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LAARK News You Can Use

It's been a bit since posting information, so where do I start...... We've had a couple of meetings and people have been out and about exercising their ham skills, visiting other stations, participating in ARES and CERT exercises, and getting together for breakfast to just chat.

LAARK events coming up:

Christmas Party: The annual LAARK Christmas party will be on the 9th of December at Angelina's, located at 4851 Main St, The Colony, TX 75056. The party will start at 7pm, so bring your significant other and join us for some delicious food, great company and their might be some goodies, if you're nice.

Winter Field Day: Winter Field Day will be held the weekend of the 28-29th of January starting with setup around 10am at 4800 Nash Dr, The Colony, TX 75056. The club will operate during the day with food provided and plenty of refreshment. If you're interested in participating, reach out to Scott Croft - N5FKU, and he will link you into the signal group discussion. There's a spreadsheet available for organizing the event:

▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ ▄▄▄ ▄ ▄▄▄ (CQ for the uninformed): To All Lake Area Amateur Klub (LAARK) members

If you have been thinking about jumping in to the Morse code arena now is the time to sign up for the CW Ops CW Academy's Beginner CW class starting in January 2023.

Ken Mitchell, KD2KW and myself, Ken Rainey, AC5EZ will be facilitating two classes. If you

decide to sign-up and would like to be in either of our classes send one of us an email and we will give you name of one of the CW Ops managers that can per-assign you to one of our classes.

Now that 10 meters is beginning to show life this is a great time to jump in to Morse code.

Ken Rainey, AC5EZ

CW Academy Advisor

Monthly Repeater contest: LAARK would like to generate more usage with our local repeaters, thus a repeater contest. The rules are in this link, but the contest will officially kickoff the 1st of January. Will there be prizes, I don't know, that is left up to the context captain, Randall Patrick - KG5VQZ, and Here are the generated rules thus to date, any questions, Randall is your point of contact:

Upcoming Meetings: If you weren't aware, the monthly meeting format has changed and the majority of the meeting time will be spent on the presentation. So for the next meetings we have lined up:

January: Dick Weber - K5IU will be presenting: Contesting with Restricted Space Antenna

February: Laird Lind - KC5LL - Starlink for the uninitiated

March (tentative): Ken Rainey - AC5EZ - Torroid winding

If you have any suggestions for presentations or would like to present, please reach out to Scott Croft - N5FKU at

Other Events and Happenings

SkyWarn Recognition Day: To recognize the hard work and dedication of SkyWarn participants, the NWS has set aside a day for everyone to be recognized

SKYWARN Recognition Day begins Fri, 12/2 @ 6pm and continues through Sat, 12/3 @ 6pm. If you are a skywarn spotter, don't forget to check-in using the 1st link! Find out where other spotters are by using the 2nd link!

Cowtown Hamfest: There will be a cowtown hamfest Virginia, after Christmas, on the 20th and 21st of January. Details below:

Dallas Marathon: The Dallas Marathon will be held on the 11th of December and they are still in need of operators, so consider signing up for the event:

Any suggestions for the blog, information you want passed along to others, please reach out to Scott Croft - N5FKU at

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