Jun 19

Grand Prize: ICOM IC-718 HF All Band Transceiver, 100W\

Royce Bell – KX7Q – San Antonio, TX picked up

2nd Prize: Yaesu FTM-6000R Dual Band FM Mobile Transceiver

Tom Scott N5GIT – – Schertz, Tx picked up


3rd Prize: Baofeng UV-5RX3 5W Tri-band 2M (*)

Byrne, Paul S, K5CIP San Antonio, TX 78247


4th Prize: Baofeng UV-9G – GMRS  GMRS IP67 Waterproof Radio (*)
Laubach, Walter r, KA5HQU Leon Valley, Tx 78240-3335


5th Prize: Baofeng GT5R 4W/1W Dual Band Radio (*)
Bower, Gerald D, KI5RRH Garden Ridge, TX 78266


6th Prize:Baofeng UV-5RTP 8W/4W/1W Dual Band (*)


Paul Guido donated to VE testing

7th Prize: ToAuto DS90 Soldering Station 110V
Cater, Brian E, KC5YSM Port Neches, TX 77651

(*) Handhelds generously donated by Baofeng

Jun 16

San Antonio, Texas –Radio Fiesta 2023 – Now a 2 day Summer event

A long time tradition in San Antonio is the San Antonio Radio Club’s annual Radio Fiesta. This event brings together amateur radio operators, vendors, and those interested in the hobby for a day of exploration, testing, and informational sessions.

Radio Fiesta 2023 is scheduled for Friday, June 16 and Saturday, June 17, 2023, with setup for dealers and flea market participants on the morning before opening to public. The operating hours will be 1:00 – 5:00 pm Friday and 8:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m. on Saturday, June 17, 2023. In addition to expanded number of dealer and flea market tables, there will be a tailgate area on Saturday, a program of presentations, and amateur radio license testing.
For information visit https://w5sc.org/radio-fiesta-2023-information/ or email radiofiesta@w5sc.org

Event has handicap access, dealers/vendors, flea market, QSL card checking, seminars, refreshments, tailgating, VE exams, raffles, and door prizes

Apr 9

Ham meet up Saturday April 10 from 9 am to? At or near the Joske Pavilion at Brackenridge Park. Talk-in available on the AA5RO 147.380 repeater.

Bring portable and mobile equipment.and stuff to sell/trade. Tables have grills so bring family and friends for a day of fun!


Dec 24

The HAMster VHF/UHF Weak Signal Group

5th Annual Lunch & Learn + Swap Meet

February 2nd 2019 @ 8:am

American Red Cross: 3642 E Houston St, San Antonio, Tx

Technical Training, Spaghetti Luncheon, VE Testing plus swap meet

RAFFLE of Multiple prizes/Grand Prize Yaesu FT-920 with Desk Microphone


{Spaghetti Luncheon, Soda.Water — coffee in morning}

Swap meet Table setup – 7:15 am to 8:am

Event Schedule


Time: Rm #: Presenter: Event:_________________________________________

7:15 N/A N/A Check in and Raffle Ticket purchases

7:15 #4-5 KG5OMX Swap Meet Check in and table setup

8:am #1-2 N5XO Introduction to VHF/UHF Weak Signal & HAMster Group

9:am #1 N7LRY Quadrifilar Helix Antenna. A surprising performer

9:am # 2 WA5FRF Antennas and Propagation

9:am #3 N5XO Is your Coax Charging you a TAX?

10:30 #1 K5VH Antenna Basics and Design

10:30 #2 N7LRY Analyzer Tools to get you that last db

11:30-13:30 Lunch is served and SWAP MEET OPENS

13:30 #1 KC5ULU How to build a 2 meter 4 element quad for under $50

13:30 #2 KA2GZW Traffic Handing-How to create a message and send it

13:30 #3 K0MHC Introduction to VHF Roving

13:30 Meeting Rm VE TEAM VE Testing for New Hams & Upgrades


Raffle Grand Prizes

FT-920 100 Watt HF/6 Meter Radio with Desk Microphone

Yaesu HT, VX-5 with desk Charger

Jun 25

2ND Annual HAMSTER Lunch and Learn Event

JULY 1ST 2017

Welcome to the HAMster Weak Signal Group Lunch and Learn. The purpose of this event is to bring a large group of HAMs together for some education and fun. We want to introduce you not only to the HAMster Group, but also to VHF/UHF Dxing. If you have never experienced the trhill of working stations on 2 metersa nd up 500, 1000 or even 1,500 miles, with daily contacts in the 100 to 150 mile range, then come join us.

Join us for Hot Dogs, Chips, Soda and VE Session with VHF/UHF training classes. Special Weak Signal Training by FLEX Radio, and the HAMster Group.

Flex Radio will be on hand to demonstrate the new products and advantages for VHF/UHF Weak Signal/EME/Meteor Scatter.

License Testing available for new hams or upgrades to your license will be held at 2pm. $15 per test taker. Please contact Pat AD5BR at HAMTEST@GMAIL.COM for details and to RSVP for the test session (not same address as used to register for the Lunch and Learn).

Raffle and Swap Meet



Saturday July 1st 2017
8:am Kick-Off to 3:Pm

Event to be held at the American Red Cross, 3642 E. Houston St, San Antonio, Tx. (Please use the Houston St side entrance to enter the building.)

RSVP to: N5xo@144200.net
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Jan 7

fiestalogoThe San Antonio Radio Fiesta is scheduled for Saturday, January 9, 2016 at the Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, Texas.

As everyone knows the weather was not in our favor last year, but we had a good turnout considering.

The Schertz Civic Center offers more floor space and tables in the exhibit hall. We will have a meeting area that will seat approximately 180 people, plus a meeting area for VE testing. With four programs scheduled plus the winter meeting of the Texas VHF Society (hopefully), we believe our attendance will increase.

– Rowena Archer, KF5JCZ, Event Chairman

Radio Fiesta CrowdSAN ANTONIO

The Amateur Radio Fiesta will be Saturday, January 9, 2016.

  • HOURS: 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Saturday.
  • LOCATION: Schertz Civic Center – 1400 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX
  • TALK IN FREQUENCY: 146.940 (-, 179.9)
  • Amateur Radio Fiesta set up:
    • Friday Night – 4 to 9 pm
    • Saturday – Set up starting at 6:30 am with the doors opening at 8 am.
  • Admission Ticket: $10 at the door
  • Dealer Tables: $14 at the door, if available
  • Flea Market Tables: $10 at the door, if available
  • Tailgate Spaces: 1 free with purchase of an admission ticket to hall, (extra tailgate space) $5 each
  • Extra Prize Tickets: $1 each or 12 for $10

Also, If you want to join, or renew your membership, with the San Antonio Radio Club, you can save $3 by paying at the Radio Fiesta. Look for the SARC table near the front entrance. Dues: $12 for entire family by Jan 9 ($15 after). Sign up every ham in your family for one low price! Cheapest club rates in town (compared with those groups who charge annual dues)!

For additional information on our great programs and schedule of events, please view our PDF Flyer at http://w5sc.org/2016%20webpage%20flyer%20B.pdf.

Oct 22

The South Central Texas Meet, Greet And Swap Fest Is Back! October 25th 2014 That’s right it’s that time again for all of us radio enthusiasts to get together to eat some Bar-B-Que, swap/sell, and talk about the hobby.

So how much does it cost?

• Admission: FREE
• Bar-B-Que Plate: FREE
• Tables for the swap: FREE (may have to bring your own)

That’s right we had a such a great time last year getting to meet everyone that this year there will be no charge for anything. The only money you will spend will be for whatever you buy at the swap tables.

What about Prizes? Your attendance will automatically enter you into the prize drawing. All you have to do is make sure you get your hand stamped when you arrive to get your prize ticket. You must be 18 or older to enter into the drawing, and you must be present to win. Prize details coming soon! We are accepting donations to help with the prizes, drinks, and cleaning supplies Donating is OPTIONAL, and is not required to come to the Meet and Greet. If you are interested in donating you can email Don at: donpritchett81@yahoo.com

When and Where? Saturday October 25, 2014 8:30 AM until 12:30 PM Food will be served at 10:30 AM Raffle is at 11:30 AM Niemietz Park, 608 W FM-78, Cibolo, TX 78108 (Do not use google maps,they are off.)

For more information visit us at: www.bigradiotx.com

Sep 17

If you’re bored and you know it, charge your batteries, dust off those emergency go-kits sitting in the garage, and get your radios programmed to work these upcoming events.  Even if you aren’t bored, it’s still that time of year anyway.

radio_critterI know more help is really needed for the two upcoming bike rides on September 21st and October 12-13th. I’m pretty sure that all of the other events will be grateful for some extra ham help as well.

Where available, I have listed email address links for the contact person. If you don’t see a contact link, or are unsuccessful in contacting them, please feel free to contact me direct for more info or help. – Lee N5NTG

  • September 21st – OLPH Wildcat Ride and Run – Jeremy KE5ELI
  • September 28-29th – Texas QSL Party
  • October 5th – Belton HamExpo
  • October 5th – BikeMS150 San Antonio Training / Briefing meeting for hams / volunteers at 10am – Lee N5NTG.
  • October 12-13th – BikeMS150 San Antonio. 2 day event. SARO Ham Club. Charlie KC5NKK
  • October 19th – JOTA at the McGimmsey Scout Park. SARC Club – Bob K5AUW
  • October 19th – Alamo Area Law Enforcement Explorer Competition (AALEEC) at SW High School – Dave W5QS
  • October 26-27th – Cactus Rose Run (36 hour 5:30am Sat -5:30pm Sun) – Bandera Hill Country State Natural Area (100 mile). REACT Team – Louis K5STX
  • November 2nd – UC Veterans Day Parade. REACT Team – Lee N5NTG
  • November 2-3th – Tour de Gruene – GVARC ham club. Mike WQ5C
  • November 17th – San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon – AARO – Lee N5NTG
  • December 6-7th – National Skywarn Recognition Weekend – New Braunfels NWS Office – 24 hour event (6pm-6pm) over 2 days – Louis K5STX
  • December 14th – Christmas Parade at Canyon Lake / Sattler – REACT – Wade W5ERX
  • January 11th – San Antonio Radio Fiesta – (Schertz TX) SARC Club – W5SC.ORGRowena KF5JCZ
  • January 11-12th – Bandera 100K Run at Hill Country State Natural Area (state park) 24 hour event over 2 days – Louis K5STX
Jul 31


new-hotelOur 30th Anniversary! 

Once again it’s time for fun in the sun in central Texas as we make the Capital City the place to be in the middle of the Texas summer.  Come and enjoy old friends, the swapfest, and all the events at Austin Summerfest 2013, and the ARRL Texas State Convention.  And as always, we also host the Summer Meeting of the Texas VHF-FM Society. 

Dates: August 2 & 3, 2013
Where: Crowne Plaza  –   6121 North IH-35,  Austin, Texas 78752 (NE Corner of IH-35N & US 290E)

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Jul 17

This article was about the 2012 event and is now out dated. SEE THE 2013 Austin Summerfest Info here

Its once again time for the Summer Fest in Austin. This ham fest is like none other in the state! They offer different forums and classes on things such as Military radios and aircraft, Antenna building, DXing, Antique radios and Software Defined Radios (flex). Representatives from the ARRL and the TX-VHF Society will also be on hand. A short hop up to Austin is where all the fun happens!

When: August 3rd and 4th. Friday and Saturday (Friday from 6pm to 9pm and Saturday from 8am to 3:30)

Where: Austin Airport Marriott hotel on the south side of Austin.  It is at exit 228 (only 56 miles from I35 and 1604!)

Cost: $8 per person if paid in advance by July 25th. $10 at the door.

Here is a link to the Summer Fest web site: http://www.austinsummerfest.info/

Here is a link to the registration forms: http://www.austinsummerfest.info/images/stories/Flier2012.pdf

Continuing a Ham tradition!

 Once again it’s time for fun in the sun in central Texas as we make the Capital City the place to be in the middle of the Texas summer.  Come and enjoy old friends, the swapfest, and all the events at Austin Summerfest 2012, including the ARRL Texas State Convention.  And as always, we also host the Summer Meeting of the Texas VHF-FM Society.
August 3rd and 4th – Friday 6:00-9:00 PM & Saturday 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM
Same location as last year – Austin Marriott Airport South at 4415 South IH 35
Note: The 146.940 repeater requires a 107.2 input PL tone.

What Is It? Convention, presentations, and meetings, including civic, technical, and crafts events, and discussions, prizes, exams, and swapfests for amateur-radio operators, aspirants, dealers, and their families.
Where Is It? At the Austin Airport Marriott South, 4415 South IH-35 (Northbound access road, just South of the IH-35/Ben White Blvd.intersection). Please visit the DIRECTIONS page for more detailed instructions, including hints for GPS use.
When Is It? Friday August 3rd (registration 5:00 PM- 9:00 PM).  Indoor swapfest doors open at 6:00 PMand close at 9:00 PM with a special presentation on Antennas by Ward Silver N0AX from 7pm to 9pm.  On Saturday August 4th, 2012 (8:00 AM with swapping until 3:30 PM and dealers and sessions until4:30 PM).
How Much? $8.00 per person for advance registration, or $10.00 per person at the door.
What Prizes? Door prize drawings on Saturday until Noon. Final prizes at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday. MORE…
Facilities? Meetings and accommodations – check out the 2012 Flyer , Chart of Events , and Event Descriptions .
Registration? Advance registration closes out July 25. Please use the form on Page 2 of the 2012 Flyer.  Registration at the door begins at5:00 PM on Friday, August 3rd. Swapfest at 6:00 to 9:00 PM on Friday and from 8:00 AM to 3:30 and dealers and sessions until4:30 PM on Saturday. A full range of activities on Saturday.
Saturday Lunch? Lunch Buffet ($10.00 inclusive per person) – Chicken Fried Steak, Meatloaf,  Seasonal Vegetables, Chef’s Choice of Dessert, Iced Tea and/or Water with Coffee  Service
Hotel Accommodations? Enjoy the facilities of the Austin Airport Marriott South, or its sister facility in the same complex,the SpringHill Suites Austin South. If you’re visiting Austin, please consider staying at one of these hotelsfor the special Convention rate of $99 per room night. (As a bonus, the SpringHill Suites serve a complimentary continental breakfast.) Showing support for our hotels helps to ensure that we can continue to stage our Convention in highquality surroundings.

Special Features of this event include:

AMSAT, ARES,  HSMM-MESH, SDR, Vintage Radio. ARRL Forum,FCC License Exams, DX and Contest Session,

Weather Session, ARES Session, Microwave Forum, Indoor Swapfest, Tailgate Swapfest, Crafts & Skills, QRP, A Special Friday Night presentation, and the Summer Meeting of TX VHF-FM Society.


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