Announcements

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The 2019 Albuquerque Duke City Hamfest and Convention (and ARRL New Mexico State Convention) is coming up the weekend of Friday thru Sunday, September 20 thru 22, at the Isleta Resort & Casino, 11000 Broadway Southeast, Albuquerque, NM.

The website with all the latest information is: https://www.dukecityhamfest.org/

This is a fantastic Hamfest, and it’s only about a 4 hour drive from El Paso.  There will be lots of vendors, indoor and outdoor flea markets, speakers, courses, forums, training, meals, VE sessions, etc.  Plenty of fun to keep you busy all weekend and still get home Sunday night. 

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RS-MS1A ANDROID APP NET on Wednesday, September 25 at 7:30 PM.

What is it: The Android App is an application you can download from the Google Play store to your Android devise (phone or tablet).  For iOS users download RS-MS1l app from iTunes store onto your iOS devise (phone or tablet).  The iOS app will ONLY work with the ID-4100 radio.  The app allows us to do instant messaging, send photographs, and even has a map included so we can see exactly where each other is physically located.

Where is it: Reflector 055D.

What will be needed: An ICOM ID-31A, ID-51A PLUS, ID-51A PLUS2, ID-4100, ID-5100 or an IC-7100 radio. Some of the stations also use the DVAP or DV MEGA, and Raspberry Pi. The radio is connected to the app via the OPC-2350LU data cable. If the ID-4100 or the ID-5100 has the Bluetooth module installed, then the data cable is not needed. Connect the device via the Bluetooth.

What time: 7:30 PM MDT.

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There will be a Broadband Hamnet (BBHN) meeting held in Nations Tobin, Todd Ware, Skyline Optimist Youth, Sue Young and Veterans Parks simultaneously via the Broadband MESH equipment on Saturday, September 28, from 10 to 11:30 AM.  We will use the video from the cameras and a conference call with the telephones as well as live chat with D-RATS for the meeting.  All are welcome to attend.  After the meeting we will all meet in Sue Young Park for a Hot Wash.  Come early and claim your tree.  After the BBHN meeting there will be an ARES Orientation for those who are interested in becoming an ARES member.

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Pico-balloon Launch

On September 28 (weather permitting) the West Texas Digital ARC (W5ELP) will launch a pico-balloon from Sue Young Park in NE El Paso.  The balloon is a 36-inch Mylar party balloon and the payload is a 12.9 gram Skytracker.  The payload has a GPS and an APRS transmitter (W5ELP-11) on board.  It transmits its position every 2 minutes on the 144.39 MHz APRS frequency and 10 seconds later on 144.34 MHz APRS.  The flight can be followed on aprs.fi.  Any updates and more specific times will be announced as the launch date gets closer.

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John R Hord,
Sep 15, 2019, 6:39 PM
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