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September 2019 Newsletter

Sep 20, 2019


ARRL North Texas Section
September Newsletter

Greetings fellow North Texas Amateur Radio Communicators:

  • Club Visits by your Section Manager
  • Clubs Earn money by recruiting New ARRL members
  • ARRL North Texas Ham of the Year Award presented
  • Notes from our Section Youth Coordinator Katherine, KT5KMF
  • Notes from Section Emergency Coordinator, Greg, K5GTX
  • Ballots for the West Gulf Division director, please Vote!
  • New Hamfest in Parker County, November 2nd

Club visits by SM

I have attended many club meetings so far this month.  I am scheduled to appear at Cow Town, Lewisville, Denton, Sachse, as well as the Belton Ham Fest Oct 4/5.  I will also attend the Richardson Wireless club meeting on Oct 7

I have met many wonderful people at these meetings, always receive great hospitality and good questions.

John Stratton, our West Gulf Division Director has accompanied me to many of the meetings.

Clubs Earn Money

ARRL affiliated clubs can earn $15 for each New ARRL member they sign-up.  With a small amount of paperwork, ARRL affiliated clubs earn $15 for each New ARRL member they sign-up and a couple of dollars if they get members to renew their ARRL membership. Details are at the ARRL website here

North Texas Ham of the Year Award Presented

At the MJARS club meeting on September the 6th, I presented Jim Erickson, President of the MJARS club the 2019 Ham of the Year Award for North Texas.

Who is Katherine Forson KT5KMF by Steve, KG5VK

I encourage everyone to read the full page article on page 13 of the October issue of QST, about Katherine Forson, our Section Youth Coordinator.  Katherine is much more than just our Section Youth Coordinator; she is a dynamic leader, which we all will be reading more QST articles about in the future.  I am so proud to have her as part of our Section Management Team.

Notes from our Section Youth Coordinator
Katherine, KT5KMF

As marching band has been underway for over a month now, this article will be relatively short. 

This month, I visited the McKinney Amateur Radio Club and the Richardson Wireless Klub monthly meetings. At the McKinney meeting, I got to both meet and hear a presentation from Amita, the 2019 winner of the Junior Division Special Award from MARC at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Her project on polarized light and Faraday rotation was fascinating! At the RWK meeting, I heard an interesting presentation from Eric NM5M about getting started with contesting, and I also signed up to learn more about CW classes.

I mentioned in my last article that there was a room containing unknown radio equipment at The University of North Texas (UNT). Recently, I was informed that the room has been opened and all the equipment seems to be functional. I have also been contacted by a current UNT student about getting a club started there. I was able to get the student in touch with Chris from UNT about the equipment and the possibility of a club. 

I have some upcoming events that I will be participating in that I am very excited about.

The Plano Balloon Festival is coming up! As usual, Driver and I plan to help with recovery. I’m hoping this year isn’t nearly as wet as last year! There are lots of opportunities to volunteer at this event. If anyone is interested and is not sure who to contact, please let me know. (This event is so much fun that Mrs. Driver participates!) There will also be a Balloon Festival special event station, W5P.

The special event station will be at the Lucas Fire Station. They are looking for operators if anyone wants to get on the air!

You may have seen last month that I was working on an idea but didn’t want to say too much until everything had been approved. I have been in touch with both the McKinney Amateur Radio Club and Janne Ackerman, one of the directors of CoCoBEST (the Collin County BEST robotics competition).

The McKinney ARC plans to set up a demonstration outside of CoCoBEST to show anyone attending the event what ham radio is all about. As these competitors are kids who are interested in robotics, I think this is an ideal setting to expose youth to ham radio. I’m definitely looking forward to this event! And if you’ve never been to a robotics competition, you need to go! And if there is a robotics competition in your area, having your club set up there would be a great opportunity to introduce the public to ham radio. 

I mentioned last month that I had put together a short video introducing myself and talking about ham radio. The edits I planned took longer than expected, but the video is finally finished! I posted a link on my instagram (username kt5kmf) if anyone wants to see the video.

I want to give a shout out to Nell KA5PHN to say congratulations on getting her Extra!

As always, if anyone has any ideas or information relating to youth activities, please email me at kt5kmf@arrl.net. 

73,

Katherine, KT5KMF

Notes from Section Emergency Coordinator
Greg, K5GTX

September has been a busy month, and my notes in the newsletter were further delayed due to Tropical Storm Imelda.  TS Imelda has been a major event for the southeast Texas area.  It already is in 5th place for the highest total rainfall nationally.  Imelda may even be retired from the Hurricane Name list. 

But the Hurricane Season is NOT over.  Keep an eye on the Gulf of Mexico. 

It is not too late to prepare yourself now.  Check your 120 hours go kit (now the recommended go kit).  Check medications (prescription and over the counter); verify they have not expired if you still need them and update your documentation.  Check batteries, connectors, parts, radios, everything.  Stuff tends to break down when it sits around.  And start the change over from the summer clothing to winter clothing.  Cold weather can be almost as deadly as hot weather.

Be prepared!

73,

Greg Evans, K5GTX

Ballots for the West Gulf Division Director - Please Vote!

If you are an ARRL member, and you reside in the West Gulf Division, you should be receive a Ballot to vote in the mail for the next Division Director.  Please educate yourself on the candidates and vote accordingly.

The Two Candidates are:

  • John Robert Stratton N5AUS
  • Madison Jones W5MJ      

A new hamfest venue was recently announced

Parker County Hamfest & Emergency Preparedness Expo
This is an ARRL HAMFEST

Date: 11/02/2019
Location: Cornerstone Community Church
2233 East Highway 199
Springtown, TX 76082

Sponsored by Amateur Radio Club of Parker County & Tri-County Amateur Radio Club

Safety, it should be a mindset

Please be safe and aware of your surroundings.  Stay focused on children in school zones.  If your working on or around antenna towers, read and follow the manufacturer guidelines.

73,

Steve, KG5VK
KG5VK@ARRL.ORG