Texas QSO Party 2016 Operation Cancelled

TQP 2016 is the weekend of September 24, 2016. While TARC was planning to operate the contest from Camp Tyler, with Paul Paulsen’s memorial service conflicting with the contest, we are cancelling our planned club operation for TQP 16, encouraging friends of Paul to attend his memorial. Anyone who wants to operate TQP from their home stations is of course welcome to do so.

For TQP rules and information, visit www.txqp.net. Hope to see you on the air this weekend!

Silent Key

We lost a really good man and Ham in our community.   Paul Paulsen passed away September 15th at hospice. We will be observing a moment of silence on Monday’s net.

Service will be Saturday, September 24th at Hideaway Community Church at 2:00 pm.

They request no flowers but donations to Hospice if you want.

Paul was a long time member of The Tyler Amateur Radio Club. He will be missed.

Tyler Rose Marathon 2016

The Tyler Amateur Radio Club is again providing communication support for the Tyler Rose Marathon this year. The Marathon is the morning of October 9, 2016. If you’re interested in helping with Marathon communications, we’re taking signups through the MMSKED web application, as well as on paper at the September club meeting and by email (k5tyr@arrl.net). Come out and help, it’s a good time and a great opportunity to get experience first hand.

Repeater Systems Update

To support the Beauty And The Beast Bicycle Tour on August 13, and the Tyler Rose Marathon later in the year, we’ve recently added the capability to link the 146.96 repeater to the 147.00 and 444.40. The link is at least temporarily up full time to give us an opportunity to work out any bugs that show up before we rely on it for the bike tour. So far it seems to be performing well with the expected caveats for the type of link it is.

We also added Echolink (K5TYR-R) into the system, at the 146.96 site. Echolink will be available full time on 146.96 and, if the link is up, the rest of the system.

Remember to pause a couple of seconds before speaking at the beginning of each transmission, as it takes about that long for all the squelch circuits, tone circuits, and transmitters between your radio and someone else’s radio to come up.

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.