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Ellis County Amateur Radio Club
Current Repeater Status:
2 Meter:
Midlothian 145.410 - (110.9pl) ACTIVE
Waxahachie 145.410 - (162.2pl) ACTIVE
Ennis 145.410 - (131.8pl) ACTIVE
70 CM:
Waxahachie 441.650 + (110.9) ACTIVE

Club Meetings: Every third Thursday of the month
Location: Ellis County Sheriff's Office Training Center (County Farm)
2272 FM 878, Waxahachie
Talk-in on the 145.410 machine.


General License Training Class
The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club has arranged a training class for all those wishing to upgrade their Technician class amateur radio license to a General class license. The classes will run for  eight Tuesday evenings from 6:00 pm to7:45 pm beginning April 22, 2014, The class will be held at the Senior Center in room 106. The Senior Citizen building is located at 122 Park Hills Drive, Waxahachie, TX (469-309-4280).

Tom Frohnapfel , K5EIS, is the primary instructor and Jerry Pomeroy,
KE5JC, has agreed to assist. Tom plans to use the course developed and
by John Denson, AI6A. There will be no charge for the course. Currently
there is a $14 charge for taking the General Class License test, which
will be held Tuesday following the last class.

Successful completion of the class will require students to complete homework, which includes reading and studying of the material in ARRL General Class License Manual 7th Edition, which should be acquired prior to the start of the class. Students will also find it beneficial to have a non-programmable scientific calculator capable of square roots and
logarithms for use in the class and when taking the test.

The manual may be purchased here.

License Training Class Videos
The Video License Series is the work of John Denson, AI6A, a member of ECARC.  John prepared the curriculum for the Technician and General classes that he teaches and now that same material is available for review at any time.  Links to these videos, hosted on YouTube are can be found here.  Additional information about obtaining your license including links to online practice tests can be found here.

Newsletter Online
See the new ECARC newsletter online now.  Craig Pelletier, N1XAC, our new club secretary has started and new newsletter for the club.  Craig is always looking for stories and tidbits for the next issue.  Click his callsign to email him your story or idea.  Click here to go to our newsletter section and check out the latest edition.


The Ellis County Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce that we have a new affiliation with ARES and SKYWARN as well as a new Emergency Coordinator for Ellis County.  Jeff Cashman, WB5JC, has been named the new Emergency Coordinator for Ellis County for ARES.  To learn more visit our ARES and SKYWARN section.

ECARC is pleased to announce that we are currently testing an EchoLink node on our repeaters.  The node is listed in EchoLink as KF5AGM-L.  For more information, please see our EchoLink page.

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ECARC in the News

Click here for a PDF of a recent article featured in WaxahachieNOW about ECARC

Regular Events
For latest updates on events always check the calendar

Monthly Club Meetings: Held the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 pm.  The meetings are held at the Ellis County Sheriff's Office Training Center(County Farm)
2272 FM 878, Waxahachie
MAP. The meetings include a business session as well as presentations and discussion of Amateur Radio topics. Visitors are welcome.

Monthly Breakfast: Meets the second Saturday of the month at 8:00 am. The location will be sent out via email to all members. Talk-in will be on 145.410. For more information please contact the Planning Chairman, Layne Reeves, KF5HTB.  Come out and visit with us and our families. Everyone is welcome.

ECARC Monthly Planning Meeting:
Held the second week of the month on Tuesday at 7:00 pm. The location will be emailed to all club members at least two weeks in advance. Talk-in will be on 145.410. For more information please contact the Planning Chairman, Layne Reeves, KF5HTB.  All club members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Monthly Club Information Net:
The monthly club net is held on the second Thursday of every month at 7:30pm.  The net is an opportunity for everyone to check-in and touch base with each other as well as find out what is coming up in the way of club activities.  The net is held on the 145.410 repeaters and ALL radio amateurs are welcome to check-in.

ARES Training:
The ARES training nets are held the first Thursday and third Sunday of each month at 7:30 pm.  All ARES members are invited as well as any radio amateur interested in participating in ARES activities. The nets all meet on 145.410 repeaters.

New To Ham Radio
Check out our getting started page for some basic information about becoming a Ham as well as resources for getting ready for your exam.

The ECARC VE Team conducts monthly testing sessions on the 4th Tuesday of the month. If you are interested in testing to obtain a license, or to upgrade your license, please contact a member of the VE Team at least a week in advance of the testing session.  Bob Fitch K5ASU



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