Apr 23

With Heavy Hearts we are sadden to report the passing of a fixture to the 147.380 repeater. W8SYD, Byron passed early Monday Morning. Survived by His Wife Christy and children. We will keep up to date once arrangements/memorial service has been made.

There will not be any public services.

SILENT KEY – W8SYD – Byron’s history

Started in Barberton, Summit County, Ohio with WN8SYD August 4, 1954 at the age of 12. My elmers were my Dad (electronics guy but nonham) and W8KAY who ran a KW on 144.300 CW for decades. I guess he was responsible for putting CW in my head forever. First rig was a Philmore NT-200 kit 6L6 (25w), an old S-40 with HBAVC, S-Meter & Q-multplier, 450 ft long wire at 50 ft., and a knife switch for T-R.

Mom was licensed WN8SYE at same time. Her station was upstairs NC-125, HB 2E26 A@30W AM and 8 half-waves in phase at 60 ft on 2M and a TBS-50D on 6m and a 4-el Yagi at 40ft.

1955 Built Johnson Ranger, HB 3-807s@2KV 811A mods, @ 500W AM. Sat for the General with the infamous FCC Engineer W8DX at one of the first Dayton Hamventions at the Dayton Biltmore Hotel in 1955. Received W8SYD May 5, 1955 and now attend Dayton regularly. Was active on AM & CW in the 50s, SSB & CW in the 60s (back in the days of phonepatches and traffic nets with real traffic). 1960 converted 807s/801s to 3-400Zs/810s to KW AM and 2KW SSB. In ’66 went into the USAF, travelled, had kids, etc. So was inactive for a while, but I’m back!! Rigs became SDRs, 3-500Zs and towers and beams.

Have had several enjoyable careers: Radar Intercept Controller (Man & SAGE) USAF Electronic Warfare, Electronics & Computer Programming, DoD contractor, then scrapped my techie hat and pay, to become a Clinical Social Worker, and the friendly neighborhood shrink.[g] Retire 2 years ago due to med problems. Now back to age 12 and on air 24/7.

2015 Equipment: SDR-1000, SDRTEC WonderRadio, FT-100D, TS-930S, NCX-3, Drake 4C Twins, NC-300, Ranger I, S-40, HW-16 and lots of other STUFF. Several 2m / 70cm rigs. LK-500ZC and SB-220 Amps. Homebrew 4-1000As in progress. Several HTs.

Antennas: A4S, 160m G5RV, 5el on 6m, 22el on 2, 5 el on 1.25, 27el on 70cm. 6m and 10m vert. 144/440 multi-el vert collinear. All are on a recently added 100′ Aluma crank up. old tower 40ft homebrew (1957) tiltover with 50 ft pushup out the top.) Also have 80m and 40m NVIS beams.

Software Defined Radio (SDR) is everything I everdreamed about as a kid (the penultimate rig). Computer software and SDR make everything possible. I acquired a WonderRadio (SDR-1000 clone) to develop some new ideas.

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Apr 8

Our FOURTH event—sponsored by AC5RN and K5USN, and in memory of K5LKY SK

We will be there all day so stop by when it’s convenient for you!
Please join us at Fischer Park in New Braunfels Apr 27th (Saturday)

What we will provide:
• Operating stations that you are welcome to operate!. One VHF/UHF/SHF all mode station and one HF Station. WH2ACT can demonstrate Yaesu System Fusion.
• A covered pavilion in a beautiful park on a hill with tables and power from a 4 outlet plug.
• Talk in on 147.000 (-) 103.5hz or 146.52 simplex. Call KA5UAO (STEVE) for directions. Enter the park off Old McQueeny Rd.


What you may bring:

Please feel free to bring your own operating equipment or antennas but keep in mind we have limited space and we will just need to coordinate operations amongst ourselves so we don’t damage ears or receivers by operating on the same bands!

AC5RN will coordinate operating bands.

Bring what ever comforts, food and drink, family, pets, etc you need or desire.

Again Apr 27th, Saturday!
Please help spread the word!

Ronnie and I will begin setting up our stations around 7am (ish), and will be in the park throughout the remainder of the day and evening weather permitting. Come and visit and stay as long as you like!

Head on over to the park for some fun!

73,
Mark AC5RN, Ronnie K5USN

Our goals:

To promote amateur radio to the public and to potential future hams.To provide opportunity for any ham to operate on new bands and modes, exercise portability and set up, or operate without HOA antenna restrictions!To promote comradery amongst hams and have fun.

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Apr 7

The location for the April 27, 2019 VE session Ham Tests has changed, since the regular location (Great Northwest Library) will be temporarily closed for remodeling.

Ham tests will be given at 10 AM April 27 at this NEW Location:

Maverick Library
8700 Mystic Park
San Antonio, TX 78254
(Near Bandera and Guilbeau)

Please plan to be there before 10 AM. Early voting will be taking place, so allow extra time to get a parking place.

RSVP requested so sufficient space can be reserved for test candidates.

If you have any questions, please contact Pat AD5BR at hamtest@gmail.com or call/text her at 210-273-5927.

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Feb 25

I was notified via a sharp eyed ham who recognized a bad photoshop.

Here’s how it works.

1) Scammer goes on QRZ and finds a valid call sign.
2) Scammer then goes to FCC ULS database with the call sign to get your name and address.
3) Scammer creates an email account that includes your call sign. In my case it was ki5aiu.qrz@gmail.com
4) Scammer trolls the QRZ (or other) swapmeet areas looking for someone who wants a specific piece of equipment.
5) Scammer downloads pictures of the equipment off the web or from prior sales.
6) Scammer photoshops the pictures and adds your call sign to the picture.
7) Scammer contacts buyer with a too good to be true offer. The scammer wants to be paid via Paypal (friends and family – which offer no buyer protection), and at a different email address than the one they just created.

In this case, the buyer was suspicious and contacted me at the email I have listed in QRZ (my real email address).

1) have contacted the scammer and blown up his scheme.
2) I have updated my QRZ bio with a warning to contact me should anyone contact them about an offer to sell equipment.

73s,
Don KI5AIU

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Feb 5

Announcement for SARC Centennial Special Event Operation
Saturday, 9 Feb 2019

This Saturday, 9 February, SARC members will be able to celebrate the club’s Centennial in true radio fashion. This will be the first of FOUR Special Event operations during 2019. The others will be held in May, August, and November.

We will be using the new station at San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology.
[
http://samsat.org/ ] The station is set up in an office space at the Museum, and is supplied with equipment from the Museum’s warehouse and some donations from SARC members.

The Special Event day will proceed in three parts:

1. Setup, done by a volunteer team headed by Joe Bruno W5AUQ, which will begin at 7:45 AM at the storage facility. The setup team will move the club’s tower, beam, and rotator to SAMSAT on the club’s trailer. They will then set up the antenna system, connect it, and test it for proper operation.

2. Operation, done by volunteer operators, will begin at 10 AM when the Museum opens.

For this Special Event, Tom O’Brien AB5XZ will coordinate the station operation. Logging will be done on a computer provided by Tom O’Brien, and will utilize logging software he provides. Operators will be given instruction on logging, antenna rotation, and transceiver operation. SARC members may operate the station between 10 AM and 4 PM, when the Museum closes. We will use special event call sign W5SC/100. Other amateurs may operate, but SARC members will have priority. Operation will be on the 20 meter band using SSB mode.

3. Teardown, done by a volunteer team headed by Joe Bruno W5AUQ, which will begin at 4 PM. The teardown team will disconnect the antenna system, disassemble it, and prepare it for transport back to the storage facility.

Contact Joe Bruno to volunteer for the Setup or Teardown team (or both). jlbruno4433@gmail.comor 210.363.9500

Contact Tom O’Brien AB5XZ to sign up for operating time. There will be plenty of time/room for everybody. ab5xz@arrl.net or 210.845.4966

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Jan 10

Visit the San Antonio Radio Club website at www.w5sc.org for latest details, but here’s what I’ve got… (my apologies for the mixed formatting)

Date: January 12, 2019

Location: Schertz Civic Center on Schertz Pkwy. Watch the speed limits!

Admission: $10 at the door ($8 in advance) see below…

Events and Schedule
⇒ 6:30 am to 8:00 am – Setup for Flea Market, Dealer, and Tailgate Areas
¤ 8:00 am – Open Flea Market, Dealer, and Tailgate Areas
⇒ 9:00 am Programs begin
¤ 9:00 am – DX and WAS Card Checking (until noon)
¤ 1:30 pm – ARRL VE Testing Sign Up & Testing at Convention Center
⇒ ⇒ Bluebonnet Room
⇒ ⇒ Please PRE-REGISTER for the test session at hamtest@gmail.com
⇒ ⇒ If you have no email, call Pat at 210-273-5927
¤ 1 pm – Raffle Grand Prize Drawing
¤ 2 pm – Close

FEES
Note: there are no ATM’s onsite or within walking distance. So make sure to “cash up” before for looking for deals. Most vendors take credit cards, flea market tables may not.
Admission – $8 Advanced / $10 at the door
Flea Market Tables – $10
Tailgate Spaces – 1 free space with admission
⇒ Extra spaces $5 each
Extra door prize tickets $1 each /12 for $10
San Antonio Radio Club Dues
⇒ $12 by Jan 12, 2019 ($15 Jan 13, 2019)

Prizes (do not need to be present at drawing to win Grand, 2nd, or 3rd Prizes):
Grand Prize: Yaesu FT-891 HF-6M, 100 watts
2nd Prize: Kenwood TM-281 FM 2M, 65 watts
3rd Prize: Wouxun TH-350 Tri-Band Analog 5 watts
Many hourly door prizes (Must be present to win hourly prizes)

PROGRAM SCHEDULE:
COMMUNITY CENTER – GYM:
09:00 – 9:50 am De Bohannan, KC5ULU — DIY Quad Antennas
10:00 – 10:50 am ARES Forum
Jeff Walter KE5FGA – SEC, South Texas Section Emergency Coordinator will conduct the ARES forum.
11:00 – 11:50 am ARRL Forum
Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, South Texas Section Manager will conduct the ARRL forum.
12:00 – 12:50 pm Greg Lewis, N5XO, VHF/UHF Weak Signal

1:30 pm ARRL VE Testing
Please PRE-REGISTER for the test session at hamtest@gmail.com.
If you have no e-mail, call 210-273-5927

BLUEBONNET MEETING ROOM:
9:00 – 9:45 am Tom O’Brien AB5XZ – Introduction to EZNEC Antenna Design
10:00 – 10:45 am Ben Fogt, N5AMD – The Life and Death … and Life of D-Star and a Look at Home Brewing Today
11:00 – 11:45 am Harold Fleischer, AE5AS, Grounding for Amateur Radio
12:00 – 12:50 pm Frank Dickey, KF5ZHR—CERT and Amateur Radio Serving Your Community
1:30 – 4:00 pm VHF Society Winter Meeting

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Jan 10
Larry, KG5RVR, has set up a booth at Texas STEM Conference to promote radio clubs in schools.

The event location is at Grand Hyatt, in the Lone Star room.
Wednesday 9th: 4pm to 6pm reception
Thursday 10th: 9:30 to 6pm.
Friday 11th: 9:30 to 3pm.
Would like to promote the hobby in schools? Please call Larry at 210-710-6422 to volunteer if you can help him out.

Thanks

William N5YER
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Dec 24

The HAMster VHF/UHF Weak Signal Group

5th Annual Lunch & Learn + Swap Meet

February 2nd 2019 @ 8:am

American Red Cross: 3642 E Houston St, San Antonio, Tx

Technical Training, Spaghetti Luncheon, VE Testing plus swap meet

RAFFLE of Multiple prizes/Grand Prize Yaesu FT-920 with Desk Microphone

FREE TRAINING—- FREE LUNCH

{Spaghetti Luncheon, Soda.Water — coffee in morning}

Swap meet Table setup – 7:15 am to 8:am

Event Schedule

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Time: Rm #: Presenter: Event:_________________________________________

7:15 N/A N/A Check in and Raffle Ticket purchases

7:15 #4-5 KG5OMX Swap Meet Check in and table setup

8:am #1-2 N5XO Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal & HAMster Group

9:am #1 N7LRY Quadrifilar Helix Antenna. A surprising performer

9:am # 2 WA5FRF Antennas and Propagation

9:am #3 N5XO Is your Coax Charging you a TAX?

10:30 #1 K5VH Antenna Basics and Design

10:30 #2 N7LRY Analyzer Tools to get you that last db

11:30-13:30 Lunch is served and SWAP MEET OPENS

13:30 #1 KC5ULU How to build a 2 meter 4 element quad for under $50

13:30 #2 KA2GZW Traffic Handing-How to create a message and send it

13:30 #3 K0MHC Introduction to VHF Roving

13:30 Meeting Rm VE TEAM VE Testing for New Hams & Upgrades

14:45 #1-2 N5XO FINAL PROGRAM & RAFFLE

Raffle Grand Prizes

FT-920 100 Watt HF/6 Meter Radio with Desk Microphone

Yaesu HT, VX-5 with desk Charger

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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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