Mike Check K5UCQ

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

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


SARC Meeting Features Hurricane Ike Images and Presentation

davidftx <davidftx@...>

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

7:00PM at KCOMM, 10815 Gulfdale


L. Upton <k1stx@...>

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

From W2IK:

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

PSA - Assistance Needed!

Louis <k1stx@...>

"A few Good Ham's Needed!"

Where: Hill Country State Natural Area - Bandera County Texas

When: January 10 and 11th, 2009

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Other quick details:

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

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

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

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

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

Re: Texas QSO Party is This Weekend!

Lee Besing

Just FYI....

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

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

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

Texas QSO Party is This Weekend!

David F <davidftx@...>

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

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

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

Good logging resources here:

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

David F.

Piece Parts

David F <davidftx@...>

Everyone probably new about this except me--

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

David F.

New Ham Repeater 444.85 - Leon Valley area

Lee Besing

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

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

Please send your range reports back to me at .

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

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

David F <davidftx@...>

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Volunteer Opportunity for Hams or Non Hams

David F <davidftx@...>

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

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Attn Builders - 200+ Capacitors in Cans

Gary Harmon

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


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

"Being a grandparent is a marvelous thing!"


David F <davidftx@...>

Gil was N4VOX.

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: Lyle <>
Sent: Tuesday, August 26, 2008 4:37:50 PM
Subject: [STXARES] SK

This may be late news but just in case

Gill Lineberry -G4VOX
EC for Comal County, went silent on Aug 22, 2008...

W6WF - Lyle

Re: 6 Meters

L. Upton <k1stx@...>

As Lee stated, the 6 meter repeaters and nets in the area are all FM.  There is some activity occasionally on the SSB side, but you could listen for days and not here anything!

From my understanding, which is often wrong, most SSB work is weak signal DX, around 50.100 to 50.300!

Houston has a couple of very active 6meter repeaters, and I believe one is Echolink capable.

Hope this helps!

Louis - K1STX

Hill Country REACT
Chaparral ARC / Guadalupe County ARES
Hill Country State Natural Area Partners

--- On Mon, 8/25/08, <> wrote:
From: <>
Subject: [W5SC] 6 Meters
Date: Monday, August 25, 2008, 11:03 AM

Hi fellow hams

I would like to know if the 6 meter band is am or fm locally. I am

coonsidering obtaing 6m equipment. I understand it has been a good band


Thanks, 73

Tony; KE5BFF

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Re: 6 Meters

Lee Besing

The radio nets listed at say there is a 6m net
on FM, if that's any help.
6 Meter Local Radio Nets
Monday @ 8:00pm 52.525 mHz FM - Voice Marty, KB5MJC Southwest Texas 6
Meter Net.

Net control recommends using vertical polarization, although some
operators have been known to flip over to horizontal while on the
net. (Does that mean they are laying down?) There is no particular
ham club affiliation or sponsor, just a bunch of radio operators who
enjoy talking on 6 meters.

At 11:03 AM 8/25/2008, Tony wrote:

Hi fellow hams
I would like to know if the 6 meter band is am or fm locally. I am
coonsidering obtaing 6m equipment. I understand it has been a good band
Thanks, 73
Tony; KE5BFF
Lee W. Besing San Antonio, TX
(210)771-7075 voice

6 Meters

anthony planas

Hi fellow hams
I would like to know if the 6 meter band is am or fm locally. I am
coonsidering obtaing 6m equipment. I understand it has been a good band
Thanks, 73
Tony; KE5BFF

Need 5 Pin Coils or Forms

Gary Harmon

I'm restoring a Knight kit Ocean Hopper and I need some coils to finish the
set. If you have any to sell or trade please let me know,

Thanks and 73,


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

"Being a grandparent is a marvelous thing!"

FW: STARC Mini Vacation to Corpus Christi with "Hamfest" INCLUDED is under construction!!

Shane O'Neal <shane@...>

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Linda Shell <>
Date: Aug 24, 2008 2:11 PM
Subject: FW: STARC Mini Vacation to Corpus Christi with "Hamfest" INCLUDED
is under construction!!
To: undisclosed-recipients

Attached is the first of the tons of information to come!! Mark your
calendars 11/8/2008!! Lots of really good Forums on Kit building, WInlink
RMS, Slow Scan TV and more.. a REALLY BIG Raffle Grand Prize to be announced
along with something new this year.. a silent auction!! ..inside and outside
Tail Gate..Vendors will be coming in .. all this and the Guest VIP Package
for our out of Towner's!!

*Our Out of Town Hams!! This is just for you!!*

This is the ultimate weekend package all for the price of getting in the
door!! BIG Hotel discounts in various parts of the city so you can stay
close to what you want to do. Close to Shopping, Close to the Hamfest
facility, On the Bayfront, ON Padre Islandyep right on the BEACH!!
Attraction and restaurant discounts, Golf course discounts, and more!!

STARC has partnered with the CC Chamber of Commerce and the CC Greater
Hospitality Association to put this package together to make your
Mini-Vacation in Corpus filled with fun and savings while taking in the
STARC 10th annual Hamfest!! Let Mom and the kids shop til they drop while
you have fun at the STARC Hamfest!!

Website links for all information and early registration will be up soon. I
will be sending out the info..

*OH.. Vendors!! This of for you!! *


Check for our extra special VIP Vendor's package!! We're practically given
away the farm to get you here!!!! Free Tables, Free Hamfest admission, free
coffee & donuts in the morning and free lunch!! OH did I mention the free
help setting up and breaking down.. 12 months of free Internet and
newsletter advertising!!! *WE LOVE YA, MAN*!! We even have $25.00 towards
your gas that you will receive at the Hamfest. If you're not contacted and
interested in being a STARC 2008 Hamfest Vendor.. please contact me ASAP we
only have a few booths left!!!
*(New product vendor's are qualified for the VIP vendor package.. sorry no
Tail Gaters)*

73's and looking forward to 11/8/2008

W5LSS/NNN0VHT, Linda Shell
STARC Board of Directors/STARC Hamfest Chairwoman

Watch for more emails with details as they mature!!
*Linda Shell**, **W5LSS, NNN0VHT*
Communications Coordinator, W5DCH Trustee
Driscoll Children's Health System
3533 S. Alameda St. v Corpus Christi, TX 78411

Main Telephone Number v 361.694.5000 v Direct Telephone Number v361.694.6460
v Toll Free: 1.800.324.5683
Cellular Number v 361.442.9852 v Fax Number v 361.808.2122
** <>

Driscoll Children's Hospital Disclaimer: This e-mail message and all
information enclosed, including any attachments, is for the sole use
of the intended recipient(s) and may contain confidential and
privileged information. Any unauthorized review, use, disclosure, or
distribution of the information enclosed, in its entirety or in part,
is strictly prohibited. If you are not the intended recipient, please
contact the sender by reply e-mail and immediately destroy all copies
of the message. For further assistance or questions please contact the
email administrator at Driscoll Children's Hospital at (361) 694-5000.

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LYTLE TEXAS HF STATION for sale or trade

Gary Harmon

I'm posting this Mike. If you are interested please contact him directly.


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

"Being a grandparent is a marvelous thing!"


From: Ritschard []
Sent: Monday, August 18, 2008 8:29 AM
To: Gary H. Harmon, Jr

OK.......list it on local club.......$2,500....there is alot more not even
listed. Just bring truck and I help load.


Complete HF transmitting station for high powered or beginning
hams to get everything necessary before price goes up.
Kenwood is top of line when it comes to equipment.
These radios and transmitters as good as new but lower
priced. Selling to clear out station and make room for other
projects. I no longer needing the equipment on HF freq.
Kenwood TS440SWAT Transmitter with filters/MARS modified

Kenwood TL922 Amplifier 2kw
Kenwood PS-50 Pwr Supply
Kenwood PC-1A Phone Patch
Trio MC-60 Desktop Microphone
WM-1 Computing SWR Meter
Denton Super Tuner 2kw
Kantronics KAM HF/VHF Packet KAM
2 External Speakers
Manuals / Coax / Connectors / Software
Mobile mount
40 meter Dipole Antenna
40 channel CB radio and external antenna.
Other stuff

Will partial trade for clean .38 revolver 4 inch large grips and cash

Fw: [bexarcountyares] Tonight's SARC Board Meeting

David F <davidftx@...>

----- Forwarded Message ----
From: davidftx <>
Sent: Monday, August 4, 2008 3:38:12 PM
Subject: [bexarcountyares] Tonight's SARC Board Meeting

Tonight's San Antoinio Radio Club Board meeting is still on. We will
meet at 6:30PM at the Red Cross in Classrooms 3 & 4 (which is really one
room). The address is 3642 E Houston Street. Sign in at the front
desk. Call me if you have questions.

David F.

Re: San Antonio Salt Grass Link

L. Upton <k1stx@...>


I sent Chris a reply, but, the San Antonio Link may be down, since it hubs with Austin!  They were having issues with it last night when I was leaving for Houston!  It was double or triple crosslinked with the SW Lynx, and was locking up!

Cannot hit it today at all!

If the SW Lynx link with the Salt Grass is up, he can also try the 146.96 - pl 162.2!

Steve sometimes, although usually at night, has the two running together!  I love it when that is done, since driving around the state, I can pretty much talk from the CC area all the way to Lufkin!

Catch ya later!

Hill Country REACT
Chaparral ARC / Guadalupe County ARES
Hill Country State Natural Area Partners

--- On Sat, 8/2/08, Lee Besing, N5NTG <> wrote:
From: Lee Besing, N5NTG <>
Subject: [W5SC] Fwd: San Antonio Salt Grass Link
Date: Saturday, August 2, 2008, 5:31 PM

Could someone help this ham regarding the use of this link? Chris's

email address is <chwhitehead@>

I'm not a regular user of the Saltgrass Link, thus I may not know all

the in's and out's involved with using it. Or, if you know where I

could be asking this question better, don't hesitate to contact me direct.

I did find a web site just now at http://www.saltgras slinksystem. com/

which I will scan for more info to help Chris better.

Thanks in advance!

PS: had fun at the Austin Summerfest today, but sure glad that wreck

on IH-35 @ the 223 mile marker was on the northbound side, and

happened way after I had passed thru on the way up there from

SA. When we returned south around 3:30pm, traffic was being diverted

@ 221 mm, and the traffic was jammed solid all three lanes, plus both

side's access roads for more than 8 miles. There goes their gas

mileage for today!

To: info@sanantoniohams .org
Subject: San Antonio Salt Grass Link
Good Morning...
My name is Chris Whitehead. I am a Ham (KE5KTV) from Houston. I am
in town taking care of my grandparents house and will be spending a
lot of time here. Hopefully I will be here for good soon. I have
attempted to use the Salt Grass Repeater, but have had no luck. I am
using 444.575+ with a PL of 141.3. I am using an Icom 208H on full
power. Any suggestions.
Chris Whitehead

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73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas

(210)771-7075 mobile

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