Solar Car Event

Solar Car Challenge W1N Traveling Special Event Operation Set

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Special event station W1N will travel from the Texas Motor Speedway to Minneapolis between July 15 and July 24 to highlight the 2016 Solar Car Challenge®. Several teams include students and adult advisors who are radio amateurs who wanted to operate a special event station during the Solar Car Challenge.

Activity will be limited on July 15-16 but will ramp up July 16-24, 0500 to 2359 UTC.

W1N will be on the air with a portable operation from the Texas Motor Speedway before the vehicles set off on the road. During the on-the-road event, W1N will have a mobile station and portable stations active as the cars move north toward Minneapolis. Mobile activity will be on 20 meters, centering around 14.343 MHz. Operation from portable sites will take place on 6, 10, and 15 meters.

Established in 1993 and hosted by Earth Day Texas, the Solar Car Challenge is aimed at motivating students in science and engineering and increasing alternative energy awareness.

The calendar provides the event schedule and itinerary. QSL to Steve McDermott, KF5RVR. For more information, contact Fred Varian, WD5ERD.

Solar Car Challenge special event station announcement. Give us a listen!

Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club members come out in support of Field Day

Putting up the antenna:


Operating the radio:

FD10_2016 FD4_2016 FD2_2016 FD1_2016Sitting back and relaxing:


Reaching out to  the community about Amateur Radio:


Welcome New Members

Newest members of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club:   WELCOME


Chris Babina, KE5KIP

Don Smith, KG5NHB

Steve Wise, KG5NHC

LouAnn Clark, W5LDX

Trey Garland, WX0MMG

WRN_Ambassador_logoThe CCARC has been accepted into the NOAA Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador™  initiative.

“The Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador initiative is an effort to formally recognize NOAA partners who are improving the nation’s readiness against extreme weather, water, and climate events. As a Weather-Ready Nation Ambassador, your organization is committing to work with NOAA and other Ambassadors to strengthen national resilience against extreme weather.”

For More Information

CCARC Vice-President Rich Casey, N5CSU, was guest on two recent HamRadioNow video podcasts hosted by Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.  Both shows include several mentions of the Cedar Creek ARC.


The first show is a remembrance of how Gary and Rich met on the air fifty years ago as newly licensed hams. They discuss the early days of the FM mode in Chicago; this is quite an introduction to how ham radio used to be!

In part two, Rich and Gary discuss the Internet and many tools that will be useful to hams both new and old.

Rich’s blog Casey’s Place adds a little background on both shows, and includes links to all the tools mentioned in the second show.

We’ve added several more resources for our new hams and those members planning to upgrade their license class; check them out on our Welcome page.

CCARC YouTube Channel

The Cedar Creek ARC now has its own YouTube channel, thanks to work by George, W5BRG, and Ed, K8MKN!  We’ll post our Skype interviews (if OK by our guest speaker) and other video tidbits.

Check it out!


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