Sep 17

Looking for ham radio operators to volunteer for the National MS Society BikeMS Valero Ride to the River cycling event on October 5-6th 2019…

You can volunteer for 1, or both days, as a Breakpoint operator, but SAG & Tour shadows are generally 2 day assignments.

We need to staff 15 SAG Vehicles plus 8 breakpoints on Saturday and 5 on Sunday. There are a few Shadow positions available as well. Shadows follow the key event officials around all day, like the Tour Directors, Medical Director, Police and other more important positions.

Rental vehicles are rented by the National MS Society. Vans are picked up on Friday (before 6pm) at CAPPS Van Rental across from the San Antonio International Airport. Pickup trucks are picked up on Friday from Enterprise, south of New Braunfels, on IH-35 near Solms Road. Fuel is covered by the event, so no reimbursement is needed.

Net control will be at the Comal County Fairgrounds in New Braunfels.

This is a great community service event for practicing our communication skills, supporting about 1,200 bike riders who are raising money for MS. Training will be held a week before the event, September 28 at 10 AM at the MS office.

Breakpoint hams, SAG Van / Truck Teams, Shadow operators for police and Event Tour Directors, Net Control ops, etc.

Motorcycle Marshals are being coordinated by Raymond McLeaird N5RAM.

This ride starts on the north side of San Antonio on Saturday morning and ends up at the Comal County Fairgrounds in New Braunfels that evening. On Sunday, the routes all loop out from the Fairgrounds into the Hill Country near Canyon Lake, including River Road.

Note: you can change volunteer assignments on this page by using the drop down menu. Choices include general Ham Radio Operators and SAG Teams, among others.

This is just to get your name into the BikeMS volunteer system. Actual assignments will be made manually by Lee Besing N5NTG and Mary Anne Horn N5MYN.

Contact Lee at 210-771-7075 or contact Mary Anne at 210-380-6560.

Sign up at this link for the sign up page for our HAM radio operators. Feel free to share 😊

Sep 16

The South Texas Hamfest on October 19th 2019, will be here before we know it !!
Discount registration is still available! For those that print and mail in your pre-registration forms there is now a link available at the bottom of the main page.

We will be hosting a Testing Session at the South Texas Hamfest on October 19th 2019, to get your FCC Amateur Radio Operators License.

For those taking the ham test for the first time, or upgrading, if you
pass, your name will be entered into an Exclusive Prize Drawing.

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Sep 15

Jamboree-on-the-Air, or JOTA, is the largest Scouting event in the world. It is held annually the third full weekend in October, for 2019
it’s Oct 18-20.
JOTA uses amateur radio to link Scouts and hams around the world, around the nation, and in your own community. This jamboree requires no travel, other than to a nearby amateur radio operator’s ham shack.

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Sep 6

I couldn’t copy an excerpt from this article, so I made a quick screenshot instead. Click the above link for the full article.

Some of the changes may impact certain popular models of the Baofeng HT radios. These radios can operate outside the Ham Radio bands and might not be type accepted for GMRS / FRS, etc..

It restricts the sale of combined FRS/GMRS radios. It drops the cost of a GMRS license from $85 to $65 / family and increases the license period from 5 years to 10 years.

Sep 6


Listed below are some of the usual established amateur (HAM) high frequency emergency network frequencies in Megahertz, with Mode of Lower or Upper Sideband and the coverage area. This list does fluctuate over time.

These frequencies are typically in operation during disasters in the immediate area. They can provide a great deal of information to those with receive only capabilities and the amateur radio community.

Abbreviation Meaning

  • Wx Weather
  • ARES Amateur Radio Emergency Service
  • SSB Single Sideband
  • LSB Lower Sideband
  • USB Upper Sideband
  • NTS National Traffic System
  • altn Alternate frequency typically used for night time operations
  • RACES Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service (affiliated with local Emergency Management Organizations)

03808.0 LSB Caribbean Wx (1030)
03815.0 LSB Inter-island (continuous watch)
03845.0 LSB Gulf Coast West Hurricane
03862.5 LSB Mississippi Section Traffic
03865.0 LSB West Virginia Emergency
03872.5 LSB Mercury Amateur Radio Assoc ad hoc hurricane info net (0100)
03873.0 LSB West Gulf ARES Emergency (night)
03873.0 LSB Central Gulf Coast Hurricane
03873.0 LSB Louisiana ARES Emergency (night)
03873.0 LSB Mississippi ARES Emergency

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Sep 2

Major Hurricane Dorian Prompts Sustained Activations



Hurricane Dorian, now a dangerous Category 5 storm, hit the island of Abaco in the Bahamas with 185 MPH winds and heavy rain. The Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) on 14.325 MHz (7268 MHz alternate) and the VoIP Hurricane Net (EchoLink WX_TALK Conference) remain activated in conjunction with WX4NHC at the National Hurricane Center to keep on top of ground-truth weather information and to handle emergency traffic, if needed.

FEMA has announced that channels 1 and 2 of the 60 meter band will be made available, as necessary, beginning September 2 for interoperability between federal government stations and US Amateur Radio stations involved in Hurricane Dorian emergency communications. They will remain active until the storm has passed and the need for the channels no longer exists.

Channel 1 (5332 kHz channel center) will be available for primary voice traffic 5332 kHz channel center, 5330.5 kHz USB. Channel 2 (5348 kHz channel center) will handle digital traffic, 5346.5 kHz USB with 1.5 kHz offset to center of digital waveform

Radio amateurs must yield to operational traffic related to Hurricane Dorian. Although the intended use for these channels is interoperability between federal government stations and US Amateur Radio stations, federal government stations are primary users and amateurs are secondary.

For the full article click here

Sep 2

For those of you playing with GR Level 3, Dorian is just now starting
to show up on Base Reflectivity (red marker at center of eye).
If you want to watch yourself, use site KAMX.

If you want to view on the new GOES-16 satellite,

And the hurricane watch net is active
The Net is Active on 14.325 MHz & 7.268 MHz

Avoid unnecessary traffic on those 2 frequencies.

This thing is shaping up to be a real monster….

On Facebook, you follow the Hurricane Watch Net here…

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Sep 2

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of ARRL’s first president and cofounder Hiram Percy Maxim (HPM), W1AW, born on September 2, 1869.

ARRL will hold an operating event this summer to celebrate HPM’s legacy, getting under way at 0000 UTC on August 31 and continuing until 2359 UTC on September 8. It is open to all radio amateurs.

ARRL members will append “/150” to their call signs during this event.

Check out

Sep 2

The ARRL Foundation has announced it is accepting scholarship applications between September 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019 for the academic year 2020-2021.
If you know a deserving Amateur, please urge them to apply.
For details of the program, please see:

Sep 2

The annual Texas QSO Party starts 1400Z Saturday, September 14, 2019 and runs to 0200Z, Sunday, September 15, 2019. (New weekend this year.)
The organizers have requested that all who plan on participating, particularly the very important mobile operators, send their operating plans to
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.
For more details see:

More Info …

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