Mar 18

HT Rodeo!
Sponsored by your friendly neighborhood ARES group!

Saturday, April 19, 2014 @ Red Cross on E Houston St, 78219

This All-day event starts at 9:00AM

  • HT Contests!
  • Antenna Shootout (2M)!
  • Prizes!
  • Free Picnic Lunch!
  • Educational workshops and seminars!
  • Free!
  • -No admission charge
  • -No entry fee
  • -No charge for lunch
    • (Desserts and snacks will be available for a small charge)
  • -No charge for workshops

To Participate:

  1. Pre-register by sending your name and call sign to Only those pre-registered by April 12th will be able to participate in the weeklong Roundup event leading up to the rodeo. Details on how to participate will be return emailed.
  2. Bring your HT to the event -preferably charged up and ready to rodeo!

Ruth Lewis KE5MHJ
Bexar County ARES EC

Feb 23

Ham_TechnicianThe class will be an entry level Test Equipment Class.  This class is for newcomers to amateur radio or old timers that just want to learn how to use test equipment, the tests and how they can apply to us as hams.  Our equipment list includes but is not limited to:

  • Digital VOM  Fluke
  • Analog VOM  Simpson 206
  • Oscilloscope 20 mHz Tektronix
  • 30 Amp Power Supply
  • Motorola Signal Generator
  • Elecraft RF Signal Source
  • MFJ-259 / 269

We will explore capacitors, resistors, diodes and ohms law!  There will be lots of “hands on” activity in this class!  Bring some paper, pen or pencils, and a calculator with you.    This information will help you understand the Ham Radio hobby, and might even help you better understand the questions on the Extra Class test as well.

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Jan 29

Technician Class Ham Radio Course

When: Saturday, February 22 and March 1, 2014.  9 AM till 5 PM. Examination will be administered at approximately 3 PM on Saturday, March 1, 2014.


 Cross Church Fellowship Hall
314 H Bauer Street, Seguin, 78155

Cost:   $15 for the examination.  If you wish to obtain the study guide, approximately $21.00 (Strongly recommended), it is “Technician Class Study Guide” by Gordon West.  (Available locally)  Please start studying ASAP.

Contact: To register and/or further information contact Training Coordinator Ron Clavette, (210) 535-4620 or Instructor Bob Rodriguez, (210) 887-6618.

Jul 10

June 16, 2012 Tech Class

The weather was good, there was plenty of parking, and the 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. schedule went even better than planned. That was the experience the Saturday before Father’s Day as volunteers from the Alamo Area Radio Organization and the Southwest Research Center Amateur Radio Club co-hosted their eleventh crash class for entry into ham radio, the one day Technician License Review Course.  Location was in Fair Oaks Ranch, near Boerne.

Eight of the eleven participants passed the exam and at least two are already preparing for the General License exam. Several were interested in visiting Field Day sites the next weekend. One student was a first responder for a statewide health agency, one was a geologist, and one was a retired police detective.

A very big thank you to the guest instructors: David W5QS, Teri KC5BJI, Johnny K5POP, Jeremy N5HIM, David AD5TE, Erik KD5YZU, and Don W5DK. Super thanks to Andy for the splendid AV service and to Teri for providing so much event preparation, coordinating the lunch, the treats and the beverages.

May 30

For Amateur Radio Technician License Exam
Saturday, June 16, 2012
8:30 a.m. to ~6:00 p.m.

COST: $75 – Includes book, continental breakfast, lunch, and fee for one 35-item multiple-choice exam given at the end of the day (or $55 if you already have book)

TARGET AUDIENCE: Anyone wanting to earn their entry-level ham radio license

COURSE BOOK: Study and bring to class (7th edition, ISBN 978-0-945053-62-0) Technician Class, EFFECTIVE July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2014, by Gordon West.

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Jul 14

Basic Test Equipment and Operation  Starting 03 OCT 11 (9.5 Hours)

Class size is limited to 10 students
This is a “hands on” entry to mid-level level class on test equipment usage.
03 OCT 11 06:00 – 20:00 Safety, DMM,VTVM,
10 OCT 11 06:00 – 20:00 Oscilloscope, Freq Counter
17 OCT 11 06:00 – 20:00 Audio Oscillator, T Gen, WB noise Gen
24 OCT 11 06:00 – 20:00 Comm Service Monitor
31 OCT 11 06:00 – 19:30 Spectrum Analyzer, Antenna Analyzer
Classes include valuable test procedures that every ham shoud know!
How to measure voltage, current, resistance, power (Ohms law), O-scope and basic waveforms, RF measurements (effective sensitivity), Desense, insertion loss and much more…..

Class sizes are LIMITED  to   10!
To sign up call me.

Mark A. Lacy —  CEO
W5TXR Electronic Labs
Schertz, Texas
(210) 659-7715  San Antonio Area
(830) 515-4560  New Braunfels
(210) 745-1300  FAX

Jul 14

I will be holding a workshop on Airmail Packet Kantronics KPC3+ TNC workshop on Saturday, September 10, 2011.

Class sizes are LIMITED!! 
To sign up call me.

Mark A. Lacy —  CEO
W5TXR Electronic Labs
Schertz, Texas
(210) 659-7715  San Antonio Area
(830) 515-4560  New Braunfels
(210) 745-1300  FAX

Jul 14

Technician class starting August 1, 2011,  every Monday evening until August 29, 2011, 5 weeks of class.
VE test is on Saturday, September 3, 2011.

(15) Hours Classroom Time – This is NOT a teach the test class, I don’t don’t do that! This is a true teach, hands on (where possible) technician class.

Class size is limited to 10 students
  • 01 AUG 11 18:00 – 21:00 Introduction to Amateur Radio
  • 08 AUG 11 18:00 – 21:00 Radio and Electronics Fundamentals
  • 15 AUG 11 18:00 – 21:00 Operating Station Equipment
  • 22 AUG 11 18:00 – 21:00 Communicating with Other Hams
  • 29 AUG 11 18:00 – 21:00 Licensing and Operating Regulations
  • 03 SEP 11 09:00 – 10:00 VE Testing Session*
There is ALWAYS time in our classes for you to ask questions!

Materials included with technician class:

  • ARRL Ham Radio License Manual Revised (2nd Edition)
  • FCC Rules and Regulations for the Amateur Radio Service Handbook
Nov 23

Due to lack of response, W2IK and the Bexar Operators Group (W5BOG) have decided to cancel the 2011 Jump Team Boot Camp  for emergency communicators. It takes a great deal of lead time and planning to run this program, reserve the wildlife refuge area, line up the two Army survival specialists, check out several tons of jump team gear, etc. With no inquiries, usually by now the reservation list would be almost full, we can only assume no one feels this training is needed so we will also retire from offering it in the future.

Bob  W2IK

Dec 23


A Saturday General Class License course, with examinations offered following the course, will be given by Atascosa County Amateur Radio Club, WA5AR, on Saturday’s Jan. 30th, Feb. 6th, Feb. 13th, and Feb. 20th from 10:00 A,M. until 3:00 P.M. with lunch from 12 noon until 1:00 P.M.

Classes will be conducted at the old Atascosa County Jail, 711 Broadway, Jourdanton, TX. (1/2 hour south of San Antonio on SH16 [Poteet Highway]). 

Study book cost of $20.95 and FCC examination is $14.00. Bring photo copies of your current license and photo ID. 

All classes of hams and non-hams are welcome to attend as a review at no charge. 

Contacts: Atascosa and surrounding counties: Hugo South,KK5BZ, (830)281-2408 or; Bexar County: Bob Rodriguez, K5AUW, (210)887-6618 or


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