Re: Hamfest

Lee Besing

Haven't seen anything on the web site, but I know that January 10th
is the date, same location as last year, up in Schertz, Tx at that
Knights of Columbus Hall.

They were passing around something during the ARES meeting last week,
with advance sign-ups for tables, etc.

Hopefully someone will update the SARC web site soon with more
details, and make that signup form available for folks to download direct?

At 07:33 PM 12/7/2008, you wrote:

When will we see some details on the January hamfest??? I haven't seen any
emails or postal mailings to those of us who registered last year. Out of
town folks are asking me but I don't have the details.


Gary H. Harmon, Jr. / K5JWK
6003 Archwood
San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

"Too many projects, not enough time!"

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

Re: Hamfest

Pat Knight AD5BR <ad5br@...>

When will we see some details on the January hamfest??? I haven't seen any
emails or postal mailings to those of us who registered last year. Out of
town folks are asking me but I don't have the details.


Gary H. Harmon, Jr. / K5JWK


Gary Harmon

When will we see some details on the January hamfest??? I haven't seen any
emails or postal mailings to those of us who registered last year. Out of
town folks are asking me but I don't have the details.


Gary H. Harmon, Jr. / K5JWK
6003 Archwood
San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

"Too many projects, not enough time!"

Re: Mission accomplished

David F <davidftx@...>

Congratulations Buster, welcome to Amateur Radio.

David F.

From: Tom O'Brien <>
To: W5SC <>
Cc: Buster McLin <>
Sent: Saturday, December 6, 2008 2:25:29 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Mission accomplished

My student and I finished up the Technician class at NEISD's senior learning academy last week, and he took and passed the exam today at the ROOST session.

Please join me in congratulating "Buster" McLin on his new license.

Tom O'Brien

Mission accomplished

Tom O'Brien

My student and I finished up the Technician class at NEISD's senior learning academy last week, and he took and passed the exam today at the ROOST session.

Please join me in congratulating "Buster" McLin on his new license.

Tom O'Brien

V.O.A.D. Meeting - Guadalupe County

Louis <k1stx@...>

Anyone in Guadalupe or surrounding counties - Amateur or not, are
invited to attend a meeting of Guadalupe County V.O.A.D. group. The
meeting will be held 17:30 hrs @ the 1st United Methodist Church, 710
N. Austin - Seguin

A presentation will be given by Dan Kinsey - Guadalupe County
Emergency Manager on the preparations of a possible Pandemic Flu
outbreak in our county.

Not sure what else will be presented or discussed, as I just found out
about it last night and this is fairly young group! With good
intentions, if I am not working, my family and I will be there!

Dan Kinsey is promoting the idea that all county volunteer
organizations come under the V.O.A.D. structure, not so much for
control, but organization and training. By Embedding members of the
EmComm organizations (i.e. ARES and REACT) gives a perfect opportunity
for promotion, training and coordination for future events with other
county and area volunteer groups. A couple of our CARC/GCARES members
are planning to attend, and it would be good to see a representatives
from other clubs there also!

My intentions are to be there, but being on call, that could change!

Thank you for your time,

Louis Upton

Meeting program for Thursday, Nov 13, 2008

Tom O'Brien

Thursday night's meeting program will be a presentation by the South
Texas DX and Contest Club about their recent DXpedition to Belize. The
program will have two parts: A brief presentation on the details of the
DXpedition, and a short video with sights and sounds from the trip. A
brief Q&A will follow.

Stolen radio Yaesu FT-817 recovered in Ft. Worth

Lee Besing

Just received and posted to of course.

Please share with other hams, just released this morning from Ft. Worth PD

Subject: Please pass on to all HAMS.
Date: Tue, 4 Nov 2008 06:39:52 -0600

Hi Everyone,

One of my Officers found a radio in a pawn shop, the pawner has some
suspicious pawns and he is not a licensed radio operator. The radio is
a Yaesu FT-817 QRP Transceiver, the serial is 0N150301. All the 0s in
the serial are numbers not o as in ocean. Could you ask them to see if
one of these radios was stolen during October? We are trying to check
with Yaesu to see if they can locate whom they sold the radio to.

Please contact me off line if this might be yours....
Thanks Julie

*Julie Garriety*
*Crime Analyst *
*FT Worth Police *
*817-714-1741 cell*
*817-922-3434 wk*
*817-922-3472 fax*
Lee W. Besing San Antonio, TX
(210)771-7075 voice

Fw: [STXDXCC] V31 to be on 15 Meters at 2200Z

David F <davidftx@...>

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: davidftx <>
Sent: Thursday, October 23, 2008 2:14:48 PM
Subject: [STXDXCC] V31 to be on 15 Meters at 2200Z

Obie, N5VYS, received at text from KK5LO  that the South Texas operators in Belize (Jay V31MX, Walter V31KK, and Tom V31AB) will be on 21.175 MHZ @ 2200Z 10/23/08.

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Mike Check K5UCQ

I just posted the latest Bexar Wire. You can download it in the files
section. BW1 through BW4.

I had a little problem with "bleedthrough" from the second side.
Let me know and I can try and scan a better copy.


SARC Meeting Features Hurricane Ike Images and Presentation

davidftx <davidftx@...>

Lothar Harris, K5LEH, spent the better part of a week assisting Harris
County ARES by providing communications from Points of Distribution back
to the EOC. He has put together a slide show of what he and others from
Bexar County experienced in the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

7:00PM at KCOMM, 10815 Gulfdale


L. Upton <k1stx@...>

The information Bob - W2IK is a wealth of information on a variety of EmComm and Antenna topics! 

From W2IK:

Since AOL has decided to ditch their "Hometown" webpages as of
OCT 31st,
I am moving my 40 sites to:
It may take me a while to sort out, edit and combine by
subject matter, so please be patient. It will also be a while to clean up after
posting in the sites. The pages may seem "wide" where there are photos for a
Please, please, please let others know of this
Bob   W2IK

PSA - Assistance Needed!

Louis <k1stx@...>

"A few Good Ham's Needed!"

Where: Hill Country State Natural Area - Bandera County Texas

When: January 10 and 11th, 2009

What: Hill Country Trail Runners - Bandera 100k Ultra Marathon
A unique situation to train and test EmComm abilities in a remote
environment, provide a much needed public service, as well as enjoy
the Texas Hill Country! The Hill Country State Natural Area is about
10 miles outside of Bandera, and is in an area where cell phone
coverage is very poor (hilltops only, standing on one foot), and
existing ham repeaters are too far away to provide reliable coverage,
even with mobiles (totally dead in the lower elevations, where the aid
stations are located). The event site is about 4 miles across at the
furthest points, and there are some huge hills in the middle that make
even mobile to mobile communications unreliable between some of the
Aid Stations. To top that off, only 2 of the 5 locations where we
provide communications have electricity available. The good news is
that all sites are vehicle accessible, although one of them may be a
little muddy if we have rain. So it is the perfect challenge to ham
operators – to provide reliable communications for a 24 hour event in
an area where there is almost no infrastructure.

Needed: We have 5 posts to cover for 24 hours – 4 sites that provide
food and water to runners and the headquarters. In addition, we
provide liaison to the event manager, and to the horse patrol (one or
two riders are are hams, and they use commercial radio (which we
provide) to talk among themselves. Usually we need 20 or so license
Amateurs to assist with this event (two operators per site for 12 hour
shifts), but it has been done with less! Hill Country REACT and San
Antonio Radio Club has supplied most of the operators the last 3
years. We have done this event with a solar powered uhf repeater,
and last year we used a cross band repeater. The hill tops in the
middle of the park are accessible by horse or ATV only, and none have
power. Operators need to have Dual Band radios. If all is going well
with a repeater, HTs will do nicely (but bring the instruction book to
program a HT to operate with a cross band repeater). but dual band
portable/mobile EmComm type set-ups preferred as a back up in case the
repeater fails. Some operators have set up HF stations for their own
entertainment late at night when the demands of the event are light,
but we have not had enough hf operators in prior years to utilize hf
for our event communications. This is a great opportunity to test HF
antenna's and equipment in remote situations!

Duties: This is a 24 hour event! Amateur operators man the Aid
Stations at about 6:00 am on Saturday morning and duties are basically
like any other bike or running event (MS150, River Safari, etc),
relaying supply needs, runner counts and times, and coordinating the
Horse Patrol for rescues! Operators support Race Control, Aid
Stations and the HCSNAP Coordinated Horse Patrol! Operators are
released as their aid stations close, which varies from about 10:00 pm
Saturday night to 6:00 am Sunday morning. All runners must be off the
course by 7:00 am Sunday.

2009 Concept: What I am attempting this year! To further the
coordination, enjoyment and opportunities to train and learn! For 5
different organizations to adopt an aid station! Much like the
various ultra runner groups come together and adopt a station to work!
Each group would coordinate and man the adopted station! Any takers???

Individuals and Teams(Organizations) encouraged to participate! The
scenario presented by this event creates some unique training and
testing opportunities!

The Amateur Operators, coordinating with the Horse Patrol have been
instrumental the last couple of years in extracting injured runners
from remote areas of the trail!

Amateur Operators, that are also Equestrians, are also needed to
extend our capabilities even further!

Other quick details:

Camping: yes, at all the Aid Stations - no charge to our volunteers!
(Quiet!!) Generators will be allowed in most areas, for this event
only! <Question - ask K1STX

Food: Several really great meals are provided to the runners and
Volunteers! Rumor has it, that there will be a big pot of Gumbo Friday

Weather/Environment: This is January in Texas. Go figure. From wild
to mild! Anything that Texas can dish out is possible! Hill Country
State Natural Area is just that, a natural environment, not changed
much since it's donation to the state by Louise Merrick! We have to
be prepared to protect ourselves, as well as to assist about 400
runners, many of whom are running 100k – twice the length of a normal
marathon on rocky trails through the woods at night.

Links of Interest:
HCSNA Park Information:
Hill Country Trail Runners:
Hill Country State Natural Area Partners:

Other details will be placed on my web page in the near future! Link tba
To volunteer or if you have other questions, please contact K1STX at
k1stx at arrl dot net, k1stx at yahoo dot com or cell phone -

Re: Texas QSO Party is This Weekend!

Lee Besing

Just FYI....

I just heard that Bob W2IK is heading west to Garner State Park,
which is a county that doesn't have much of a ham population, so it
would be a great contact for filling in that blank.

At 05:23 PM 9/24/2008, you wrote:

The Texas QSO party is this weekend. This is a very civilized
contest where the object is to work Texas Counties.
Lee W. Besing San Antonio, TX
(210)771-7075 voice

Texas QSO Party is This Weekend!

David F <davidftx@...>

The Texas QSO party is this weekend.  This is a very civilized contest where the object is to work Texas Counties.

DATES and TIMES:  Saturday September 27th from 0900 Texas Daylight Savings Time until 2100 TDST.  You don't have to stay up all night to work this contest.  Sunday September 28th from 0900 TDST until 1500 TDST.  Very doable hours.

The Point:  The point is to work as many Texas Counties as possible.  You can work the same station on different bands.  Look for Rovers, mobiles who drive from county to county and work as many stations as they can until they get to the next county.  Look for KK5LO, Walter Hock from Hondo as one of the mobiles.  See the rules here:

Good logging resources here:

Obie, N5VYS, Jay, K0BCN and I will be W5RTA at the STXDXCC Club Station in Bandera County.  Anyone who wants to work the TQP from that location for a couple of hours contact me.

David F.

Piece Parts

David F <davidftx@...>

Everyone probably new about this except me--

I always have a hard time finding in line SO-239 and Drake .208 plugs.  I still can't find solder, in line SO-239s but this place has crimp, in line SO-239 (page 1) and Collins/Drake .208 3 conducter plugs (page 3).

David F.

New Ham Repeater 444.85 - Leon Valley area

Lee Besing

There's a new repeater in town out in the Leon Valley area, on 444.85 (pl tone 179.9) as of today.

Feel free to try it out and see what kind of range it has.

Please send your range reports back to me at .

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

Fw: [STXDXCC] Fw: Correction: Young DXpeditioners on Willis Island

David F <davidftx@...>

Short fuse for hams ages 18 - 29.  Appears to be the real deal:
29 is not a kid, maybe I could go. 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: obie weathers jr. <>
Sent: Saturday, September 6, 2008 7:51:14 AM
Subject: [STXDXCC] Fw: Correction: Young DXpeditioners on Willis Island

--- On Wed, 9/3/08, contact@vk9dwx. de <contact@vk9dwx. de> wrote:

From: contact@vk9dwx. de <contact@vk9dwx. de>
Subject: Correction: Young DXpeditioners on Willis Island
Date: Wednesday, September 3, 2008, 3:39 PM

Young DXpeditioners on Willis Island
************ ********* ********* ******

The crew of VK9DWX wants to invite two young hams who have a passion for Ham
Radio, DXing and contesting to take part in the DXpedition to Willis Island in
October this year. One young ham from 6th October till 19th October and the
other one from 15th October till 28th October.

You can reside in any country in the world, you hold a valid amateur radio
license in your country, you have some experience in working pile-ups and you
are between 18 and 29.

For qualification you have to send an email to contact@vk9dwx. de which must
include an essay of 500 words minimum (in English) describing how you got
started in ham radio, who your Elmer was and why you should be selected for this
DXpedition opportunity. Please include also you full name, callsign and home

The VK9DWX crew will pay for all expenses except your flight from your home to
Cairns, Queensland, Australia.

Send us your application now to contact@vk9dwx. de. We will recieve applications
until September 15th and will make a fast decision.

We would be delighted if DX editors would publish this information as widely as
possible and DXers bring it to the attention of their clubs and fellow DXers.

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Volunteer Opportunity for Hams or Non Hams

David F <davidftx@...>

Teri, KC5BJI, will be attempting to fill reception center and shelter ARES assignments as soon as the City decides where these facilities will be located.  This appears to be scheduled for later today and we should know more as a result of the late morining GDEM conference call.
Outside of the strict ARES umbrella is an volunteer opportunity for someone who wants to help and doesn't have an amateur radio license.  Shane, NS5D, wearing one of his many hats, has need for a volunteer to help the COSA communications organization by maintaining and operating a battery charging station.  This is a bigger deal than it sounds.  The City is using 100's of trunked handhelds for emergency communications.  Many of these radios are checked out to other agencies.  The battery life is less than desirable and these radio users bring them back in a short period of time for a fresh battery.  Sometimes this is just three hours of use.
Shane could use a willing teenager, spouse, neighbor or anyone willing to help maintain this charging station.  It is currently located at the ARCC but is subject to being moved.  Any volunteers need to have there own transportation.  Call me on 210-710-8721 or Shane on 210-473-4847 to volunteer.
David F.

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Attn Builders - 200+ Capacitors in Cans

Gary Harmon

I have a nice selection of 200+ NOS capacitors cans. Most are in their
original boxes. If you have an interest give me a call. Interesting trades
also considered.


Gary H. Harmon, Jr. / K5JWK
San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

"Being a grandparent is a marvelous thing!"

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