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May 2021 Meeting

Join us for the May meeting when we welcome back special guest Dr. Ed Fong. Dr. Fong will be presenting further information on his varied line of antennas. For more information on Dr. Fong, see the link below. The meeting will be on Tuesday, May 11, beginning at 18:30 on Zoom. We are also working on a venue for in person meetings, so watch your email for information on this.

More information on Dr. Fong: https://edsantennas.weebly.com/

February 2021 Meeting

MARC will hold its next general business meeting on Tuesday,
February 9th starting at 7:00PM.

Tim Duffy, K3LR – CEO of DX Engineering – will be presenting
our February topic about his K3LR station, so be sure to join!

This meeting will be held via the Zoom remote conferencing
service. See the newsletter or watch for emails with link in place.

Determining SWR Using nanoVNA Document and SWR Readings Sheet Template

Submitted By Michael Payne – K5MFP

The first document is how to use a nanoVNA to obtain the SWR of an antenna, and the second one is a sheet form where you can record the SWR measurements from using a nanoVNA, a MFJ analyzer, or any other piece of hardware.

https://w5mrc.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/swr-using-nanovna.docx

https://w5mrc.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/swr-readings.docx

March 2020 Program – POTA Presentation

The MARC meeting for March will feature our very own Andy Barnes, W5KZJ, giving an updated presentation about the Parks On The Air (POTA) program. Find out what new Parks have been added and how you can get involved, either activating or chasing the Parks!

Please join us for this and more on March 10, 7pm, at Spring Creek BBQ, 75 and 380 in McKinney.

We hope to see everyone there!

OWS Siren Test March 7th – Signup Link

Please join the McKinney Amateur Radio Club for the Outdoor Weather Siren test on Saturday March 7th!

-The net will begin at 11:40 on the 146.740 repeater – Please be by the radio at this time and be on location by 11:50.

-Test will begin at 12:00 and conclude around 12:15

-Lunch afterwards at Fuddrucker’s McKinney (2045 N. Central Expressway – Just north of Spring Creek BBQ)

Please CLICK HERE for more information and/or to register

We look forward to seeing everyone!

February 2020 Program – Winlink Express

Please join us for our February meeting as we welcome special guest, John Hill, KF5VO, who will be offering an interesting presentation on Winlink Express.

According to its website, “Winlink is a worldwide radio email service that uses radio pathways where the internet is not present, and is capable of operating completely without the internet – automatically – using smart-network radio relays. Winlink provides its users email with attachments, position reporting, weather and information bulletins, and is well-known for its role in interoperable emergency and disaster relief communications.”

John Hill has been a ham for six years. He began working with Winlink because he did not have an HF antenna at his house and Winlink was one of the aspects of amateur radio on which he could hit the ground running. John had all the equipment necessary from other ham projects and, having worked for an Internet Service Provider more than twenty years ago, found many similarities between dial-up service and Winlink.

John soon learned that other hams in the North Texas area were interested in using Winlink and established the Winlink Wednesday net.

Winlink Wednesday provides a forum for amateur radio operators to regularly practice perishable Winlink skills by sending emails via RF. The weekly net also gives operators an opportunity to exercise both their own radio and computer equipment as well as nearby gateways.

Anyone with a valid amateur radio license can sign up for a Winlink account and is more than welcome to check into the net.

Please join us for this and more, Tuesday, February 11th, 7p.m. at Spring Creek BBQ, 75 and 380 in McKinney. Hope to see everyone there!