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CQ CQ CQ Field Day Print E-mail
Friday, 26 June 2009 07:50
Ok folks, it's that time of year again. FIELD DAY!!!!!!

This is a link to Governor Rick Perry's proclamation to designate Amateur Radio Operator Week

This field day should turn out to be one heck of a good time. Food, ham family, friends, food, lots of radio activities, food, American Idol competition next door, food, air conditioning for most operators, and food. Oh, by the way did I mention there will be food?

The forecast shows hot and sunny during the day and warm and dark at night (hmmm dark at night.... who knew). With that being said, everyone need to remember to stay hydrated. Even if you are in the a/c don't forget to hydrate often. Remember that under high heat conditions and high exertion conditions (IE. setup and tear down), you should be hydrating enough to do #1 at least once every 60-90 minutes.

Thanks to our FD committee. It has been a long 4+ months putting this all together and now that the plans have been tweaked, reworked, thrown in a blender, shook up and sorted out this should turn out to be one heck of a field day. Please thank all the FD members.

OK... here are the plans:

08:00 everyone meet at the clubhouse to load up
~08:30 travel to Beal Park MSA pavilion
  • JT will have coffee ready
  • Atmos trailer will be on scene
  • POB trailer on scene
~09:00 antenna assembly and tower raising starts
~09:30 Region 18 TOW vehicle and JRAC com trailer arrives

By ~11:30 all stations, scoring laptops, rotor controls should be set up, configured and tested.
~13:00 FOOD!!!! Our Master Chef will have food starting to come off the grill for all to enjoy
**** food will be available throughout the Field Day activities***

A few things to remember about operations.....

  • Get on a frequency and start calling CQ. Let them come to you. The stations will start piling up quickly if you just stay in one place for a bit rather than looking all over the dial and hoping to get through in another pileup.
  • Let's all look out for visitors. There will be a lot places to tuck yourself away in the a/c to operate. Please don't forget about our visitors that want to see "how it's done".

This year there will be more towers, equipment, generators and fun than the last few years. Let's all get together and show these other WTX stations how it is done and how to have fun doing it.

PLEASE DON'T FORGET...... just like we need all hands on deck to setup..... we need all hands on deck to tear down. Just because the radios go silent doesn't mean the activities are over.


Last Updated on Friday, 26 June 2009 07:56
Scholarship Recipients Announced! Print E-mail
Tuesday, 09 June 2009 07:33

The recipients of the 2009 MARC scholarship are Aubrey Sewell, KE5EYZ, and Covan Banner, KE5EZB.  The announcement was made at last night's meeting by Bill Bentley, N5POB, on behalf of the selection committee, i.e. the club directors.

Since the club received two well qualified applicants and there were several years in which the club did not award a scholarship, the committee decided to award two $500 scholarships this year.

Covan is a 2009 graduate of Midland High and will be attending West Texas A&M studying Music.  Aubrey is a 2008 graduate of Greenwood High and has just completed his freshman year at Texas A&M studying Aerospace Engineering.


Gail WTC Repeater is OFFICIAL! Print E-mail
Wednesday, 27 May 2009 11:21

Jim, KK5MV, has announced the Gail West Texas Repeater has received official frequency coordination.  The repeater is on 443.750+ MHz with a 162.2 Hz tone.  It is linked into the Connection full time.

There is also an APRS Digipeater (144.390, KK5MV-5) at this location. These stations are intended to fill the gap for SKYWARN spotters in the Northeast portion of the Midland Forecast Office area (Gail, Snyder).

The West Texas Connection map has been updated to reflect this new repeater in the system.

Thanks Jim!
Last Updated on Wednesday, 27 May 2009 11:32
What Happened at the Club Meeting? Print E-mail
Monday, 27 April 2009 20:54

At tonight's club meeting it was voted to purchase an Optoma EP7155 projector with a screen and ceiling mount.  W5AJ reported we had no applicants for the MARC scholarship.  It was voted to extend the deadline to May 29 and encourage club member relatives and college students to apply.  It was agreed we would have a Field Day meeting in conjunction with the Saturday coffee & donut meeting on May 2 at 9:30 am.  KD5VOU is confirming Beal Park will be available for FD.

The program was a presentation by N5NA on building and operating the club's new Elecraft K3 transceiver.

Last Updated on Monday, 25 May 2009 08:44
What Is Field Day? Print E-mail
Monday, 06 April 2009 10:06
Last Updated on Sunday, 12 April 2009 19:02
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