December General Meeting, Dec 3, 2014, 7 pm, Shack, ETC 10.202

The UT Amateur Radio Club will have its last general meeting of 2014 on Wednesday, December 3, 2014, at 7:00 pm in the Shack in ETC 10.202. (For those not familiar with our shack, take the elevator to the 9th floor, and find the stairway on the North hallway and arise to the 10th floor)

Andrei Loghin is the new club president for 2015, and Kris Drewniak has joined the board. Walt Fair is recovering in Houston and will be back with the club in 2015.

As usual, all are welcome to this meeting, and we will be reviewing the status of our amateur station and will likely spend most of the time in the shack making contacts and learning about the new configuration. For those not familiar with amateur radio, we will spend some time explaining this fascinating hobby and the requirements for obtaining an FCC license.

Look forward to seeing y’all next Wednesday.

N5XU UT Amateur Radio Club November Meeting, Wednesday, November 12, 2014, 7PM, ETC 2.102

Greeting N5XU,

The November meeting of the UT Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 7PM in ETC 2.102. The meeting should be over by 8pm but a shack tour will occur at the end of the meeting.

As usual, all those interested in Amateur Radio are welcome to attend, and we will provide some background to this fascinating hobby and the activities of the UT Club.

As mentioned in a previous note, N5XU is on the air; however there is still a lot of work in front of us in order to get the station configured properly. We will discuss plans for this activity.

The club website is working on UT servers and can be reached at our original URL:

http://n5xu.ece.utexas.edu.

We would like to identify new officers for the upcoming year at this meeting.

I look forward to seeing a good turnout at next Wednesday’s meeting.

73’s

WB2FHR

N5XU == “ON THE AIR” !!!!

Greetings N5XU, UT Amateur Radio Club

After over a year of planning, and several months of silence; the N5XU station came back to life this afternoon with a CW contact to Hawaii.

Our new shack is on the 10th floor of ETC, and it is a little smaller than our ENS 420 shack. The antennas are a little higher, and so far the rotor and tribander have been verified to be set up properly. All the cables have been run between the shack and the tower and proper connectors attached. We still have a bunch of work to get the shack organized and the stations set up properly, but getting our first contacts was a great sign of things to come.

I will continue to keep y’all informed on status updates, and will be asking for some assistance in setting up some of the equipment.

73’s

Bob, WB2FHR

N5XU — ALMOST – back on the air

As I am typing this update to the N5XU website, I am sitting outside the new shack on the 10th floor of ETC, while contractors are completing the cable string task started early this morning (Halloween, Oct 31).

The tower has been moved, installed, and the antennas have been hung on the roof of ETC. Derek and I cut the cables last weekend, and today they have been installed in raceways and conduit up to the roof. The guys are just now putting hooks on the wall to keep cables out of the way.

Next step is soldering more PL259’s and connecting the rotor, and then N5XU should be BACK ON THE AIR.

After initial tests, we’ll install the antenna switches and the VHF side of the station.

I’ll provide some more info when things are working !!!!

HAPPY HALLOWEEN from n5xu !!!!

N5XU UT Amateur Radio Club; October General Meeting; Wednesday, October 15, 2014; 7PM; ETC 2.114

Greeting N5XU,

The October meeting of the UT Amateur Radio Club will be held on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 at 7PM in ETC 2.114. The meeting should be over by 8pm unless we want to do a shack on the 10th floor after the meeting.

As usual, all those interested in Amateur Radio are welcome to attend, and we will provide some background to this fascinating hobby and the activities of the UT Club.

We should have more information on the construction plans for the new station and may have some work assignments for our preparation.

Also, the club website has finally been re-established on UT servers and can be reached at our original URL:

http://n5xu.ece.utexas.edu.

The good news is that the 6 months of haggling to get a reasonable web system in place has been successfully concluded (today). The opportunity is that now we need to make this site useful for members – current, prospective, and former.

I look forward to seeing a good turnout at next Wednesday’s meeting.

73’s

Bob Ascott – WB2FHR