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Corona Virus Response Update

Update from our club president Ron Matusek, WA6TQH:

Texas Governor Announces 100% Reopening, No More Mask Mandate After Months Of Closures

After nearly a year of mandating lockdowns and closures in the state, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted COVID-19 restrictions, effectively opening all businesses and abolishing the statewide mask mandate by March 10.  Depending on the alert levels in Harris County, NARS may be able resume our monthly meetings in person at the Klein Fire Department Admin Building, our normal location. 

This should not be interpreted to mean that all requirements to wear masks and social distance no longer apply. The governor made it clear that if the infection levels go back up, the state restrictions will be reinstated. He also stated that it is up to the facility or business to set their own rules and requirements. As users of the facility and customers of the business, we are required to comply with those rules.

For current information and guidance on the COVID situation, please visit the following sites:

IMPORTANT: NARS continues to encourage responsible behavior, social distancing, and the use of masks.

When license testing is available, we will announce it here and on the reflector. Please visit our testing information page for current requirements and guidelines. Thanks for being considerate.


We are planning to have the March meeting in person at the Klein Fire Department Administration building. ZOOM will also be available, but we encourage in-person attendance if possible. Health guidelines - masks and social distancing - will be in effect. Our continued access to this excellent facility is completely dependent on how well we comply with their requirements.


VE Session scheduled for Saturday, April 17, 2021.


 

Meeting Location

We meet at Klein Fire Department Administration Building, 16810 Squyres Rd., Klein, TX 77379. It is located behind Klein Fire Station 4. NARS thanks the Klein Fire Department for the use of their facility.

Meetings begin at 7:30 PM, on the third Friday of the month. The Board of Directors meeting is called to order at 6:00 P.M. at the same location. All members are invited to attend this meeting as observers. Members who have items they would like the Board to consider or material they would like to present to the Board, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request a place on the meeting agenda.

In addition to a more central location, the new meeting place has plenty of parking space. Please observe any parking signs and be careful not to block emergency vehicle paths. See the map below for directions to our meeting location. 

Writing for NARS

Ever thought you might have an article, how-to, or just a few tips and techniques to share? You have come to the right place. NARS members are a diverse bunch, full of good ideas, and are looking for new ideas to improve this great hobby.

We need material to expand our Hardware and Homebrew section as well as new content for the monthly newsletters. Well-written articles on any aspect of Ham Radio are bound to find at least one or two interested readers. All we ask is that you be willing to put forth the effort to write the article and work with us to polish it to our publication standards. Not to worry, they are not difficult and we will work with you through a simple editorial process.

If you need some guidance, and most of us do, we suggest a couple of excellent resources to get started in the right direction. First, recall those high school English 101 writing exercises and the five things that most articles must address:

  • Who - identify your target audience. It may be DXers, contesters, or experimenters.
  • What - a concise introduction to the the topic you will discuss. One or two short paragraphs is all you should need. Don't put too much info up front, it will get lost
  • When - discuss the
  • Where
  • Why

Now you can concentrate on the meat of the article. Explain how to duplicate your efforts. Try to keep the steps or procedures in the order they are likely to be most successful. If possible, illustrate with photos, illustrations, or examples as appropriate.

Grab a copy of The Elements of Style by Strunk and White or read it online. This is an excellent and very short manual for writing clear and concise English prose. See the links at the end of this article for the web address.

Another good source of writing advice comes from our recently-departed Supreme Court judge, Ruth Bader Ginsburg. This is another very short read, but excellent advice, whether you agree with her politics or not. Not to worry, no political commentary in the linked reference.

Once you have completed your manuscript, set it aside for at least a day, then go back and reread it. Look at the flow of the document. Does the story flow, or does it seem to take the reader on what I like to refer to as 'rabbit trails'. Correct misused words, such as their instead of they are. Remove extraneous facts and observations that do not contribute to the main point of the article. As one famous editor put it, once you have written the story, go back and murder your darlings.

When you are satisfied with your writing, run a quick spell check if you work with automatic checking turned off. Then send it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Our editors will review it and either make minor corrections or return it to you if we determine that significant changes are in order. Don't spend a lot of time on formatting, When the editorial process is complete we may apply a final edit and spell check before converting it to a PDF and publishing it. 


Writing resource list

Elements of Style http://www.jlakes.org/ch/web/The-elements-of-style.pdf
Chicago Manual of Style https://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/home.html
Ginsburg on writing https://www.inc.com/carmine-gallo/ruth-bader-ginsburg-taught-a-law-clerk-secret-to-strong-writing.html