With our new club year beginning in March, we are excited to have coming on February 21@7PM, Tom General KE5ICX past president of DARC. Tom brings with him a wealth of knowledge of events and activities for amateur radio clubs. We are pleased that he will be giving a motivation presentation of what works and doesn’t work at the club level. He has been very helpful providing contact information for speakers at DARC and giving us leads for speakers as well. His many topics including “How do you get all type ‘A’ personalities to work together”, “Using Social Media Effectively”, “Engaging Kids and Community” and “Making a Name for Your Club in Amateur Radio”. As you all know DARC is most active in ham radio and Tom will be able to provide a jump start and challenge to our club as we begin an exciting new year with a new slate of officers and directors. Invite someone that could be a potential new member and come with an renewed interest in our great club and ham radio.
“General Class” amateur radio license course. The purpose of this course
is to help interested individuals upgrade their “Technician Class” license to
“General Class”. Morse code is currently NOT a requirement.The class will be held at the First United Methodist Church of Red Oak,
600 Daubitz Road, Red Oak, TX. Enrollment is now open to the first 8
people to sign up. This class covers the material in the 426 test questions
of the “General Class” question pool and much more. There will be videos,
demos, homework, & mock tests during the 24 hour course, consisting of
3 hours (6:00PM to 9:00PM) on 8 consecutive Tuesdays, from March 28
through May 16, 2017, using the American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
“General Class” License Manual, 8th Edition” as your textbook. A printed
version is available here for $29.95 plus any shipping & handling charges.
An electronic version can be downloaded from Amazon Kindle here for $19.95.
Following the last session, written FCC amateur radio license exams may be
scheduled and taken for $14 to $15, depending on where the test is taken.
Correctly answering 26 of the 35 questions on your test will qualify someone
to upgrade their “Technician Class” amateur radio license to “General Class”.
Anyone wanting to attend may reserve a place in this class by sending an
email to with their contact information consisting of their
call, name, email address, and phone number.
TNX es 73,
The October General meeting and Chili Social was enjoyed by all who attended. A special “Thank You” to each person who brought chili, cheese, chips, beans, salad, and etc. Oh yes, and we even had some yummy deserts! On the Monday Net, Ben (K5NEB) said that his cookies didn’t turn out good. Well, by Tuesday night they got good enough that they pretty much disappeared at a fast pace. Ed (K5ZPC) thoughtfully brought a jar of antacid tablets to aid with the after-effects of too much spicy food. Teamwork prevailed with the set-up and clean-up and there were lots of friendly conversations to be heard as folks enjoyed the opportunity to visit and catch up with one another. It was good to meet and get to visit with family members that do not always attend the meetings.
We are looking forward to another opportunity to get together and eat and visit at the December Christmas dinner. Then there will be Field Day in June, and another October Chili Social.
Looking forward to seeing everyone at the November meeting!
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 number of home antennas and gave me my first set of paddles. I think I must have sent John at least a thousand emails asking questions. He politely responded to every single one of them.
And yet. . . it wasn’t enough.
My desire to learn could not be satisfied. I turned to media of all kinds. Books, blogs, podcasts, etc. Over time I have cultivated a list of media I enjoy. I thought I should share it. If YOU are wanting to learn more and have worn out your actual Elmer, here are some places you can learn a lot!
Elements of Radio – Marcus and Horton (This book is out of print, but you may find it at a ham fest. I did.)
Solid State Design for the Radio Amateur – Hayward and Demaw (Also out of print)
Experimental Methods in RF Design- Hayward, Larkin, and Campbell (this book is the follow up to solid state design. It also appears to be out of print.)
QRP School – I actually got to meet Cliff on an NPOTA activation this year
WG0AT – Steve is the goat guy featured twice in QST this year. He is often manning the Buddipole table at HamComm.
QRP CW – I believe this guy is in Spain, but he always has interesting short videos
And if you are looking for the Rocky Balboa Radio video — I think this is it. The Rev. George Dobbs of GQRP fame talks about why QRP.
So — If your new to radio and interested in building things or learning things, these are some resources to get you started. Enjoy!
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 with beans, some like it with cheese, some like it with raw onion. Some like it with skillet cornbread. Some like it with old fashioned original corn chips.
How do you like it?
If you don’t like chili, fix something you like to eat and some to share.
Come and enjoy the food and fellowship!