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Re: Texas QSO Party #Contest

obd
 

Those countries to the south of Bexar will be fun to run.

Obie N5VYS 


On Aug 28, 2019, at 10:53 PM, Robert Hejl via Groups.Io <alonestaryank@...> wrote:

Although family emergencies kept me from doing it last year, this year I'll be running mobile in the same counties I did in 2017.... south of Bexar County. Bob W2IK

In a message dated 8/28/2019 10:37:35 PM Central Standard Time, n5vys@... writes:

I don’t have a mobile setup any longer !

Ob N5VYS 



On Aug 28, 2019, at 9:15 PM, Marty Meyers <martyrmeyers@...> wrote:

oops! My mistake. I guess I just associated you with KARS and thought you lived there. Thanks for passing it along!

73,

Marty
W5MRM

Re: Texas QSO Party #Contest

Robert Hejl
 

I ran about 12 of them in 2017, using a special antenna that was 30 feet tall on my rear bumper, but I had to stop at each location instead of driving as I operated. I will be mainly on 40 and 20 meters,  Bob  W2IK

In a message dated 8/28/2019 11:08:55 PM Central Standard Time, n5vys@... writes:

Those countries to the south of Bexar will be fun to run.

Obie N5VYS 



On Aug 28, 2019, at 10:53 PM, Robert Hejl via Groups.Io <alonestaryank@...> wrote:

Although family emergencies kept me from doing it last year, this year I'll be running mobile in the same counties I did in 2017.... south of Bexar County. Bob W2IK

In a message dated 8/28/2019 10:37:35 PM Central Standard Time, n5vys@... writes:

I don’t have a mobile setup any longer !

Ob N5VYS 



On Aug 28, 2019, at 9:15 PM, Marty Meyers <martyrmeyers@...> wrote:

oops! My mistake. I guess I just associated you with KARS and thought you lived there. Thanks for passing it along!

73,

Marty
W5MRM

Jamboree on The Air Oct 19th

Mike Crownover
 

Hey guys, 

I am hosting a JOTA event at my station in Canyon Lake this year. There has been a lot of interest from the Scouting community. If you are interested in helping please let me know. 

Thanks, 

Mike AB5EB

Re: Jamboree on The Air Oct 19th

Ed
 

Hi Mike

I didn’t get a chance to help with the scouts this summer, but I am available to help out on the IOTA event.

Ed Kirk

N5JJI

 

Sent from Mail for Windows 10

 

From: Mike Crownover
Sent: Monday, September 2, 2019 6:33 PM
To: STXDXCC@groups.io
Subject: [STXDXCC] Jamboree on The Air Oct 19th

 

Hey guys, 

 

I am hosting a JOTA event at my station in Canyon Lake this year. There has been a lot of interest from the Scouting community. If you are interested in helping please let me know. 

 

Thanks, 

 

Mike AB5EB

 


--
Ed Kirk N5JJI

FlexInsider - FlexRadio Announces Strategic Partnership with Raytheon

Ken Nichols
 

Sorry for the wide bandwidth of the ad, but I wanted to share the news at the beginning of this message. 

Ken Nichols
(m)301-717-4571

Begin forwarded message:

From: FlexRadio Systems <lori@...>
Date: September 3, 2019 at 9:15:36 AM CDT
To: ken.nichols.kd3vk@...
Subject: FlexInsider - FlexRadio Announces Strategic Partnership with Raytheon
Reply-To: lori@...

Raytheon - FlexRadio Team to Develop Airborne High Frequency Radio
Air Force awards industry team $36 million contract
Dear FlexRadio Customers,

In a strategic partnership with Raytheon, FlexRadio has been selected by the US Air Force (USAF) to adapt its commercial off the shelf SmartSDR/FLEX-6000 architecture for HF modernization of airborne communications platforms. The joint press release with Raytheon can be found here.

We are excited to convey that our proven modular direct sampling hardware, Open Waveform API, and IP based architecture provide a ready platform for agile development to meet 21st century communication needs. 

There is an old saying, "What goes around comes around." Throughout FlexRadio's history, commercial amateur products have been leveraged into defense products, which in turn, have been leveraged back into commercial products. We are certain that these efforts will cycle back again.

So how might this development affect you? While I can't go into all the details, the positive impact to our business processes, infrastructure, intellectual property and human resources will enhance our amateur/commercial products and services. So stay tuned for more amateur product announcements coming soon.

Thank you all for your support of FlexRadio. We appreciate your business and we invite you to celebrate with us on achieving this significant milestone.

73,

Gerald
Coming to a Hamfest Near You
FlexRadio will be demonstrating the FLEX-6000 series line, including remote capability and our new multiFLEX feature, allowing operators to share a rig, at the following events:

Northeast HamXposition Boxboro - September 7-8, 2019

W9DXCC - September 13-14, 2019

Belton HamExpo - October 4-5

Pacificon - October 18-20

Please be sure to visit us for special deals and fun giveaways for your shack.

U.S. Promotion - Last Day for Labor Day Specials!


Free Tilt Feet
with Maestro




Free dust cover
with any radio

+ Includes SmartSDR v3 ($199 value)
+ Free Shipping
Terms: Prices valid August 30 - Sept 3, 2019
Discounts are for US only. Free shipping valid in the contiguous 48 states only.


Looking for even more savings? Check out our purchase programs.

Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 09/17/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

STXDXCC@groups.io Calendar <STXDXCC@...>
 

Reminder: STXDXCC Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers - 13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

View Event

Organizer: info@...

Description:

General Meeting - Meetings are open to everybody. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are held at Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers in Helotes, TX. Members start gathering at about 6PM to eat and socialize before the meeting. The meeting starts at 7PM. 

Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 09/17/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

STXDXCC@groups.io Calendar <STXDXCC@...>
 

Reminder: STXDXCC Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers - 13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

View Event

Organizer: info@...

Description:

General Meeting - Meetings are open to everybody. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are held at Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers in Helotes, TX. Members start gathering at about 6PM to eat and socialize before the meeting. The meeting starts at 7PM. 

Re: Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 09/17/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

Chris Williams
 

Can someone have marty w5mrm call me on cellphone right away it concerns tonights meeting Chris williams kc5pyg




On Monday, September 16, 2019 STXDXCC <STXDXCC@groups.io> wrote:

Reminder: STXDXCC Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, 17 September 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers - 13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

View Event

Organizer: info@...

Description:

General Meeting - Meetings are open to everybody. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are held at Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers in Helotes, TX. Members start gathering at about 6PM to eat and socialize before the meeting. The meeting starts at 7PM. 

Re: Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 09/17/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

Marty Meyers
 

Send me your phone number and I'll give you a call as soon as I can.

Marty

Re: Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 09/17/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

Chris Williams
 

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On Tuesday, September 17, 2019 Marty Meyers <STXDXCC@groups.io> wrote:

Send me your phone number and I'll give you a call as soon as I can.

Marty

No Club Meeting Today #SpecialNotice

Marty Meyers
 

Dear Club Members,

I have been notified that Bobby J's is closed today. After discussing with Starr we have decided to cancel the meeting. Please spread the word.

73,

Marty
W5MRM

For sale: Steppir and Acom

Keith Heimbold
 

Hi All-

Been busy as usual changing things up in the shack. I decided to change up again.

I have a couple items for sale. One is steppir urban beam that I just bought from steppir in May and am half way through assembly and decided that I am wanting an antenna without moving parts after all. I am discounting $500 it from what I paid a few months ago.

The other is a project amp, Acom 1000. It requires a new transformer from Acom. I got all the info on how to get a new one but decided to move on from that project and pass it onto someone with more spare time or interest in a rebuild.

Contact me at ak6zzel09@... For prices and more info like photos. I am in Helotes if you want to see the items in person. Not traveling this week.

Apologies for not making many events been traveling a lot for work and business since May 2018. Hope you are all well!

Thanks & 73,

Keith
Nz5f

FOR SALE

Michael Goins, k5wmg
 

HAL FYO copy paddle. It's the one that the Bencher is based upon. Works fine, just too many paddles. $100 shipped

 

QRP Labs QCX 40 built in blue box. $80 shipped

 

4SQRP QRPometer. New and unused here. $50 shipped


Mike, k5wmg
“The true alchemists do not change lead into gold; they change the world into words.” – William H. Gass

[JS8Call] Upcoming Event: JS8 QSO Party - Sat, 10/12/2019 7:00pm to Sun, 10/13/2019 7:00pm #cal-reminder

Ken Nichols
 

FYI
-Ken-

Begin forwarded message:

From: "js8call@groups.io Calendar" <js8call@groups.io>
Date: October 11, 2019 at 2:00:58 PM CDT
To: js8call@groups.io
Subject: [JS8Call] Upcoming Event: JS8 QSO Party - Sat, 10/12/2019 7:00pm to Sun, 10/13/2019 7:00pm #cal-reminder
Reply-To: js8call@groups.io



Reminder: JS8 QSO Party

When: Saturday, 12 October 2019, 7:00pm to Sunday, 13 October 2019, 7:00pm (GMT+00:00) Africa/Monrovia

Where:All Amateur bands, HF, VHF, & UHF

View Event

Organizer: kn4crd@...

Description: The JS8 QSO Party is a chance to get on the air with JS8 and make some contacts every month. Whether you like a quick exchange or a long rag-chew, this event is for you. We have a lot of great, patient operators in the group, so the environment should be very welcoming!

The party is an all-day event held monthly on the Second Saturday of the month (unless the schedule is modified for a particular event). Each month will have a theme or goal. 


Monthly Theme: TBD
When: 
19:00 UTC to 19:00 UTC
Participation: Global
Bands: All Amateur Bands

Remember, by default JS8 QSO Party events are not contests, so all amateur bands are open for use. Now might be the time to break out your 30m delta loop or 17m hamstick or 12m bed springs!

Sticking to the theme is nice, but remember that with JS8 we have the freedom of free-text. So, feel free to QSY toward a clear frequency and talk about anything you want.

I hope to see some of y'all on the air. Let me know if I can help in the meantime!

Cheers!

Best,
Jordan / KN4CRD_._,_._,_

Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 10/15/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

STXDXCC@groups.io Calendar <STXDXCC@...>
 

Reminder: STXDXCC Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers - 13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

View Event

Organizer: info@...

Description:

General Meeting - Meetings are open to everybody. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are held at Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers in Helotes, TX. Members start gathering at about 6PM to eat and socialize before the meeting. The meeting starts at 7PM. 

Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 10/15/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

STXDXCC@groups.io Calendar <STXDXCC@...>
 

Reminder: STXDXCC Club Meeting

When: Tuesday, 15 October 2019, 7:00pm to 8:00pm, (GMT-05:00) America/Chicago

Where:Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers - 13247 Bandera Rd, Helotes, TX 78023

View Event

Organizer: info@...

Description:

General Meeting - Meetings are open to everybody. We meet on the third Tuesday of each month (except December). Meetings are held at Bobby J's Old Fashioned Burgers in Helotes, TX. Members start gathering at about 6PM to eat and socialize before the meeting. The meeting starts at 7PM. 

Re: Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 10/15/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

Jehle
 

Sorry I will miss you guys tonight. I am in my home town of Cincinnati recovering from my 50th high school reunion.  73 Buzz originally WN/ WA8TFJ

Re: Upcoming Event: STXDXCC Club Meeting - Tue, 10/15/2019 7:00pm-8:00pm #cal-reminder

Marty Meyers
 

The reunion sounds like it might be much more fun than our meeting. I’m not so sure about the recovery part though!

Enjoy Buzz!

73,

Marty
W5MRM
Helotes, TX

On Oct 15, 2019, 4:33 AM -0500, Jehle <buzz@...>, wrote:
Sorry I will miss you guys tonight. I am in my home town of Cincinnati recovering from my 50th high school reunion. 73 Buzz originally WN/ WA8TFJ

Final San Antonio Radio Club Centennial Special Event

Cray Lester / K5MUG
 

Didn’t have all the particulars at the meeting tonight so thought I would follow up with some additional bits of information, some of which were pilfered from the San Antonio Radio Club (SARC) Newsletter (Darn good newsletter!) and from Centennial committee emails.

 

The next and last W5SC/100 Special Event operation is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), 102 Mabry Dr San Antonio, TX 78226.  We have a “shack” in an office in the back part of SAMSAT.  SAMSAT is on Port San Antonio campus near Lackland Air Force Base (the building was the Main Chapel for Kelly AFB).  Open to the public every Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm,  FREE (donations welcome), Volunteer-led tours (not always available].

 

On site equipment installed is an ICOM IC-781 (provided by SAMSAT) and a roof mounted Cushcraft R-5 vertical antenna (provided by San Antonio Radio Club).  Weather and conditions permitting, SARC will again be setting up and using the club’s trailer mounted tri-band beam.  Operations so far have been on 20 meters, SSB.

 

Notable contacts have been a Aeronautical Mobile station at 30,000 some thousand feet altitude over Arizona in May, and a submarine in August.

 

SARC’s Special Event operation uses the “ARRL Field Day” model, as follows: ANYONE can operate the station, regardless of license class, because we operate with an Extra-Class licensed “Control Operator”, and therefore we have Extra-Class privileges as far as frequency and mode.

 

Add-on encouragement:  If you haven’t been to the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology, it’s well worth making the time to visit.  Link to their website is below.

 

   https://www.samsat.org/

 

Double hitter: visit our Centennial Event and see the museum’s fantastic displays as well.

 

Cray Lester / K5MUG

Article by Peter Naumburg N5YJ - Duke City Hamfest Albuquerque

Marty Meyers
 

Dear Club Members,

In this article 
Peter N5YJ provides a recap of the Duke City Hamfest in Albuquerque. The article covers current items of interest in ham radio, the importance of ham radio clubs, and additional information on the Technical Specialist program.


DUKE CITY HAMFEST ALBUQUERQUE

The weekend of September 21, I attended the Duke City Hamfest, along with about 400 other amateurs. While well organized, this size of an event, isn’t large enough to attract first-line vendors often seen at Dayton and Visalia. Nonetheless, the organizers did a great job with the various classes, including two excellent talks by Rob Sherwood, NCØB. With these thoughts in mind, here are my observations and comments.

That whole world of vendors has dramatically changed. In days past, the vendors could come and with the help of the manufactures cover their expenses, maybe make a little money, and would continue to support their mutual customers. This was a win-win situation. With the advent of the $100 + per night per person room costs and high transportation costs, it has become too expensive for the manufacturers, much less vendors, to attend a hamfest. This is not an ideal scenario.

Another big change is the resale market. Once upon a time, amateur radio gear tended to hold its value over time, as long as it was smoke-free, and well maintained. Good, bad or indifferent, Icom changed that with the introduction of the IC-7300! At a street price of $1,495, it literally blew away the used market place. However, there is a hidden issue, applicable to any, used, solid-state transceiver—replacement parts!

Icom sold about 70,000 IC-706, of which about half were MarkIIGs. Parts, especially finals, are no longer available for these radios. Asking $700- $800 for this used, unrepairable, out-of-date transceiver, is pie-in-the-sky thinking! This scenario is applicable to any transceiver, regardless of make, made after 2013 or so. And just to emphasize the point, Yaesu’s FT-857 is one of the longest service-lived, mobile transceivers, ever made. But like the IC-706 in any guise, it has gone through numerous revisions, in an attempt to keep ahead of the ever-changing, solid-state, obsolescence-based, marketing strategy by all of the device makers, especially Toshiba.

About the only transceiver which seemingly is holding its own, is the Elecraft K3. I suspect that is about to change, as Elecraft will be shipping the new K4 later this year. One good thing about Elecraft, their accessories are backwards compatible. Meaning, if you bought their Panadapter for your original K3, it will still work perfectly with your K4!

Bill Mader K8TE, NM Section Manager, did a day long, HF University, at the hamfest. I have attended his sessions in the past. Bill really upped his game with this year’s HF University! For example, there was a lot of interesting discussion about FT8. While becoming popular for its ability to be deciphered in near impossible band condition, for those not into digital communications, it leaves a lot to be desired for all of us, old-school, amateur operators, who really like one-on-one, DX contacts!

Bill also spent time explaining the importance of a resonant antennas, like a dipole, with the current, on-air propagation we’re seeing tases days. And the importance of a computer in the shack. The class was great for the beginner to the expert.

The importance of amateur radio clubs and the impact they have on our world was brought up over and over during several of the class sessions. The consensus? A club is everything! If your club needs help, then why are you just sitting there? Jump in and help to improve and grow it!

There was a two hour class on the NanoVNA. The bottom line is, the time and effort to use this unit may not be worth the perceived cost savings. There exists a good reflector and many who are supporting the unit.

No discussion of any amateur radio get-together, would be complete without mentioning the increasing amount of misinformation presented within on-line forums. Perhaps the two prime example are www.qrz.com and www.eham.net. The truth is, it is not their fault, at least directly. The elimination of the code requirement, the debunked, all-learning, Novice class license, and simplified tests, have reduced amateur radio to not much more than CB Extra class. As one, astute attendee stated, these sites have become a Cesspool of Stupid!

At the banquet Saturday night, was an excellent talk by Riley Hollingsworth. An accomplished speaker, he gave us insight into the FCC world and many entertaining stories. He also shared one of his many beliefs that CW operators do not get Alzheimers! I do not know if it is true or not, but it should inspire some to get their code speed up. It should be noted, he is working hard to implement the new program to replace the Official Observer program.

While waiting for Riley to give his talk, I had the opportunity to spend a short time with Jeff Ryan, KØRM, the Rocky Mountain, Division Director. He stressed the positive things which are happening inside the ARRL. And, he was very helpful with ideas on communications for my Technical Coordinators position.

Many of you know about the Technical Specialist program, but if you are not familiar I will try to share with you how it can help you. If you have Radio Frequency Interference, as many do in this age, a Technical Specialist can help you with boots on the ground find the source and/or teach you how to find the source and remediate it. The Technical Specialists are available to teach classes on many topics of interest including RFI. If your antenna is not performing properly a Technical Specialist may be able to help you. Most Technical Specialist have been around for a while and made many mistakes that they can help you avoid.

It is a helpful program but you need to know it is available, and how to contact the right Technical Specialist. In the South Texas Section call me, Peter Naumburg at 505-610-7800. I will do my best to help.

At the close of the event, a few prizes were given away, but not before Alan Applegate, KØBG, was given the ARRL Technical Service Award for 2019. His site, www.k0bg.com, has provided information on all facets of operating mobile, both as a vocation, and as a means of emergency communications in times of national disaster. Congratulations Alan!

All in all a great event. I am glad I drove 700 miles. There is nothing like a good hamfest to get me fired up.

Peter Naumburg, N5YJ