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Proposed ordinance for San Antonio

Tom O'Brien
 

This item is on the agenda for the Thursday October 7 San Antonio City Council meeting.

"RECOMMENDATION:

Staff recommends Amending Chapter 19, Article VII of the City Code, by adding a new section under Section 19, which will prohibit the use of a hand-held mobile communications device to send, read, or write a text message, or engage in any other use of the device besides dialing telephone numbers or talking to another person, while operating a motor vehicle, and providing for a fine of up to $200 per violation."

How will this apply to your ham radio mobile operation?

1. APRS?
2. D-STAR?
3. changing channel on your handie?
4. other?

The ordinance is supposed to prevent internet texting, websurfing, watching movies, etc., using mobile phones. What can we do to assure that this dragnet ordinance doesn't inadvertently catch radio amateurs?

The background memo for the ordinance is at

https://webapps1.sanantonio.gov/agendabuilder/RFCAMemo.aspx?RId=6548

73TomAB5XZ


Re: Looking for suggestions

Paul Guido
 

How about Winmore, MT63 or PSK16....you could intro with psk31. Or EME and
metor scatter using WSJT mode FSK441.

Paul

http://www.wb8nut.com/digital.html This page has sound bites....ear candy.

On Tue, Oct 5, 2010 at 9:43 AM, Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>wrote:

My fellow hams,

I am preparing a slide presentation on the "State of the Art: Amateur
Radio" that I will deliver to a couple of local IEEE groups (San
Antonio/Austin), and I'd like your help.

Please tell me what you think are the most exciting and promising (and
challenging) technologies that you see in ham radio today. If you can refer
me to a web site, a book, or a magazine article, that would be a big help.
I'm a big believer in "cut and paste".

The last time I did a presentation like this, EchoLink was brand new, and
so was Software Defined Radio. It inspired one person to study and pass the
license exams (zero to Extra in one sitting).

Rather than clutter everybody's e-mailboxes, please send a note to me at
ab5xz@arrl.net.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


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Looking for suggestions

Tom O'Brien
 

My fellow hams,

I am preparing a slide presentation on the "State of the Art: Amateur Radio" that I will deliver to a couple of local IEEE groups (San Antonio/Austin), and I'd like your help.

Please tell me what you think are the most exciting and promising (and challenging) technologies that you see in ham radio today. If you can refer me to a web site, a book, or a magazine article, that would be a big help. I'm a big believer in "cut and paste".

The last time I did a presentation like this, EchoLink was brand new, and so was Software Defined Radio. It inspired one person to study and pass the license exams (zero to Extra in one sitting).

Rather than clutter everybody's e-mailboxes, please send a note to me at ab5xz@arrl.net.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: [bexarcountyares] David Freiberger K5OLE SK [1 Attachment]

Schuylar Crist <skyskyrider@...>
 

Our friend David will be very much missed. Our only consolation is in knowing he is at peace with our Lord Jesus Christ. But what great consolation that is. We were all blessed to know David and to learn from him. His faith and courage through this battle is something we can all learn from. May God's comfort and presence be felt even more greatly in this time by his family and friends.

In His service,
Schuylar Crist
73 de AE5SC

Assistant Public Information Coordinator, American Radio Relay League - Districts 10/11/12, South Texas Section

(210) 663-6093 (Cell)

Matthew 25:40
Galatians 6:2
John 15:13



To: bexarcountyares@yahoogroups.com; stxares@yahoogroups.com; w5sc@yahoogroups.com
From: shane@ns5d.com
Date: Tue, 14 Sep 2010 14:19:38 -0500
Subject: [bexarcountyares] David Freiberger K5OLE SK [1 Attachment]





















[Attachment(s) from Shane O'Neal included below]







Our friend, mentor and leader, David Freiberger K5OLE is gone. He passed away this afternoon after a very long battle, first with cancer, then with complications from the treatment of it.

J C N5RXS will update us with the funeral arrangements when he can.

I'm attaching a photo of my friend, doing what he loved.

Sadly,
Shane NS5D









Attachment(s) from Shane O'Neal

1 of 1 Photo(s)




david_freiberger.jpg


David Freiberger K5OLE SK

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>
 

Our friend, mentor and leader, David Freiberger K5OLE is gone. He passed
away this afternoon after a very long battle, first with cancer, then with
complications from the treatment of it.

J C N5RXS will update us with the funeral arrangements when he can.

I'm attaching a photo of my friend, doing what he loved.

Sadly,
Shane NS5D


ICOM 718 & PS For Sale

Gary Harmon
 

I received a call from Bob at 380-0885 last night. He has a supposed "new"
ICOM 718 and MFJ power supply for sale. He is asking $500 for both. I
haven't seen them, I don't know Bob and I have no financial interest in the
items. Give him a call if interested.



73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h / 210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."


Re: Expense reimbursement

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

I supplied water, ice, and other drinks at my expense.

73,
Mike

On Tue, Jun 29, 2010 at 9:55 AM, J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:



Tom:

I handed you the receipts on Sunday.

Please mail the check to my home address:
8734 Melrose
San Antonio, TX 78250

J C


----- Original Message -----
From: Tom O'Brien
To: W5SC
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:39 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Expense reimbursement

To all SARC members,

If you have recently spent money on behalf of the San Antonio Radio Club,
and would like to be reimbursed,
send your original receipt (keep a copy) to the club P.O. box (see the web
site w5sc.org) and I will send you a check.

Recent reimbursement checks have been issued for these authorized expenses:

N3FJP Field Day network software
New antennas and antenna parts
Antenna storage boxes
New Generator for Field Day
Field Day food and refreshments

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas





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Re: Expense reimbursement

J C Smith
 

Tom:

I handed you the receipts on Sunday.

Please mail the check to my home address:
8734 Melrose
San Antonio, TX 78250

J C

----- Original Message -----
From: Tom O'Brien
To: W5SC
Sent: Tuesday, June 29, 2010 9:39 AM
Subject: [W5SC] Expense reimbursement



To all SARC members,

If you have recently spent money on behalf of the San Antonio Radio Club, and would like to be reimbursed,
send your original receipt (keep a copy) to the club P.O. box (see the web site w5sc.org) and I will send you a check.

Recent reimbursement checks have been issued for these authorized expenses:

N3FJP Field Day network software
New antennas and antenna parts
Antenna storage boxes
New Generator for Field Day
Field Day food and refreshments

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas




[Non-text portions of this message have been removed]


Expense reimbursement

Tom O'Brien
 

To all SARC members,

If you have recently spent money on behalf of the San Antonio Radio Club, and would like to be reimbursed,
send your original receipt (keep a copy) to the club P.O. box (see the web site w5sc.org) and I will send you a check.

Recent reimbursement checks have been issued for these authorized expenses:

N3FJP Field Day network software
New antennas and antenna parts
Antenna storage boxes
New Generator for Field Day
Field Day food and refreshments

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Re: My Daughter would like to participate in field day

Tom O'Brien
 

Ron,

We would be very happy to have Lauren visit our Field Day operation, and she's an ideal op for our GOTA station.
We should be set up and ready to operate by noon on Saturday. We'll be in Shavano Park, TX, which is a very old small town surrounded by San Antonio. If you look on the ARRL web site, and use the Field Day station locator, you'll find a map to where we are. The City of Shavano Park has been kind enough to let us use their park and its parking area for our operation. Address is 15604 NW Military Hwy, San Antonio, TX.

Call me at 210 845 4966 if you have questions.

-----Original Message-----
From: ron mahn <ki5fr@mahnster.net>
Sent: Jun 23, 2010 8:45 AM
To: ab5xz@arrl.net
Subject: My Daughter would like to participate in field day

Tom,
My name is Ron Mahn, KI5FR in Crestview FL. My daughter Lauren is
visiting her Grandmother in San Antonio this weekend and would like to
work a GOTA station. She is 8 years old. She has made contacts for
W4AAZ, our GOTA station (KI5FR) and talks for me in our local net for
the past 3 years. Her first QSO was the day she turned 3, and is
averaging about 65% on her Tech practice tests. I wanted to let you
know she might try to get out to your site on Sat afternoon.
She has a very solid voice on the radio and understands phonetics,
call signs and the need for an exchange. Because FD only comes once a
year she may need a little help with the section and class as well as
when to talk, but as long as she writes everything down first, she is
good to go. She only gets shy on the radio if folks try to hard to get
her past being shy Hi. She knows that by making just one contact she
gets you a 20 point bonus, so she is fired up to help out. If you have
a best time, please let me know and I will pass that along.

73,
Ron Mahn
KI5FR

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


WANTED: Atari or Other Game Equipment

Gary Harmon
 

If you have any to sell or trade, please let me know.



73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h / 210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."


Tour de Cure Help Needed

Lee Besing
 

I'll try to be at Thursday's SARC meeting in person, but my current health
problems may prevent it. Working to get better before the Tour De Cure,
cause being ill really sucks! I'll likely ask my wife, Pat, to drive me
there since I can't drive quite yet. Vertigo is the problem right now, not
life threatening.



We've now got lots of openings for SAG drivers, ham operator or just cell
phone, doesn't matter. The TdC folks just told me they are short of drivers
for the "tiny SAG's" (my phrasing) which are the 4 door Scions from
Documation. I've got one or maybe 2 of the normal 15 passenger SAG vans
still not staffed, but that will change by tomorrow. I've got a couple of
Toyota Trucks from Austin that need drivers. The TT's will be used for misc
purposes, such as picking up signs behind the routes as they close, left
over "stuff" (read that trash) that a rest stop didn't get loaded onto their
supply truck, and as temp SAG's to pick up the larger bikes.



Event May 22 - 23, starting in Austin, spend night in San Marcos (free dorm
rooms for our volunteers), and continue up to Austin on Sunday. Expect 2,000
riders.



I'm needing to nail down these assignments really quick, so I can turn them
in by Friday to TdC. No background checks, but drivers need to give me
their name, DL #, and cell phone #. Actually I need everybody's Name, cell
phone #, and ham call sign (if applicable).



I've still got some limited numbers of free dorm rooms for overnight, with
priority going to folks driving SAGs or TT's both days.



Lee Besing N5NTG

info@sanantoniohams.org or lee@besing.com

210-771-7075 (text or voice) cell


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San Antonio Hams - News & Public Service Events

Lee Besing
 

The April 2010 issue of the San Antonio Hams newsletter has now been sent out to about 400+ hams in mostly the central Texas area, with a few outside that area as subscribers. Rather than clog the various groups with another copy of it, if you didn't receive it in the email just now, you can still view it online at www.sanantoniohams.org. Just click on the link shown on the top of the newsletter or use the following direct link. http://sanantoniohams.org/letters/letter_2010-04-28.html

The website's link does work fine, but apparently the link built into the email message itself didn't get properly formatted to connect the web copy, so the above link now goes direct to the correct file.

If you want to subscribe to future issues, use the "subscribe" link on that website to send me a message. Please try not to respond back to this yahoo group with a personal reply. :) I know how easy it is to just hit the reply button. If you wanted unsubscribed, well, there was a link on the copy of the newsletter you received, that will let you automatically unsubscribe. Please use it if you chose to leave us. We only had about 20 bounced email addresses this time around, plus a handful of those who never read their email anyway, so their boxes were over limit.

If you want to volunteer for the upcoming Tour de Cure event on May 22nd and 23rd, please contact me via email or phone. We offer free overnight dorm rooms for our 2-day volunteers (on Saturday), but cannot offer any help with Friday if you are driving in from out of the area. We expect about 2,000 riders in this year's 2-day event that rides from San Antonio to San Marcos, then San Marcos to Austin. 4 routes on Day 1, 3 routes on Day 2. We need to staff 7 rest stops on Day 1, 8 on Day 2, and need about a dozen hams to drive official TdC vehicles in various capacities (such as SAG, Turtle, or Signage pickup). Positions are assigned on a first come, first served basis, and the driving jobs are already starting to fill up. TdC has designated fuel stations along the route, just like the MS150 does, so drivers won't be out of pocket for any fuel expenses.

7e de Lee N5NTG

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


Re: [STXDXCC] Advice needed

Marty Meyers
 

I sent this directly to Tom but thought others might be interested as well:

Hello Tom,

Good to hear from you! I have the Buddipole Deluxe package with the 16 foot mast, guying kit, 50' coax cable/assembly, and long bag. I have also bought, after the fac, t the book that was recently released by NE1RD and the Wire assembly which is basically a wire to be used as a counterpoise with a nice little wire adapter that lets you screw it into the versatee easily.

Ok, with that out of the way one thing you have to keep in mind is that I am a new ham and have very little experience with antennas. I say this as what I think might be great may not be so good for you. The things I like most about the Buddipole is its portability, and versatility.

I live in a neighborhood that doesn't necessarily allow you to have permanent antennas. The Buddipole is perfect in this regard as I generally set it up Friday night / Saturday morning and then take it down Sunday night. The other thing that is nice is that I like to travel and have a travel trailer. I can easily pack all of the components into the included bag and take it along with me.

From a versatility standpoint you can set this thing up in as many configurations as you can imagine. I have set it up as a horizontal dipole, a vertical, an inverted V, a L, a Y, etc, etc. You can also buy parts to make a multi-element Yagi out of it. I have found that the vertical configuration with the counterpoise wire works best for me. Because of this I might recommend the Buddistick rather than the Buddipole. With that being said you can do more with the Buddipole and therefore, if you are willing to take on the extra expense the Buddipole is a more versatile choice.

As I stated before I am a new ham. I have been able to make contacts with this Antenna in about 30 different states. This includes most of the West coast, Northeast, and even Hawaii. All on 100 watts. I have had some issues getting it tuned for low SWR on some of the bands. It would be nice to have an antenna tuner, get it tuned for each band 160m through 2m, and make detailed notes for each configuration. Unfortunately I don't have a tuner at this time. I have been successful in getting it tuned as a vertical on 20m where I can work the entire General class portion of the band with SWR that is likely 1.5:1 or lower. Not too shabby! I have also found that it would be difficult to get it high enough above the ground in a horizontal dipole configuration to really do it any justice. Unfortunately for bands above 10 meters it will likely work in a omni-directional pattern. I have used it as a horizontal though and have had some success into quite a bit of the US but I find the Vertical configuration is superior.

Buddipole has a youtube page with some good videos that walk you through a couple of different configurations in real world operating situations.

http://www.youtube.com/buddipole

This Yahoo group is also very helpful and the Buddipole guys, Budd and Chris, offer a lot of help and advise here as well. They are very active and want to ensure a good experience with the product:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Buddipole/

73,

Marty
W5MRM

On Apr 26, 2010, at 9:32 AM, Tom O'Brien wrote:

Tom AB5XZ, David KE5KCW, and (Mike callsign TBD) will be operating portable in northern Colorado in July.
We plan to take a Kenwood TS-450 and lightweight MFJ power supply. What we have not decided on is the antenna. In the past, we have taken a long wire or a 20m dipole. This time, we are looking at the Buddipole product, mainly for its compactness and easy setup.

Can anyone on these list tell us about experience with the Buddipole?

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


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Re: Advice needed

Lew Archer <usxpop@...>
 

Check with Bob Rod k5auw, he uses a Buddipole copy.  Seems to work OK.

--- On Mon, 4/26/10, Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net> wrote:


From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Subject: [W5SC] Advice needed
To: "STXDXCC" <STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com>, "W5SC" <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Cc: "Mike Bowles" <mikdbow@swbell.net>
Date: Monday, April 26, 2010, 9:32 AM


 



Tom AB5XZ, David KE5KCW, and (Mike callsign TBD) will be operating portable in northern Colorado in July.
We plan to take a Kenwood TS-450 and lightweight MFJ power supply. What we have not decided on is the antenna. In the past, we have taken a long wire or a 20m dipole. This time, we are looking at the Buddipole product, mainly for its compactness and easy setup.

Can anyone on these list tell us about experience with the Buddipole?

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas







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Advice needed

Tom O'Brien
 

Tom AB5XZ, David KE5KCW, and (Mike callsign TBD) will be operating portable in northern Colorado in July.
We plan to take a Kenwood TS-450 and lightweight MFJ power supply. What we have not decided on is the antenna. In the past, we have taken a long wire or a 20m dipole. This time, we are looking at the Buddipole product, mainly for its compactness and easy setup.

Can anyone on these list tell us about experience with the Buddipole?

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Fw: Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit at Trinity Saturday, May 1

Tom O'Brien
 

-----Forwarded Message-----
From: Tom O'Brien <tpobrienjr@earthlink.net>
Sent: Apr 22, 2010 3:19 PM
To: STXDXCC <STXDXCC@yahoogroups.com>, W5SC <W5SC@yahoogroups.com>
Subject: Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit at Trinity Saturday, May 1

Vintage Electrical Equipment Exhibit
May 1, 2010, 1:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Trinity University
Moody Engineering Science Building, Room MEB 305
Sponsored by IEEE Life Members Group – San Antonio

Come and see Electrical Engineering history! Life Members and others who have
unique instruments and pieces of equipment from decades past will exhibit and
discuss the equipment they used and their experiences. Items already on the
list of exhibits include:

WWII and Vietnam era military electronics
Vacuum Tubes, Vacuum capacitors, Telegraph equipment
Standard cell, laboratory test equipment
Early electronic calculators
SWTP 6809 microcomputer, punch cards
Personal (hobby) robots
Vintage 1930's era radios
Oscilloscopes and VTVMs from the 50's and 60's
Microcomputer magazines, 1930's ARRL manuals
Part catalogs and literature
The format will be informal and visitors can visit all the table top exhibits.
Exhibitors will explain how the equipment was obtained and how they were
personally involved in the use or design.

Space is available for more table-top exhibits. Do you have a piece of electrical
history in your garage or attic? A test instrument that you used, a Dumont
television set, a kit microcomputer, parts catalogs or magazines from the 60's,
50's, 40's or earlier? If so, dust it off and bring it to our Exhibit. Show off your
treasures and look at all the other items that will be there.

Certificates will be awarded for “oldest” (must be documented) and “best of
show” (selected by vote of visitors).
Anyone who would like to participate should contact Ernest Franke||
(e.franke@ieee.org) so exhibit space can be planned.

Announcement and Map attached.



Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas

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FW: You GOTTA see this video!!!

Gary Harmon
 

Very interesting video.



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."



From: Rich Arland [mailto:k7sz@live.com]
Sent: Wednesday, April 21, 2010 10:14 AM
To: Andy Howard; Bill Rankin; bobkb3vs@aol.com; boyd schilling; Cal Neff;
Cam Hartford; Chris Fowler; Dar Piatt; Dean Johnston; Debbie Stanfield; Dino
Papas; Doug Hendricks; Doug Rubenstein; Frank Henrikson; Fran Slavinski;
Gary Harmon; Gwen Stanfieldc; Howie Weinstine; Jerel Duboff; Jim Fitton; Jim
Larsen; Joe Lynch; John Tomsak; Kevin Stanfield; Kielan Stanfield; Mark
Wilson; Marv Feldman; Mike Zane; Mitch Gill; N2CX; Patricia Arland; Paul
Stroud; Paul; Philip Neidlinger; Ralph Fellows; Rich; Roger Kropf; Roy
Lewallen; Steve Ford; Tom at Hayseed Hamfest Co.; Vic Klein;
wlmccrory@roadrunner.com; worksntv@aol.com
Subject: You GOTTA see this video!!!



Hal N4GG presented this to the North Fulton Amateur Radio League last
evening. This is a replica of a 1910 rotary spark-gap transmitter AND IT
WORKS!!!!!

The video is a little over an hour long, and is a great presentation,
however if you want to just watch the transmitter in action go to about 1 hr
5 mins and watch from there. This project took Hal over 2500 hours to
complete. It weighs in excess of 70 pounds! It is a beautiful piece of
antique radio gear and when you hear it for the first time and see that
"Blue Lightening" flashing across the spark-gap you'll be seeing "REAL
RADIO" in action.

Have fun!!

http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/6327659

VY 73 es GUD DX!

Rich Arland, K7SZ
Bent Dipole Ranch
Dacula, GA

Cogito Ergo CQ! (I Think Therefore I Ham!)
(With apologies to Rene Descartes, 1596 to 1650)





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Older Working Laptop Available

Gary Harmon
 

I have an older Dell Latitude laptop for sale or trade or even giveaway if
the need brings tears to my eyes. It works good, holds a two hour charge
but has two issues. One, the LAN socket does not work but the internal
wireless does. Two, sometimes the screen will go off into horiz-hold-ville
but a slap to the back will bring it back. It is loaded with XP
Professional and I have the CD and related documents. If you have a need,
let me know.



73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h

210.884.6926c



"Retirement means everyday is a Saturday except Sunday."

"Too many projects, not enough time."

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