Jan 16

Howdy neighbors,

Some of the guys and gals in the N5OAK Oak Hill ARC (based in South Austin) will be operating from a small farm near Luling for Winter Field Day on January 28th and 29th, and I thought I’d extend an invitation to all of the fine folks in the area to stop by for a visit.

We’ll be running CW, digital modes, and voice on 160m-70cm, through a variety of antennas and rigs, so if you’d like to join us, you’re welcome to come see what we’re up to and hang out for a while, and you’re also welcome to operate from any of our stations. You are also more than welcome to bring your licensed and unlicensed friends and family.

When: January 28th thru 29th, 1 PM to 1 PM

Where: 125 Horseshoe Bend, Luling, TX 78648

What: WinterFieldDay.com

Who: Everyone is invited (hosted by members of the N5OAK ARC)

If you have any questions, please email me at blake.ormand@gmail.com, or give me a call at 512-699-3644.

Hope to see you there!

73,Blake Ormand K5URU
Buda, TX

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Jan 15

MFJ-852 Line Noise Meter (stock photo)

I have the MFJ 852 Line Noise Meter that I want to sell.

I have the original box and instructions.

Cost new is $119.95

I am asking $60.00 (plus shipping if not local pickup in the Kerrville,TX area)

Call Greg Kaderli, N5SQL
830-998-8739

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Jan 15

Good Morning Ya’ll

Test Session this coming Saturday at 1000 at our new location. 424 Castell St, New Braunfels, TX 78130.

Driving up Seguin St (fm725) towards the circle turn left at the Civic Center and the street that runs behind the Civic Center is Castell. The new Fire Department Training Facility is now located on Castell right behind the Civic Center in what used to be the Municipal Offices for New Braunfels.

Park on the left side of the building in what is labelled as Employee parking and enter the building from that end.

Test Session will be as usual starting at 1000, all classes of license will be tested. The fee is $15 payable by cash, check, or money order. Please bring your drivers license or picture ID and ur amateur radio license or any CSCEs you may have.

Looking forward to seeing you there. If you have any question please contact K5GST (GaryT) at k5gst01@ gmail.com.

73 de K5SGT
GaryTangrady

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Jan 15

EXTRA CLASS COURSE
Where: Christus Santa Rosa Medical Center Hospital
Kingman Room (Right from the information desk, at the end of the hall)
2827 Babcock Rd
San Antonio, TX 78229

When: Saturdays January 28, February 4, 11, and 18, 2017, from 9AM to 5PM.
Attendees should attend all four sessions.

The  Amateur Extra License Exam will be given Saturday, February 18th at 3PM.
Cost: $15 for license exam

Study material: 2016 – 2020 Extra Class Manual by Gordon West
Available at w5yi.org or 1-800-669-9594. Cost for book is about $30.

For additional information: Contact Bob Rodriguez K5AUW at 210-887-6618
or bobrod@flash.net

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Jan 13

Billie F Woodard K5BFWBillie Ferris Woodard, Jr., K5BFW, age 57, passed away on Monday, December 19, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. He was born in Brady, Texas to Billie F. and Helmi Woodard on January 12, 1959. Billie loved driving 18-wheelers throughout the lower 48 and was active in the AARO and ROOST Ham Clubs.

He loved keeping in touch with family and friends by phone. He was very personable and was loved by his family and friends.

Read full obit here…
http://porterloring.tributes.com/obituary/show/Billie-Ferris-Woodard-104268060

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Jan 8

fiestalogoThe San Antonio Radio Fiesta is scheduled for Saturday, January 14, 2017 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, Texas.

The Schertz Civic Center offers more floor space and tables in the exhibit hall. With multiple programs scheduled, plus the winter meeting of the Texas VHF Society, we believe our attendance will increase.

VE testing starts at noon, just a few blocks down the street at the Schertz Public Library. Advance RSVP is highly recommended to hamtest@gmail.com. Bring a original & a copy of any current / previous ham license (if upgrading), your photo ID, and $15 cash for the session. No credit cards accepted. Contact Pat AD5BR at the above email address for more info.

Radio Fiesta CrowdSAN ANTONIO
RADIO CLUB

  • HOURS: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.
  • LOCATION: Schertz Civic Center – 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX
  • 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 14 ($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 website at http://w5sc.org.

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Dec 9

Want to win a radio?? We are giving away three!!

Alamo Area Radio Organization would like to invite all area hams to the Alamo Area Radio Organization Holiday Party on December 14, 2016 from 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The party will be held at Blanco BBQ located at 13259 Blanco Road, San Antonio, Texas.

AARO is providing some great prizes this year including two Yaesu Mobile rigs: One of them is System Fusion enabled the other is FM only. We also will be giving away a handheld transceiver, ham radio related tools, baked goods, ham radio jewelry and much more.

We have prizes for the whole family!

There is a suggested $5 per person entry fee for those 18 years old and older.

That $5 will get you your first raffle ticket. Additional Raffle tickets can be purchased at the door for $1 each.

You will order off the menu and then sit in the private room. This will allow you to cater your meal to your budget and your tastes and dietary needs.

Please bring the entire family! Enjoy BBQ, eyeball QSOs and perhaps win a radio!

All hams are welcome to attend, you do not have to be a member of AARO to attend.

For more details check out Alamo Area Radio Org on Facebook or aa5ro.org

-Posted by K5NON, AARO Vice-President.

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Dec 9

San Antonio Hams,

It saddens me to inform you my Father, Leslie Dale (former NI5S) passed away on December 7, 2016.

He had been an active Amateur Radio Operator throughout his adult life and in his later years he served as an Examiner. He has met many people through Amateur Radio and has always held a high admiration for those that enjoy his passion.

Please feel free to share this with members of your organization. Who may know him and want to attend the funeral.

Arrangements with Porter Loring Funeral Home are being finalize and will be posted shortly. You can also contact me at (210) 289-9699.

UPDATE: The Funeral Services will commence on December 14, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Church (2504 N St Mary’s St, San Antonio, TX 78212) and conclude with Full Military Honors at South Mission Park Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements by Porter Loring on McCullough Ave.
http://www.porterloring.com/

Thank you,
Lynda Dale-Roos
WB3BFH

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Oct 8

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera, TexasBandera_2014_buckle

When:    7th and 8th of January 2017

Description: 

It is that time of year, to start marking your calendars and making preparations for the 15th Annual Bandera 100k Ultra-Marathon held at Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera County.

Tejas Trails Communication Group – Coordinated by Hill Country REACT with support of Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club, Chaparral Amateur Radio Club, and other 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 15 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.  We have been wanting to deploy a Broadbrand-HamNet but research and development has stalled. Anyone with experience in this area is encouraged to help us out.

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Oct 6

Pondering Thoughts

Revisiting a old published article!  Just because it is still relevant!

A recent conversation/situation made me think about some things. In my day job as a Diesel Truck/Heavy Equipment Technician, I drive a Dodge 3/4 ton truck with a service/tool bed on it. There are 3 compartments on each side with various shelving and such.

My tools are compartmentalized for the most part, with the tools I use the most in the center drivers side, mostly for lighter duty work of various complexities.  The front box on the drivers side are my heavier duty sockets, rackets, and wrenches. Also my various sprays and cleaners.  The rear drivers side box are pry bars, breaker bars, hammers, and large crescent and pipe wrenches.  In the boxes on the other side are separated by air tools, electrical and diagnostic tools, oils, air hoses, and of course one that is packed with various items left over and pack ratted for odd reasons that come in really handy sometimes.

Anyway, one evening on the way home, had to make a pit stop at Home Depot, so I locked the compartments in case someone decided they needed my tools worse than I did.

The next morning, the boss called kind of early. We had a regular customers truck broke down on I-10 and I had to get there quick to replace some air lines. Out the door I dash, without conducting my usual key, phone & wallet check before leaving the driveway.

KeyringsI get to the location of the broken down truck and checked out the situation. I knew the needed parts were already enroute, as the driver had done a good job of describing the issue. Went to get the correct wrenches for the job and ….  crud, the doors are locked on the boxes and the keys …. well, they were on the nightstand at home.

It was too far back to the house to get the keys, the parts driver is already enroute and a couple of miles away, and I do not have the correct tools. Out comes the Leatherman, as I know the front compartment lock can easily be jimmied. Remember, this is the compartment with the heavy duty stuff.

Just so happens for some reason a 7/8″ wrench was in there and a pair of channel locks. Guess they were tossed in there from a rush to get packed up and head home one day. And my Leatherman of course.

After a little longer than it should have taken, the job was done, the truck was on the road, and I was cutting back roads to the house to get the missing keys, as my next job site was not far from home.

A truck was loaded with several thousands of dollars in tools, and the right ones were not within reach, but the job got done.

In our lives as Emergency and Public Service communicators we find ourselves sometimes without the right tools for the job, but we have others that will work with a little bit of thought.

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