471, south side, Eastbound, service road. Visiting hours are from 0700 to 1600 on weekdays, noon until 1400 on weekends. The hospital’s state-of-the-art in-patient rehabilitation services meet the complex healthcare needs of patients who require acute rehabilitative care so Don is in the best of hands. He is alert, surviving a near-death medical emergency. Does anyone from the club have any information that they would like to share with the readers of the GCARC Newsletter and this website about Don? An article about Don may be coming shortly..
- PRIOR UPDATE: The NVIS antenna testing was conducted out at Herman Baker Park. Special thanks go out to Jim - K5QOI for coordinating the event. The weather was great, but the sun was hot. There was a good turnout of folks, and there were tests conducted on 80 and 40 meters. At 10:00 AM, the noise was fairly high on both bands, and there was a net operating on 80 that caused unexpected QRM on the designated NVIS frequency. Jim - K5QOI used a shortened duo 80/40 meter inverted vee antenna combo with a tuner combination and it worked great. At noon, James - KW5CW tested his short 40-meter vertical with the mast folded over positioning the antenna in a horizontal configuration, with the attempt to get a very high angle of radiation directly upwards from a vertical. Likewise, the QRN was high, but still, there was a contact made and other stations heard that were fairly close by. The theory behind NVIS is true. By positioning the antenna to direct the radiation pattern of your antenna with a very high radiation angle, you can make contacts with stations that you may not even be able to hear in a line of site communication, but far enough that confirmed the contact had to be made by a sky wave. In the evidence witnessed on both bands by just listening and observing the stations heard, you could verify that stations were being heard from 70-80 miles away to about 300 miles. Again, the activity was fun and many people came by to see what was going on. It may be possible that next year we hold an another NVIS event, but this time we would have a whole year to homebrew a few more NVIS antennas for testing along with getting more people involved in the testing.
- CLUB EVENT STILL IN PROGRESS: The first annual GCARC operating special event of 2018, the Perrin Special Event, commenced on May 19th, the day after the regularly scheduled monthly meeting in May, starting at 0000 UTC. Members interested in working from the comfort of their homes can also participate from the stated start time to the end of the special event that occurs on May 27th at 23:59 UTC. Two rules are in order. First, you must follow the band plan provided by your own personal license, even if you are using the W5I call, and second, you must submit your logs to Lee when the contest is finished or when you stop participating if that may be sooner.
- NEW CONTINUED UPDATE: - Lee Sly - N5SLY gave an update regarding the 'Rent a Radio Program' which will make a low band radio available to club members who would like to experience the low bands for the first time before purchasing a radio of their own. This program was approved at the March meeting. A power supply was purchased for the radio and is now available to be rented by club members. No members at the May meeting requested to use the radio. Jim McGlynn - K5QOI will supply an antenna that can be used with the radio if someone rents it. A small monthly fee to 'rent' the radio will be charged to the 'renter'.
- NEW UPDATE: NEW DMR REPEATER IN SHERMAN LOCATED AT 440.200 + 5MHZ offset.
- NEW UPDATE: David Reeder - WA0URJ from Sherman who works at Ham Radio Outlet in Plano, Texas has graciously offered to deliver equipment to amateurs in the Sherman area for free when you purchase merchandise from his store. That can save you approximately 100 mile round trip to pick up the equipment but allows you to receive your new equipment the same day you purchased it by credit card on the phone. If you decide to purchase equipment from Ham Radio Outlet, give Dave a call and let's give him a few decent sales. He will inform you of his work schedule to either visit him or call him at the store. You may call him directly at the numbers below.
He can be reached directly at these following numbers..
Cell : (972)658-6773
- NEW UPCOMING: Arriving by June 1, 2018 will be the 'HAM-ADS section on the GCARC website which will be provided to everyone. James will try to set it up so that only licensed registered members of the GCARC website can post, whereas ANYONE worldwide can view any of the posts. In other words, even guest members of the website who are not GCARC members can also post after registering. Registration approval must be given prior to the posting of any information on this website. Updates to this feature will be posted here and in the newsletter and may be available now by June 1, 2018.
- COMING SOON: The ability to write articles of interest directly on the website with moderation.. for GCARC Members Only. The application to be used is called 'Easy Articles'. If you want your own column or plan to publish a daily, weekly, or monthly column, you will have the tools to do so. What interests do you have that are amateur radio related that you would like to share with the club and for the world for that matter? Your writing will be for all to read unless this is something that members only need to see.
- A new feature to write and submit articles for posting will be made possible by another application added to this website soon called 'EASY ARTICLES'. You can write articles using this application, or you may just want to submit your already created article in a directory that only you have access to, for submitting your articles.
- NEW UPDATE: A new web link that directs you to the QRZ.com is located in the left homepage column under 'Weblinks'.
- NEW UPDATE: A new web link to the Sunday net script document can be found on the GCARC dropdown webpage at the top of the homepage.
- NEW UPDATE: James - KW5CW provided a short presentation on a few of the updates that now appear on this website. Some of them include, new severe weather links such as TECO, ARES, RACES and CoCoRaHS. Other links include the National Weather Service, and the Sherman Siren Test. Sponsored Operating events and Other club events were updated. Also included are the 5 non-sponsored club event links that Lee - N5SLY provided to the website. The NEWSLETTERS link is now one of the web links located in the left column of the homepage.
STILL Upcoming to Website
- COMING SOON: The ability to write articles of interest directly on the website with moderation.. for GCARC Members Only. The application to be used is called 'Easy Articles'. If you want your own column or plan to publish a daily, weekly, or monthly column, you will have the tools to do so. What interests do you have that are amateur radio related that you would like to share with the club and for the world for that matter. Your writing will be for all to read unless this is something that members only need to see.
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