The Houston Local Traffic net is celebrating its first anniversary. The beginnings of the net started with radiogram training to a few hams on a local repeater in preparation for Field Day 2020. In that year, most clubs were forced to cancel their traditional field operations due to social distancing restrictions as a result of the Covid-19 Pandemic. This made it impossible for Technician Class hams or hams without their own stations to participate in Field Day. However, a closer look at the Field Day rules revealed that any class station participating in Field Day is eligible to earn bonus points for traffic handling. Furthermore, the repeater restriction for QSO credit does not apply to traffic handling. Thus, any ham could pass radiogram traffic on a repeater during Field Day and earn up to 200 bonus points. The training was a success and several hams who did not have their own stations were still able to participate in Field Day and earn the traffic handling bonus points. After Field Day was over, there was a continued interest among local hams in learning more about traffic handling and it was decided to hold a weekly training net. The traffic net was born. Originally called the Fort Bend County Traffic Net, the Houston Local Traffic Net has been in continuous operation since July 14, 2020 meeting every Monday evening. In its first year, the net has shown good growth in both numbers of check-ins and volume of traffic. There were over 850 total check-ins from more than 100 different stations and over 500 radiogram messages passed.

First Year Achievements:

  • July 14, 2020: Inaugural Net with 7 check-ins.
  • October 2020: Net moved to the 146.94 repeater to increase coverage and participation.
  • November 2020: First special net session held to support ARES S.E.T Drill
  • April 2021: Added second weekly net on Thursday evening due to increased traffic volumes.
  • June 2021: Held special net session in support of Field Day traffic handling.
  • July 2021: The 500th radiogram was passed on the net.

Bill Novak KA9IKK
Houston Local Traffic Net Manager

Robert A. Rodriguez Scholarship Fundraiser

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Here is your chance to get in on our annual scholarship raffle. You get 3 chances to win the best-selling Yaesu FT-991A Radio and 1 chance to win a Yaesu FT-891.

Only 400 raffle tickets will be sold!

Tickets are $25 each. Proceeds from the raffle support our annual scholarship recipients. Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded to winning candidates who meet the ARRL Scholarship guidelines.

All ticket holders are invited to the drawing party on September 9th, 2021 at 7 p.m.  It will be at our regular meeting and the drawing will be before the presentation.  The drawing will be recorded and posted on our youtube channel.

Winners need not be present – you will be contacted and Radio can be shipped to the winner.

To purchase a ticket, mail check to: 

Rosendo M Guzman N5YBG
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11614 Persuasion Dr
San Antonio, TX  78216
210-446-8875
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The current list of primary local repeaters to be used during emergencies: 

                            ICS205_STX Repeaters Rev 07032021

 

Regards,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

 


 

House SealHouse of Representatives recognition of Amateur Radio Operators and Field Day.

Just in time for Field Day.

YouTube Video

https://youtu.be/CmjabPUZJUg


 

ares logoMr. Thomas Learn, KI5OMW, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Jackson County in District 10 of the South Texas Section. District 10 is composed of Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Karnes, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Victoria, and Wharton County. DEC 10, Mr. John Taylor, KE5HAM, recommends this appointment.

Thomas comments, “I first became interested in radio technology at a young age when I acquired and built a transistor radio kit.  I soon bought a short-wave receiver and started listening to anything within reach of my small antenna.  In my high school years, I got a CB radio and used it to talk to some friends in my area as well as whoever was passing by on the highway that was similarly equipped. I became fascinated by radio frequency propagation and how weather, solar activity, and even time of day can have a significant effect on transmission range”.

After graduating high school in 1995, his radio interest faded. He pursued his studies and eventually a career in the field of electronics.  He worked several jobs in the field including industrial electrical technician, IT technician, network installation technician, etc... But ended up as an Automation systems technician at Inteplast where he has been employed since 2008.  “I have since taken on an electrical engineering role where I design and implement machine upgrades and network infrastructure installations in addition to emergency troubleshooting and repair”.

His interest in radio was re-kindled in recent years by finding the old short-wave receiver.  “After listening to the radio for a short while” Thomas continues “I decided to get my amateur radio license and get on the air”.  “I passed the general license exam in March 2021 and have been working diligently to expand my knowledge and capabilities.”

Now with a desire to use his license for more than "rag chewing,” he has become interested in two other roles as an amateur radio operator. First, by becoming a volunteer examiner “to help others find their path to getting licensed” and second, “becoming involved in emergency communications to have a positive impact on the community during potentially the most trying of times.” 

“Communication is what makes a community and radio can be a way to connect people when all else fails.  That is an endeavor of which I am proud to be a part.”

Thomas and wife Brandi live in Edna, Texas. They have 3 children.

This appointment is effective June 19, 2021.

Welcome Thomas. 

Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

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When all else fails logoMr. James Sitton, KD5JBT has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Waller County in District 1 of the South Texas Section. District 1 is composed of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller County. James has been a former AEC and then the temporary EC replacing then EC and DEC Ms. Christine Smith N5CAS. Current DEC 1, Mr. Mark Taylor, N5MDT, approves of this appointment.

Receiving his license in 2000, James tells his unique, yet similar to everyone’s story, of how he became involved in amateur radio: “My first bug to become a Ham began when I was Jr. High or High School? (class of 1982) My father always had CB's and even sold some. I learned how to install them and adjust the SWR's for the antennas. He was also in the Fire Dept. and bought a Bearcat 210 programmable scanner. When the weather was bad in nearby Houston, TX, I would listen to 146.880, a very strong repeater. The Ham's would give reports of the bayous and creeks rising or out of bank conditions. That is what impressed me. (I still have this scanner.)”

“My Scout Master R.E. Garrett was a Ham and tried to teach us Morse Code one week. He had us copy a pyramid-style chart down with E - T on the first row each following row had more letters until all were listed. He told us to learn to spell our name in Morse Code. He gave my older brother a Heathkit radio to listen to. He remarked that when he earned his license, then he would “get the mike to go with it.” “R.E. Garrett is now a silent key.”

“My brother gave me an old (1991) Now You're Talking! book to study. I kept reading it over and over for about a year. I went to take my test in 1999 and missed it by 1 question. I showed the book to one of the VE's, he said the book was too old and out of date, get a new one and study it. I did and retested. I received my license in January 2000. Do you remember Y2K? I thought about trying to get my license in time to be ready. I did not have time to worry much about it. Checking all the computers at work kept me busy.”

James is a long-time member of the Waller County ARES group.  He has helped with communications on the MS150 bike ride for many years. James has been a “rider with a radio” 3 times, helping with fundraising for the charity.

In 2017 my wife decided I needed more room for my radios and junk, so she moved to the other side of town. both kids have their own jobs and places to live. So, I am currently unsupervised and enjoying church, loud music, going to concerts, yard work, radios, walking the dog, and a few cats. After almost 40 years with the family business Haney Feed (the business was 83 years old), the business closed on April 15, 2021. I am looking forward to a new job.

A life-long resident of Waller, James enjoys volunteering at church on the tech crew, often operating a video camera on Sunday or occasionally doing sound or lights for the Wednesday night High School service.

Now and then my brother says, "I heard you on my scanner.” “I hope he will get his license someday. Then we can talk on air. I know he will someday.”

This appointment is effective June 12, 2021.

Welcome James. 

 

Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

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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.

Terry Jones K5LGV 200x150Mr. Terry Jones, K5LGV, has accepted the District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) Position for District 7 of the South Texas Section. The district is composed of Bastrop, Caldwell, Fayette, Hays, Lee, Milam, Travis, and Williamson counties. Outgoing District 7 DEC Mr. Ken Malgren, K7MAL, will remain locally active, serving as needed as net control.

Terry’s work career started out as a Field Engineer in Dallas/Ft Worth working for corporations such as Digital Equipment Corporation where he became the youngest Field Service Manager in the company. Managing the Classified Field Service Group for most of the Defense Contractors in the Dallas area such as TI, E-Systems, Collins Radio, during President Reagan’s Star Wars Initiative. Eventually becoming the National Account Manager for E-Systems.

Terry moved into commission sales with a company in the early 90’s that became GTE, now known as Verizon. Selling network systems maintenance and hardware, he was eventually moved to Austin to manage a project he sold to Andersen Consulting, and the State of Texas Child and Adult Protective Services in 1994.

Terry embarked on a series of entrepreneurial businesses beginning in 1998, he continues today in entrepreneurial business development.

As if that were not enough, beginning in 1998, Terry served on staff at a local church as an Elder, then Ordained as a Pastor in the early 2000’s. He maintains his ordination and has presided over the marriages of some WCARES members.

Now to amateur radio. Terry passed his technician test in June of 2011, then passing his General one month later. Taking CERT at Austin CTECC, he joined TCARES in fall of 2011, and served in the CTECC Ham Room. Moving to Georgetown in 2012, he joined WCARES in 2013. Becoming AEC Net Manager in 2015, and Wilco ESOC team member in activations. He passed his Extra Class exam, and became Away Team Certified in 2016. Terry was appointed as Emergency Coordinator of WCARES in June 2016

Appointed EC of Williamson County (WilCo), Terry immediately implemented and activated Incident Management Teams, and Incident Command System Structure as a standard operating procedure. This included the implementation of full ARES uniforms for all members. This has allowed WCARES to be incorporated into our served agencies, most of the time as one of team. Prior to taking on EC duty, Terry had worked with Wilco to develop a badge process for the ARES Volunteers having full access in WilCo operations, with background checks.

Terry recommended and supported the installation of one of his staff as EC of Lee County. He is dedicated to support that EC and proud to have contributed to making the county successful.

Terry has 5 grandchildren aged 18 months to 12 years, another arriving in August, 3 married children, and an exceptionally wonderful wife of 23 years.

This appointment is effective June 1, 2021.

Welcome Terry as DEC while remaining the WilCo EC for a bit longer. 

Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

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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.

Mr. Sherwin Klemp, K5SEK has accepted the position of District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for District 14 of the South Texas Section. District 14 is composed solely of Harris County. Sherwin replaces Mr. David Underwood, WB5HJV, who will continue in a support role for District 14 and STX as a liaison to The American Red Cross.

Sherwin comes to us from careers in the Petroleum and Aerospace/Defense Industries. His Petroleum experience included positions with Schlumberger, Western Atlas, and Baker Hughes encompassing positions of Log Analyst, Petro physicist, Manager, and Senior Software Engineer. In Aerospace/Defense he has worked with General Dynamics as a Project Planner and Software Engineer. He has consulted with Boeing Advanced Systems as well as Honeywell Aerospace with the positions of Project Planner, Software Engineer, Systems Manager, and Consultant. In addition, he has experience as a Commercial/Instrument Pilot (retired).

Mr. Klemp became interested in Amateur Radio while in high school, but the code requirement and college waylaid his interest until later in life.

After Sherwin retired, he decided to pursue all the past interests that he never got to complete, including Amateur Radio. In 2015 Sherwin received his Technician and General class licenses. In 2016 he received his Amateur Extra class license. He joined ARES in 2016 and is a member CERT (CyFair) and a graduate of the DPS Citizen’s Academy. Sherwin has interests in antenna design and implementation along with the integration of software into Amateur Radio operations. He is keenly interested in emergency operations with an emphasis on different scenarios.

Sherwin has held various positions with ARES including AEC with District 14 NW Unit, an EMCOMM Team Leader with Houston Methodist West and Methodist Continuing Care Hospitals. Additionally, an AUXCOMM Liaison with Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HCOHSEM). He currently is a Texas State certified AUXCOMM, COML, and COMT and a member of RACES. He is working towards a rating as a FEMA certified instructor.

Sherwin is married to Gail Close, K5GAC. They have two adult children and one grandchild. Gail has a General class license, is an ARES member, currently is Net Control for the Houston Hospitals EMCOMM net and is a member of the Houston Methodist West EMCOMM team. Gail and Sherwin have been volunteers for various events like the MS 150 bike race, Tour de Cure bike race, Bike around the Bay, Houston Marathon, the Harris County Health Department’s CASPER, and the CERT Rodeo. They routinely participate in ARRL’s Winter Field Day while enjoying their hobby of camping.

Sherwin comments that “he wants ARES to be as prepared as possible for all possible emergencies. Houston represents all type of incidents with the possible exception of earthquakes (not yet anyway)”.

This appointment is effective May 2, 2021.

Welcome Sherwin. 

 

Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA

ARRL STX SEC

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