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5A7A on 40 Meter Right Now

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

5A7A, the Libyan DXpedition is on 7.179.40 MHz simplex right now and can
be heard in South Texas. BUT, it is the Mother of All Pileups. This is
a good example of how NOT to work rare DX. But these guys will go away,
somewhat, over the next few days and will a little patience you will be
able to work Libya with 100 watts after they get tired of it. Maybe not
on 40, but on one or more other bands.



See the 5A7A website here: http://5a7a.gmxhome.de/
<http://5a7a.gmxhome.de/>



Keep your DX Cluster connection on and watch for 5A7A spots. If you
have never used a DX Cluster see these articles to get started:
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Don't have time to learn about DX Clusters right now? Then use DX
Summit here: http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/
<http://oh2aq.kolumbus.com/dxs/> Click on "DX/Phone" or other
on the left under "DX-Spots".


Re: passed ARECC Level I course

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

--- In W5SC@..., "liranchita" <w4cth@...> wrote:

I have just been notified that I have passed the subject course. I
Hi Joe: Send a copy of the Certificate or notice to either J.C. Smith
n5rxs@... or Charlie Land Kc5nkk@.... Email either one
of them and tell them what you have in the way documentation.
Hopefully it is something you can email. $25 will buy you your 2007
dues at the reduced rate which is now in effect ($12) with some left
over for Christmas.


Red Cross Chapters wield the forces of Ham Radio

Shane O'Neal NS5D <shane@...>
 

Dawn broke on Saturday morning at the San Antonio Chapter of the American Red Cross. Birds were chirping. Cars were passing. Life was normal on the East side. But inside "The EGG", something stirred. A presence awoke and attempted to communicate with the outside world.

"NS5D, this is KD5Y-Zed-U. Do you have the donuts?" inquired Erik Rabe KD5YZU of the Radio Operators of South Texas club (ROOST). Erik was fully clad in battle dress uniform, cigar in hand as he huddled inside his warm, hard-shelled travel ovum. "Roger, Roger..." came the sleepy reply.

But let us return to the day before, when a small group of intrepid ham warriors converged on the unsuspecting Chapter, armed with antennae, telescoping poles, coax and a determination to get on the air. Led by a brain trust consisting of senior HF afficionados Danny McCarty WA5KRP of the Alamo Area Radio Organization (AARO) and David Freiberger K5OLE of the San Antonio Radio Club (SARC), neither of whom had ever met before, the team scaled the walls of the Red Cross like some eerie techno-ninjas, unspooling coax behind them as they festooned the place with radiating elements.

A crisis of faith descended with the evening shadows upon the weary wire-heads as they realized they still didn't have an antenna that would tune up on 40 meters. Shane O'Neal NS5D, let out a surprised yelp as he keyed up the metal desk mike of his aged Yaesu and the full force of 100 watts of RF energy was directed back upon his fingertips. The vertical was not going to work after all.

Just when hope was all but lost, out of the darkness emerged a mysterious figure. Obie Weathers N5VYS of the South Texas DX and Contest Club (STDXCC) materialized from the ether as if summoned by supernatural powers, and began to offer subtle hints to the astonished crew. "Quit messing around and put up a real antenna!" he suggested in his polite but authoritative manner. The team followed suit and produced the B&W folded dipole, on loan from AARO, which they had sequestered for just such an occasion. "Will this do?" they asked meekly. "That'll do just fine." said Obie, as he secured one end and then faded back into the night.

"How did he know we needed him?" inquired Erik, still in disbelief that an uber-elmer had appeared out of thin air. "You just dial 5 from any phone" replied David, a satisfied look upon his face.

With mission accomplished, the warriors somersaulted away, leaving only a lone sentinel and his trusty Emergency Get-up and Go trailer (The EGG), to secure the premises.

"NS5D, this is KD5Y-Zed-U. Do you have the donuts?'. "Roger, Roger... I have the donuts and I'm inbound to your location." With that simple exchange, a new day began at the Red Cross chapter in San Antonio. One-by-one, hams new and old arrived and worked as one to get the coffee on, the donuts down, and the radios aglow with activity. Taking advantage of some excellent band conditions on 40 meters, they made a few casual contacts with other chapters in Texas and Louisiana before the official start of the exercise which was the purpose of their gathering.

The November 18th exercise was dubbed "The Southwest Area Amateur Radio Preparedness Exercise". It was designed by the Red Cross to get as many of their chapters in the five state service area known as SA4 engaged with the local amateur radio operators who support them. As chapters near and far checked in on 40 meters, 20 meters, Winlink and VHF, the coordinating chapter in Dallas (using the special event call sign K5D) was doubtless awed by the overwhelming show of force from the ham community. The success of the exercise was ensured within the first few minutes, as chapter after chapter came booming in with simulated emergency traffic.

Among the many call signs heard by K5D was W5SC, the venerable club call of the 87-year-old San Antonio Radio Club, which was made new again by the efforts of volunteers from clubs all over Bexar County who are collectively known as the Amateur Radio Emergency Service.

(Newsletter editors: You may reprint freely)

---

My personal thanks to the following stations who participated in San Antonio, and my apologies if I left anyone out:

AC5XK
AD5BR
K5OLE
K5RPB
KD5OZM
KD5YZU
KE5CLV
KE5JXS
KE5VIP
N5NTG
N5VYS
W5BLH
W6GAR
WA5KRP

Well done!

And a special thanks to Mac McNell of Disaster Services, who made us feel at home at the chapter.

Best Regards,
Shane NS5D
AEC, Bexar County ARES


Re: Red Cross Chapters wield the forces of Ham Radio

Pat Knight AD5BR <ad5br@...>
 

Great write-up and great job!


Job Opportunity

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

To The South Texas Amateur Radio Community:



I have been contacted by Mr. Jeff Quance-Fitch of Drake Research who
asked me to post the following opportunity. Mr. Quance-Fitch is looking
for the below described individual and is particularly looking for
individuals with hands on electronic experience. He felt the Amateur
Radio Community was the right place to find the person who would be a
fit for this job. I have not previously known Mr. Quance-Fitch and you
should contact him directly at Drakejob@... <mailto:Drakejob@...>
with any inquiries.



Engineering Technician, November 2006



Ability to work from drawings or verbal instructions with limited
supervision



E-Mail: Drakejob@... <mailto:Drakejob@...> (preferred)

Fax 210-509-0768



www.DrakeResearch.com
<http://groups.yahoo.com/group/W5SC/www.DrakeResearch.com>

Job Description

Part time work with option for full time for repair, maintenance,
electrical wiring, equipment design. This position is in San Antonio,
TX.

Intelligent practical person needed to maintain, design, layout and wire
manufacturing equipment. This is a very hands-on position with duties
and priorities changing daily. Full time person would assist with
production. Manufacturing, military, electronic, CAD and windows office
programs and/or experience a plus.
Salary
Negotiable, based on prior experience


Re: Red Cross Chapters wield the forces of Ham Radio

Lee Besing
 

I've posted a "visual report" about the San Antonio Red Cross Ham Radio
operations on the www.SAHAMS.org web site. Here is the direct link
http://www.sanantoniohams.org/TheEgg.html

I used Shane's inventive narrative as the basis of this "visual report", so
it might sound a bit familiar to some.

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


Re: SARC Digest, Vol 12, Issue 1

Paul Guido
 

Christian,

I can not thank you enough for the SARC mail list service since 2002 and
your personal assistance in developing the Python morse code application.

You have been a great asset to Amateur Radio in South Texas. I hope you and
Robin find a local radio club in your area and continue to enjoy the
hobby/service.

Take care,

Paul Guido, N5IUT

P.S. I downloaded the list achive and will post it to the web site or on the
Yahoo group next month.

1. MAILING LIST CLOSING (Christian H?ltje)



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Message: 1
Date: Wed, 22 Nov 2006 08:31:04 -0500
From: Christian H?ltje <docwhat@...>
Subject: [SARC] MAILING LIST CLOSING
To: sarc@...
Message-ID: < 45645118.6070000@...>
Content-Type: text/plain; charset=UTF-8

Hello!

I'm now officially closing this mailing list: sarc@...

I hope everything worked well enough. :-)

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Ciao!

--
http://docwhat.gerf.org/


Tailgate Swapfest

Ed <ks5v@...>
 

This may be Thanksgiving week but Saturday will still be the monthly
tailgate swapfest at KCOMM, Inc., The Ham Store. The crow will be
gathering by 8 am and of course by 9:30-10:00 am it is over. Coffee
& donuts are provided. It is a good time to socialize. C'mon out.

73,
Ed KS5V


New to group

N6INM
 

Hi All,

Just wanted to take this opportunity as being new to the group to
introduce myself. I am Glenn N6INM/5 and live here in San Antonio.
Been here for about a year and stationed at Ft Sam Houston in the US
Army.

Look forward to meeting all of you soon.

In the meantime here is my webpage link which tells you all about me and
who I am and of course my family and who they are....

http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423
<http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423>

I am OK on QRZ.com

73's Glenn N6INM/5


Re: New to group

Schuylar CRIST <skyskyrider@...>
 

Major Axelrod,

Welcome aboard sir! My name is Schuylar *pronounced Skyler* Crist. My call sign is KE5VIP. I am currently working towards my General Class license. My father is a retired Air Force Major, thank you for your service.

I would also recommend, given your military service and disaster background based on a link on your website, that you get in touch with the Bexar County ARES organization (http://www.bexarcountyares.org).

There are several great clubs in San Antonio, which boasts about 2,000 Amateur Radio operators.

In His service,
Schuylar Crist
73 de KE5VIP

IT/Media Director, South Texas Republicans P.A.C.
Media Relations Director, McCurdy for Mayor
State News Editor, GOPUSA.com
National Vetting Officer, Minuteman Civil Defense Corps
Vice-President, Bexar County Right to Life
(210) 663-6093 (Cell)
Matthew 25:40
John 15:13



----Original Message Follows----
From: "N6INM" <n6inm@...>
Reply-To: W5SC@...
To: W5SC@...
Subject: [W5SC] New to group
Date: Fri, 24 Nov 2006 15:06:24 -0000


Hi All,

Just wanted to take this opportunity as being new to the group to
introduce myself. I am Glenn N6INM/5 and live here in San Antonio.
Been here for about a year and stationed at Ft Sam Houston in the US
Army.

Look forward to meeting all of you soon.

In the meantime here is my webpage link which tells you all about me and
who I am and of course my family and who they are....

http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423
<http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423>

I am OK on QRZ.com

73's Glenn N6INM/5


Re: New to group

Lee Besing
 

Welcome to San Antonio, even if you have been here a year already. :)

If you haven't already found this web site, please check out
www.SanAntonioHams.org for information about the San Antonio Amateur Radio
community. If you ever need anything to do in your "spare" time, we've
got lots of activities happening year around where Hams are needed to
assist. Those volunteer opportunities are always listed and updated at
that web site first.

I'm sure you found this club's web site already, www.w5sc.org or
www.sanantonioradioclub.org. Other club/groups in the area, include
www.sarepeater.net (SARO), www.w5ros.org (ROOST), www.aa5ro.org
(AARO), www.HillCountryREACT.org (REACT) and www.BexarCountyARES.org (ARES).

At 09:06 AM 11/24/2006, N6INM wrote:
Hi All,

Just wanted to take this opportunity as being new to the group to
introduce myself. I am Glenn N6INM/5 and live here in San Antonio.
Been here for about a year and stationed at Ft Sam Houston in the US
Army.

Look forward to meeting all of you soon.

In the meantime here is my webpage link which tells you all about me and
who I am and of course my family and who they are....

<http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423>http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423
<http://www.geocities.com/n6inm/n6inm.html?1138650008423>

I am OK on QRZ.com

73's Glenn N6INM/5
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


Re: Holiday Banquet

Floyd Gordon
 

--- In W5SC@..., "davidftx" <davidftx@...> wrote:


For several years the San Antonio Radio Club has celebrated the
Holiday
Season as guests of the QCWA at their annual Christmas luncheon.
This
year both the QCWA and the San Antonio Radio Club have been invited
to
attend the Alamo Area Radio Organization's Holiday Awards Banquet on
Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9 pm at Grady's Bar-B-Que on Bandera.
Family members and friends are encouraged to attend also. The cost
is
$8.00 per person and reservations may be made at 680-6841

I will be attending and encourage all SARC members to participate
also.
If there are members who are reluctant to drive at night, please
call me
at 408-1564 and we will arrange transportation.

The AARO invitation is in the Files section of this group and will
be
posted on w5sc.org in the next 24 hours.

K5OLE
I am planning to go David KE5HBF


Re: Holiday Banquet

Floyd Gordon
 

--- In W5SC@..., "davidftx" <davidftx@...> wrote:


For several years the San Antonio Radio Club has celebrated the
Holiday
Season as guests of the QCWA at their annual Christmas luncheon.
This
year both the QCWA and the San Antonio Radio Club have been invited
to
attend the Alamo Area Radio Organization's Holiday Awards Banquet on
Saturday, December 2nd from 6-9 pm at Grady's Bar-B-Que on Bandera.
Family members and friends are encouraged to attend also. The cost
is
$8.00 per person and reservations may be made at 680-6841

I will be attending and encourage all SARC members to participate
also.
If there are members who are reluctant to drive at night, please
call me
at 408-1564 and we will arrange transportation.

The AARO invitation is in the Files section of this group and will
be
posted on w5sc.org in the next 24 hours.

K5OLE
I am planning to go David KE5HBF


SwapFest Coordinating Meeting/2006 Board of Directors Meeting

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

We will have a SwapFest Committee Coordinating Meeting on Thursday,
December 7, 2006 at 7:00pm in Wesley Hall room 806, at Coker United
Methodist Church. Coker has been the location of the SARC Board
meetings for 2006 and is located at 231 E. North Loop Road, near US 281
and Nakoma. Please note that room 806 is on the second floor, just down
from where we have had the Board meetings. J.C. Smith will cover all
responsibilities and assignments for the SwapFest and determine what
assets are needed for the January event. All members with SwapFest
responsibilities are requested to attend. Any any and all members who
wish to volunteer for assignments for the event are asked to attend
also. Volunteers for the following activities will be assigned in
shifts, with as few as possible working the entire event:
* Gate Keepers to assist in the collecting of fees and distribution
of pre paid tickets
* Greeters/Membership Coordinators
* Radio Operators to assist AD5BR with the VHF Talk In and HF Special
Event Station
* Club Table Coordinators
* Other Coordinators
Notice of the San Antonio Radio Club Board of Directors Meeting: The
2006 Board of Directors is asked to attend in the event Board action is
required for any reason concerning the Swapfest. The Board of Directors
will meet at the above time and location, only if necessary. If you
have urgent business that the Board needs to consider before the end of
the year, please email either davidftx@...
<mailto:davidftx@...> or Kc5nkk@...
<mailto:Kc5nkk@...> . As always, all members are welcome at any
Board meeting. If you have questions, or are unable to attend this
meeting, please email me at davidftx@...
<mailto:davidftx@...> . David K5OLE


New Repeater Directory @ SAHams.org

Lee Besing
 

I've been working on a local repeater directory for everything from 6
meters thru 1.2ghz.
Direct web site link is http://www.sanantoniohams.org/nets/repeaters.htm

I'd appreciate any input / corrections / additions, etc. from those who
know more about repeaters than I do. I've also contacted the Zone 4 Texas
VHF-FM Society Coordinator, Michael Lay, N5PTN, for his input.

I've also converted the site to a "Winter Theme" as you will see, plus
added some new gimmicks to the front page (live clock above the news clip
summary column) and pop-up explanation regarding most of the links on the
site. (not pop-up separate windows, you'll see it if you move mouse over
any link).

Comments and feedback on changes are welcomed as well. Feel free to pass
this along to anyone else who might not belong to one of the above groups.

Happy Holidays to the San Antonio Ham Community. See many of you at AARO's
party on December 2nd or at one of the upcoming events during the next
month or two.


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


Reminder of SwapFest Coordinating and Education Committee Meeting this Thursday

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

This is a reminder for the SwapFest Coordinating Meeting which will be
held Thursday, December 7, 2006 at 7:00pm in Wesley Hall room 806, at
Coker United
Methodist Church. Coker is located at 231 E. North Loop Road, near US
281
and Nakoma. Please note that room 806 is on the second floor, just down
from where we have had the Board meetings. J.C. Smith will cover all
responsibilities and assignments for the SwapFest and determine what
assets are needed for the January event. All members with SwapFest
responsibilities are requested to attend. Any any and all members who
wish to volunteer for assignments for the event are asked to attend.

There will also be an Education Committee Meeting in conjunction with
the Swapfest Meeting. Paul Guido will discuss Education plans for 2007.
Anyone interested in SARC licensing efforts for next year are invited to
attend.

All 2006 Board members are asked to attend this meeting in the event
there are issues that require the Board's attention. If anyone has any
matter that requires Board action before the end of the year, please
notify Charlie Land or myself.

--------------

Other items of note:

I need someone to volunteer to call the 1st Thurday Net this Thursday
because of the above meeting. Please email me if you can do it.
davidftx@... <mailto:davidftx@...> It normally takes
about 20 minutes or less.

The Austin/San Antonio NWS QSL card for Skywarn Recognition Day, which
was last Saturday, was uploaded to the "Photos" section of this Group.
A couple of our most handsome members are featured on it.

Dues Due: SARC dues for 2007 are due now and are discounted at $12/year
from the normal $15/year, if you pay before the end of SwapFest. Just
use the application at http://www.w5sc.org/Docs/SARCApplication2006.pdf
<http://www.w5sc.org/Docs/SARCApplication2006.pdf> and mail a check to
the SARC PO Box. Or pay at the discount at the December 14th meeting.

December Meeting: The regular December SARC meeting will be on
Thursday, December 14th at KCOMM at 7:30PM. There will be a
presentation on IRLP. Get info on IRLP here-http://www.irlp.net/
<http://www.irlp.net/> If you use Google Earth, see this cool IRLP
overlay-http://www.irlp.net/setup-irlp.kml
<http://www.irlp.net/setup-irlp.kml> Anyone who needs a ride to this
meeting just needs to email David Freiberger at davidftx@...
<mailto:davidftx@...> or call me at 408-1564.

David K5OLE


N5IUT's Radio Teacher Project featured at the ARRL website

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Paul Guido's Radio Teacher Project was mentioned very positively in the
Youth section of the ARRL website. Read it here, about one half way
down the page: http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2006/11/10/2/
<http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2006/11/10/2/>

The Radio Teacher Project is a web based tutorial for new hams who wish
to pass the Technicians test. See it here:
http://radioteacher.googlepages.com/home
<http://radioteacher.googlepages.com/home>

Congratuations to Paul for his hard work.


Re: N5IUT's Radio Teacher Project featured at the ARRL website

Lee Besing
 

Paul's guide is also featured on the front page of REACT
Internternational's web site, www.reactintl.org


At 09:14 PM 12/6/2006, you wrote:


Paul Guido's Radio Teacher Project was mentioned very positively in the
Youth section of the ARRL website. Read it here, about one half way
down the page:
<http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2006/11/10/2/>http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2006/11/10/2/
<http://www.arrl.org/news/features/2006/11/10/2/>

The Radio Teacher Project is a web based tutorial for new hams who wish
to pass the Technicians test. See it here:
<http://radioteacher.googlepages.com/home>http://radioteacher.googlepages.com/home
<http://radioteacher.googlepages.com/home>

Congratuations to Paul for his hard work.
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________


SARC Repeater Listings in the ARRL Repeater Directory

davidftx <davidftx@...>
 

Does anyone have the current copy of the ARRL Repeater Directory.
Mine is 2004. If you have a 2006 version, would you please look at
the 145.39 and 442.075 repeaters in San Antonio and tell me what
callsign is listed for these club repeaters?

Also, if you see any repeaters that are listed for SARC and/or W5SC
that are not ours, please send me the listing.

Thanks,
K5ole
davidftx@...


Re: SARC Repeater Listings in the ARRL Repeater Directory

Lee Besing
 

Current TX VHF/FM repeater directory says both repeaters use callsign W5SC
and list SARC as sponsor. no tone listed, status "open repeater". This is
the info forwarded to ARRL each year, so I would suppose it has the same
info as TX VHF/FM. Note I didn't use the word "assume". :)

No other repeaters in their directory have W5SC or SARC listed in
association with them.

I also have a repeater directory page on www.sanantoniohams.org web site.


At 10:32 AM 12/8/2006, you wrote:

Does anyone have the current copy of the ARRL Repeater Directory.
Mine is 2004. If you have a 2006 version, would you please look at
the 145.39 and 442.075 repeaters in San Antonio and tell me what
callsign is listed for these club repeaters?

Also, if you see any repeaters that are listed for SARC and/or W5SC
that are not ours, please send me the listing.

Thanks,
K5ole
<mailto:davidftx%40swbell.net>davidftx@...
_________________________________________
73 de N5NTG Lee W. Besing San Antonio, Texas
(210)771-7075 mobile
_________________________________________