We’ll take a break for Christmas and New Year’s, but we’ll start back on January 8th when we operate our “Elmer Nights” in the American Red Cross building at 1205 Haley Dr, near the Norman Westheimer Airport. This building is just Northwest of the Robinson and Berry intersection. Enter through the door on the south end of the building. Current hours are from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.
The ARES and Gossip nets operate during this time and you can check-in from the building. Here you can get-on-the-air with some help from our Elmers. If you suffer from mic-fright, we can help you to make that first contact. Do you have issues programming or operating your radio? Bring it along, and the Elmers will help you learn more about your device.
Operate Our Radios
Elmer nights are a great place to make your first, or next, HF contact. Trying out a new operating mode will let you learn quickly. This station currently has three radios, and antennas for 70 cm, 2 m, 6 m, 10 m, 15 m, 20 m, 40 m, and 80 m up and running. Station details are available on the Radio Room page.
Want to be an Elmer?
We need Elmers. You don’t need to be an expert. You only need to enjoy amateur radio and be willing to share your skills with new hams while you learn some more skills in the process. This is a great place to operate the Red Cross station and share your knowledge with the growing local amateur community. Contact Ed Hatch AG5DV or Mark Kleine N5HZR to get involved.
As we continue, classes will be available so groups can learn specific skills. Here are a few of the suggested topics:
- Antenna construction
- Building radios
- Digital Hotspots
- Micro BitX Kit Radio
- Morse Code
- Raspberry Pi for Amateur Radio
- RTL-SDR hacking (GNU Radio Companion)
Fall 2018: Open House
Our official SCARS / Red Cross Grand Opening will happen sometime in the October or November timeframe to celebrate this new operation. Stay tuned for more information.
Thanks to all that have helped, and those that will continue to make this a great success.
Special thanks to AG5DB, K0DKR, AG5DV, AE5F, W5HLG, N5HZR, KK5IO, KE5JZN, W6KPR, N5KUK, KA5KXW, W5LHG, WA5LTM, N5SOF, WG5T, W5UBI, WB5ULK, N5UWY, K8WGE, KD5ZLG, and KD5ZYD.