Ms. Carolyn Young, KE5VYG has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Victoria County in the South Texas Section. Carolyn was recommended by the DEC 10 Mr. John Taylor KE5HAM and approved by Section Manager Mr. Stuart Wolfe KF5NIX. District 10 is comprised of Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Karnes, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, and Wharton counties.
Ms. Young was born in 1953 in Austin, Texas. Her family moved to Victoria in 1961, two weeks before Hurricane Carla. In 1970, she married James Nordin. The Nordin’s had a daughter and lived in Houston. They were involved with the Lone Star CB club. This was Carolyn’s first experience with radio. James’ aunt and uncle had been in ham radio for years.
Carolyn continues with her story: “We divorced in 1980. I moved back to Victoria. I went to work in retail and went to college and raised my daughter. After my daughter was out on her own, I moved back to Austin. I went to work for an electrician as a bookkeeper, payroll clerk, and estimator. I learned to be an electrician and became licensed and ran a crew. I moved back to Victoria in 2000 to care for my mother, up until her death”.
“James and I got back together in 2008. By then he then had his ham license, KM5UR, and got me back into radio. He was a member of the Victoria Amateur Radio Club and got me involved in club activities. He asked me to study and take the ham test. I was promised a trip to Las Vegas if I passed. I passed the test and instead of the trip, I got a Kenwood 710. He thought that was a better reward”.
“We participated in Field Day events, Fox Hunts, Water Safari, and Bike Rides. James put up a 50 ft tower in the backyard and set up in the house with a radio room, and generator for emergency communications. James has since become silent key due to an extended illness”.
“I am now getting more involved with radio since his death. At present, I am the secretary for the Victoria Amateur Radio Club. I am trying to become more familiar with ham radio and the many bands and activities. At one point, I was the Victoria County ARES EC, but had to step down in order to care for James. I am now prepared to step back into that role, …..”.
This re-appointment is effective April 2, 2023.
Welcome back Carolyn,
Regards to all,
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
Mr. David Fanelli, KB5PGY, has accepted the position of 3873 Texas ARES Net Manager. David replaces Mr. Mark Mireles AD5CA who has served this position since October 2016. Both gentlemen also serve as a net control in the monthly rotation.
The 3873 net is held on Monday each week immediately following the Texas Traffic Net at about 7:30 PM.
A bit about David.
Mr. Fanelli has been licensed in the Amateur Radio Service since April 1991 and held an Amateur Extra Class license since September 1991.
David is also an active Volunteer Examiner in the ARRL/VEC who has participated in over 470 test sessions since accreditation in October 1991. He also acts as the VE Liaison for both the Clear Lake Amateur Radio Club and Johnson Space Center ARC and has held that position since July 1996.
Mr. Fanelli has been active in public service events and local ARES organizations since 1991 and presently is the Assistant Emergency Coordinator for Training for the Harris County – Southeast Unit. He also holds the Official Relay Station designation for his activities in the National Traffic System.
Professionally, Mr. Fanelli earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Houston's Cullen College of Engineering in August 1996. He has worked at the Johnson Space Center in the capacity of software engineer for Lockheed Martin, Hamilton Sundstrand, and Jacobs Technology since February 1997 in both a facility testing International Space Station Guidance, Navigation, and Control flight software and at the Energy Systems Test Area. He has earned both a Group Achievement Award and a Space Flight Awareness Team Award from NASA Headquarters for his efforts in software development for tests at the Energy Systems Test Area.
We will be looking for additional net control and scheduled relay staff as we move forward.
This appointment is effective September 5, 2022.
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
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
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
Each individual meeting these qualifications and wishing to become an AUXCOM instructor must email me,
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
Ron Bosch – KE4DRF at
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.
If you are a club with news you would like to see in the ARRL Club News newsletter, please submit it to
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.
- West Gulf Division Director – John Stratton –
- West Gulf Vice Director – Lee Cooper –
- ARRL STX Section Manager – Stuart Wolfe –
- ARRL STX Section Emergency Coordinator – Jeff Walter –
- ARRL STX Traffic Manager – Ron Bosch –
Stuart Wolfe – KF5NIX
ARRL South Texas Section Manager
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.
Does 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
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.
SCS, 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:
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
From our Red Cross Liaison.
My usual jobs with Red Cross and ARES are assisting with Communications at Red Cross HQ, EOC Contact, Shelters, and Disaster Assessment.
What Red Cross Expects from ARES on Deployment
- Get a briefing from the Red Cross Manager/COML
- Establish ARES and Red Cross Liaisons to manage traffic
- Agree on the fastest way to exchange messages – paper, thumb drive, keep messages short, etc.
- Find out where you should set up
- Inform the Liaison of your capabilities, voice, data, and who you can contact
- Confirm with Red Cross Your Tactical Call Sign & Cell number
- Make sure you are in contact with the correct county EOC
- Check-in with Red Cross HQ
- Conduct all actions safely and protect confidential information
- Start your logs
Ongoing operations: What Red Cross will expect:
- Prompt delivery of messages to the intended recipient
- Prompt delivery of replies and acknowledgments to RC liaison
- You must keep a
- Unit Log ICS 214 (Personnel & Events) and
- Communication Log ICS 309 (messages with date and time)
- Make sure you have the equipment or resources to rapidly copy and deliver messages
- Notify RC Liaison of any communications outages or delays
- Confirm delivery of Digital Emergency communications by voice or acknowledgment
- Notify Red Cross on any personnel changes
- Make sure logs are up to date
- Ask if there is any way to improve service during the coming shift.
End of Deployment:
- Get permission to secure
- Delivery all logs to RC liaison
- Clean up
- Return to ARES resource Net
A fact of the post 9/11 world is that you cannot work in an EOC or with the Red Cross unless you have a completed background check. So please have your credentials showing a completed criminal background check.
To Learn More: Red Cross ARRL MOU
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
Thanks to our (South Texas Section Communications Manager) Lee Cooper, W5LHC, an initiative to introduce a standardized ARES training program has been accepted by the entire West Gulf Division (that's South Texas, North Texas, West Texas, and Oklahoma).
Up until now, every individual ARES group has pretty much decided what and how they wish to train. The result was that our served agencies did not know what background any of us had, particularly if we were moving to another jurisdiction. We found that those agencies were spurred on largely by the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and were looking for some form of standardization.
By adopting this standard, we can begin a process where ARES members can be identified as obtaining a minimum level of training. The training itself is similar to that utilized by the COML (Communications Unit Leader) and COMT (Communications Unit Technician) that have been standardized at the Federal level.
Utilization of the training plan is optional, and participation by ARES members is also optional. However, we are urging all county ARES groups to adopt the terminology and recognition by the title of their members. The South Texas ARES database will be updated to reflect these standards, record progress, and recognize those who attain various levels in the training.
There are two aspects to the training: one is a set of training items, and the other is a workbook to record progress towards recognition at each level. This material makes a good training outline for ARES meetings. There is sometimes a lack of direction or structure to local training. I would certainly supplement the core training materials with other topics, and more depth than is covered in the outline, but over some period all ARES groups should cover each of the items in the training matrix. Even those who may not yet aspire to one of the higher levels can find useful information in each of the topics. I recommend setting up a schedule to cover all of the topics over some specific time period.
The benefit to ARES and our members is that we have a standard that we can incorporate so wherever we go within the WGD we know the minimum standard based on the level achieved. Each ARES group can feel free to add additional requirements at the local level. In some specific cases, it may be necessary to modify or substitute requirements based on a local situation or need. Requests for this should be routed to the Section Emergency Coordinator through the local Emergency Coordinator and District Emergency Coordinator.