Date   

San Antonio R&R Marathon This Weekend (Sunday)

Lee Besing
 

I'm still in need of another 6-8 ham volunteers to help out this Sunday
morning. We're running on 2 meters, usually close enough to use your HT,
but always close enough for a mobile. We're only releasing the chosen
frequency to those who volunteer, to reduce intentional interference on the
day of the event. Volunteers need to be in position BEFORE 6AM, due to
road closures. There will be a bicycle ride starting on the same route, at
6:45am, followed by the handicap riders around 7:15am, and the main event at
7:30am.



The radio net for the event will be open around 5am to help give directions
to lost, I mean slightly bewildered hams who need assistance in finding
their exact location in the dark. One of the reasons I recommend scoping it
out prior to the event morning. Easier to find it in daylight. J



Course Maps are available on www.sanantoniohams.org/blog



Please contact me direct if you want to volunteer, or need to confirm you
are on the list.



We really need your help!



Lee Besing, N5NTG

Phone (210)771-7075 (cell) voice or text msg

lee@besing.com


CLUB MEETING- , 11/10/2011, 7:00 pm

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Re: Hams Needed Sunday - 2011 San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon

David Espinoza - W5QS
 

Lee,
 
WHen you wake up can you Text me the Marathon Frequency... I need a day to reprogram the camaro...
 
Dave

David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management

--- On Mon, 11/7/11, Lee Besing <lee@besing.com> wrote:


From: Lee Besing <lee@besing.com>
Subject: [W5SC] Hams Needed Sunday - 2011 San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon
To: bexarcountyares@yahoogroups.com, HillCountryREACT@yahoogroups.com, wx5us_list@ka5eyh.net, CARC-ARES@yahoogroups.com, w5sc@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "'Lee Besing'" <lee@besing.com>
Date: Monday, November 7, 2011, 9:27 PM



 



Once again, the AARO Ham Club has been tasked with providing Hams to assist
the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon on Sunday, November 13, 2011. We don't
have much time to get this organized, but we need volunteers at every mile
marker, and a few other odd ball locations along the route. We need about 2
dozen (minimum) ham radio volunteers to staff each of the assigned
positions. We'll be operating on a 2 meter frequency to be disclosed to
volunteers who sign up for this event. Most positions can use HT, but the
southernmost positions on the route may require use of a mobile radio.

Duties include picking up the timing clocks prior to the event, (See #3
below for details), then being on-site at your assigned location prior to
6am, ready to turn them on when Dave Espinoza W5QS gives us the countdown
over the radio. We'll send out exact locations for each position for those
of you who sign up to work the event.

Coordinator this year is LEE BESING N5NTG. Contact Lee via email at
<mailto:lee@besing.com> lee@besing.com to volunteer, or call him at
210-771-7075. Email preferred due to tracking of assignments. If you have
a preference on location, or limitation on time available for the day of the
event, please let us know. We'll assign locations on first come, first
serve, with preferences given for those asking for repeat locations from
previous years (to help minimize directional confusion).

A few of you have already contacted Lee for volunteering & we thank you.
Please confirm that you are on his list. We need your name, call sign,
cell phone #, email address, preferred location (or any limitations) & of
course your T-Shirt Size.

Assignments will distributed via email, or in person as needed. Please
come to the AARO Club Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, November 9th, for full
details and to get assignments in person. Meeting location is Mamacitas
Mexican Restaurant, 8030 W IH-10 on the Eastbound access road, between
Medical & Callahan Road.

<http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=6
801112662630638800> Map Link Here
<http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=6
801112662630638800>
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=68
01112662630638800

This year's route has been changed due to construction downtown.

PDF Map is available at <http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5800>
http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5800

Here's the plan, same as previous years:

1) AARO volunteers staff the start line and a minimum 22 clock locations
on race day.

2) Ideally, the volunteers have been pre-assigned a location based on
history, accessibility, comfort with location, time available to volunteer,
etc.

3) Volunteers report to the race compound in Alamodome Lot C at 6 p.m. on
Friday, Nov. 11. At that time, the volunteers will get their clock, case,
charger, tripod, course maps/specific location, passes, T-shirts, and any
additional instructions and information.

4) Race morning, one person reports to the start line area to broadcast
the race start (typically parking on the top floor of the parking garage at
Bowie and Market). All other volunteers drive directly to their post by 6
a.m. Note that the roads are closing earlier this year due to the inaugural
bike tour at 6:45 a.m.

5) Volunteers place clocks on the tripods at their mile location (mile
signs delivered by other course set-up crews) and stand by for race start at
7:30 a.m.

6) At the precise race start broadcast from the start (should be right at
7:30 a.m.), volunteers start their clock.

7) Volunteers park off the course but within sight of their clock. During
the race, they are basically cheerleaders.

8) Volunteers should know where closest medical station, water station,
and restrooms are on their course. They should see these when driving to
their location.

9) When the last runners go by (as indicated by the passing of the
official "tail vehicle") they return the clock to the case and break down
the tripod. The clock, case, and tripod will be picked up by one of the
course crews. They should not leave their clock unattended after the race.

10) After their clock, case and tripod are picked up, their task is over.

Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Digital Course Clock Positions Needed

All clocks started with the first runner start (should be 7:30am, not the
bike tour at 6:45 a.m. or the wheelchairs at 7:25 a.m.). If you have a
position that requires multiple clocks to be activated, turn them all on at
same time & then deploy to the designated sign locations or use multiple
persons. J

Position Location

1) Joint Mile 1

2) Joint Mile 2

3) Joint Mile 3

4) Joint Mile 4

5) Joint Mile 5

6) Joint Mile 6

7) Joint Mile 7

8) Joint Mile 8

9) Joint Mile 9

10) Joint Mile 10 (can be combined with Full Mile 25 if needed as they are
close)-2 clocks

11) Half Mile 11 (can be combined with Full Mile 24 if needed as they are
close)-2 clocks

12) Half Mile 12 and Full Mile 25 (very close together)-2 clocks

13) Full mile 11

14) Full mile 12 and mile 23 (close together) - 2 clocks

15) Full Mile 13, Full Mile 13.1 (halfway), and Full Mile 22-3 clocks

16) Full Mile 14 and full mile 21 (close together) - 2 clocks

17) Full Mile 15

18) Full Mile 16

19) Full Mile 17

20) Full Mile 18

21) Full Mile 19

22) Full Mile 20

23) Net Control Start / Finish - David Espinoza

Lee Besing, N5NTG

Phone (210)771-7075 (cell) voice or text msg

<mailto:lee@besing.com> lee@besing.com

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Hams Needed Sunday - 2011 San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon

Lee Besing
 

Once again, the AARO Ham Club has been tasked with providing Hams to assist
the San Antonio Rock & Roll Marathon on Sunday, November 13, 2011. We don't
have much time to get this organized, but we need volunteers at every mile
marker, and a few other odd ball locations along the route. We need about 2
dozen (minimum) ham radio volunteers to staff each of the assigned
positions. We'll be operating on a 2 meter frequency to be disclosed to
volunteers who sign up for this event. Most positions can use HT, but the
southernmost positions on the route may require use of a mobile radio.



Duties include picking up the timing clocks prior to the event, (See #3
below for details), then being on-site at your assigned location prior to
6am, ready to turn them on when Dave Espinoza W5QS gives us the countdown
over the radio. We'll send out exact locations for each position for those
of you who sign up to work the event.



Coordinator this year is LEE BESING N5NTG. Contact Lee via email at
<mailto:lee@besing.com> lee@besing.com to volunteer, or call him at
210-771-7075. Email preferred due to tracking of assignments. If you have
a preference on location, or limitation on time available for the day of the
event, please let us know. We'll assign locations on first come, first
serve, with preferences given for those asking for repeat locations from
previous years (to help minimize directional confusion).



A few of you have already contacted Lee for volunteering & we thank you.
Please confirm that you are on his list. We need your name, call sign,
cell phone #, email address, preferred location (or any limitations) & of
course your T-Shirt Size.



Assignments will distributed via email, or in person as needed. Please
come to the AARO Club Meeting at 7pm on Wednesday, November 9th, for full
details and to get assignments in person. Meeting location is Mamacitas
Mexican Restaurant, 8030 W IH-10 on the Eastbound access road, between
Medical & Callahan Road.




<http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=6
801112662630638800> Map Link Here
<http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=6
801112662630638800>
http://maps.google.com/maps/place?q=Mamacita's,+San+Antonio,+TX&hl=en&cid=68
01112662630638800



This year's route has been changed due to construction downtown.



PDF Map is available at <http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5800>
http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5800



Here's the plan, same as previous years:



1) AARO volunteers staff the start line and a minimum 22 clock locations
on race day.

2) Ideally, the volunteers have been pre-assigned a location based on
history, accessibility, comfort with location, time available to volunteer,
etc.

3) Volunteers report to the race compound in Alamodome Lot C at 6 p.m. on
Friday, Nov. 11. At that time, the volunteers will get their clock, case,
charger, tripod, course maps/specific location, passes, T-shirts, and any
additional instructions and information.

4) Race morning, one person reports to the start line area to broadcast
the race start (typically parking on the top floor of the parking garage at
Bowie and Market). All other volunteers drive directly to their post by 6
a.m. Note that the roads are closing earlier this year due to the inaugural
bike tour at 6:45 a.m.

5) Volunteers place clocks on the tripods at their mile location (mile
signs delivered by other course set-up crews) and stand by for race start at
7:30 a.m.

6) At the precise race start broadcast from the start (should be right at
7:30 a.m.), volunteers start their clock.

7) Volunteers park off the course but within sight of their clock. During
the race, they are basically cheerleaders.

8) Volunteers should know where closest medical station, water station,
and restrooms are on their course. They should see these when driving to
their location.

9) When the last runners go by (as indicated by the passing of the
official "tail vehicle") they return the clock to the case and break down
the tripod. The clock, case, and tripod will be picked up by one of the
course crews. They should not leave their clock unattended after the race.

10) After their clock, case and tripod are picked up, their task is over.





Rock 'n' Roll San Antonio Digital Course Clock Positions Needed



All clocks started with the first runner start (should be 7:30am, not the
bike tour at 6:45 a.m. or the wheelchairs at 7:25 a.m.). If you have a
position that requires multiple clocks to be activated, turn them all on at
same time & then deploy to the designated sign locations or use multiple
persons. J







Position Location

1) Joint Mile 1

2) Joint Mile 2

3) Joint Mile 3

4) Joint Mile 4

5) Joint Mile 5

6) Joint Mile 6

7) Joint Mile 7

8) Joint Mile 8

9) Joint Mile 9

10) Joint Mile 10 (can be combined with Full Mile 25 if needed as they are
close)-2 clocks

11) Half Mile 11 (can be combined with Full Mile 24 if needed as they are
close)-2 clocks

12) Half Mile 12 and Full Mile 25 (very close together)-2 clocks

13) Full mile 11

14) Full mile 12 and mile 23 (close together) - 2 clocks

15) Full Mile 13, Full Mile 13.1 (halfway), and Full Mile 22-3 clocks

16) Full Mile 14 and full mile 21 (close together) - 2 clocks

17) Full Mile 15

18) Full Mile 16

19) Full Mile 17

20) Full Mile 18

21) Full Mile 19

22) Full Mile 20

23) Net Control Start / Finish - David Espinoza










Lee Besing, N5NTG

Phone (210)771-7075 (cell) voice or text msg

<mailto:lee@besing.com> lee@besing.com


CLUB MEETING- , 10/13/2011, 7:00 pm

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Re: Info

Forrest Plumstead
 

From the Mission Park Website:

Craig KennedyBorn in Kerens, Texas on Aug. 10, 1924
Departed on Oct. 3, 2011 and resided in San Antonio, TX.Visitation:
Thursday, Oct. 6, 2011
4:00 pm - 7:00 pm<http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/svf_card.cgi?type=Vis&id=2993969&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found>
Service:Friday, Oct. 7, 2011
4:00 pm<http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/svf_card.cgi?type=Ser&id=2993970&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found>
Cemetery:Mission Burial Park
South<http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/svf_card.cgi?type=Cem&id=2993967&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found>Please
click on the links above for locations, times, maps, and directions.
<http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/wrapper_gb.php?id=978577&task=add_form&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found>
<http://obit.memorialobituaries.com/wrapper_gb.php?id=978577&clientid=missionparks&listing=Found>
Craig "Tex" Boden Kennedy passed peacefully from this life on October 3,
2011. He was born on August 10, 1924 to Custer B. and Magdalene Affholter
Kennedy in Kerens Texas. Tex was preceded in death by his parents,
mother-in-law Mary Rieper and wife Asuncion "Cionny" Kennedy. Tex is
survived by his wife of 43 years, Edna Marie "Ed" Kennedy, sons Craig B.
(Debbie) Kennedy, Edward (Nancy) Kneupper, Kevin (Mary) Kneupper and
daughter Karen (Scott) Chambers, grandchildren Jeremiah Kneupper, Brandon
Kneupper, Kevin (Kali) Kneupper, Matt Robbins, Ben Chambers, Stephanie
(Chris)Miller, and Lora Robbins, and one great grandson Logan Miller. He is
also survived by his sister Ann Stubbs and father-in-law Floyd Rieper. Tex
enrolled at Texas A & M University to study Electrical Engineering in 1941,
joining the Army during his sophomore year. He served as a 1st Lieutenant in
the Signal Corps, stationed in the Philippine Islands with the 86th Division
until 1946. After his honorable discharge from the military, Tex worked for
the Boliano Electronic Corporation in Manila where he became the
vice-president in charge of engineering. One year later he built the radio
station, KZOK, and became the engineering advisor for the Philippines
Broadcasting Corporation. When the political environment in the Philippine
Islands became unstable, Tex returned to Texas A & M University with his
young family to continue his undergraduate work. While finishing his degree,
Tex was employed by the electrical engineering department of the University
to design, build and maintain laboratory equipment as well as sponsoring the
Freshmen Ham Radio Operators Club. In the early '50s he relocated to San
Antonio to become the head of Security Service at Brooks Air Force Base. In
1955 Tex partnered with RCA and founded two-way radio communications in the
San Antonio area. He opened Kennedy Associates and focused on commercial
two-way and Ham Radio communications, electrical engineering and
construction. The first Sigmor Shamrock gas stations in San Antonio were
designed and built by the construction division of Kennedy Associates, led
by Tex. Kennedy Associates operated successfully for over 50 years. Tex
never retired, serving as the president of BKT Corp and staying active as a
Ham Radio Operator until his death. Just some of Tex' many memberships,
certifications and associations include: member of the Philippine Amateur
Radio Association, the Texas VHF-FM Society, the Japan Amateur Radio League,
a Life Member of the Amateur Radio Relay League, a member of the Texas Board
of Professional Engineers for over 50 years, Quarter Century Wireless
Association, an Honorary Deputy Constable for Bexar County- Precinct 2,
president of the San Antonio Bowling Association 1969-1970, president of the
Six Meter International Radio Klub (SMIRK), served on the board of the
Aransas Princess Condominium Association, National Association of Business
Educational Radio, and licensed Master Electrician.
Visitation/viewing for Tex Kennedy will be held at Mission Park Funeral
Chapel, 1700 S.E. Military Dr., San Antonio, on Thursday, October 6th from
4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Service will be on Friday, October 7th at 4:00 PM with
interment to follow. In lieu of flowers the family requests any charitable
donations be sent to the Association of Former Students at Texas A&M,
College Station.

N5TX out







--
73
WB5HQO Forrest
Ham Radio WB5HQO http://forrest.3h.com/main.html
Plumstead and Associated Families:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fplum/

NAQCC Member # 3678 FPQRP # 2642
SKCC Member # 6855 QRPadillo # 59


Tex Kennedy N5TX - SK on 10/03 - Services Pending 10/6 & 10/7 in San Antonio

Lee Besing
 

Silent Key <http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5778> - Tex Kennedy N5TX -
October 3, 2011


http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/wp-content/uploads/2011/10/n5tx_2.jpg

Earlier today (10/3) we received confirmation from persons close to the
family of Tex Kennedy N5TX, that he had passed away this morning at the age
of 87. Tex was well known in the ham radio & commercial radio community.
Kennedy Communications over on Rigsby Road, was a tremendous support to the
REACT Teams since the mid 80′s, supplying REACT with multiple GMRS Repeater
sites & equipment on a very affordable site lease. Tex also operated KComm
The Ham Store, and KB Tower company.

Most recently in 2010, he allowed Hill Country REACT to change out their
GMRS 462.600 repeater up near Startzville, for an Amateur Radio repeater on
445.500 MHz, which is now linked by IRLP to other area repeaters in Hays/
Caldwell Counties via the “Devils Backbone” (where do they come up with
these names?). Kennedy Communications was sold back in the early 2000′s
(time?), but first they arranged for 99 year leases to be signed on behalf
of REACT to preserve our GMRS repeater sites. Only the original 462.675 site
in NE San Antonio is still on the air, due to the above mentioned change to
the 462.600 site.

Lee N5NTG


UPDATES RECEIVED 10/04 --


* There will be a visitation/viewing Thursday (10/6) from 4 - 8 PM
* There will be a burial service/burial Friday (10/7) at 4:00 PM

All Services for Tex Kennedy will be at:
Mission Burial Park South
1700 SE Military Dr
San Antonio, TX

The Kennedy family suggests charitable contributions be made to:
Former Students Assn - Texas A&M University

73,
Ed Larose, KS5V



___________________________________

Lee Besing, N5NTG

Phone (210)771-7075 (cell) voice or text msg

lee@besing.com


Info

Emile <ks5v@...>
 

There will be a visitation/viewing Thursday 4 - 8 PM & burial
service/burial Friday at 4:00 PM for Tex Kennedy at:
Mission Burial Park South
1700 SE Military Dr
San Antonio, Tx

The Kennedy family suggests charitable contributions be made to:
Former Students Assn
Texas A&M University

73,
Ed Larose, KS5V


SK

Ed KS5V <ks5v@...>
 

Tex Kennedy N5TX became a silent key this morning around 3:00 AM.

73,
Ed Larose, KS5V

--


FYI: FEMA & FCC Unveil New Tip Sheet For Consumers On How To Communicate During Disasters]]

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

No mention of ham radio. Amazing!

-------- Original Message --------
Subject: FYI: FEMA & FCC Unveil New Tip Sheet For Consumers On How To
Communicate During Disasters
Date: Mon, 26 Sep 2011 10:48:53 -0500
Please pass on......

FEMA & FCC Unveil New Tip Sheet For Consumers On How To Communicate
During Disasters

Release Date: September 26, 2011
Release Number: 1603-947

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NEW ORLEANS – As part of National Preparedness Month, the Federal
Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Communications Commission
today released new tips for consumers aimed at preparing them for
major disasters when communications networks are more likely to be
compromised or damaged. Nearly one month ago, a 5.8 magnitude
earthquake and Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast. In the minutes
and hours that followed, mobile networks experienced significant
network congestion, temporarily making it harder for millions of
people to reach loved ones and emergency services. This tip sheet aims
to help prepare Americans about how to communicate with each other,
and loved ones, in the event of another disaster.

“Between the East Coast earthquake, Hurricane Irene, Tropical Storm
Lee, and wildfires in Texas and California, we have had a lot of
powerful reminders lately that disasters can strike anytime, anywhere
- and can often make it difficult for the public to communicate with
friends, loved ones or emergency personnel,†said FEMA Administrator
Craig Fugate. “An important part of preparing for disasters includes
getting ready for potential communications challenges, whether caused
by power outages or heavy cell network congestion. These simple tips
are easy for anyone to follow and could make a world of difference
when it matters the most.â€

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said, “When disaster strikes, the
ability to communicate is essential. However, power outages and other
issues can interfere with the way people ordinarily communicate,
making it harder to reach loved ones or emergency services. The FCC is
committed to ensuring the public's safety through the reliability of
our nation's communications networks. But there are also simple steps
that consumers can take to prepare for a disaster as well as practical
ways to better communicate during and after an event. I encourage all
Americans to become familiar these tips and share them with friends
and family.â€

To read a joint blog post by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate and FCC
Chairman Julius Genachowski, click here.

The Tip Sheet for How to Communicate During Disasters is below, or
check out www.ready.gov/tech or fcc.gov.

Consumers with questions about their particular mobile phone devices
should contact their wireless provide or equipment manufacturer.

TIP SHEET

When disaster strikes, you want to be able to communicate by both
receiving and distributing information to others. You may need to call
9-1-1 for assistance, locate friends or family, or let loved ones know
that you are okay. During disasters, communications networks could be
damaged, lose power, or become congested. This fact sheet provides two
important sets of tips. The first will help you prepare your home and
mobile devices for a disaster. The second may help you communicate
more effectively during and immediately after a disaster.

Before a Disaster: How to Prepare Your Home and Mobile Device

1. Maintain a list of emergency phone numbers in your cell phone and
in or near your home phone.
2. Keep charged batteries and car-phone chargers available for back-up
power for your cell phone.
3. If you have a traditional landline (non-broadband or VOIP) phone,
keep at least one non-cordless phone in your home because if it will
work even if you lose power.
4. Prepare a family contact sheet. This should include at least one
out-of-town contact that may be better able to reach family members in
an emergency.
5. Program "In Case of Emergency" (ICE) contacts into your cell phone
so emergency personnel can contact those people for you if you are
unable to use your phone. Let your ICE contacts know that they are
programmed into your phone and inform them of any medical issues or
other special needs you may have.
6. If you are evacuated and have call-forwarding on your home phone,
forward your home phone number to your cell phone number.
7. If you do not have a cell phone, keep a prepaid phone card to use
if needed during or after a disaster.
8. Have a battery-powered radio or television available (with spare batteries).
9. Subscribe to text alert services from local or state governments to
receive alerts in the event of a disaster. Parents should sign up for
their school district emergency alert system.

During and After a Disaster: How to Reach Friends, Loved Ones &
Emergency Services

1. If you have a life-threatening emergency, call 9-1-1. Remember that
you cannot currently text 9-1-1. If you are not experiencing an
emergency, do not call 9-1-1. If your area offers 3-1-1 service or
another information system, call that number for non-emergencies.
2. For non-emergency communications, use text messaging, e-mail, or
social media instead of making voice calls on your cell phone to avoid
tying up voice networks. Data-based services like texts and emails are
less likely to experience network congestion. You can also use social
media to post your status to let family and friends know you are okay.
In addition to Facebook and Twitter, you can use resources such as the
American Red Cross's Safe and Well program (
www.redcross.org/safeandwell).
3. Keep all phone calls brief. If you need to use a phone, try to
convey only vital information to emergency personnel and/or family.
4. If you are unsuccessful in completing a call using your cell phone,
wait ten seconds before redialing to help reduce network congestion.
5. Conserve your cell phone battery by reducing the brightness of your
screen, placing your phone in airplane mode, and closing apps you are
not using that draw power, unless you need to use the phone.
6. If you lose power, you can charge your cell phone in your car. Just
be sure your car is in a well-ventilated place (remove it from the
garage) and do not go to your car until any danger has passed. You can
also listen to your car radio for important news alerts.
7. Tune into broadcast television and radio for important news alerts.
If applicable, be sure that you know how to activate the closed
captioning or video description on your television.
8. If you do not have a hands-free device in your car, stop driving or
pull over to the side of the road before making a call. Do not text on
a cell phone, talk, or "tweet" without a hands free device while
driving.
9. Immediately following a disaster, resist using your mobile device
to watch streaming videos, download music or videos, or play video
games, all of which can add to network congestion. Limiting use of
these services can help potentially life-saving emergency calls get
through to 9-1-1.
10. Check www.ready.gov regularly to find other helpful tips for
preparing for disasters and other emergencies.

FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to
ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and
improve our capability to prepare for, protect against, respond to,
recover from, and mitigate all hazards.


FW: Silent Key - KG5CP

Lee Besing
 

End of an era in local ham radio news... Just learned that Morris Sullivan,
call sign KG5CP, has passed away. Details in today's Express News. Morris
has operated the nightly ham radio net called "the Rainfall Net" for longer
than I've been a ham. Every night at 8pm on the dot, on the 146.94 repeater,
Morris himself, or one of his net control hams, would run the net, 365 days
a week, with or without any rain nearby, so we sometimes called it the "dust
bowl net". He was 80 years old.



Morris Sullivan KG5CP passed away on Sunday, September 4, 2011. Funeral
Services at grave side will be Wednesday, September 7th @ 2pm.



SAHams link here http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=5762

Obit link here
http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=morris-sullivan
<http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/sanantonio/obituary.aspx?n=morris-sullivan
&pid=153484773&fhid=8900> &pid=153484773&fhid=8900





Lee Besing, N5NTG

Phone (210)771-7075 (cell) voice or text msg

info@sanantoniohams.org


Why Mobile Phones Didn't Work After Virginia Earthquake

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Check out the little excerpt form this eweek.com story. It is on page 2 from
the link below.

"For example, you can encourage employees who happen to be amateur radio
operators to keep a radio at work. Your company can even buy the radio for
them, and you can encourage employees to get their ham radio licenses. Its
important to know that these radios can only be used for true emergencies,
such as threats to life or safety. You cant use ham radio to do anything
related to conducting your business. But if an employee gets injured during
a disaster and the landlines and mobile networks are out, your resident ham
radio operator can use the radio to call for help."


http://www.eweek.com/c/a/Mobile-and-Wireless/Why-Mobile-Phones-Didnt-Work-After-Virginia-Earthquake-420330/?kc=EWWHNEMNL08292011STR7


FW: Radio Scouting Update - JOTA (National Council)

Lee Besing
 

I just got this from the National BSA Council today. Some advance info
regarding the upcoming JOTA in October. No need for anyone to contact this
guy, other than perhaps Lew & other organizers from SARC if they want in the
loop.

Lee Besing N5NTG

-----Original Message-----
From: Jim Wilson
Sent: Friday, August 12, 2011 10:02 AM
Subject: Radio Scouting Update

Radio Scouting Committee ----

Action Items:

* Write up needed from Committee --- message to Council International
Representatives to spur them to generate interest in setting up a JOTA
station and/or provide support to any planned station(s) in their council.
* Provide feedback/comments on Radio Scouting graphic options that are
attached.

I see that my last update was in mid-July. Here's an update from mid-August
as we head to the Top Hands meeting next week.

JOTA Promotion. A tweet went out from the BSA National Office twitter
account in July that carried our JOTA message and link to the website. I've
also been monitoring a weekly Google search on JOTA terms. That has revealed
a few council postings around JOTA. In a few cases I've contacted the
council and suggested that they link to the new JOTA information site and
that they register their planned station. There are now 13 JOTA stations
registered. Traffic to the JOTA site over the past month has been 2,068
visitors, with 400 showing up around the Twitter announcement. In my last
message I'd asked for a draft message to Council International
Representatives. This would be a good time to remind them about JOTA and to
activate their councils around supporting planned operations and/or to
activate new operations. Could one or more of you please draft a brief
message that would work for this audience? Any other thoughts around
promotion that should be happening in September for JOTA?

Radio Scouting Graphics. I appreciate and value the feedback that was
received around the Radio Scouting graphic options that were provided in
June. We went back to the drawing board and asked a few more designers to
pitch in with their thoughts. The results are attached. Please provide me
with your comments and feedback on what options would work best to provide
an identity around Radio Scouting that endures over the years and outside
the realm of JOTA. I feel that we have some winning designs in this batch.
Take some time to give me your considered opinions.

QST Article. I hope you saw the cover article in the August issue of QST
Magazine. It was all about Radio Scouting in the outdoors using geocaching
and foxhunting. It provided fantastic photos and super information on a
great Radio Scouting activity. We've posted the article here
http://www.scouting.org/jota/JOTA_in_news.aspx

I also note in the September issue of QST Magazine a full page write up on
the 2011 JOTA from the perspective of the Girl Scouts. It also includes
information about WOSM's approach to JOTA this year and provides a link to
our online JOTA information.

K2BSA. The K2BSA website is now up and running at http://www.k2bsa.net The
site offers online reservations for use of the call sign for Scouting
events. It also offers a great deal of historical information thanks to Mike
Brown arranging the transfer of substantial content from the site he was
hosting. The 2013 Jamboree Chairman has not been named yet. I expect
something there within the next few weeks.

Radio Merit Badge. Based on discussions with Mike Brown around the history
of the Radio Merit Badge, I've been able to dig up some interesting numbers.
A chart of the number of Radio Merit Badges earned each year since 1949 can
be seen at this link http://www.k2bsa.net/radio-merit-badge/ Scan to the
bottom of the page. It's been simply staggering growth in the number of
badges earned each year since 1984 when the 5 word per minute Morse Code
requirement was dropped and the three options added of amateur radio,
broadcast radio, and shortwave listening. I was also able to obtain the
number of Radio Merit Badges that have been earned in 2010 separated by
council.

2010 Council # City Radio MB
Ranking / Name #
1 250 Northern Star St. Paul, MN 281
2 591 Utah Nat'l Parks Orem, UT 258
3 571 Circle 10 Dallas, TX 245
4 576 Sam Houston Houston, TX 238
5 49 San Diego San Diego, CA 152
6 39 Orange County Santa Ana, CA 132
7 101 Northeast GA Jefferson, GA 123
8 560 Middle TN Nashville, TN 117
9 47 Golden Empire Sacremento, CA 100
10 10 Grand Canyon Phoenix, AZ 93
11 133 Illowa Davenport, IA 92
12 590 Great Salt Lake Salt Lake City, UT 91

Apart from the size of the council, do you see anything that would account
for this ranking? Are there some best practices that could be captured and
shared with other councils? I do note that the Circle 10 Council here in
Dallas runs a Radio Merit Badge class during HamCom that helped I believe at
least 100 Scouts earn their Radio Merit Badge.

JOTA Vision 2015. The World Scouting Organization has just launched what
they are calling JOTA Vision 2015. The goal is to achieve 10% of membership
participation in JOTA by 2015. Looking at the last JOTA report we submitted,
the BSA is currently at something like 0.04%. I'm sure it's actually much
higher, just not captured, but certainly not at 10%. WOSM is conducting some
online webinars around the effort this fall. I'll keep you posted on what I
learn. It sounds like a great focus in an area of Scouting that is near and
dear to our hearts!

That's the update from here. Please look over the action items and get me
your responses.

73,

Jim, K5ND

Jim Wilson | Director, Communication Services

BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
National Council

1325 West Walnut Hill Lane | P.O. Box 152079 Irving, Texas 75015-2079 P
972.580.2010 | C 469.713.7301 jim.wilson@scouting.org


IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING ARES MEETINGS AT THE RED CROSS

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

Some may get this more than once, so if you have already seen it, you
can delete, discard, etc. now.

I believe that this is important enough to send to our list so that
ALL amateurs that might make a trip to the Red Cross building can be
advised so as to not unknowingly cause a problem.

73,

Mike Check
K5UCQ


Good morning sir:

Shane, in our manager meeting yesterday a concern was brought up by
several staff members concerning club meeting nights here. On several
occasions, the most recent last week, there have been additional
classes taking place on or around the meeting times the same night and
what seems to be happening is that some of the members are (for lack
of a better word) defiant in not using the Houston St. doors and
instead they just pound on whatever door is handy like the
Multi-purpose room or the front doors.

The building is not able to be left unlocked as it was in the past so
we have narrowed the entrances to those without card keys to the
Houston door only which is to be unlocked by the meeting leader prior
to the meeting, and then relocked no later than 30 minutes after the
meeting starts.

In the case of several meetings at the same time, there has to be
coordination of who locks the door so that all attendees from the
meetings are able to get in.

All of us value and need the radio club but a few individuals are
causing problems for the group and it needs to be addressed…….the
disruption of non radio club classes has to stop and those coming in
late (as classes do) need to call a club member to get in to the
building. Additionally when members leave, they need to leave through
the Houston doors…not the front doors or doors of their choosing……

Again I realize that the bulk of the club does what is expected but
please figure out how to disseminate the information so that everyone
does what is needed to make the meetings enjoyable for all attending….
and the club doesn’t run the risk of losing space……….I would be very
unhappy if this can’t be brought under control……

Thank you



Jack Pike | Regional Director, Disaster Services


New file uploaded to W5SC

W5SC@...
 

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Re: Tech Talk Suggestions

David Espinoza - W5QS
 

wonderful.... 
 
I'll let Bob know...
 
Dave

David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management

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From: J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Wednesday, July 6, 2011, 11:47 AM


 



Yes, I will have a memory stick with a power point presentation.

J C
----- Original Message -----
From: David Espinoza - W5QS
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 8:10 AM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions

Hey JC

Are you up to doing a Tech Talk at the next SARC meeting? If so, I will have Bob Rod bring in his computer, projector and screen.

David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management

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From: n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "David Espinoza - W5QS" <w5qs@att.net>
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011, 7:25 PM

It should be good. I'll check the schedule when I get home later this week.

J C

---- David Espinoza - W5QS <w5qs@att.net> wrote:
What does your schedule look like for July?

David - w5qs

San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing

RACES District 32-029E

Bexar County ALT CLO

Texas Division of Emergency Management

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From: n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "David Espinoza - W5QS" <w5qs@att.net>
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 5:48 PM




























Yes, we need a projector.



I'm out of town the day of the June meeting. What month would you like to have this program.



J C Smith



---- David Espinoza - W5QS <w5qs@att.net> wrote:

Sounds good,,, lets do a traffic handling talk,,,,, Its been a while since I handled traffic...
do we need a projector and screen? I believe Bob has such things....
David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management
--- On Sat, 5/28/11, J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:
From: J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10:49 PM
David:
I have a copy of Jo Ann's power point on traffic handling. I also have some handouts.
J C Smith
----- Original Message -----
From: David Espinoza - W5QS
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:51 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
Hi all,,,, I'm looking for tech talk ideas,,,,, Bob Rod has talked on a couple different subjects and brought some pretty neat builds to the meetings,,,
Who's next to present,,, ?
Dave - W5Qs
David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management
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Re: Tech Talk Suggestions

J C Smith
 

Yes, I will have a memory stick with a power point presentation.

J C

----- Original Message -----
From: David Espinoza - W5QS
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, July 06, 2011 8:10 AM
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions



Hey JC

Are you up to doing a Tech Talk at the next SARC meeting? If so, I will have Bob Rod bring in his computer, projector and screen.

David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management

--- On Mon, 5/30/11, n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:

From: n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "David Espinoza - W5QS" <w5qs@att.net>
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011, 7:25 PM



It should be good. I'll check the schedule when I get home later this week.

J C

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Re: Tech Talk Suggestions

David Espinoza - W5QS
 

Hey JC
 
Are you up to doing a Tech Talk at the next SARC meeting?  If so, I will have Bob Rod bring in his computer, projector and screen.

David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management

--- On Mon, 5/30/11, n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:


From: n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "David Espinoza - W5QS" <w5qs@att.net>
Date: Monday, May 30, 2011, 7:25 PM


 




It should be good. I'll check the schedule when I get home later this week.

J C

---- David Espinoza - W5QS <w5qs@att.net> wrote:
What does your schedule look like for July?

David - w5qs

San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing

RACES District 32-029E

Bexar County ALT CLO

Texas Division of Emergency Management

--- On Sun, 5/29/11, n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:

From: n5rxs@satx.rr.com <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Cc: "David Espinoza - W5QS" <w5qs@att.net>
Date: Sunday, May 29, 2011, 5:48 PM
















 











Yes, we need a projector.



I'm out of town the day of the June meeting. What month would you like to have this program.



J C Smith



---- David Espinoza - W5QS <w5qs@att.net> wrote:

Sounds good,,, lets do a traffic handling talk,,,,, Its been a while since I handled traffic... 
do we need a projector and screen?   I believe Bob has such things.... 
David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management
--- On Sat, 5/28/11, J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com> wrote:
From: J C Smith <n5rxs@satx.rr.com>
Subject: Re: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Date: Saturday, May 28, 2011, 10:49 PM
 
David:
I have a copy of Jo Ann's power point on traffic handling. I also have some handouts.
J C Smith
----- Original Message -----
From: David Espinoza - W5QS
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Saturday, May 28, 2011 12:51 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Tech Talk Suggestions
Hi all,,,, I'm looking for tech talk ideas,,,,, Bob Rod has talked on a couple different subjects and brought some pretty neat builds to the meetings,,,
Who's next to present,,, ?
Dave - W5Qs
David - w5qs
San Antonio Police Department - Volunteers In Policing
RACES District 32-029E
Bexar County ALT CLO
Texas Division of Emergency Management
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Get a power-line Ethernet

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

I am curious if anyone has experienced any interference from thes
things? What is it like?

http://news.cnet.com/8301-13845_3-20076875-58/get-a-power-line-ethernet-kit-for-$75-shipped/?tag=nl.e796


FW: Needy Ham

Gary Harmon
 

Here is info on a local HAM needing some assistance. If you are able to
assist with his missing equipment or technical help, please contact him
directly.



73,



Gary H. Harmon, Jr. - K5JWK

6003 Archwood

San Antonio, TX 78239-1504

210.657.1549h / 210.884.6926c



"TOO many projects, NOT enough time!"





From: Forrest Plumstead [mailto:fplum1@gmail.com]
Sent: Monday, July 04, 2011 6:32 PM
To: gharmon@idworld.net
Subject: Needy Ham



Hi Garry!



I am yet another needy ham. I have a Drake TR-4 and a Heathkit HW-8 which
was gifted to me by Members of the Chesapeake Amateur Radio Service (CARS
W4CAR) and Virginia Beach Amateur Radio Club (VBARC). .The Drake needs a lot
of work. More about that in a moment. The HW-8 needs a little work but
mostly getting the ant up and keeping it up. I am using a homebrew 40 M
dipole using thin gauge wire for the QRP. For the Drake I have a homebrew
G5RV which is made for QRO. When I get the Drake up and running I plan on
putting this ant up for it. The only piece of equipment I really need is an
Antenna Tuner, PWR/SWR Meter and dummy load which can handle 300 W PEP
Similar to a MFJ (I was given a matched set of NOS finals and driver).



Now back to the Drake. What I need desperately is somebody in the San
Antonio area who has a troubleshooting bench I can use and who can look over
my shoulder and make sure I keep my pinkies out of the HV line. Problems
that I have include a sticky Loading cap., Dirty contacts on the USB/LSB and
the Band Switches, minor repairs there. No Modulation and lack of RX
sensitivity on some bands (80m comes to mind), and to tune up the new finals
which is what I need a test bench for. When I get all of this worked out,
this equipment is going to have to last me for the rest of my life.



Up until recently I was working 50-60 hr/wk, but at low pay. The above
mentioned organizations in VA realized my plight. I was gifted the HW-8 as a
T&R project. I was loaned an Icom transceiver and MFJ tuner. I was given the
parts for the G5RV and one of the members came over and help me build it and
get it into the air. Two years ago I had to return to my home of San
Antonio, TX. Before I left one of the members of CARS had a Drake in his
possession which he had tried to sell for a member of VBARC which did not
sell. He talked to the owner who gifted the Drake to me. As I said I was
working overtime until, Feb of this year, when I went into the hospital for
Congestive Heart Failure, followed by a toe amputation, followed by 2
procedures one on each leg for vascular blockage, all due to diabetic
complications. I was not allowed to work at all for 4 months. I am working
now but only 2 days a week. I am waiting to hear from Social Security.



I know you are probably getting flooded with similar e-mails but like the
others I really could use the help. Please feel free to pass my e-mail
address to anybody who can help. (They could get it off the list anyway.)


--
TNX and 73
WB5HQO Forrest
Ham Radio WB5HQO http://forrest.3h.com/main.html
Plumstead and Associated Families:
http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~fplum/
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