We serve the Richardson TX community by providing self-supporting special event and emergency communication networks. The RWK also promotes amateur radio to the public in Richardson and the surrounding area as a useful, life-long hobby.
Our club is comprised of over 340 individual amateur radio operators (hams) in Richardson, the surrounding communities, around the state and even out of state, with a wide range of interests and skills. We strive to increase the number and quality of fellowship and amateur radio learning opportunities. Our membership includes hams ranging from teenagers to radio pioneers in their 80s! The Richardson Wireless Klub has been an ARRL affiliated club since 1952.
The RWK provides many opportunities to assist members to maximize their knowledge and enjoyment of amateur radio through fun, fellowship and unique learning experiences. The Richardson Wireless Klub is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
- General Meeting – May 2022 – SDR applications: Ways to use the RF “Swiss Army Knife”
General Meeting – May 2022 – SDR applications: Ways to use the RF “Swiss Army Knife”
Coming up on Monday, it’s time for the RWK May Meeting. As previously announced, we have resumed In-Person meetings as well as simulcast on Zoom for those that do not want to attend in-person. We will also have a recording available on the K5RWK.org website after the meeting is over.
We will have our regular RWK Social Hour & Beau’s Korner starting at 6pm. Please come at 6pm and have an eyeball QSO with all the people that you haven’t seen in several months. We will have plenty of coffee and cookies as well.
Also, Please wear your RWK Nametag! We have lots of members that have joined in the last couple of years and everyone needs a little help in matching callsigns to smiling faces. If you can’t find (or don’t have) your RWK nametag, we will have blank paper nametags and you can order a replacement for a nominal charge. I’d like everyone to introduce themselves to at least two members that they haven’t previously met face-to-face! We have a lot of ground to recover.
Our first In-Person meeting was a big success, with 57 members attending. Please get back in the habit of RWK monthly meetings. So join us next Monday for our May Meeting (and invite your friends)!
If you have any additional questions about the meeting, please send me a direct message (remember the $5 fine for reply to the list!)
We look forward to seeing you on Monday!
Monday May 9th
6pm – RWK Social Hour + Beau’s Korner Mentoring
Please join us for RWK Social Hour and Beau’s Korner Mentoring at 6pm. Come enjoy coffee and cookies and have eyeball QSOs with fellow RWK members. If you have ham radio questions, please ask and we’ll do our best to get you answers.
7pm – General Meeting – SDR applications: Ways to use the RF “Swiss Army Knife” – Jack Spitznagel KD4IZ
It is common knowledge that SDR devices make interesting and economical receivers and transceivers, but what else are they really good for? I will describe several of the many alternative uses for the spectrum scope and waterfall diagrams that are provided by SDR software. You will find these uses will help you to better understand what a poorly configured transmitter, the ionosphere, and QRM can do to signal quality and readability. Hopefully these bonus uses will help make you a better operator.
Meeting Location: St. Barnabas Church, 1220 West Belt Line Road, Richardson TX 75080. Meeting is in the church’s assembly room (Providence Hall). Park in the rear parking lot and enter from the rear. Click this for the map.
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If you can’t come in person and want to attend on Zoom, you can use the following link:
Topic: RWK Social Hour/Beau’s Korner/General Meeting Zoom invitation
Time: RWK Social Hour & Beau’s Korner at 6:00 PM / General Meeting 7:00 PM May 9th, 2022
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Meeting ID: 896 1853 2653
- General Meeting – April 2022 – Slot Antennas for Ham Radio
General Meeting – April 2022 – Slot Antennas for Ham Radio
This month we have John Portune W6NBC presenting on “Slot Antennas for Ham Radio”. You may not have heard of a “slot” antenna, but you’ve probably seen one (hint: a cubical quad is a type of slot antenna)! Come learn about this unique antenna type and learn how it can help you get around your HOA restrictions on 2 meters, or how to have the best of both worlds (low noise and small footprint) on HF.
You can check out John’s website to see copies of the QST articles on all the antennas that he discusses in his presentation.
Check out the Presentation Archives. There are tons of presentations from Klub meetings over the years. Scan through them and you will be sure to find something interesting.
RWK Newsletter – The Chawed Rag
- The Chawed Rag – April 2022Here’s The Chawed Rag for April 2022. Let me know what you think (good or bad) and what else you would like to see in the CR. We always need your content so snap some pics of your latest tinkering or if you have seen something that has really helped you in ham radio, see the right column below on how to submit it. – KD4C President’s Update Greetings RWK! I hope you’ve had a fun ham radio month. For the last couple of weeks, the HF bands have been on fire! It’s time to forget about the doldrums of…
Previous Chawed Rags can always be found here.
RWK Repeater Information
We operate 6 VHF/UHF repeaters in the North Texas Area.
|147.12 (+0.6MHz, 110.9) FM Analog|
Echo Test/Signal Report, Allstar Link, Google Asst.
145.43 (-0.6MHz, 110.9) FM Analog
K5UTD (Operated for UTD Amateur Radio Club)
|440.375 (+5MHz) FM Digital|
443.375 (+5MHz, 110.9) FM Analog
444.725 (+5MHz, 110.9 Analog)
Analog/Digital C4FM Fusion/WIRES-X
|927.025 (-25MHz, DPL532) NFM Analog|
Allstar Link to STX/West Coast 927 Hub
Upcoming RWK Events
- Ham License Testing – Remote on May 26, 2022 6:00 pm
- Online Ham Lunch Bunch on May 27, 2022 12:00 pm
- Weekend Foxhunt on May 28, 2022 9:00 am
- Richardson Siren Test on June 1, 2022 11:55 am
- RWK Hungry Hams Lunch on June 1, 2022 12:00 pm
- Ham License Testing – Remote on June 1, 2022 6:00 pm
- Board of Directors Meeting on June 2, 2022 6:00 pm
Join or Renew Your RWK Membership
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Current Propagation and Solar Conditions
- SKCC Sprint
0000Z-0200Z, May 25
- Phone Weekly Test
0230Z-0300Z, May 25
- A1Club AWT
1200Z-1300Z, May 25
- CWops Test (CWT)
1300Z-1400Z, May 25
- Mini-Test 40
1700Z-1759Z, May 25
Note: HamNation has moved to HRCC on YouTube. Ep 484 is the last on TWiT.
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