Update: 22 November

Hello NTMS

We had a fun time at the November meeting. Attendance was strong with about 24 members and 6 wives and one daughter. Lots of activity including soldering on 10G transverter boards, antenna tuning and testing on several microwave bands, and a demo by W5LUA on sun noise. Many people had their 10 GHz rigs and used them to provided signals and listening to the beacon. An example of a 10 MHz GPS disciplined oscillator and a Raspberry Pi running PiHPSDR were operational as well. A few dish and horn antennas were tested for SWR. It was a nice day for the gathering which included a break for burgers and ice cream at lunch. Some guys didn't even finish their lunch so they could get back to testing and work.

A few pictures and video provided by Karl Ireland are included here. Lots of feedback about how much people enjoyed the day. Its events like this that really make this a fun hobby.

We will have our December meeting at St.Barnabas Presbyterian Church at 1220 W. Belt Line Rd, in Richardson December 2, 2017.


Bob Stricklin N5BRG


New RMG Beacon List added to NTMS Beacon site

NTMS November 2017 meeting at the Stricklin Ranch

November 4, 2017 NTMS meeting at the Stricklin Ranch


Novermber 4, 2017


November 4, 2017


Al, W5LUA and Jerry, K5SOP setting up a sun noise measuring station.


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

Here are a few photos of the beacon maintenance session at TWU courtesy of Jim Hudson



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