Category Archives: Ham radio

Rocky Meets Bullwinkle

Rocky, the White Rock Lake radio fox, now has a friend! For the next radio fox hunt weekend, December 17 and 18, Rocky will be joined by Bullwinkle, a very low powered fox that will be hanging out near Rocky.

These fox hunts are always held in the White Rock Lake area, on pubic land and within a mile of the lake. Both foxes will be transmitting on 146.565 MHz FM. You maybe able to hear one or more of these transmissions from your home QTH. It’s a distinctive set of warbling tones followed by a CW ID. Each transmission is about 20 seconds long and repeats each minute.

Radio fox hunts are scheduled at the lake on the first and third Saturday of each month.

Many thanks to Dave, K5YR, and David, KG5VSR, for sponsoring these fun events for area hams to enjoy and to practice radio direction finding skills.

For more info, check out Rocky’s web site, https://k5yr.com/foxhunt

Virtual Club Meeting Wednesday November 16

The WRLARC will hold its 4th quarter meeting virtually this Wednesday Nov 16 at 7 PM. This is an important meeting since we will hold elections for club office.

We are lucky to have a great slate of candidates that have volunteered to serve next year. We will open the floor for other nominations; if there are none, we can accept the nominations and then move on for another of our great round table discussions.

We’ll use Jitsi again as it has worked well for our past meetings. You can use your computer, iPad, tablet, cell phone, or even a landline.  For example, you can use a computer which doesn’t have a camera or microphone but allows you to see the video, and use your landline for the audio (special phone numbers and ID number are provided below).

When using your computer browser, there are only 4 things to do:

1. Click on (or copy and paste) this link: https://meet.jit.si/WA5WRLake

2. IMPORTANT: when prompted, click “ALLOW” to use your microphone and camera.


3. Type in your name & call sign.

4.  click on the “X” in the upper right corner of the box to remove it from asking you to install an extension (if you are using Chrome). 

When using your phone (or cell phone to avoid using data) to join the meeting and be able to listen and talk (without video): Dial (512) 647-1431 You also have to enter the following ID (including the pound sign): 4210548946#

Rocky the Fox is loose at the lake

Dave, K5YR, is scheduling radio fox hunts for Rocky, the White Rock Lake radio fox, on the 1st and 3rd Saturday of each month. These fox hunts will be around the White Rock Lake area (always on pubic land within a mile of the lake). Some of you should be able to hear the transmitter from your home QTHs.

The frequency of the transmitter is 146.565 mhz and uses FM. You will know when you have picked up the transmission when you hear a warbling set of tones followed by a CW ID. The transmissions are about 20 seconds long and repeat once every minute.

The next scheduled fox hunt is Saturday, Nov 19, between 8 AM and 8 PM.

Check out Rocky’s web site for more info: https://k5yr.com/foxhunt

Our Next Virtual Meeting Nov 16

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.

“Wires in the Park” Fall Event October 15

Dave K5YR has created an innovative concept called “Wires in the Park” and is hosting his second event at Spring Creek Forest Preserve in Garland on Saturday October 15, 2022.

The first event this Spring at White Rock Lake was a lot of fun and this one could be even better. Activities will include a demonstration of simple antenna techniques, a Parks on the Air activation, a demonstration of Radio Fox Hunting and more.

For a full list of activities, visit the Wires in the Park website, witp.info 

White Rock Simplex Nets Continue

Each Wednesday at 7 PM, hams from White Rock Lake neighborhoods and surrounding areas check in to our simplex net, which is now approaching its three year anniversary. “Simplex” means there is no repeater used to boost a ham’s signal across the city; each signal has to “stand on its own.” Since some members use low powered hand held transceivers whose signals may not reach all participants, net members are encouraged to relay in the callsigns of any weak signals.

All area hams are welcome to check in via radio. If outside of the Dallas area, hams can also check in to the net via Echolink at WA5WRL-L.

Radio Comms for Native Plants and Prairies Day

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.

Thanks to all the club members that participated!

Virtual Club Meeting March 23, 2022

There will be no net tonight, but join us for our virtual meeting. We’re going to use a different provider than we have in previous meetings. It’s called Jitsi, and Randy W5WXY has been using it the past two years. He describes it as the most user friendly he has ever encountered.  Here’s the scoop from Randy.

It’s FREE, with NO time limit, NO “permission” or password requirement, and there is NO need to download anything or add an extension to Chrome (although, it always asks if you want to).  Furthermore, there is NO special account requirement.  I think it works with all the usual browsers and prefers Chrome. 

You can use your computer, iPad, tablet, cell phone, or even a landline.  For example, you can use a computer which doesn’t have a camera or microphone but allows you to see the video, and use your landline for the audio (special phone numbers and ID number are provided below).

When using your computer, etc. browser, there are only 4 things to do:

1.  click on (or copy and paste) this link:  https://meet.jit.si/WA5WRLake

2.  IMPORTANT: when prompted, click “ALLOW” to use your microphone and camera.
3.  Type in your name & call sign.

4.  click on the “X” in the upper right corner of the box to remove it from asking you to install an extension (if you are using Chrome). 

When using your phone (or cell phone to avoid using data) to join the meeting and be able to listen and talk (without video): Dial (512) 647-1431 You also have to enter the following ID (including the pound sign): 4210548946#

Note:  

1.  if you want to see additional dial-in numbers:  https://meet.jit.si/static/dialInInfo.html?room=WA5WRLake

2.  if you want to watch on your computer without hearing the audio (to avoid feedback if using your landline to listen) here’s one more link (I chose not to bold, because it may be a very uncommon occurrence):  https://meet.jit.si/WA5WRLake#config.startSilent=true

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE….  You are free to use this link and system  anytime and from anywhere, and it’s easy to send the link to the person you want to invite, so keep it in your “favorites” or “bookmarks”.  

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.