LETARC Fox Hunt for Spring 2018 is GO!

The LETARC-sponsored 2 Meter Spring 2018 Fox Hunt event is a “GO!”

The hunt will be on Saturday May 19, 2018, with official Participant Registration beginning at LeTourneau University in Longview, Texas at 8:00 AM CDT.

The Fox Hunt Rules and Fox Hunt Procedures documents are included below. Dave, KL7BX and our LETARC Fox Hunt Coordinator explains, “These Fox Hunt documents are very detailed, and should answer 95% of whatever questions you may have, concerning logistics and event performance.”

Please review both the LETARC Fox Hunt RULES and the LETARC Fox Hunt PROCEDURES thoroughly. They include important requirements and will help you know what to expect on the day of the hunt.

We’d also appreciate it if you’d RSVP using this form. This will give our planners a better idea of who is going to participate, and—just as importantly—will give us a way to contact you if there is additional information we need to send before the event.

Radio-Direction Finding presentation by KL7BX

Dave Luchak of station KL7BX was kind enough to pass along his presentation files for his recent presentation Fundamentals of Radio-Direction Finding (RDF); Otherwise known as “Fox-Hunting.”

Dave’s presentation included some excellent statistics and tables, and the word “Fundamentals” in the title rather undersells how splendidly wide-ranging the presentation is. There’s more here than just “point and look at the signal strength.”

There are three files below, each with the same content.  The PPSX is the Microsoft Powerpoint 2007 format, the PPS is the Microsoft Powerpoint 97/2003 format. For the folks who are unable to view Powerpoint files (or prefer not to download application files), there’s a PDF version as well.

Thanks, Dave!

0 – RDF Fundamentals & Techniques – PPT 2007 by KL7BX

0A – RDF Fundamentals & Techniques – PPT 97 – KL7BX


LETARC Web page Subscriber Accounts

I’m worn out continuously deleting 50-100 spammer, robot and hacker accounts created on this web site from all over the world every week or so.  So I disable it.  I’m not sure, but I may have accidentally deleted legitimate accounts because I could not identify you by your email address.  In any case, if you’ve created a subscriber account in the past, it is now gone.  If you would like to become a subscriber (again, or for the first time) to this web site (that means you’ll get an email for every new entry on the web site), send an email to me (“my call sign” ALPHA TANGO arrl (end of sentence) net) or to Ross (letarc ALPHA TANGO kilgorescreen (end of sentence) com) and one of us will manually create an account for you.  All we need to create your account is a first name, last name, call sign and email address.  Keep in mind, this web site is for LETARC MEMBERS.

Do not leave a “comment” under this post or any other post, send an actual *email* to one or both of us. 

Once your subscriber account is created, you’ll receive an email with a link to change your password.  Change your password and you’ll then begin to receive automatic emails each time a new entry is added to the web site.

By the way, for any one having difficulty deciphering the above email addresses, that’s called email address “munging”.  “ALPHA TANGO” is the standard phonetic spelling of “AT” or “@” and “end of sentence” is a period, or a DOT.  Address munging helps to prevent our email addresses from becoming targets from the ever growing malicious activity from the spammers, robots and hackers on today’s internet.

Morse Code anyone?

Terry (KG5WO), Lloyd (WO5W) and I were talking about how many passing references we hear about people wanting to learn morse code. So we decided to try to do something about it. In order to do something about it, we need to determine who, when, and where. If you’re interested, send me an email (“my callsign” AT arrl DOT net) and I’ll start to compile a list of names.

Let me caution you about the term “interested.” There’s a difference between “interested” and “wanting it.” Being “interested” is not enough to learn morse code. It’s going to take a commitment on your part. If you’re willing to commit, we’re willing to commit. Commit to what? Well, learning morse code is not a short-term effort. What’s long-term, you ask? Initially, I’ll put together a lesson plan that will require 12, one-hour meetings. Whether we meet twice per week or once per week, week night or weekends is to be determined. Where we meet is to be determined. Once we have a list of names (who are willing to pledge a commitment), we’ll try to figure out what works for everyone. If we meet only once per week, there will be home work for sure. If we meet twice per week, there may still be some homework.

Cost to enroll?  It’ll be FREE.  However, you’ll have to provide your own pen/pencils and paper to write on.

If we do this, the graduating class members will be able to copy 5 words per minute morse code. And who knows? Since that’ll be quite a significant mile-stone in your journey to experience the wonders of ham radio, you might get a nicely engraved plaque suitable for hanging in your ham shack!

We’ll bring this up at the next LETARC club meeting.



UPDATE 5 April 2018:

(from left to right) Tom Turner (KG5BWP), Terry Johnson (KG5WO), Jim Quinn (AJ1MQ)

After successfully completing a grueling and rigorous 6-week training program, Tom, Terry and Jim demonstrated the proficiency required to join the historic and prestigious fraternity of Continuous Wave Operators and is hereby declared qualified to operate the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent” at no less than 5 Words Per Minute from this date forward!  Congratulations and good luck in your continued endevour to pursue the art of CW!

Guy, WB5UAA (the guy on the right holding the Alfred Vail “Lever Correspondent”)

VHF/UHF Digital Voice Modes Presentation

There was more interest in the VHF/UHF Voice Digital Modes than the Ham Ham HF Digital Modes so I’m doing them out of order.

***Update:  Here are some practical notes for a user trying to use his or her new D-Star, Fusion or DMR radio:

First of all, D-Star, Fusion and DMR can all work as stand-alone repeaters without internet connectivity.

To utilize their internet connected capabilities:


D-Star (ICOM) (GMSK)

You must first register your call sign. To register your call sign:


http://www.dstarusers.org/repeaters.php (to find your nearest D-Star repeater)


System Fusion (Yaesu) (C4FM)

No registration required. To start using Yaesu Fusion (which is connected to others using WIRES-X), just tune your radio to the nearest Fusion repeater (Node) (with WIRES-X) and connect to a room.

To find active Nodes and Rooms:




You must first register and get a “subscriber ID”. First determine the network your nearest DMR repeater is on, then:

DMR-MARC: https://www.dmr-marc.net/ “Register ID” tab, then “User Registration” button

Brandmeister: https://brandmeister.network/?page=register and fill in the form