As you may have heard on this week’s TARC 2-meter net, ICOM is hosting a live D-Star informational event this Saturday from 11 AM until 3 PM CST.  Gene Coldwell, WB5CTQ, is organizing a gathering of those interested to watch the event as a group at the Shiloh Road Church of Christ in Tyler.

If you are interested in joining the group to participate in the event just show up at the church shortly before 11 AM.  If you cannot joint the group but are still interested in the event, you may participate individually by following this link to register:

http://online.icomamerica.com/D-STAR_L ive?elqTrackId=93198c80bd5a4534a11558eeb65ae1c1&elq=bdc1f423f6394d22bc99939ecdcf3bed&elqaid=306&elqat=1&elqCampaignId=102

Here is the  info from the original email:
Digital Confusion?

Feel like there are too many digital formats in Amateur Radio? Let us help you get a clear view on the latest changes on the Digital mode developed, specifically with the amateur radio enthusiasts in mind! Please join the team from D-STAR Info and others in the D-STAR world for D-STAR LIVE, an event broadcasting live from George Gwinnett College! The D-STAR panel of experts will be discussing various aspects of the D-STAR System, including the latest gateway update from Icom, programing your radio, as well as different devices to get you more involved in the D-STAR world and more!

Saturday, March 11th, 2017
12:00 PM- 4:00 PM EST
9:00 AM – 1:00 PM PST

Plan on Attending? Let us know if you will be streaming or attending the event in-person. RSVP today!

Have a question for the D-STAR panel? Submit your question by Wednesday, March 8th. The panel will be answering questions live.

Important note regarding the 145.210 repeater:

The “210” repeater now has a -750 KHz split.  The new input frequency is 144.460 MHz .  This new, non-standard split does not affect any of the other W5ETX repeaters.

New: Tyler & Smith County Skywarn Information 

The mission of East Texas Emergency Communication Service, Inc. is to support all area law enforcement, fire, medical, and emergency management agencies with supplemental communications when normal systems fail or become inadequate.

The only requirements to join ETECS are a willingness to serve and a valid amateur radio license (and we can help you get your license if you do not already have one).  The first step is to fill out an ETECS Registration.  There are no dues or fees.  If you have any questions, feel free to contact any of the ETECS leadership listed below.

The volunteer members of ETECS augment emergency communications for Smith County law enforcement, fire personnel, and emergency management agencies when regular communications fail or are inadequate. ETECS supports and provides the primary communications for the Smith County Chapter of the American Red Cross and participates in the National Weather Service’s SKYWARN early warning system and weather spotting. The organization operates under the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and is recognized by the Governor’s Division of Emergency Management RACES program and the American Radio Relay League’s Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES).

In recent years, the group has been involved in supporting and coordinating communications for the space shuttle recovery efforts and severe weather situations, including hurricane sheltering operations for hurricanes Katrina and Rita.

ETECS is incorporated in the State of Texas and is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

ETECS Corporate Leadership:

  • John Newman, N9JN: Director
  • Michael York, N5OAR, Treasurer
  • Gene Coldwell, WB5CTQ: Board Member
  • Gaylen Gage, KD5KIZ: Board Member
  • Mark Taylor, W5MCT: Board Member

ARES Leadership:

  • Mark Taylor, W5MCT: Smith County EC
  • John Newman, N9JN: NTX District 9 EC
  • John Galvin, N5TIM: NTX Section EC

RACES Leadership:

  • Gaylen Gage, KD5KIZ: Smith County CLO
  • Phil Clements, K5PC: District 6 DRO
  • John Newman, N9JN: Region 2 RRO

Skywarn Leadership:

  • Mark Taylor, W5MCT: Smith County Skywarn Coordinator

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