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Re: VE session success -- Thanks and Congratulations

Pat Knight AD5BR <ad5br@...>
 

Well, it was February 24, but thanks and congratulations still apply. :)

Yesterday, February 14, the San Antonio Radio Club sponsored a VE
session at Broadway National Bank...
Pat AD5BR


Re: VE session success -- Thanks and Congratulations

Paul Guido
 

Pictures posted on web site from the VE Session.

http://w5sc.org/VESessionReport.html

Paul, N5IUT


ARRL International DX Contest-SSB is This Weekend

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

This is a great opportunity for new upgrades or anyone wanting to pick
up some countries in their log. Here are some hints if you have never
participated in an ARRL DX Contest.

See the rules here: http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2007/intldx.html
<http://www.arrl.org/contests/rules/2007/intldx.html>

Most important: Listen for awhile before you jump in.

* Get yourself on GMT because all log entries are in GMT. The
contest starts Saturday, March 3rd at 0000 GMT. That's dinner time
Friday night in Texas.
* The contest ends at 2400 GMT on Sunday. That's dinner time
Sunday evening, Texas Standard Time (6:00pm ). The whole thing runs
for 48 hours but try to participate even if you only have a few hours
over the weekend.
* W/VE amateurs work as many amateur stations in as many DXCC
countries of the world as possible on 160, 80, 40, 20, 15, and 10 meter
bands. Don't work other US stations, they don't count. Alaska and
Hawaii count as DX for this contest. Canada is NOT DX for this contest.
* Report Sent. You report "59 (say five nine, not fifty-nine) TX".
That's it. Don't be honest about signal strength; everyone is "59" in a
contest.
* Report Received. "59 <transmitter power>. The DX station will
give a report something like "59 100" or "59 1000" for a 100 watt
station or a 1000 watt station. The DX station will not give you his
country because you already know that from printing off the DXCC Country
list at http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxcclist.txt
<http://www.arrl.org/awards/dxcc/dxcclist.txt> .
* Only work a station once per band. If you work a station on 15
Meters you should not answer that station's CQ again on 15. But if you
hear him on 20 Meters you can work him (or her) again.
* Look at the rules and see what kind of station you want to be.
Most first timers will be Single Operator/Low Power. That would be one
operator at 100 watts. Or you can double up to be
multioperator/QRP/Low/or High Power. See the rules.

A great logging program for this contest is from N3FJP at
http://n3fjp.com/ <http://n3fjp.com/> . Click on the "International DX
Log" for a demo. It is $6 for the full program and can be paid by
credit card through PayPal. You don't have to have a PayPal account to
do this. See the features on his website. One big deal is that the log
program alerts you to Dupes if you have worked the station before. The
program also totals your score and prepares your submission log.

Even if you don't play to be the big winner, this is still a great
chance to pick up some DX countries for everyone with HF privileges.

Email me at davidftx@swbell.net <mailto:davidftx@swbell.net> if you
have questions.

David

K5OLE


The Greater Houston Hamfest is this Saturday in Rosenberg

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

John Chauvin, K5IZO, wants to remind all South Texas hams that the
Greater Houston Hamfest is being held this Saturday, March 3, at the
Fort Bend County Fairgrounds in Rosenberg, TX. The address is 4310
Highway 36 in Rosenberg. We had several hams from the Houston area at
our SwapFest and I encourage any of you who can attend to take
advantage of Houston's Hamfest.

David
K5OLE


Re: VE session success -- Thanks and Congratulations

Paul Guido
 

All,

Finished updating the VE Session report and added captions on top of every
picture.
http://w5sc.org/VESessionReport.html

Added March Program information to the Website homepage.
http://w5sc.org/

73

Paul Guido, N5IUT


Saturday's test results not in FCC database yet

Pat Knight AD5BR <ad5br@...>
 

This is a message for those of you who earned new licenses or upgrades and are wondering when you'll see your new/upgraded license info at the FCC database. It may be a few more days before your new license info is in the FCC database.

The ARRL/VEC, which processes our test session paperwork, has received paperwork from 450 VE sessions held since the new rules went into effect February 23. They have extra people processing the paperwork, but it still takes time. (See http://www.arrl.org/news/stories/2007/02/28/101/?nc=1 for more info.)

I will keep checking the FCC database and will let our new licensees and upgrades know when I find their new license info there.

If you want to search too, here is where the results will first appear, before ARRL's or QRZ's sites reflect them:
http://wireless2.fcc.gov/UlsApp/UlsSearch/searchAmateur.jsp

73,
Pat AD5BR


Radio and Ham Gear at Garage Sale

Paul Guido
 

Listed under Garage Sales today is:

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
AMATEUR & Radio Buffs! Closing out Business,
122 Summertime Dr. San Antonio, TX, from 10AM to 3PM

There are some hams that would keep a juicy morsel of news like this
to themselves but not me. Everyone enjoy!

Paul Guido, N5IUT


Re: Radio and Ham Gear at Garage Sale

Don Jones
 

Paul and others,

As long as its not at my house, while I'm in San
Marcos.

Smiles


Don, N5WSW

PS. If it is I'll place people in jail the sellers
that is, 122 summertime is close to 122 Saratoga Dr.
Hi Hi


--- Paul Guido <radioteacher@gmail.com> wrote:

Listed under Garage Sales today is:

Saturday, March 3rd, 2007
AMATEUR & Radio Buffs! Closing out Business,
122 Summertime Dr. San Antonio, TX, from 10AM to 3PM

There are some hams that would keep a juicy morsel
of news like this
to themselves but not me. Everyone enjoy!

Paul Guido, N5IUT






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OK QSO Party this weekend is a great chance to work HF

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Almost every weekend there is a state or regional QSO Party and this
weekend it is the OK QSO Party. This is a great opportunity for those
with new HF privileges to get on the air. This is Oklahoma's 100
anniversary of statehood and there will be special 1X1 event stations on
the air such as K5O and several others.



Contest Times: This contest does not go all day and all night.

Saturday, March 10th 1400-0200 UTC (8:00am to 8:00pm Red River Standard
Time)

REMEMBER DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME!!!!!!

Sunday, March 11th 1300-1900 UTC (8:00am-2:00pm Red River DAYLIGHT
SAVINGS Time)



Bands: Non-WARC HF bands, the OK DX Association suggests-

Suggested operating frequencies:
SSB: 3860 - 7260 - 14260 - 21360 - 28360
CW : 3545 - 7045 - 14045 - 21045 – 28045

But you will find OK stations spread out on each band. From South Texas
your best bet is 40 Meters during the day and 80 Meters after sundown
Saturday night. You will be able to work 40 Meters at night, between
the SW broadcast stations. Some 20 Meters but 15 and 10 will rough,
this close to Oklahoma.



Exchange: You give "5-9 Texas". You receive "5-9 <OK
county>". The idea is to collect all 77 Oklahoma Counties'



Score: Work as many different OK stations as you can. Work each
station once per mode/band. You can work K5O once each on 40 CW, 40
Phone, 20 Phone, etc. Work as many different OK stations as you can,
SSB counts 2 points, CW/digital counts as 3. Multiply by the number of
OK counties you work (there are 77) to get your total.



Rovers: There will be Rovers who go from county to county. These are
common in QSO Parties and they try to get to the less ham populated
counties. They are considered a new station in each county. They are
usually pretty good about telling you what county they are in when they
move.



See the rules here: http://okdxa.org/web/html/okqprulz.htm
<http://okdxa.org/web/html/okqprulz.htm>



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Meeting Time Changes to 7:00PM Starting in April & Other Club Notifications

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Not the biggest change in the world, but one we all need to put on our
calendars: The SARC meeting time will move up to 7:00 PM starting with
the April 12th SARC regular meeting. Approved by the Board of Directors
March 8, 2007.



Your Board of Directors met on February 13, 2007 and a draft of the
minutes were distributed at the regular meeting on March 8, 2007.
Highlights of that meeting included:



The Club Bylaws were changed to read:



E. Dues

1. Dues are payable as of January 1 of each year. Any member whose dues
are not paid by the February General Meeting shall be dropped from the
membership roll. The Board of Directors shall set the dues of the Club
which will remain in effect until the Board votes to change them from
the current rate. Any and all discounts will only be offered with
approval of the Board of Directors.



Dues were previously embedded in the Bylaws and it became cumbersome to
offer special signups, such as the EarlyBird special the Club offers
current members at the end of the year. This change did not affect the
actual dues, just how they are set.



The Club Bylaws were also changed to read:



D. Fiscal Affairs

3. An Annual Financial Review of the Club's accounts will be conducted
in January of each year. The Financial Review Committee shall be
composed of three or more members including the outgoing and incoming
Treasurers and one or more additional members appointed by the
President. The committee shall report to the Board of Directors at the
first Directors' meeting of the year



This change was to more accurately reflect what the process actually is,
a financial review rather than a corporate audit performed by a CPA.
The timing was also changed so that end of the year financial statements
from the bank could be included and the transition from one Treasurer to
a newly elected Treasurer could be accomplished more smoothly.



The current version of the San Antonio Radio Club Constitution and
Bylaws is dated February 13, 2007. Copies will be available at the
April regular meeting which, you will recall, begins at 7:00pm.



A Dues Schedule was adopted by the Board to reflect the current dues
rates and to include incentives to attract new members:



Annual Standard Membership

BexarWire received by mail-
$15.00

BexarWire received by email-
$12.00



Family Membership-All family members, living at the same address are
included in the original membership at no additional charge. Where the
BexarWire is received by US mail, only one copy will be sent to the
members' address.



EarlyBird Special Discount-During each annual membership drive SARC
offers a discounted annual rate for both existing and new members. The
EarlyBird Special rate is available from the day of the regular November
Membership Meeting through the last day of January of the next year.



BexarWire received by mail-
$12.00

BexarWire received by email-
$10.00



VE TEST $1 Special-The San Antonio Radio Club offers a very special rate
for those who take either their first VE test or test to upgrade their
license Between February 24, 2007 and June 30, 2007. This special
applies to those who were not SARC members during 2005 or 2006. The $1
membership is valid for all of 2007 and it is a regular membership.
Renewal for 2008 will be at standard or EarlyBird rates depending on how
the member chooses to renew. Testing can be at any VE Test Session.
Passing the attempted test is not a requirement. This membership
receives the BexarWire by email only and future years cannot be
included. This rate is not prorated by quarter. Application may be
made at the VE Test Session or anytime afterwards with proof of test
attempt. THIS OFFER EXPIRES JUNE, 30, 2007.



$1 New Ham/Upgrade Annual Dues $1.00



Welcome Back to SARC! Special Membership Offer-The San Antonio Radio
Club offers a one time special rate for former members who have not be
on the roster for the past couple of years. To receive this rate the
applicant must have been a member in 2005 or before, but not since.
This is a special rate for full membership and successive years must be
at the Standard or EarlyBird rate, depending on how the member chooses
to renew. This membership is for all of 2007 and future years may not
be purchased at this rate. This offer may be prorated by quarter. THIS
OFFER EXPIRES JUNE 30, 2007.



Welcome Back to SARC! Annual dues

BexarWire received by mail-
$10.00

BexarWire received by email-
$8.00



The San Antonio Radio Club has only one class of membership, the dues
special you qualify for does not dilute your membership. SARC prorates
dues by quarter except for the VE Test $1 Special. If you join after
the start of the second quarter, the dues displayed are reduced by 25%.



SwapFest has been renamed The San Antonio Radio Fiesta to enhance
marketing opportunities and to reflect the culture of the city. The
event also has a new home at The Schertz Knights of Columbus Hall, 509
Schertz Parkway. After much consideration by the SwapFest Committee it
was determined that we had maximized Little Joe's Country Gold who
served us well for several years. A review of several venues in the
area revealed that the Schertz Knights of Columbus Hall gave us more
value for the dollar than any other facility. The w5sc.org Radio
Fiesta page has been updated to reflect the change, see it at
http://www.w5sc.org/swapfest.htm <http://www.w5sc.org/swapfest.htm> .


Surfin': Becoming a Pipsqueak -- Revisited

Paul Guido
 

QST,

Today, Stan Horzepa, WA1LOU, who writes the Surfin' column for
ARRL.ORG featured Monty Northrup's (N5ESE) excellent web site for
QRP. Monty, who lives in Austin, is a member of this Yahoo Group and
I wanted commend him for many projects well done over the years.

Monty has regularly attended the San Antonio Radio Club Swapfest for
years and it took a flood in Austin to keep him away this year. I
hope to see you next year, weather permitting, at our new location in
Schertz. See the club website for details.
http://w5sc.org/swapfest.htm

Monty N5ESE, longtime SARC member Fred Bonavita II K5QLF (SK in 2006)
and other QRP enthusiasts would meet for tacos before the Swapfest
and demonstrate their equipment to each other. Now we need to find
the QRP group a new place on the North side of town to meet for
breakfast before the event.

Here is a link to the article.
http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2007/03/09/1/?nc=1

Paul Guido, N5IUT


W5SC.org Updated

Paul Guido
 

The W5SC website has updated information on the following topics:

Meeting time changed! The meeting will start 30 minutes earlier at
7:00 PM with the program first followed by business meeting.

Auction time again!
Bell & Howell
Oscilloscope
Model #: 100-4540 Current bid $5.

NVIS Antenna Test
On March 31st, W2IK in San Antonio and STARC/Coastal Bend ARES in
Corpus Christi will be conducting NVIS to NVIS antenna tests.

New to HF?
Check out the free information from the ARRL.

New Extra Test Math Study Guide!

Looking for an older article from this site? Check the SARC web news
archive for items such as.....the links to the presentations for the
December 2006 and March 2007 meetings.

Announcment of the San Antonio Radio Club 2008 Amateur Radio Fiesta
(formally the Swapfest), new location same prices.

2007 Committees listed.

Most Bexar Wires since 1998 posted to the web site.

BOD minutes posted from 2-13-2007 and 3-9-2007.

Updated the VE Testing information for the April session.

Let me know if there is other information that I can put on your club
web site. Also, tell me what needs to be fixed on the site!

73

Paul, N5IUT


Ham Equipment

anthony planas
 

Hi friends
I am new to this group and I am pleased that I am accepted to be here.
I have recently aquired my General. I have no equipment. I apologize if
I am in the wrong by asking you other hams about equipment you may
have and want to sell. Thanks for all your help
Tony


Re: Ham Equipment

davidftx@...
 

Hi Tony:

This group is a fine place to ask such questions and you may or may not find what you need.

One of the best hamfests in Texas is just a couple of weeks away in Belton, TX. See their website here: http://www.tarc.org/hamexpo/.

Belton is a great place to pick up used ham gear and is well worth the two hour drive on Saturday, April 14th. Go early to get what you want.

Let us know if you need help with your new equipment when you get it.

David Freiberger
K5OLE

----- Original Message ----
From: Tony Planas <jpl4097@sbcglobal.net>
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Thursday, March 29, 2007 4:17:44 PM
Subject: [W5SC] Ham Equipment

Hi friends
I am new to this group and I am pleased that I am accepted to be here.
I have recently aquired my General. I have no equipment. I apologize if
I am in the wrong by asking you other hams about equipment you may
have and want to sell. Thanks for all your help
Tony


re Ham Equipment

anthony planas
 

Thanks guys for all your advice. I thought Belton was a lot further
from SA than it is. I am wanting to aquire HF and VHF xcvr.


Re: re Ham Equipment

Floyd Gordon
 

I have a HF Tranciever a Hw101 good shape

----- Original Message ----
From: Tony Planas <jpl4097@sbcglobal.net>
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:32:00 AM
Subject: [W5SC] re Ham Equipment

Thanks guys for all your advice. I thought Belton was a lot further
from SA than it is. I am wanting to aquire HF and VHF xcvr.






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Re: re Ham Equipment

Floyd Gordon
 

Tony I have a Heath kit HW101 HF 10-80 good shape let me know
Ke5HBF Floyd Gordon

----- Original Message ----
From: Tony Planas <jpl4097@sbcglobal.net>
To: W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:32:00 AM
Subject: [W5SC] re Ham Equipment

Thanks guys for all your advice. I thought Belton was a lot further
from SA than it is. I am wanting to aquire HF and VHF xcvr.






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Re: re Ham Equipment - For Sale Soon!

Lee Besing
 

I received a call from a Richard Garcia who will be in San Antonio the week
after Easter for doctor appointments. He bought a bunch of ham gear years
and years ago, with the eye toward equipping his newly built house (near El
Paso) with all the cabling pre-wired thru the walls, etc. Well, the
house got pre-wired, but Richard never passed his CW portion of the test,
and back then, even the Novice License required code. Richard said 20
years later and deciding he will never get his license (despite my
arguments to the contrary), he wants to sell off his "stuff".

He's got about 5 boxes of "stuff" including mostly Kenwood and Motorola
radios, controllers, etc. He started rattling off a list of what he had,
and I told him to email it to my "info@sanantoniohams.org" address. I also
gave him Kcomm's contact info and address for possible consignment
purposes. He's got HF and VHF stuff, plus more, including antennas.

If anyone wants to make a preemptive strike to buy his equipment that has
never been used, but isn't new, please call Richard # 956-722-6044. Tell
him that Lee sent you.

At 09:55 AM 3/30/2007, you wrote:

Tony I have a Heath kit HW101 HF 10-80 good shape let me know
Ke5HBF Floyd Gordon

----- Original Message ----
From: Tony Planas <<mailto:jpl4097%40sbcglobal.net>jpl4097@sbcglobal.net>
To: <mailto:W5SC%40yahoogroups.com>W5SC@yahoogroups.com
Sent: Friday, March 30, 2007 8:32:00 AM
Subject: [W5SC] re Ham Equipment

Thanks guys for all your advice. I thought Belton was a lot further
from SA than it is. I am wanting to aquire HF and VHF xcvr.
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


Re: Ham Equipment

George James
 

--- In W5SC@yahoogroups.com, "Tony Planas" <jpl4097@...> wrote:

Hi friends
I am new to this group and I am pleased that I am accepted to be here.
I have recently aquired my General. I have no equipment. I apologize if
I am in the wrong by asking you other hams about equipment you may
have and want to sell. Thanks for all your help
Tony
Hello Tony

I have a Rhon 68 ft fold over tower and a TH6DXCC tri-band beam that I
would like to sell. Also some other antennas and equipment. I'm down
sizing to a smaller home.

In fact we are moving and selling our home in Fair Oaks Ranch. I have
approval for two towers in the city of Fair Oaks Ranch, so if some one
is looking for a large home with two towers (80 ft and 68 ft)I'd be
glad to show them. You can reach me at gjames@texas.net or 210-698-1273.

73s

George, WB5LDN


Fw: MILITARY BARS HAND HELD CELLULAR PHONES AND HT'S WHILE DRIVING ON POST

Mike Check K5UCQ
 

RADIO RULES:
MILITARY BARS HAND HELD CELLULAR PHONES AND HT'S WHILE
DRIVING ON POST

If you are in the United States military or make visits military bases,
you must use a hands free cellphone or permanently mounted two-way
radio while driving on post. This, according to a revision to the Code
of Federal Regulations posted to the VHF Reflector by Howard Gordon,
W3CQH.

The new rule is effective March 1st. It mandates that all federal
installations prohibit the use of cellular phones, P-D-As', and similar
communication devices by persons operating motor vehicles, unless used
with a hands-free device.

Also affected are two-way radios. The new rules say that radio
communication devices, hand sets or microphones may only be used by
operators if the radio device is mounted to the vehicle. In other
words, it has to be a permanent rigid installation and not quick
install using double-sided tape or stick-on Velcro fasteners.

And banned is the use of walkie-talkies or phones in the direct connect
mode to ones head. Also on the no-no list is the use of video
technology in any playback mode, by the driver. The only exception is
the use of vehicular-mounted navigation systems and the use of
tactical radios in tactical vehicles is not subject to this regulation.

These new restrictions apply to all personnel on post and to military
personnel both on and off post regardless of their duty status.
Operators found in violation during the grace period of March 1, 2007
through April 1, 2007 will receive a warning ticket. Beginning April
2nd, violators will be ticketed. Violation of this policy may result in
suspension or revocation of post driving privileges, the assessment of
points, or a fine. (W3CQH, VHF Reflector)

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