QST Article: “Judging Regional Science And Engineering Fairs”

McKinney Amateur Radio Club President, Bill Vining (N5YZ), recently wrote an article on judging regional science and engineering fairs that has been published in the March 2019 issue of the ARRL magazine, QST.

McKinney Amateur Radio Club has participated for the past six years with the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair, and has awarded a special award for the entry that, “…best promotes the study, knowledge, or participation in the operation of communication equipment and radio technology.” MARC also provides VE vouchers for students who may choose to get licensed, or seek license upgrades.

The print edition of QST should be available now, and of course ARRL members can read the digital edition of QST online at the website http://www.arrl.org/qst. The article starts on page 74. Great article, Bill!

February 2019 Newsletter

The February 2019 MARC Newsletter, “On your MARC,” is now available here. A big thanks to Bob DeVance, K5CRX, for his usual outstanding job!

Also, be sure and attend our regular February meeting on Tuesday, February 12th, for a very interesting program on stealth antennas!

The McKinney Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly business meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Spring Creek Barbecue, 1993 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070. 

February 2019 Program – Stealth Antennas

Live in an HOA restricted area? Want to try something other than the dipole strung up in the attic? Or, just looking for ideas on your next antenna project? If so, don’t miss the February meeting!

This month’s presentation (put together by Don Parker NA5V, Wayne Hunkins KM6T and John Urban WA9UOD) will be on Stealth Antennas or, “How to keep your HOA happy AND work DX” Really!). The focus will be on loop antennas, but will also briefly touch on using your homes rain gutter for an antenna and tips for hiding verticals/dipoles in plain sight.

So, please plan on joining us February 12, at 7pm, at Spring Creek BBQ in McKinney for what’s sure to be a great presentation.

The McKinney Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly business meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Spring Creek Barbecue, 1993 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070.

January 2019 Program — FSQ

Do you use a smartphone, tablet, or computer for texting?  If the answer is “yes,” what if the phone system or internet is unavailable, and you want or need to text message, send a file, or share a picture with someone?

As a licensed amateur radio operator you have a fun, easy-to-use, and versatile solution: the Fast Simple QSO (FSQ) digital modem provided by the FLDIGI software program.  FSQ can be used for long-distance rag-chewing on 80m, 40m, and 30m USB, as well as for local area chatting, public service, and EMCOM communications on VHF/UHF FM. 

Come join us at our January 8 club meeting to receive a presentation on FSQ by Paul Newman, KA5TYW, and fellow participants in the North Texas FSQ ‘mesh’.  Portable FSQ stations will be available for ‘hands-on’ learning after the presentation.  As a plus, if you would like a ‘jump-start’ for operating with FSQ, please bring your laptop or Raspberry Pi to get the latest version of FLDIGI and recommended configuration.

The McKinney Amateur Radio Club holds its monthly business meeting on the second Tuesday of each month. The next meeting will be at 7:00 pm on Tuesday, February 12, 2019, at Spring Creek Barbecue, 1993 N Central Expy, McKinney, TX 75070.