Category Archives: Emergency preparedness

Winter Field Day January 29-30

Winter in Dallas is always interesting, with temps somewhere between 20 and 75 degrees. Unless the weather is REALLY bad, we will again head out to Dreyfuss Club Point at White Rock Lake this Saturday January 29 to operate portable ham radio equipment. David, KG5VSR, will be our event chair, and will begin setup late morning, with on the air activities beginning at 1 PM until late afternoon.

While the ARRL Field Day weekend in June is the “official” event, a more casual Winter Field Day has grown in popularity since it was first held in 2007. The purpose of Field Day is to test our readiness (and our equipment) and have some fun!

This would be a great time to meet the folks behind the voices you hear on our simplex net each week. Bring your radios to test, or just come on out and say hi!

More info on Winter Field Day is online.

Winter 2021-2022 Weather Outlook

From the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador Winter 2022 Newsletter

“The Climate Prediction Center is expecting La Nina conditions this winter. The winter 2021 (December, January, February) seasonal outlook calls for above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across North and Central Texas. The outlook does not project snowfall as snow forecasts are generally not predictable more than a week in advance.

“One additional note, for those with any interest in the El Niño–Southern Oscillation (ENSO), recently the Climate Prediction Center issued a La Niña Advisory with La Niña favored to continue through winter 2021-22 (~95% chance) and then transitioning to ENSO-neutral during spring 2022 (~60% chance during April-June).

“Drought conditions have returned to the region, and with La Niña expected to prevail throughout the cold season, additional drought development is anticipated during the winter months.”

Source: National Weather Service Fort Worth

Field Day 2021

Field Day 2021 is in the books! Dallas CERT invited the club to participate in their first Field Day activity and it really came together. The White Rock United Methodist Church allowed us to use their parking lot, and the site was busy all day with both hams and visitors. Many thanks to Robinson, KG5UVN, and Melissa, KI5GRH, for leading this activity, and to the many White Rock Hams that helped make it a big success. It was such a kick to hear WA5WRL, our club callsign, on the air working stations around the country for the first time!

Guy, K1GBD, provided an RV that hosted one of our stations.

Lots of help erecting the antennas.
The antenna farm.
Dave, K5YR working stations on the short wave bands using the digital mode FT-8
The six meter VHF band provided a rare opening to other parts of the country and Gary, AF5XZ and Tony, NT5TM jumped on the band.

Field Day was fun!

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.

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The KG5VSR Field Day station

Dave, K5YR, also set up a temporary station in his front yard and operated from there.

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The operating position at K5YR.

Rich, N5CSU, operated from his back patio with his Yaesu FT-817 QRP rig and a Buddipole portable dipole.

N5CSU’s operating position

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N5CSU’s “Buddipole” portable dipole antenna in the backyard

Melissa, KI5GRH, had her first experience on HF working with the Richardson Wireless Klub.

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KI5GRH is on the air!

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!

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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!

Field Day June 27-28

fieldday2020ARRL 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.

 

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador

The National Weather Service has accepted the WRLARC into the Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador program. This initiative recognizes organizations that WRN_Ambassador_logoare 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/ 

CQ Winter Field Day de WA5WRL

Winter Field Day operations on Saturday Jan 25. It was the first use of our new club callsign WA5WRL. We had three stations operating on portable power: one HF digital, one HF voice, and one VHF/UHF. Best DX was Canada on HF SSB (voice)… not bad for simple wire antenna. In all, 10 members attended and several guests stopped by. Many thanks to Dave K5YR and David KG5VSR for leading our first on the air activity as a club!

Club News: January 19, 2020

This week, we have two upcoming activities:

–         On Wednesday, January 22 at 7 PM, Tony, NT5TM, will host a net on our club simplex frequency, 147.52 MHz. Please check in if you can.

–         Saturday, January 25 is Winter Field Day. Dave, K5YR, and David, KG5GSR. are leaders for this event at Dreyfuss Club Point. They will have two HF stations on the air operating in the contest, one using digital keyboard modes and the other using SSB (voice). We’ll also have a VHF/UHF digital voice station, demonstrating the three digital voice modes (Yaesu Fusion, D-Star and DMR).  Setup is at noon, with operations running from 1 to 5 PM.  As a club activity, we can use our new club call WA5WRL for the first time. Weather looks great for Saturday; hope to see you all there!