October Presentation: Building A Home Station

Are you considering building a ham station at home for the first time? Are you considering rebuilding or upgrading a station you’d already built? Even if you’re just curious about what the possibilities are, you won’t want to miss our October meeting, where we have invited a panel of hams with diverse stations to show us what they’ve built, compare them, offer some suggestions and answer some common questions. We hope to have time for an open question and answer session at the end, so bring any questions you already have. Tell all your friends! See you there!

Thankgiving Day dinner

November we will have our Thanksgiving dinner feast at the Club meeting.

All members be thinking about how you want to put this together.

The Club will provide the meat and drinks if you all will bring sides and desserts.

Do you want ham or turkey?      Let us know at the meeting Thursday the 20th if this is ok.

Tech Talk / Q&A / Troubleshooting Net

Technical problems and questions have been, and will be, something we all have from time to time, so we’re starting an informal net on Thursday nights as a convenient forum where you can ask yours or help somebody else work through theirs. Butch WA5SLG is hosting the net on the 146.96 repeater (and anything else it’s linked to) at 7 PM on Thursday nights (except the third Thursday when the TARC has its monthly club meeting). If you’re not in the area, you can join in on Echolink (K5TYR-R).

Welcome our 2016-2017 Club Officers

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,

Field Day 2016

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!

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.

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.




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