Kendall Amateur Radio Society
Welcome to the
Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS). We are in the South Texas Section
and located in
Boerne, Kendall County, Texas around 30 miles NNW from Downtown San
Antonio. Our Club was formed in October 1980. We have a
current membership of around 70, and offer a variety of ham
radio activities to amateur radio operators in the surrounding
Texas Hill Country, and greater San Antonio areas.
We are an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club and
strongly support our National organization. Our skills run from technology, to
CW, SSB and Digital, working
HF contests, chasing DX, 50 MHz, VHF and above.
We are growing because we always look for new members and we mentor those new to our hobby. New Hams and experienced Hams find a home with us because of our welcoming atmosphere. Once you meet us and see what we are about, we hope you will join. Your participation will be welcomed. Please come visit.
We have 11 VE's and can test from Tech to Extra. One does not need to be a member to test with us. Follow this link for more information about testing.
KARS provides and maintains the following repeaters using the Club call KB5TX. The VHF and UHF repeaters are all Yaesu analog/digital machines.VHF: 146.64(-) pl tone of 88.5. DR-2 at about 1970 feet above MSL on Tower Road.
KARS Net meets every Tuesday night at 7pm on the 146.64 repeater. All are welcome.
VHF: 145.19(-) pl tone of 88.5. DR-2 at about 50 feet AGL at Fair Oaks Ranch.
UHF: 444.9 (+) pl tone of 88.5. DR-2 using the upper UHF antenna on Tower Road.
We regret to announce that testing is presently suspended. It is the Club's intention to resume as soon as it is safe to do so.
It is too soon to announce plans for a meeting in August. We simply don't know right now, but will post information about the KARS meeting for August, when determined. Our regular meeting place at the EMS building is setup with equipment for paramedic class and has lately been used for Covid-19 testing. The temporary location for future meetings is the Boerne Police Station. The address is 124 Old San Antonio Road in Boerne. See Meetings, Training and Testing below for a picture of our temporary location. A big "thank you" to Boerne Police Department.
The ARRL propagation forecast from Ted Cook,
(K7RA) says, "Predicted
solar flux over the next 45 days is 72 on June 5 to 12, 70 on June 13 to 20,
71 on June 21 to July 4, 70 on July 5 to 17, and
See this link <www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression
For the latest discussions, see our GROUPS.IO page here.
This site is current a/o 3 July 2020.
|Introduction||The seed for Amateur Radio was planted in the 1890's, when Marconi began his experiments in wireless telegraphy. Soon he was joined by hundreds. This section tells you what we are about 129 years later.|
|Radio Choices||Many new to Amateur Radio wonder what radio to choose after their hand-held. Here is information about Yaesu, Icom and Flex, along with links to others. There is more about Flex in Presentations.|
|Station Design for HF to 50MHz||Our members operate stations from simple to elaborate. We can give you ideas for yours.|
|Station Design for VHF||The Hill Country has many locations that are good for VHF and UHF. With proper antennas and low loss coax, one can work much further than could be imagined.|
|DX||This page will provide some "how to" ideas about working DX, tell how to find who is on the air and give you current propagation reports.|
|LoTW and Club Log||This subject discusses Ham software, how to get the rare one in the log and then how to get the confirmation.|
|QRP||Want to get started in QRP? KARS past President, Bob Rosier - K4OCE, recently inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame, tells you how.|
|Weak Signal World & Digital||New modes like MSK144, FT4 and FT8 seem to be the fastest growing segment of our hobby. See this page for FT4 and FT8 updates from Dave Moore, N7RF.|
|Repeaters||The 444.9 and 146.64 are both DR-2 machine are located ten miles north of Boerne on Tower Road. 145.19 has been converted to DR-2 at Fair Oaks Ranch. Click on "Repeaters" our current status.|
Many stations on the air for FD 2020 with CW alive and well. See http://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php for the ARRL entry form to submit your log. When submitting, you will see a Club or Group Name field: KARS members should type KB5TX-KARS in the field for club credit.
|Presentations||We have frequent programs on a variety of amateur radio subjects. We also look for presentations from other clubs. Here, see How to Build a Nano VNA by Daniel Marks KW4TI, Durham, NC. Also see how to use a SDR which can receive ADS-B tracking signals from aircraft passing nearby, presented by Don Udel, KI5AIU.|
radio technology has come a long way since the spark transmitters of 100
years or more ago. See this page for how to use WSJT-X
a Raspberry Pi 3.
|Meetings, Training and Testing||
We meet the
first Thursday of each month. Find directions at the link. We
direction, mentoring and when you are ready, testing. See this page
for tips how to prepare. We now have 11 Volunteer Examiners and can test from Tech to Extra
once a month during our regular club meetings. See Training, Meetings
and Testing below and then call Steve
or follow the "testing" link to make an appointment. You do not need to be a member of our club to test. We are open to all.
|Links||Here are links to various websites of interest. If you want to hear how ship to shore CW was done just 25 years ago, check out the Maritime Radio Historical Society.|
|Community Activities||We have a strong association with Kendall Co. EMS, the Kendall County Sheriff's Department and other organizations. See our communication plan for interoperability with local agencies.|
|Swap Meet||Have something to sell or trade? Provide text and pictures in .jpg format to the Webmaster for posting.|
|Forms||KB5TX agenda template, Membership Application and other club related forms.|
|Officers||In addition to information in the footer, you will find the mailing address, email address, and a listing of KARS officers for 2020 here.|
|Constitution and By-Laws||Our Constitution and By-Laws are current as of Summer, 2016. These are updated for approval by the membership as circumstances dictate.|
|History of the Club||KARS commenced informally around 1975 and was formally incorporated in 1980. See this link for all the details.|
|Ideas for Improvement||Please direct your flaming arrows at the Webmaster. A web site lives or dies depending on its content. Judging from the hit-counter, we must be doing pretty well. Your ideas are welcome. K5NOF@arrl.net|
KARS -- P.O. Box 1732 -- Boerne, TX 78006