It’s time for the annual MARC Christmas Party! This year the Membership did approve a modest increase in the budget for the event which will result in some pretty nice member door prizes. And don’t forget to participate in the gift exchange… just bring a wrapped gift (something that you would like to receive) and the exchange will begin. In addition, at the party, as in previous years, we will be collecting items for the U.S. Marine Corp Toys for Tots campaign. Just bring a new, unwrapped toy and we will see that it is properly delivered (note: cash donations are also acceptable, but a toy is a little more manageable).
Please join us for this and more on December 10, 7pm at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney. We hope to see you there!
Our Program for the November meeting will be entirely member driven! Got a favorite QSL card? How about a really nifty design for a Go-Kit? Favorite story about a DX contact or expedition (or one that got away) ? Want to share a bit of HAM radio history with new HAMS? As long as it’s HAM radio related, let’s hear about it or see it! One other request, if you have your own QSL card, bring it to the meeting. We’ll line these up on the front table for all to see, the more the better!
Join us for this and the annual Club Officer elections on November 12th, 7pm, at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney. If you have any questions or suggestions for future programs, please email me, programs at mckinneyarc.org. Hope to see you there!
The McKinney Amateur Radio Club is once again supporting the Boy Scouts of America by assisting with a public Jamboree-On-The-Air event on Saturday, October 19th, from 11:00 am until about 6:00 pm, at Erwin Park in McKinney.
Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October. JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community.
Scouts will be able to get on the air and operate on HF, VHF, and UHF frequencies, using FM, SSB, and CW, under the guidance of licensed amateurs. There will also be a Radio Merit Badge class that afternoon.
Scouts and/or hams interested in participating should contact Michael Jarvis, N5MAJ, via email N5MAJ at ARRL dot net.
Our September meeting will feature a presentation on lead acid batteries for ham radio use. Our very own John Urban, WA9UOD, will present for discussion, battery safety, makeup, voltages, capacity ratings, charging and more! Everything you ever wanted to know about choosing the right battery for your application, but were afraid to ask. Join us on September 10, 7pm at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney for this and more!
Our July program will feature our very own William N5WOI and Kenneth KF5TXL presenting on Allen CERT. Find out how Ham Operators provide critical communications during various emergency situations and how you can get involved. They will be also be sharing a real life example of the help CERT/ Ham Radio provided after the devastating Hail storm this past March in Allen.
Please plan on joining us for this and more at 7pm, July 9th at Spring Creek BBQ, 75 and 380 in McKinney. We hope to see you there!
Field Day 2019 is almost here! Please join us on June 11th, 7pm at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney for an in-depth look at MARC’s plans for Field Day 2019 and how you can be a part of it. We have something for everyone this year, from setup, takedown, GOTA station, VE Exam, Educational Activity, Satellite work, Traffic Handling (W1AW bulletin), Family dinner and of course, making as many contacts as possible on CW, Phone or Digital stations!
Ever thought about having a QSO via satellite? Mac Cody, AE5PH, will be giving a presentation on how to work the FM satellites, also known as the ‘easy sats’. Mac has been working satellites since July of 2016 and has had almost 2000 QSOs, worked all fifty states, and fourteen countries. This has been done almost entirely on the ‘easy sats’!
Mac will show you how to work FM satellites with inexpensive radio equipment and with either home-brew or commercial antennas. All you will need to have is a Technicians License! If the weather holds and and a satellite is available, Mac will give a live demonstration of working an FM satellite. Otherwise, Mac will present a video of him working satellites during Winter Field Day in 2017.
Join us on May14, 7pm at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney for this and more!
Thanks to Dick Morgan for a very informative (and entertaining) presentation on Propagation in our April meeting! If you missed this, or need information from one of the slides, click the Propagation in 2019 by K6RAH-mckinney-waves link below to view or hit download to save it to your favorite device.