Feb 7

Morning all!

Event: AERC Heart of the Hills Endurance Ride

Dates: 5th and 6th March 2016

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera

Times: 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs – assignment times very based on Checkpoint.

Help is needed on both days, but, if you can only work one of the other, your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Operators will be responsible for tracking the progress of Horse/Rider thru the course at 4 different checkpoints.  We also handle in health/welfare information and other task as submitted by the event coordinator/manager.

3 checkpoints should be able to contact net control with ht and a gain antenna.  One checkpoint is a little more challenging requiring a mobile unit, possibly crossband.

Comms will be VHF simplex.

RMS Express/Packet will be utilized during the event.  Packet not required to participate.

Most checkpoints are easily accessible by car or truck.  One will require a truck with moderate clearance.

If your are interested please contact Charlie Land at charlesdland at gmail dot com or Mike Perez at mikerey01 at yahoo dot com

Event is coordinated by Hill Country REACT – membership not required to participate.

Thank You,

Louis Upton – K5STX

Hill Country REACT – Team # 4804 – President
Tejas Trails Communication Group – Cactus Rose and Bandera 100k Ultra-Marathons – Coordinator

Rocky Raccoon Communications Group – Tejas Trails Liaison

 

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Feb 5
On or about April 25, 26, and 27th,  W2IK and members of the Bexar Operators Group will travel to West Texas to activate a special events station at Fort Davis National Park AND Big Bend National Park.  A special QSL certificate will be mailed to stations contacting each of the locations noted. Please send a large SASE to the callbook / QRZ address of W2IK.  (PO Box 6731, San Antonio, TX 78209.) We will be operating on 40 and 20 meters using a special vertical antenna designed by W2IK.
National Parks on the Air

National Parks on the Air

Throughout 2016, Amateur Radio will be helping the National Park Service celebrate their 100th anniversary. Hams from across the country will activate NPS units, promote the National Park Service and showcase Amateur Radio to the public. For more information, check out the ARRL website.

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Jan 7

For everyone that I have not had a chance to talk to this year so far, I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas and a very safe and happy New Year and that the new year brings good things for everyone.

Four Years Ago…

WeakSignal_Hamsters_GroupThe Unclub put up our first repeater January 2012 at the San Antonio American Red Cross on 443.025 with a PL tone of 82.5, taking the knowledge we had gained over the years developing premier VHF/UHF Simplex stations to operate DX and applying it to our repeater, we developed a repeater that had impressive range on 70cm opening a communication link covering most of Bexar County and fantastic coverage East well past Seguin out IH 10 and strong coverage on 37 heading towards Corpus Christi.

We were selected to be part of the Yaesu Fusion Beta Team and helped develop and debug this new Digital Format, enjoying over a year advance experience with Fusion Radio’s and Repeaters before it was released to the general public.

Less Than Two Years Ago…

November of 2014 the plan was formed to built a Regional Fusion Repeater Network supporting Analog and Digital Communications covering Austin, Texas Hill Country {Wimberly, Marble Falls, Boerne, Kerrville, Pipe Creek, Bandera, Tarply, Hondo, Dilley, Pleasanton, Floresville, Seguin, New Braunfels} allowing you to travel through out the region and carry on a continuous conversation.

One Year Ago…

2015-08-14_ARRL_Affiliation_LetterIn January 2015, I gained approval and a 50 year Lease at $1 per month} for a commercial communication site that provided us with a fantastic location and in March of 2015 the 147.120 Repeater came on the air, providing fantastic coverage through out Bexar County, up to Pipe Creek/Lake View, out to New Braunfels and well south of Bexar County and out towards Hondo.

In August 2015, The Hamster Weak Signal Group became an official affiliated club with the ARRL, despite being an “Unclub”. This helped us obtain more affordable liability insurance that was required  by some commercial tower sites.

Fast Forward To January 2016…

I am happy to announce that our plans for the repeater linking Bandera, Tarpley, Medina, Kerrville, etc., is now moving forward at a fast pace……We are just days away from working out the agreement on the locations and hope to have all of those detailed finalized by the end of this week or first part of next week.

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Jan 7

fiestalogoThe San Antonio Radio Fiesta is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, Texas.

As everyone knows the weather was not in our favor last year, but we had a good turnout considering.

The Schertz Civic Center offers more floor space and tables in the exhibit hall. We will have a meeting area that will seat approximately 180 people, plus a meeting area for VE testing. With four programs scheduled plus the winter meeting of the Texas VHF Society (hopefully), we believe our attendance will increase.

– Rowena Archer, KF5JCZ, Event Chairman

Radio Fiesta CrowdSAN ANTONIO
RADIO CLUB

The Amateur Radio Fiesta will be Saturday, January 9, 2016.

  • HOURS: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.
  • LOCATION: Schertz Civic Center – 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX
  • TALK IN FREQUENCY: 146.940 (-, 179.9)
  • Amateur Radio Fiesta set up:
    • Friday Night – 4 to 9 pm
    • Saturday – Set up starting at 6:30 am with the doors opening at 8 am.
  • Admission Ticket: $10 at the door
  • Dealer Tables: $14 at the door, if available
  • Flea Market Tables: $10 at the door, if available
  • Tailgate Spaces: 1 free with purchase of an admission ticket to hall, (extra tailgate space) $5 each
  • Extra Prize Tickets: $1 each or 12 for $10

Also, If you want to join, or renew your membership, with the San Antonio Radio Club, you can save $3 by paying at the Radio Fiesta. Look for the SARC table near the front entrance. Dues: $12 for entire family by Jan 9 ($15 after). Sign up every ham in your family for one low price! Cheapest club rates in town (compared with those groups who charge annual dues)!

For additional information on our great programs and schedule of events, please view our PDF Flyer at http://w5sc.org/2016%20webpage%20flyer%20B.pdf.

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Jan 7

It was brought to my attention that a couple of local hams have been making up lies about a third ham, claiming that this 3rd ham operator was in trouble with the FCC over his operating procedures and sloppy repeater operations (repeaters not in compliance).

They even tried to get the American Red Cross and other repeater locations to ban Greg from those sites, and almost persuaded another repeater trustee to back out of a linked repeater (Yaseau Fusion) project.

So I reached out to the ham being accused of these behaviors or actions and asked for his side of the issue.

Greg Lewis, N5XO, has supplied me with copies of  two letters from the FCC disputing the claims of these other operators, plus three MP3 recordings from over the air, showing proof that these two hams have indeed been bad mouthing him and making unsubstantiated accusations over the air.

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Jan 6

Floyd_Gordon_W5FGGIt is with a very heavy heart that I announce the passing of a good friend, and fellow HAMster Floyd Gordon W5FGG.

Floyd was much loved and a father figure for many of us and a great friend. He was born in 1931 and passed away this week from an Heart Attack.

Funeral Services will be held this Friday, 01/8/2016 at 3:pm at the North East Baptist Church, 2930 MacArthur View, San Antonio, TX 78217

Floyd spirit and determination will be greatly missed.

Greg Lewis N5XO

 

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Nov 10
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Stock Photo IC-207H dual band mobile ham radio

Hi all,

I have a new in box dual band radio.  Everything is still in original packaging, only problem is a small stain on the outside of the box.

Selling because I already have a good dual band and don’t need another.  Asking $250 call or text Travis 210-449-2222.

Thanks,

Travis Cole KF5DEE

Posted 11-17-2015

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Nov 4

The 2015 Veterans Day parade will be held in Universal City on this Saturday, November 7th. Ham radio operators are needed to assist the Universal City Police Department with crowd and traffic control (mostly just moving the pre positioned barricades into place when the police order Pat Booker Road to be shut down when the parade is about to start).

We’ll be using a 2 meter frequency, HT recommended, but there will also be some commercially licensed HT radios available for those who don’t have one, or are not a licensed ham yet. Reflective vests recommended. Might need rain gear, depending on the forecasts.

We’ll meet at the UCPD HQ, located in city hall on Universal City Blvd by 9am. Free donuts, coffee and juice will be provided. Briefing starts at 9am, with the volunteers moving to their assignments along Pat Booker Rd by 10am.

Parade route runs south on Pat Booker towards Randolph AFB, turning either left or right (varies each year) on Byrd.

Many of us gather afterwards at a Mexican restaurant for lunch (not free, sorry) located near Universal City Blvd, next to a motorcycle shop.

Coordination by Hill Country REACT Team, contact Lee Besing, N5NTG, at (210-771-7075) or info@sanantoniohams.org

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Nov 4

Bexar County ARES has scheduled another Field Examination session for the ARRL Emergency Communications course to be held on December 1, at 5pm at the San Antonio Red Cross in classroom 3. The address is 3642 E Houston St. 78219.

So, if anyone would like to study up and take the test let us know.

Ref: http://www.arrl.org/emergency-communications-training

So far we have 1 ham interested. The requirements are: Identification (FCC license not required), there is the standard ARRL fee of $15, cash, and you must provide the dates of your completion of the FEMA course prerequisites, ICS-100 and 700.

73 Ray 210-845-2288

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Nov 1

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera, TexasBandera_2014_buckle

When:    9th and 10th of January 2016

Description: 

It is that time of year, to start marking your calendars and making preparations for the 14th Annual Bandera 100k Ultra-Marathon held at Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera County.

Tejas Trails Communication Group – Coordinated by Hill Country REACT and supported by Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club, Chaparral Amateur Radio Club, Crew 317 and many dedicated Amateur Radio Operators from San Antonio, Austin, Houston, Kerrville and other locations throughout the state, have supported and provided communications for this event the past 11 years. The team is responsible for communications, health and welfare, tracking, and occasionally Search and Rescue. We also manage the parking at o’dark-thirty to get the 1000 plus individuals parked and to the start-finish line on time.

This event typically requires 18 – 25 Amateur Radio Operators in a situation that is similar to what an Emergency Communications Operator would experience in a disaster zone. Remote operations little to no permanent infrastructure. Bring it, work it, test it, and enjoy it!  Horseback Hams are also needed and greatly appreciated by the participants.

If you know of a youth organization that needs public service hours, this is a great opportunity to get them in.  We have numerous positions from assisting the communications team to helping serve the runners at the aid stations.
UHF, VHF Voice and Packet communications are involved in this event.  And with some hard work between now and then, possibly HSMM-Mesh!

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