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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”.  

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.

Club News July 21, 2020

– 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