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QCWA Chapter 41 Meeting on Saturday, 2016 July 02

QCWA Chapter 41 met at Spring Creek Barbecue, 14941 Midway Road in Addison, Texas on Saturday, 02 July 2016. The meeting was not at Midway Point Sports Bar and Grill because the long time meeting place closed and relocated further North on Midway Road. Unfortunately, the new location does NOT have a private dining room; therefore, this chapter and other organizations have had to find new locations for their meetings.

The meeting at Spring Creek Barbecue had 19 maybe 20 participants. Everybody appeared to enjoy a barbecue lunch and eye-ball QSOs. Possible future meeting locations were discussed briefly before adjourning.

Photographs of this 2016 July 02 meeting at Spring Creek Barbecue in Addison, Texas follow.

QCWA Chapter 41 at Spring Creek Barbecue in Addison, Texas

QCWA Chapter 41 at Spring Creek Barbecue in Addison, Texas

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04 October 2014 QCWA Chapter 41 Meeting

Bob, N5NT, remarks about the 04 October 2014 QCWA Chapter 41 meeting: “My xyl Aggie and I were the only two people present for the October meeting. It was a bust! We ate the buffet so that the restaurant wouldn’t consider it a total loss.” There are probably several reasons for this lack of attendance. I had an annual cousin reunion in Farmersville, Texas that kept me from the Chapter 41 October meeting. Some members went to the HamEXPO! in Belton, Texas. The nice weather might have compelled other members to do outdoors activities. When I saw Bob at a Richardson Wireless Klub meeting, he told me that this set a new low attendance for a Chapter 41 meeting; previously, the lowest attendance was six. Surely the 01 November 2014 meeting will have typical attendance, reports about HamExpo!, and an attention grabbing video.

QCWA Chapter 41 Met in Allen, Texas on 06 September 2014

Attendance at the QCWA Chapter 41 meeting on Saturday, 06 September 2014 was larger than some people anticipated. Fourteen people found their way to Mimi’s Cafe in Allen, Texas. It has been more than a year since two of these people were present at a QCWA Chapter 41 meeting. One person made it to this meeting because Mimi’s Cafe in Allen, Texas is closer to their home than the normal meeting place at Midway Point Sports Bar and Grill in Dallas, Texas. This change of location shortened their round-trip drive by 75 minutes. Perhaps a new meeting place closer to more members should be considered.

Beverages and some muffins have been served. Conversations continued while waiting for meals to be prepared and served.

Beverages and some muffins have been served. Conversations continued while waiting for meals to be prepared and served.

The wait for our orders was worth it. Some people had breakfast and others had lunch. I had smoked-ham, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, a blueberry muffin, and coffee.

The wait for our orders was worth it. Some people had breakfast and others had lunch. I had smoked-ham, scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, a blueberry muffin, and coffee.

There appeared to be no shortage of things to talk about. Of course, amateur radio operators enjoy talking.

There appeared to be no shortage of things to talk about. Of course, amateur radio operators enjoy talking.

Another view of QCWA Chapter 41 members conversing at Mimi's Cafe in Allen, Texas.

Another view of QCWA Chapter 41 members conversing at Mimi’s Cafe in Allen, Texas.

Another chapter member made this photograph at Mimi's Cafe. That is me in the yellow shirt.

Another chapter member made this photograph at Mimi’s Cafe. That is me in the yellow shirt.

After enjoying our meal and settling our bills, we moved to The Aspens at Twin Creeks about three blocks from Mimi’s Cafe.

A view of The Aspens at Twin Creeks looking to the northeast across Bray Central Drive in Allen, Texas. Lodge and cottage residences are provided along with a variety of luxury amenities.

A view of The Aspens at Twin Creeks looking to the northeast across Bray Central Drive in Allen, Texas. Lodge and cottage residences are provided along with a variety of luxury amenities.

This sign located at 480 Bray Central Drive in Allen, Texas 75013 next to the driveway identifies The Aspens at Twin Creeks. This is an active adult community.

This sign located at 480 Bray Central Drive in Allen, Texas 75013 next to the driveway identifies The Aspens at Twin Creeks. This is an active adult community.

A covered driveway provides a convenient entry to The Aspens main building during all weather conditions. Parking places are on one side of the circular driveway. Residents have parking places inside the gated area.

A covered driveway provides a convenient entry to The Aspens main building during all weather conditions. Parking places are on one side of the circular driveway. Residents have parking places inside the gated area.

It is a bird, a plane, superman – NO it is the Aspens Amateur Radio Club antenna farm on the lodge roof. QCWA Chapter 41 members looking at the antenna farm.

It is a bird, a plane, superman – NO it is the Aspens Amateur Radio Club antenna farm on the lodge roof. QCWA Chapter 41 members looking at the antenna farm.

The Aspens Amateur Radio Club antenna farm is on the lodge roof. Antennas include a Comet H-422 Rotatable Dipole for 40, 20, 15, 10 meters and a seven-band off-center-feed dipole, and a Diamond X30A 2 meter and 70 centimeter. The lodge is a three-story building.

The Aspens Amateur Radio Club antenna farm is on the lodge roof. Antennas include a Comet H-422 Rotatable Dipole for 40, 20, 15, 10 meters and a seven-band off-center-feed dipole, and a Diamond X30A 2 meter and 70 centimeter. The lodge is a three-story building.

The Aspens Amateur Radio Club, K5ASP, shack is in a maintenance room on the third floor of the lodge. One of two operating positions is visible. This position includes a modern solid-state transceiver, a software defined radio (SDR), and a computer with an extra large display. A printer next to the air-conditioning unit provides convenient printouts from the computer. QSL cards received from contacted amateur radio stations are displayed on the wall.

The Aspens Amateur Radio Club, K5ASP, shack is in a maintenance room on the third floor of the lodge. One of two operating positions is visible. This position includes a modern solid-state transceiver, a software defined radio (SDR), and a computer with an extra large display. A printer next to the air-conditioning unit provides convenient printouts from the computer. QSL cards received from contacted amateur radio stations are displayed on the wall.

One of two operating positions in the K5ASP amateur radio shack. This includes two-way amateur radio equipment and computer. Wall clocks display Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local time. Flags on the wall map of the world indicate locations of stations contacted by K5ASP.

One of two operating positions in the K5ASP amateur radio shack. This includes two-way amateur radio equipment and computer. Wall clocks display Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) and local time. Flags on the wall map of the world indicate locations of stations contacted by K5ASP.

The K5ASP radio shack includes a well equipped work bench for construction projects and repairs. A printer, scanner, fax, and copier unit sits on the bottom shelf of the workbench. A map on the wall above the workbench identifies Canada and United States of America grid squares defined by the Maidenhead Locator System.

The K5ASP radio shack includes a well equipped work bench for construction projects and repairs. A printer, scanner, fax, and copier unit sits on the bottom shelf of the workbench. A map on the wall above the workbench identifies Canada and United States of America grid squares defined by the Maidenhead Locator System.

K5ASP trustee, Eugene (Gene) Chenette, N5YJ, invited and hosted the Quarter Century Wireless Association – Chapter 41 on their visit to The Aspens Amateur Radio Club in Allen, Texas.

K5ASP trustee, Eugene (Gene) Chenette, N5YJ, invited and hosted the Quarter Century Wireless Association – Chapter 41 on their visit to The Aspens Amateur Radio Club in Allen, Texas.

We enjoyed our visit of a modern well equipped amateur radio station. I do not know if any other senior living facility includes an amateur radio station. In my opinion, The Aspens Amateur Radio Club provides a benchmark for other senior living facilities to achieve. Thanks go to N5YJ, The Aspens Amateur Radio Club, and The Aspens at Twin Creeks for hosting this QCWA Chapter 41 visit.

QCWA Chapter 41 met on Saturday, 05 July 2014

Fifteen people participated in the QCWA Chapter 41 meeting on Saturday, 05 July 2014 at Midway Point Sports Bar and Grill in Dallas, Texas. Everybody enjoyed a Dutch treat lunch and conversation; some people made selections from the buffet and others ordered from the menu.

Chapter 41 presented Chapter 41 Webmaster, Keith Parris, WB5RBA a check to cover expenses incurred with the new Chapter 41 website. Discussion about providing a chapter roster on the new website decided that a roster should NOT be provided because of possible identity theft concerns. Webmaster will review email addresses provided on new website to see how they cause a particular email tool to launch and make changes to allow any email tool to be used. Task of sending email reminders about next Chapter 41 meeting will be transferred to Webmaster effective with the September meeting.

Attendees were reminded that the Ham Holiday in Oklahoma City will be 25 & 26 July 2014. Details are available at http://hamholiday.com/.

We had hoped to provide a demonstration tour of the new QCWA Chapter 41 website. Unfortunately the WiFi access at Midway Point Sports Bar and Grill was not working; therefore, this demonstration tour was not possible.

We enjoyed the “Genius: Leonardo da Vinci” video. It is amazing how many things Leonardo accomplished.

QCWA Chapter 41 at Ham-Com 2014

Ham-Com 2014 was on Friday and Saturday 13th and 14th of June 2014 at Plano Centre. This was one of six “Regional ARRL Centennial Events.” The other five regional events are Orlando HamCation®, Dayton Hamvention®, SEA-PAC, Huntsville Hamfest, and Pacificon. Ham-Com 2014 hosted the ARRL West Gulf Division and ARRL Delta Division Celebrations. Special event station W100AW/5 operated from Denton County – Emergency Services – Special Operations – Logistics Support vehicle parked at the Plano Centre.

Denton County Communications Vehicle at Ham-Com 2014

Denton County Communications Vehicle

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