Sep 13

Do you want to be an Amateur Radio Operator? Would you like to be of more service to your community? The Atascosa County Amateur Radio Club (ACARC) will teach a Technician Class course for members of the communities in the Pleasanton and surrounding areas.

WHEN:  September 17th and 24th (Saturdays 9:00am to 5:00pm) with the license exam given at 3:00 on the 24th.  Candidates should attend both sessions.

WHERE:  Leming School in Leming, Bld A on 5th St. (Fire Marshall Dept.)

COST: The FCC license is free and good for 10 years.  The cost of the amateur radio exam is $14.00.

The exam consists of 35 multiple choice questions and is graded immediately.  A passing score is 74 (26 correct).

The instructor recommends reading through the Gordon West Technician Class 2014-2018 Study Guide before the course starts.  Texts for the course should be obtained as early as possible.

It can be purchased on-line for $28.95+tax at or from ACARC for $25.00.

A Baofeng handheld radio will be raffled off after the exam. To be eligible, attend the course and pass the Technician exam.  You may go home with a radio you can begin listening to right away and talking on as soon as the FCC assigns your call sign.

The 426 question pool from which the exam is taken and the 3 graphics can be downloaded from  The club also has a file which contains only the correct answers.  The latter can be emailed upon request.  Both of these are FREE.

Here are some sites where practice tests can be taken.  Some may ask you to “sign in”.  This is so they can track your exam questions and not give you the same ones over and over.  When you are consistently making 85% or better, you are ready to take the exam for real.                                                   

To sign up for the course, buy a book, get the correct answer file or if you have any questions, email Evelyn or leave a message on the Club’s Facebook page:    

Jun 22

AARO will be holding their Field Day event at Raymond Russell Park, on IH-10 west near Camp Bullis exit, operating on Saturday only due to restrictions on the park usage.

ROOST will be at their Clubhouse location on the SE side, off Hwy 181, operating the full weekend.

GVARC will be operating from a member’s home (WQ5C) on River Road, but using Temp FD antennas and power sources. Access may be limited after dark, but operating the full weekend.

Texas Water Safari got rescheduled until this weekend, due to river flooding a few weeks ago, so many of those hans won’t be able to participate in FD this year.

I haven’t heard about the plans yet for Atascosa County ARC (Poteet fairgrounds or in Pleasanton?), Wilson County ARC (City park in Floresville?), or Guadalupe County (Chaparral ARC in Seguin).

San Antonio Radio Club (SARC) – The club will be holding it’s Field Day event in Shavano Park. The address for this event is 900 Saddletree Ct. Shavano Park, TX 78231. The club plans to operate from Noon on Saturday through Noon on Sunday. They will also host a barbeque at the site Saturday evening.

Medina County Amateur Radio Club (MCARC) – The Field Day event will be held at the Creekwood Community center located just off US90 half way between Hondo and Castroville. The community center is at the corner of County Road 458 and County Road 4510. Operating times are from Noon on Saturday and into Saturday evening (potentially 8pm).

Hill Country Amateur Radio Club (HCARC) – The Field Day event will be held at Our Lady of the Hills High School athletic field and pavilion in Kerrville, TX. Address is 235 Peterson Farm Road Kerrville, TX 78028. The site is just off of TX 27 SE of Kerrville near the Kerrville Municipal Airport. Please RSVP with Dale Gaudier k4dg(at)arrl(dot)net.

Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) – The KARS 2016 Field Day event will be held Saturday June 25th between 1:00PM and 8:00PM CDT and Sunday June 26th between 7:00AM and 1:00PM CDT. The event will be held at Alan Walters, K5NOF’s, ranch located at 48 Rust Lane, BOERNE, TX 78006-1163. More information can be found at If you go please let them know that you are from STXDXCC so that they know who you are.

The ARRL has also provided a Field Day Locator website if you are in need of more information.

Have fun this weekend and be safe! Get out there and get on the air!

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Feb 7

Morning all!

Event: AERC Heart of the Hills Endurance Ride

Dates: 5th and 6th March 2016

Location: Hill Country State Natural Area – Bandera

Times: 0700 hrs to 1700 hrs – assignment times very based on Checkpoint.

Help is needed on both days, but, if you can only work one of the other, your assistance is greatly appreciated.

Operators will be responsible for tracking the progress of Horse/Rider thru the course at 4 different checkpoints.  We also handle in health/welfare information and other task as submitted by the event coordinator/manager.

3 checkpoints should be able to contact net control with ht and a gain antenna.  One checkpoint is a little more challenging requiring a mobile unit, possibly crossband.

Comms will be VHF simplex.

RMS Express/Packet will be utilized during the event.  Packet not required to participate.

Most checkpoints are easily accessible by car or truck.  One will require a truck with moderate clearance.

If your are interested please contact Charlie Land at charlesdland at gmail dot com or Mike Perez at mikerey01 at yahoo dot com

Event is coordinated by Hill Country REACT – membership not required to participate.

Thank You,

Louis Upton – K5STX

Hill Country REACT – Team # 4804 – President
Tejas Trails Communication Group – Cactus Rose and Bandera 100k Ultra-Marathons – Coordinator

Rocky Raccoon Communications Group – Tejas Trails Liaison


May 24

The Skywarn Operators at the Austin-San Antonio NWO are in the process of updating our files and call-up list. Recently we have found the EC’s, Skywarn Coordinators and Net Controls have changed drastically in the various counties we serve.
It has also been found that several repeaters used in the past to contact and monitor Skywarn operations have changed or are no longer functioning.
If someone from each county could please e-mail me the contact information, frequencies and other pertinent information for ARES and Skywarn it would be greatly appreciated.
Also be advised that we have created a Facebook page and Twitter account to help get the word out. Feel free to like or follow to stay up to date with our operations.
Thank You, Louis – K5STX
e-mail to wx5exw at gmail dot com

Jun 23

Atascosa County ARC  will start at 1000 on Saturday June 25 and end at 1000 Sunday June 26  – continuous. It will be at the Strawberry Fest. grounds in Poteet on SH 16.

We would like to see you.


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

Oct 19

Would you like to get YOUR Amateur Radio License?

Have you thought about the hobby of “Ham” Radio, but weren’t sure where to start? Perhaps you think that it’s just too hard to learn, or that the test is expensive, or that you have to know that dit-dah stuff; y’know, Morse Code. Well, here’s where we can help!

Atascosa County Amateur Radio Club wants to help bring more people into the “Ham” Radio community. We are gearing up to offer classes for the Technician Class License, the first license that a person earns to become an Amateur Radio Operator.

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Sep 13

The Atascosa County Amateur  Radio Club will start classes for the purpose of getting amateur license October 24, October 31, November 7, and November 14 from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM with lunch will be 12:00 PM until 1:00 PM.  The cost will be $18.95 for study material and $14.00 for the FCC license.  Bring a photo ID.   The classes will be in the old jail building, 711 Broadway St., Jourdanton.

This class is for the Technician Class license.  

For further information contact Hugo B. South at 830-281-2408

ACARC’s webpage is found at

Sep 13

The FCC examinations will be held on 19 September 2009 from 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM at the First Pentecostal Church of Atascosa, 70 County Road  431 (this road is south off SH97 across from South Texas Medical Center next to the fire works stand) in Jourdanton, TX.  Please bring a photo copy of existing license, photo ID,  and $14.00 for the FCC examinations.  For further information please contact Hugo B. South, 830-281-2408.

ACARC’s webpage is found at

Aug 17

More photos from the August 15th Cowboy Homecoming in Pleasanton, TX where Atascosa County Amateur Radio Club WA5AR had a demonstration station.  This country fair had all the usual amentities like rooster roping, bull riding, pony rides, beauty queens, home-made jewelry, ham station demonstrations, and oops!  even Longhorn Mobile operations? 

Click on photos below for larger view.


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