KARS Meeting Information

Agenda: Meetings start with a discussion of club business, and are typically followed by a program related to Amateur Radio. License exams are available by appointment and generally scheduled after the meeting (see Testing).

Date/Time: First Thursday of each month (except December) at 7:00 PM, see our Calendar

Location: Meetings are located at Schneider Engineering, Ltd.'s offices in Boerne TX, (about 30min from downtown San Antonio on IH-10).

Address: 191 Menger Springs Parkway, Boerne, TX 78006

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About Us

The Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) was formed in October 1980 and has a current membership of about 70. Our club offers ham radio activities and fellowship to amateur radio operators in Boerne, Texas, the surrounding Hill Country (Kendall County, Bergheim, Sisterdale, Junction, Center Point, Comfort, Fair Oaks Ranch, Scenic Oaks, Kendalia, Bulverde, Pipe Creek, Spring Branch, Cross Mountain,  Grey Forrest, Helotes) and north west San Antonio.

A major project for our club is the ARRL Field Day exercise which takes place on the last full weekend in June each year.

ARRL Field Day is our biggest undertaking but we do participate in other radio events such as DX contests.

We have also participated in several Kendall County activities each year. Each Labor Day, we have traded our work in the beverage booth at the fairgrounds for the use of the fairgrounds for Field Day. And, we have also 'radio managed' the Labor Day parade with ham radio communications to get it under way and keep it flowing.

We are always ready to assist the local government if emergency conditions such as flooding or storm damage require radio communications and backup.

We support two active VHF repeaters at 146.640- ( pl tone 88.5) and 145.190- (pl tone 88.5).  The .64 machine is located five miles north of Boerne.  The .19 machine is located adjacent to the Kendall County Sherrif's Office.

 

Station Architecture for VHF and Above

This section will discuss repeaters and then what is needed for 2M point to point.  Your club is fortunate to have a number of subject mater experts in this area.  Stay tuned.  This topic is under construction.

Hot News

The San Antonio Radio Club (W5SC) will host Radio Fiesta 2018 at the Schertz Convention Center on Saturday, January 13, 2018.  You can expect all the normal events: flea market, swap meet, testing and card check.  Specifics:

Amateur Radio Fiesta Saturday, January 13, 2018 from 0800 to 1400 cst
Same place as last year:
Schertz Civic Center 1400 Schertz Parkway
Lee Cooper W5LHC, South TX Section Mgr will conduct the ARRL Forum
Jeff Walter KE5FGA, South TX Section Emergency Coordinator will
conduct the ARES Forum
Texas VHF Society Winter Meeting
Plus several technical presentations by various speakers
More info at http://w5sc.org

Welcome

Welcome to the Kendall Amateur Radio Society. We've been through a lot of changes in the past couple of years. Now we're about to wrap up another year and head into 2018. I can't predict where we will be one year from now, but I will play the part of the media pitch man and drop some teasers about things to look forward to. de Starr, KI5SC.

If you are new to Amateur Radio, we can help you get started. For the experienced, you will find a place in our club. We have operators new and old. Our skills run from a focus on technology, to HF operating using CW, SSB and Digital, working contests, chasing DX, to 50 MHz and above. We are not a repeater club, nevertheless operate three repeaters. See Repeaters / Nets. You will find a home somewhere and we will welcome your participation. de Al, K5NOF

KARS participates in a wide variety of events from Field Day to volunteering at local community events. Field Day is a big event for us. See the link below for more information.

American Radio Relay League (ARRL) Field Day

ARRL International DX Phone Contest

ARRL VHF/UHF Contest

Texas QSO Party

Charity Run volunteering

Kendall County Fairgrounds volunteering

Contact Info

Contact us via Facebook
Contact us via Twitter: @kb5tx

Contact us via email:
   testing@kb5tx.org
   webmaster@kb5tx.org
   officers@kb5tx.org

Our Mailing address:

KARS
P.O.Box 1732
Boerne, Texas 78006

 

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