Update: 22 June

Hello NTMS

During a recent gathering at a Tuesday BBQ lunch the topic of getting together and coordinating activity for the August/September microwave contest was discussed. Since we do not have a meeting planned for July we decided to have a coordination discussion then. With help from Bob, WA5YWC we have reserved the conference room at Legacy Title company where we have held the last few meetings for Saturday, July 8. We will get together there starting about 12 noon and talk about plans for the contest.

In August for our meeting we plan to encourage everyone to bring along equipment and test it out in the parking lot. This will be a few weeks before the actual contest weekend and give you a chance to get your gear in working condition and make sure you have the items you need to operate.

The first round of the contest is August 19 and 20. More details about the contest and rules can be found here: http://www.arrl.org/10-ghz-up

This is a lot of fun so make plans to participate this year.


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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