General Meetings

RWK General meetings occur on the second Monday each month at the St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson (and simulcast on Zoom for those unable to attend in person). The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm but we have a social hour and mentoring round table ready to go by 6:00pm. Info for upcoming meetings as well as recordings of past meetings are available below.

  • General Meeting – February 2024

    Please join RWK on Monday February 12th for our General Meeting. 

    In-person VE Testing begins at 5:30 and the RWK Social Hour begins at 6pm.  Please enjoy coffee and cookies and chat with other members!  At 7pm we will begin our program. 

    Our February RWK Meeting will be on Locating Power Line Noise (and other RFI) with is Jeff Stuparits, W4DD. Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) can be generated from many different devices and can decrease or totally eliminate your ability to hear stations on your HF or VHF radio.  In today’s modern world of numerous electronic devices in and around our homes, it’s not a matter of if you have RFI but how many devices are generating it and how significantly is it interfering with your Ham Radio receiving ability.  It can also affect other services like AM radio, FM radio, Over-the-Air TV, DSL Internet, public safety communications, and even cellular telephones.

    As usual, the meeting will be In-Person 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.

    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!

    Meeting Location: St. Barnabas Church, 1220 West Belt Line Road, Richardson TX 75080.  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/General Meeting Zoom invitation

    Time: RWK Social Hour & Beau’s Korner at 6:00 PM / Program starts at 7:00 PM

    Join Zoom Meeting

    https://zoom.us/j/94737740567?pwd=QllKd1Ava0lma3FtbDVwdDZKVGlMUT09

    Meeting ID: 947 3774 0567
    Passcode: 081381

  • RWK President’s Dinner 2024

    If you haven’t heard, we’re having an actual President’s Dinner on Sunday Jan 7th 2024 at 5pm.   Doug Kilgore has again approached Aboca’s Italian Grill (the site of the last RWK Dinners in 2020 and 2023) and they will open on a (normally closed) Sunday evening for our dinner.  The cost will be $25/per person, which given all the changes in the restaurant industry in the last few years I think is a great price.  We are asking RWK members to pay the per-meal charge (plus any cash bar purchases) and the RWK will cover the facility and service charge for the restaurant staff. 

    Doors open at 5pm and there will be a social hour and cash bar. Dinner will be served (buffet style) at 6pm and will consist of salad, two entrees, vegetables, bread, two desserts, and coffee/tea. We will have a short year-end wrap-up presentation and a bunch of awards, including the 2023 Warren Bruene Award.

    We also are planning some good door prizes – currently the list is over 20 prizes between $200 and $25 (there is no “grand prize”). This year we will be repeating last year’s system for door prizes – you will be given 5 tickets upon entry (part of your dinner ticket purchase) and you can “vote” on which prize(s) you want by placing tickets in the bin for that prize. If you want to win a single prize, you can put all of your tickets towards that prize (increasing your chance of winning it). If you want multiple prizes, then put a ticket in each of the bins for those prizes. If you run out of tickets, you can get more tickets ($1 each or 6/$5). We think this will be a fun way to do prizes this year (without sticking you with a prize you’re not interested in).

    Please see the button below to purchase your ticket(s) to this event. We can take a few purchases in person at the door but we really prefer that you purchase in advance as we have to commit to a head count with the restaurant in advance of the Dinner (so that everyone has enough food).

    Buy your dinner ticket(s) here:

    1. Click the “Buy Tickets Now” button (–>)
    2. Select Ticket Quantity in Cart
    3. Select Payment Method to check out (you may pay with PayPal or Visa/MC/AmEx)
    4. Fill out the payment form to complete your charge.
    RWK President's Dinner 2024
    RWK President's Dinner 2024
    $25.00

  • General Meeting – December 2023

    Our December RWK Meeting will be an RWK Holiday Hospitality Hour similar to what we did last December. We’ll have a selection of Treats and Hot beverages and round table seating. We will do our usual meeting announcements and then have a shorter program from Andrew KE5GDB on the uses of our new UHF multi-mode repeater. Bring your favorite HT to the meeting and be prepared to discuss why you like it.

    Click the image to view the recording

  • General Meeting – November 2023 – Annual Show&Tell Night

    For November, it’s time for the 2023 annual K5RWK Show and Tell meeting. You’ve been working on that special ham project all year/month/week. Please share your success or lessons learned. We would like you to present it at the meeting.

    {meeting video and content coming soon]

  • General Meeting – October 2023 – Logging and QSLing – Past and Present

    Our October RWK Meeting addresses a topic that most hams run across soon after upgrading to General Class – Logging and QSLing. You get to suffer hear me talk about the history of logging and confirming contacts before we had computers and the internet, and how having those has changed logging and QSLing for current hams. We’ll see current ways to log your contacts, obtain QSLs, and track awards. We’ll also see that the old ways aren’t completely dead, and why you might want to send and receive physical QSLs. It’s a lost art and one of the things that has made ham radio special, and we’re in danger of losing it.

    Click the image to watch the recording of the October 2023 Meeting

    Here is a PDF of the slides from the presentation: https://files.k5rwk.net/s/ct5RGgcxsGLTiNn

    Resources:

    ARRL Incoming QSL Bureau Service: https://www.arrl.org/incoming-qsl-service

    5 Call Area Incoming QSL Bureau: http://www.w5incomingbureau.net/

  • General Meeting – September 2023 – EME Adventures on the Microwave Bands

    Our September RWK Meeting should be an interesting one. We have Al Ward W5LUA from the North Texas Microwave Society (NTMS) presenting on EME Adventures on the Microwave Bands. For you new hams, EME stands for “Earth Moon Earth”. Yes, that means communicating using the Moon as a big reflector! In the old days, you would need a huge yard and massive antennas and power amplifiers to have an EME QSO. Now you can do it with modest sized antennas that can fit in a neighborhood backyard (and of course a bit of skill!). Al will show us how to get hooked on this rare mode!

    Click the image to view the meeting recording

    Additional Resources:

    Presentation Slides from Al Ward W5LUA (pdf)

Our 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 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.

Upcoming Events

Past Meetings