Field Day 2016

Well folks Field Day is approaching fast- June is close so get ready for a lot of fun a lot of contacts and a great social time with other hams and friends on June 25th and 26th at camp Tyler.

Club Elections

 

May meeting will be elections for TARC  food will be provided by club

nominations officers are              –                                                                                      John Freeman KC5JDR@aol.com

Gene Coldwell  Coldwell@csptexas.com

Rachel Plotkin  Racl123@aol.com

We are having an exciting year already so be a part of your club!

Club Weekly net

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.

FSQ Digital Net

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.

Letter from The President

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 our 2015-2016 Club Officers

Welcome to our newly-elected club officers for 2015-2016

President:  Rick Hall, W5WVH

Vice President: Wayne Hoskins, WM5Q

Secretary Treasurer: George Plotkin, KF5WFA

At – Large John Freeman, KC5JDR; Thomas Moss, KC5KCT

Wayne Hoskins remains repeater trustee, and Mark DePaepe continues as our Public Service Coordinator.

Club Elections

The Club Annual Elections are coming up in May at the monthly meeting.

Please consider who you would like to be your club president, vice president, board members, secretary-treasurer.

I encourage all members to come to this meeting and vote.

Images with fldigi

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.

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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.pic_2014-11-23_013057z 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

City of Tyler Warning Siren test

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 may 3rd

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!