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.

Sky Warn Training

The Tyler Amateur Radio will have Sky Warn Training on February 18th  beginning with an introductory class from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm then advanced training  7:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

All interested in participating are welcome on a first come first serve basis.

Field Day: The Engineering Challenge

Field Day is an interesting event. Putting aside the age-old debate of what it really is supposed to be – emergency preparation, publicity, social activity, contest – for now, I think we can agree that the on-air aspect of it (the objective to make as many contacts as possible in the 24 hour operational period) certainly resembles a contest. In that regard, Field Day is unique in the universe of known contests in that portable operation from temporary stations is encouraged. This limits what is practical to build (nobody is putting up stacks, for example), and the inter-station interference potential increases dramatically, and that makes it one of the most challenging multi-operator, multi-transmitter contests of the season.

At the Tyler Amateur Radio Club, we set out on the path to Field Day 2015 not long after the completion of FD14. At FD14 we operated in the three-transmitter class (AB CW, AB SSB, AB RTTY) plus 6 and GOTA. We broke our club record with 1004 QSOs, mostly SSB, but were limited by inter-station interference. In particular, the CW position, despite having a K3, was plagued by either phase noise or desense (or both) when on the same band as the SSB transmitter. We also learned that RTTY would provide a decent number of QSOs to help fill a log but not enough to be a major station (there aren’t enough QSOs available to be made).

For FD15, we wanted to minimize interference between the stations, assign band-modes to transmitters in a way that would maximize our presence, select a station configuration that was well suited to the operator pool, and keep as many of the transmitters as possible on the air for the full 24 hours. Continue reading

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.

Nominees may be submitted up until the May Club meeting on May 19th

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

Early name submission’s can be emailed to the club email

Field Day 2015…

… will be here before you know it. Last year, we placed very well among clubs in North Texas. So why not the top spot this year?

Field Day happens every year at the last full weekend in June. That’s June 27 and 28 this year. Begin to save the day now. And watch this space for more details.

Field day will be held at Camp Tyler again at the Tehan building.

If you have never been on the air, this is a great chance to experience ham radio first hand.  This weekend only we have a G.O.T.A. (Get On The Air) station.  You are welcome to come out and make contacts with the help of experienced ham radio operators.

Come on out and join us for food and fun.

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 Feb.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!