ares logoThe volunteer pages for the Texas MS-150 bike ride to support the National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society are now live.

This year’s ride is on the weekend of April 30 and May 1st. There will be multiple starting routes from Houston, and a new Austin start at the Capitol.

Day 1, Saturday, April 30th, will go from the start to LaGrange.
Day 2, Sunday, May 1st, will go from LaGrange to the finish in College Station.

The minimum requirements:

  • License: Technician. We’ll be using repeaters.
  • Equipment: 20 Watts on 2m & 70cm w/ Gain Antenna (not 1/4 wave)

To sign up as a Ham, start at https://nmss.galaxydigital.com/need/?s=1&need_init_id=5244. Scroll down to the bottom of the page for the ham opportunities. Most folks will pick the last item: "Com/HAMS Event Weekend”. Clicking on “View Details” will take you to the "Com/HAMS" page. On the “Com/HAMS” page you can sign up for shifts.

You’ll create an MS-150 volunteer account. In step 3, Skills & Interests, select Ham Radio Operator, the first tile :-).

Once you’ve created an account you will be able to sign up for shifts on the “Com/HAMS” page. Currently, Houston area hams are planning to cover Saturday and Sunday (Houston -> LaGrange, LaGrange -> College Station). Austin-ish area hams (including San Antonio, Wilco, Bastrop, Lee, etc.) are planning to cover just Saturday (Austin -> LaGrange).

You can “Respond Individually”, you will be able to select your preferred assignment on the “Com Form.”

Finally, please complete the "Com Form” via the link on the “Com/HAMS” page.

NOTE: These sign-ups are just for Ham communicators. All vehicle traffic management will be handled by CERT volunteers.

General information about the ride is on the National MS Society page:

https://mssociety.donordrive.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=donorDrive.event&eventID=661

Please let us know if you have any questions.

73,
Glenn W5MTR
Travis Co ARES

ARRL Foundation logoA new ARRL Foundation Club Grants program, funded by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), will make $500,000 available to radio clubs. The program will provide up to $25,000 for worthy club projects. Requests for more than that will be referred back to ARDC.

ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interests of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for radio amateurs to continue their education and training. The new Club Grants program will help clubs to more easily provide and expand their important services.

Beginning in April 2022, amateur radio clubs will be able to apply for these grants by filling out a simple form on the ARRL website. The ARRL Foundation will evaluate the grant proposals. The Foundation was established in 1973 to advance the art, science, and societal benefits of the amateur radio service by awarding financial grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations in support of their charitable, educational, and scientific efforts.

A key criterion for determining awards will be how the project will advance amateur radio in the grantee's community. In most cases, this process should take no longer than 90 days.

ARRL Foundation President David Woolweaver, K5RAV, shared his enthusiasm about this new program. "This program will substantially contribute to the growth of amateur radio clubs and their efforts to expand and support the amateur radio community," he said.

ARDC logoARDC is a California-based foundation that awards grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio's practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science. ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter, KJ7RYV, noted that this program will streamline the process for getting club projects funded so that clubs can get started on these projects more quickly.

"We're very excited about working with the ARRL Foundation on this program," said Schechter. "We can't wait to see what kinds of creative things clubs will do with these grants." -- Thanks to ARDC

arrl cAs you may know, the ARRL has hired a new manager of the Education and Learning Department. Steve Goodgame, K5ATA has announced his intent to expand the Teacher's Institute, a program to familiarize active middle and secondary school teachers about amateur radio and enable them to use amateur radio to interest young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
 
Many of you are in fields where your involvement in amateur radio was instrumental in your education and career choice, as it was in mine.
 
Some of you are teachers who might wish to attend this training. Both in-person and remote programs are being developed for this summer.
 
If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the link below. Positions in these highly desirable sessions go quickly. The application period opens in January:
 
 

WHEN: February 7-11, 2022, Monday-Friday 8:00-5:00
WHERE: Garner State Park located in Concan, Texas
Summary: The Texas Parks and Wildfire Department (TPWD) has graciously provided the following summary of total fees waived for the event occurring Feb 7-11, 2022.
Texas State Agencies, Texas Cities, Texas Military and DOD will be present
RACES and ARES are encouraged to participate
Notify Kevin Lemon, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. if you plan to go so sleeping arrangements can be planned for in one of the many cabins in the park.

1. First Day will be travel and setup of equipment
2. 2nd Day will be planning meeting
3. 3rd Day will be the exercise
4. 4th Day will be AAR and tear down
5. Travel home

The above is based on previous exercises of this type. The above is subject to change when the exercise schedule is made available.

Lou Withrow Austin / South Central Texas
VIRTUAL Severe Weather Spotter Training Session

skywarncFollow this link to the preregistration link and Troy Kimmels updated 2022 Skywarn manual.

http://la.utexas.edu/users/kimmel/skywarn.html

Saturday / 05 February 2022
830am to 12 noon / BASIC and ADVANCED TRAINING

Session Chairperson: Session Assistant Chairperson / Technical Chairperson:
Troy Kimmel (Email) Bob Rose

*** SESSION WILL BE VIRTUALLY HELD VIA Go to Webinar ***

 

 

oe8xyr vara fm v4.1.2The Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club has added VARA FM capability to the wide-area coverage Digipeater co-located with the K5HLA 147.020 repeater in Burnet County.  The call sign is K5HLA-1 and it is operating on 145.030 MHz.  This digipeater is also still running packet mode.
 
Currently, VARA FM is running in narrowband only but will be upgraded to wide-band.  We are having an antenna issue with this repeater so power will be limited until we are able to resolve the antenna issue.
 
I have exercised the VARA FM digipeater and in spite of its current limitations was impressed with its performance.
 
Tom Hauer, K0YA

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.

WA5LEEMr. Lee Glassman, WA5LEE, has accepted the position of District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for District 1 of the South Texas Section. District 1 is composed of; Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller County.  Lee replaces Mr. Mark Taylor, N5MDT, who will remain the EC for Montgomery County.

Lee grew up on the mean streets of New York City, moved to Oceanside, Long Island at the age of 13, and decided to pursue a career in Emergency Services.  After attending CW Post University, Majoring in Biology, while becoming an EMT/AEMT as a Volunteer Firefighter, he attended St. Vincent’s Institute of Emergency Care in NYC, earning his Paramedic Certification in 1986.  He first worked as a Paramedic for Stony Brook Hospital, becoming one of the Northeast’s first Helicopter Paramedics specializing in Neonatal Critical Care.

From there he took his FireFighting/Medical training to a whole new level as a Paramedic/Rescue Technician with the NYFD while working for the Entertainment Industry as a private IT/Apple Computer Consulting Specialist for such artists as Billy Joel, Elton John, The Stones, Eagles and lastly with Phil Collins.

After moving to Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania he became a Firefighter/EMT with the local department and rose through the line to Department Chief in 2000, reducing his NY Paramedic activity to Per-Diem shift work, when the Twin Towers were hit.  He broke numerous speed limits to get into the city to spend 3 days straight in the rubble, having lost many Brothers and Sisters that day.

Deciding that year to stop "putting the wet stuff on the red stuff" for the sake of his family, he continued as a boutique IT Consultant while becoming more involved in Fire Prevention, Training, and Radio/Dispatching work.  Then in 2007 got his no-code Technician license to get involved with the "Amateur" side of Digital Radio.

Right around that time, he opened a Sports Bar/Restaurant named ‘Backdraft’ that paid homage to First Responders, Military, Police, and EMS workers, with a lifetime of collected Patches, Badges, and Memorabilia on display which he owned and operated until late 2018.  Three months after selling the business, it burnt to the ground in an ironic twist of fate.

He was the co-founder of the Pennsylvania State Digital Radio Association, joined ARES EPA, got his General Ticket, and became AEC for Wayne County ARES.  Tired of the Ice, Snow, and Misery of the Northeast, he relocated to Tomball, Texas in 2019 to enjoy the Heat, Humidity, and Misery of Houston. Best of all, no HOA to deal with for antenna restrictions!

Having joined STX D14 NW immediately after moving to Texas, he earned his Extra ticket in 2020 during the Covid lockdown and began to further broaden his training through online classes, and after the plague slackened somewhat, began ‘

"train the trainer" certification through TDMA.  He also maintains his Texas EMT certification as well as National Certification through NREMT.

He currently acts as a Net Control for the Texas State DMR Net, the PA State DMR Net, STX D14 NW as Net Manager/AEC of the NW Unit, served as the Net Manager for the Salvation Army Team Emergency Radio Network (SATERN) International 20m Net, currently Communication Director for the Buffalo Bayou Regatta, Command Post Director for the Texas MS150, LifeFlight Comms Liaison for the Wings over Houston Airshow, and serves as Lead for both the Tomball Fire Department and Tomball Hospital Volunteer Communications teams, as well as the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Comms team.

Lee is Married to his most wonderful XYL, Nicole has a daughter, Isabella, currently a Department Head at Pittsburgh University and enjoys the company of Ramsey, the Aussie Shepherd, Momo, Valkyrie and Genji the Siberian Huskies, and Dax the Yellow Naped Amazon Parrot, who can still whistle the Fire Department tones to set off his pagers at 5 AM.

This appointment is effective December 1, 2021.

Welcome, Lee. 

Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

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.

When all else fails logoMr. Robert Schuller, K8REX, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Travis County in District 7 of the South Texas Section. Robert was recommended by the current Travis County Emergency Coordinator (EC) Michael Marks, KG5RXG. District 7 is composed of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis, and Williamson counties.

District 7 Coordinator Mr. Terry Jones, K5LGV, and STX Section Manager Mr. Stuart Wolfe KF5NIX approve of this appointment.

“Rex” Schuller, received his first FCC license, a Restricted Radiotelephone Operators Permit, in 1985 and was heard on-the-air at three Houston-area broadcast stations, all before he turned 18.  He earned his Technician class license in 2010 and his general class license earlier this year.

Formerly an Emergency Medical Technician, Rex took his first Red Cross disaster services course in 1996 and just last month completed FEMA’s Planning Section Chief course. 

Professionally, Rex is a Certified Public Accountant and Certified Internal Auditor. He presently works as a management consulting manager for a large state agency.  Past volunteer work includes Houston Taping for the Blind, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, and Hays County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT).

Rex received a Bachelor of Science from the University of Houston.  Rex and his wife live in South Austin.

This appointment is effective November 1, 2021.

 

Regards,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC