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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Sep 30

ARES Connect is the new nation-wide reporting tool. They accomplish this via an online calendar. Very simple to use. Takes time to build the membership. Still want that Excel spreadsheet? ARES Connect can produce an Excel spreadsheet of your activity very easily. “Click Click Click, it’s real easy man”. Read the STX help Q and A paper:

http://www.arrlstx.org/images/ARES_Connect/ARES_Connect_Help_Q_and_A.pdf

How do you sign up for ARES Connect?

Send a link to your members to sign up: http://stx.arrl.volunteerhub.com/

Please signup as our activity reporting will eventually migrate to this program.

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Sep 17

Mike Falcon KD5OZM Silent Key Sept 17, 2018

RIP Mike Falcon, KD5OZM.

I just received a phone call from Andrew Watson saying that Mike had passed away.

Andrew Watson had given Mike a ride to the ARRO Ham Club meeting last week on Wednesday, then Mike reported becoming extremely ill the next day.

It is not believed that the two events were related.

Mike had been in great spirits during the meeting, saying how much better his vision had become after his eye surgery.

Mike is a former director and club president of the Alamo Area Radio Organization (AARO) and had been very active with club events in the past.

UPDATE 10/22 Services: Here’s the info on Mike’s funeral/memorial service.

St. Mary Magdalen Catholic Church 1710 Clower Street SA, TX 78201

A lunch reception will follow in the church hall following services Oct 22, 2018 at 10 a.m.

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Sep 12

I’m sure everyone has noticed that the ground is saturated. There’s also a bit of a tropical system, which may or may not develop into something worse, approaching the area. Plus a major nasty system is heading for parts of the east coast.

The American Red Cross has stood up their disaster response here in San Antonio.

Please get ready in case we are needed to handle any communication outages or overloads. Check your equipment, your go-bags and your rain gear.

Make sure you can contact the traffic net 443.025 + 82.5 in case we need to move health and welfare messages.

If there is a power and/or internet outage, monitor 147.18 + 103.5 and —as always when there’s weather involved — monitor 146.94 – 179.9 for Skywarn activation.

Hopefully no one will need us, but let’s stand ready – just in case.

Ruth Lewis KE5MHJ

Bexar County ARES EC


Posted by: Ruth Lewis <ruthlewis@hamsters dot name>
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