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locked DIGITAL RADIO CLUB

Bill Craft
 


There is a area club specifically for Yaesu System Fusion (C4FM)
www.sadrc.net 
You can download membership form from them and join for FREE 

They have a number of repeaters that support C4FM & Wires X- they have a net every Wednesday at 1930
Wires X: 40324 SADRC
YSF # 834398 US SADRC
FCS 003 Room 46


locked Re: Want to take a General class?

Pat Knight AD5BR
 

Bill,

I do not know who asked you a question about the General class, but I can guarantee that the Technician material will not be covered adequately for someone to pass the Tech exam if they only take the General class. Dan’s pdf for the Tech class is free, and can be downloaded from

KB6NU's No-Nonsense No-Code Study Guides
https://www.kb6nu.com/study-guides

The pdf for the Tech guide is free. The pdf files for the General and Extra guides each are $9.97 (maybe plus tax).

73,
Pat Knight AD5BR
210-273-5927 iPhone

On Apr 5, 2021, at 7:15 PM, Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:

No it doesn't. Since I haven't seen the content I can't say if it will help you with technician, however you can take technician test( an if you pass) then take the general immediately there after. Saves paying extra fee. 
Bill 


locked Re: Want to take a General class?

Bill Craft
 

No it doesn't. Since I haven't seen the content I can't say if it will help you with technician, however you can take technician test( an if you pass) then take the general immediately there after. Saves paying extra fee. 
Bill 


locked Re: Want to take a General class?

Kaysone Luangkhoth
 

Does the class require you to have your technician license? I'm still studying for my technician license.


locked Want to take a General class?

Bill Craft
 

Want to take a General class?
 

Hi--

I've finally set the date for the online General Class. The class will start on Monday, May 3, 2021 and consist of eight, two-hour sessions starting at 8 pm CDT (6pm PDT) and running until 10 pm CDT (8pm PDT). The eight sessions will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, May 3
  • Thursday, May 6
  • Monday, May 10
  • Thursday, May 13
  • Monday, May 17
  • Thursday, May 20
  • Monday, May 24
  • Thursday, 27

The cost is $40 for adults. High school and college students can attend for free. If you’re a student, all you have to do to register is send an email to cwgeek@... stating that you want to take the class. All others can register using PayPal or Amazon Pay here.

I’ll be using my No-Nonsense General-Class License Study Guide (for tests given between July 2019 and June 2023). It’s available as an ebook, paperback book, or audiobook.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Dan KB6NU 

cwgeek@...

 


locked Ron Berry WA5BUG goes silent key

Bill Craft
 

To those of you who have not heard, Ron Berry WA5BUG recently passed away from injuries sustained from falling off his roof.   This is really sad since he was instrumental in keeping the 147.000 repeater on the air and probably keeping other repeaters in the area up and running.  To those who knew him, he was an asset to our hobby for sure.  I haven't seen him in a while but I did help him in taking down a tower in Seguin a few years back.  
 
It's sad when one of "us" goes to that great big tower up in the sky.  My heart goes out to his wife Rita, in this time of her grief.  
 
Joe Bruno 
210-363-9500 
W5AUQ 


locked FCC License fees

Bill Craft
 

The FCC Report & Order on new licensing fees that was adopted in
December 2020 was published on Friday, March 19, 2021.
 
     As we all remember, the FCC originally proposed to burden Amateur
Radio with a licensing fee of $50.00. This was vigorously opposed both
by the ARRL and Amateur Radio licensees across the nation. Although we
were not successful in persuading the FCC to exempt Amateur Radio
completely, the combined efforts of the ARRL and many individual Hams
did result in the FCC’s agreement to reduce the $50 fee to $35.00.
 
     Although the majority of the new rules and fees become effective 30
days after the publication of the FCC’s Report & Order — April 19,
2021 — the new fees for Amateur Radio license fees will NOT become
effective on April 19, 2021.
 
     The FCC explicitly stated on Page 15061, Paragraph 44 of the Report
& Order (https://tinyurl.com/y52ff2zy):
 
            It is further ordered that Commission’s rules are amended
as set forth in in the back of this summary, and such rule amendments
shall be effective 30 days after the date of publication in the Federal
Register — except for §§ 1.1102, …., — which require notice to
Congress and also require certain updates to the FCC’s information
technology systems and internal procedures to ensure efficient and
effective implementation. Sections 1.1102, …. will not take effect
until
              (1) the requisite notice has been provided to Congress;
              (2) the FCC’s information technology systems and
internal procedures have been updated; and
              (3) the Commission publishes notice(s) in the Federal
Register announcing the effective date of such rules.
 
     Section 1.1102 is the section of the Report that applies to Amateur
Radio.
 
     It is the opinion of the ARRL’s FCC counsel that the three
prerequisites will NOT be completed before this summer. But, whenever
those conditions have been met, the Report is clear that the FCC will
provide advance notice of the actual date the new licensing fees will
become effective.
 
     Thus it is not necessary for VECs to collect, or for any new
licenses to pay, any license fees until the FCC publicly publishes in
the Federal Register the date on which such fees must be
collected/paid.
 
     So, encourage everyone to get their licenses before this summer —
it will save them $35.00.
 
John Robert Stratton
N5AUS
West Gulf Division Director
 
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ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: John Robert Stratton, N5AUS
n5aus@...
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locked SK - Andrew Watson K5NNN - March 10, 2021

Lee Besing
 

This post from his wife, Carol, contains sad news.    
_______________

It is with a broken heart that I share the news that my husband, business partner, and best friend, Andrew J. Watson, 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@....  Please provide your name and contact information in the email.

Condolences may be sent to friendsofandrewwatson@... or mailed to 3530 Huntwick Lane, San Antonio, TX 78230. The family is grieving and unable to respond to personal calls at this time.  Andrew did not wish to have a funeral service.  Information will be forthcoming regarding the family's decision on how to best celebrate Andrew's life.  Your prayers for the family are appreciated.
___________

--end of Carol Watson's message--

Lee Besing
210-771-7075
San Antonio TX


locked March 11 meeting guest speaker presentation

Bill Craft
 

If you missed the last meeting and our guest speaker's presentation on his new antenna design. Special design for HF in HOA constricted neighborhoods.
We uploaded the ZOOM presentation to our youtube chanel.
   
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWWPbeZ-xC0


locked Thursday's Meeting Presentation

Bill Craft
 

MARCH SPEAKER The March meeting will feature a presentation and discussion (VIA Zoom) of a new antenna design and the technology behind it by Dr. Jack Nilsson, N8NDL. As an inventor, Dr. Jack Nilsson, N8NDL has been creating out-of-the-box antenna designs for over 25 years. His antenna technology is based on his unique 3-dimensional understanding of electromagnetic radio waves and their interactions with the world around us.
 
One of his passionate goals, which he has succeeded in, was increasing reliable range by focusing on improving the drop-outs of signal, thereby reducing the fluctuations. His understanding and utilization of polarizations and spatial characteristics in both the electric and particularly more recently, the magnetic fields, is revolutionary. The actual physical designs he has created are radical in shape, and represent a merging of art and science.
 
Having been with different companies through the years (ComWAVZ, WiFi-PLUS, MPAntenna, CRI) his antenna designs have found their way to a vast array of users and applications including WiFi WMAN, government two-way radio (municipal, state, Federal), military, Secret Service (Technology Medal Awarded to Dr. Nilsson from the USA Secret Service), FBI, Homeland Security, cell/data vehicle (MDT) and indoor (DAS/BDA) systems, commercial two-way radio, amateur radio and scanner use. Each of his many patented designs are unique, and substantially out perform traditional antenna technology.

These antennas are available through several online amateur radio sellers

Join Zoom Meeting
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Meeting ID: 815 6813 8252
Passcode: 6XvfXL
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Meeting ID: 815 6813 8252
Passcode: 858029
Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kySECMXIJ


locked Re: TEXAS TRAFFIC NET

Don Jones
 

I put in a lot of time in both nets or actually all nets and trained many people. Great to see the nets are still around. A primary purpose of HAM Radio.

de W5JX 73's 

Donald Lee Jones 
122 Saratoga Dr. 
San Antonio, Texas 78213-3543 
Cell Telephone (210) 374-1776 
n5wsw@... or dj1072@...

The totality of adults’ experiences provides the lens through which they see the world.


On Wednesday, February 24, 2021, 04:02:23 PM CST, Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:


As an independent net and member of the National Traffic System (NTS),  the net passes radio traffic into and out of the state of Texas via Amateur Radio.  The net can normally be heard Monday - Saturdays  from 0830 to 0930 on 7285khz and  Monday-Saturday  from 1830-1930  on 3873khz Central time .  Our alternate night frequency is 3877khz.  In the event of an emergency event, such as tropical storms/hurricanes the net may be activated.  All amateur operators with a General Class or higher ham license are welcomed to check into the net.    OUR ALTERNATE NIGHT FREQUENCY IS 3877khz.
http://www.daytimetexastrafficnet7285.org
YOU CAN LISTEN OVER THE INTENET USING WEB SDR

Listen to Day Net 

Listen to Night Net Select (LSB)


locked TEXAS TRAFFIC NET

Bill Craft
 

As an independent net and member of the National Traffic System (NTS),  the net passes radio traffic into and out of the state of Texas via Amateur Radio.  The net can normally be heard Monday - Saturdays  from 0830 to 0930 on 7285khz and  Monday-Saturday  from 1830-1930  on 3873khz Central time .  Our alternate night frequency is 3877khz.  In the event of an emergency event, such as tropical storms/hurricanes the net may be activated.  All amateur operators with a General Class or higher ham license are welcomed to check into the net.    OUR ALTERNATE NIGHT FREQUENCY IS 3877khz.
http://www.daytimetexastrafficnet7285.org
YOU CAN LISTEN OVER THE INTENET USING WEB SDR

Listen to Day Net 

Listen to Night Net Select (LSB)


locked a stress reliever,

Bill Craft
 

 
 
 

 

Giphy

At one time or another, we’ve all pulled up a YouTube video of a crackling fireplace to relax, “keep warm,” or entertain dinner party guests. YouTube ambience rooms are just like ’em, but they’re leveled up with animated scenery and soothing soundscapes that create a whole vibe. These videos can be a stress reliever, an escape from your desk view, or a WFH soundtrack. Whether you’re missing your local coffee shop or want to lounge in the Gryffindor common room, here are my personal favorite ambience picks: 

  • The medieval alchemist lab, where you can hear the making of potions and elixirs. 
  • Spend your workday in a 24/7 coffee shop. Come for the hygge atmosphere, stay for the smooth jazz or raindrops on the window. 
  • Pop into 221B Baker Street, where you can listen to London’s street-sweepers while sitting by a crackling fireplace.  
  • If you miss the library stacks, power through a study session in an 18th century library
  • A hacker’s room in a cyberpunk city. 


locked HELP NEEDED ON TOWER

Bill Craft
 

I have an Aluma Tower 75 feet crank up/ tilt over ready to mount two light antennas, raise to vertical (it has a tilt winch fixture), check for vertical plumb, install 3rd base bolt and adjust then guy down and tension using my pre made spec guy wire sets  and Big Grip Dead Ends (3 sets of 3).  I am willing to pay well but I need a skilled tower man who can schedule me pretty soon.
this is my first crank up tower so I need experienced help that have guyed those down before. 
 
Can you recommend  someone?
 
Thank you!
 
Phillip, WI5O
My number is 830-491-9067 


locked ZOOM Meetings - see calendar for codes and dates

Bill Craft
 

A reminder the ZOOM codes for meetings are located in our calendar. 

main@saradioclub.groups.io | Calendar


locked Trading Post

Bill Craft
 

Lots of new stuff listed in our trading post
https://w5sc.org/adverts/

It's FREE to use, so if you have something collecting dust, put it up for sale.


locked Webpage for Cancelled Hamfests

Bill Craft
 

Webpage for Cancelled Hamfests. The ARRL has created a webpage that will search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database for canceled events. >> Click Here <<


locked Contest University Holds Propagation Summit

Bill Craft
 

Contest University Holds Propagation Summit
January 23, 2021, Contest University will present “The 2021 Propagation Summit”. This four-hour presentation will cover the following topics:
“Update on the Personal Space Weather Station Project & HamSCI activities for 2021” – Dr. Nathaniel Frissell, W2NAF
“Solar Cycle 25 Predictions & Progress” – Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA
“Maximizing Performance of HF Antennas with Irregular Terrain” – Dr. James Breakall, WA3FET
“HF Ionospheric Propagation” – Frank Donovan, W3LPL

It’s FREE! Sign up here: https://www.contestuniversity.com/


locked Re: Amateur Radio licensing fees

Don Jones
 

We did this to ourselves next; they'll take our band spectrum.

So-Sad! :-( 


Good question, Mike.

And I am still replacing equipment, but hear no one.

Thank you,

Don Jones
A Student of Life & Life-Long Learner
The totality of adults’ experiences provides the lens through which they see the world.




Donald Lee Jones 
122 Saratoga Dr. 
San Antonio, Texas 78213-3543 Cell 
Telephone (210) 374-1776 
n5wsw@... or dj1072@...



On Wednesday, December 30, 2020, 02:09:25 PM CST, Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:


The FCC has adopted a decision in the matter of Amateur Radio licensing
fees — in a remarkably short time in comparison to other FCC NPRM
proceedings.

     The FCC, based on input from the ARRL and its Members, agreed to
lower the "Personal License Application Fee" that applies to Amateur
Radio licensees from $50 to $35. Unfortunately, it did not accept the
ARRL and its Members' argument that due to the services provided by
Amateur Radio that the fee should be $0.00.

     Go to https://tinyurl.com/y7mso3x4 for the FCC's complete Report &
Order.




John Robert Stratton
N5AUS
West Gulf Division Director


locked Re: Amateur Radio licensing fees

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

So, I don't operate much. If I were to not renew my license, and at just before 2 years expired renew, $35? Or would I owe that plus $70? They are really trying to get blood out of a turnip....

-Mike Check
MPO-TCOLE

-VIA MOBILE-

On Wed, Dec 30, 2020, 14:09 Bill Craft <billc851@...> wrote:
The FCC has adopted a decision in the matter of Amateur Radio licensing
fees — in a remarkably short time in comparison to other FCC NPRM
proceedings.

     The FCC, based on input from the ARRL and its Members, agreed to
lower the "Personal License Application Fee" that applies to Amateur
Radio licensees from $50 to $35. Unfortunately, it did not accept the
ARRL and its Members' argument that due to the services provided by
Amateur Radio that the fee should be $0.00.

     Go to https://tinyurl.com/y7mso3x4 for the FCC's complete Report &
Order.




John Robert Stratton
N5AUS
West Gulf Division Director

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