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WFD (Winter Field Day) @ W5RRR

W5RRR had another great Winter Field Day outing this year. In spite of lousy weather (wind and rain), N5LOW, KG5URA, K5KUA (guest), AB5SS, KG5U, KB5PGY, and KA5TBB  came to participate.  Special acknowledgement to David KG5URA, who setup outside with his buddipole portable antenna and IC7300, while the rest of the operations were conducted in the protected indoors … Read more…

JSCARC Fox Hunt #3 Report

Under clear skies and plenty of sunshine, the JSCARC Fox Hunt #3 was successfully conducted on Sunday Jan 22. I ended up selecting the League City Walter Hall Park, a gorgeous 86 acre park with plenty of trees and easy driving access within to install hidden foxes.A 2m 1w Fox beacon (Baofeng UV-R5 + 3800 … Read more…

George is no square

George AD5CQ brought his newly homebrew 2m Triangle Loop to the January 12 JSCARC monthly meeting. An impressive looking aluminum triangle UFO, it was built by George based on the January/February 2023 QEX magazine article authored by Richard Quick, W5RQ. The triangular loop measured about approximately 12″ on each side, with an 8″ half loop at … Read more…

Parks On The Air #8 Galveston Island 01/07/23

What an absolutely gorgeous day at Galveston Island State Park for the JSCARC POTA activation #8, K-3013 on Sat Jan 7 0800-1200 CT! Our Saturday intrepid morning trekers included Terry N5LOW (who got there 1st!), Jayant KG5LJZ, George AD5CQ, John AB5SS and Dave W5OC.  Along the way, we also bumped into a couple of hams … Read more…

Ham Radio Interns Article in JSC Roundup

Special thanks to JSCARC members Jeff/AB4ME and Dale/KG5U for participating in the Fall Semester JSC Student Interns Ham Radio program.  This past semester’s group was led by Kim Zwolshen, KE8QKU, who helped organize a terrific ham radio hands-on program for her fellow cohorts in the JSC Pathways and Student Intern programs.   https://roundupreads.jsc.nasa.gov/roundup/2053  

Terry’s DIY Antenna Adventure

11/30  DIY Antenna Project Starts. Terry N5LOW embarks with a homebrew 10-40m horiz delta loop antenna design at his QTH.  The loop meanders from a tree, to fence post, to a banister at varying heights.  1/3 wavelength on 3 legs @ ~46′ each.  Using a 4:1 impedance balun to bring the impedance of the delta … Read more…

N5LOW’s Remarkable Antenna @ POTA #8 San Jac Report

Terry (N5LOW) and Dave (W5OC) had an exceptionally successful POTA activation on Saturday. IMG_4532 With a morning startup around 8:30AM at the San Jacinto Battleground Park, designated as K-3511 by POTA, Terry setup his Icom IC-7300 and a MFJ-1982HP 10-80M End Fed antenna.  Dave brought two Bioenno 20Ah batteries, one to power the radio and … Read more…

Fox Hunt #2- Three successful Hunters

Congrats to the our intrepid hunters of the #2 JSCARC Fox Hunt, held Sat Dec 3, 2022.    KC3MRT (Marty his XYL) WG5WN (Chris and his family- XYL Christy, sons Eli, Sam) KA5CVH (Mike) On 146.640 W5RRR repeater, I announced the early activation of the fox at 8:00AM, and KC3MRT responded that he was springloaded … Read more…