Thu Nov 9, 2017

Due to the next meeting falling on Veterans Day, the meeting will move to Thursday (11/9) at the Circle H BBQ

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Fri Nov 3, 2017

Planned: Technician class at Greenville hospital Nov. 3-4.

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Thu Oct 12, 2017

Due to the MTC event in Paris, the next club meeting will be be at Circle H BBQ in Emory on Thursday (10/12 ) at 6:30. We will go back to our regular second Saturday meeting schedule in November.

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Wed Aug 16, 2017

Cotton Patch Bike Challenge

Rains ARA will be involved in the Cotton Patch Bike Challenge.

The Wood County EMC trailer will be deployed for the rest stop at the Cotton Patch bike race.

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Sat Aug 12, 2017

Rains county fair

Rains ARA will be involved with the Rains county fair, August 12th - 16th.

KE5PZI has secured the EMC, Ham and radio station a booth at the fair. He requests help with running the booth.

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The next meeting will be at the EOC on 12Aug17 at 0900.

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Sat Jun 24, 2017

Rains ARA Field Day 2017 will be June 24-25. It will be a joint event with the Hopkins County Amateur Radio Club at the Rains County EOC, located at 200 Industrial in Emory. To find us, go to the intersection of Hwy 69 and FM 515 (Brookshires Grocery on the corner) and look south. We will be under that 200' tower, across the street from the concrete plant.

Setup will start around 8:00 on Saturday morning with the contest starting at noon. We are planning a meal for club members, guests and anyone else that shows up to visit at 2:00. Additionally, we plan a joint club meeting 3:00 and a testing session at 4:00.

We will be running two contest stations and a "Get On the Air" station will be available for anyone, licensed or not, to try their hand at the HF contest experience. The contest is 24 hours, from noon Saturday until noon Sunday. Rains ARA will be monitoring the 146.92 repeater and the NCTC system as well.

Note: the Rains County Leader published an article about Field Day.

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Sat May 27, 2017

Rains ARA workday at the EOC

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Thu May 18, 2017

Planned: General class May 18th-20th in the hospital in Greenville.

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Sat May 6, 2017

Founder's Day
06 May 2017  (08:00 - dark thirty)
Heritage Park, Emory

RARA will participate with the low power FM station as well a ham booth setup.

Need folks to assist and participate with Founder's Day activities:
Set up
Man booth (operate radios, greet visitors.)
Be available at home or mobile,  to converse (2m or 70cm) with visitors who 
may wish to experience the wonder of ham radio.

Equipment needs:
2 hf trancievers, tuners if needed, power supplies, 2m/70cm HTs.
RARA has a canopy, I will provide a folding table, extension cords, power strip, laptop, etc.
Extension cords, power strips, logging materials.
Antennas, coax, complimentary items.
Snacks, bottled water.
Please bring a chair, as chairs are not provided.
Please contact me with any commitment you may wish to make, whether equipment, supplies or
Time is getting short.  Please do not procrastinate.

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Thu May 4, 2017

RARA monthly meeting
Thursday 04 May 2017, 18:30 hrs. (6:30pm)
Circle H Bbq. Emory, Tx
Guest speaker from TDEM (a ham).
This is important!  Please be there if at all possible

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Sat Apr 15, 2017

Work days for the radio station building on 4/8 and 4/15: finish the sheet rock work in the front room and organize new trailer storage.

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Sat Apr 8, 2017

Work days for the radio station building on 4/8 and 4/15: finish the sheet rock work in the front room and organize new trailer storage.

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Fri Mar 24, 2017

Planned: Technician License class at the hospital in Greenville on Friday 3/24 (5:00-9:00) and Saturday 3/25 (7:30am -6:00pm) with a test at 6:00.

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Mon Mar 6, 2017

There will be a Skywarn spotters class in Emory this coming Monday (3/6) at 6:30 in the Emory City Shelter on Hwy 19 north.

As a result of the Skywarn class being on Monday, there will not be a net this Monday (3/6). I expect that a large number of our members will be attending the class. Nets will resume as usual on the following Monday.

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Thu Jan 5, 2017

KE5PZI reminds us of the "eating meeting" on the 5th of January at Circle H BBQ at 630 PM.

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Sat Dec 17, 2016

Workday planned for 9am, Saturday, Dec 17 at the new EOC building. We will replace the damaged sheet rock in the front room. We should have everything we need but extra hand tools and portable drill/drivers may come in handy.

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Thu Dec 1, 2016

Rains ARA has a Thursday night club meeting at Circle H BBQ, 6:30 pm

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Tue Nov 22, 2016

From Trent / K5VES:

The NWS is forecasting the potential of thunderstorms later this afternoon and tonight with the possibility of some supercell development. Please stay aware of local conditions and monitor the NCTC link system if weather develops in this area.
443.625 - Rains County
444.825 - Hopkins County

We will use the 146.92 for local weather net if required.

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Sat Oct 29, 2016

CQ Worldwide DX Contest

At 9am Saturday the Rains ARA will set up a station at the EOC, like Field Day, and make the activity available to those that may not have HF capabilities at home. You don't have to have a big contest station to enjoy the activity, I will bring the TS2000 that we used for Field Day and we will hook it up to our Windom antenna. If we get enough participation, we will set up a second station.

Trent: "The plan is to keep it informal, so come by when you have some time. I will be at the EOC about 9:00 Saturday morning and , if there is enough participation, we can work into Saturday evening. To be on the safe side, call on the 146.92 repeater of give me a call to be sure we are there. "

The contest runs from 00:00 UTC Saturday to 23:59 UTC on Sunday (6:00 AM Sat - 5:59 AM Mon). Typically, most of the activity is during the day on Saturday and Saturday night so that is where we will focus our efforts... we will keep it very informal. We will try to keep a General class license or higher available so everyone can participate.

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Thu Oct 6, 2016

The Rains Amateur Radio Association will be having its eat and greet at Circle H BBQ in Emory on the 6th of Oct at 1630. This meeting will take the place of the Saturday meeting...

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Sat Jun 25, 2016

The Rains County Amateur Radio Association and the Hopkins County Amateur Radio Club are partnering again this year in a Field Day activity to be held in Emory this year at 200 Industrial in Emory. We will set up in the new Rains County Emergency Management Center. The site is near the intersection of 69 and 515 (Brookshires Grocery). When 515 crosses 69, it becomes Industrial and we will be across the street from the concrete plant. Look for the club banners.


contest stations

We will operate two HF contest stations and have a third one available for those that want to get on the air on the HF bands. We will also have several other modes available to demonstrate during the contest:


One note on the facility; the building is still in the process of being renovated and remodeled and is far from being complete, but I am sure it will be a great Field Day site and we will be sharing the long term plan during the meeting.

We really encourage everyone to attend. Come for an hour or the whole event and we believe you will have a good time.

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Sat Jun 18, 2016

General planning/work meeting.



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Sat Jun 11, 2016

Scheduled planning/workday meeting cancelled and rescheduled for May 18.

Note: 2016 HAM-COM is June 11th.

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Mon Mar 7, 2016

A SkyWarn class will be held at the Agri-Life building on March 7th, 2016 at 7pm

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Mon Feb 1, 2016

Tower raising

photo album

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Wed Sep 23, 2015

Rains ARA will have a meeting [Wednesday, Sept 23, 2015] at 7:00 at the Circle H BBQ in Emory

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Sat Jun 27, 2015

Joint meeting of HCARC and Rains ARA?
Anyone have information on this meetup?

photo album

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Sat Jun 13, 2015

Joint meeting of HCARC and Rains ARA?
Anyone have information on this meetup?

photo album

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Thu Jun 4, 2015

Free summer training

KE5PZI passes on word of free training announced by ETCOG and the Texas Division of Emergency Management.

See clickable thumbnail and the links below; fliers Are also available.

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Sat May 2, 2015

Founder's Day 2015

Saturday, May 2nd, 2015

Rains ARA members attended the 2015 Rains County Founder's Day festival on the courthouse square in Emory, Tx.

Traditionally, the club attends community events like this in order to increase awareness of amateur radio and the club itself, welcome the radio curious, and demonstrate the role amateur radio can play in emergency situations.

In addition, at this event the club also showed off the community's recently-activated Low Power FM (LPFM) radio station. KRER can be heard on 102.5 FM.

See more pictures from Founder's Day.

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Sun Mar 23, 2014

Chuck's 6 meter antenna is in its rightful place

Chuck W5USJ, Eddie KE5SBZ, Trent WA5VES and Jason KF5RCA did the work.  
Harold KE5HER watched and snapped a few photos.

Eddie did the roof work, in my opinion the hardest part.  
All considered, GOOD JOB GUYS!!!

Thanks for the effort and support of a fellow ham.


Harold  KE5HER

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Mon Sep 8, 2008

Minutes of the August 9 '08 meeting
FIXME: august_08_minutes.pdf

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Thu May 8, 2008

May 2008 meeting

May, 2008

Fixme: may_08_pictures.pdf

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Sat Apr 12, 2008

Photos from the April '08 Meeting

April, 2008

George, KA5DEN (seated) and Wayne, K5IJT.

George is the Rains ARA founder and President Emeritus. K5IJT was the '08 Vice President.

FIXME: KE5SBZ, Eddie, one of the clubs newest members. Eddie passed the exam at the January '08 meeting during a VE session held after the regular meeting.

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Sat Mar 8, 2008

March 08 FolksZ

March, 2008

Around the table from lower right: Harold, KE5HER (taking picture), Eddie, KE5SBZ, and Jeri Humphrey (YF of KA5DEN)

From top right: George, KA5DEN, Bob, KE5SBX, Chuck, W5USJ and Ed, K5OLA

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