I wish to pass along some information to not only all of our Affiliated Clubs, but also to our members.
The Club Commission Program has been given an upgrade. As of this email, the new forms are available at: http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-benefits and listed under the Club Commission Program section.
If an Affiliated Club signs up a new member to ARRL through the club, the club still receives $15 for signing them up. But if a club has a ARRL members renew through the club, the club now receives $5 instead of the previous $2. All the rules are at the link I listed above.
Now on to other news in the ARRL STX Section. As of August 16th, 2022 we are looking for candidates to fill the Affiliated Club Coordinator position. The requirements for this position are listed at the link below. I will be taking applicants till we get the position filled. http://www.arrl.org/affiliated-club-coordinator
On another note, I know we have a lot of nets that train Amateurs on everything from traffic handling to ARES training. We also have several clubs that are doing this not only on RF, but also using any of the online programs (ZOOM, TEAMS, etc..). If your net is not listed anywhere on the ARRL HQ site, or on your club's website, please send me the information so we can help get that info into the hands of those that are looking for such nets. I will make sure we get them posted on the ARRLSTX.ORG website as well as sent out in my next newsletter.
If you do not have any local nets in your area, contact your local club about starting one up. If there are no ARES nets locally, contact the EC of your county and ask why not?
I reply back to, and answer all messages or traffic that is sent my way.
Stuart Wolfe - KF5NIX
ARRL STX Section Manager
Sunday, August 14, 2022 from 1:00-3:00pm
Sun City Community Activity Center - 1 Texas Drive, Georgetown, TX 78633
Mr. Richard “Rik” Chapman, K5RIK passed away on Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Emergency Management. ICS. Red Cross Volunteer. Radio EMCOMM including ARES, RACES, AUXCOM, COM L. Retired technology company CEO, horseman, and philosopher.
Rik and his XYL, Robbin, K5RBN, operated from their horse farm northwest of Austin Texas, in Williamson County and their home on Lake Buchanan. The Chapman’s were active with the Highland Lakes Amateur Radio Club. Robbin comments on her QRZ page “We have made many new friends and learned much in this complex and fascinating hobby.”
Reading from Rik’s Linkedin Bio: Experienced public company Chief Executive Officer and Board member with a demonstrated history of working in the scientific instrument industry. Skilled in Good Laboratory Practice (GLP), Chromatography-Mass Spectrometry, Medical Devices, Emergency Management, and Biotechnology. A strong business development professional, he graduated from Oregon State University.
Rik also served on the Board of Directors for two measurement companies, Dani Instruments, and Eberline Services.
Well-versed in emergency management, Rik supported ARES as the District 8 Emergency Coordinator, RACES in Texas District 12, SkyWarn, with basic, advanced, and tropical certifications. Additionally, Rik was a registered AUXCOMM and COM L instructor for teaching ham radio and EMCOMM classes, an ARRL Volunteer Examiner, and ARRL Life Member.
Since "retiring" in 2013, he volunteered through the Red Cross CSTAR Central and South Texas Regions as a Planner and GIS (Geographic Information Systems) mapper, DST, Administrator on Call, and DigiVol.
At the end of December 2021, Rik was sent to support first responders for the Marshall fire in Boulder Colorado. Mr. Richard McAlister, the volunteer communications director for the region, said the volunteer, Dr. Rik Chapman, is what they call a “planning manager” and is “a highly trained and experienced volunteer and has deployed multiple times across the nation in support of many natural disasters.”
“Chapman served as the planning chief for all Red Cross response operations in Colorado.” McAlister says he’s currently the only volunteer from the central Texas area headed to Colorado but that “there will likely be more volunteers going to both Colorado and Kentucky in the near future.”
In his Red Cross career, he participated in 68 Named Disaster Relief Efforts. Mostly in the planning function and GIS Mapping including the 2014 Wedgwood 11 Story Apartment Fire in Bexar County, 2014 Hutchison County Wildfires, 2015 Williamson County Amtrak Train / Fatal Truck Collision, 2017 Burleson Road Gas Leak in Austin and many Bosque County Floods.
If you are unable to attend and want to send a QSL card, please send it to his address on QRZ.
We thank the many resources that contributed to this writing. God blessed you Rik.
Starting the 1st Saturday in September and continuing every other month, with a 10 am (Central) start time.
VE Session Dates:
- 3 September 2022
- 5 November 2022
- 7 January 2023
- 4 March 2023
- 6 May 2023
- 1 July 2023
The location is:
Wells Branch MUD office
14611 Wells Port Dr
Austin, TX 78728 Google Map
It is my pleasure to announce Michael Livingston, AG5ZG has agreed to take on the role of Assistant Emergency Coordinator Liaison Cy-Fair CERT (CERT - Community Emergency Response Team).
As the NW AEC ARES / CERT Liaison Michael will be focused on:
- Facilitating a close working relationship between ARES D14 NW and Cy-Fair CERT.
- Coordinating and driving joint efforts/ participation between the two teams during exercises and incidents.
- Providing updates on CERT activities and opportunities periodically to the NW team during weekly nets and to our NW groups.io forum.
- Assisting NW Training team with the development and delivery of CERT-related training topics for our weekly training discussions.
- Recruiting CY-Fair CERT members to become HAMs and join ARES.
Michael is the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Cy-Fair CERT organization, and the PIO. He is also on the Cy-Fair CERT Amateur Radio Committee (CFCARC), a member of the Harris County CERT Leadership Team, and a member of the NW Harris County CERT Leadership Team. He is also a Volunteer Examiner (VE).
He has been tied up with other responsibilities until recently and is now able to dedicate more time to supporting ARES and CERT in this effort.
I’m looking forward to having this great resource be part of our team driving our NW CERT / ARES relationship.
Please congratulate Michael and thank him for taking on this important role.
John Sawyer – KD5U
Mr. Wayne Johnson, K5OB has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Southwest Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. District 14 is composed solely of Harris County, subdivided into 4 quadrants. I-10 is the north-south divide. I-45/HWY 288 is the east-west divider. Wayne replaces Mr. Russell Richter WP2AHG. Russell will remain active in local service with area hospitals, and community public service events. District 14 EC (DEC) Mr. Sherwin Klemp K5SEK and Section Manager, Mr. Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, approve of the new appointment.
Wayne was originally licensed in 2005 as KE5FYO, operated as W3DGE from 2006 to 2017, and grabbed the K5OB vanity call soon after earning his Extra ticket in 2017.
Wayne was born in El Paso and became an avid follower of the XEROK and XERF/XERB border blaster stations during the sixties. When the family moved away from the border, he started building antennas to receive the border stations. The family moved all over the States, so there was the opportunity to build antennas in different environments. This evolved into shortwave listening. In the seventies, he became involved in CB radios and started “repairing” them to ensure the best propagation.
Interesting reading at this link for border blaster station XEROK:
Most of Wayne’s undergrad and graduate work (public administration, geology) was at UT El Paso, with an MBA added much later. He has worked mostly in public service and healthcare. Wayne has supported contracting activities at UTMB Galveston for 24 years, serving as its Institutional Contracting Officer for the last 10 years.
Wayne joined the SW ARES unit four years ago and has served as AEC for the last two years. He has also been an official relay traffic station for the past year. He is also interested in supporting emergency communications for neighborhood-level groups.
He has been married to the brilliant and kind Lisa Christion for over 30 years, has family and kids scattered around the country, and has a houseful of pets in the Katy area. His interests are classic cars, blues and jazz, barbeque cook-offs, geology, ham radio, child advocacy, Texas history, and travelling back roads.
This appointment is effective July 3, 2022.
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
Mr. John Sawyer, KD5U has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Northwest Unit in District 14 of the South Texas Section. District 14 is composed solely of Harris County, subdivided into 4 quadrants. I-10 is the north-south divide. I-45/HWY 288 is the east-west divide. Scott replaces Mr. Sean Ramsey KG5IRM. Sean will take over as the RACES District 16 DRO. District 14 EC (DEC) Mr. Sherwin Klemp K5SEK and Section Manager, Mr. Stuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, approve of the new appointment.
John was originally licensed in the late 80s as N5SZJ right out of college and has been interested in radios and involved in electronics since. He used a screwdriver to take apart his father’s shortwave radio.
Given the demands of his career in the tech industry, John was in and out of the HAM radio hobby. Several years ago, he left his position as a senior executive for a large computer company and made the transition to a self-employed business owner and real estate developer. This gave him the flexibility and time to do what he wanted to do most, which was to spend more time with family, friends, amateur radio, and volunteer.
John is married to his wife Serena, who is very supportive of his volunteer efforts. He says he is still working on talking her into getting her ticket.
John joined ARES a few years ago and currently is an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for the STX District 14 Harris County NW Unit. In addition to public service events, his focus has been providing training and supporting all things digital. He enjoys helping other team members get up to speed on Winlink and other modes. He also spends a portion of his time in District 2 - Houston County supporting the local ARES team. He has a small farm in the area.
John currently operates two Winlink gateways with one located in NW Harris County and the second in Houston County. John is also an active member of Texas RACES and is the lead for the Methodist Willowbrook Hospital Auxcomm team.
This appointment is effective July 1, 2022.
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
DPS/TDEM has agreed to accept up to 21 ARES members that would be interested in becoming a Certified AUXCOM Instructor for the State of Texas. The goal of this program is to increase the number of authorized instructors in Texas from 4 to 25 instructors. Recognizing the depth of resources ARES has and the level of skills we have, they are looking to us to develop this expansion. Now, for us, this means that ARES will be recognized as being able to provide this certification to our members. Once certified an ARES AUXCOM instructor will be able to schedule training classes that will be coordinated through TDEM. This will eliminate the challenges of lack of instructors and also eliminate the budgetary constraints that TDEM has to host the classes. To review the requirements - Each candidate must meet the following -
- The candidate must have completed AUXCOM within the past three years
- The candidate must have completed the Task Book (more on that)
- The candidate must have completed current ICS courses (No longer than 3 years ago)
- OR Must be willing to take and complete the Texas AUXCOM course
- Then they will take an AUXCOM T-T course
- DPS then will certify them to offer AUXCOM training
Mr. Jim Hanks, W5CYN has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Robertson County in District 5 of the South Texas Section. District 5 is composed of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties. District 5 EC (DEC) Mr. Mike Wisby KA5HIA approves of the new appointment.
Jim tells his story very well. His call is short for his wife’s first name. Clever! Here it is:
My interest in radios began in the mid-70’s when my dad gave my younger brother a Heath Kit that contain a schematic to build a CB radio receiver. Guess Dad got interested as well, in a couple of weeks he opened the Hanks Electronic Sales Company (HESCO) and began selling and installing CB radios. The business was active until his death in 1977.
I received my Technician License in July of 2020 and was given my original callsign KI5KFD. In August of 2020, I received my General and Amateur Extra license and on August 28, 2020, received my current callsign W5CYN.
While studying for the Technician exam, I purchased a VHF/UHF handheld and began listening to the local repeaters. After receiving my license, I purchased a mobile unit and became active in the local club – Bryan Amateur Radio Club W5BCS. It wasn’t until March of 2021 until I began operating HF with a base station. Currently, I focus primarily on CW, Winlink, and JS8Call. I do participate in local VHF nets. Most recently, I have built a portable station – “go box” and have included digital including DStar and DMR.
My primary interest in amateur radio is “communication”. Jeren, our oldest son, received his technician license so we use the local repeater regularly to “rag chew”. I use Winlink for monthly communications with the entire family to ensure the communications are available if necessary.
Being involved with the local club allow me to learn and become interested in both ARES and RACES. After meeting Ron Hambric N5SBN, I joined the Brazos County ARES about a year ago. When Mike Wisby KA5HIA asked if I would be interested in becoming the EC of Robertson County, I really had to ask him if he really wanted someone as “green” as me being the contact with the County. It’s very comforting to know that I have his and N5BRZ shoulders to lean on.
I am a lifelong resident of Robertson County. By education and profession, I am a Civil Engineer having both my degrees from Texas A&M University. Cynthie and I moved back to my hometown (Franklin) in 1985. In 2005, I re-established HESCO LLC (Hanks Engineering Service Company) and the company is actively providing program and project management for various clients. Cyn and I have been married for 42 years which attest to her sense of humor. We have been blessed with two great sons and now five awesome grandchildren all of which not only live in Robertson County but in Franklin. So having an active ARES presence and capabilities is extremely important to me personally.
Outside of work, Cyn and I are both active with our church and we currently spend a lot of time attending anything that involves a ball – the grandkids are extremely active in sports. Also, teaching 8- & 7-year-olds CW is fun but has its moments. We also have a large garden that keeps us busy during the spring and summer months. Personally, I am still involved with long-range precision shooting.
This appointment is effective May 20, 2022
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA ARRL STX SEC
As it has been a little while since my last newsletter to the South Texas Section there have been a few changes, as well as several Hamfests and Tailgate events created for our section. I am looking forward to visiting as many as I can squeeze in this year.
There have been several new EC’s appointed and a few DEC’s as well this year. We still have a few openings for EC’s throughout the section, so if you are interested check out the map on our ARRL STX Depot website to see what is available:
If you are interested in becoming an EC, please look over the requirements at the link below to decide if it is for you. If you are an EC and submitting your monthly reports, Thank you. If you are not submitting your monthly reports or have nothing to report then simply put you have nothing to report when submitting your report. Every EC needs to be submitting a report each month:
If you would like to join ARES in your local county, please sign up at the ARRL STX Depot site at the link below. As soon as you register, your local EC will look over your application and approve you as a member:
During this past year the number of reported traffic nets have increased in number, and as such, we as the South Texas Section have been able to report back to ARRL HQ’s a significantly higher number of Amateur Radio operators who are learning how to send and receive traffic. Also, the number of training sessions for handling traffic has increased, and I applaud the effort on everyone involved. I say this as I personally see the results as some of these training, and exercises involved myself as one or more of the individuals receiving the messages.
If you would like to learn more about traffic handling, please contact the ARRL STX Section Traffic Manager
There are several newsletters each ARRL member can subscribe to each month, and there has been a new one that has only been out for a few months now. It is the ARRL Club News and can be found under your Edit Email Subscriptions tab under your profile.
The clubs that are holding online or virtual meetings and would like any of your Section or Divisional leaders to attend, please send an invite to them. I am including our info below.
Stuart Wolfe – KF5NIX
ARRL South Texas Section Manager
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