Amateur Radio Garage Sale Announcement

Leonor KF5YTZ is sponsoring a ham radio garage sale!
 
  • Date: First Saturday in October 3 - Rain date: October 10
  • Location: 213 Breakaway Rd., Cedar Park, TX 78613
  • Proceeds: will go to Cedar Park Hambuds repeater fund
  • Time: Setup at 6:30 AM Teardown at Noon Open to the public: 8:00 AM
  • Point of contact: Leonor White (512) 630 7734
  • The front circle driveway will support about 50-60 10 ft. spaces
  • 6 ft. table with 4 ft. spacing (for social distancing)
  • Possible to install two 6 ft. tables per space
  • Limit of one space per seller
  • Sellers responsible for own tables & chair (consider a pop-up since we are outdoors)
  • Spaces restricted to selling ham radio-related items
  • Donations: $10 per space are expected (please have correct change)
  • Expect to sell drinks and snacks
  • Raffle: The event will include a raffle for a new HF transceiver
  • Currently seeking: Volunteers to implement this event

 

Paul Gilbert KE5ZWAs another step in ARRL's increased focus on strengthening its emergency communications capabilities and long-standing working relationships with federal and state agencies and private emergency response organizations, ARRL has hired Paul Z. Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, Texas, as its first Director of Emergency Management.

Gilbert brings more than 30 years of experience in public service in both his professional and amateur radio endeavors. Beginning with his appointment as Emergency Coordinator in 1987, he has held multiple positions in the ARRL Field Organization. Currently, in his second term as South Texas Section Manager, he has also served for more than a decade as the West Gulf Division's Assistant Director for Public Service, acting as liaison between Division leadership and local, state, and federal emergency management organizations.

Professionally, Gilbert most recently was Radio Officer, HQ Staff, for the Texas State Guard, where for the past 6 years he has been responsible for planning and implementation of the organization's communications capabilities. Previously, he was a Public Safety Radio Coordinator for a Texas agency, charged with overseeing that organization's large-scale disaster communications response and identifying and eliminating in-state interoperability issues.

Gilbert, who has an Amateur Extra-class license, is a member of Army MARS and holds numerous DHS certifications, including COML, COMT, COMT Instructor, and AUXCOM Communicator. He is a member of the FEMA Regional Emergency Communications Coordination Working Group (RECCWG), a graduate of the FEMA Emergency Management Institute's Exercise Design Course, and was a founding member of the Texas Division of Emergency Management Communications Coordination Group.

In his new role, Gilbert will manage a team responsible for supporting ARRL Emergency Communications (EmComm) programs and services, including the Amateur Radio Emergency Service® (ARES®) and National Traffic System (NTS), as well as lead the continued modernization of those programs in consonance with the future emergency communications needs of the public and ARRL's key partners.


 

Face to face (mask to mask) VE Sessions in Rockdale, TX.

VE Patch round Milam ARC Logo

Download the pdf to get all the details; when, where, how much, and who.

ARRL/VEC Rockdale, Texas 1024KB

Exam Dates for 2020-2021

  • August 1st; 7 Technicians, 6 Generals, 0 Extra
  • October 3rd
  • December 5th
  • February 6th
  • April 3rd

 

ARRLSTX is a new email group for Non-ARES/Non-EMCOMM related topics.  

To join send a blank email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Then check your inbox and reply to the confirmation email.  

No approval process is necessary and to keep spammers out all new members will be moderated until you are verified by one of the moderators.  Once verified you will be unmoderated.

Note: Subgroups for:

Elmer-Needs; need help understanding Smith Charts, Mini VNA settings/usage, Log Book of the World, etc...

For-Sale-or-Wanted; Sell or post a wanted listing...

Online-Testing; Post your thoughts or find out where you can go to do online testing...


 

To join the new STXARES send a blank email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Then check your inbox and reply to the confirmation email.  

No approval process is necessary and to keep spammers out all new members will be moderated until you are verified in the ARES database.  Once verified you will be unmoderated.

To register as a new ARES member follow this link to the ARES Vault.

We also have subgroups for all 15 Districts.  To join them repeat the above steps but change the email address to the one(s) you want to join.

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  • District-11 was absorbed by other districts
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We also have these special subgroups:

  • Alerts; This subgroup is only for Alerts, Activations, and Announcements from ARES Leadership.
  • Digital-Comms; This subgroup is to discuss all things related to digital comms as it relates to EMCOMM; Packet, Pactor, VARA FM, VARA HF, Winlink, etc.
  • For-Sale-or-Wanted; This subgroup is where you can list Amateur Radio and EMCOMM related gear you have for sale or items you want.
  • Training; This training subgroup is limited to SM, SEC, DECs, ECs, and AECs and was created at the request of Michael Urich KA5CVH Harris-SE ASEC Training.

 

Winlink LogoSCS, the company that created Pactor, has released software for Linux to allow over-the-air monitoring of Pactor 1/2/3 transmissions for meaning. Besides monitoring Pactor 1/2/3, PMON automatically decompresses B2F/LZHUF compressed messages on the fly. This is very useful for monitoring Winlink email transfers. The program requires only minimal hardware: an inexpensive Raspberry Pi 3 Model B+ (minimum) computer and an inexpensive USB sound device. An SCS Pactor modem is not needed.

The program is a free download for radio amateurs from a Linux repository provided by SCS. Easy-to-follow instructions, program information and documentation are provided on this SCS web page:
https://www.p4dragon.com/en/PMON.html

Thank you to John Huggins and Gordon Gibby, MD for their original decoding programs, and to Hans-Peter Helfert and the SCS team for this needed contribution to the amateur radio community!

--The Winlink Development Team

Red Cross LogoFrom our Red Cross Liaison, distribute as you see fit.ARES Logo

Usual jobs with Red Cross and ARES are assisting with Communications at Red Cross HQ, EOC Contact, Shelters, and Disaster Assessment.

 

Starting up:

  1. Get a briefing from the Red Cross Manager/COML
  2. Establish ARES and Red Cross Liaisons to manage traffic
  3. Agree on the fastest way to exchange messages – paper, thumb drive, keep messages short, etc.
  4. Find out where you should set up
  5. Inform the Liaison of your capabilities, voice, data, who you can contact
  6. Confirm with Red Cross Your Tactical Call Sign & Cell number
  7.  Make sure you are in contact with the correct county EOC
  8. Check in with Red Cross HQ
  9. Conduct all actions safely and protect confidential information
  10. Start your logs

Mr. Robert Dittman, KB5UJM, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Bexar County in District 12 of the South Texas Section. Robert is recommended by the current District 12 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Ms. L. Ruth Lewis, KE5MHJ. District 12 is composed of Atascosa, Bexar, Comal, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Kendall and Wilson counties.

Robert earned his license as a novice in 1992 at the age of 14. He quickly upgraded to Technician with code, in order to use the local repeaters. Being blind, amateur radio provided a network of making friends, and new opportunities. Radio was a way of staying in touch as he traveled to Texas and the U.S. competing in the sport of wrestling. He became very active in the amateur radio emergency service, international traffic system, as well as SkyWarn.

Sidebar - Robert was able to convince a high school girlfriend who lived in Dallas to achieve her license she became KC5GNI and they must have the record of passing messages between each other from 1993 to 1996. Over the years, amateur radio has enjoyed the center stage and a place of honor in his life. Amateur Radio allowed him to become a communications officer in the Civil Air Patrol, United States Air Force military auxiliary radio system member, telecommunications specialist in the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary to name a few. These experiences will serve him well in his new EC position.

Robert is a life member of the ARRL and a member of the ARRL volunteer council program. Robert has again brought his love to amateur radio as his fiancé achieved her license on June 21, 2019. Her callsign is KI5FHC.

This appointment is effective on July 23, 2019.

ARES Connect Help Q & A (Word)

ARES Connect Help Q & A (Acrobat)

 

These articles will be updated from time to time as we learn the new system

12/27/2018 - 1 new question posted today

Jeff - KE5FGA

Mr. Thomas Andrew Downing, WB5TAD has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Harris County Southeast Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. Andrew is recommended by the current long-time EC Mr. George Fletcher, AD5CQ.

An audiologist with the Houston Methodist hospital system he has been a part of the ham radio arena for about six years. He is active in several public service events in and around Houston. Additionally, Andrew is currently a member of the Pasadena EmComm group. He is working closely with George to have a smooth transition. George has served as EC for Harris County for 10 years.

District 14 is composed of Harris County. Mr. David Underwood, WB5HJV, is the District 14 Emergency Coordinator (DEC) and approves this appointment.

This appointment is effective on August 9, 2019.