ARISS SSTV Event Scheduled for Early August

August 03, 2020 — A Slow Scan TV (SSTV) event is scheduled from the International Space Station (ISS) for early August. Date and times for the event are Aug 4 (12:25-18:10 UTC) for setup and operation and Aug 5 (08:15-18:25 UTC) for operation and close down. This is an MAI-75 experiment activity developed by the … Read more…

2020 Field Day Recap

Field Day brought many challenges to the table this year. Typically, the biggest worry leading up to and during the event is what twist Murphy will throw at you! Or in simpler terms, what time the lunch and dinner meal is getting served. But not this year… Before we get into the dits and dahs … Read more…

45th Anniversary Apollo-Soyuz Test Project (ASTP)

The event will run from July 15th at 7:20am through July 24th at 4:18pm CDT. Members of the JSCARC will be using the W5RRR callsign from their home shacks to make contacts to commemorate this historic event. QSL cards will be sent by following our QSL instructions. At this time, no special QSL card is … Read more…

Houston Marathon Ham Registration

REGISTRATION CLOSES TONIGHT If you have not signed up to volunteer for the 2020 Houston Marathon Weekend of Events, this is your last chance! Volunteer registration will be closing TONIGHT at 11:59 p.m. We don’t want to run this race without HOU, so register now and join Race Crew! See 2020 Houston Marathon Ham Recruitment for … Read more…

2020 Houston Marathon Ham Recruitment

The Houston Marathon is quickly approaching, with the We Are Houston Fun Run on Saturday, January 18 and the Chevron Houston Marathon Sunday, January 19. I encourage all hams to volunteer to support these events. The need is real. To fully staff ham effort requires about 150 hams. The last three years between 101 – … Read more…

Patrick Stoddard (WD9EWK) Visits W5RRR

If you’ve ever been to an Arizona/Phoenix area hamfest you’ve likely seen Patrick Stoddard (WD9EWK) running the AMSAT booth and performing demonstrations as satellites pass over. If you’ve ever chased grids on or casually worked satellites there’s a high probability you’ve had a QSO with Patrick. Patrick routinely activates grids wherever his travels take him … Read more…

Ham Radio: The Next Generation

On Sunday, February 24th, Jerry Steward (N5FWB) invited Intermediate School student Gunnar Wye-Rodney (KG5YUW) and his father Bill over to the W5RRR shack. Jerry heard Gunnar, who already has a Technician license and is presently working on his General, and another student, Paul Bailey (KG5YUT), talking about electronics on the 146.86 repeater. Jerry was not … Read more…

Satellite Antenna Maintenance

On Friday, January 4th, scheduled maintenance was performed on our satellite antennas. The last maintenance was performed around 10 years ago so there were several goals during this work:  inspect the 2m and 70cm antennas, inspect and seal the crossboom, install a new 23cm antenna and run a new feed of heliax, replace jumpers with flex … Read more…