March 20, 2017

Hospital repeater gets new mount

The antenna on the roof of EMTC Hospital in Henderson has been leaning a little for past year. After being upgraded and put on the air as the W5ETX's Henderson repeater by the ETECS Group in Tyler, a storm blew through and knocked it about 20 degrees off center.

This week, according to ETMC's facilities director and fellow ham, Thomas Moss, crews were on the roof working on another project and took advantage of the opportunity to straighten the antenna and re-secure it to the equipment building.

The repeater is currently off the air while the work is being done and Moss says he hopes to have it back up and running by early to mid April. The W5ETX repeater is linked by RF to other W5ETX repeaters in Tyler, Hawkins and Edom, providing easy coverage across most of East Texas.

March 01, 2017

N5L Special Event Station Planned

Rusk County amateurs are planning on commemorating the 80th Anniversary of the New London School Explosion with a special event station. Club members plan to operate the station (designated N5L) on March 18, 2017 from 8:00 am to 6 pm at the New London Museum. (Visit our Special Event Page for more details)

Thanks to the generosity and cooperation of the museum, the station will be operated from within the London Museum and Tea Room, across the highway from the school site. The station will run concurrently with events commemorating the 80th anniversary of the explosion. The station plans to be active on both SSB and PSK on the 40, 20 and 15 meter bands. We plan on erecting an antenna using a large tower already located at the site.

A QSL card and a Certificate will be available for all stations completing QSOs with N5L. To receive a printed QSL card, please send your own QSL card along with a SASE (at least 3.5" x 6") to "Attn: N5L QSL" and the club's address below. For a printed certificate, please send $1 and a SASE (at least 8.5" x 11") to "Attn: N5L Certificate" and the club's address below.