Date   

Digital Multimeter for $2.81 at Harbor Freight

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>
 

FYI, Harbor Freight has a Cen-Tech digital multimeter on sale for
$2.81 through 9/24. Regular price is $9.99. I bought one today and the
quality is at least as good as the one I bought from Radio Shack a
couple of years ago. Features include AC and DC voltage, ohms, amps,
battery tester, diode tester and transistor hFE.

Shane NS5D


Your W5SC website

Lee Besing
 

Hmm, something to look into I guess. :)

FYI -- this is from the DARC site www.w5fc.org:
Welcome to the Home Page for the Dallas Amateur Radio Club (DARC). The
DARC is Texas' second oldest Amateur Radio Club (second ONLY to the Texas
A&M Aggies', for goodness sakes), founded in 1914 and has been affiliated
with the ARRL since 1919.

So much for SA ARC being the oldest.



Chuck N5IAG
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


K4AF Pentagon Special Event Station Sept 9, 2007

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

K4AF Special Event Station



September 9th, 2007



On Sunday, September 9th, 2007, the Pentagon Amateur Radio Club (PARC)
will operate a Special Event station commemorating the 6th anniversary
of the attacks that occurred on the Pentagon, the World Trade Center and
over Pennsylvania in 2001. We will operate on 10m, 15m, 20m, 40m, and
80m; SSB and CW where/when possible. To the extent that we have enough
volunteers, we will operate the station on a 12 hour basis (0800-2000).
There will be a special QSL available for stations that work K4AF. The
QSL manager for the club, including this special event is Claude
Hennessey, KG4TVN@K4AF.org <mailto:KG4TVN@K4AF.org> . In addition, club
members will also operate from the station on Tuesday, September 11th as
part of the commemoration.



Please QSL direct to the following address:



K4AF (9-11 Special Event)

P.O. Box 2322

Arlington, VA 22202


Re: Testing Sessions

Lee Besing
 

As far as I know, Mr. Dale is still testing in the evenings on a
"pre-registration" basis only.

At 07:57 AM 9/4/2007, you wrote:

This is from sanantoniohams.org. I don't have any personal knowledge of
whether it is still valid or not.

*Date:* 3rd Thursday of the Month, 7:30 PM
*Location:* 9526 Gold Dust (Note: Testing is held at the VE's residence in
the Heritage Northwest Subdivision, near Seaworld & Pease Middle School)
*Contact:* Leslie N. Dale, NI5S
*Phone:* (210) 673-8852
*E-Mail:* <mailto:ni5s%40juno.com>ni5s@juno.com
*Affiliation:* ARRL
*Walk-ins: NOT ALLOWED*. *You must call 24 hours before date *to leave a
message stating that you plan to attend the test session.

On 9/3/07, Mike Check <<mailto:k5ucq%40arrl.net>k5ucq@arrl.net> wrote:

Anyone one know of any evening testing sessions, or one's not on
Saturday's
in the immediate area?

Mike C



______________________________________
_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/
Lee W. Besing San Antonio, TX
(210)771-7075 voice
_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/_/


Re: Testing Sessions

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>
 

This is from sanantoniohams.org. I don't have any personal knowledge of
whether it is still valid or not.


*Date:* 3rd Thursday of the Month, 7:30 PM
*Location:* 9526 Gold Dust (Note: Testing is held at the VE's residence in
the Heritage Northwest Subdivision, near Seaworld & Pease Middle School)
*Contact:* Leslie N. Dale, NI5S
*Phone:* (210) 673-8852
*E-Mail:* ni5s@juno.com
*Affiliation:* ARRL
*Walk-ins: NOT ALLOWED*. *You must call 24 hours before date *to leave a
message stating that you plan to attend the test session.

On 9/3/07, Mike Check <k5ucq@arrl.net> wrote:

Anyone one know of any evening testing sessions, or one's not on
Saturday's
in the immediate area?

Mike C


Testing Sessions

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Anyone one know of any evening testing sessions, or one's not on Saturday's
in the immediate area?

Mike C


FW: Re: Charlie Brown - N9RU - SK on August 18th

Lee Besing
 

At 07:04 AM 8/22/2007, Carol wrote:

Lee, Charlie passed on August 18th from a massive heart attack.
We are all trying to cope with the loss.
Three of the kids live in Indiana and wanted to see their dad so we
will have a brief viewing and memorial today and he will be cremated.
73's
Carol N5CMB


From: nx5w@comcast.net
To: info@sanantoniohams.org
Subject: FW: Re: Charlie???
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 13:17:42 +0000

Lee, I guess that this was sort of sudden about Charlie N9RU. I have
contacted Carol back and asked her to contact me if there is anything we
can do from up here in New Mexico.

I use to sell at their tailgates in Deming, NM. I own Southwest Antennas &
Accessories so thats how I came to know Carol and Charlie. He sure was a
good man.

73', Darryl, NX5W

-------------- Forwarded Message: --------------
From: "Carol" <n5cmb@satx.rr.com>
To: <nx5w@comcast.net>
Subject: Re: Charlie???
Date: Wed, 22 Aug 2007 12:53:44 +0000
Darryl, It doesn't surprise me that the Tailgate is a thing of the past.
And, yes, Charlie became a SK on August 18th at 2:35 pm. from a
massive heart attack.
His middle son was with me at the hospital, so he got to say goodbye,the
other kids had to come from Indiana and requested that we have a viewing
for them and family members before he was cremated. The memorial service is
today at 1 pm.
I miss him terribly, but I'll get through this and go on, because he would
have
wanted that.
88's &73's.
Carol, N5CMB


----- Original Message -----
From: <mailto:nx5w@comcast.net>nx5w@comcast.net
To: <mailto:n5cmb@satx.rr.com>n5cmb@satx.rr.com
Sent: Tuesday, August 21, 2007 10:18 PM
Subject: Charlie???

Carol, I was trying to find out what was up with the DARC Tailgate for
next month and Rick N5XNF says that there not having one. Then Rick says
that Charlie has become a SK? I am so shocked to hear this news.

GB, Toni & Darryl, NX5W, Southwest Antennas & Accessories.
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


Red Cross Family Preparedness Day---This Sunday at Sunset Station

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Come out to Sunset Station this Sunday and see the San Antonio Red
Cross' new Disaster Communications Vehicle. We'll be working HF and 2
Meters as AI5RC. Stop by and operate.

If that doesn't trip your trigger, at least come by say hello to
McGruff.



Family Preparedness Day

Date: 8/26/2007

Description: What: American Red Cross Family Preparedness Day presented
by American Red Cross, Hispanic Volunteer Committee

A FREE well identified expo consisting of dozens of exhibit booths and
other designated areas, where participants can walk around and benefit
from exhibits - health, preparedness and family oriented topics.

Door prizes will be raffled on an hourly basis, this including but not
limited to CPR tuition certificate, First Aid kits, giveaways from
donors if available.

Family friends like the SAPD McGruff dog, corporate mascots and theme
park characters will be in attendance. The event will feature performers
of various art disciplines including music, puppet shows, folklore
dancing, story telling culminating with the performance of Tejano singer
Patsy Torres.

When: Sunday, August 26, 2007 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Historic Sunset Station located at Commerce Street and St. Paul
Square.

Why: In an effort to educate area residents on prevention and
preparedness for unexpected emergencies and disasters, the American Red
Cross, partners, volunteers, and sponsors are putting together this
event to will help educate, entertain, but best of all create
informative awareness that will ultimately help save thousands of lives.


Bexar County ARES 2 Meter Net Tonight at 9:00PM on the 147.18 MHz Repeater

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

The regular Tuesday Night 2 Meter Net will be held tonight at 9:00PM on
147.18 + MHz (103.5 tone). We will discuss lessons learned from our
activation in anticipation of Hurricane Dean.

ARES conducts a 2 Meter Net every Tuesday at 9:00PM except the first
Tuesday of every month. All amateur radio operators are invited to
participate.

Please join us tonight at 9:00PM.

K5OLE


ARES Involvement in Association with Hurricane Dean

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Bexar County Amateur Radio Emergency Services has been busily getting
ready for whatever impact Hurricane Dean brings to South Texas. The San
Antonio Radio Club is active supporter of ARES and we have encouraged
all of our member to become members of Bexar County ARES or your local
ARES organization.

In the next few days ARES is going to need more and more volunteer
operators and will look to local, licensed amateur radio operators for
help in filling its needs. These duties might include EOC operations,
Red Cross Shelter communications, distant assignments where normal
communications are down, and a long list of radio services to determined
by the impact of Hurricane Dean.

It is not too late to join Bexar County ARES and to do so you need to do
three things:

1. Join the Bexar County ARES Yahoo Group at
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/>

2. Once established as a member, go to the "Database" section and enter
your contact information. Call or email me if you have trouble entering
this information.

3. If you are available for an ARES assignment you need to let Teri
Thomas, KC5BJI know. Email her at wa3pay-kc5bji@...
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/post?postID=86G2EqPZ_gEH9\;
Rqh1USnrOOWPfEBfBJ57AYj4Y2N3V7Q9bPl4v0lQQoDxdgg4sX5dp8yVnTkyjr_p5Pbu0dFK&#92;
ssq> with your availability, capability, and any restrictions that you
may have. Make sure she has your current contact information. It is
important to email her with this information rather than calling her on
the radio or telephone because she will have a record of the information
to work with and can concentrate on her Resources duties.

From Sunday forward several of the San Antonio area repeaters will be
used for logistical work in anticipation of Hurricane Dean impacting
South Texas, particularly the ARES repeater on 147.18 + MHz (103.5).
Monitoring 147.18 is recommended. Keeping the chit chat down on that
repeater, and increasingly other repeaters being used for Emergency
Communications, is a must.

If your non radioed friends or family want to volunteer to help those
who are going to be displaced, I recommend that they call the San
Antonio Red Cross Chapter at 210-224-5151 for information. Red Cross
volunteers have to attend an initial Orientation session. It is likely
that these short sessions will be scheduled quickly and they are going
to need additional help.

Email me at davidftx@swbell.net <mailto:davidftx@swbell.net> or call
210-710-8721 with questions.

K5OLE
David Freiberger


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

txfireman87 <w5sea@...>
 

Great pictures of Field Day! Wish I would've been there this year! I
definantly plan on attending this next year!

Best of 73 and hope to see everyone at the next meeting.
Joseph Brown / W5SEA, formerely K5THR

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

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

Paul Guido, N5IUT




Re: Bexar County ARES Go Kit Night. Photos....

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

The link for the photos didn't make it intact. It should be:

http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/photos/browse/2c2e
<http://ph.groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/photos/browse/2c2e>


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


.....have been posted to Photos/Bexar County ARES Go Kit Night.

Link here, if you are already signed in to Yahoo and are an ARES
member:
http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/bexarcount yares/photos/
browse/2c2e
<http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/bexarcount yares/photos/
browse/2c2e>

If you are not a member of Bexar County ARES and would like to join,
all
you have to do is sign up to the Bexar County ARES Yahoo Group by
clicking the "Join Now" link below.

[Click here to join bexarcountyares]
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/join>





Bexar County ARES Go Kit Night. Photos....

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

.....have been posted to Photos/Bexar County ARES Go Kit Night.

Link here, if you are already signed in to Yahoo and are an ARES member:
http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/bexarcount yares/photos/ browse/2c2e
<http://ph.groups. yahoo.com/ group/bexarcount yares/photos/
browse/2c2e>

If you are not a member of Bexar County ARES and would like to join, all
you have to do is sign up to the Bexar County ARES Yahoo Group by
clicking the "Join Now" link below.

[Click here to join bexarcountyares]
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/bexarcountyares/join>


HF Radio for sale

Erik Smith <w5ets@...>
 

Greetings all:

I have a Kenwood TS-50 HF Moble radio for sale. To go along with it, I have the matching AT-50 auto antenna tuner. Both are in excellent shape and work very well. I also have "HAMSTICK" antennas for 10, 15, 40, and 75 meter bands.

I am asking $700 for everything. That price is somewhat negotiable.

I have mounting brackets for both, the microphone, manual, power cable, and the patch cable that runs between the radio and the tuner.

The radio is about the same size as an Icom 706.

Also, if anyone is interested, I have a Whelen Edge lightbar for sale. It has 4 strobes, 2 sets of Halogen flashers, Takedown, and alley lights. Currently, the lenses are red as it was used for fire department use, however, other colors are available. I am not active with a fire department right now, so the lightbar is of no use to me.

I am asking $400 o.b.o. for the lightbar.

If interested, please contact me at (210) 710-9161 or via e-mail at w5ets@yahoo.com or esmith@bexarcountyrehab.org .. I do need to sell these as soon as possible.

Thanks and 73's,
Erik Smith, W5ETS
Webmaster / Amateur Radio Coordinator - Bexar County Emergency Scene Rehab
http://www.bexarcountyrehab.org
Instructor - Community Emergency Response Team (C.E.R.T.)
http://groups.yahoo.com/bexar_cert Click to Join Yahoo Group
esmith@bexarcountyrehab.org
w5ets@yahoo.com
(210) 710-9161


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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