The weather was great and the radio band conditions were good too! During five hours of operating, members made 100 radio contacts across the country and even stretched a signal across the Pacific Ocean.
Many thanks to Dave K5YR and David KG5VSR for co-chairing this event, to the many members that helped set up and take down, and to everyone that stopped by.
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 Saturday January 28 to operate portable ham radio equipment. David, KG5VSR, and Dave K5YR will be our event chairs, and begin setup late morning, with on the air activities beginning at 1 PM until late afternoon. Several HF stations are planned.
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!
Hi all! Our nominating committee of one, Randy W5WXY, has recruited an excellent officer slate for next year! The current officers enthusiastically approve the following nominees: President: Dave K5YR Vice-President: Ron N5SQA Secretary: Dave KG5VSR Treasurer: Randy W5WXY
We’ll hold our 4th quarter club meeting virtually Wednesday November 16, 2022 at 7 PM using jit.si. We will open the floor for other nominations, and vote on these offices. The new officers take over January 1. Then we’ll have our usual fun roundtable meeting…
Thanks so much to our volunteers and to Randy for his work on this.
The WRLARC provided communications support for the Native Plants and Prairies Day held at the White Rock Lake Bath House Cultural Center on Saturday May 7, 2022.
Radio operations were held on VHF simplex, 147.52 MHz. Since all support was within 1/2 mile of the Bath House, 5 watt HTs worked great for portable operations. An Event Operations Center (EOC) was established in front of the Bath House building using a 10 watt transceiver and vertical antenna. Club members provided shadow comms and rovers for the staff that managed the event.
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!
Our on the air nets continue each Wednesday at 7 PM on “White Rock Simplex,” 147.52 MHz. Net control duties rotate among seven members from various Lake area neighborhoods, assuring that even a ham with just a handie-talkie will be able to check in and participate. Check in is also available via EchoLink; connect to WA5WRL-L from the app.
Our next quarterly club meeting will be held Wednesday June 9 at 7 PM. The meeting will be again be virtual, using Google Meet. Members will receive an invitation via groups.io.
– Join us for our weekly simplex net on 147.52 MHz this Wednesday January 27 at 8 PM. – Welcome to our newest member, Gary, AF5XZ. This expands our roster to 34 members in 16 lake area and east Dallas neighborhoods. – Our next quarterly virtual club meeting will be Wednesday February 10 at 8 PM. We will again use Google Meet, an easy web based conferencing tool. – All ARRL members are invited to attend a virtual ARRL North Texas Town Hall meeting via Zoom Tuesday Jan 26 at 8 PM. Here’s info on the meeting. – Finally, Winter Field Day is this weekend, January 30-31. While we can’t host club activities yet due to COVID restrictions, it’s still a great time to test out your go-bag radio and antenna in the backyard.