Jan 10

Visit the San Antonio Radio Club website at www.w5sc.org for latest details, but here’s what I’ve got… (my apologies for the mixed formatting)

Date: January 12, 2019

Location: Schertz Civic Center on Schertz Pkwy. Watch the speed limits!

Admission: $10 at the door ($8 in advance) see below…

Events and Schedule
⇒ 6:30 am to 8:00 am – Setup for Flea Market, Dealer, and Tailgate Areas
¤ 8:00 am – Open Flea Market, Dealer, and Tailgate Areas
⇒ 9:00 am Programs begin
¤ 9:00 am – DX and WAS Card Checking (until noon)
¤ 1:30 pm – ARRL VE Testing Sign Up & Testing at Convention Center
⇒ ⇒ Bluebonnet Room
⇒ ⇒ Please PRE-REGISTER for the test session at hamtest@gmail.com
⇒ ⇒ If you have no email, call Pat at 210-273-5927
¤ 1 pm – Raffle Grand Prize Drawing
¤ 2 pm – Close

FEES
Note: there are no ATM’s onsite or within walking distance. So make sure to “cash up” before for looking for deals. Most vendors take credit cards, flea market tables may not.
Admission – $8 Advanced / $10 at the door
Flea Market Tables – $10
Tailgate Spaces – 1 free space with admission
⇒ Extra spaces $5 each
Extra door prize tickets $1 each /12 for $10
San Antonio Radio Club Dues
⇒ $12 by Jan 12, 2019 ($15 Jan 13, 2019)

Prizes (do not need to be present at drawing to win Grand, 2nd, or 3rd Prizes):
Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-891 HF-6M, 100 watts
2nd Prize: Kenwood TM-281 FM 2M, 65 watts
3rd Prize: Wouxun TH-350 Tri-Band Analog 5 watts
Many hourly door prizes (Must be present to win hourly prizes)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
COMMUNITY CENTER – GYM:
09:00 – 9:50 am De Bohannan, KC5ULU — DIY Quad Antennas
10:00 – 10:50 am ARES Forum
Jeff Walter KE5FGA – SEC, South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator will conduct the ARES forum.
11:00 – 11:50 am ARRL Forum
Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, South Texas Section Manager will conduct the ARRL forum.
12:00 – 12:50 pm Greg Lewis, N5XO, VHF/UHF Weak Signal

1:30 pm ARRL VE Testing
Please PRE-REGISTER for the test session at hamtest@gmail.com.
If you have no e-mail, call 210-273-5927

BLUEBONNET MEETING ROOM:
9:00 – 9:45 am Tom O’Brien AB5XZ – Introduction to EZNEC Antenna Design
10:00 – 10:45 am Ben Fogt, N5AMD – The Life and Death … and Life of D-Star and a Look at Home Brewing Today
11:00 – 11:45 am Harold Fleischer, AE5AS, Grounding for Amateur Radio
12:00 – 12:50 pm Frank Dickey, KF5ZHR—CERT and Amateur Radio Serving Your Community
1:30 – 4:00 pm VHF Society Winter Meeting

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Jan 10
Larry, KG5RVR, has set up a booth at Texas STEM Conference to promote radio clubs in schools.

The event location is at Grand Hyatt, in the Lone Star room.
Wednesday 9th: 4pm to 6pm reception
Thursday 10th: 9:30 to 6pm.
Friday 11th: 9:30 to 3pm.
Would like to promote the hobby in schools? Please call Larry at 210-710-6422 to volunteer if you can help him out.

Thanks

William N5YER
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Dec 24

The HAMster VHF/UHF Weak Signal Group

5th Annual Lunch & Learn + Swap Meet

February 2nd 2019 @ 8:am

American Red Cross: 3642 E Houston St, San Antonio, Tx

Technical Training, Spaghetti Luncheon, VE Testing plus swap meet

RAFFLE of Multiple prizes/Grand Prize Yaesu FT-920 with Desk Microphone

FREE TRAINING—- FREE LUNCH

{Spaghetti Luncheon, Soda.Water — coffee in morning}

Swap meet Table setup – 7:15 am to 8:am

Event Schedule

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Time: Rm #: Presenter: Event:_________________________________________

7:15 N/A N/A Check in and Raffle Ticket purchases

7:15 #4-5 KG5OMX Swap Meet Check in and table setup

8:am #1-2 N5XO Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal & HAMster Group

9:am #1 N7LRY Quadrifilar Helix Antenna. A surprising performer

9:am # 2 WA5FRF Antennas and Propagation

9:am #3 N5XO Is your Coax Charging you a TAX?

10:30 #1 K5VH Antenna Basics and Design

10:30 #2 N7LRY Analyzer Tools to get you that last db

11:30-13:30 Lunch is served and SWAP MEET OPENS

13:30 #1 KC5ULU How to build a 2 meter 4 element quad for under $50

13:30 #2 KA2GZW Traffic Handing-How to create a message and send it

13:30 #3 K0MHC Introduction to VHF Roving

13:30 Meeting Rm VE TEAM VE Testing for New Hams & Upgrades

14:45 #1-2 N5XO FINAL PROGRAM & RAFFLE

Raffle Grand Prizes

FT-920 100 Watt HF/6 Meter Radio with Desk Microphone

Yaesu HT, VX-5 with desk Charger

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Nov 10
Dear Colleagues:
There is a very important communication we should take a moment to read.
Whatever your viewpoints are on the issue, please spread the word, far and wide through all of hamdom.
This requires immediate attention and public comment to the FCC and ARRL.
Scot Stone, in the FCC, has been involved with this filing from the summer- it appeared just days ago at the FCC.
It’s from the maker of Pactor. SCS.
https://ecfsapi.fcc.gov/file/110731917879/16-239.pdf
It’s urgent that hams around the world read this and comment, calmly, succinctly and factually.
I claim that the thousands of hams who have credibly and earnestly commented on 16-239, RM-11708, RM-11759, and RM-11306 are NOT pactor haters, but are simply devout, dedicated hams who love the amateur radio hobby, who care about public safety, who care about the self-policing open nature of the hobby, and who want to honor the FCC rules that mandate that amateur radio communications be open and interceptable, that they not bypass commercial services, that they not create interference, that they not conduct business over ham radio, and that they be such that it is easy to identify the callsign of the transmitter.

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Oct 26

Amateur Radio is a wonderful hobby. But how much do you really know about it?

I have compiled everything I have learned as a licensed ham for 40 years in this document:

http://hamradio.se
Want to help out? Please let me know if there is anything missing and I’ll add it.
Let us keep the Ham Radio spirit going.
Kind Regards
Kelly Lindman
5B4AIT / SM7NHC
HamSphere

hamradio@hamsphere.com

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Oct 21

Howdy All,
Just a friendly reminder SARO’s General Membership meeting will be held Friday October 26, 2018, at Beethoven Hall Located at 422 Pereida St., San Antonio TX.

This is in the King William neighborhood, between S. Alamo St. & Adams St. and Mission St. Parking is Free, but PLEASE be sure to park in the Beethoven Parking Lot. The lot is across the street and one lot east of Beethoven Hall. The meeting will start at 7:00 P.M.

I sure hope to see everyone at the meeting.

73
Eric
WB5ZJQ

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Oct 14

I’m a boy scout and ham operator (K5AJE) who works with the troop to teach the scouts about radios. On October 20th we will be participating in Jamboree On The Air where scouts across the world meet with amateur operators to use radio frequencies (mainly HF) to communicate to others. We plan to meet at Steven’s High school (Potranco & Ellison Rd) where we will have an open soccer field and no power lines.

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Oct 8

Folks,

Here is my “Rambling Ride Report” for the weekend [editor: Valero BikeMS Ride to the River on October 6-7th, 2018]. Please feel free to publish, conceal, distribute, fold, spindle, or mutilate as you see fit.

Yours,

Andy

KE5PWX

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10/08/2018

2018 MS Ride to the River: A Backseat Ham Reports.

Day 1: Saturday

At about 03:00 Saturday morning, I dragged my reluctant backside out of a nice warm bed, loaded some radio equipment, tools, and a few personal items into “Smart Car 42,” and set out for Rolling Oaks mall on the extreme Northeast side of San Antonio, Texas. If you asked me why, I’d have to say it’s complected. Sure, my company encourages me to do volunteer stuff. US Bank even matches cash donations to the organization at my hourly rate for events I participate in, but the biggest part is that my late father-in-law was a MS victim—a paraplegic confined to a wheelchair for half of his adult life—and that, and his daughter, my wife, was diagnosed with MS shortly after we were married 25 years ago. I’d like to say that those who participate in these events exemplify the indomitable spirits of my wife and her dad—accept, adapt, adjust, double-down, overcome—rinse, and repeat.

First thing Saturday, I discovered that while I know exactly where the mall is in the daytime, I have no idea where it is at 04:00 in the morning. Fortunately I was able to illustrate one of the many valid reasons for having a ham radio in your car. My dedicated GPS was not acting anything like ‘dedicated’, and it seemed like it would be more expedient to ask for directions than to fool with getting it on my phone; I posed my quandary to the good folks who happened to be monitoring the AARO repeater at that hour, and, Bob’s your uncle, I had the name and exit number about two minutes before I needed it.

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Oct 8

Here’s the edited version of the drone video on Day-1, Saturday, October 6, 2018. I used my DJI Mavic Pro drone to fly near the start line at Rolling Oaks Mall and later to track the riders and Turtle vehicles a short distance north on Nacogdoches Road as they rode past my launching point.

The 2018 Valero BikeMS Ride to the River 2-day bicycle ride started in San Antonio and ended up in New Braunfels, TX. #BIKEMS #MAVICPRO

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Oct 8

The Medina Radio Club will have it’s monthly meeting this Thursday, October 11th, at 10am at the Medina United Methodist Church.

We will be working on teaching members how to program their radios so any help would be appreciated.

The Church is on the road next to the new Family Dollar store off of 16. We do have coffee and food.

While you are in downtown Medina you can visit our wonderful library and check out one of our 43 Amateur Radio related books.

Thanks

Peter K5HAB

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