Cross Roads Ham Radio Club / Amateur Radio Events
CRHRC Membership Gatherings
The CRHRC Membership gatherings are held on the third Saturday of each month at Estella’s Mexican Food Restaurant Meeting Room located at 109 S. Third St. in Ganado, TX. Breakfast food and drinks are available for purchase during the meetings.
If you or someone you know is interested in initial or upgrade testing immediately following a meeting, give us a heads up at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll work to put together a test team to administer your test.
Amateur Radio News
FCC $35 Amateur Application Fee Effective Date Announced.
The FCC released a Public Notice on March 23, 2022, stating that the amateur radio application fees, including those associated with Form 605 application filings, would become effective on April 19, 2022. The Federal Communications Commission’s authority to impose and collect fees is mandated by Congress.
The $35 application fee, when it becomes effective on April 19, will apply to new, modification (upgrade and sequential call sign change), renewal, and vanity call sign applications. The fee will be per application.
Administrative updates, such as a change of name, mailing or email address, will be exempt from fees.
Read more at the ARRL web site.
Special Events / Contests
Air Force Military Aux Radio System (MARS) 75th Anniversary Special Event – Nov. 5-11
The AFMARS celebrates 75 years of service to the United States Military and Civilian government organizations during November 2023. In observance of this milestone, the “Air Force MARS 75 Years” special event will include communications on (Amateur) HF bands (80-10) in the “General License” portion of the band using SSB, CW and digital modes.
|Wing Identification||FEMA Region||Special Callsign|
|1st Communications Wing||Region 1 MA, NH, VT, MA, RI||W1A|
|2nd Communications Wing||Region 2 NJ, NY||W1B|
|3rd Communications Wing||Region 3 DE, MD, DC, PA, VA, WV||W1C|
|4th Communications Wing||Region 4 AL, FL, GA, KY, MS, NC, SC, TN, PR-VI||W1D|
|5th Communications Wing||Region 5 IL, IN, MI, MN, OH, WI||W1E|
|6th Communications Wing||Region 6 AR, LA, MN, OK, TX||W1F|
|7th Communications Wing||Region 7 IA, KS, MO, NE||W1G|
|8th Communications Wing||Region 8 CO, MT, ND, SD, WY, UT||W1H|
|9th Communications Wing||Region 9 AZ, CA, NV, HI||W1J|
|10th Communications Wing||Region 10 AK, OR, WA, ID||W1K|
|Pentagon MARS Station||Region 3||K4AF|
|Travis AFB MARS Station||Region 9||KE6UEU|
Those wishing to participate should listen for the above-listed stations and respond to the “Air Force MARS 75 Years” calls. Stations that have officially logged in with one or more Communication Wings will receive an electronic commemorative QSL document. Stations contacting 5 wings will be awarded a “Bronze” endorsement. Contact with 10 wings will be denoted “Silver”.
Event details, including schedules, bands, and modes are posted on the official AFMARS Web Site.
Hamfests / Swap Meets / Field Events
CRHRC 2023 Summer Field Day
The 2023 Amateur Radio Field Day is an annual event that took place this year on June 24th and 25th at Brackenridge Park and Campground. It is a chance for amateur radio operators (hams) to come together and demonstrate their skills in emergency communications. Hams from all over the country set up temporary stations in parks, schools, and other public places to make contacts with other hams and the general public. See more …
We will be posting our stats as soon as they are published by ARRL. In the meantime, enjoy our pictures from this year’s event.
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2023 Field Day
2022 Field Day
CRHRC held our 2022 Field Day event on June 25th and 26th at the Brackenridge Park Campgrounds located at 891 Brackenridge Pkwy. outside of Edna, TX. We will be posting our stats as soon as they are published by ARRL. In the meantime, enjoy our pictures from the event.
CHRHC 2021 Field Day June 26 – 27
CRHRC held our first annual Field Day on June 26 – 27 at Brackenridge Park and Camp Ground located at 891 Brackenridge Pkwy Edna, TX. It was a huge success and we set brand new field day records! (hi,hi)
What is Field Day? Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all, FUN!
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, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response
capabilities. It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to 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 contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in
abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.
We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bike-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walka-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums — these are all large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.
But despite the development of very complex, modern communications systems — or maybe because they ARE so
complex — ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters. Amateur Radio people (also called “hams”) are well known for our communications support in real disaster
and post-disaster situations.
For more information about CHRHC Field Day, please email email@example.com
CRHRC In Person Antenna Build Project – April 17, 2021
On Saturday April 17th, we got together for our first “Antenna build Project” and built “2 meter Tape Measure Yagi” antennas. We had a great time and many members met “face to face” for the first time.
check out our pictures from the event below.
Below is the detail, schematic and parts list we used for our build.