The FCC has granted P4 symbol rate waiver for hurricane-associated traffic for 60 days. See the attached waiver.
For those running Relay and Trimode, Relay auto forward should be at max Pactor 3, and Trimode max Pactor level to accept set to P4 while the waiver is in place. That way any non-hurricane traffic will not be auto-forwarded at P4.
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. Jay Land, KF7ITF, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Medina County in District 6 of the South Texas Section. Jay was recommended by retiring Medina County EC Mr. Ric Sauer KD0RMK. District 6 is composed of Bandera, Edwards, Kerr, Kinney, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde counties.
"How did I get here?" Is an easier question to answer than "Tell me about yourself." I started my journey of helping people when I was still attending Madison County High School outside of Huntsville, AL where I became a volunteer firefighter. Although I could not enter a burning building, I was still able to help my community, which gave me great satisfaction and pride in my service. Shortly after my 18 birthday, I enlisted in the US Army to be an Intelligence and Electronics Warfare Systems Integrator (35T then 33T). During my training, I started to learn about electronics, communication theory, RF propagation, test equipment, and so much more.
In 2003, the Army assigned me to Ft Huachuca, AZ where I got involved with the Cochise County Search and Rescue Posse. While out on one of the searches in 2009, I was assigned to work in the Command Post to track the search progress. This turned out to be a mental milestone for me, we were still listening to radio traffic and hand coping positions to plot on our tracking software. In the Army, we had a system that would do this for us, and I knew that there had to be a civilian version that would work. One of my first web searches brought me to APRS and it looked perfect for the task. One issue was that to use it you would need to be an amateur radio operator. I studied and even convinced my now wife to join me in this endeavor. We both tested and passed our Tech test; our call signs are only one letter off to boot. I set off to set up the APRS for the team and became active with the ARES/RACES group that assisted the County SAR teams. I joined the Cochise Amateur Radio Association Club (CARA) and continued my journey into radio.
In 2012, the Army once again decided that we needed to move, this time to Fort Knox, KY. While there I saw a MARS form in the lobby of my building and thought I would like to join. During my research, I found that you would need to have a general class to participate. I studied and upgraded my license and joined Army MARS. It was quite a learning experience that got me into HF and data modes. I learned about PSK31 and other digital modes. Winlink really caught my attention, and I ran a Winlink Packet Gateway station just for fun. As with all jobs in the Army, I received orders to send me back to Fort Huachuca, AZ in 2015. We made the move and reconnected with our friends in AZ. We picked back up with SAR and the CARA club.
The reassignment back to Fort Huachuca sent me to the US Army Electronic Proving Grounds. It was there that I was able to use and improve my amateur radio skills. Many of the engineers that worked there were Hams and helped me discover other aspects of the hobby like antenna building and filter design. I was able to use my knowledge and skill with HF to help units in the file communicate.
In 2017 I retired from the US Army after 21 years of service and joined the civilian workforce as a Displaced Equipment Trainer for Electronics Maintenance. This new chapter had me traveling often to different locations. The travel allowed me to practice my QRO/QRP setups and antenna systems while away from home. As contracted work does, my contract position was going away, and I was hired to be a Systems Engineer and lead an IT team. That contract ended in 2020 and was once again on the move. I accepted a position in San Antonio, TX, and moved on out to start work as a Test Engineer.
December of 2021, we found a house and land outside of Devine, TX, and proceeded to make it home. I joined the Medina County Amateur Radio Corp (MCARC) club and have been active since.
- Wife: Catherine (Cat) Fix Land (KF7ITE)
- Daughter: Jaeden
- Amateur Radio - Digital, APRS, HF, Winlink, Antenna building, SOTA, POTA, EMCOMM
- 3D Printing
- Laser Engraving/Cutting
- R/C robotics
- Horseback Riding
- SCUBA diving
- Flying a plane
- Photography (IG @vjayland)
This appointment is effective September 1, 2022.
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
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
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
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.
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
I'm KF5END/Ted. I have officially been a HAM since January 2010 when I passed my Technician exam. Over the course of the next year, I passed the General and Extra.
I have always been around electronics and have owned a scanner since the late ‘80s. I never had any interest in CB and did not know what a HAM was until a HAM explained it to me.
I spent many summers at my grandmother’s and would always run across various tubes, capacitors, resistors, and other various components. I always enjoyed playing with them but did not have any real idea what they were, other than their names. My grandfather had passed before my arrival and I later learned that he was a EE and often worked on radios and televisions, though no one can verify if he was ever a HAM.
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