Kendall Amateur Radio Society

KB5TX


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.
          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. 

 

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NOTICE!  KARS meeting for May 7, 2020 will be conducted using Skype due to the Coronavirus epidemic.  The Skype link will be furnished shortly before meeting time.

Field Day will be discussed during this meeting.  The solution from ARRL seems to be, operate from home as Category D or E.  They will publish individual scores but so far, seem reluctant to combine these into a Club result.

See  http://www.arrl.org/news/arrl-suggests-taking-a-creative-approach-to-field-day-2020 .   We think they could make a one-time exception which allows Field Day to be included in the list of ARRL contests.  Then Multi-Multi rules could apply.  

See<http://www.arrl.org/general-rules-for-all-arrl-contests>. More on this as events occur.

The ARRL propagation forecast from Ted Cook, (K7RA) says, "There is broad consensus that Solar Minimum is ongoing this year -- or may have already occurred -- and that Cycle 25 will have no major change in the level of solar activity compared to Cycle 24.  Most forecasts and forecasters agree that the Cycle 25 peak is likely to be within plus or minus 20 percent of Cycle 24 and is likely to occur between 2024 and 2027."  See this link <www.swpc.noaa.gov/products/solar-cycle-progression > for the prediction from NOAA.

Our regular meeting place at the EMS building is setup with equipment for paramedic class.  This will last through July.  We still plan for future meetings though July to be held at the Boerne Police Station. The address for the Boerne Police Station  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.

This site is current a/o 28/April/2020.

For the latest discussions, see our GROUPS.IO page here.

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 and FT8 seem to be the fastest growing segment of our hobby.
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.
Field Day Field Day - 2019 is here and gone.  KB5TX scored in Second Place, Nationally, Category 5F.  Preparation is now commencing for FD 2020.
Presentations We have frequent programs on a variety of amateur radio subjects.  Here see HF operating, software, contesting.  Latest: Flex Radio, Low Cost Vector Network Analyzer and Build your own Battery Pack
Technology Amateur radio technology has come a long way since the spark transmitters of 100 years ago.  See this page for how to use WSJT-X on a Raspberry Pi 3.
Meetings, Training and Testing We meet the first Thursday of each month.  Find directions at the link.  We also provide 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 Verschoyle 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

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