• Hamcom2016

    Ham Radio Elmers

    by  • October 19, 2016 • 0 Comments

    When I began my ham radio journey I was looking for elmers.  I was interested in building things, HF, and CW.  Russ Thompson (KX5G) was one of the first to help.  He gave me a power supply (that I still use).  I also met up with John Langridge (KB5NJD) who helped me configure a...

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    Annual Chili Cookoff and Fellowship

    by  • October 4, 2016 • 0 Comments

    SAVE THE DATE!!      OCTOBER 18, 2016 SWDCARC  CHILI  SOCIAL  AND  COOKOFF WINDSOR PARK BAPTIST CHURCH          Pleasant Run Rd. and Westmoreland     6:00 pm-8:00 pm                                                                           Chili mild, Chili Hot, Chili Hot n’ Spicy, Chili meaty, Chili with Beans, Vegetarian Chili, Chili, Chili Chili!!! Some like it without beans, some like it...

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    Amateur Radio Parity Act

    by  • September 23, 2016 • 0 Comments

    The Amateur Radio Parity Act Has Passed in the House! Amateur Radio history was made on September 12, when the US House of Representatives approved the Amateur Radio Parity Act, H.R. 1301. The wording directs the FCC to enact rules prohibiting the application of deed restrictions that preclude amateur radio communication on their face or...

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    My First Field Day: An Essay

    by  • August 1, 2016 • 0 Comments


    … aaand that’s pretty much how I felt at my first field day! I was totally the new kid at school. Before, I only THOUGT I had a lot to learn. Now, after field day, I KNOW I have a lot to learn. From Jerry’s (KB6OJE) most patient tutelage at the GOTA station to...

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    My First Experience on a Fox Hunt

    by  • July 18, 2016 • 0 Comments

    Murphy’s Law isn’t just some metaphysical clap trap. As scientifically minded as we hams are, there comes a time when you have to throw it all out the window, close your eyes and point. And whatever choice you go with, just know – it’s gonna be wrong. Never mind that the odds *should be*...

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    Be Prepared!

    by  • July 2, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    This cautionary tale is not from our own Field Day but from our neighbors to the south, the Ellis County Amateur Radio Club. My buddy John Denson (AI6A) was in charge of their PSK31 station. He was ably assisted by his grandson, Taylor (KG5AOD) and Jerry Pomeroy’s grandson, Ryan. It was Saturday morning and...

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    Head for the Hills 2016, in Review

    by  • May 25, 2016 • 0 Comments

    The 2016 Cedar Hill Head for the Hills Bike Rally crossed the finished line as another winner! The approximate count of cyclists participating in the rally was 1200 but a final count is still pending. Age groups were widely varied from children to senior citizens and anywhere in between. Just as varied were the styles of bikes...

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    Head for the Hills Amateur Radio Support

    by  • May 15, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    My first experience with the Cedar Hill Bike Rally was as a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) member in 2015. In 2016, this will be the tenth year of the Rally. For the newcomers to the club, or for those of you that don’t know, here’s a little background on the Rally. Each year,...

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    Field Day is Coming!

    by  • May 13, 2016 • 0 Comments

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    Field day is the fourth Saturday and Sunday of each June.  It is the highlight of the year for me.  While we use two club meetings to talk about all the important details of field day, I thought I would take a moment to encourage everyone to work on a few things before the big...

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    Error 603

    by  • May 6, 2016 • 0 Comments

    They say that CW is for those hams who don’t have much to say but prefer to take a long time saying it. Maybe that’s why I like it. Or maybe I’m just weird that way. Ever since I got my license a year and a half ago I’ve been more interested in CW...

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    National Parks on the Air

    by  • April 26, 2016 • 0 Comments


    National Parks on the Air A Little Bit about NPOTA: One of my favorite things to do on the air is contesting. I would much rather have a competition on the air, than ragchew. I like the idea of relaying short pieces of information in an exchange format, and making contact, for just a...

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    “I don’t park cars.”

    by  • May 23, 2015 • 0 Comments

    In front of me stands an elderly woman. We will refer to her as Mary. She is driving what I would approximate to be a 1978 Buick LeSabre. I’m not a super huge car guy, but I have driven a 1973 Impala and am fairly well versed in driving of older model cars. I...

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