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August 2021 Meeting

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Fox Hunt September 2021


The Rockwall Amateur Radio Club is a made up of a group of Amateur Radio operators in and around the Rockwall, Texas area.

Coming Activities

  • October 2, 2021 - Belton Ham Fest The Belton Hamfest is this coming tomorrow October 2nd (see below)

  • October 9, 2021 - Mentor Fest - 21 Rowlett Rd, Rowlette, TX (Contact Bill Caldwell ac5bc2@verizon.net for details)

  • October 19, 2021 - Face to Face Meeting at Soulman's

  • October 23, 2021 - Rockwall Club POTA (see below)

  • October 28, 2021 - Hams for Lunch Thursday, 11:30 - Joe Willy's 2006 S Goliad St, Rockwall, TX 75087

  • October 30, 2021 - Tail Gate Hamfest - Contact Bill Caldwell ac5bc2@verizon.net for details

Future Activities

February 5, 2022 - Rockwall Special Event Station - Republic of Texas Central National Road (click here for details)

The Belton Hamfest

  • The Belton Hamfest is this coming weekend October 2nd

  • This is The Hamfest for those looking for traditional flea market style fest.

  • Officially the fest is one Day SATURDAY, but many show up Friday afternoon or earlier for the Tailgate parties.

  • Indoors and Outdoors, word to the wise Arrive early,

  • if you arrive at noon on Saturday, you might as well stay home. (Smart amateurs will arrive at day break on Saturday)

  • Official website is here....

  • https://eventbrite.com/e/hamexpo-fall-2021-the-belton-hamfest-october-2-2021-tickets-161831208501

  • if the website url is clipped here just google Belton Ham Expo 2021

Rockwall Club (K5RKW) POTA Sheet – Saturday, Oct 23, 2021

Bonham State Park – K-2991 Lat 33.54475’ N, Long -96.14580 W

  1. Bonham State Park is a small park/lake right outside of Bonham Texas about 1.25 hours NE of Rockwall. The place we will setup is right next to the lake on some covered picnic tables. The Rest Rooms are just up a hill from the tables and are the nicest ones I have ever seen in a public park (they even have showers).

  2. There is an entrance/usage fee - $4 per person over 13. If you have a current State Pass fee waived.

  3. We will schedule Activation on POTA site ahead of time to help maximize the number of contacts we make.

  4. We will be using the Club call K5RKW which does have it's own POTA account. POTA operators will also get credit for the contacts they make under the club call.

  5. We will spot our Activation once on the air & continually during the event (we will have wifi via my portable hot spot).

  6. Planned bands (we may do additional bands if we can or if conditions not good on these) - 15 Meters CW, FT8, SSB - 20Meters CW, FT8, SSB – 40Meters CW, FT8, SSB

  7. Start 8:30am Central Time till sometime in the afternoon (no fixed time to leave just whenever we get ready to come home)

  8. Use Paper and hamrs logger

  9. POTA uses RS type Signal Report – 45, 49, 55, 57, 59, etc

a. Readability

1 – Unreadable

2 – Barely readable, occasional words distinguishable.

3 – Readable with considerable difficulty.

4 – Readable with practically no difficulty.

5 – Perfectly readable.

b. Signal Strength

1- Faint signals, barely perceptible.

2- Very weak signals.

3- Weak signals.

4- Fair signals.

5- Fairly good signals.

6- Good signals.

7- Moderately strong signals.

8- Strong signals.

9- Extremely strong signals.

10. List of Items to bring:

a. Three of us will have antennas and Radios, others can bring whatever they would like to use for the event or just use what the three of us bring.

b. Fishing poles (make sure you have you license also) we will be setup right next to the shore and a dock).

c. HT & external antenna (Just because every good ham should always have one with them – plus we might need it to make simplex contacts).

d. Notepad with pens and pencil (you never know what you might need to right down).

e. Phone (in case you what to talk to someone other than a ham).

f. Comfortable Chair – the picnic table/benches tend to be hard.

g. Cooler with water & snacks (we will have some but you might want to bring your favorite beverage and snacks)

h. Hat

i. Bug Spray

If you have any questions contact:: Gary Pritchard – W5RTX (W5RTX@ARRL.Net) or Ron Van Winkle – N5YDX (N5YDX@ARRL.Net)

Tuesday Nights with RARC

Tuesday night is meeting night for RARC. Join us each Tuesday night for our on air informational net. We meet on the KK5PP repeater 441.525 MHz PL 141.3 at 7:00pm. The only time we do not have this is on the 3rd Tuesday of the month when we have our club meeting. Click Here for Meeting Details.

(Please note in the rare event that if the above repeater is not operational on net night, a backup repeater is available at 441.375 MHz with a PL tone of 141.3.)

New Content

  • 9/21/2021 - Updated Coming Activities and added minutes and picture for August meeting


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