Friday, September 19, 2014

Plano Balloon Festival Special Event - K5P #ARRL #hamradio

The station will be set up directly across the street from the Balloon Festival launch site and is hosted by the First United Methodist Church, 3160 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano, Texas. Both clubs will be actively participating in the joint effort, making contacts across the country and around the world, as well as showcasing  amateur radio to the public.

We plan to have 2 stations operating onsite from 2 PM (CDT) / 1900 UTC on Friday until 2 PM (CDT) / 1900 UTC Sunday (Operations will cease at night between 10pm-8am CDT/ 0300-1300 UTC) and we plan to operate on or near the following frequencies:

40 meters - 7.255 +/- QRM
20 meters - 14.260+/- QRM
17 meters - 18.145+/- QRM
15 meters - 21.315 +/- QRM

Limited activity from home stations before and after the event is also possible. A special QSL card is available with SASE. Check the K5P site on for details.

Thanks to Stan NW5Q for this report.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Locating Loved Ones #NatlPrep #ARRL #hamradio

Have you ever thought about how you will communicate with and locate your loved ones in the event of a disaster?  You never know where you will be or with whom you will be when a disaster strikes. This week, the focus for National Preparedness Month is, “How to Reconnect with Family After a Disaster.” Use this time to build a family communications plan. Your priority will be to get to a safe place, contact your loved ones and reunite with them as soon as possible. The best course of action is to have a plan for each of the common locations where you spend most of your time – home, work, gym, or place of worship. 
Below are some tips on how to get in contact with your loved ones in an emergency.
  • Complete a contact card for each member of your family and have them placed in purses, wallets and book bags;
  • Have a contact that does not live in your area that each family member can notify when they are safe if unable to contact family in the affected area. An out-of-area contact may be in a better position to communicate among separated family members;
  • Remember you can use text messaging when calling does not work because phone lines commonly have network disruptions after disasters; and
  • In addition to text messaging, use social media outlets such as Facebook and Twitter, to alert family members that you are safe. You can also use the American Red Cross’s Safe and Well program.
Check out America’s PrepareAthon! to participate in other drills and exercises with your family, and practice the communications plan you just developed

Thanks to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for this information.

Additionally, please consider amateur radio for your family.  The American Radio Relay League can help.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The Other Two-Meter band #ARRL #HamRadio

The S.W.O.T. Net (Side Winders On Two)  A two meter sideband net, held every Thursday at 8:00 PM (pre net starts around 7:30 PM) called from Northeast Oklahoma, thus the Northeast Oklahoma SideWinders On Two net, better known as SWOT.

The rotation starts off pointing south and moves clockwise .  All Stations and Operators are welcome to join in on the net.  If you happen to have a SWOT #, Give it to the net controller at the time of checking in.  It is like most non traffic nets with you making comments to the net (listeners).   The net usually last about 45 minutes on 144.250 Mhz. 

There is a Wednesday SWOT NET from the Decatur, TX area conducted by Bob, W5FKN, that follows the same operating time and procedures.  Then there is a Weak Signal net called on Monday nights by Sam, K5SW out of Muskogee, OK on the frequency of 144.190 that starts at 8:00 PM and other than the frequency it also follows the same procedures.

Thanks to Stan, W5SKS for this information.

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