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Field Day 2021 was our first in-person event for almost two years. We had a great turnout of members, visitors and invited guests. Jim, K5VZ, hosted the event at his "ranch" and also put on a fantastic spread consisting of brisket, pulled pork, chicken, baked beans, green beans, potato salad and bread for the Saturday evening meal.
Check out a few pictures from the event on our Gallery Page.
Summer Field Day was a bit different this year. due to the on-going pandemic most members operated from their homes. Club stations were set up observing social distancing and sanitary conditions for those who wanted to use them. Individual scores were uploaded to the ARRL for compiling. Since everyone has until July 28 to upload their files we'll wait to report the club's standing.
Many members came out and tried their hand on the HF bands operating phone and CW. The ARRL North Texas Section Youth Coordinator and Driver paid us a visit and she tried her hand at making some satellite contacts.
A fun time was had by all who attended. Great fellowship and a fantastic evening of gift stealing were the highlight of the evening. Special thanks to area businesses who provided door prizes for the evening -- O'Reilly Auto Parts, Korner Cafe, Main Street Cafe
along with several members who provided prizes.
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For the fourth year in succession LARA participated in the World Scouting Jamboree-on-the-Air. The 2019 version was the 62nd annual event for World Scouting. At Conner Pavilion in Lake Park we had two HF stations, a VHF/UHF station and numerous digital mode stations. There were also several Radio Merit Badge Counselors on site to work on merit badge requirements with the scouts.
For the first time, LARA entered a float (no it doesn't float on water) in the annual Western Days Parade. Our theme was Youth In Amateur Radio and featured two youth "operating" during the parade while other youth on the float threw candy to the crowd. This was a great opportunity to advertise our upcoming Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA) event.
All kinds of antennas work in this hobby. Anything from a simple "tape measure" version to "J-Pole" and many others. Periodically we bring groups together and introduce them to the art and science of antenna building.
LARA participated in the Lewisville Fire Department's annual open house held at the Central Fire Station. We had several radio stations operational on different bands manned by members. Our operational readiness to respond and assist in any emergency was well demonstrated in LFD's Mobile Communication Command Center.
Area children are given the opportunity to talk with Santa Claus over amateur radio waves. From Lewisville Texas, clear to the North Pole, children of all ages spoke with Santa to discuss whether or not they had been naughty or nice and what they wished for at Christmas that old Saint Nick would bring them.
ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations. LARA has participated as a club every year since the club's inception.
Disasters are unpredictable by nature and can strike when you least expect them. The goal is to help enhance our skills and ready us for all environmental conditions found in the US and Canada during the spring, summer, fall and winter. Preparedness is the key to a professional and timely response during any event and this is what local and state authorities are expecting when they reach out to the emergency service groups that offer their services. The event is held annually the last weekend in January. LARA has participated for the past several years.
Every December we come together with family and friends to experience fun and good food. The highlight of the evening is the gift exchange. This is the only place that we condone stealing. In order to understand you must attend. See the Upcoming Events page.