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Re: STX Monthly News

Bart Stavisky <bart_stavisky@...>
 

Lou,

I hope that you feel better. You will be in my family's
prayers.

73

Bart Stavisky KF5EKG


STX Monthly News

Lou <loueverettsr@...>
 

Hi Folks!

I need to inform you that I will not be doing the STX Monthly News for awhile. I have been sick for several weeks from Kidney Failure. Although things are looking better, on the 25th of this month I am going in for Gall Bladder Surgery.

Therefore, please send all your blurbs for the Monthly News to Lee Cooper, W5LHC, at w5lhc@yahoo.com. Lee will be taking care of it for awhile.

Thanks to all of you for your support in the past.

Now....Get those blurbs in to Lee, soon.

73 all

Lou Everett, Sr., WA5LOU

Assistant SM, STX Section
Assistant SEC, STX Section
Net Manager, Texas Emergency Net
Net Manager, Texas Traffic Net

Telephone: 936-655-3118


2009 Sees Surge of New Amateur Radio Licensees

Paul Guido
 

ARRL Press Release

Newington, Conn., Jan 7, 2010 – 2009 was a banner year for new people getting Amateur Radio licensees in the US. Amateur Radio, often called "ham radio," has been growing over recent years, but 2009 was a record. According to the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio, the FCC issued more than 30,000 new ham radio licenses in 2009.

A total of 30,144 new licenses were granted in 2009, an increase of almost 7.5 percent from 2008. In 2005, 16,368 new hams joined Amateur Radio's ranks; just five years later, that number had increased by almost 14,000 -- a whopping 84 percent! The ARRL is the largest of several organizations trusted by the FCC to administer Amateur Radio license exams in the US.

"When looking at the statistics over the last 10 years, these are some the highest numbers we've seen," explained Maria Somma, manager of the ARRL testing programs. "The total number of US amateurs has grown each year." Currently there are 682,500 licensed Amateur Radio operators in the USA, an almost 3 percent rise over 2008. In 2008, there were 663,500 licensed amateurs; there were 655,800 in 2007. There are approximately 2.5 million Amateur Radio enthusiasts worldwide. It was also noted that a much higher percentage of licensees are going far beyond an entry-level license and earning higher class (and much more difficult) FCC Amateur Radio licenses. Despite the predictions of some commentators that Amateur Radio would be dying with the development of cell phones and the Internet, hams instead have taken and incorporated those digital and computer technologies into their wireless hobby, creating many new developments in the process.

Somma applauded all the volunteers whose "hard work and contribution of countless hours of time helps to ensure the future of Amateur Radio. I am delighted by these important achievements. 2009 was a very good year for Amateur Radio and I am excited by the promise of 2010." For more information see http://www.Hello-Radio.org.


K4TWJ in need of prayers

Tom O'Brien
 

From: Rex Harper <w1rex@megalink.net>

This message is from a QRP message board.
Dave Ingram is a leading advocate of QRP and homebrewing, as well as CW.

My fellow QRPers,

I received an Email from Sandy the wife of Dave Ingram, K4TWJ, who we
all know writes the QRP column for CQ Magazine. Dave suffered a
massive heart attack on New Years Eve and his situation is not good.
He is at St. Vincent's Hospital, 810 St. Vincent's Drive, Birmingham,
AL 35025. I hope some of you can send him your best wishes. I'm not
sure if he is in any condition to be able to read them but I know that
cards and notes from his readers would certainly be a positive thing!
I am an avid reader of his column and would love to be able to
continue to read it in the future. My prayers will be with Dave and
Sandy.

Rex W1REX



Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: Straight Key Night

Charles Land
 

All,

I am phasing out the cland1@satx.rr.com. If you have that address for me, please replace it with charlesdland@gmail.com



From: W5SC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:W5SC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Tom O'Brien
Sent: Thursday, December 31, 2009 7:02 PM
To: W5SC
Subject: [W5SC] Straight Key Night





Dust off the old J-38 and make some sparks!

Straight Key Night is on for the next 23 hours.

No contest exchange, no scoring, it's not a contest.

I just finished a long-distance QSO (25 miles to Helotes) with W5QLF.

I now know my CW is equally rusty with either hand!

73TomAB5XZ
Member, American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Volunteer Examiner (ARRL and W5YI Group)
Secretary, South Texas DX & Contest Club (STXDXCC/W5RTA)
Treasurer, San Antonio Radio Club (SARC/W5SC)
Treasurer, Battleship Texas Amateur Radio Society (BTARS/NA5DV)
V31XZ (V31MX DXpedition 2008)
Ex: KN5YFK (1958), K5YFK (1959), KB5ZXE (1993)
"Any DX is Good DX!"





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Straight Key Night

Tom O'Brien
 

Dust off the old J-38 and make some sparks!

Straight Key Night is on for the next 23 hours.

No contest exchange, no scoring, it's not a contest.

I just finished a long-distance QSO (25 miles to Helotes) with W5QLF.

I now know my CW is equally rusty with either hand!

73TomAB5XZ
Member, American Radio Relay League (ARRL)
Volunteer Examiner (ARRL and W5YI Group)
Secretary, South Texas DX & Contest Club (STXDXCC/W5RTA)
Treasurer, San Antonio Radio Club (SARC/W5SC)
Treasurer, Battleship Texas Amateur Radio Society (BTARS/NA5DV)
V31XZ (V31MX DXpedition 2008)
Ex: KN5YFK (1958), K5YFK (1959), KB5ZXE (1993)
"Any DX is Good DX!"


Re: Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number

k1stx <k1stx@...>
 

Funny, that is not hard to do, since he changes his phone number about as often as he changes his underwear! :-D

Just funnin with Sterling!


Merry Post Christmas,

Louis

--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "Gary Harmon" <gharmon@...> wrote:

Looking to contact a local HAM named Sterling. He lives on the south side
with his Dad but also has a place in Bandera.



Can anyone fill in my missing information?



Thanks and 73,



gary



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c





Re: Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number

Lee Besing
 

PS: I meant to send the first reply direct only to Gary, but since I do have Sterling's permission to release his info upon request, so it wasn't too bad of a goof this time. :(

__________________________
Lee Besing 210-771-7075
San Antonio, TX

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Harmon
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number



Looking to contact a local HAM named Sterling. He lives on the south side
with his Dad but also has a place in Bandera.

Can anyone fill in my missing information?

Thanks and 73,

gary

Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c


Re: Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number

Lee Besing
 

Email is KE5KZE@YAHOO.COM
Cell Phone is 210-461-1743

He's also a member of our REACT Team, plus active volunteer for Tour de Cure and BikeMS. So I've got his info programmed into my phone.

__________________________
Lee Besing 210-771-7075
San Antonio, TX

----- Original Message -----
From: Gary Harmon
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, December 25, 2009 9:18 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number



Looking to contact a local HAM named Sterling. He lives on the south side
with his Dad but also has a place in Bandera.

Can anyone fill in my missing information?

Thanks and 73,

gary

Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c


Misplaced Sterling's Phone Number

Gary Harmon
 

Looking to contact a local HAM named Sterling. He lives on the south side
with his Dad but also has a place in Bandera.



Can anyone fill in my missing information?



Thanks and 73,



gary



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c


Re: [bexarcountyares] Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42

L. Upton <k1stx@...>
 

Gonna call him tomorrow myself, have one set of 10 now, and could use a couple of more. Those poles are great, and making top adapters for them, are as simple as putting a piece of 1 1/4 pvc (i think it was) over the top section, and build to that!

Would love to find someone that has the aluminium ones, for making taller mast!

Merry Christmas to all!


Louis Upton

K1STX
Chaparral ARC / Guadalupe County ARES
NWS Skywarn Spotter Network / Radio Operations Volunteer
Texas State RACES - Guadalupe County
Hill Country REACT - Team # 4804
Hill Country State Natural Area Partners






________________________________
From: David F <davidftx@swbell.net>
To: bexarcountyares YAHOO <bexarcountyares@yahoogroups.com>; SARC Yahoogroup <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>; STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: Royce Pinkston <kb5vvt@stic.net>
Sent: Thu, December 24, 2009 8:49:41 AM
Subject: [bexarcountyares] Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42


Thanks Royce!

df



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: kb5vvt kb5vvt <kb5vvt@stic. net>
To: k5ole@arrl.net
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 8:21:48 PM
Subject: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42


Hi David, I really hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Ref the subject, "The Fiberpole-Evolution of the Antenna Mast" as listed above in QST Jan 2010, Pg 42. I know an Individaul, Bruce Best, Tel:210-478- 2865, that has about 300 bags of 8 ea poles 4 ft long, $10.00 per bag, all miltary suplus. If you could notifily the different clubs, maybe someone could use them. I myself got 3 bags. Royce KB5VVT





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Re: [bexarcountyares] Re: Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42

Lee Besing
 

I've got one of those pole bags here at home already, bought last June up in Plano, if anyone in San Antonio wants to see what they looked like. Gary K5GST has a set, as does Al KE6LGE (both REACT members). The primary trick in using these seem to be securing the base so it doesn't shift on you, and using rope / cord to guy the middle / top to hold it upright.

He's got a top piece available that is sort of like a disc that can rotate, letting you connect to the edges and spin to re-orient your lines, etc. It came with this flower petal type spreading base as well, but doesn't seem to sturdy to me. Was sturdy enough to drive over with my van's tire to hold in place, but I've seen / built better devices for that in the past.

I think I paid about $40 for the bag with base & poles, and paid another $5 for the top. He's got other gadgets that let you connect guy ropes to brackets that you slip between the segments as you assemble them.

He had another kit version that was a completed 20 or 40 meter vertical antenna, with a wire running up the middle (inside) the fiberglass poles, and so forth. Seemed to work okay, but I wasn't ready to buy that kit (cost more than I had available cash by that point while at Plano).

Hope this feedback helps. Maybe SARC / W5SC should try to get the guy to come to the San Antonio Radio Fiesta Swapfest on January 23, 2010?

__________________________
Lee Besing, N5NTG San Antonio, TX
210-771-7075 cell Twitter: N5NTG

----- Original Message -----
From: Paul Guido
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: bexarcountyares YAHOO ; STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com ; Royce Pinkston
Sent: Thursday, December 24, 2009 10:49 AM
Subject: [bexarcountyares] Re: [W5SC] Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42






I am thinking that 4 bags and some feedline would make a nice portable 4 square on 40 meters. Or a full 40 meter loop.

So I am getting 5 bags to have some spares.

Thanks


On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM, David F <davidftx@swbell.net> wrote:

Thanks Royce!

df



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: kb5vvt kb5vvt <kb5vvt@stic.net>
To: k5ole@arrl.net
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 8:21:48 PM
Subject: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42


Hi David, I really hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Ref the subject, "The Fiberpole-Evolution of the Antenna Mast" as listed above in QST Jan 2010, Pg 42. I know an Individaul, Bruce Best, Tel:210-478-2865, that has about 300 bags of 8 ea poles 4 ft long, $10.00 per bag, all miltary suplus. If you could notifily the different clubs, maybe someone could use them. I myself got 3 bags. Royce KB5VVT





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Re: Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42

Paul Guido
 

I am thinking that 4 bags and some feedline would make a nice portable 4
square on 40 meters. Or a full 40 meter loop.

So I am getting 5 bags to have some spares.

Thanks

On Thu, Dec 24, 2009 at 8:49 AM, David F <davidftx@swbell.net> wrote:

Thanks Royce!

df



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: kb5vvt kb5vvt <kb5vvt@stic.net>
To: k5ole@arrl.net
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 8:21:48 PM
Subject: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42


Hi David, I really hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas & Happy
New Year.

Ref the subject, "The Fiberpole-Evolution of the Antenna Mast" as listed
above in QST Jan 2010, Pg 42. I know an Individaul, Bruce Best,
Tel:210-478-2865, that has about 300 bags of 8 ea poles 4 ft long, $10.00
per bag, all miltary suplus. If you could notifily the different clubs,
maybe someone could use them. I myself got 3 bags. Royce KB5VVT





------------------------------------

"Bexar County's Communication Resource Since 1919"
-
-Yahoo! Groups Links




Fw: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42

David F <davidftx@...>
 

Thanks Royce!

df



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: kb5vvt kb5vvt <kb5vvt@stic.net>
To: k5ole@arrl.net
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 8:21:48 PM
Subject: Ref QST Jan 2010 Pg 42


Hi David, I really hope you and the family have a Merry Christmas & Happy New Year.

Ref the subject, "The Fiberpole-Evolution of the Antenna Mast" as listed above in QST Jan 2010, Pg 42.  I know an Individaul, Bruce Best, Tel:210-478-2865, that has about 300 bags of 8 ea poles 4 ft long, $10.00 per bag, all miltary suplus.  If you could notifily the different clubs, maybe someone could use them.  I myself got 3 bags.  Royce KB5VVT

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Central Texas Traffic Net

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Below are excerpts from an e-mail I received from Jeremy. If anyone has an
interest,
contact he or I at our e-mails. PLEASE, NOT TO THE LIST!
--------------------------------------------
My name is Jeremy Davenport (KE5ELI). I live in New Braunfels and
Rodney (W5DY) asked me a while back now to be net manager for the CTTN.
I accepted and promptly did nothing. I now have a few ideas on how to
get the net back going again, but want your opinion.

Second, I have been offered the use of two different machines as new
homes for the net. 146.76 in Seguin and 444.450 in Canyon Lake. Either
machine has better coverage than the .14 right now and I think either
will cover what the .14 used to. What are your thoughts about either of
these machines?
146.76 negative offset 141.3 PL
444.450 positive offset 114.8 PL

Third, Are any of you willing to be net control for this net? I
am going to work on getting a few more people involved, but need to know
who is willing to still participate.

Thank you for your time. My goal is to be back on the air in January.

Jeremy Davenport
KE5ELI
jeremy at heitx.com


Re: Fw: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

Gary Harmon
 

Thanks to Greg and David for sending the amp info to the W5SC list. I have
the amp in my possession and it checks out just fine. It belongs to a
friend in Austin who purchased it, along with a Heathkit SB-220, from a SK
estate in Austin. I went through the SB-220 and it was sold to a HAM in the
area. The AL-572 had an ALC problem plus an intermittent ON-OFF switch.
New parts solved the problems. The amp looks great. No obvious cosmetic
issues. Works well on all bands using my trusty Heathkit HW-101 as the
exciter. Comes with the original manual, fuses for 220v and a 220v plug.
If you are interested and would like some pictures or you would like to drop
by and see it, just let me know.



Best 73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c

From: W5SC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:W5SC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of David
F
Sent: Wednesday, December 23, 2009 11:01 AM
To: SARC Yahoogroup; STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com; bexarcountyares YAHOO
Subject: [W5SC] Fw: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications







----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Greg Lewis <gclewis@satx.rr.com <mailto:gclewis%40satx.rr.com> >
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 4:02:35 AM
Subject: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

Just in time for that Christmas gift you have been wanting.......I'm selling
this for a friend. I've seen the amp, it is very very clean and performs
well.

He is asking $950 for this amp, sells for $1,780 new. This is in outstanding
condition and all 4 of the rugged 572B tubes test excellent. This is a
very solid performer giving you 1,300 watts on 160 to 10 meters.

Contact me if you are interested.

No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many
electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Greg Lewis
gclewis@satx.rr.com <mailto:gclewis%40satx.rr.com>


Re: Fw: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

Frank Sellers <n6aq@...>
 

wow.

David F wrote:




----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Greg Lewis <gclewis@satx.rr.com <mailto:gclewis%40satx.rr.com>>
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 4:02:35 AM
Subject: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

Just in time for that Christmas gift you have been wanting.......I'm selling this for a friend. I've seen the amp, it is very very clean and performs well.

He is asking $950 for this amp, sells for $1,780 new. This is in outstanding condition and all 4 of the rugged 572B tubes test excellent. This is a
very solid performer giving you 1,300 watts on 160 to 10 meters.

Contact me if you are interested.

No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many
electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Greg Lewis
gclewis@satx.rr.com <mailto:gclewis%40satx.rr.com>



Fw: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

David F <davidftx@...>
 

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Greg Lewis <gclewis@satx.rr.com>
Sent: Wed, December 23, 2009 4:02:35 AM
Subject: Fwd: AL-572 Specifications

Just in time for that Christmas gift you have been wanting.......I'm selling this for a friend. I've seen the amp, it is very very clean and performs well.

He is asking $950 for this amp, sells for $1,780 new. This is in outstanding condition and all 4 of the rugged 572B tubes test excellent. This is a
very solid performer giving you 1,300 watts on 160 to 10 meters.

Contact me if you are interested.




No trees were killed in the creation of this message. However, many
electrons were terribly inconvenienced.

Greg Lewis
gclewis@satx.rr.com


Re: [STXARES] San Antonio Hams Newsletter Subscription - Christmas edition out 12/23

Lee Besing
 

The end of 2009 marks the 6th anniversary of having SanAntonioHams.org online providing this service to the area ham radio operators. The next December Christmas issue will be sent out in about 24 hours or sooner, to the 400+ addresses currently subscribed. The subject matter is mostly ham radio related, and focused on events mostly in the central Texas area, but sometimes we put stuff in from all over the place, like the most recent story about a fire in Florida at a radio broadcast station, or the upcoming New Mexico QSO party.

We are willing to set up other hams to post their own articles or reports from their ham club / area of Texas. Just contact me and we'll make it happen. There is no charge or cost. We also offer free classified ads for hams, but our current offerings are a bit slim right now. Feel free to post your for sale, for trade, wanted, whatever, but no dog breeding ads, condos for sale, or work from home ads please!

If you weren't already on the subscription list and want to be, just contact me off the list, or send email message to info@sanantoniohams.org with subject "subscribe". I only need your name, call sign and email address to add any entry into my database. This is a free subscription with no hidden strings or gotcha's.

...and if you don't want to subscribe, well, Merry Christmas to you anyway!

Feel free to visit the website and its news blog area to read the stories manually when you feel like it, or not.

Please white list "sanantoniohams.org" in your mail program or server to be sure it gets thru. I've put lots of video links and links back to more photos or stories, so some of the spam programs will catch this issue more than others.
__________________________
Lee Besing, N5NTG San Antonio, TX
210-771-7075 cell Twitter: N5NTG


Re: Fw: Skywarn Day - The Video

Lee Besing
 

Apparently the rules for this Yahoo group suppressed all the links in my original message below. Here is the direct link to the blog where all those videos, photos and stories were found...

http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/

Recent Top Stories (direct links)...

Sattler Parade --- Video - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4366
Sattler Parade --- Photos - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4328
Sattler Parade -- Letter of Thanks - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4296

Skywarn - Video - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4319
Skywarn - Photos - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4299

SARO New Board of Directors - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4287

New 444.450 Repeater Area Wide Coverage - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4272

New ARES EC For Comal County - http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=4268


__________________________
Lee Besing 210-771-7075
San Antonio, TX

----- Original Message -----
From: Lee Besing
To: HillCountryREACT@yahoogroups.com ; gvarcllc@yahoogroups.com ; CARC-ARES@yahoogroups.com ; w5sc@yahoogroups.com ; hchams@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, December 19, 2009 7:39 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Fw: Skywarn Day - The Video



Been a busy beaver with the video editing software... Skywarn Day from December 4th & 5th 2009 In New Braunfels, Texas, at the Austin / San Antonio National Weather Service. Hill Country REACT Team coordinated the volunteers for this, but we had help from several different area ham clubs... Details below...

Photos and details of the hams and ham clubs were shown at this link
2009 Skywarn Recognition Day - Photos

Video is here at this link
2009 Skywarn Video - Austin / San Antonio NWS
Okay, the long wait is finally over! We've compressed 24 hours of operation down to about 5 minutes, without using the fast forward button. Amazing, but true! Of course since we weren't personally there the whole time to take photos and videos of every single operator, we weren't able to include more than the three operators shown in the video (recorded live) plus a few others that had their photos taken and forwarded to us.

Most of the footage in the video was provided by Lee N5NTG, with some by Bob W2IK and Wade W5ERX.

Here is the YouTube link to this video.

__________________________
Lee Besing, N5NTG San Antonio, TX
210-771-7075 cell Twitter: N5NTG

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