Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club meeting

Club Secretary Kathryn Conner, left, confers with Treasurer Jeff Irion at a recent ham radio meeting. (Courtesy photo)

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Nothing works in communications without an antenna, your cordless phone, even your cellphone have internal antennas that reach their target. Without antennas their signal would go nowhere.

So it is with ham or amateur radio. Hams need antennas to reach their target as well. There are literally thousands of choices and that’s the subject of the next meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club. There the virtues of the end-fed antenna will be illustrated. You only need one support to hold it up. Most wire antennas require at least two support points. The antenna can also be shorter and lighter than many other types.

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CCL Area Chamber of Commerce schedules awards banquet

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The 2018 Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet is slated for March 19 at Cedar Creek Country Club.

The winners of all the awards are chosen from nominations submitted by their peers and are representative of the spirit of volunteerism in our community and in the chamber family. According to Jo Ann Hanstrom, CCLACC President, nominees for the Jean Nichols Lifetime Service Award and the 2017 Citizen of the Year award aren’t limited to chamber members or to chamber volunteerism. The public is invited to submit nominations for deserving individuals or couples. For those wishing to submit a nomination, you may obtain a form by calling the chamber office at 903-887-3152 or by emailing info@CedarCreekLakeChamber.com. You may also pick up a form at 604 S. Third St. Ste. E Mabank.

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Rotary Club donates $15,000 to TVCC

TVCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement/TVCC Foundation Executive Director Dr. Kristen O. Bennett and TVCC President Dr. Jerry King accept the big check from Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club President Bill Burnett. (Courtesy photo)

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The Cedar Creek Lake Rotary Club donated $15,000 to the Trinity Valley Community College Foundation Friday, February 16 to establish a new scholarship fund for Kemp, Mabank, Eustace and Malakoff high school graduates to attend TVCC.

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Cedar Creek Amateur Radio Club to discuss Echolink

Part of the crowd at a recent meeting.

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Amateur or ham radio is known for short-wave communications around the Earth and that’s an important and fun aspect of the hobby, but technology marches on. Today, licensed ham radio operators can put an app on their tablet or phone and connect to almost anywhere on the planet.

The service is called Echolink and the numbers are amazing. There are more than 200,000 validated users worldwide — in 151 of the world’s 193 nations — with about 6,000 online at any given time.

Echolink is the topic of the next meeting of the Cedar Creek Amateur (ham) Radio Club. One of our repeater stations features Echolink and we’re going to show you how easy and fun it is to use.

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Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls install new officers

Pictured, from left, Laura Walters, Samantha Ramos, Emily Currey (Worthy Advisor), Mrs. Tonya Currey (Mother Advisor), Tara Trimmins, Kate Maxwell, and Olivia Ocanas. (Courtesy photo)

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The Gun Barrel City Masonic Youth Rainbow Girls installed new officers on January 13. Emily Currey was installed as Worthy Advisor, and the theme for her term is “She Believed She Could, So She Did.” Her motto is “Imagine with all your mind, believe with all your heart, achieve with all your might;” colors are silver, gold, and blue; flower, the Plumeria; mascot, the Vixen (female fox); and her scripture is “For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”–Jeremiah 29:11. Samantha Ramos was installed in the office of Charity, Tara Trimmins to Hope, and Laura Walters to Faith. Kate Maxwell and Olivia Ocanas were appointed to the Bow Stations of Love (represented by the rainbow ray of red) and Religion (represented by the rainbow ray of orange) respectively. Mrs. Tonya Currey serves as Mother Advisor, and Mr. Dennis Currey will serve as Rainbow Dad. The girls received awards recognizing their service hours and memory work. Installing Officers were: Ms. Carrie Currey, Installing Officer; Mrs. Marsha Currey, Special Installing Marshal and Chaplain; Lauren Zelenske, Marshal; Mrs. Cheryl Nix, Recorder; and Mrs. Donna Dean, Musician. Following the Installation Ceremony, everyone retired to the Banquet Hall to enjoy sandwiches, chips, dips, fruit kabobs, lemonade, punch, and cake. After these festivities, the girls delivered personal hygiene items to the residents at Forever Family in Kemp.

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