“White Rock Hams” is Two Years Old

In September 2019, six White Rock Hams had lunch together at Verona’s on Garland Road. Since that first meeting, we have grown into an ARRL affiliated club with forty members representing all quadrants of the lake area and east Dallas community.

When COVID disrupted our in-person events, a weekly on-the-air net became the focal point for the club. Nets continue on “White Rock Simplex,” 147.52 MHz each Wednesday at 7 PM, with seven lake area stations taking turns serving as net control. We regularly have check-ins from throughout east Dallas and indeed the entire DFW area.

As we begin our third year, the future is bright for White Rock Hams!


Quarterly Meeting Aug 11, 2021

The club will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday August 11 at 7 PM via Google Meet. Members will receive the invite URL via groups.io.

After a very short business meeting, we will introduce our guest speaker.

Have you heard of FlightAware?  One of our club members provides real-time data to this aviation tracking service. Gary, AF5XZ will tell us all about it. 

There will be a brief check-in on 147.52 MHz for those that can’t join in on Google Meet.

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.

Club News and Upcoming Net 6/23/21

Hi all! Field Day weekend is coming up fast.. are you ready?
– Welcome to our newest member, Gail, KI5NMY from University Terrace. With this neighborhood addition, we now have 18 neighborhoods represented on our roster. FYI, Little Forest Hills still leads with 7 members, but Lakewood is a close second at 6. 
– Dallas CERT Zone 2 will be hosting a Field Day setup in the parking lot of the White Rock United Methodist Church Saturday June 26 from 2 to 7 PM. Many of our members are also active in CERT and all WRLARC members are invited to stop by and say hi. The location is at Old Gate Lane and Diceman Drive in Little Forest Hills. Learn more about Field Day
– Join us for a our weekly simplex net at 7 PM tomorrow 6/23. David, KG5VSR from Old Lake Highlands will be our net control.
– Last week’s net saw our first Maritime Mobile check in, as Dave, K5YR was on the lake in a kayak during net check in time!
– And don’t forget to keep a radio on White Rock Simplex 147.52 MHz during Field Day… let’s keep in touch.

Quarterly Meeting June 9

The club will hold its quarterly meeting Wednesday June 9 at 7 PM. The online meeting will be hosted on Google Meet; a link will be sent to all members via groups.io.

Our guest speaker will be Steve Lott, KG5VK, the ARRL North Texas Section Manager. Steve will give us an update on progress the League is making since the installation of David Minster, NA5AA, as CEO earlier this year.

WRLARC News May 20, 2021

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.

Our Lakeside Site for the 3/21 Net

T+P Hill at White Rock Lake

This was our net control site at T&P Hill last evening. Great weather and participation from locations all around the lake!

Equipment: Yaesu FT-100 all band transceiver, Bioenno 30Ah lithium iron phosphate battery in an Impulse Electronics case, Buddipole tripod and a dual band j-pole.

Nets Continue Each Wednesday at 7 PM

Nets continue each Wednesday at 7 PM on “White Rock Simplex,” 147.52 MHz. Net control duties rotate among several members from various Lake area neighborhoods, assuring that even a ham with just a handie-talkie will be able to check in and participate. Typically we have about a dozen check-ins.

We invite all area hams to join us on our lively net each week.

Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador News: Spring 2021

The WRLARC is an Ambassador in the “Weather-Ready Nation” program sponsored by the National Weather Service. Here are highlights from the NWS North Texas Spring 2021 Newsletter.

You could reasonably argue that North and Central Texas (and really the entire state of Texas) squeezed in 3 months of winter into just the last few weeks in February. And what a record-breaking winter we had. Here is a look at the most notable winter weather event in the 2020-2021 winter season by the numbers:

Click here to see a complete list of the snowfall reports we received for the 2/14-2/15 Winter Event. Click here to see a complete list of the snowfall reports we received for the 2/16-2/17 Winter Event. 

Here is a look at the climate stats and new records for DFW Airport and Waco Regional Airport during this period. 

This event also tied the 7th longest streak, set in January 1942, with temperatures at or below 32 degrees at DFW Airport with 139 consecutive hours spanning from the afternoon of Saturday, February 13, 2021 until Friday, February 19, 2021. That is just short of 6 days!  DFW Airport was above freezing briefly on Saturday from 3-4pm with an additional 93 consecutive hours of at or below freezing temperatures before that. The all time record is 295 consecutive hours set in 1983. 

Read more about this historic winter storm and arctic outbreak here!

Looking Ahead: The 2021 Spring Seasonal Outlook

While many of us are still shaking off the chill of winter, it is time to begin looking ahead to spring. The Spring 2021 (March, April, May) outlook favors above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation

The three-month outlook on temperature and precipitation probability from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center for March through May 2021. (Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

Additionally, the official ENSO forecast from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center indicates that La Niña conditions are favored to persist through the spring months. With a La Niña climate pattern in place, southern parts of the U.S. (including the State of Texas) may experience expanded and intensifying drought

Severe Weather Potential This Spring?

A question we are often asked this time of year is related to how “bad” or how much severe weather we can expect across North and Central Texas this spring. With respect to the climatology of this region, we see a peak in thunderstorms including severe thunderstorms during the spring months, March-April-May. Here is a look at the probabilities that severe weather will occur during the spring months from the Storm Prediction Center (SPC) estimated from a 30-year period of severe weather reports from 1982-2011. 

As expected, the higher probabilities are generally found across the Central and Southern Plains including North and Central Texas during the spring months. This in no way guarantees that severe weather will occur, but it is during this time of the year that we often experience the conditions that are favorable for the development of thunderstorms and severe weather. The best way to ensure you are always prepared is to develop a plan, make sure you have multiple ways to receive weather alerts, and stay up to date with your local weather forecast. Time for a shameless plug: Visit www.weather/gov/fwd to keep up with the latest forecast updates for your area!