February 21, 2016

Radio books donated to Rusk Co. Library

The Rusk County Amateur Radio Club donated 11 new books to the Rusk County Library on Thursday. The books, worth more than $250, cover a variety of topics including basic electronics, antenna designs, radio frequency interference and amateur radio satellites.

A copy each of the American Radio Relay League's Handbook for Radio Communications and the Antenna Book for Radio Communications, both large reference-style books, were also given to the library.

The club voted to donate the books in order to promote electronics knowledge and skills and increase the awareness of the role amateur radio operators play in public service and emergencies.  The books can be checked out or requested at any of the library's four locations in the county.

The club also donated study guides for each of the three levels of amateur radio licensee exams required by the F.C.C. The guides cover material in the Technician, General and Extra level exams. After using the guides, a prospective "Ham" can contact the club for help in scheduling an official testing session.

Several club members were on hand to deliver the books and the library's assistant director, Michelle Zenor, accepted them on behalf of the library.

February 17, 2016

East Texas Net now heard in Rusk Co.

Rusk County amateurs now have the ability to check into the East Texas Emergency Communications Service's monthly training net. The ETECS net is called on the last Monday of each month at 7:00 PM on the W5ETX linked system repeaters which includes the new repeater recently installed on ETMC's facilities in Henderson.

The net's agenda includes check-ins, announcements and training pertinent to EmComm operations. ARRL radiogram traffic and digital traffic using various modes of the Narrow Band Emergency Messaging Software (NBEMS) may also be handled during the net.

The net can be heard on any other linked repeaters, including:

  • Tyler on the “210” repeater (145.210 – 136.5),
  • In Henderson and Rusk County on the  “92” repeater (146.920 – 136.5),
  • In Hawkins on the “24” repeater (147.240 + 88.5) and
  • In Edom and Van Zandt County on the (146.620 –  136.5).
For more information about ETECS, visit their website.

February 14, 2016

Tyler Hams plan digital net on Sundays

The fldigi program is a free.
Several Tyler hams will begin holding a digital-mode net on Sunday evenings at 9 pm starting on February 21. The net is currently planned to be held on 10 meters, 28.123 MHz dial frequency, USB digital (1500 Hz audio--28.124.5 MHz rf--center frequency).

The first mode to be tried is a new mode called FSQ (Fast Simple QSO). This mode is available in the most recent versions of fldigi beginning in version 3.23. (User manual available here)

Not sure how well (or even if) Rusk County hams will be able to here them, but it's worth a try. The regular SSB net starts at 8 pm on 28.365 MHz. Then stick around at 9 pm as they move down the band to 28.123 MHz (+-) for digital.

The full details are available on the Tyler ham club's page.

February 13, 2016

Friends help new ham get on the air

Dana (AG5DA) got a little help from his friends this week. The guys, also members of the RCARC, help put up a 30-foot tower at Dana's house and stick a Comet GP-9 on top.

Craig, who is not that fond of heights, admitted it was a little harrowing at times. But in the end, Dana was able to get a nice signal out and sounded great on the repeater during the weekly net. In the shack, Dana uses a Kenwood TM-V71A dual band transceiver powered by an Astron VS-35M power supply.

He notes that he's "still got work to do such as grounding, but I am up and running!" He also adds that he "wouldn't have it running without Craig, Ken, and Eric!  It was done right thanks to those guys."

February 03, 2016

New Tech License Course set for April

The Rusk County Amateur Radio Club will offer a Technician's license course to help non-hams earn their entry-level Technician License over three Saturdays in April. The course dates are set for April 16, 23, and 30.

Club members will present the study material in a fun and interactive way that will help students remember everything they need to pass the exam. Participants will also get a change to actually use radio equipment, send email via radio and practice their new skills.

Volunteer Examiners will be on hand for students to take their test at the end of the final class time. For more details on the course, visit our Technician Course page.