Mar 16

As of 3/15, 2 clubs have announced that their membership meetings normally held on the third Tuesday each month, will be canceled or changed to Teleconference (using FreeTeleconference.com).

South Texas DX Contest Club has canceled their March 17th meeting that is normally held at Bobby J’s Hamburger restaurant in Helotes, TX.

Hill Country REACT Team normally meets on the third Tuesday at the Methodist Stone Oak Hospital on Sonterra & Hardy Oak, in the cafeteria. They always have teleconferencing set up for those members who cannot attend in person. But due to the Hospital implementing new restrictions on unnecessary / non-critical access into their building, the entire meeting will be held by Teleconference. Contact info@hillcountryreact.org for more details.

I’ve not been advised of any other cancellations by area clubs, but please use reasonable caution before attending any such gatherings. If you aren’t healthy or fall into the age brackets most affected by this virus, think about your options before going. We want all of our aging hams to stay with us for as long as possible and no, I did not just invite all of you to come live with me. Lol

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Mar 16

It is with great disappointment that I am announcing the official cancelation of the WCARC Swapfest that was to be held on March 21st.

This decision is being made due to the recent government announcements and recommendations regarding gatherings of 250+ people or more amidst the COVID-19 outbreak. Many venues have already shut down gatherings and churches have begun holding services online to help prevent the spread of the virus.

Our venue is one that has chosen to follow the CDC and government instructions and has also shut down their facilities for the next few weeks. It is in our best interest amid these announcements and closures to follow suit as well and honor our venue’s closure decision.

I am currently looking to potentially reschedule this event for a possible May/June timeframe. Announcements regarding a possible reschedule will come in the next few weeks as the greater Austin area monitors the progress of the COVID-19 virus.

Please watch your email inbox over the next several weeks for additional information regarding rescheduling and other information.

Jay Archibald (K5MBK)
Swapfest Coordinator
Williamson County Amateur Radio Club

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Mar 3

The March 5th meeting will be at the Boerne Police Station located at 124 Old San Antonio Rd in Boerne. 

The EMS building will be in use for the next 5 months with equipment setup for a paramedic class. 

We will be meeting at the Boerne PD through July and then back to the EMS Building in August.  Sorry for the inconvenience, but after all it is an EMS building. Meeting is from 7 pm to 9 pm. 

Enter through the front door of the police department and there will be an open door to the right into the training room.  Please do not show up too early as the doors will not be open.

See ya’ll Thursday night. 

Rod K9ROD

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Jan 8

Reminder: Radio Fiesta is 2 days this year!

When:

  • Friday, 10 January, 1pm to 5pm,
  • Saturday, 11 January, 8am-2pm

Where:

Shertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, Schertz, TX 78154

View Event

Organizer: San Antonio Radio Club. See www.w5sc.org for more details.

Description: We are opening the doors from on Friday at 7:00 am to 12:00 pm for setup. and Doors open for customers at 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm.

On Saturday setup from 7:00 am to 8:00 am doors open for customers at 8:00 am till 2:00 pm at the Main Hall.

VE Testing starts at 1:30pm. RSVP requested at hamtest@gmail.com, but walk-ins are welcome. ARRL Test fee is $15. Usual drill, bring copies of your Photo ID and current license (if upgrading). Do you know your FCC FRN number? Send us an email to get more info.

Tables and tickets are being sold now through Eventbrite.

www.eventbrite.com/e/sarc-radio-fiesta-tickets-64629584828

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Nov 3

This Saturday, November 9th, SARC members will be able to celebrate the club’s Centennial in true radio fashion. This will be the forth and last Special Event operations during 2019.

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.

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Oct 27

Clarification from the ARRL News Site. Looks like ham repeaters are welcome on state lands under the following proviso (requires hoops to be jumped through):

“Our contact in the California Office of Emergency Services suggests that, if any affected repeater is in any way involved with local emergency or government support activity, they should ask that agency to engage with CAL FIRE concerning the repeater. If the agency makes the case, there is a good chance that the repeater will be unaffected,” Tiemstra added.

http://www.arrl.org/news/report-causes-concern-and-confusion-in-california-s-amateur-radio-ranks

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Oct 16

DUKE CITY HAMFEST ALBUQUERQUE

The weekend of September 21, I attended the Duke City Hamfest, along with about 400 other amateurs. While well organized, this size of an event, isn’t large enough to attract first-line vendors often seen at Dayton and Visalia. Nonetheless, the organizers did a great job with the various classes, including two excellent talks by Rob Sherwood, NCØB. With these thoughts in mind, here are my observations and comments.

That whole world of vendors has dramatically changed. In days past, the vendors could come and with the help of the manufactures cover their expenses, maybe make a little money, and would continue to support their mutual customers. This was a win-win situation. With the advent of the $100 + per night per person room costs and high transportation costs, it has become too expensive for the manufacturers, much less vendors, to attend a hamfest. This is not an ideal scenario.

Another big change is the resale market. Once upon a time, amateur radio gear tended to hold its value over time, as long as it was smoke-free, and well maintained. Good, bad or indifferent, Icom changed that with the introduction of the IC-7300! At a street price of $1,495, it literally blew away the used market place. However, there is a hidden issue, applicable to any, used, solid-state transceiver—replacement parts!

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Oct 16

Remember the South Texas Hamfest and Electronics Expo this weekend,
Saturday, October 19th, 2019 at the San Patricio County Fairgrounds
Event Center, 219 West 5th Street, Sinton, TX 78387

The hamfest doors open at 8:00AM to 3:00PM.

Check the web-page for registration and table information as well as other activities planned.

https://southtexashamfest.org/

Please, drop by the ARRL table and say hello to West Gulf Director John, N5AUS, Vice-Director, Lee, W5LHC and South Texas Section Manager, Paul, KE5ZW.

Travel safe and hope to see many folks there.

Paul, KE5ZW

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Oct 16

2019 ARRL West Gulf Division Ballot Process

The paper ballots for the election of the ARRL West Gulf Division Director were mailed on September 30, 2019 by third-class mail.
The envelope containing your ballot should arrive within the next 3-5 days. (Note: original date of this email was 10/7/2019). Along with the paper ballot will be a self-addressed ballot return envelope.

Your marked ballot MUST be returned in the enclosed self-addressed ballot return envelope. If it is not, your ballot will not be counted, even if it is received. The purpose of requiring the use of the provided self-addressed ballot return envelope is to maintain election security.

There is no online voting. Voting may only occur by use of the paperballot provided.

If you, or a family member, have not received your ballot by the close of business on October 14, 2019, please send two separate emails stating you have not received your ballot and requesting that a ballot be sent to you, to: (1) Dan Henderson at n1nd@arrl.org; and (2) Lee Cooper,W5LHC01@gmail.com.

Sending two emails acts as a cross-check to ensure the ARRL has received notice that you did not receive a ballot and that you are requesting a ballot.

All ballots, in the provided self-addressed ballot return envelopes MUST be RECEIVED on or before noon, November 15, 2019. Please allow sufficient time before November 15, 2019 for your ballot to be received. All late ballots will not be counted.

Voting is a right unique to free men and women. Please exercise your right, and vote for the candidate of your choice in the ARRL West GulfDivision Director Election.

If you have questions regarding the voting process, please contact DanHenderson, N1ND, at ARRL HQ, 1-860-594-0200 or at n1nd@arrl.org.

John Robert Stratton N5AUS

ARRL West Gulf Division Director

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Oct 16

The next and last W5SC/100 Special Event operation is scheduled for Saturday, November 9, 2019, from 10 AM to 4 PM at the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT), 102 Mabry Dr San Antonio, TX 78226.

“We have a “shack” in an office in the back part of SAMSAT.”

SAMSAT is on Port San Antonio campus near Lackland Air Force Base (the building was the Main Chapel for Kelly AFB). Open to the public every Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, FREE (donations welcome), Volunteer-led tours (not always available].

On site equipment installed includes an ICOM IC-781 (provided by SAMSAT) and a roof mounted Cushcraft R-5 vertical antenna (provided by San Antonio Radio Club).

Weather and conditions permitting, SARC will again be setting up and using the club’s trailer mounted tri-band beam. Operations so far have been on 20 meters, SSB.

Notable contacts have been a Aeronautical Mobile station at 30,000 some thousand feet altitude over Arizona in May, and a submarine in August.

SARC’s Special Event operation uses the “ARRL Field Day” model, as follows: ANYONE can operate the station, regardless of license class, because we operate with an Extra-Class licensed “Control Operator”, and therefore we have Extra-Class privileges as far as frequency and mode.

Add-on encouragement: If you haven’t been to the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology, it’s well worth making the time to visit. Link to their website is below.

https://www.samsat.org/

Double hitter: visit our Centennial Event and see the museum’s fantastic displays as well.

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