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Dr Keith Brandt, WD9GET, has accepted the position of District Emergency Coordinator (DEC) for District 1 of the South Texas Section. District 1 is composed of Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Liberty, Montgomery, and Waller County. Keith replaces Mr. Lee Glassman, WA5LEE, who remains active regionally with ARES.

Dr. Brandt was first licensed in 1977 and progressed from Novice to Advanced within a year. He achieved Amateur Extra in 1986. He has broad interests in Amateur Radio, but most especially Public Service, Skywarn, and satellites. He is active in Brazoria County ARES and the Johnson Space Center Amateur Radio Club.

He is employed by the University of Texas Medical branch where he works as Flight Surgeon for NASA, a position he started in 2016 after retiring from 28 years in the Air Force. He has maintained his service to his country through the Civil Air Patrol and the Air Force Military Auxiliary Radio System. His other interests include aviation, history, weather, astronomy, and scuba diving.

Keith is an Elder at First Christian Church in Alvin, a member of Alvin Masonic Lodge, Captain General of the Pasadena Commandery of Knights Templar, and has been the chief medical officer of an international educational medieval historical society.

He is married to Melinda Kaye Brandt, KA9MHO. They are looking forward to celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer. They have 3 children and one grandson that live in the Houston area.

Appointment made January 23, 2023.

Regards to all,


Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA


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ares logoHello all EC’s, DEC’s, ASEC’s and other interested parties,

Mr. David Cantrill, K5DLD, has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Montgomery 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. David replaces Mr. Mark Taylor, N5MDT, who will remain active with the ARES group.

Mr. Cantrill was first licensed as a technician radio operator in March 2018 and received his general license in June 2021. He became a Volunteer Examiner (VE) in August 2021.

David is active in local events such as the Woodlands Marathon, Ironman, and Houston Marathon.

An adult leader for the Boy Scouts for over 20 years, David has held the positions of Cub Master, Training Team, Cub Day Camp Director, Assistant Scout Master, and Camp Director for several District Camps, and Scout Master.

He also volunteers with his church as an A/V assistant, Youth Sunday School teacher, and Mission camp leader.

Now retired from the daily 8-5, he worked as Department Manager for Builders Square, Furrows Building Materials, and Lowes.

David is married and comments that “We are both retired. We have one son living in Austin.”

This appointment is effective January 16, 2023. 


Regards to all,

Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA


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ARRL Affiliated Club Logo 150x150 I want to welcome Juan Garcia Jr - KI5WMN as our new Affiliated Club Coordinator for South Texas.
Juan is currently a teacher with Laredo ISD, teaching robotics and radio operations, as well as working to establish a school club station where he teaches.
If you are an Affiliated Club and have questions Juan is your new contact, if you are looking to have your club become Affiliated he is also your Point of Contact.
Let's welcome Juan Garcia Jr - KI5WMN to our Section.
ARRL South Texas Section Manager
Stuart Wolfe - KF5NIX
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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


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ares logoMr. 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



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, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  with their name, callsign, their qualifications, and any references they have.

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.

ARRL FlagAs 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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 – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • West Gulf Vice Director – Lee Cooper – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ARRL STX Section Manager – Stuart Wolfe – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ARRL STX Section Emergency Coordinator – Jeff Walter –This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • ARRL STX Traffic Manager – Ron Bosch – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Thank you,

Stuart Wolfe – KF5NIX

ARRL South Texas Section Manager

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KF5ENDI'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.

arrl cAs you may know, the ARRL has hired a new manager of the Education and Learning Department. Steve Goodgame, K5ATA has announced his intent to expand the Teacher's Institute, a program to familiarize active middle and secondary school teachers about amateur radio and enable them to use amateur radio to interest young people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) careers.
Many of you are in fields where your involvement in amateur radio was instrumental in your education and career choice, as it was in mine.
Some of you are teachers who might wish to attend this training. Both in-person and remote programs are being developed for this summer.
If you or someone you know is interested, please follow the link below. Positions in these highly desirable sessions go quickly. The application period opens in January: