Date   

Web Site Updated

Paul Guido
 

I moved the older information about the Red Cross working with the
Texas floods, the Global EmComm Conference in August, The 41st Central
States VHF Society Conference and Austin Summerfest to the Web Archive
Page.

I added that Richard Elder, WB5ACN will make a presentation on antennas
at the August 9th meeting and that September's meeting is on Thursday
the 13th.

73

N5IUT


[bexar_cert] Fwd: CERT Train the Trainer class

Erik Smith <w5ets@...>
 

Erik Smith <txfireman80@yahoo.com> wrote: To: BCESR <bexar_county_e_s_r@yahoogroups.com>,
Bexar County CERT Group <bexar_cert@yahoogroups.com>
From: Erik Smith <txfireman80@yahoo.com>
Date: Fri, 3 Aug 2007 04:17:35 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [bexar_cert] Fwd: CERT Train the Trainer class

Info for anyone who might be interested in taking the train the trainer class

Erik Smith, W5ETS
Webmaster / Amateur Radio Coordinator - Bexar County Emergency Scene Rehab
http://www.bexarcountyrehab.org
Instructor - Community Emergency Response Team
(210) 710-9161



Dear Fellow Instructors and Council Members:

The Texas Association of Regional Councils is providing Bexar County with one CERT Train the Trainer Course this year. The class has been scheduled for late September. Please see the information below and forward to anyone you feel may be interested in attending this training. The class was posted online a week ago and is starting to fill up. Please encourage anyone who is interested to apply as quickly as possible to ensure getting a spot in the class. As always, should you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Below are the specifics:

CERT Train the Trainer
Instructed by TEEX
September 18-21, 2007
8 am to 5 pm (Tuesday thru Thursday) and half day Friday
San Antonio Fire Training Academy
300 S. Callaghan Rd.
SA, TX 78227

Register online at
http://www.txregionalcouncil.org/cc_cert/


Julie Martinez
Regional Citizen Corps Coordinator
Bexar County Office of Emergency Management
203 West Nueva St., Suite 302
San Antonio, TX 78207
210-335-0399
julie.martinez@bexar.org
citizencorps@bexar.org




Erik Smith, W5ETS
(210)710-9161 (cell)
txfireman80@yahoo.com
http://www.geocities.com/txfireman80 Personal Website (FIRE RELATED WEBSITE)
http://www.bexarcountyrehab.org Webmaster


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Re: Ball Mounts

davidftx@...
 

Thanks J.C. We ended up staying away from the bumper for a couple of reasons but mainly because a bumper mount would be a hazard for those getting in and out of the operations area of the vehicle. The doors on this thing swing all the way back and are almost flush with the sides. So anytime the back door(s) might be opened it would kill the antenna and mount and it would probably be me that would do it.

David F.

----- Original Message ----
From: J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 2, 2007 11:55:02 AM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Ball Mounts

David:

I have a bumper mount for the old chrome style car/truck bumpers. If a mount of this type is needed, I'll gladly donate it.

J C

----- Original Message -----
From: davidftx
To: W5SC@yahoogroups. com
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:38 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Ball Mounts

Shane, Charlie, and I looked at mounting the 47 MHz antenna and an
additional 2 Meter antenna on the Red Cross Emergency Communications
Vehicle last Tuesday. The sides are made of somewhat thin aluminum
as are most of the box corner pieces. The top is actually some kind
of foam and/or fiberglass laid out on cross supports of unknown
parentage.

Cutting the top of the box is not an option for a variety of
reasons. So the two antennas need to be side mounted on the port
side. The best mount appears to be a ball mount. Motorola made the
best ball mounts in the world, but they are long out of production.

Radio Shack markets one that is chrome plated with some plastic
parts. It is not going to last.

Hustler makes one that is stainless steel and not of high quality,
but it may be the only one that we can use. RF Engineering, and
others, resell this Hustler model.

As a reference point, the Hustler SS ball mount and spring (SSM-1)
typically sells new for about $66.00. The SS ball mount only (SSM-
2) sells for $29.00 to $39.00 Hustler also markets a chrome plated
ball mount (C-32) for $13.00 to $20.00 and these may be the what
Radio Shack is selling. We don't need any C-32's.

As some of you wander around aimlessly at the Austin Summerfest,
would you keep you eye out for deal on the SSM-1, the SSM-2, or more
importantly an old, complete Motorola ball mount in good shape. I
have no idea what the Motorola mounts go for. Don't pay retail for
the Hustler stuff, we can do that here.

I'll see that you get reimbursed when you get back.

David, K5OLE


Re: Ball Mounts

J C Smith
 

David:

I have a bumper mount for the old chrome style car/truck bumpers. If a mount of this type is needed, I'll gladly donate it.

J C

----- Original Message -----
From: davidftx
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, August 02, 2007 11:38 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Ball Mounts


Shane, Charlie, and I looked at mounting the 47 MHz antenna and an
additional 2 Meter antenna on the Red Cross Emergency Communications
Vehicle last Tuesday. The sides are made of somewhat thin aluminum
as are most of the box corner pieces. The top is actually some kind
of foam and/or fiberglass laid out on cross supports of unknown
parentage.

Cutting the top of the box is not an option for a variety of
reasons. So the two antennas need to be side mounted on the port
side. The best mount appears to be a ball mount. Motorola made the
best ball mounts in the world, but they are long out of production.

Radio Shack markets one that is chrome plated with some plastic
parts. It is not going to last.

Hustler makes one that is stainless steel and not of high quality,
but it may be the only one that we can use. RF Engineering, and
others, resell this Hustler model.

As a reference point, the Hustler SS ball mount and spring (SSM-1)
typically sells new for about $66.00. The SS ball mount only (SSM-
2) sells for $29.00 to $39.00 Hustler also markets a chrome plated
ball mount (C-32) for $13.00 to $20.00 and these may be the what
Radio Shack is selling. We don't need any C-32's.

As some of you wander around aimlessly at the Austin Summerfest,
would you keep you eye out for deal on the SSM-1, the SSM-2, or more
importantly an old, complete Motorola ball mount in good shape. I
have no idea what the Motorola mounts go for. Don't pay retail for
the Hustler stuff, we can do that here.

I'll see that you get reimbursed when you get back.

David, K5OLE


Ball Mounts

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Shane, Charlie, and I looked at mounting the 47 MHz antenna and an
additional 2 Meter antenna on the Red Cross Emergency Communications
Vehicle last Tuesday. The sides are made of somewhat thin aluminum
as are most of the box corner pieces. The top is actually some kind
of foam and/or fiberglass laid out on cross supports of unknown
parentage.

Cutting the top of the box is not an option for a variety of
reasons. So the two antennas need to be side mounted on the port
side. The best mount appears to be a ball mount. Motorola made the
best ball mounts in the world, but they are long out of production.

Radio Shack markets one that is chrome plated with some plastic
parts. It is not going to last.

Hustler makes one that is stainless steel and not of high quality,
but it may be the only one that we can use. RF Engineering, and
others, resell this Hustler model.

As a reference point, the Hustler SS ball mount and spring (SSM-1)
typically sells new for about $66.00. The SS ball mount only (SSM-
2) sells for $29.00 to $39.00 Hustler also markets a chrome plated
ball mount (C-32) for $13.00 to $20.00 and these may be the what
Radio Shack is selling. We don't need any C-32's.

As some of you wander around aimlessly at the Austin Summerfest,
would you keep you eye out for deal on the SSM-1, the SSM-2, or more
importantly an old, complete Motorola ball mount in good shape. I
have no idea what the Motorola mounts go for. Don't pay retail for
the Hustler stuff, we can do that here.

I'll see that you get reimbursed when you get back.

David, K5OLE


[STXARES] Austin Summerfest Updates and Parking Request

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>
 

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Dallas <mylastname@yahoo.com>
Date: Aug 1, 2007 9:59 AM
Subject: [STXARES] Austin Summerfest Updates and Parking Request
To: Texashams <texashams@yahoogroups.com>, Austinhams <
austinhams@yahoogroups.com>, STXARES <stxares@yahoogroups.com>, Bastrop ARES
<bastropares@yahoogroups.com>, WCARC <WCARC@yahoogroups.com>, WC-ARES <
WC-ARES@yahoogroups.com>

FYI to all

Updated Info:
Tailgate Parking Rules have been added to the Swapfest page of the web site:
http://www.austinsummerfest.org/swapfest.html All Tailgate Sellers and
Tailgate Security folks should read/follow/enforce them...

Parking Request:
I dove through the hotel parking lot this morning... There are 8 -10
construction containers and 1 huge dumpster taking up lots of parking
spaces... I request that you car pool and if you really want to help out.
drop off your passengers at the hotel and park over in the Home Depot
parking lot in the Overflow Parking area... See the Parking page of the web
site for a map... http://www.austinsummerfest.org/parking.html We will be
using the Hotel Shuttle from 6-8 and have a hired Shuttle from 8-1...

Directions can be gotten at:
http://www.austinsummerfest.org/directions.html

Talk-in Info is at:
http://www.austinsummerfest.org/talk-in.html Note I still have
volunteer shifts open...


73 Dallas, KD4HNX











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Fw: [STXDXCC] QRV for V31MX

davidftx@...
 

This is from Jay Hoskelis, K0BCN, in Bandera. Jay was at our June meeting for the DXing presentation by W6WF.

Jay is leaving this Wednesday for Belize where he holds the call V31MX and will be working HF casually prior to the IOTA contest next weekend. See his schedule and listen for him on the bands listed below.

K5OLE


----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Jerald L Hoskelis <k0bcn@juno.com>
To: STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Sunday, July 22, 2007 10:14:18 AM
Subject: [STXDXCC] QRV for V31MX

I will be departing for Caye Caulker, Belize (NA-073) on 25 July, call
will be V31MX and will depart the morning of 1 Aug.
Due to airline weight limits, SSN number be low and the few antennas that
I'll be able to put up my plan is to try and be up late in the afternoon
of the 25th.
Since the only band that seems to be open is 20 meters I will be on CW
around 14.025 and SSB around 14260 to 14280 except during the IOTA
contest. If 17 opens I'll be on the low end of the CW and SSB band and
for 15 meters 21260. But at this time it does not look like there will be
much of opening on these bands.
73's
Jay
K0BCN/V31MX


San Antonio NOAA Weather Radio off the air

Shane O'Neal NS5D <shane@...>
 

I'm sending this in case any of you notice this and wanted to report it. The San Antonio NOAA weather radio station, WXK-67 on 162.550, is off the air as of Saturday evening.

The National Weather Service in New Braunfels is aware, and has already called their contractor to report the problem. Hopefully by the time you read this it will be back on the air.

Shane NS5D


Kenwood TK-801S

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>
 

Does anyone on the list have the equipment to program the Kenwood
TK-801S UHF mobile radio?

Please reply to me directly.

Thanks,
Shane NS5D


Re: SARC Meeting Thursday, July 12th 7:00PM on PSK 31 and the ECRV

Paul Guido
 

Information below posted to the website.

73

Paul, N5IUT

--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "Paul Guido" <radioteacher@...> wrote:

Amateur Radio and the San Antonio Radio Club just keep getting better
and better.

Last night the meeting was a huge success!

Lots of new faces and newly licensed hams were present.

Lee Shaw, KC5MC, did a great job bringing everyone up to date on the
current state of PSK31 software and interfacing. The live demo of
PSK31 was a busy area for questions and answers.

Red Cross visitors from Hawaii, California and Austin were present
and brought the Emergency Communications Response Vehicle (ECRV) 4707
from Blossom Athletic Center to Kcomm.

There are a lot of photos of the ECRV already on the W5SC.org
website.

More photos and PSK31 links will be added to the web site from last
nights meeting in the next 24 hours.

Thanks for coming to the meeting and being a member.

73
Paul, N5IUT


Re: 2007 IARU HF World Championship 7:00AM Saturday through 7:00AM Sunday

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

The correct N3FJP program is the "IARU HF Log" at n3fjp.com.

DX is tough today but SA and the Carribean are there on 15 and 20.
There are US stations everywhere including a few on 10 Meters.


--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "davidftx" <davidftx@...> wrote:


If you can tear yourself away from the arrival of Posh and Becks
for 24
hours, this weekend is great opportunity to get some HF experience
and
add countries to your log.



The 2007 IARU HF World Championship starts at 7:00AM Saturday and
runs
through 7:00AM Sunday.



Re: 2007 IARU HF World Championship 7:00AM Saturday through 7:00AM Sunday

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Here is a map of the ITU Zones:
http://www4.plala.or.jp/nomrax/ITU/index.html

Click on any zone in the index to get a detailed map.

K5OLE

--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "davidftx" <davidftx@...> wrote:


If you can tear yourself away from the arrival of Posh and Becks
for 24
hours, this weekend is great opportunity to get some HF experience
and
add countries to your log.



The 2007 IARU HF World Championship starts at 7:00AM Saturday and
runs
through 7:00AM Sunday.




2007 IARU HF World Championship 7:00AM Saturday through 7:00AM Sunday

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

If you can tear yourself away from the arrival of Posh and Becks for 24
hours, this weekend is great opportunity to get some HF experience and
add countries to your log.



The 2007 IARU HF World Championship starts at 7:00AM Saturday and runs
through 7:00AM Sunday.



To get a feel for the exchange listen to the contest for a while. If
you are in Texas, your report the other station is, "5-9, Zone
7". You always report 5-9 in a contest. The other station will
give you, "5-9, Zone XX", with XX being the other stations zone.
The other station does not want to know your name or how nice the
weather is, just exchange reports and find another station calling, "CQ
Contest". Do not ask for QSL information during the contest. Check
qrz.com <http://qrz.com/> for QSL info or contact me after the contest
if you are having trouble finding someone's address.



If you need a good log program that will check for dupes, check out
N3FJP's International Log at: http://www.n3fjp.com/
<http://www.n3fjp.com/> . Download it for free to play with it; PayPal
him $6.00 to use it in the contest.



The important parts of the rules are:



3. Date and Contest Period: The second full weekend of July, beginning
1200 UTC Saturday and ending 1200 UTC Sunday (July 14-15 2007). Both
Single and Multi operator stations may operate the entire 24-hour
period.

4. Entry Categories:
4.1. Single Operator
4.1.1. Categories
4.1.1.1. Phone only – High, Low and QRP power levels
4.1.1.2. CW only – High, Low, and QRP Power levels
4.1.1.3. Mixed mode – High, Low and QRP Power levels
4.1.2. One person performs all operating and logging functions.
4.1.3. Use of spotting nets or packet is not permitted.
4.1.4. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of
their country at all times.
4.1.5. Single operator stations are allowed only one transmitted
signal at any given time.

4.2. Multi Operator, Single Transmitter, Mixed Mode only
4.2.1. Must remain on a band and mode for at least 10 minutes before
changing bands or modes.
4.2.2. Only one transmitted signal is allowed at any given time.
4.2.2.1. You are not allowed a second radio that works only
multipliers.
4.2.3. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of
their country at all times.
4.2.4. Violation of the band change rules will reclassify the entry as
a checklog.

4.3. IARU Member Society HQ Station
4.3.1. May have only one transmitted signal per band mode (160 CW, 160
Phone, 80 CW, 80 Phone, 40 CW, 40 Phone, 20 CW, 20 Phone, 15 CW, 15
Phone, 10 CW, 10 Phone) at the same time.
4.3.2. All stations involved in an HQ operation must be in a single
ITU zone.
4.3.3. Only one HQ station callsign per member society per frequency
band is permitted.
4.3.4. All operators must observe the amateur radio regulations of
their country at all times.

5. Contest Exchange:
5.1. IARU member society HQ stations send signal report and official
IARU member society abbreviation. IARU International Secretariat club
station NU1AW counts as a HQ station. Members of the IARU
Administrative Council and the three IARU regional Executive committees
send "AC," "R1,""R2," and "R3" as
appropriate.

5.2. All others send signal report and ITU zone.

5.3 A complete exchange must be logged for each valid QSO.

6. Valid Contact:
6.1. The same station may be worked once per mode per band for QSO
credit.
6.1.1. Mixed-mode entries may work a station once per mode per band.

6.2. A station may only be worked for credit in the portion of the band
that is generally accepted for the mode used.
6.2.1. On any band, a station may be worked once on Phone (in the
Phone segment) and once on CW (in the CW segment).
6.2.2. Cross mode, cross band and repeater contacts are not valid
QSOs.

How to get started in a DX contest:

* Check the bands and move to the highest frequency open to your
location. Don't forget to check 10 and 15 Meters. 15 Meters is a
great DX band when it is open.
* Tune across the section of the band open to you for the mode you
are working, CW or SSB. Listen for stations calling, "CQ Contest,
CQ Contest".
* Answer the station with only your Call.
* He will come back acknowledging your call and give you your report.
* Give him your report which is, "5-9 Zone 7", if you are in
Texas.
* Move on through the band, "Searching and Pouncing" for
other DX stations.
* Remember that you can't work the same station twice on the same
band/mode. That is why dupe checking is a real plus. See the note at
the beginning about N3FJP's software.
* When you use up that band, move down to the next contest band and
do the same. Remember that WARC bands (17 and 12 Meters) are NOT
contest bands.
* You can call CQ too. Find a vacant spot on a band that is open and
call, "CO Contest, CQ Contest, this is K5OLE calling CQ
Contest", and then wait for a response. Calling CQ by a low power
US station is sometimes hard work in an international contest. But it
can be productive, especially in the middle of the night.
* After the contest, please submit your log even if you only make a
few contacts. Details for submission are in the rules.



Call me or email me if you have problems or questions during the
contest, don't wait until it is over to resolve a problem.



David

K5OLE

davidftx@swbell.net <mailto:davidftx@swbell.net>

210-710-8721



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ECRV 4707 supports the Red Cross during Texas Floods

Paul Guido
 

I posted a short article and lots of pictures or the Red Cross -
Emergency Communications Response Vehicle on the San Antonio Radio Club
web site. There is a link to the article from the home page at
http://w5sc.org/

For ECRV article, if you click on a picture you will get the full image
that the camera recorded.

73

Paul, N5IUT


W5SC.org Updated for July

Paul Guido
 

Added information for:

July's program - Getting Started With PSK 31 by Lee Shaw, KC5MC.

The 41st Central States VHF Society Conference San Antonio from July 26
through 29, 2007.

Austin Summerfest 2007! August 3rd and 4th 2007 at the Wyndham Garden
Hotel and Conference Center

The 2007 Global Amateur Radio Emergency Communications Conference GAREC-
07) is scheduled for Thursday and Friday, August 16-17 in Huntsville,
Alabama.

Paul, N5IUT


SARC Meeting Thursday, July 12th 7:00PM on PSK 31 at KCOMM

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

July's program will be Getting Started With PSK 31 by Lee Shaw, KC5MC.
Lee will have a a PSK 31 station set up and running. PSK 31 is great
way to get started with digital. For a sneak preview of PSK 31 see:
http://www.psk31.com/index.htm <http://www.psk31.com/index.htm>

We will also discuss Field Day Results and getting ready for JOTA in
October.


Just in time for Austin Summerfest - Scrolling LED

Lee Besing
 

Remember those scrolling LED name badges that folks wanted
$30-$50 for at Ham Comm a few years back? I just received an
email special today from Computer Geeks, www.geeks.com,
where they have the red LED version on sale for $5.99 (regular
$8.99) and the blue LED version for $11.99 (regular price).

Blue LED part number is BL-LED-NAME-CARD
Red LED part number is LED-NAME-CARD

I'm not trying to sell these items, nor promoting this vendor per se.
I have no financial interest in this company, although I have purchased
from them in the past and will again in the future.

Here is the direct link, you may have to copy/paste because it
may be broken into 2 or more lines in this message.

http://www.geeks.com/details.asp?invtid=LED-NAME-CARD&cm_mmc=geekmail-_-daily_html-_-03jul07_TCP4thsale-_-LED-NAME-CARD



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73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


Ham radio news is as close as your cell phone

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

I was able to get my "fix" on vacation. I thought I'd pass this on to those
that weren't aware of it.

Mike



Ham radio news is as close as your cell phone: With many major cellular
telephone calling plans largely eliminating roaming charges and offering
"free nights and weekends," ARRL Audio News dial-up Amateur Radio news
service now is more available than ever. Using your cell phone, you can
keep up with Amateur Radio news even if you're someplace where you don't
have Internet or e-mail access. Amateur Radio news is as close as your
cell phone! Have a few minutes while you're waiting for the train, bus car
pool or connecting flight too? Just call 860-594-0384 to stay informed.
NOT A TOLL FREE NUMBER


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Fw: [STXARES] Summerfest News

davidftx@...
 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Dallas <mylastname@yahoo.com>
To: Austinhams <austinhams@yahoogroups.com>; Texashams <texashams@yahoogroups.com>; STXARES <stxares@yahoogroups.com>; Travis County <traviscountyares@yahoogroups.com>; Ham <hambuds@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: Jeff Schmidt <n5mnw@arrl.net>
Sent: Thursday, June 28, 2007 11:21:26 AM
Subject: [STXARES] Summerfest News

FYI to all,
Jeff please add this to your newsletter.. .

Good news ! Austin Summerfest, August 3rd and 4th at the Wyndham Garden Hotel
--WILL-- have an outdoor Tailgating area similiar to previous years (25+
parking spaces). It will be in the South East section of the Hotel parking lot where
there are a few trees. The tailgate area will open at 7AM Saturday morning. If
you bring a loaded trailer, please park the tow vehicle elsewhere to conserve
space for other tailgaters, your buddies will appreciate it.
We are still concerned about total parking spaces available at the hotel but
have received approval from Home Depot to use their parking lot for overflow
parking. There will be a free shuttle bus between the Home Depot parking lot and
the Hotel.
Please help spread the word to other potential tailgaters ......and especially
buyers. We will update the Austin Summerfest web site.
73 Kees K5BCQ
Summerfest Committee - Hotel Interface



Dallas, KD4HNX

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Re: Field Day 2007 Pictures and Logs posted to the web

Lee Besing
 

You forgot to mention the "water bill guy", Paul! Remember the guy who
showed up to pay his water bill, was asking questions about the antennas
being strung up in the park area in the middle of the parking lot, and was
asked to hold a rope for one of the dipole antennas. 15 minutes late, he
said "guys, I was just here to pay my water bill...."

At 06:21 AM 6/27/2007, you wrote:

Check out SARC Field Day at
<http://w5sc.org/Docs/FieldDay/FD2007.html>http://w5sc.org/Docs/FieldDay/FD2007.html

Paul Guido, N5IUT



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