Well folks Field Day was a real hoot. We had a lot of fun ate some delicious food and made many contacts on voice. The C.W. guys made many contacts and Gene sent digital. Thank you all who participated in 2016 field day it was huge success!
The club holds a net every Monday night at 8:00 pm on the 146.96 Repeater 136.5 pl tone. All licensed hams are welcome to check in. You do not have to be a member to check in.
Several Tyler hams will begin holding a digital-mode net on Thursday evenings at 7:00 pm starting on March 10. Voice coordination will be conducted on the W5ETX Repeater System, with the digital activity held elsewhere, thus far on 28124.5 khz USB, but other bands and modulations may be used in the future.
Initial tests are planned to be using a new mode called FSQ (Fast Simple QSO). This mode is available in the most recent versions of fldigi beginning in version 3.23.
It is 2016 and we look forward to all the events in which TARC will be involved. This club is an active and very willing to serve organization of which I am proud to be a part. Ham radio operators know that communications is about being a public service to our City and county, not only during emergencies but for special events as well.
We continue to educate our members and non members to keep us sharp and ready should we be needed to provide communications for an event whether it be an emergency or planned. We also offer a free Sky Warn training provided by NOAA-trained weather people.
Ham radio has evolved so much in the last 10 years with all the new technology. It is a challenge to keep up to date with so many new avenues to pursue.
We are always available to help anyone interested in amateur radio. We have knowledgeable Elmers willing to help you get started or advance to the next level. Please contact us if you are interested.
Welcome to our newly-elected club officers for 2016-2017
President: Rick Hall, W5WVH
Vice President: Wayne Hoskins, WM5Q
Secretary Treasurer: Butch Adair WA5SLG
At – Large John Freeman, KC5JDR; Michael Fowler W5FOW
Wayne Hoskins remains repeater trustee,
Hams & Eggs social breakfast will be Aug. 27th at 7:30 am at the Egg & I Restaurant in Bergfeild shopping center
We’ve become familiar with using the amazing fldigi program for PSK-31 browsing and formatted document transmission, but the program is also capable of sending and receiving images in the MFSK-32 and MFSK-64 modes.
The Voice of America has been experimenting with fldigi for almost two years, They send a half-hour program four times each weekend from their North Carolina shortwave AM transmitter. The logo above was received here in Tyler on 17650 kHz. For more information about these broadcasts, see http://www.voaradiogram.net.
European commercial shortwave broadcaster The Mighty KBC is also experimenting with fldigi. This noisy image of a shortwave radio tuned to their primary frequency of 6095 kHz was also received here in Tyler from their 7375 kHz transmitter in Germany.
You can download the software at http://www.w1hkj.com. It’s free, cross-platform, and open source. I hope you have as much fun with it as I have!! — 73 de WB5CTQ
The Tyler Police Department has asked us to help with the monthly test of the Outdoor Warning System. These tests are performed at 11:00 AM on the first Tuesday of the month. The next test is Tuesday August 2nd
Pick a siren location, and let Rick Hall know. A net will be started shortly before 11:00 on the 147.000 repeater, and you can check in there. After the test, net control will poll the participants to be sure the siren sounded. A page describing the system and the testing protocol is here. And a Map of siren locations is here. See you on the radio!