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Updated: Sep 15

This week it's all about QSO parties and of course being a Texas club, we're going to be biased and put ours at the top of the list.

Contests Contests Contests

Texas QSO Party: 1400Z, Sep 17 to 0200Z, Sep 18 and 1400Z-2000Z, Sep 18 http://www.txqp.net/

Iowa QSO Party: 1400Z, Sep 17 to 0200Z, Sep 18 http://www.w0yl.com/IAQP

New Hampshire QSO Party: 1600Z, Sep 17 to 0400Z, Sep 18 and 1600Z-2200Z, Sep 18


New Jersey QSO Party: 1600Z, Sep 17 to 0359Z, Sep 18 http://www.k2td-bcrc.org/njqp/njqp_rules.html

Washington State Salmon Run: 1600Z, Sep 17 to 0700Z, Sep 18 and 1600Z-2400Z, Sep 18 http://salmonrun.wwdxc.org/

North American Sprint, RTTY: 0000Z-0400Z, Sep 18 http://ncjweb.com/Sprint-Rules.pdf

Texas QSO Party

September 17th and 18th

Time to make sure the mobile is ready for the road and to plan your route! As in the past, prepare your ROUTE in the form of a list of the counties you plan to visit and the day you will be there. It is important to include your operating mode (CWOnly, SSBOnly, MIXed). Route plans need not be detailed - all Chuck NO5W needs is a text file listing the operating mode with the counties you plan to be in and in the order you will pass through them if that is more convenient. The listings do not need crossing times, and in fact, these slow processing to strip them out.

Please go to https://www.txqp.net for more information

Route 66

Every year an event is held to contact stations on Route 66. This year there's a twist for the LAARK club, Dale Haitt, K5MAY has put together some rules for LAARK members to have our own club contest/challenge. The Route 66 event runs for a week, so it gives you enough time to make the contacts needed to complete the sweep. The rules were sent via email earlier in the week, but the links below will give you access to the rules, log sheet and signup sheet:


Signup sheet

Log sheet

Opportunities to deploy and operate in the field

Plano Balloon Festival needs volunteers, please go to https://sites.google.com/site/pbfcommssupp/volunteering/sign-up to sign up and for more information on the PBF, https://sites.google.com/site/pbfcommssupp/

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life

Cystic Fibrosis Cycle for Life bike ride on Saturday October 1st. This event is based out of Bartonville with the course heading north towards Argyle and then out west towards 156. We are looking for volunteers to assist with all positions: rest stops, SAGs, tail, and net control. Reporting times have not been finalized yet, but the earliest should be at about 6:30AM. This event usually wraps up just after lunch.

If you are interested, please sign up at the link below.


50 mile route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40560761 (25 mile course, 2x)

25 mile route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/40560836

If you have additional questions, please reach out to Andrew Koenig ke5gdb@gmail.com

Preparedness Fair

There will be a preparedness fair on October 22nd starting at 9am, located at the LDS church in Oak Point, 8801 Martop Rd., Aubrey, TX 76227 so please go out and support our club participation in the fair. Paul Estes, K5VOP is looking for some volunteers to assist with the fair, please reach out to Paul k5vopcq@gmail.com for more information

Handy Links

Ever wanted to see what hams are around your location, well this handy page maps them for you: https://haminfo.tetranz.com/map

Want to see a county line maps super-imposed over google maps? Here's another handy link for you: http://mob-rule.com/gmap Just move the map to where you're interested or use the query window. (Hint: works great to find 3 or even 4 county intersections for TX QSO party)

If you have any information or news to be sent to the club, please join our signal groups or contact myself Scott - N5FKU secroft @ gmail.com

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