Feb 18

Looking for a Tower Climber to do some antenna work in Boerne.

I have been climbing towers and doing antenna work for over 40 years, not professionally but for the clubs I belonged to and different hams as well.  My body is telling me it is past time to quit doing this extracurricular activity as well as my XYL.

I have a climb that needs to be done sooner than later and I need an experienced climber to go up the two 70′ towers.  This must be done during the week because it involves using a Crane to lift the 12-element beam off the tower and lowering it to the ground to be repaired.  Then raised back up and installed back into the rotor, connect the feed line & waterproof.

You need to have your own personal climbing harness and safety helmet and hand tools.  I will supply ropes, pulleys and ground crew.

Contact me if this is something you could help me with.

73’s  Marsh  WA5UBO 


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

Mar 10

Here are the details for the March Fox Hunt:

We will have the next Southside Lyons Park on Sunday, 19 March, 0900 – 1200. Hud, W5ZBR, will hide the MicroFox (15mw). The Fox will be transmitting once a minute on 146.565Mhz.

Hunter’s starting point is any parking lot for the park. No need to wait for the group. As soon as 0900 hits, you can begin hunting. If you can’t be there at 0900, that’s ok. The hunt will continue after the first person finds it. The Fox will still be transmitting and hidden till 1200.

Please consider bringing non-hams out with you—especially kids who really seem to enjoy this activity. Fox Hunting is an excellent event for newcomers to radio as it doesn’t require a transmitter to find the Fox.

Park maps can be found at:


Those that find the Fox will need to follow the instructions on the card with the Fox to get credit.

The first person to find it will get the option to hide the Fox next month. Hud will monitor the AA5RO repeater 147.38 Pl 162.2 for talk-in and hints. Hints will be provided after 1100 if requested. He will also be monitoring 147.435 if you can’t reach the repeater.

If you have any other questions, please let me know at n9eod@n9eod.com

If you need instructions on how to build a simple directional antenna to aid in direction finding, please navigate to www.n9eod.com

Jul 16

With great sadness, Jim Devno KG5UHP a member of AARO went silent key yesterday. Cousin In-Law to Mario K5NKK. He was U.S. and Reserves Army. Mario asked AARO to pass this along via FB. Jim final QRT and 73s. God Speed. Prayers going out to the family.

Service Information: Friday the 29th July 2022
Place: Puentes & Son
14315 Judson Rd, San Antonio, TX 78233
Time: 1500 – 2000 (3pm – 8pm)
*Masks will be required for the safety and protection of the family and other loved ones.*

Date: Friday the 5th August 2022
Place: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery 1520 Harry Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX 78209
Time: 10:45-11:15
* his site will be shelter #5. This will be outside so mask is encouraged but not required*

Jun 25

As I’m writing this, I’m sitting out at Shavano Park City Hall where the San Antonio radio club is set up under the big pavilion. Lots of digital logging systems. Running voice and computer. There are cables everywhere, antennas everywhere. Just had some folks show up who were interested in learning about ham radio.  Within the first 15 or 20 minutes, they got her son on the radio, using the GOTA station.

May 16

Good evening.

I am a retired Marine writing a book about an October 1979 typhoon, fuel spill and fire at a U. S. Marine Corps training camp on the lower slopes of Mount Fuji, Japan. The incident left 73 injured — most of them Marines, many horribly burned. Thirteen died. 38 of the injured were evacuated from Japan to Brooke Army Medical Center.

Among the many people in San Antonio who rallied to help those Marines and their families were volunteer MARS operators who set up a station on the hospital’s seventh floor. They spent hours arranging phone patches for the Marines’ families — allowing them to avoid long-distance telephone charges while keeping relatives updated on their loved one’s health, and taking care of business in their hometowns.

The help made it easier for family members to remain by their Marine’s bedside — which doctors said increased patients’ likelihood of survival.

Would your club (sent ot SARC originally) by chance have any sort of historical records documenting this kind service? Might any of the volunteer operators who helped be available to share recollections?

I will be doing research in San Antonio from Saturday, May 21 until Saturday, May 28. Should it be possible to learn more about this aspect of the story of the Camp Fuji Marines, I would be most grateful for any available information.

More about me — and examples of my work — can be found at ChasHenry.com.

Thank you for your consideration.

Gratefully, and Semper Fidelis,
Chas Henry

Mobile: +1 703.303.3083

May 15

Photo from Radio Fiesta in a prior year

The 2022 Radio Fiesta is happening on June 17th-18th, the weekend before Field Day. Location is unchanged from the normal place, the Schertz Community Center. This event used to be held in January, but with the closure of the big Hamfest up in Plano, the San Antonio Radio Club was successful in taking over those days. Friday and Saturday this year.

There will be both Indoor and outdoor flea market areas on both days, with some big name vendors attending.
Admission is $10 and gets you in for both days. No discount for attending just 1 day, unfortunately. Tickets available online here on Eventbrite. But If you sign up to volunteer for 2 hours in some capacity, you can get free admission for both days.
There are multiple seminars both days and VE test sessions on Saturday only. No event admission needed if you are only doing the testing and not wanting to go inside for everything else.
Apr 25

Important re FCC FRN! Please do this before your ham exam day.

The FCC requires you to obtain an FRN (FCC Registration Number) from them and use it instead of a Social Security number on your ham exam paperwork. If you have already obtained an FRN from the FCC, be sure to bring it with you and use it on the paperwork for your exam.

You only need one FRN. (Hams and GMRS licensees already have an FRN on their license.) If you do not have an FRN please do this. Go to


In the middle of the page you should see “Need a Username?” Under that, click Register.

You then will give information to the FCC, will create a password, and will obtain an FRN.


Bring the following items to your exam in addition to that very important FRN number. (Ham licenses have an FRN.)

Ham license (if you are a ham) and any CSCE newer than your ham license. Bring a copy we can send with your paperwork. Please contact me if you need help getting a printed copy of your license.

A government-issued photo ID (preferably drivers license)

Form NCVEC 605 (updated March 2018) filled out and printed on your computer or in black ink, from

Black pen and a pencil

A simple calculator may be helpful. No phones, no iPads, etc.

Earplugs that only reduce sound (no electronic device) may help you to concentrate if noise bothers you.

$15 session fee — exact change, please

You may have heard about an FCC application fee. It will not be paid on the date of the exam. New licensees will receive an email from the FCC with details about paying the $35 application fee directly to the FCC after you pass your exam. That email will be very important and it will explain that your payment to the FCC is due in a very short time, or you will not receive your license.

Youth without a government-issued photo ID need two documents for identification. Suitable documents include a school report card, birth certificate, and a Social Security card.

Study link

I highly recommend this web site’s flash cards and practice tests.


Select “Read Questions” and it will focus on just the correct answers. If you tap the top right corner of the card, you will see an explanation of the answer. Many of our test candidates have found that the flash cards there help them to review/study more thoroughly than other practice tests.


Pat Knight AD5BR
210-273-5927 iPhone

Feb 28

Just a quick update to let you know who our new Officers and Board of Directors for 2022-23 are.

President – James Bell KG5USB
Vice-President – Jim Wilken N5VL
Secretary – Robert Orta KI5TND
Treasurer – Sparky Macias N5GPM

Continuing Board Members: – 1 year remaining:
Wayne Bortner K5NCW
Rachel Wilken K5RWW

Reelected or Newly Elected remaining Members – 2 year term:
Joel Dixon K1JTD
Bill Chapman K5GGB
Jon Riely KU5I
David Wendel KJ6DW

Larry Boudreau W5LDB will fill the remaining 1 year term vacated by Sparky. Larry is also the liaison to the USS Lexington

The coming year will be an active one as we come out of Covid. We look forward to any input you may have,
after all, STARC is your club.

South Texas Amateur Radio Club


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