On the Air

Goat Cook-off

posted Mar 9, 2015, 1:30 PM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Jun 19, 2018, 2:05 PM ]

The club has operated an Amateur Radio demonstration station at the annual Goldthwaite Championship Barbecue and Goat Cook-off for the past several years. At this event our booth offers some shade and conversation to many visiting hams among the several hundred folks shopping in the vendor area.

The Goat Cook-off is held the fourth weekend in April. Our booth will be set up on the fourth Saturday.

 The Goldthwaite Eagle May 5, 2012, Goat Cook-Off

Jamboree on the Air

posted Mar 9, 2015, 10:29 AM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 3:44 PM ]

Jamboree-on-the-Air is held the third weekend in October. The radio stations are operated by licensed amateur radio operators. Many Scouts and leaders hold licenses and have their own stations, but the majority participate in JOTA through stations operated by local radio clubs and individual radio amateurs. Each year, MCARC provides equipment and technical support for the local scouts during the event. Boy and Girl Scouts and Guides from all over the world speak to each other by means of Amateur (ham) Radio. Since 1958 when the first Jamboree-on-the-Air was held, millions of Scouts have met each other through this event. With no restrictions on age or on the number of participants, and at little or no expense, JOTA allows Scouts to contact each other by ham radio.

Alan Brown reported on the 2014 Jamboree on the Air:

Members of the Mills County Radio Club supported an activity with the local area Scouts, on Saturday, October 18th..

We set-up a ham radio station at the Scouts Building, and made over-the-air contacts with stations in several of the US states and Mexico City.

We explained only two of the many methods to communicate via ham radio, voice and telegraph.







All of the Scouts were able to use voice to chat with the many stations we contacted.  And there was quite an interest in the old time telegraph method, as well.

Before we knew it, we had spent two hours of fun in what seemed like about 30 minutes!


Awards

posted Mar 9, 2015, 9:26 AM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 3:33 PM ]

We were first in the state of Texas and 18th in the nation during Field Day 2011.
2011 Standings
We won Worked All States in CW during Field Day 2011:
WAS in CW for 2011
We won Worked All States with 20 meter voice in 2013:
WAS in 2013 for voice

Recent Field Day Scores

posted Mar 9, 2015, 7:07 AM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Mar 9, 2015, 3:33 PM ]

I have dug into the ARRL databases and pulled Field Day information for more than a decade. The older stuff will be harder to access, but it can be pulled out of QST archives.

2002: AA5NZ; GOTA-AA5QV

Class 2A; QSOs-435; Score-1570; Participants-11

Mills County Hams


2003: N5ZMO; GOTA-AA5QV

Class 2A; QSOs-244; Score-1088; Participants-18

Mills County Hams


2004: No submission


2005: K5TRO; GOTA-WA5NQR

Class 2A; QSOs-386; Score-2068; Participants-23

Mills County ARC


2006: K5TRO; GOTA-WA5NQR

Class 2A; QSOs-428; Score-1962; Participants-10

Mills County ARC


2007: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 2A; QSOs-405; Score-2022; Participants-15

Mills County ARC


2008: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 2A; QSOs-519; Score-2734; Participants-10

Mills County ARC


2009: No Submission


2010: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 2A; QSOs-1702; Score-6696; Participants-25

Mills County ARC


2011: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 3A; QSOs-2232; Score-8876; Participants-29

Mills County ARC


2012: No Submission


2013: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 2A; QSOs-1199; Score-4064; Participants-11

Mills County ARC


2014: K5TRO; GOTA-N5QBU

Class 2A; QSOs-1174; Score-4210; Participants 20

Mills County ARC

ARRL Field Day

posted Mar 9, 2015, 7:05 AM by Mills County Amateur Radio Club   [ updated Jul 1, 2018, 4:42 PM ]

According to ARRL.com, ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. Each year over 35,000 amateurs gather with their clubs, friends or simply by themselves to operate.

ARRL Field Day is not a fully adjudicated contest, which explains much of its popularity. It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles. While some will treat it as a contest, most groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to local elected community leaders, key individuals with the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public. For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The members of the Mills County Amateur Radio Club, like most other participating hams, treat Field Day as a combination social event, picnic, camp-out, competition, as well as a demonstration of our ability to quickly set up and operate several radio stations not connected to the commercial power grid. Each year we learn something new; each year things seem to go a little smoother.

We are justifiably proud of our hobby and welcome every opportunity to show off what we can do. Anyone (old enough to read!) with an interest in communicating by radio is welcome to drop in at our Field Day site. You will be warmly greeted and given the opportunity to see what fun Amateur Radio can be.

Check out our Recent Field Day Scores and Awards .

Rondel Stevens, Cotton Inks, Jack and Lynn Garner at CW station
Rondel Stevens, Cotton Inks, Lynn and Jack Garner at CW Station

AF5KG and WA5NQR at the voice station
Ronnie Head and Rose Lee Head at voice station

Mike and Melissa Pansini loaned equipment for the GOTA station
Mike and Melissa Pansini loaned their equipment for the GOTA station

Derek, Mikaela, and Logan Pausewang ran the GOTA station
Logan, Derek, and Mikaela Pausewang manned the GOTA station

Gary McFadden and his wife visited from Colorado
Mikaela and Derek Pausewang welcomed the Gary McFaddens from Colorado

NTSEC Matthew Morris K5ICR visited us
North Texas Section Manager, Matthew Morris K5ICR, stopped by.

 

 

 




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