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Day and Special Events
It's a long Memorial Day weekend.
owe a continuing debt of thanks and respect to all those who fought, and
continue to fight, for our freedom and liberty in our armed forces.
especially honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this great
country whose benefits we enjoy. And
to those who served, and are still with us, we thank you for your service.
I seldom get down to 40 meters, especially when the DX
is so good on the higher bands. But
today I did.
pointed my FT8 software to 7074 kHz but then left the shack for a bit to
talk to my wife.
I returned a bit later and a familiar call caught my eye on the decoder
K7UGA. My first reaction was that I found the ghost of late
Senator Barry Goldwater, who died in 1998.
looked up K7UGA on
and found that the call letters now belong to the Central Arizona DX
Association (CADXA), of which Barry was a lifetime member.
CADXA is sponsoring a special event station between now and June 3 to
commemorate the senator, and the legendary USAF MARS station he ran, and
the tens of thousands of phone patches the station provided servicemen
during the Viet Nam War.
Here is a picture of the QSL card you will receive if you work them
(k7uga.jpg, attached). Instructions for
obtaining a card are given on the QRZ page.
Also on the QRZ page is a photo copy of the letter
issued by the Chief of USAF MARS. declaring that that Barry's two MARS
call signs (AFA7UGA and AFA6BG) were to be permanently retired and never
letter also pays tribute to his years of unflinching support of our
military men and women for the duration of an unpopular war.
out the other historical memorabilia on the page, particularly his old QSL
cards and information on the station.
I proceeded to work K7UGA on FT8, and then prepared a
QSL card and SASE so I could get the special event card.
and the MARS station have nostalgic meaning to me because a number of us
hams got to tour it when I lived in the Phoenix area in the mid 70's.
don't remember the details - it may have been under the auspices of the
Motorola Amateur Radio Club, or it may have been a group put together
Maybe our VP Steve Lazar remembers this too.
and I both were there at this time. I do
remember the several Collins S-line stations, 10kW linears, and the 63-ft
long log periodic HF antenna.
But I also remember all the personal memorabilia Goldwater displayed in
his shack - awards, pictures with famous people, keys to cities, etc.
was quite an experience at the time.
Doubtless there are/were other SE stations
commemorating this day from various historical venues, war museums,
battleships, etc.. I hope you got on
Coming Up and What's Going On
Field Day is almost upon us.
rules changed this year and last I heard we were still trying to get a
reading on whether we can operate as an EOC like we did last year.
EC Rodney Vorndam K9ROD plans on bringing a Kendall County emergency
command trailer to the our site again. All
participants should plan on coming to the June 7 meeting to find out what
we settled on, and obtain a last minute of the plans for setup, tear down,
number of stations, meals, etc.
The program this month will be split up a bit.
attended a conference on emergency management and will be talking briefly
about what he saw.
Rodney will then give a 20-30 minute talk on installing a mobile radio in
Last but not least, Al Walters K5NOFwill give us a final brief on Field
Day as I mentioned above.
Steve Lazar W5SCL reports that we now have an APRS
radio on the air at the Tower Road site.
Steve also came across an on-line repository of old 73
ham magazines from October 1960 to March 1972.
especially got a kick out of the old ads. Check
And finally, after multiple attempts, our own Bob
Rosier K4OCE has been inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame.
is due in large part to Al Walters' persistence in getting Bob's
impressive credentials to the forefront of the committee's attention.
is no other ham on the planet who has done more for the QRP art than Bob.
To quote Al:
"It gives me great pleasure to tell you that Bob
Rosier - K4OCE, has been inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame for 2018 by
the Amateur Radio Club International (ARCI).
is known throughout the Amateur Radio World as “Mr.
has every QRP operating award given by MILLIWATT, CQ and the ARRL, and was
the first operator to work QRP DXCC. He
has written a number of articles published in MILLIWATT, CQ and QST, to
encourage others to try QRP. His
QRP home-brew transmitter helped the QRO World try QRP and experience the
excitement of this segment of our hobby. We
are very proud to have Bob as a member of our Club."
See you at the meeting on Thursday!
73's and good DX,
Dave Moore, N7RF
Conventions / Meetings
KARS regular meeting 7pm - New Location (see above map)
KARS Field Day Event - Come to the meeting for details
KARS Field Day Event - Come to the meeting for details
Summerfest - Crowne Plaza Hotel
Austin Summerfest - Crowne Plaza Hotel
Meeting Minutes for the Record
Meeting Minutes – May 3rd 2018
16 Members were present to make a quorum; President David Moore,
N7RF opened the meeting at 7:05 pm. The
Preamble of the Club’s Mission
Statement was read by the President.
Members and Guests stated
their names and call signs. There
were 16 members and 1 guest present.
Guest was Don Udel.
He is currently not licensed.
The minutes were read by the Secretary, Rod Vorndam, K9ROD
A motion to approve the
minutes was made by Chuck Lloyd and second by Rod Vorndam.
Minutes approved by the membership.
Report was read by Ron Wood, KF5SIJ.
A motion to approve the report was made by Starr Center, and approved by the membership.
Starr Center, KI5SC newsletter chairman asked for content from
anyone wishing to contribute. He asked that everybody please read the
article about a Raspberry Pi project, authored by Joe Kohler.
License Testing: VE’s reported
one person tested, and one person passed.
That person was Brian Reilly who is a member of the Sisterdale Fire
Web Page: Al Walters, K5NOF
continues to update the Club’s web page this month. He is always adding
new content and anyone that has something to contribute please contact
him. Be sure to check
regularly for updates. The “Swap Shop” page for members to post for sale items is active.
Al stated he only needed a word document and the pictures
separately, and he would take care of the rest.
Steve Lazar was absent so Al Walters gave the update.
Al talked about the survey that Steve took and the results.
The club was in favor of upgrading the current Fusion Repeater to a
2DX, wanted a powerful analog FM repeater, agreed that an APRS machine was
needed, and the Club moves the 146.640 repeater as soon as possible to the
new site on Tower Road. Ken
Nichols offered his repeater to the club as is ( a Fusion 2DX with
internet capability ) for the sum of $500.00. A
motion to buy the repeater was made by Al Walters and seconded by Rod
Vorndam. The members voted and
unanimously agreed to buy the repeater. Payment for that is being taken
care of this month.
Anyone needing an application for membership, please see the
Secretary, Rod Vorndam, K9ROD for an application.
Al Walters briefly talked about Field Day coming up.
It looks like we will be in the “F”
Category. This involves an alternate EOC on site which will be provided by
Rod Vorndam. We will talk more about this in the June meeting.
Al will provide the BBQ meet for the Saturday meal, but everyone
else needs to bring something to complete the meal. Saturday night will be
pizza and Sunday morning will be breakfast tacos. More to come at the June
are due and Ken Nichols has volunteered to call on those members that have
not paid their dues.
Ken Nichols had a show and tell on a loop antenna, and a blue tooth
flexible neck camera.
Dave Moore talked
a little bit about the JT8 digital mode he has been having fun with. JT
stands for Joe Taylor the inventor of that digital mode and other similar
to it. We had the raffle since Rod Wood was present.
The drawing was for $45 and Don Udel was the winner.
He donated the money back to the club.
KB5TX APRS Digipeater was placed on the air from the tower road site
effective 21 May. Currently we are running an ICOM IC-2100 with an output
power of 25 watts and the TinyTrak 4. Our antenna is about halfway up the
tower for an estimated height slightly over 1700 feet. We switched from
the Erricsson radio to the icom due to receive sensitivity and once this
is resolved we will revert to this as the main APRS radio.
have replaced the orginal antena feedthroughts (left) – cables into the
repeater shack- with “professional
feedthrus( right). We have populated one of the feedthrus and the remaing
5 will be used for the additional antennas planned for this site.
The ARRL publishes
a monthly ARES - E news email. All
should consider subscribing to this free report with all of the latest on
ARRL ARES activities across the nation and in our section here in S.Texas.
It has been reported elsewhere that ARRL is going to announce some
changes in the ARES program. We’ll
publish them as they become available.
Rod will make two
presentations at the meeting.
Al is going to
bring us up to date on preparations for our upcoming Field Day, Saturday
June 23rd and Sunday June 24th.
Steve Lazar found
the following link to a Reverse Beacon website:
This is interesting for us microwave types
Might be good link for web page
Boerne Berges Fest
Steve also came
across this information for those familiar with the event
It is June 15th to the
17th, Father’s Day weekend.
Sphere 50MHz and Above
is from an email in another news group about six meters today, June
3rd…..FYI - Editor]
Been working on my stack of three element 6m LFAs
and I finally got the temporary setup done. Yes temporary on push-up poles
until I get the towers up where I will get my 6m nine element up (just
refitted my 6M2WLC with a homebrew hairpin v M2 T block), and this baby
stack of 6m three element LFAs (from Innovantennas).
Right now at this minute there is a major 6m
opening to Europe most of it being done on FT8. I worked France and Italy
using FT8 which are new band slots but decided to wait and see if the band
continues to improve and people slide down to CW and phone. We have had a
very early start on 6m for DX this season due in large part to this weak
signal mode (WSJT-X 1.8). It is cool mode for testing propagation and your
signal but I prefer CW and phone.
Anyway without getting too philosophical here it
is the season to have fun! The magic band is open and whether you love
digital or hate it the time is now. Been calling CQ DX also on CW but no
Happy Hunting on the Magic Band!
More Radio News
Rodney sent the following news item about the
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