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.


Travis Cole KF5DEE

Posted 11-17-2015

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

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.


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

Nov 1

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera, TexasBandera_2014_buckle

When:    9th and 10th of January 2016


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!

This is a fun event with challenges. The participants of this event, are of a type you will not encounter at most other events we deal with throughout the year. Over the years, we have made some lasting friendships among the event management, participants and operators that come out to help. This is one event, where your hard work and efforts are truly recognized and appreciated from top to bottom.

Interested operators should contact the Communications Safety Team Coordinator. Louis -K5STX  k5stx10 at gmail

Clubs and Organizations are invited to participate as a group! The adopt a station program has been a big success the last couple of years, allowing various teams to test and train together with others of like mind and direction.

Also, we are working on a sponsor for special door prize item, which all participating hams will have their call sign put in a hat, and a drawing Saturday evening! Meals are provided to our volunteers during the event.

K5STX – Louis Upton : email :  k5stx10  at gmail   or 830-305-2889

Start Date: 2015-01-09 Start Time: 06:00
End Date: 2015-01-10 End Time: 07:00

Nov 1

This years communications team for the running of the Cactus Rose 100 was supported on-air for 31 hours by five members of Hill Country REACT and one member of the Chaparral Amateur Radio Club.  CR100 has been a event on the public event schedule for 5 years now, with Hill Country REACT as the lead with participation from numerous individuals and organizations.  Our involvement with Tejas Trails is going on about 11 years, between the Bandera 100K and Cactus Rose 100. Both events are held on the Hill Country State Natural Area in Bandera County Texas. Continued support and dedication from members of Hill Country REACT, Highland Lakes ARC, Chaparral ARC, Hill Country ARC and numerous individuals of various affiliations continue to make these events a communications success which bring awareness and appreciation to the Amateur Radio community.
Hill Country State Natural Area is a 5400 acre facility with over 34 miles of equestrian, hiking, biking and running trails from flat and smooth to 45 degree rocky climbs. The environment and terrain at HCSNA creates numerous challenges for communications. Cell phone coverage is nearly non-existent with the average smart phone, the nearest permanent ham repeater is over 20 miles away and behind a range, and simplex vhf/uhf communications can be finicky. At most events we deploy a portable repeater onsite, but due to the impending weather forecast the decision was made to work strictly simplex and not attempt this to expedite demobilization. At the remote aid stations, ht’s were supported by mobile units positioned nearby. Net Control utilizes the old cook shack at the Group Lodge which has commercial power and emergency backup power is on standby. We have successfully experimented and deployed a cell booster system that allows us internet access to keep up with weather in real time and provides outside communications should emergency services be needed. Also in the tool box is RMS Packet system, but again due to weather threats, was not deployed. All relays for tracking and health and welfare were done by voice, which is great training for possible emergency/disaster deployments. If you want to test your equipment and procedures, events at HCSNA or any other Ultra-Marathon are a good place to do it.
CR100 is completed in 4 25 mile loops, 2 clockwise, 2 counter-clockwise and uses the roughest trails and climbs in the park, and almost none of the flats. Billed as a event for experienced ultra-marathon runners, the web page quotes: “No Whiners, Wimps, or Wusses : A nasty rugged trail run Bonus Points for Blood, Cuts, Scrapes, & Puke “! In a sense, the first part applies to our radio operators that volunteer also. Our communications team members are a different bunch for sure and have endured everything the runners have over the years. On top of having some of the roughest terrain in Ultra-Marathon events in the country, this year communications, management, runners and crews were presented with a combination of rain and thunderstorms courtesy of a northern front, heavy influx of gulf moisture, and the remnants of Pacific Hurricane Patricia, which was the strongest Pacific Hurricane ever to make landfall. This so-called perfect storm which effected all of south and central Texas with severe flooding, tornadoes and other damage, added to the difficult terrain with high winds, extreme rain (3.75 inches worth), lightning and MUD. Lot’s of Mud! We constantly monitored rainfall, creeks and such for possible flash flooding at numerous trail crossings on the course. Luckily we were spared the flooding.
Despite the extreme conditions 26 of the 58 100 mile participants finished, with the winner coming in at 20 hours 18 minutes and 7 seconds. The last of the 100 milers came in just under cut-off at 35 hours 46 minutes and 17 seconds. In the 50 mile event 74 started with 56 finishers, the winner coming in at 9 hours 47 minutes and 3 seconds. 11 relay teams started with 9 finishing. Top relay team came in at 16 hours 53 minutes and 31 seconds. Injuries were minor in nature, a few cases of dehydration, chemical imbalances and poor planning. I believe two individuals treated for hypothermia due to the wet and temperature drop in the early morning. Circumstances did warrant a quick search by the communications/safety team of the non-manned aid stations and log books for a directionally challenged individual and questioning of other runners and crew members. The individual was verified to still be on course and in the hands of some fellow runners that knew where they were going. He showed up with his new friends about 3 hours later.
Our next event at this facility will be on the 9 of January 2016 – the Bandera 100K is the largest in the area with up to 1000 runners in the various 25, 50 and 100k events. The B100K requires a minimum of 25 radio volunteers to cover 5 aid stations, net control and various rover positions. This is a 24 event with at least 22 hours covered under our communications. As stated, we need Amateur Radio Operators and do have positions for non-licensed individuals to assist with recording tracking and such. We are also responsible for parking and security patrols at the beginning of the event. If you are a equestrian and a ham, we surely can use you. Membership of any affiliated club/organization is not required. Also if you have a youth organization that needs community service hours, this is a great place to do it. If interested, contact Louis – K5STX at his gmail account – k5stx10.
Thank You to our volunteers whose dedication to these events make it look easy.
Louis – K5STX
k5stx10 – gmail

Sep 14

The last weekend in September, join hundreds of hams as they work all the counties in Texas during the annual TEXAS QSO PARY. Check out:  for details, rules and very valuable resource pages. This year, W2IK will join a long list of operators in working as a mobile station, transversing counties to gain points and give out county QSO’s. Check in the resource pages to see who will be operating in each county. W2IK/M will be “running” mobile from: Wilson,  Karnes, Live Oak, Atascosa, McMullen, LaSalle, Dimmit, Maverick, Kinney, Uvalde, Zavala and Frio counties in that order and as time allows. One year I had problems with “pile ups” as so many stations wished to work the county I was in..

I’ll be operating in the 40 and 20 meter bands and only using SSB. Remember…. each contact from a mobile can count as a new multiplier. Have fun. Get those counties in your logbook. Also see: “Little Contests For Little Guns” at:

With gas prices so low, now is a great time for radio ops to “get on the road” and make contacts from different counties in Texas.

Sep 14

The Fall SET is scheduled to coincide with MARS Field Day which is October 10th, 2015 from 8am to 12pm. The scenario this time around will involve shelter communications. MARS would very much like to see some ICS213 voice traffic so in conjunction with our regular fair of WINLINK ICS213 traffic, we’ll incorporate voice traffic as well. We’ll be sending out an SET Document beforehand.

Frank N5SSH

Sep 14


The Chaparral Amateur Radio Club is offering a technician-level license class September 19 and 26 (2015) at the office of Guadalupe County Emergency Management Office, 415 East Donegan Street in Seguin. It will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. A license exam will be given before the end of class on September 26th.

This is an intense two-day course that covers all of the material necessary to pass the exam to obtain a Federal Communications Commission Amateur Radio Technician class license.

Participants will need a “Technician Class Manual” (2014-2018) by Gordon West, available from for $21.95.

There is no Morse code requirement for this license.

The technician class license is the entry-level license of choice for most new ham radio operators.

The license gives access to all amateur radio frequencies above 30 megahertz, allowing these licensees the ability to communicate locally and most often within North America. It also allows for some limited privileges on the HF (also called “short wave”) bands used for international communications.

For more information, contact Steve Leibovitz at or 830.660.9514, or Max Brandenberger at or 512.470.5431.

Sep 11

Hill Country REACT Team 4804 will be holding their monthly  meeting on Tuesday,  22 September 2015 @ 1900 hrs.  The meeting is held at Picadillo’s  Restaurant in Bulverde.

Anyone interested in purchasing service and/or emergency communications is invited to attend.   Our team is very diverse and active with many benefit and community service activities in the region that require additional communication  via radio.

Looking forward to seeing some new faces.

Thank You,

Louis Upton – Hill Country REACT President












Sep 2

Technician classes are being offered free of charge to anyone interested in becoming an amateur radio operator or seeking a refresher; supervised children are welcome. This session consists of eight 2-hour classes to be held every Wednesday beginning at 7:00 p.m. on September 9, 2015,
at Schneider Engineering in Boerne, TX. For more details or to sign up, please email Ken Nichols KD3VK at


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