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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Sep 8

DUE TO THE ACTIVATION OF THE AMERICAN RED CROSS, in response to the expected incoming coastal weather patterns, their building became unavailable for this event. A new date will be selected and announced in the future.

New Date Selected – February 2, 2019

Greg N5XO

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The HAMster VHF/UHF Weak Signal Group presents our 4TH HAMster Lunch and Learn, plus swap meet. FREE admission. Friends and family are very welcome! You don’t need to be a ham to attend. Lots and lots of door prizes will be raffled off.

FREE EVENT! TECHNICAL TRAINING – SWAP MEET – VE TESTING – RAFFLE

FREE COFFEE, SODAS, WATER AND SPAGHETTI LUNCHEON

Saturday, September 22, 2018 @ 8:00 am

Location: American Red Cross, 3642 E Houston St, San Antonio TX 78219

(Please use the side entrance off of Houston Street, not the main entrance from parking lot.)

Please RSVP ASAP to Greg n5xo@144200.net for lunch, etc.

RAFFLE:

  • FT-920 100 Watt HF/6 Meter Radio with Desk Microphone
  • Yaesu HT, VX-5 with Desk Charger
  • Lots of other door prizes!

SWAP MEET:

Indoor swap meet with table lease of $10 each. If you wish to lease a table, contact Patrick KG5OMXhondopatrick@me.com or call/text 210-380-1220.

TRAINING:

Technical Training to make yourself more effective in VHF/UHF DXing, no matter your VHF/UHF interest. A more efficient station is just more fun!!

SCHEDULE:

07:15-08:00 Swap meet table setup

08:00 Sign in – Raffle Ticket Sales – Swap Meet

09:00 N5XO – Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal & HAMster Group

09:30 N5XO – Is your Coax Charging you a TAX?

09:30 N7LRY– Quadrifilar Helix Antenna. A surprising performer

10:30 W5KTX – Station building, Grounding

10:30 N7LRY– Analyzer-Tools to get you that last db

11:00 LUNCH IS SERVED

12:00 noon SWAP MEET IS CLOSED DOWN

12:30 KC5ULU– How to build a 2 meter 4 element Quad for under $50

12:30 KA2ZGW– Traffic Handling-How to create a message and send it

13:00 AD5BR – Volunteer Examiner Test Session for New hams & Upgrades. $15 Test fee. Bring photo ID. Contact HAMTEST@GMAIL.COM for more info.

14:00 N5XO– Final Program & Raffle

For more information on the HAMsters go to: www.144200.net or our all new interactive web page: www.hamstergroup.ning.com

Greg N5XO

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Aug 17

The annual Universal City Veterans Day Parade will be held on Saturday, November 3rd. Both Ham Radio and non-ham operators are needed to provide assistance to the UC Police Department. Our duties include moving barricades into place along the route (Pat Booker Rd) and start pointing cars to head south towards Randolph AFB if they insist on leaving. Our “job” is not to be confrontational, but to help drivers avoid being confronted by a uniformed police officer if they ignore our instructions. Lol

We meet up at the UCPD Office on Universal City Blvd at 9am for free donuts, coffee, juice and assignments of course. Around 10:10 we’ll be told over the radio to close off all side streets and parking lots. Barricades are prepositioned for this purpose.

If you are interested in helping out, please email Lee N5NTG at info@sanantoniohams.org for more info.

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Aug 17

Jerry Barry/K5AXN passed away last night from numerous health issues. According to Carol, there will be no further arrangements. Carol said “We didn’t like going to funerals and didn’t want one for ourselves. Years ago we signed up for the Willed Body Program at the UT Health Science Center and want all our friends and family to take a moment to remember Jerry and laugh and smile.”

Carol Barry

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Personally I will miss seeing him at ham fests, his regular phone calls, and visits. He loved the old technology and used to hold an annual field day with classic equipment.

Best 73,

Gary H. Harmon, Jr. – K5JWK

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Jun 25

I am very sorry to announce that fellow HAMster and long time Amateur Radio Operator Harry Jordan W5CRS passed away yesterday at 4:pm.

Harry has been hospitalized for little over a month after suffering a sever stroke and unfortunately did not recover from the results of the stroke which left him unable to speak, or open his eyes.

Harry will be remember for his sense of humor, and his high energy level and enthusiasm for Amateur Radio, even though he was in his 80’s he was still full of energy and excitement like a kid when it came to HAM Radio and was hard at work to build a high quality 2 meter SSB Station to take part in many of the HAMster activities, building a repeater and was hard at work building a 6 meter repeater.

Harry will be missed.

Please keep Harry and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this rough time.

Service Announcement for Silent Key Harry Jordan W5CRS.

Visitation will be Wednesday June 27th from 6-9pm, Funeral will be June 28th at 11:am.

Both will be at Mission Burial Park South, followed by as procession to Oakley Cemetery on Hardy Rd, then a reception to follow.

Greg N5XO

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Jun 18

I am sad to announce that Royce Taylor KA5OHJ passed away on Friday, May 25, 2018 of Heart Failure. Voice had suffered multiple heart attacks in the past in had been suffering poor health for the past couple of years.

He and his wife Diane, just gone shopping and returned home. He collapsed as he entered the house. EMS was called, But they could not revive him. A private ceremony was held this past Saturday, on June 16th for family and close friends of the family only.

Discussion was held regarding a memorial service being held at a later date, but I have no information concerning it.

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Jun 18
Field Day 2018
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The annual amateur radio field day weekend is coming up this weekend on June 23rd 24th . There are gonna be multiple sites around the area where the different ham clubs are going to be setting up.

Following is a summary of local area clubs Field Day 2018 plans:

SARC – Setting up at Shavano Park City Hall starting Friday at 3pm. Operating for 24hrs starting 1pm Saturday. Having a BBQ catered by Grady’s 6pm Saturday.

KARS – See website at KB5TX.org for directions to and schedule of activity.

HCARC – At Our lady of the Hills Sports Complex off HWY 27 just past the airport if traveling North toward Kerrville. Take exit 454 off I-10. Operating 24hrs. Shrimp Boil at 6pm Sat.

ROOST – Operating from their Clubhouse as usual. 7201 Palm Park Blvd.

MCARC – Setting up at Castroville City Park. Running 24hrs

AARO – Setting up at American Legion Post 300 at 3290 Grosenbacher Rd, just past the Bullet Hole. Running 24hrs starting at Noon on Sat. Planning to run 15 stations.

I’m just going to refer you to the different websites for more location information.

Kendall Amateur Radio Society in Boerne (KARS/KB5TX)
http://kb5tx.org/Field_Day.htm

Alamo Area Radio Organization (new field day location) (AARO/AA5RO)
Http://aa5ro.org

San Antonio Radio Club (SARC/W5SC)

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Guadalupe Valley Amateur Radio Club (GVARC) at 3485 River Road. Same location as prior years. Talk-in on their 147.000 repeater in New Braunfels. (-, 103.5 tone, I think)

Radio Operators Of South Texas (ROOST / W5ROS) will be operating from their clubhouse on the SE side of San Antonio, off Hwy 181. 7201 Palm Park Blvd.

South Texas DX Contest Club has a club location near Bandera, TX, referred to as the Goat Ranch. I’m not sure about the details or if they have active plans.

Medina County Amateur Radio Club had a great setup last year in a clubhouse for a neighborhood association. This year they will be at Castroville Park. Http://mcarc.org.

You can find out more field day sites at ARRL’s website, http://arrl.org

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Jan 8

fiestalogoThe San Antonio Radio Fiesta is scheduled for Saturday, January 13, 2018 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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