Annual Skywarn training is scheduled for Thursday, February 20, 2014. Training will begin at 6:00 pm and cover the basic and advanced courses. Training will be at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ located at the corner of Shiloh and Paluxy in Tyler. The training is open to all interested in severe weather and there is no charge.
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, February 4, 2014.
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!
Two things for Saturday, Oct 26:
1. Hams ‘n’ Eggs, The Egg and I, 7:30 AM
2. SET (Simulated Emergency Test), Saturday AM, 147.000 Repeater
The Texas QSO party is sponsored each year in September by the Northwest Amateur Radio Society to encourage contacts between Texas amateur radio operators and amateur radio operators throughout the world. This event is also an excellent opportunity for county hunters to add to their list of Texas counties worked.
It’s a contest, but it’s a relaxed contest. Our object is to have fun and enjoy ham radio. So a number of club members will bring radios, and you can bring yours. There will be space for antennas, power to plug into, tables, chairs, and a roof over our heads. So we’ll just enjoy talking on the radio!
Don’t miss this Thursday’s Club meeting! The subject will be traffic handling – how to do it, what it’s for, and all of the details.
Our presenter will be Jo Ann Keith, KA5AZK. She is manager of the 7290 Traffic Net, an independent net which has been in continuous operation for more than fifty years.
Jo Ann is a superb teacher, so come join us!!
The Boys and Girls Clubs of Tyler will held their annual Day at the Park last Saturday at Bergfeld Park from 10 AM to 2 PM. The ETECS van was there, and it was an excellent time for club members to introduce the youngest generation to the joy and mystery of our Ham Radio hobby. Thanks to all who participated. We distributed lots of crayons and coloring books, and talked to many parents and children alike. Cliff White hid a ‘fox’ transmitter, which was found by several. We demonstrated digital text and picture reception via HF. All in all, a fun time for all…
Field Day 2013 was by almost all measures a successful event for the club. Alan Luce captured some of the activity on video for us:
While we missed the excellent cuisine of the Dutch Oven society, no one was hungry, because Rick Hall showed he was master of the charcoal grill as well as the radio.
Most of all, everyone had a good time with the radio. Your editor heard words like “enjoyable” and “comfortable” used to describe the outing. So consider joining us next year, or for our next club event.
The club’s annual meeting was held Thursday, May 16 at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ. Officer elections were held and awards presented.
The new club officers for 2013-2014 are:
President: Rick Hall, W5WVH
Vice President: Forrest Rathbun, KF5ARZ
Secretary/Treasurer: Don Simonton, K5LOW
At Large: John Freeman, KC5JDR and Cliff White, W5CNW
Bob Jackson, AG5X, received the Ham of the Year award.
The club presents another award every year, the Fred Farkle award. While the author does not know the origin or history of the award, it is rumored to be closely related to the celebrated and fabled Wouff-Hong.
If the qualification and selection process is mysterious, it has always been clear to all that the award and the recipient were made for each other at the time. Here, Roy Sherow, WJ5Z, last year’s
victim recipient is seen with Cliff White, W5CNW this year’s award winner.
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