YouTube ButtonAmerican Radio Relay League (ARRL) West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS and Lee Cooper W5LHC gave the SCARS (South Canadian Amateur Radio Society) members at the January meeting for a 2021 ARRL update. The West Gulf division represents the states of Oklahoma and Texas. John and Lee talked about what is new at ARRL headquarters, how to join the league, and why you should.  ARRL has a new CEO, David Minster NA2AA, and a whole new Volunteer Monitors (VM) program headed up by Riley Hollingsworth K4ZDH. Lots of good information on past, current, and future ARRL activities.

YouTube SCARS January Meeting 1/9/2021

When all else fails logoMr. Jim Lawrence, NA5RC has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Fayette County in District 7 of the South Texas Section. District 7 is composed of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis, and Williamson counties. Mr. Ken Malgren, K7MAL, is the District 7 Emergency Coordinator (DEC).

Jim has developed a working relationship with his home county emergency management team and explains further, “I had an excellent meeting with Craig, FCEM”. “Craig is not yet a ham but he is on our Club FB page and is interested in getting his license”. “Craig is working on a grant for a CERT communications trailer and I explained the role of ARES”. “He likes the back-up capabilities ARES can provide in an Emergency”.

From Jim regarding his meetings with Fayette County officials: “Based on this meeting, there was a clear interest in progressing a relationship between area Hams and Fayette County Emergency Management”. “For this reason, I would be interested in developing an ARES presence in Fayette County to include a weekly net on 147.38 which, even unlinked, covers much of the surrounding counties”.

Mr. Lawrence is a semi-retired Telecom Engineer currently working on a communications project for a new facility in the Gulf of Mexico which will include HF SSB, Trunked VHF, trunked bridge to VHF Marine, and Aircraft, Radar, Racon, NDB, VoIP phones, & CCTV. Jim also had a career in Law Enforcement which included Houston P.D. and Travis County S.O. At TCSO he managed Special Ops.

Jim holds an Extra Class license that builds and pieces rather than buys off the shelf. His equipment is almost 100% Motorola now on repeaters to include new (old) Quantar and MCS2000 repeaters. Jim remarks “next up here in La Grange on UHF will be DMR”.

This appointment was effective February 1, 2021.


Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA


After 41 years, Ham-Com has decided to close its doors in lieu of the restrictions in place for COVID-19 and the rising costs of putting on a show. The decision was not made lightly, but the safety and wellness of our volunteers, vendors, clubs, presenters, and attendees is our paramount concern. 

Read the complete letter from Bill Nelson, President of Ham-Com Inc.

ARISS logo 2020 153x300Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS) has received schedule confirmation for an ARISS radio contact with astronauts.

This will be a direct contact via amateur radio between students at the Tecumseh High School, Tecumseh, OK, and astronaut Shannon Walker, amateur radio call sign KD5DXB. Both onsite and remote access will be provided to the student body at the time of the contact per Covid-19 guidelines. Amateur radio operators, using the Tecumseh High School Amateur Radio Club call sign K5THS, will operate the ham radio ground station for this contact. Students will take turns asking Walker their questions. The downlink frequency for this contact is 145.800 MHz.

The ARISS radio contact is scheduled for December 4th at 12:33 pm CST (Tecumseh), (18:33 UTC, 1:33 pm EST, 11:33 am MST and 10:33 am PST).

The public is invited to watch the live stream at;

Download the full press release here; ARISS News Release No. 20-24 - Tecumseh OK


Mr. Mike McCue W5ATN has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Milam County in District 7 of the South Texas Section. This appointment was recommended by Section Manager (SM) Mr. Stuart Wolfe. Mike replaces Stuart, now the STX SM, who had served as EC since May 10, 2017.

KF5ENDI'm KF5END/Ted. I have officially been a HAM since January 2010 when I passed my Technician exam. Over the course of the next year, I passed the General and Extra.

I have always been around electronics and have owned a scanner since the late ‘80s. I never had any interest in CB and did not know what a HAM was until a HAM explained it to me.

I spent many summers at my grandmother’s and would always run across various tubes, capacitors, resistors, and other various components. I always enjoyed playing with them but did not have any real idea what they were, other than their names. My grandfather had passed before my arrival and I later learned that he was a EE and often worked on radios and televisions, though no one can verify if he was ever a HAM.

arrl cDoes your club have a club call sign? 

Is it used for Field Day, QSO parties, other contests, Special Events, like JOTA, Schools on the Air, Hamfest Talk-in, or on your club repeater(s)?

Most of us know that ARRL members use their This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. but this can be requested for your This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To set this up just have a Club officer fill out the on-line form and submit it to the ARRL. If your club doesn't have a call they will get the club's initials and 3 numbers.

N5DUX QRPI am an ARRL ETP instructor for the ARRL Teachers' Institute and a Curriculum Development Specialist with the CYBER.ORG based in Bossier City, LA; an education non-profit funded by a federal grant that trains teachers in cybersecurity, computer science, and related topics. I became an ARRL Life Member in 2014. I have also been serving as ARRL Education Assistant Section Manager for South Texas (STX) since Spring 2017. Prior to that, I was Education ASM for North Texas (NTX) from 2013-2017.

Even if you're not in my ARRL Section and you're looking for ways to get amateur radio into a classroom, I'm always happy to help!

Peter K5HABAmateur Radio is magic. Behind the magic is physics. Your Technical Specialists are here to help you with the physics.

In the South Texas Section of the ARRL, we have a growing group of Technical Specialists who have been solving problems for most of their lives. Technical Specialists have a depth of knowledge that can save you time and energy and get you back to enjoying our hobby. They are here to help you.

Jeff WalterI became interested in amateur radio during a drive back from Ardmore OK in 2004. We had just completed SAG support for the SAM's Club MS150 from Frisco (near Dallas) to Ardmore.

Mike Hardwick N5VCX placed an HT in my van for me to listen to for our 10 van conga line trip drive back to Dallas. I have been hooked since. I must also give a tip of the hat to Susan KB5ICO, Chuck N5GCQ, and David N5SRC.

I couldn’t wait to mimic my public service friends by purchasing an ICOM 2720 and the study material for my technician license. I was several months of listening to conversations and police frequencies before deciding it was time to take the test. The test was administered by Mr. John Moore KK5NU and his VE team.

My friends told me to join a club. The push to join ARES came from Mr. Dale Walker AA5DW (SK) at a Northwest Amateur Radio Society (NARS) meeting. I joined and met Mr. Ken Mitchell KD2KW, who was a member and the D14 Emergency Coordinator. He pointed me to Mr. Hal Merritt KD5HWW who was the EC for the Northwest quadrant (now unit) for Harris County. Somewhere along the way Hal dropped a W from his call.