Field Day 2021 at Mt. Bonnell was a blast! We had 6 people join us, and made 8 contacts on 20 meters before we had to clean up and leave. Two people made their first PSK31 contacts. The setup was as follows:
- Yaesu FT-450D, up to 50 W out
- OCF dipole around 6 feet up on the summit of Mt. Bonnell (Covert Park, EM10ch)
- Solar and battery power
- PSK31 via fldigi on a laptop
We also set up a second station with an end-fed wire and the club’s FT-847, but did not end up using that one. It was also a whole lot of fun to meet club members in person after more than a year of online meetings!
A quick (unofficial) tabulation of points follows.
We’d also like to thank Stefano N5STT for letting us use his transceiver, tuner, and antenna, and Glen WB4KTF for the complete solar system, and many other hams around Austin for their valuable advice.
I hope everyone’s summer is going well so far! N5XU club activities continue through the summer.
1. Summer chats. In addition to the weekly net, the club will have monthly Zoom meetings in the summer so all club members can keep in touch and plan activities. In particular, field day is coming up, so we can talk about that next week! These meetings will be on the following dates:
|Tuesday, June 15
||8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
|Tuesday, July 13
||8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
|Tuesday, August 10
||8:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Feel free to drop in and chat with us! We will provide a Zoom meeting link in our mailing list close to the time of each meeting. Be sure to join the mailing list
if you would like to join us for these meetings.
2. Field day
. A long standing tradition in ham radio is Field Day
, in which stations endeavor to make contacts in more “ad-hoc” environments in the field – for example, on battery or solar power. This year, Field Day is on the weekend of June 26. Tentatively, we are planning to set up a battery-powered station on Mt. Bonnell. Depending on how many people plan to join us, we may set up multiple transceivers. We will discuss more plans at the weekly nets and the Zoom chat next Tuesday.
If you would like to join us for field day, please send us an email or a message in Slack, so we can get an approximate head count for the event.
We will also follow university recommendations regarding COVID-19 precautionary measures, because this is an in-person event.
3. Weekly net
. We had a great turnout for the first edition of the UTARC net
last week. Thanks to everyone involved! The net takes place Wednesdays 8pm on the 441.325 repeater (PL 97.4) and linked systems
. All licensed radio amateurs are welcome to join!
As we wrap up final exams and finish the semester, I hope everyone had a nice spring semester and is ready for the summer! I’d like to provide some updates and announce some fun summer activities for the club:
The UTARC weekly net
. We’d like to invite all interested licensed radio amateurs to a new casual weekly net organized by the UT Amateur Radio Club. The net will take place on Wednesdays at 8 PM central time, on the University-Link repeater system
, starting on Wednesday, June 2. This will be a casual roundtable-type net, so I expect that discussions will be mostly about school, radio, summer activities, plans for next semester, etc.
- If you are in or around campus, the repeater to use is 441.325+ (tone 97.4). If you’re in North Austin, try one of the other repeaters. Note that the 444.85 repeater is currently offline.
- If you can’t hit any of the repeaters, try the EchoLink node KA5D-R. If you need help getting set up with a HT or with EchoLink, or need an HT, feel free to reach out!
- If you don’t have your license yet, we can fix that 🙂 and until then, we can arrange something.
- Thanks to Kyle KA5D and the other operators of the KA5D system for making this system available to us, and to Gil KI5BPK and the WCARC New Hams Net for help and resources regarding nets!
New officers. After two years of excellent service as N5XU president, Michael AG5NX decided to pass on the leadership to other club members. After yet another hotly contested election, we would like to announce the new UTARC officers:
President: Sameer Bibikar, KI5EIF
Vice President: Miguel Martinez, KI5LQO
Treasurer: Kenneth Mitra, AG5II
Other activities. We are also planning to be on the air on field day, putting together a new radio-electronics workbench, and getting ready for the fall semester with in-person activities. More news to come! If you’ve got anything you think the club should do, please reach out 🙂
We hope that you’ll join us for our fun activities in the coming summer and fall!
After the hotly contested election last spring, the ballots have finally been validated, and the officers for 2019 were forced to STAND UP at last night’s meeting.
From left we have Sameer Bibikar, Treasurer; Kenneth Mitra, Vice-President; and leading us in 2019 is President, Michael Taleff.
Both congrats and sincere thanx to this team for providing the leadership for N5XU for the upcoming year!!!
We are currently making significant changes to the layout of the website to facilitate navigation. We want make it easier for everyone to find relevant info on how to contact and join us, and learn about our most recent activities.
Starting with next fall, we will publish our club meetings time and locations under the meetings category. Stay tuned!