Mister 11 Bands

It takes a super station and a world-class DX operator to work us on 11 bands; but one guy did it: James WW5XX. In a matter of a few weeks James, through relentless perseverance and with his formidastic skills, worked KN5S on all bands from 160 through 6 meters!

And here are the LoTW confirmations to prove it:

Congratulations James; you have accomplished what most first class operators never will! I’m sure it cost you a few sleepless nights; but your hard work paid off. 😉

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August 27, 2019 meeting minutes

Excused: Erik K5WW. Bronchitis, again. President Jim AB5JK had to work late and didn’t make it to the meeting either.

Attending: Doug KC5TRQ and Gordon, who was ready to take the Technician test. They got along just fine, even – as Doug said – without adult leadership. They left a little after 8 PM.

Sorry gents!

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August 2019 meeting

Is scheduled for Tuesday August 27 at 7 PM at the Education Conference Room of the Uvalde Memorial Hospital. See you there!

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July 23, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order when the President arrived at 7:15 PM.

Attending: Mary KU5Z, Jim AB5JK, Erik K5WW.

Treasurer’s report: $906.98, after reimbursing K5WW $17.40 for sending DX QSL cards to the ARRL Outgoing QSL Bureau.

During preparations for the ARRL Field Day K5WW discovered that the link between the stations PCs had been severed, due to a recent update to the marvelous Meraki access point. After discussing the problem with the hospital’s IT guys and to remedy that problem K5WW installed a wireless bridge; and now the logging PCs are happy again.

Jim has some amazing plans to provide free, hospital-independent internet access to the shack, creating some redundancy for some of our internet needs, thanks to some surplus equipment he got his hands on. That would come in handy for when the repeater is back on the air.

Speaking of which: former President Jason KS5TX visited on Friday and had a good look around to see what exactly we would need to get all of our tower/antenna issues handled. He and K5WW made a good list of items (still) needed, and he even shopped around at local equipment rental places to get quotes. That equipment, state of the art stuff I might add, turns out to be quite affordable (renting it, of course!). So we’re going to get that done soon, it looks like, without waiting for cool weather and talking another year about it! 😉

After that he went fishing. A well-earned break. We all hope you caught a few hands full!

The meeting was adjourned at 8:05 PM. Next meeting should be August 27.

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That guy Jay

Him again!!!

Somehow he managed to sneak into the shack and make 160 QSO during the July 2019 NAQP RTTY Contest:






I don’t care how he keeps doing that; but … thanks Jay! 😉

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Meeting reminder

Reminder: July’s meeting will be on the 23rd, at 7 PM. Are we excited yet??? 🙂

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Our apologies…

… to anyone who may have shown up for today’s meeting. A last minute change in the President’s schedule, and the Secretary who was on the road for a medical trip may have left some people waiting in the parking lot… Life happens 🙁

Next meeting should be Tuesday, July 23.

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2019 ARRL Field Day wrap-up








The preliminary total score is 198 thanks to a handful of bonus points.

Operator: K5WW

Visitors: AB5JK, KD5BUC

Lessons learned: most equipment still works 🙂

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May 28, 2019 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 7:30 UMH time.

Attending: Jim AB5JK, James WW5XX and Erik K5WW. Excused: Dave WA6YJW (we hope you made it home OK!)

Treasurer’s report: $924.38 as of today, after last month’s expenses and collection of dues.

Main discussion point: Field Day. We decided to have Field Day at the club shack again this year, due to possible severe weather and accessibility concerns. K5WW will take care of the announcements. For those who don’t know: ARRL Field Day is always the 4th full weekend of June. This is your way-ahead-of-time invitation! 🙂

The President suggested that the repeater/tower work be put on the back burner (no pun intended) until the weather gets a bit cooler again. In other words: we’ll need a few volunteers around December 😉

Meeting was adjourned at 8:30 PM. Next meeting is Tuesday June 25th.

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May 2019 meeting

Coming up. Tuesday the 28th at 7 PM. Lots of things to discuss. You’re invited!

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