It’s Wednesday again and time for our weekly simplex net on 147.52 MHz. We invite you to join us for checkins at 7 PM. Only have a handle-talkie? No problem! We now have high powered stations all the way around the lake area that can hear you and check you in. Let us know you’re there!
Every year, a worldwide earthquake drill called the Great ShakeOut is held in October. While earthquakes in Texas are pretty rare, it’s always good to know what to do if the earth begins to move! The 2020 Great Texas ShakeOut will be held tomorrow Oct 15 at 10:15 AM CDT, and we will open a quick net for check-ins. If you can join us for a short net session, please do!
Amateur Radio provides a valuable service to our friends, neighbors and our community after disasters. Our participation in drills and exercises like the ShakeOut increases our visibility to the public and to our served agencies.
Read more about the Great Texas ShakeOut
Join us tonight at 7 PM for our weekly net on “White Rock Simplex” 147.52 MHz. We want to hear from you! What Internet resources do you use to learn more about ham radio? Can you share a site we’ve not heard of? Are there YouTube channels we ought to know about? Check in and find out!
This month marks the one year anniversary of our group. Last September, we held our first informal lunch at Verona’s Restaurant on Garland Road, with six hams in attendance. We now have twenty nine folks representing twelve lake area neighborhoods on our roster!
So, it is fitting that we hold our first virtual quarterly business meeting this month. After a short check in on 147.54 MHz simplex at 7 PM, we will commence our meeting via Google Meet. Members will receive a copy of the agenda and a Google Meet invitation via an email from our groups.io system.
- Our weekly nets continue Wednesdays at 7 PM on “White Rock Simplex,” 147.52 MHz. Check-ins average 11 each week, with frequent drop-ins from the DFW Traffic Net which typically finishes at 7 PM (thanks to David, KG5VSR, who mentions our net while NCS of the Traffic Net).
- The QSO Today Virtual Hamfest is next weekend, and the speaker lineup has been announced. It should be an interesting conference! https://www.qsotodayhamexpo.com/
– Join us Wednesday July 22 at 7 PM for our weekly simplex net on 147.52 MHz. Melissa, KI5GRH, will be our net control station, and I’m sure she will keep us interested.
– Welcome to our newest member, Scott, KB5UZB, who joins us from the North Stonewall Terrace neighborhood (north of Mockingbird, west of Skillman). That brings our roster up to 29!
– DX Engineering will be hosting a free Virtual Hamfest and DX Academy, with sessions all day this Saturday July 25. More info at https://www.dxengineering.com/techarticles/dxepressreleases/mark-your-calendars-for-the-dxe-virtual-hamfest-and-dx-academy-in-july?ibanner=DXEHPB2007002
Callsign/name badges that include our club lake logo are now available to order online from The Sign Man in Baton Rouge. Here’s the link:
Several White Rock hams operated Field Day this past weekend. Due to the COVID-19 situation, most hams operated the event from their home stations. Heard on the air were K5YR, KG5VSR, NT5TM, N5SQA, KM5L, KI5GRH, W5WXY and N5CSU.
David, KG5VSR, set up a portable station on his front porch and hung temporary antennas in his front yard. His station was open to visitors.
Dave, K5YR, also set up a temporary station in his front yard and operated from there.
Rich, N5CSU, operated from his back patio with his Yaesu FT-817 QRP rig and a Buddipole portable dipole.
Melissa, KI5GRH, had her first experience on HF working with the Richardson Wireless Klub.
Other members operated from their home stations using either portable antennas, their fixed antennas and, in some cases, emergency power.
Field Day result submittals are already being uploaded to the ARRL website; here’s the latest listing. At least three of our members chose the White Rock Lake ARC as their affiliated club, so we have our first ARRL Field Day operation documented as a club!
Since you could only associate your results with one club, several of our members submitted under the name of our venerable sister club, Dallas ARC.
I’m sure everyone that participated in this year’s Field Day enjoyed it, plus we all had lessons learned from the experience. And, that’s really the point of Field Day!
ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.
Because of Texas’ Stay-at-Home orders, there will be no club Field Day operation this year. Members are encouraged to operate Field Day from home using his or her own call. Please list “White Rock Lake ARC WA5WRL” as club affiliation on your Field Day results submittal. Club members’ scores will be aggregated when results are published by ARRL.
One or more of our member stations may be open for drop in by other members. Details are in a message on the groups.io system.
Many members will be monitoring White Rock Simplex 147.52 MHz to exchange FD points.
The National Weather Service has accepted the WRLARC into the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program. This initiative recognizes organizations that are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, our organization is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.
As a WRN Ambassador, we will receive a quarterly update from the National Weather Service on seasonal weather topics of interest. This email will be shared with all club members. In addition, some of the information may be of benefit to our respective neighborhood associations, and published on this website.
Find out more about the Weather-Ready Nation program at https://www.weather.gov/wrn/