November 20, 2013

Special Events and Logging Software

Rusk County hams got a chance to learn about special events, Boy Scout on-air jamborees and logging software Tuesday evening during the Rusk County Amateur Radio Club's November meeting.

Tom Noe (W5DTN), of Longview, visited the club and shared some his experiences with special event stations. Tom explained the process of applying for a special "1x1" callsign for special events such as the Syrup Festival and Field Day.

Tom also demonstrated the logging software he uses for contests like Field Day. He explained that he preferred to use the technique of "sitting" on a single frequency to rack up contacts, instead of dialing up and down the band looking for strong signals.

"Even if you call for 10 minutes without a contact," said Tom, "hang in there, someone will eventually come back to you."

In other business, the club set the date for it's December meeting. The club will meet for an evening social at Don Juan's, Tuesday, December 17th at 6 p.m. Spouses and families members are invited to attend.