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 – April 2021 – RWK Foxhunt Basics

    General Meeting – April 2021 – RWK Foxhunt Basics

    This month our main presentation is all about foxhunts.  The RWK has now been doing weekly (with a few exceptions) foxhunts for almost two years, and it’s time for a refresher course.  Andrew KE5GDB is going to explain how to hunt, the tools that you need, and techniques that you can use to find the fox.  We’ll show you the two resident RWK foxes, how they work, and things to listen for. If you haven’t yet hunted our foxes and didn’t know where to start, you should hopefully be prepared and all you will need is some practice to become an expert.  It’s great weather for a hunt so lets get lots of new calls in the log!

    Click the image to view the recording of the April 2021 Meeting

    View the recording of the April 2021 General Meeting

  • General Meeting – March 2021 – AmateurLogic.TV and HamCollege.TV

    General Meeting – March 2021 – AmateurLogic.TV and HamCollege.TV

    Our guest speaker will be Tommy Martin N5ZNO.  Tommy is a co-host of the long running AmateurLogic.tv and HamCollege.tv video blogs. During one of his work related visits to the Dallas area, Tommy visited RWK when we were having in-person meetings at the church.  We’ll get a view of the latest amateur radio through the eyes of a podcaster.

    Click the image to watch the recording

    View the recording of the March 2021 General Meeting

    AmateurLogic.TV is the first and longest running Internet television program dedicated to Amateur Radio and Technology. AmateurLogic episodes are shot around the 15th of each month. Ham College episodes are shot around the end of each month. Announcements of the times and dates are posted to their social media communities.

  • General Meeting – February 2021 – VHF Contesting and Roving

    General Meeting – February 2021 – VHF Contesting and Roving

    Upon recommendation from Andrew, the February General Meeting presentation will be by Jim Wilson K5ND on the Aspects of VHF Contesting and Roving.  Jim has lots of experience in VHF contesting while “roving” (basically operating from fixed mobile and portable setups) to overcome the limitations of North Texas (no mountains and far apart stations).  Even if you don’t want to get out in the field, you will likely learn some things about VHF antennas and operating.

    Click the image to view the February 2021 General Meeting

    View the recording of the February 2021 General Meeting

    Jim has lots of resources on his website: K5ND Guide to VHF Contesting
    K5ND Article in Jan/Feb 2020 QST – K5ND’s VHF Limited Rover Experience
    K5ND Article in Nov/Dec NCJ – An In-Depth Look at the K5ND VHF Rover Setup – Part 2

  • General Meeting – January 2021 – Special Yearend Wrapup

    General Meeting – January 2021 – Special Yearend Wrapup

    The format this month will include a review of 2020 club activities and projects, the Bruene Award presentation, introductions to 2021 club leadership, and a short presentation from our very own Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB (topic TBA). We will also be drawing for some terrific prizes!

    Click the image to view the recording of the January General Meeting

    View the recording of the January General Meeting

    Since RWK monthly general meetings are open to all, please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested in experiencing one of our meetings.

    Congrats to the following winners of tonight’s prizes:

    Grand Prize – ICOM ID-51A H/T with D-STAR – Mike Starnes, AA5WX
    Second Prize – Comet SBB5 Dual-Band Mobile Antenna – Andrew Koenig, KE5GDB
    Third Prize – Plantronics Blackwire 325 Headset – Mike Vinocur, W2HLD and Ken Hansen, N2VIP
    Fourth Prize – Custom Ham Desk Sign from Brady Pamplin, W5LH – Bill Reed, NX5R and Jay Crutti, K5JCJ
    Fifth Prize – Local Honey Combo Packs from Bryan Zumbar, KG5HDE – Robert Umpleby, AA5AH and Bob Coelln, KG5JL

    Shameless Club Member Promotion – Brady will custom print a Desk Sign for $10 for RWK Members in your choice of colors so contact Brady (brady_pamplin ‘at’ hotmail.com) if you want one of these unique and personalized signs.

  • General Meeting – December 2020 – NTx NTS Overview

    General Meeting – December 2020 – NTx NTS Overview

    This month’s talk will be delivered by Aaron Hulett, K8AMH.  Aaron is the Section Traffic Manager for the ARRL North Texas Section, and will be sharing his expertise in traffic handling and the National Traffic System in North Texas.  For those that are new to the hobby, this is a great chance to learn more about how you can get involved in a fun and important public service provided by hams.  And even if you’re an experienced traffic handler, it’s likely you’ll learn something new from Aaron’s presentation.

    Click the image to view the recording of the General Meeting

    View the recording of the December General Meeting

    We also presented and voted on the 2021 RWK Officers and discussed plans for next month’s Bruene Award and meeting in place of the normal January President’s Dinner.

    Since RWK monthly general meetings are open to all, please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested in experiencing one of our meetings.

  • General Meeting – November 2020 – Annual “Show & Tell” Night

    General Meeting – November 2020 – Annual “Show & Tell” Night

    Following recent tradition, November’s meeting will be our annual “Show & Tell” night.  Presenters will take 5 to 10 minutes each to share more about a recent project or one of their areas of interest.  This is a fun and fascinating meeting every time we hold it – and this year promises to be no different!

    Click the image to view the recording of the General Meeting

    View the recording of the November General Meeting

    We had Show & Tell Presentations of the following subjects:

    • Dick K6RAH showed the benefits of using QRZ.com
    • Al KI5CAD showed his mobile mounting for his VHF radio
    • Chip KD4C showed his collection of Kenwood LMR radios for VHF/UHF ham usage
    • Bob KG5WRY showed his collection of Foxhunt gear

    Since RWK monthly general meetings are open to all, please feel free to invite anyone you think might be interested in experiencing one of our meetings.

Meeting Location

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

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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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