General Meetings

The General meetings occur on the second Monday each month at the St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson. The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm but there is a mentoring round table ready to go by 6:00pm.

  • General Meeting – September 2020 – Broadcasting Past, Present, Future

    General Meeting – September 2020 – Broadcasting Past, Present, Future

    The recording for the September 14th RWK virtual general meeting is now available.

    Click to watch the Zoom recording of the September 2020 General Meeting

    This month’s presentation will be delivered by Wayne Pecena, N1WP.  Wayne is an incredibly accomplished professional broadcast engineer, and an active member of the Texas ham community, his presentation will cover:

    The Broadcast Engineer Today

    Commercial broadcasting is 100 years old this year. Today, the same AM standard still exists with all digital AM on the horizon. This presentation will provide a brief history of the evolution of broadcast technology and focus upon the technology today found in the radio or TV broadcast landscape. The impact of regulatory action can’t be ignored as well as the impact of competing technology such as the Internet.

  • General Meeting – August 2020 – Amateur Satellites

    General Meeting – August 2020 – Amateur Satellites

    This month’s presentation will be delivered by Tom Schuessler, N5YHP.  Tom is an active member of both AMSAT and the North Texas ham community, and will be presenting on working amateur satellites.  Whether you have experience in the area, or are just curious to learn more about this corner of the hobby, this promises to be another excellent presentation.

    Here’s a link to the recorded Zoom presentation.

    Tom has shared many of the documents that he references in his presentation with us. They are available to download from this link.

    Tom was also a presenter at the 2020 Virtual Ham Expo where he gave a presentation. He has shared that recording with us as well.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yqch-Dt9V0c
  • General Meeting – July 2020 – Balloon Launches

    General Meeting – July 2020 – Balloon Launches

    This month’s presentation was delivered by Andy MacAllister, W5ACM, an avid member of the South Texas Balloon Launch team. Andy is also extremely active in the Houston area ham community.  If you’ve participated in balloon launches before, or are curious to learn more about the intersection of amateur radio and balloon launches, this is definitely the presentation for you!  We will also be providing a quick recap of RWK’s Field Day 2020.
    The meeting will again take place as a Zoom webinar. Similar to past virtual club meetings, in order to attend at 7pm on July 13th you will need to register in advance (see below) using your name, email address and call sign.

    If the above video doesn’t work for you, you may view the video from the Presentation Archives

  • General Meeting – June 2020 – DMR Repeaters

    General Meeting – June 2020 – DMR Repeaters

    This month’s presentation will cover the basics of DMR – including details on our new DMR repeater – and will be delivered by our very own Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB. Andrew is an active member of the club’s leadership team, is the current K5RWK Trustee, and has been instrumental in rolling out a number of amazing upgrades and enhancements to our club repeater stack.  Regardless of your prior experience (or lack of it) with DMR, this presentation is for you!
    The meeting will again take place as a Zoom webinar. Similar to April and May, in order to attend at 7pm on June 8th you will need to register in advance (see below) using your name, email address and call sign.

    If the above video doesn’t work for you, you may view the video from the Presentation Archives

  • General Meeting – May 2020 – Severe Weather Radar

    General Meeting – May 2020 – Severe Weather Radar

    With social distancing measures still in place for large gatherings, the RWK general meeting for May will take place again via Zoom. This will give us the opportunity to continue to stay connected in spite of the current public health crisis.

    Thanks to club VP Landon Elfenbein, N5AET for arranging this month’s speaker, Samiee Espinoza, WX5JMD. Samiee is an active member of the north Texas ham community, and an avid storm spotter. She will be sharing detailed information on weather radar, including a review of radar signatures frequently associated with severe weather. You absolutely won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend an RWK meeting from the comfort of your living room, office or ham shack!

    If the above video doesn’t work for you, you may view the video from the Presentation Archives

Meeting Location

St. Barnabas Church
1220 West Belt Line Road
Richardson TX 75080

Click this LINK for the map. 

Beau’s Korner Mentoring

Before the meetings (usually starting shortly after 6:00), we have informal sessions where you can pose questions to seasoned operators or “Elmers” who have plenty of experience and expertise in amateur radio equipment and on-the-air operations. Feel free to come by early and ask questions, or be an Elmer for somebody else.

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