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NEW CALL SIGN - Schuylar Crist

Schuylar Crist <skyskyrider@...>
 

Hello folks!

Just wanted to pass on the information that as of today, 2/19/2010, My call sign has changed from KE5VIP to AE5SC. I am currently awaiting the hard copy of my updated license.

In His service,
Schuylar Crist
73 de KE5VIP


(210) 663-6093 (Cell)

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


Re: roof eaves mounted dipole

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "Town clown" <jpl4097@...> wrote:

I am wanting to know if the aluminum flashing along the top edge of
the roof will affect a dipole ;(or inverted ) as the roof peaks at the
top;
will it absorb any of the signal? I plan to distance the dipole legs
at least 1 ft from the top edge of the roof
Thanks
KE5Bff
Here is a source of great antenna info: http://www.cebik.com/
<http://www.cebik.com/> L.B Cebik died in 2008 and you now have to
register for access but it is free and worth the trouble. Click on
"Tales and Technicals" Start with "Wi're We Using Wire", which deals
with some of your situation.

Rules of Thumbs (and I am all Thumbs):

* Any conductor within 6" to 1" is going to couple with your antenna.
This may be the answer to all you wanted to know. But wait, there's
more.
* Any conductor within 1/4 wavelength is going to affect the pattern
of your signal. This is 1/4 wl in all directions so if the antenna is
above the roof it will be affected by metal in the attic. In an urban
environment is it hard to get 1/4 wl away from all conductive material,
so you do the best you can.
* Antennas less than 5/8 of wl high will be omindirectional. 5/8 of
a wl is about 150 feet high on 80 meters and about 40 feet on 20 meters.
So it makes a difference what band your dipole (or any antenna) is cut
for.
* An Inverted V does not help your signal on the lower bands (but may
help you, if space is an issue) because you are already omnidirectional
(unless you can get up 150+ feet on 80 meters or 75+ feet on 40 meters).
* Higher is almost always better, but is not always possible.
* Getting the antenna up off of the house is helpful. The Loop J.C.
described is affected by his house but is still a very good antenna.
Your dipole will (in the real world) be affected by something. Try to
minimize those somethings by placement of the antenna and relocating
conductive items.
* Trimming your dipole to the correct frequency is worth the time and
trouble. Remember that it is easier to cut off too much wire than it is
to add additional wire to your antenna. The way it looks (electrically)
on the ground will not be the same once it is up in the air. I'm
talking about SWR, resonance, etc. Put it up and measure it. Bring it
back down to cut it.
* If you plan to use a tuner to try to make it work on higher
frequencies, it will only work as low as it is cut. You are not going
to get on 80 meters with a 40 meter dipole. OK you may get a couple of
watts out but the other 98 are gone as heat.

David, K5OLE


Re: roof eaves mounted dipole

J C Smith
 

I'm not an antenna expert, but I will give an opinion. Many others have more antenna expertise than me.

First, how much of the antenna will parallel the flashing? If it is a short distance, I don't think you will have a problem.

I live in an area that prohibits antennas. I ran approximately 170 feet of 14 gauge wire around the eaves of the house and garage fed by 90 feet of 450 ohm ladder line. We re-roofed the garage and have aluminum flashing around the edge. My wire is probably 6 inches below the flashing and I haven't noticed any change in signal reports since the roof work was completed.

From previous experience, I would prefer to have a G5RV with the center point 40 to 50 feet above ground, but our neighborhood won't allow it.

If your doing an inverted "V", remember to keep your angle at least 45 degrees. If you have too little angle, the antenna won't load or work properly.

I suggest doing a temporary install and see how the antenna works for you.

J C, N5RXS

----- Original Message -----
From: Town clown
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, February 18, 2010 9:26 AM
Subject: [W5SC] roof eaves mounted dipole



I am wanting to know if the aluminum flashing along the top edge of the roof will affect a dipole ;(or inverted ) as the roof peaks at the top;
will it absorb any of the signal? I plan to distance the dipole legs at least 1 ft from the top edge of the roof
Thanks
KE5Bff


roof eaves mounted dipole

anthony planas
 

I am wanting to know if the aluminum flashing along the top edge of the roof will affect a dipole ;(or inverted ) as the roof peaks at the top;
will it absorb any of the signal? I plan to distance the dipole legs at least 1 ft from the top edge of the roof
Thanks
KE5Bff


San Antonio Radio Fiesta is Tomorrow Jan 23rd

David F <davidftx@...>
 

San Antonio's Radio Fiesta will be Saturday, January 23, 2010.
 Hours are 8:00 am to 2:00 pm.
 Schertz Knights of Columbus Hall - 509 Schertz Pkwy, Schertz, TX

Admission is $5
Amateur Radio Fiesta set up will open at 6:30 am with the doors opening at 8 am.
A map and more info is located at:  http://w5sc.org/
 
David
K5OLE

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Shuttle Columbia Memorial Special Event

Tom O'Brien
 

Shuttle Columbia Special Event Station

The Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club will again hold a special event station in remembrance of the shuttle disaster on Feb. 1, 2003. The event will occur on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2010. Ham operators from other areas are welcome to attend the event. If you cannot come to Nacogdoches, we would like to hear from you on 20 or 40 meters. Operation will begin at 0800 CST (1400 UTC) and end at 1500 CST (2100 UTC).

The station will be set up at the McMichael Middle School located at 4330 SE Stallings Drive in Nacogdoches. This is on Loop 224 between Hwy 21 east and FM 2259. The event commemorates how the ham radio operators from the local area went into action immediately after the shuttle crash to provide emergency communications and relay traffic necessary to the coordination of the event. Within hours, ham operators from across the state of Texas and other states as well also became involved. Many ham radio clubs sent members to assist in providing communications for the varied search teams. Other clubs provided towers and repeater equipment necessary to relay vital information.

In honor of the work performed by Amateur Radio, the Nacogdoches Amateur Radio Club has a special event station on the first Saturday in February of each year. The special event station allows ham radio operators to meet together in person to discuss the events of the fateful day in February 2003. Local club members operate radios set up at the school to make contacts across the country via various frequencies. We plan to operate on 7200 and 14270, plus or minus QRM. The local vhf repeater of 146.84, negative offset, 141.3 PL will be monitored as a talk-in channel.

For additional information, please contact Rusty Sanders, kd5gen@arrl.net.

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas

Sincerely,
Tom O'Brien
San Antonio, Texas


Fw: [bexarcountyares] Fwd: [STXARES] FYI - EMERGENCY ACTIVATION of SATERN Net For Haitian Earthquake

David F <davidftx@...>
 

Please keep these freqs in mind during the upcoming contest.

K5OLE



----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Shane O'Neal <shane@ns5d.com>
To: Bexar County ARES Members <bexarcountyares@yahoogroups.com>
Sent: Tue, January 12, 2010 9:28:02 PM
Subject: [bexarcountyares] Fwd: [STXARES] FYI - EMERGENCY ACTIVATION of SATERN Net For Haitian Earthquake

 



---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Lee Cooper <w5lhc01@gmail. com>
Date: Tue, Jan 12, 2010 at 8:31 PM
Subject: [STXARES] FYI - EMERGENCY ACTIVATION of SATERN Net For Haitian Earthquake
To: stxares@yahoogroups .com



 
Please be aware of SATERN net up and running on 75 meters.




Lee Cooper, W5LHC
Section Manager
South Texas Section
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio™
512-658-3910
w5lhc@arrl.org


 

TO:        All SATERN Operators, Southern Territory, The Salvation Army


Greetings:

National SATERN Director, Major Patrick McPherson - WW9E - reports that 20 meters is no longer viable for this evening.  He has asked all active SATERN Operators with HF privileges to monitor 7.265.0 MHz and 3.977.7 MHz.  SATERN Operators in the Southern Territory are in a generally excellent geographic position to hear any signals from Haiti on those frequencies - particularly on 75 meters..  

Again, normal SATERN Net protocols apply.  That is, there should be a Net Control who will be in charge of the frequency.  All transmissions should be directed to the Net Control.  Please listen for a Net Control on those frequencies.  If you do not hear a Net Control or a relay to Net Control, but do receive formal EMERGENCY or PRIORITY traffic from Haiti (e.g. traffic with a name and a telephone number or e-mail address for the addressee and the same information about the sender), please contact me at 601.421.1496 with that traffic and I will pass it on to the appropriate authorities.  But please try to work through Net Control if you can hear them or a relay to Net Control.  Passing traffic to me is a LAST RESORT.

Beginning, tomorrow, as 20 meters opens up, you should again monitor the 20 meter frequency of 14.265 MHz whenever possible.  

Please keep the people of Haiti and our Salvation Army personnel and other disaster relief personnel already in that country in your prayers.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me at your convenience.

Respectfully,
WmH Feist3
WILLIAM H. FEIST III, WB8BZH
Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director
Divisional SATERN Coordinator
Alabama - Louisiana - Mississippi Division
Territorial SATERN Coordinator

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Re: STX Monthly News

David F <davidftx@...>
 

Best of luck to you Lou.  Get out of there as quickly as you can.

David Freiberger




________________________________
From: Lou <loueverettsr@yahoo.com>
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Mon, January 11, 2010 8:59:35 PM
Subject: [W5SC] STX Monthly News

 
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




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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






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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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