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Next Club Meeting March 11th

Ham Radio Club to Meet

 Just as our TVs have “gone digital,” ham radio is following suit. Several digital voice modes are now in use on the ham bands, and their use is growing exponentially.  These modes each offer capabilities not previously available to ham radio operators. 

 At the March 11 meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club, Rich Casey, N5CSU, will discuss these new modes, explain their major features and show how to get involved in this fascinating aspect of ham radio.

 The usual updates and reports will be presented and generally good fellowship for everyone attending.

 The meeting will be held Saturday March 11th at the Mabank Café on Hwy 198 in Mabank.  The club meets the second Saturday of each month there. The meeting starts at 9 AM, but many come early for the breakfast buffet.  Anyone interested in technology is welcome.

 The ham radio exam no longer requires a Morse code test.  So if you’ve ever wanted to talk to the world or be there when all other forms of communications fail, this is the time to act.  The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club offers free one-day classes to study and pass the exam.

The Cedar Creek ARC has over forty members from the tri-county area. It maintains a VHF and UHF repeater system that provide hand-held radio coverage to hams in the lake area, and mobile and base coverage throughout the three counties. CCARC participates in the National Weather Service SKYWARN program and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service. The club also provides classes to those wishing to join the ranks of Amateur “ham” Radio.

The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club is placing copies of ‘Ham Radio For Dummies’ in public libraries and schools around the Cedar Creek Area. Checking one out is as easy as going to your school or public library and reading about one of the oldest and most respected hobbies in the world.

The book will inform and teach you information about what is need to get your Ham Radio License. And a local website is provided on the first page where you can see information about local events and where and when testing is provided in the area.

Once the test is over…what do you do now????

Well, you need to get on the air and start enjoying the hobby!

 Technician Class

If you recently passed the Technician Class License test, you’ll want to get on the air on frequencies above 50Mhz. The most popular frequencies for new Technicians are the 2Meter band. Most 2M traffic uses frequency modulation (FM) although you are licensed to use many modes.

On 2M FM, transmissions normally travel almost by “line of sight”. There are exceptions to every rule, but if you want to use 2M, chances are you will communicate directly with another Amateur (normally called simplex), or via a device called a repeater that amplifies your signal and increases your range. A simplex radio system works fine for large, open, flat areas. In cities, suburban areas, and mountainous regions however buildings and hills may block radio signals thereby reducing the radio systems’ effectiveness. Repeater systems provide a solution to this problem. When using a repeater, all stations listen on frequency F1 and transmit on F2. Every message that is transmitted on F2 is simultaneously retransmitted on F1 by the repeater.

So, How Do I Get on 2M??

First you need a radio. The good news is that 2M equipment is plentiful and fairly cheap. You can find a 2M radio (rig) for around $140 new. Used rigs can be found for under $100. So where do you look??

But, we’re getting ahead of ourselves…

First check out the book at the library, and then get involved at the local meetings held on Saturdays in the Cedar Creek area. The Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club meets the second Saturday of each month at the Mabank Cafe, Mabank, TX. The meeting starts at 9am, but most members come around 8am to enjoy the buffet breakfast.

Brad Koskelin, Asst. Supt. of Mabank ISD said:

I delivered the books to the Jr. High and high school libraries and visited with the Lead Librarian. I expressed to her your desire in trying to generate interest in Ham Radio operation with young people and shared some of our conversation with her regarding what it takes to become licensed and the what becoming an amateur radio operator means. She was very excited about sharing something new with the students.

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Mabank: Brad Koskelin, Asst. Supt. of Mabank ISD accepts copie from club member Glenn Hughes

 

 

canton1Canton:  Canton Librarian Kristin Rose accepts her copies from club member Glenn Hughes

 

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Kaufman:  Yasma Yvette Holland, Director of the Kaufman County Library displays her copy

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Malakoff:  Randy Perry, Superintendent Malakoff ISD

 

Thank you Glenn Hughes for being the coordinator for this project. Job well done.

Where Can You Find “Ham Radio for Dummies?”

 Canton High School and Canton Junior High

.Kemp High School…

.Mabank High School and Junior High

The libraries in Kaufman, the Cedar Creek Library in Seven points and the Tri-County Library in Mabank,

Athens school district

Scurry Rosser High school and Junior High

Malakoff High School and Middle School

New Club Members

Today we had three new members join the club.  Welcome new members:

Aaron Hatch    no call sign yet

Butch Keller, KF5ZDE former member who re upped

Charles Davis, KG5RNR

Monthly Meeting  February 11, 2017

President William Moos, WM5MM called the meeting to order at 0900

Present were 29 Members and 3 visitors

Three new members: Charlie Davis, KG5RNR, Butch Keller, KF5ZDE, Aaron Hatch, no call sign

Reports

Treasurer’s Report- Jeff Irion    Balance of $3313.26. Motion made and seconded to accept the report, motion passed

Secretary’s Report-Charles Wells   read the minutes for the January 2016 meeting:  Motion made and seconded to accept the report, motion passed

ARES Report-Charles Wells   The ARES Training net was held on January 10th with 6 check-ins. There was no Saturday training session in January. A basic Skywarn class will be held in Kaufman at the Fire Station on Wednesday the 15th. There will basic followed by an advanced Skywarn class held in Garland on the 18th.

Door Prizes-The Mabank Café donated a buffet breakfast as a door prize. Three door prizes were given away.

Announcements

Ham Cram will be held on April 29th at the Harbor Baptist Church.

Ed –reported that the hardware was installed at the repeater site and at the Harbor Baptist Church which provides internet service to the repeater site. In addition, the part needed to allow digital access from the 440 repeater has been ordered.

Glenn Hughes reported that 30 copies of Ham Radio for Dummies have been placed in the various school and public libraries in the Cedar Creek Area.  On behalf of the Friend of the Kaufman Library, Dave Randall expressed a warm thank you to the club for the book donation.

Ed reported that he and George Yarger installed an antenna for club member, Yeager Markins.

Jeff Irion proposed a fox hunt for April or May.  Several members express an interest. More to follow.

Dave Randall provided information about the N5ZUA repeater 444.775+ pl 100.0 in Corsicana, TX. It is linked to a system in CA. For those who intend to use the link, be aware that the system takes long breaks so the echo link and IRLP stations can check in and participate. Therefore, you need to listen for a while before transmitting.

Meeting Feature

President Moos presented a short video on the use of short/small antennas for HF use.

The meeting was adjourned at 0955.

CCARC is initiating a “UHF” social net on our repeater.

Day: Every Thursday

Time: 7PM

Frequency: 444.050

Tone: 136.5

Offset: +

Check in and check it out.

All are welcome to participate.

February Tuesday Lunches

Cedar Creek ARC Lunches for February

 Be Sure You Do Not Arrive Before 11:30AM

 

The February Tuesday lunches of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club floats across Cedar Creek Lake to Seven Points.  There, just up the hill on Hwy 334, we find the offerings of the the Italian restaurant Tavi’s.

All are welcome to solve the problems of the world (or add to them) and pursue trivia.

The only request is to not arrive before 11:30 AM. It seems simple but appears to be quite a challenge for some.

For the lunches in March, we return to GBC and Lakeside Café.

 

 

 

 

The CCARC Repeater is back  up and running.

Clif-KA5IPF and Ed-K8MKN got it fixed.

 

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