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Stephen F. Austin Radio Club

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 February Club Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020    

Location: Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant, 412 E. Main St, Bellville

Dinner @ 6 pm, Meeting @ 7 pm

Club meetings are held on the lAST Wednesday of the month (except for Nov, Dec & Jan)

Upcoming Club Events:

RADIO in the PARK, February 22, Downtown Navasota, 8 am - Noon.

Join us in Downtown Navasota, at the corner of E. Washington St (Hwy 105) and Farquhar St.  This location is a small parking area adjacent to the public restroom.  The area is concrete and has 120 volt electrical outletsnear to our setup area.  Plan is to arrive at 7 am to set up stations, and begin operations around 8 am.  We'll operate until noon unless conditions become uncomfortable or unsafe.

The event is being held in conjunction with the Grimes County Amateur Radio Group, KG5PLK.  Check out their web site at http://www.gcarg.org/ They have been in operation for around 3 years, and they are excited to be working with us.  This is a great opportunity to meet and get to know our fellow hams in that club, and to share our common interests and knowledge.  Our location downtown will give us good exposure to the public, so we can spread the word about Ham Radio.

As usual, donuts and coffee will be provided.  The Classic Rock Coffee Company and Kitchen is just across the street as well as an ice cream parlor a block away.

You can operate an existing station, set up your own station or just log as many Eyeball QSO's as possible.  Hope to see everyone in Navasota on the 22nd!

Greater Houston Hamfest, March 6-7.  See www.houstonhamfest.org

Belton Hamexpo, Saturday, March 13-14.  See www.tarc.org/hamexpo

Repeater News:
We now have internet service at the Columbus repeater site, so efforts are underway to link the Bellville and Columbus repeaters again.  Remember, the Club's Bellville repeaters have been reconfigured so the UHF repeater is C4FM digital only, and the VHF repeater is FM Analog only.  However, the repeaters are interconnected so analog traffic on VHF will be heard on digital UHF, and vice-versa.  Please note that if you are using UHF C4FM digital, the DG-ID on your rig should be set to 00 for transmit and receive.
The Bellville repeater is now linked to Wires-X on the internet on a test basis.  Our Wires-X room number is 63655.  To access via the internet, you will need an FT2DR or FT3DR handheld, or an FTM-100DR or FTM-400DR radio operating in Portable Digital Node, or PDN.  You will also need to register on the Yaesu Wires-X site, and install the Wires-X software on a Windows PC connected to the internet.  More details will be forthcoming at the February club meeting.  Refer to this document on the Yaesu web site for information on how to set up your radio as a PDN.

Club Officers for 2019-2020:

President:           Gary Baldwin, KF5ZRT

Vice-President:  Ray Chislett, W5RAC

Sec/Tres:             Kathy Croker, KB5ITB

W5SFA Weekly VHF Net: 

The Stephen F. Austin Radio Club weekly net meets every Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the Club's Bellville VHF repeater (analog FM) or the UHF repeater (C4FM digital).  See the REPEATERS link to the left for frequencies.  All licensed hams are welcome to participate.

We have a CW practice session, held immediately after the VHF net on 6m.  The frequency is 50.300Mhz.  Join us or just listen in!

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