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!

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.

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.

Frank N5SSHAssistant Section Manager (ASM) - Databases
Frank Aguilar N5SSH
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Previously served as:

  • Webb County Emergency Coordinator (EC)
  • STX District 13 District Emergency Coordinator (DEC,)
  • STX Section Emergency Coordinator (SEC)
  • Assistant Section Manager (ASM) to Lee Cooper W5LHC
  • Assistant Section Manager (ASM) to Paul Gilbert KE5ZW

How I serve the Amateur Radio community:

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.

KF5NIX Stuart WolfeStuart Wolfe, KF5NIX, has been appointed ARRL South Texas Section Manager. He succeeds Paul Gilbert, KE5ZW, of Cedar Park, who has stepped down as Section Manager to become ARRL Director of Emergency Management.

Wolfe, of Rockdale, Texas, will complete the remainder of Gilbert’s term. Wolfe’s appointment as Section Manager begins on October 1 and extends until September 30, 2021. ARRL Radiosport and Field Services Manager Bart Jahnke, W9JJ, made the appointment after consulting with ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, and receiving recommendations from Gilbert, West Gulf Division Vice Director Lee Cooper, W5LHC, and others in the South Texas Section.

Stuart Wolfe currently serves as South Texas ARRL Affiliated Club Coordinator and Emergency Coordinator. He is the founding member and President of the Milam Amateur Radio Club. He is also active as a Volunteer Examiner and teacher of amateur radio licensing classes.

 

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

ARRLSTX is an 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...


 

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

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.

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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.