Feb 11

American Legion Birthday to be celebrated worldwide,
March 11, on shortwave radio

Dear TALARC Members and Friends,

March 15 is the designated birthday of The American Legion. It is the day in 1919 when the first American Legion caucus, held by members of the American Expeditionary Force, convened in Paris. Much as the birthday of the United States is celebrated on July 4 – for the day in 1776 when rebelling patriots declared the independence of the British colonies and the spirit of America was born – March 15 is the day on which the Legion came to life.

Each year, Legion posts across the country hold events – public, private or both – to commemorate this anniversary. At the National Headquarters of The American Legion there also is an event conducted annually to observe the Legion birthday, and on a worldwide scale.

Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will operate a special event station to commemorate the Legion’s 98th birthday. Operating from the radio room at National Headquarters in Indianapolis, ham radio operators at club station K9TAL will celebrate the Legion’s 98 years of service to America’s veterans with both members and non-member amateur radio operators around the world on Saturday, March 11, 2017.

Ham radio operators wishing to contact Special Event Station K9TAL should tune to 40 meters: 7.225 MHz (+/- 5 KHz) LSB; or to 2 meters: K9DC 147.315 Repeater at Indianapolis; or IRLP Node 9735; or, to EchoLink *CROSSRDS* Conference node. All operations will be conducted on Saturday, March 11 between 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Eastern Time [1800Z to 2359Z]. All amateur radio operators are invited to check in. American Legion posts with TALARC stations are encouraged to check in from around the country.

A full-color certificate and QSL card will be sent to all amateur radio operators contacting K9TAL, and to shortwave listeners providing signal reports, upon receipt of a 9-by-12-inch self-addressed stamped envelope to:

The American Legion National Headquarters
Attn: TALARC
700 N. Pennsylvania Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Membership in The American Legion Amateur Radio Club is free to all licensed radio amateurs who are current members of The American Legion, American Legion Auxiliary and Sons of The American Legion. Learn more at www.legion.org/hamradio.

73,

Marty Justis
President, The American Legion Amateur Radio Club

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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

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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Sep 20

The 2016 BikeMS ride starting from San Antonio on October 1st is less than a month away from us now.

We still need hams on Saturday to fill a few rest stop positions. Help!

Hams are used on this ride for lots of positions.  Hams are the glue that holds the event together on the day of event, actually 2 days of the event.   If you have APRS capabilities, please plan on using APRS.   Frequencies will be all on 2 meter repeaters, other than perhaps medical.  SAGs may be using dual band, with the Scooter Net simplex frequency on 440mhz. (Same frequency as prior years, same as used for the BPMS150 ride.)

Hams are  used for driving rental SAG Vans and trucks on both days, picking up riders from the side of the road and taking them to the rest stops.  SAGs also take riders from rest stops up the line, sometimes to the finish line, if the rider had unrepairable breakdown of their bicycle, or they were just too tired to finish on their own.  Although we don’t emphasize it much, we have had some serious accidents or injuries in the past where the ham equipped SAGs and Motorcycle Safety Marshals have saved the day.  It’s a serious business, but we try to have fun while doing it.  SAG assignments are for a 2 day commitment due to the nature of the rental vehicles.

Hams are needed for Shadow Positions, riding with medical units, police cars, event officials (think Tour Directors, etc.) and for Rest Stop communications.  While we prefer 2 day commitments for these positions, we understand that some folks are only available for 1 day at a time.

At present time,  Charlie says we mostly need rest stop hams for Saturday, but I think some shadow positions are still available. Enough SAG drivers have been lined up, but backups are always appreciated in the event someone has to drop out suddenly.

The lead volunteer contact is Charlie Land KC5NKK who can be contacted via email at kc5nkk@hillcountryreact.org.

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Sep 13

American Legion Amateur Radio Club Event

American Legion Legionnaires will honor their fellow veterans in a special on-the-air amateur radio tribute on Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 2016.

Members of The American Legion Amateur Radio Club (TALARC) will operate on the short wave bands starting at 9 a.m. through 4:30 p.m. EST [1400 – 2130Z], using the call sign K9TAL.

Any ham radio operators who contact the station are eligible to receive an attractive full-color commemorative certificate.

After working K9TAL, send a 9X12 inch self-addressed stamped envelope to The American Legion Amateur Radio Club, 700 N. Pennsylvania Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204.

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