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It’s 2018 and UTARC is STILL alive, well, and meeting

Here is the announcement from our new President, Stefano Nerozzi, N5STT, for Spring 2018

I’m happy to announce that the first UTARC meeting of 2018 will be tomorrow, January 25 at 7pm in the main lounge on the 2nd floor of ETC.

The tentative schedule for the rest of the semester is the following:

Feb 6, Feb 22, Mar 6, Mar 22, Apr 3, Apr 19, May 1

Alternating between Tuesday and Thursday seemed the best option for everyone’s schedule in the past, so I decided to keep it that way.

Starting with the new semester I’d like to set up an agenda of topics of interest to be discussed in each meeting. Everyone’s suggestions are welcome!

It’s 2017, and we are STILL alive and well

We have been meeting constantly since the last post, but that is certainly not clear from this site.

Here is some news about the club for 2017:

Andrei Loghin, our past president has graduated from UT, and the new president of N5XU is Michael Christoffersen.

Our Spring, 2017 meeting schedule is:

2/9 – ETC 2.114
2/22 – RLM 6.112
3/9, 3/22, 4/6, 4/19, 5/4 – ETC 2.114

On the operating front, here is an extract from Andrei’s status report:

Yesterday we became operational on 80m! The 20/40m dipole has been transformed
to an 80/40m. We used the wire from a very old dipole.

Shout out to Dale (our electrician), Christoff, and Fred for helping out on the

Initial antenna analyzer measurements showed a 2.6 SWR around 3.65MHz. The peak
is very narrow, so it’s a picky 80m wire. You will need to tune, however we
have full band capability. Dipole also has a 1.2 SWR around 7.15MHz. The peak
here is much more broad.

N5XU is alive and WELL !

Despite postings on Facebook, and our N5XU list server, this site has fallen into gross disrepair.

Our meeting schedule for the Fall 2016 semester is:

Greetings all,

Got rooms reserved for this upcoming semester. Here’s the current schedule:

8/31, 9/15, 9/28, 10/6, 10/19, 11/3, 11/16, 12/1

All of them are in ETC 2.102 from 7-8pm. They are biweekly and alternate
between Wednesdays and Thursdays.

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:

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.



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.



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 !!!!