Winter Field Day 2018 – 27 & 28 January 2018

The Kilocycle Radio Club of Fort Worth will be participating in Winter Field Day 2018. We will be at Holiday Park at Lake Benbrook, camp site 62 and 63. You are invited to come by and see what we are doing.

Field Day is an opportunity for radio operators to take their portable stations out to the field and operate in locations away from home. This situation gives us an opportunity to test our portable setups that we may use in emergency situations such as providing communication support during disasters.

There are several different types of operation modes that amateur radio operators use and several will be used during field day. Operations including phone (voice/ talking), CW (most refer to Morse Code), and digital (computer interfaced) transmissions will be conducted over a 24 hour period.

Some radio operators will be showing up on Friday to start setting up stations and antennas others will be out Saturday morning to set their stations up for operation. The set times for communications are 1300 Saturday until 1300 Sunday, we will have stations on the air the entire time.

Visitors are welcome to participate in station operation. Being a licensed radio operator is not required. This is a great way to get on the air and talk to folks around the state, country, and even the world.

Map to Holiday Park at Lake Benbrook:

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Kilocycle Club Meeting – 18 January 2018 – 7:00PM


The Kilocycle Club Of Fort Worth meets on the third Thursday of the month at Ol’ South Pancake House. Dinner usually starts around 5:30-6:00 PM with the club meeting starting at 7:00PM.  Plan to attend so you won’t miss out on the fun!

This month: Discussion about Winter Field Day at Holiday Park – Benbrook.

As a reminder, you don’t have to be a member of the Kilocycle Club to attend the meetings.  Our meetings are always open to anyone wanting to learn more about amateur radio!

License testing session follows the meeting and presentation.

Map to Ol’ South Pancake House:

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Communications for The Cowtown 2018 – 40th Running!

From Keith Pugh, W5IU:

http://www..cowtownmarathon.org/

Communicators,

Participate in the 40th Running of the Cowtown Marathon!  The Cowtown 2018 is now a little over a month away and will be in the same general format as planned for last year.  Hopefully, Great Weather!  The headquarters location will be the Will Rogers Complex, the courses have changed a little, and it is still a two day event.  The short events – 5K and 10K – are on Saturday, 24 Feb., and the Marathon events – ½ Marathon, Marathon, and Ultra Marathon – are on Sunday, 25 February.  We will not need as many operators on each day as we did for the old one day format but the total will be at least as large.  Some jobs will be the same both days but others will be different.  We will definitely need more operators on Sunday for the longer events.  The Saturday assignments should last from about 5:00 AM until about Noon.  The Sunday assignments may start a little earlier this year due to the addition of a new early start for hand-cranked, recumbent bicycles.  Sunday assignments will likely start at about 4:30 AM and go until about 3:00 PM.  As in years past, your assignment may not last for the whole period.  Of course you can work both days if you want to.  The initial day, 23 Feb., is for the Expo only.  No running events that day.

We will use the SkyWarn School to do additional “arm twisting” for The Cowtown.  SkyWarn School is scheduled for 27 January at South Hills High School (see info about SkyWarn on Tarrant RACES web site).  When you see this notice, please go ahead and sign up on line at the Tarrant RACES web site: http://tarrantraces.org,  You can also sign up at the Cowtown Hamfest on 19-20 January.  Forms will be available at the AMSAT Booth.  Cowtown Hamfest web site is: http://www.cowtownhamfest.com.  When you do sign up, it would be very helpful if you would include the following information in your e-mail to keep our database current:

  1. Your Name
  2. Callsign
  3. Telephone Number
  4. E-mail address
  5. Day(s) available
  6. Assignment Preference – if you have one
  7. Equipment available.  We are especially interested in knowing if you have 440 capability or only 2 Meter capability.  It is also helpful to know if you only have HTs or if you have Mobile/Portable capability.  Please mention if you have APRS Capability.
  8. If you have any physical limitations that would affect your assignment.
  9. T-Shirt Size

Help spread the word that we need operators – pass this on to other groups.  You don’t have to be a RACES Member to participate – an interest, suitable equipment, and an Amateur Radio Operators License are all that is required.  We will need approximately 80-90 operators total.  We will use the First Monday RACES Net on 5 February for initial training and announcements.  We always have a couple of “rough spots” that we need to iron out and there are some changes due to additional security so there will be at least one more training net and a packet pick-up held later in February before the event.  Information about event times, course maps, etc. is available in the URL at the start of this note.  Due to some small changes in the course, improved, interactive  course maps will not be available soon.

I can be reached at w5iu@swbell.net.  We’re looking at another record year.  Recent estimates indicate that there will be more runners than last year but pre-registration is levelling off.  The Cowtown is still the Largest Multi-Event in the State of Texas.  Let’s do our part to make this another great year.

73 – Keith, W5IU, Cowtown Communications Coordinator

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Cowtown Hamfest – 19-20 January 2018

The Cowtown Hamfest and ARRL North Texas Section Convention, the original Hamfest in the Fort Worth Metroplex is scheduled in January. The event date, January 19-20, 2018 at The Forest Hill Civic and Convention Center, 6901 Wichita Street Forest Hill, Texas 76140.

Doors open Friday afternoon the 19th at 3:00 pm and will remain open until 7:00 pm. Saturday morning the 20th it opens at 7:00 am and will close at 3:00 pm. Food will be available Friday and Saturday. Morning coffee, breakfast snacks and lunch will be available. Door prizes will be awarded through-out the event, with the grand prize awarded at the end.

Online discount tickets will be available. There will be a pre event drawing among those buying pre event tickets. The event will feature large vendor areas over 120 tables and outdoor tailgate flea market. Several well known commercial vendors will be present. Representatives from Kenwood and Yaesu Radios have been invited to attend. Vendors should go to the website for information and contact Betty Westmoreland at info@cowtownhamfest.org. We recommend ordering your tables in advance. They will sell out. Since we are still new to this venue, spaces will be assigned. Tailgaters can purchase spaces on the day of the event.

A complete set of educational programs are offered through-out the day Saturday and VE Testing will be done both Friday and Saturday. Talk-in is 146.94 tone, 110.9. Fusion Digital will be up on our 440 repeater at 442.20 tone, 110.9. Volunteers are needed. This is a call for programs and speakers. Volunteers for work or as a speaker should contact David Forbes at KC5UYR@compuserve.com .

The Hamfest is open to everyone. It will have something for all. It is a Family Friendly Event. Those who are ham radio operators, present and past are encouraged to attend. In past years, the response has been overwhelming. The radio club expects no less this year. There is no better time to find friends new and old. The best part of a Hamfest is visiting with your friends and finding out what has been happening to them in their lives.

Check the website for the current information about all things Cowtown Hamfest. The website is located at www.cowtownhamfest.com and personal contact, David Forbes, KC5UYR, KC5UYR@compuserve.com or email, info@cowtownhamfest.com .

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Technician Class – 12, 13, & 14 March 2018

Amateur Radio Technician Class

Would you like to participate as a storm-spotter, help out with local community events, or stay in touch with friends and family when other means of communication do not work?  If so, Amateur Radio is for you.

You will be able to use VHF and UHF frequencies for local communications as well as have limited HF privileges for world-wide communications with the Technician license.

Books are available for purchase before the class at http://www.hamradioschool.com/tech-license-book

PDF Flyer regarding the class can be found by clicking here.

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Class hours are from 8:30am to 4:30pm each day.  The FCC license exam will be administered on the final day of class.  The cost of the exam is $14.00.

The class will be held at Tarrant County Public Health Department located at 1101 South Main – Fort Worth, Texas  76104

For more information or to register for the class, please contact Jimmy Wille, AE5YP, at ae5yp@arrl.net.

Class hosted by the Kilocycle Club Of Fort Worth – W5SH and the Tarrant County Public Health Department

Map to the Tarrant County Public Health Department facility/class location:

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