TCARC Club Meeting – 6 April 2019 – 7:00pm

Posted by Frenki's Capriccio on Tuesday, August 2, 2016

This month’s pre-meeting dinner will be at Frenki’s Capricio & Sports Bar located at  1004 Boyd Road (FM 730 North) – Azle, Texas  76020.  Typically, we meet for dinner starting around 5:15-5:30pm.

Talk-in is on 147.160MHz – PL 110.9 in case you need additional directions to find the restaurant.  Please note:  the meeting is not held at the restaurant.  Meeting location is further down.

Map to Frenki’s Capriccio & Sports Bar in Azle, Texas:

The next meeting will be at 7:00pm on Saturday, 6 April 2019.  We meet at the Azle Fire Department Complex located at 900 Lakeview Drive in Azle, Texas  76020.

NOTE:  The meeting location has changed.  Beginning 5 January 2019, the new meeting location is now at 900 Lakeview Drive – Azle, Texas 76020.  This is the Azle fire station located at the intersection of Lakeview Drive, School Street, and Denver Trail.  See the map, below.

FCC Amateur Radio license testing will be available after the meeting – typically around 8:00pm.  Sometimes later, if there is a presentation after the club business meeting.

Map to the Azle Fire Department Complex meeting location:

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Welcome To The Tri-Country Amateur Radio Club Website

The Tri-County Amateur Radio Club of North Texas – WC5C (American Radio Relay League Affiliated Club) welcomes visitors, and serves the area north and west of Fort Worth, including parts of Parker County, Tarrant County and Wise County.

Most of the club’s activities occur around the west side of Eagle Mountain Lake.  Cities served include Agnes, Aledo, Azle, La Junta, Sanctuary, Springtown, Reno, Lake Worth, Lakeside, Boyd, Paradise, Aurora, Rhome, Fort Worth, Sansom Park, Benbrook, White Settlement, Haslet, Saginaw, Keeter, Briar, Pelican Bay, Weatherford, and Newark.

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Texas State Parks On-The-Air – 13 & 14 April 2019

April 13-14, 2019

“Event will take place every year on the second weekend of April (except when Easter falls on the second weekend, then the contest is moved to the first weekend of April).  The Lake Area Amateur Radio Klub (K5LRK) enjoyed participating in this event in 2015 and 2016 and were sadened to hear that the initial sponsor Tom King, WK5DX, from Houston, who was running TSPOTA had gone silent key in 2015. The K5LRK club members decided that this was an event that should remain available as it provides a great opportunity for clubs to get out, have fun and enjoy our great state of Texas, so we carry on the torch for Tom! Please join us during this event, in a variety of state parks in Texas as we continue the Texas State Parks on the Air event!”

The club currently has Mineral Wells State Park reserved as the WC5C operating location.  More details will follow as we get closer to the event.

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Belton Ham Expo – 5 & 6 April 2019


April 5th & 6th, 2019

Bell County Expo Center

Belton, Texas

50 miles north of Austin

130 miles north of San Antonio

140 miles south of Dallas / Ft. Worth

165 miles north-west of Houston

Approximately 80 percent of the population in Texas lives within 200 miles of HamEXPO!

ADMISSION FEE for the public is $5.00 per person at the door (children under 12 free). Includes one free raffle ticket (a $2.00 value).

Vendors, this your opportunity to sell product or distribute information to about 1,200 motivated buyers on a Saturday morning.  All indoor spaces have free electricity. There are a limited number of spaces against the wall.

Map to Bell County Expo Center:

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2019 Horse And Buggy Race – 27 & 28 April 2019

From Mike Burns, KE5NCS:

This year, the annual Horse and Buggy event at Paradise, Texas is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, April 27 and 28 2019. The event will take place at Sunrise Ridge Ranch. The address is: 594 – CR 3585, Paradise, Texas.

We need to be at the Ranch at 7:30 am both days, ready for operations at 8:00 am. In the past, some volunteers meet at What-A-Burger in Azle for breakfast, then convoy to the event. We are finished by 3:00 pm.

Horse and Buggy – Paradise, Texas (Photo courtesy of Richard Marx, KE5ZGZ)

Sunrise Ridge Ranch is a beautiful location. The horse teams and carriages with participants dressed in period costumes are stunning. Please don’t miss out on this opportunity.

The event is organized somewhat like figure skating. On Saturday the participants are judged on various manuvers and presentation (dressage and cones). Sunday is the marathon – a race through a wooded area with various obstacle locations where teams are required to complete different manuvers. The participants are being judged for time and also completion of the manuvers.

This year, we will be testing APRS on Sunday for the field radio operators. We will need at least three and maybe four volunteers in the club trailer (one for net control, one for logger, and one or two to test monitors and software.

I will send another email about April 1 regarding what radio volunteers might need (besides a cell phone, handi-talkie and batteries) … this is not rocket science.

I am looking for 5 or 6 volunteers for Saturday and 12 volunteers for Sunday. In the past, some radio operators have brought their spouses.

Please reply to this email soon – and let me know which days you can volunteer.

Thank you,

Mike Burns

Map to Sunrise Ridge:

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