Mar 25

The San Antonio Radio Club his announced that it would be changing the dates of the Radio Fiesta, from January, to the weekend in June that was previously in use for HamCom up in Plano. Here is the official announcement:

San Antonio Radio Club is planning Radio Fiesta 2022. We have moved the event from January to June 17 &18, 2022 at the Schertz Civic Center. We will be using Eventbright for reservations of specific locations.

More details to follow as the date gets closer. Contact radiofiesta@w5sc.org for more information.

Save the date- June 17 & 18, 2022 Radio Fiesta

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Mar 25

Ron, WA5BUG, was on his roof and was headed to come down the ladder and probably had a stroke that resulted in a hard fall to concrete.  The fall also resulted in a very bad head injury and multiple fractures to many of his bones. 

He was in the ICU at SAMMC for a week and a few days and never regained consciousness.  His children and his wife were always at his side while hospitalized. 

Ron was a good man, a mentor, and a Texas ham celebrity of sorts.  He often would express his love for his family on the air. 

Sadly, Ron succumbed to his injuries Tuesday morning, 3-23-2021. 

Rita has received an outpouring of sympathy and tributes from hams all over Texas and beyond for which she is extremely proud and grateful.  Although now a Silent Key, Ron touched so many and his impression live on in all of us.

Ron’s daughter Elisa has established a “Go Fund Me” page to help his loving wife Rita with expenses.


Https://Gofundme.com/f/ron-berry

Update March 31st: Rita would like to share service information for Ron…

There will be a Memorial Service held at the First United Methodist Church on San Antonio St in New Braunfels May 6th at 11am

Fort Sam service will be May 7th at 11am. Not sure which specific spot there at this time.

73,

Mark
AC5RN

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Mar 20

From Carol Watson, via her Facebook post…

Andrew Watson K5NNN

It is with a broken heart that I share the news that my husband, business partner, and best friend, Andrew J. Watson, K5NNN, passed away on Wednesday, March 10th at the age of 65. His death was due to complications of living with Type II Diabetes.

The family will be preparing a “Memory Book” so that future generations will know how Andrew loved life, cared about people, and had an amazing sense of humor. Please send your thoughts and stories for the memory book to friendsofandrewwatson@gmail.com. Please provide your name and contact information in the email.

Condolences may be sent to friendsofandrewwatson@gmail.com or mailed to 3530 Huntwick Lane, San Antonio, TX 78230. The family is grieving and unable to respond to personal calls at this time.

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Mar 12

Estate sale at 634 Pilgrim, SAT 78213.

Lots of Ham Radio stuff belonging to SK, W5UBJ, William Kiley. Tubes, tools, Kenwood, miscellaneous parts. Today and tomorrow. (3/11-3/12)

http://www.grissomroadcoc.org

https://www.estatesales.net/TX/San-Antonio/78213/2777103

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Sep 5

 

The annual Texas QSO Party starts 1400Z Saturday, September 12, 2020 and runs to 0200Z, and on Sunday, 1400Z to 2000z September 13, 2020.

The organizers have requested that all who plan on participating, particularly the very important mobile operators, send their operating plans to : routes@txqp.net  If you go to their web site you will see all the counties and modes that are currently posted,

TQP gets better every year; even if you can only operate for a part of the contest, please do so — you become one more valuable QSO for someone, including the increasing number of DX operators that favor the TQP. 

W2IK will be operating mobile, again, SSB on both 40 and 20 meters from a dozen counties.

They still need more mobile or static operators.

For more details see:

http://txqp.net/index.php

 

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Jul 22

I received word that ROOST will be suspending VE Testing for ham radio licenses during the month of August. They also canceled their monthly in-person meetings for both August and September.

I’m presuming this change is due to the uptick in Coronavirus cases in the San Antonio area.

ROOST was the first club to resume testing for new & upgraded ham radio licenses at their clubhouse. Prospective hams, and those wanting to upgrade to General or Extra Class licenses, drove up to 200 miles to attend their VE Test Sessions.

But alas, with the average age of their volunteer examiners being over 60, perhaps this was a wise decision. We don’t need any more silent keys in the area.

If their testing status changes, I will post another article and update this one as well.

Lee N5NTG

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Jun 26

As of today, the day before Field Day weekend, almost all of the local clubs have canceled their field day plans and a few of them are planning to use the amended rule that lets the members operate from their homes and congregate the point for a final score.

The San Antonio Radio Club (SARC) is canceling their field day operation, after originally planning to do a smaller version over at Joe Bruno’s place on FM 78. The members have decided that operating from home would be a safer bet.

The Radio Operators of South Texas (ROOST) Club will be holding a normal, but perhaps scaled down, Field Day event at their clubhouse. No camping overnight as they normally have done in past years. Masks are required to be worn for any visitors. Radio equipment such as microphones, headsets, etc., will be sanitized between operators. See their website, www.w5ros.org, for location and details.

Alamo Area Radio Organization (AARO) has decided to cancel their participation in field day. Individual members may be operating from their homes.

Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) has canceled their group Field Day event, but their members will be operating from their homes.

Guadalupe Valley ARC (GVARC) will not be holding a field day operation this year. They are looking for alternate locations to hold VE Testing, but they think their July session may not happen either. They have resumed their Saturday breakfast tradition, but attendance is limited due to the restrictions on how many people the restaurant can hold under the current government orders.

Medina County (McARC) will not be holding a group field day, but their members will be operating from home under the new rules.

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Jun 8

The ROOST Ham Club has raised the height of their 146.860 (PL 123) repeater to 115 feet above ground. The repeater is located on the SE side of town in Wilson County. The club holds a weekly net every Thursday evening at 8pm, open to all interested hams.

The club is very interested in getting reports from outlying areas to see if the reach has improved significantly. The repeater is just inside Wilson County up at 115′ and sees Port Aransas South and heard reports from Blanco going north so far. – Dale

Larry Stewart
KG5RVR

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Jun 4

I just learned that the annual Fourth of July parade up at Startzville, on the south side of Canyon Lake, has been canceled for 2020 as a casualty to the coronavirus scare. While there may be some locals who decorate their vehicles and just happen to spontaneously cruise back and forth around the area, there will be no organize parade.

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Mar 21

The word I’m getting from the different clubs around the Ssn Antonio metro area, is that in compliance with the various emergency health declarations, all in-person club meetings and test sessions have been canceled.

Several clubs are experimenting with using various forms of Teleconference services, such as Freeteleconferences.com, Skype, or Zoom. One group was overheard suggesting they all get on their club repeater and hold a net.

<gasp!> What will they think of next?

As of this morning, I’ve been told by different VE groups that they will be unable to hold test sessions until the ban on social gatherings (greater than 10) has been lifted.

While ROOST holds their exams at their own clubhouse, they posted on Facebook this morning that they are suspending their 1st & 3rd Saturday VE exams for the time being.

SARC holds theirs on the 4th Saturday in even numbered months, so perhaps the crisis will be over before the end of April?

AARO holds theirs the 3rd Saturday of odd numbered months, which would have been today, March 21st.

GVARC holds quarterly exams in New Braunfels, but the facility normally used has been placed on usage restrictions, which prevents them from using it.

KARS normally offers test sessions after their monthly meetings, but since they can’t hold their meetings in-person, no exam sessions will be possible.

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