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HIGHLAND LAKES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC.
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- 1 HIGHLAND LAKES AMATEUR RADIO CLUB INC.
- 2 CURRENT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
- 3 CLUB MEETINGS:
- 5 WEBSITE CHANGES & ADDITIONS
- 6 MEMBERSHIP
- 7 HAM BLOGS, REPEATERS & WinLink stuff
- 8 MISCELLANY
CURRENT NEWS & ANNOUNCEMENTS:
Field Day 2015:
The Club voted at the last meeting to have a FD that emphasized getting recent licensees out to have a broader experience. We have mailed 49 people in the area who were first licensed January 2013 and after. The pitch:
WHEN: June 27, 2015 1PM, until afternoon on Sunday June 28
Setup: 9AM on Saturday, prior if you can.
OPEN HOUSE: Saturday, 1:00PM to 3:00PM or any other time you can drop by up to 7:00PM.
WHERE: Marble Falls Volunteer Fire Dept. 606 Ave U, Marble Falls
WHAT: Field Day is part educational event, part operating event, part public relations event – and ALL about FUN! Amateur Radio operators across North America and beyond will attempt to contact as many stations as possible, demonstrate emergency communications capability in support of their communities, and inform the public about the world of “ham” radio. This year, HLARC is emphasizing opportunities for new hams to get set up with equipment and to experience enhanced opportunities in the hobby. Anyone interested in amateur radio for any reason is invited to drop by.
WHO: All amateurs in the area including vacationers are welcome, along with the general public and especially representatives of our served agencies.
Members have had an email with a link to the sign-up sheet. Please go there and sign up.
Date/Time: The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club normally meets on the last Friday of the month at 1830 Hours local time. Quarterly, in January, April, July, and October the meeting is a potluck supper.
ARES session convenes immediately before the regular meeting, at 1800, EXCEPT when there is a potluck supper meeting.
Location: Marble Falls EMS station. 609 Industrial Boulevard, Marble Falls, TX MAP
Special meeting notes
No meeting in December. January meeting will include a potluck dinner.
We meet on the repeater (147.020 / tone 88.5) each Sunday night at 2030 hours local. It normally runs 15-20 minutes including a training topic, local ham news and ARES information. The digital net follows immediately thereafter in 145.550 FM, Mode PSK63 (more below).
Our new frequency (147.020) is also our primary repeater for EmComm. Our backup is now frequency 145.290 (tone 114.8) — thanks to Chuck, KB5YKJ — and thanks also to Chuck for all the help in supporting us during this switch. Our tertiary repeater for EmComm is 145.390 (tone 103.5) — thanks to Brooks, N5KUQ.
Digipeater: The digi, K5HLA-1, is currently off the air for replacements, repairs to the shack, etc. ETA by end of June.
The digital net immediately follows the voice net. Frequency 145.550 FM, mode psk63. We exercise the use of FLdigi during that time, and soon will be exercising RMS Express Peer-to-peer there.
Monday mornings will find many area hams (club members and otherwise) at the El Charro Mexican Food Restaurant in Burnet, TX (block South of the traffic light at the 7-11). We meet for breakfast and arrive around 7:30-8:00am. All are welcome and the conversations at the table are guaranteed to be interesting. Tall tales are allowed. Even the truth is accepted (grudgingly). The group recently migrated from the Highlander but that’s a tale of its own.
WEBSITE CHANGES & ADDITIONS
Added a page on RMS Express via sound card
Enables both VHF packet and HF Winmor using a SignaLink (no TNC required) (here)
New on the website: videos covering all aspects of installing, configuring and using the NBEMS/FLdigi programs.
- Full (voting): $24.00 member must possess a valid amateur radio license
- Associate (non-voting): $24.00 for anyone aspiring to become an amateur radio operator
- Family (voting): $26.00 for multiple licensed amateur radio operators in the same household
- Family: $26.00 for combined licensed ham and (non-voting) Associate member
Download the form:
HLARC Membership Application just download, complete, and send it with your dues payment and a copy of your ham license (if applicable) as stated on the form. Check out the new member info. NOTE: clicking the membership application link should open the PDF form in your browser. If it does not, then your browser is not configured to do so and in that case, right-click the link and choose to ‘save link as’ or whatever your particular browser does.
HAM BLOGS, REPEATERS & WinLink stuff
Blogs by local hams
147.020 / 88.5: K5HLA Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club
145.290 / 114.8 KB5YKJ Chuck Dear (secondary for EmComm)
145.390 / 103.5 N5KUQ Brooks Blake (tertiary for EmComm)
442.850 / 103.5 N5KUQ Brooks Blake
Local RMS Relay nodes include W5RLY-8 (Sheriff Office), W5RLY-10 (Riley), KC0TA-10 (Mike). Through the K5HLA-1 digipeater you can reliably reach W9BF-10 and N5TW-12. The following local hams have winlink addresses:
K5RIK, Rik Chapman (ARRL So Texas ARES District 8 EC)
KA5GIL, Gil Jones(EC for Burnet/Llano counties)
W5RLY, Riley Carruthers (Digital EC for Burnet/Llano & also District 8)
K0HFT, Ed Johnson
K5AVY, Lee Kinard
K5HLA-12 Burnet EOC
K5HLA-2 Seton Hosp – Burnet
K5HLA-8 Club EmComm trailer
K5HLA-9 Burnet SO
K5JTM, Jim McCrocklin
KB5YKJ, Chuck Dear
KC0TA, Mike Robinson
KF5FUZ, Kevin McCoy (Red Cross Liaison)
KK2Z, Kirk Kendrick
N5APC, Mike Armatta
W5LOG, Jim Dear
Map Mashup of hams — this is a pretty interesting view