Greetings fellow North Texas Amateur Radio OPS!
On this Veterans Day, I wish to thank all who have served and are presently serving our Country. I am proud to be a fellow Veteran and proud to be an American Citizen. While our County is not perfect, it is worth cherishing, honoring, and serving.
Apologies if this newsletter is a bit offbeat, I literally have a pain in my neck that I am scheduled for a procedure to remedy next week (Electro-Neuropathy), hopefully. It sucks getting old and paying for all those youthful actives that took a toll on our bodies. Meanwhile, the pain killers have my mind in a cloud, but we press onward.
This is the season in which most Hamfest is over until after the new year arrives, and many of us are planning celebrations of the season with our fellow club members and, of course, family members. Please enjoy the season.
I am looking forward to the new year with new goals accomplished personally and “professionally” as your ARRL Section Manager.
Our Hobby continues to be one of the greatest because of the people we meet and enjoy our passion together, whether CW, Phone, Digital, Moon Bounce (EME), or some other aspect of the Hobby.
I love Ham radio events that bring people together, whether it be a Club meeting, a Hamfest, a Multi-Op event, or just a friendly QSO due to the Camaraderie and fellowship.
Many others and I are grateful for the support to the ARRL in which every member of our fraternity provides through membership. While the ARRL and its members have many issues, we are working together as a team to protect our great Hobby. Spectrum, for one, is continually being sought by those that feel their need is more significant than some hobbyists. If not for the ARRL, we would have no Spectrum, and therefore our Hobby would become a simple internet chat room.
I love HF operating because it is influenced by many factors, from Daylight to Darkness, to what is going on or not taking place on the surface of the Sun, and even local power line noise. These are challenges that we work to overcome for some of our goals. Of course, some use the challenges and the obstacles as an excuse to give up. If it were easy, I would find it boring. This Hobby is worth what we put into it.
Speaking of the Sun and its effect on the HF bands, if you have not turned on your HF radio in a while, you will be shocked to find the bands are not dead. The Solar Index has been over a hundred with reasonable A and K indexes. In other words, working Japan on 15 meters with 100 watts or less is again happening on HF, yes, even with a wire antenna just 6 feet above the ground. The bands are alive once again; we are no longer in the Solar Minimum doldrums, so get in the shack and on the air whether it be HF Phone, CW, or any other Band/Mode – Reembrace our Hobby.
Around the corner and what is coming: (November 20th from Noon to 3 PM)
In Nine days, ARES members within our State will participate in The CISA Fusion Center Communications Exercise. Information about the exercise has been sent to ALL ARRLNTX District Emergency Coordinators (DECs) and Emergency Coordinators (ECs) and posted on the ARRLNTX.ORG and ARRLNTX Groups.IO
Please participate in this exercise; it will not demand much of your time to do so. Members will be asked to respond via WinLink. The response can be sent via the internet using WinLink Telnet versus HF with Win Vara. Questions contact me or Greg Evans K5GTX, our Section Emergency Coordinator.
Visit here for more information: https://arrlntx.org/WP/blog/2021/11/04/november-20-communication-exercise/
Before November 20th, please consider going to www.winlink.org and getting yourself ready with your WinLink Email address.
On the Road Again…
January brings us back into Hamfest season with the Cowtown Hamfest on January the 14 & 15th, Friday 3 PM-7 PM and Saturday 7 AM-3 PM. This is a well-rounded Hamfest and worth your time to attend, and I look forward to seeing you there.
In February, I will attend the Collins ARC meeting in Plano.
In March, I will attend the Houston Hamfest on March 4-5, Belton Spring Hamfest on March 25-26.
In April, I will attend the Green County Hamfest in Claremore, Oklahoma, April the 8-9th. On April 16th, the ARRL North Texas Mentorfest, held at a new location in Denton County at the DCARA Clubhouse/former Denton County EOC facility. On April 23rd, we will attend the Emory Hamfest.
If you are interested in seeing me at one of your local club meetings, ask one of your club officers (preferably the President or VP) to invite me, I love attending club meetings!
Happy Holidays and Thank you for being an ARRL member