Update: 22 August

Hello NTMS

The next meeting of the North Texas Microwave Society will be this coming Saturday, August 5th at the St.Barnabas Presbyterian Church at 1220 W. Belt Line Rd, in Richardson at 10 AM. We would like to get this meeting started a little early to get in some antenna testing outside before it gets warm. We have had some cooler weather lately so hopefully it will be a nice day for testing antennas. We need to stay out of the church until after 10 AM so they can complete some other activities. So we will get started in the parking lot with our testing.

This is an opportunity for you to test a microwave feed horn, dish, or other antennas you would like to checkout. It's a great time to find out how good your equipment is performing and to see how others have built their antennas. Typically a good chance to learn as well from some masters.

In addition to antennas the plan is to have equipment available to do noise figure measurements and to test or tuning of any filter s or other circuits up through 10 GHz.

This is an opportunity to get equipment working well before the microwave contest August 19-20 and September 16-17. We will continue discussions and plans of where people will be operating for the contest. The first contest weekend is only two weeks after this meeting.

Even if you do not have anything to tuneup we would like to see you there. If you do not have a rig for 10 GHz check around, someone my have one or the parts you need to get on the air. You can also make plans to join someone operating and see what the contest is all about.


Bob Stricklin N5BRG

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NTMS 2012 Activities

March 3, 2012. Sun Noise Measuring at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson, TX


May 5, 2012. Tune-up party and socializing at Bob, WA5YWC QTH.


June 2012. Hamcom, Plano, TX, show and tell describing two different approaches to getting on 10 GHz and formal presentation.


October 13, 2012. 10 GHz receiver check on the Frisco, TX parking garage listening for the W5HN beacon in Denton, TX.


November 3, 2012. Second annual NTMS mini-conference at St. Barnabas Presbyterian Church in Richardson, TX.


Sun Noise Measurements

Here is a dish antenna beam width calculator courtesy of Eric Johnston, Satellite Signals Ltd. Enter the diameter of your dish and the operating frequency to see the gain of a dish.

Dish Antenna Beam Width Calculator



Weekly Net

Hello NTMS

The club hosts a weekly Sunday night NTMS NET at 8PM local DFW time on 144.260 MHz. Since the ARRL suggests this frequency as a US coordination frequency during contest events such as the ARRL 10 GHz and above contest, it makes sense to use this frequency for daily microwave related chit chat, sked coordination, NET operation and our operating events.

Thanks to K5ZSJ, N5PGH, and W5RLG for running the NTMS NET for the last several years.

Please aim your antennas towards the Plano, Texas EM13 area on Sunday nights.


Upcoming Events

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