Monday, February 17, 2020

Section Management travels & Other ramblings

I will be traveling to the Wichita ARC meeting (February 20th) and the
West Fork ARC meeting in Bridgeport the following Saturday (February
27th)

New!!!
February 29th Hella Hams Sidewalk Sale at the Hella Shrine in Garland
Texas.
More info on this event below....

March 7th is the Irving Ham Fest
this is one of the best Flea Market style events in North Texas

March 13/14th is the Belton Ham Fest (Temple,Texas)
always a big turn out and lots of used gear for sale.



ARRL Awards:

We should have many of our fellow North Texas ARRL members getting
nominated for awards that are provided by the League each and every
year, details may be found on the ARRL website with a simple search
string "Nominations Solicited for 6 ARRL Awards." It would be great if
club's in our section would each form a nomination committee to get
select amateurs from their club or community nominated for these awards.
I know folks this kind of stuff takes time, but if we don't nominate
someone, none of us will get recognition that we all deserve. Pay it
forward, one day you may get an award. As of today, I have forwarded two
nominations for awards to our Division Director.
Mentor Fest

Mentor Fest this year will be held on the third Saturday of April, April
18th. This is an all-day event that you should plan on attending. If
you’re a Mentor and you do presentations, I really would like to have
a conversation with you Now!!!  Telephone 318-470-9806  Email
KG5VK@ARRL.ORG. You may also signup at ARRLNTX.org
New...  Hella Ham's Flea Market/Sidewalk Sale

Starting February 29, 2020 at the Hella Shrine in Garland. This will be
an ongoing event each month of the year that has a 5th Saturday. Just
like February 2020 has a 5th Saturday on the 29th. Shriner Clowns that
are Ham Radio Ops, hosting a sidewalk sale - what could be more fun!!!

73,

Steve, KG5VK
ARRL NTX Section Manager

Friday, January 03, 2020

Our use of Spectrum is again under attack


FCC Formally Adopts Proposals to Remove Amateur 3-GHz Band, Invites Comments

At its December 12 meeting, the FCC formally adopted a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) in WT Docket 19-348 and invited comments on its plan to remove “existing non-federal secondary radiolocation and amateur allocations” in the 3.3 – 3.55 GHz band and relocate incumbent non-federal operations. The FCC said it’s seeking comment on appropriate “transition mechanisms” to make that happen. ARRL has indicated that it will file comments in opposition to the proposal. The amateur 9-centimeter allocation is 3.3 – 3.5 GHz

Our use of the Spectrum is again under attack

If we sit by and don’t speak up in defense and or support the ARRL through donations to the Spectrum Defense Fund, we will again loose frequencies that we are using.
While I know many of you do not personally use the 3.5 GHz band
Many of the clubs and organizations in larger Metropolis areas do use this band,
They use it to help protect you and I during Severe Weather by the way of  Mesh Networks known as AREDN,  you may live in an area where 3.5 GHz is in use by fellow amateurs to help protect you, your loved ones and your property and not even know it.

The Bottom line is they are after more of our Spectrum
without Spectrum to operate we will all be off the air

There are several ways you can help prevent this……

File Comment on the notice of proposed rule making on the FCC website
https://www.arednmesh.org/content/templates-submit-comments-3-ghz-fcc-docket-19-348


If you file comment and I encourage you to do so,
be professional in your comments, no rants and definitely no cuss words
Stick to the facts as you know them.

Donate to the ARRL Spectrum Defense Fund, even small amounts will help
please donate what you can reasonably afford and/or encourage your Ham Club to do the same  http://www.arrl.org/spectrum-defense-fund


For more info go to the ARRL website  Regulatory & Advocacy Tab
http://www.arrl.org/regulatory-advocacy


Wednesday, January 01, 2020

January 2020 ARRL North Texas Section Newsletter

Happy New Year fellow North Texas Communicators!

Events This Month:

The ARRL North Texas Section Convention will be held at the Cow town Ham fest
Date 17-18 January 2020  Friday from 3 PM - 7 PM  and Saturday from 7 AM - 3PM
Complete Details may be found at cowtownhamfest.com
This is a great ham fest, with a great flea market and seminars, I look forward to seeing you all there. 

The CW OPS Group is Celebrating it's Tenth Year
with an on the air event throughout January.
More info may be found here on their website cwops.org
CW OPS members pride themselves in slowing down when someone wants a QSO, so don't be shy.
Non members are welcome to join in the fun and work member stations that will be signing with CW10 before or after their call sign, There will also be members such as myself using a One x One Call signs, mine is K5N.     

Don't forget to take a glance at National news headlines from the ARRL website by clicking on the News and Features Tab Near the Top of  the page.
In fact if you have not visited the ARRL.ORG website in awhile I encourage you to do so, and browse around it, you might find something new you were over looking.

Awards from the ARRL and Certificates of Merit from your Section Manager:

Certificates of Merit from your Section Manager:
In the last two newsletters I called for your help in providing me info of those in your community that deserve recognition for what they are doing for their fellow amateur radio ops and or their community, I received one such nomination and promptly created a certificate and citation letter to accompany the certificate of merit. We have over 4,480 ARRL members in North Texas, I am sure you all can help me find more than one deserving person in two months.

Submitting someone from your local club or even a non club member
is not hard to do.  Just drop me an email with a half a dozen bullet points
on what they do that merits a certificate from their Section Manager
If,  I get over whelmed with Nominations I will pick several, each month
and get the certificates mailed.  I will give priority to nominations from Club officer/members,  that does not mean you can't nominate who you want if they are a member of the league.
Email me KG5VK@ARRL.ORG

I will announce last months Section Manager Certificate of Merit recipient at the Cow town ham fest.

ARRL Awards:
We should have many of our fellow North Texas ARRL members getting nominated for awards that are provided by the League each and every year, details may be found on the ARRL website with a simple search  string "Nominations Solicited for 6 ARRL Awards"
It would be great if club's in our section would each form a nomination committee
to get select amateurs from their club or community nominated for these awards.
I know folks this kind of stuff takes time,  but if we don't nominate someone,  none of us will get recognition that we all deserve. Pay it forward, one day you may get an award.

Mentor Fest
Mentor Fest this year will be held on the Third Saturday of April
April the 18th, this is an all day event that you should plan on attending.
If your a Mentor, if you do presentations I really would like to have a conversation with you

Now !!!  Telephone 318-470-9806  Email KG5VK@ARRL.ORG


New....  Hella Ham's Flea Market/Side Walk Sale

Starting February 29, 2020 at the Hella Shrine in Garland.
This will be an ongoing event each month of the year that has a 5th Saturday
Just like February 2020 has a 5th Saturday on the 29th
Shriner Clowns that are Ham Radio Ops,  hoisting a side walk sale
what could be more fun !!!

73
Steve
KG5VK
ARRL NTX Section Manager













Sunday, December 29, 2019

Tower Safety

Watch this Video

Amateur Radio Tower Safety Presentation for the Billerica ARS


It could save you life or the life of your favorite tower climber
It is chock full of solid information and is based on facts.
Click here for the Video


Now how many of us want to change the tide of the numbers lost to tower accidents?

Steve
KG5VK

Saturday, December 14, 2019

Louisiana QSO Party 2020


2020 Louisiana QSO Party (LAQP)


The 2020 Louisiana QSO Party will run from 14:00 UTC, April 4, 2020 to 02:00 UTC, April 5, 2020

Louisiana Stations work everybody. Non-Louisiana Stations work Louisiana Stations. Multipliers - by BAND and MODE - for Non-Louisiana Stations are the 64 Parishes in Louisiana.

Three (3) new CATEGORY-OVERLAY: have been added: WIRES, TB-WIRES, and POTA. Stations can compete with other stations with similar antennas or those operating Field Day style from a park, campground, or wildlife refuge.  

For complete updated Rules please see http://www.laqp.org

Please make plans now to get on and operate.

Finaly Tower Number 1 at the new QTH

Top 4el M2 40 Meter at 140 ft
Lower Beam M2 6El 20m Long Boom at 125 ft
KG5VK


CWOps 10th Anniversary Celebration


CW Operators’ Club 10th Anniversary Celebration




January 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of the CW Operators’ Club (CWops). 

In our ten years of promoting the use of CW in amateur radio communications, we’ve grown to more than 2,400 members worldwide. To honor our members’ devotion to CW and the efforts of many volunteers toward promoting its use and educating new devotees, we’re celebrating with a month-long on-air event in January, 2020. 

To learn more about CWops, visit our Website at https://cwops.org

All radio amateurs are invited to participate in our Celebration. Certificates will be awarded in various categories including certificates for working at least 25 members of CWops.

CWOps Members work everybody. Non-CWOps Members work only CWOps Members.

A number of unique Special Anniversary Celebratory Calls—e.g. K3CWO, GB10CWO or K5N, will be active during the celebration. 

Complete rules and QSL information are available at https://cwops.org/cwops-10th-anniversary-celebration/

Look for CWops members and special event stations near 28 kHz up from the bottom of each band. We also suggest using the CW Club RBN Spotter at https://rbn.telegraphy.de/

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

What is a SET and why should I participate....

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC


Nov 3   


What is SET?  SET stands for Simulated Emergency Test.  It’s an opportunity for participating ARES/RACES members and served agencies to practice those skills called upon during an actual emergency.  Objectives for a SET can vary from turning on and testing equipment up to and including staging a mock emergency with full deployment of assets from multiple agencies.

Why do a SET?  It is a great opportunity to knock the dust off plans, test them out, and identify future training opportunities.  Participants have a chance to figure out what works and do not work.  And most importantly, renew working relationships. 

Why should you participate?  Our partners and served agencies – from local through national; have expressed interest in continuing to improve our relationships and understand the role that Amateur Radio can play.  After all, when it does hit the fan, we will have to stand together in support of the mission to serve our communities.

What is the goal of the WGD Fall 2019 SET?  In a single word, communicate.  While the Division has had SETs in the past, we are breaking new ground by creating a coordinated effort to consolidate and share local situational awareness with our partners at the local level up through the Division level.  The sharing of information is important because it will help the section and division leadership coordinate resources within the division.  What we learn from this exercise will help all of us in the future.

How do you participate?  At the local level, ARES members will work with the Emergency Coordinators (EC) or Assistant Emergency Coordinators (AEC) in support of their local exercises.  These exercises may range from a staging of resources, local facility situational assessment, to training.  During the SET, partner agencies and ECs are asked to consolidate a Situational Assessment Report (example ICS-213 is here).  The assessment is a report of whether power is on, water, and sewage is operating.  Transmit the reports via Winlink or voice nets to the District Emergency Coordinators (DEC), the SEC (Winlink Address ARES-NTXSEC), and to the designated State Operations Center Winlink Address KT6CCG).  Traffic should also be sent using the HF nets between the cities/counties up to the regional entities using the Regional HF Nets, State ARES Nets, and HF Digital stations. 
Army MARS will be supporting the SET.  MARS operators are an integral part of the interoperability plan for amateur radio.  MARS Operators will be monitoring 60m Channel 5 (5403.5 kHz).
We strongly encourage participants to send reports via radio using winlink; however, sending via Telnet as an alternative is acceptable.  But it is important to test sending the reports using the radio because, during an event, the internet may not be available.
More information is available on the ARRLNTX.ORG website.

Anything Else?  ECs, DECs, SECs, and participating agencies are asked to send an after-action report no later than 20 November.  Include information about you and your teams participated in the exercise, what worked, what didn’t work, future training opportunities, and lessons learned. 
Thank you for participating.  I look forward to hearing all of you on the air!  Please have fun!
73,

Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
sec @ arrlntx . org
Winlink:  ARES-NTXSEC