Lewisville Amateur Radio Association

Lewisville Amateur Radio Association Our goal is to promote the hobby and raise the interest of Amateur (Ham) Radio in and around the Lewisville Area.
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Operating as usual

Hams Help Find Kids by Monitoring FRS Radios
09/26/2020
Hams Help Find Kids by Monitoring FRS Radios

Hams Help Find Kids by Monitoring FRS Radios

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

09/23/2020

Mind yer manners!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

09/16/2020

Tonight's the night!
Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

09/09/2020

Tonight's the night!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

09/02/2020

Mike, KI5DLF will be running the Net tonight. Mostly a round robin format but we'll be concentrating on contesting and related skills.

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

08/26/2020

Mind yer manners!
Join us tonight for the Lewisville Amateur Radio Association Information and Help Net!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

ARRL Volunteer Monitors Recognize Good Operators
08/11/2020
ARRL Volunteer Monitors Recognize Good Operators

ARRL Volunteer Monitors Recognize Good Operators

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

08/05/2020

Where am I?

Join in the fun this week when I discuss location!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

07/29/2020

Tonight's Information and Help Net will be a round robin format with Ron as Net Control. Be sure and bring a question or two to toss out and lets make this some interesting conversation!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Hanna
07/28/2020
Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Hanna

Hurricane Watch Net Activates for Hurricane Hanna

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

Radio Amateurs Help Air Ambulance
07/22/2020
Radio Amateurs Help Air Ambulance

Radio Amateurs Help Air Ambulance

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

07/18/2020
Lewisville Amateur Radio Association

Lewisville Amateur Radio Association

Get up and about early tomorrow and catch the ISS as it comes over our area -- Time: Fri Jul 17 5:06 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 62°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 11° above SE.

07/17/2020

Get up and about early tomorrow and catch the ISS as it comes over our area -- Time: Fri Jul 17 5:06 AM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 62°, Appears: 10° above NW, Disappears: 11° above SE.

07/16/2020

Should be a good evening to see the ISS come over -- Time: Thu Jul 16 8:57 PM, Visible: 6 min, Max Height: 66°, Appears: 11° above SW, Disappears: 10° above NE.

07/15/2020

Tonight's the night! The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association invites one and all to join us for our weekly Information and Help Net! Everyone is invited whether a member of LARA or not. Bring your radio related questions and problems and let's see if we can straighten you out and improve your ham radio experience!

Our weekly "net" on the W5FKN repeater.
Everyone is invited to enjoy some really great programs and round table discussions centered on education and getting you on the air.
Wednesday, 7PM Central
Receive: 145.1700
Transmit: 144.5700
Offset -0.6 MHz
PL: 110.9
FM Mode

Annual 13 Colonies Event Gets Under Way on July 1
07/07/2020
Annual 13 Colonies Event Gets Under Way on July 1

Annual 13 Colonies Event Gets Under Way on July 1

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

06/27/2020

Throughout the weekend, I'm going to be on all the vhf/uhf FMcalling frequencies. Not chasing points, this is for test, demonstration, and, well, its just plain fun, dang it! (BTW, check on 220 if ya want, I'll be playing there too!)

06/26/2020
Lewisville Amateur Radio Association

Lewisville Amateur Radio Association

Members of the Lewisville Amateur Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 - 28, in Lewisville and across the North Texas area. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated last year in Field Day 2019 activities.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world,” Isgur added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. In addition, amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Lewisville Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lewisville.

06/26/2020

Members of the Lewisville Amateur Radio Association will be participating in the national Amateur Radio Field Day exercise, June 27 - 28, in Lewisville and across the North Texas area. Since 1933, ham radio operators across North America have established temporary ham radio stations in public locations during Field Day to showcase the science and skill of Amateur Radio. This event is open to the public and all are encouraged to attend.
For more than 100 years, Amateur Radio — also called ham radio — has allowed people from all walks of life to experiment with electronics and communications techniques, as well as provide a free public service to their communities during a disaster or emergency, all without needing a cell phone or the Internet. Field Day demonstrates ham radio’s ability to work reliably under any conditions from almost any location and create an independent communications network. More than 35,000 people from thousands of locations participated last year in Field Day 2019 activities.
“It’s easy for anyone to pick up a computer or smartphone, connect to the Internet and communicate, with no knowledge of how the devices function or connect to each other,” said David Isgur, communications manager for the American Radio Relay League, the national association for Amateur Radio. “But if there’s an interruption of service or you’re out of range of a cell tower, you have no way to communicate. Ham radio functions completely independent of the Internet or cell phone infrastructure, can interface with tablets or smartphones, and can be set up almost anywhere in minutes. That’s the beauty of Amateur Radio during a communications outage.
“Hams can literally throw a wire in a tree for an antenna, connect it to a battery-powered transmitter, and communicate halfway around the world,” Isgur added. “Hams do this by using a layer of Earth’s atmosphere as a sort of mirror for radio waves. In today’s electronic do-it-yourself (DIY) environment, ham radio remains one of the best ways for people to learn about electronics, physics, meteorology, and numerous other scientific disciplines. In addition, amateur radio is a huge asset to any community during disasters or emergencies if the standard communication infrastructure goes down.”
Anyone may become a licensed Amateur Radio operator. There are more than 725,000 licensed hams in the United States, as young as 9 and as old as 100. And with clubs such as Lewisville Amateur Radio Association, it’s easy for anybody to get involved right here in Lewisville.

06/18/2020

As Ron mentioned tonight in thhe Information and Help Net, for field day I'll be sending out some NTS traffic via digital modes in order to get some extra field day points for the club. Ron sent out an email to all club members with an attached fillable PDF format Radiogram form. If you have a message (25 words or less) that you'd like to send out to someone for field day, by all means please fill out that form and send it to either Ron or I as soon as possible.

Mike, KI5DLF

06/13/2020

I'm sure some of you out there are thinking this is information that's being beat to death. Well, I'm gonna beat it one more time as, for some reason, this iteration just cleared up a few questions for me and if it does for one other person out there, then my mission has been accomplished.

With ARRL FD just Two weeks away
I wanted to answer the most frequent questions

As always I want to emphasize that we all do the safest thing for each
one of us and for our club members.

Q: Can a club member operate from home using the club call sign?

A: Yes, but the call sign may be used Only in one location.
and The member must receive permission from the trustee of the call
sign.

However keep in Mind these two facts:

1. Only those members that are within a 1,000 foot circle
(ARRL FD Location is defined to be within a 1,000 foot circle)

2. No more than One station (Station Defined as a Callsign) can be on
the Same Band-Mode at any given instant (FCC Rule)

So if Jerry W5JJ, Kelly W5KJ and Debbie W5DJ all live within a 1,000
foot circle they can use the same callsign provided
they have permission from the Trustee of the Callsign AND they ensure
that

None of them operate on the Same Band-Mode at ANY given instant

To comply with this FCC Rule of No more than one Callsign per Band-Mode

This Requires coordination and planning with each other and if anyone
does this and they are outside of the 1,000 foot circle
they have broken the FD Rule and therefore must submit their log so
stating as a Check Log.

Distributed Multi-OP is beyond most clubs/members capability
(Distributed Multi-Op is what we are discussing under item 2.)
Because of the Coordination to ensure no more than one person per
Band-Mode

It can be done, If each member in the team using the same callsign is
using the same software and the computers they are using are linked
together N1MM+ Logging software and other software that offers this this
tool

However, keep in mind if anyone of the members of that Distributed
Multi-Op team are outside of a 1,000 foot circle then you have broken
the 1,000 foot ARRL FD Rule and you will need to state so during Log
Submission and therefore submit your Log as a Check Log

*** Most clubs will ask each member to operate on their own, with their
own station and callsign

When they submit their log, they state the Name of the Club which
they are a member of.

Each station can work any other station

W5JJ can work anyone he wants, including other club members operating
with their own callsign

Just because W5DJ is a member of the same club does not mean he can not
work Debbie (W5DJ)

The Only rule changes for FD 2020 are Class D stations may work anyone
else including other Class D stations and Individual scores will be
aggregated to Club scores, if those submitting their scores so request
it, by naming their club.

*** Clubs will not need to Total the scores of each member and submit a
combined log ***

A few clubs will still have a few members that insist on going to a
Field Day location and operating
just like they have forever. While I do NOT recommend this, it is O.K.
as long as they do not violate any city or county ordinance and respect
the social distancing recommendations.

Please, realize sanitizing radios and especially Microphones
in the field is almost impossible.
If they recognize their own personal risk and are wanting to press
forward
so be it.
Use the Club callsign and submit the log just like they always have been
doing.

The members that wish to remain safer at home etc can operate with their
Own station callsign
and add the club name to their own personal submission.

The deployed club members (In The Field) can work any other stations
even if they are a club member, as long as they have not also gone home
and worked the deployed station for a QSO.

I know many clubs enjoy providing a GOTA station
there are some creative social distancing methods of doing so,
however they demand the control op, be on their toes at all times and
therefore I do NOT recommend it.

Personally I will be operating 1E from my home station
I will also be accepting traffic addressed to myself the Section
Manager
for those seeking those bonus points

I will take traffic on cw and phone
When you work me on Phone, just state you have traffic for me
On CW just send QRG ?
Start Sending your traffic, when I send QRG without the question mark

I will also check..............
WinLink using Win VARA P2P (HF to HF not TeleNet) at 3PM and 6 PM on
Saturday
My VARA Day Time Center frequency will be 3594.500 with the Dial
Frequency of 3593.000

You may of course also send Traffic to me via any of the established
Nets

Have a Safe and Fun ARRL FD event.
I will be glad to answer any further questions
Just drop me an email.

Steve
KG5VK
Tele 318-470-9806

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ARRL North Texas Section
Section Manager: Steven Lott Smith, KG5VK
[email protected]
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ARISS Establishes Itself as an Independent Organization
06/10/2020
ARISS Establishes Itself as an Independent Organization

ARISS Establishes Itself as an Independent Organization

The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is the national association for amateur radio, connecting hams around the U.S. with news, information and resources.

06/02/2020

VERY IMPORTANT INFORMATION!

Whether one views "May You Live In Interesting Times" as a curse or as a declaration of opportunity, there can be no disagreement that the phrase is an apt description of the circumstances impacting the 87th running of ARRL's oldest operating event, Field Day.



Limitations on the size of gatherings, social distancing rules and masking orders vary from one end of America to the other. Regardless of the variations, they all threaten to curtail widespread participation in an event for which individuals and clubs plan for a year.



As a result, I, and others, have worked to obtain a modification of the FD rules for this year. Those efforts proved successful as the PSC (Program & Services Committee) voted in a special called meeting on Wednesday night to implement two of the most requested rules modifications. The ARRL official announcement appears below.



Enjoy Field Day and be safe.



With one month to go before 2020 ARRL Field Day, June 27 – 28, the ARRL Programs and Services Committee (PSC) has adopted two temporary rule waivers for the event:



1) For Field Day 2020 only, Class D stations may work all other Field Day stations, including other Class D stations, for points.



Field Day rule 4.6 defines Class D stations as “Home stations,”including stations operating from permanent or licensed station locations using commercial power. Class D stations ordinarily may only count contacts made with Class A, B, C, E, and F Field Day stations, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows Class D stations to count contacts with other Class D stations for QSO credit.



2) In addition, for 2020 only, an aggregate club score will be published, which will be the sum of all individual entries indicating a specific club (similar to the aggregate score totals used in ARRL affiliated club competitions).



Ordinarily, club names are only published in the results for Class A and Class F entries, but the temporary rule waiver for 2020 allows participants from any Class to optionally include a single club name with their submitted results following Field Day.



For example, if Podunk Hollow Radio Club members Becky, W1BXY, and Hiram, W1AW, both participate in 2020 Field Day — Hiram from his Class D home station, and Becky from her Class C mobile station — both can include the radio club’s name when reporting their individual results.

The published results listing will include individual scores for Hiram and Becky, plus a combined score for all entries identified as Podunk Hollow Radio Club.



The temporary rule waivers were adopted by the PSC on May 27, 2020.



ARRL Field Day is one of the biggest events on the amateur radio calendar, with over 36,000 participants in 2019, including entries from 3,113 radio clubs and emergency operations centers. In most years, Field Day is also the largest annual demonstration of ham radio, because many radio clubs organize their participation in public places such as parks and schools.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many radio clubs have made decisions to cancel their group participation in ARRL Field Day this year due to public health recommendations and/or requirements, or to significantly modify their participation for safe social distancing practices. The temporary rule waivers allow greater flexibility in recognizing the value of individual and club participation regardless of entry class.



ARRL is contacting logging program developers about the temporary rule waivers so developers can release updated versions of their software prior to Field Day weekend. Participants are reminded that the preferred method of submitting entries after Field Day is via the web applet. The ARRL Field Day rules include instructions for submitting entries after the event. Entries must be submitted or postmarked by Tuesday, July 28, 2020.





John Robert Stratton
N5AUS
ARRL West Gulf Division

Address

188 N Valley Parkway
Lewisville, TX
75067

General information

In 1982, a group of hams at TI Lewisville formed the Texins Amateur Radio Club. The club lasted until 1999, when the TI plant was closed down. At its peak, the club had about 60 members, plus a club station and a 2-meter FM repeater on 145.170 MHz. After the club shut down, the repeater was operated by a group of local hams until 2004, when it was taken out of service. It was later put back on the air in another location in Lewisville by Bob Landrum, W5FKN, who still runs and maintains it to this day. In 2015, a new group of hams from the Lewisville area formed the current Lewisville Amateur Radio Association.

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I am running behind, but think that I am finally ready for Field Day 2020.
Thank you John Hill, KF5VO for your winlink presenation. Maybe more will "jump" in.
I just rejoined the ARRL since I've got back into ham radio. I really like this new "On The Air" magazine they have now. It seems to cover the basics a lot more than QST. I still like QST I think they both have a place. Someone mentioned at the meeting yesterday a school radio club in Lewisville. That would be a great magazine to have around the club.
Probably gonna buy an HF radio this next week. My neighbor, WA5WXQ, suggested I look into buying used. I'm nervous about eBay and the unknowns. I did check the club website, but figured I'd ask here to see if anyone was planning on selling.
Looking for an FTM-350AR.... please drop me a note if you run across someone willing to part with one of these transceivers would appreciate it. Also, feel free to reach out to me if you’re interested in being a communicator or if you don’t have a license, I have volunteer positions for you regarding the MS150 bike tour May 16 and 17th. 73 J(dot)marpleVerizon.net KB5ZDG
Announcing the 2019 DFW Contest Group Straight Key Night With a 6 Meter Twist… Break out your straight keys, bugs, saw blades, iambic paddles, single lever paddles, cootie keys, side swiper, (whatever floats your boat). The idea is to create some activity on the band. QRP, QRO, QRQ, QLF is all ok… For the guys that prefer SSB, join the fun in the phone portion of the band (FT8 folks are welcome to participate too). When: Tuesday December 31 starting at 3 PM CST (2100 UTC) and lasting until Tuesday evening at midnight CST (0600 UTC Jan 1) Suggested Frequencies:CW: 50.085 – 50.100SSB: 50.125 -50.135 (I know some of you will say to stay off the calling frequency, if that is an issue you can always QSY to another frequency once a QSO has started)Digital: Use standard digital watering holes on the bandExchange: RST and Grid Square, Long QSOs (ragchew) are also encouragedEmail your QSO count and any soapbox info to: [email protected] No scores, no winners, just radio fun!If you are a member of the DFW Contest Group post your information to the DFWCG groups.io email reflector. If you are not a DFW Contest Group member visit www.dfwcontest.com to learn more about our club. All amateurs are welcome to join (membership is free and we get together 2 times a month in various parts of the metroplex). Forward questions and comments to: [email protected] Holidays, Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and 73,Eric NM5M
Is there a LARA FB group that members could converse with one another? This FB page is awesome for announcements, but not that great for conversation. Thanks!
Good seeing everyone at breakfast today. WG8X
The Lewisville Amateur Radio Association will be at Lake Park Campground, Lewisville, TX on 22 and 23 June.
DFW Contest Group Contest Luncheon @ HamCom Saturday, June 8th at 12:00 Luncheon Presentation: "New Blood: Drafting the Next Generation" Presented by 2018 Young Ham of the Year: Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO Visit http://www.dfwcontest.com/2019-contest-luncheon.html to purchase tickets
Anyone have any recommends on logging software? Netlogger logs and uploads to to LoTW and I have TQSL which uploads to LoTW but I'm hoping for something that might bind these together or serve as a main logging program for contacts outside of Netlogger.
Ok, all you Elmers out there! Last night, for the weekly net, I keyed up my new Baofeng HT (UV-5rx3) and got a huge amount of scratchiness/static on both receive and transmit. The area I was in is my computer corner so I have computer equipment, wifi router and such here as well as battery chargers (not in use at the time) and a few other things. Right outside the window next to me is a bank of smart meters for the mains into the building. Also, it was a light drizzle precipitation at the time. I was able to walk into another room (about 20 feet) and it cleared considerably. Is my most likely culprit the weather, location in general (a bit of a low area topographically), the meters outside, the computer equipment close to me, the radio itself, or should I be looking for something else?