Mr. Jim Hanks, W5CYN has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Robertson County in District 5 of the South Texas Section. District 5 is composed of Brazos, Burleson, Grimes, Leon, Madison, Robertson, and Washington counties. District 5 EC (DEC) Mr. Mike Wisby KA5HIA approves of the new appointment.
Jim tells his story very well. His call is short for his wife’s first name. Clever! Here it is:
My interest in radios began in the mid-70’s when my dad gave my younger brother a Heath Kit that contain a schematic to build a CB radio receiver. Guess Dad got interested as well, in a couple of weeks he opened the Hanks Electronic Sales Company (HESCO) and began selling and installing CB radios. The business was active until his death in 1977.
I received my Technician License in July of 2020 and was given my original callsign KI5KFD. In August of 2020, I received my General and Amateur Extra license and on August 28, 2020, received my current callsign W5CYN.
While studying for the Technician exam, I purchased a VHF/UHF handheld and began listening to the local repeaters. After receiving my license, I purchased a mobile unit and became active in the local club – Bryan Amateur Radio Club W5BCS. It wasn’t until March of 2021 until I began operating HF with a base station. Currently, I focus primarily on CW, Winlink, and JS8Call. I do participate in local VHF nets. Most recently, I have built a portable station – “go box” and have included digital including DStar and DMR.
My primary interest in amateur radio is “communication”. Jeren, our oldest son, received his technician license so we use the local repeater regularly to “rag chew”. I use Winlink for monthly communications with the entire family to ensure the communications are available if necessary.
Being involved with the local club allow me to learn and become interested in both ARES and RACES. After meeting Ron Hambric N5SBN, I joined the Brazos County ARES about a year ago. When Mike Wisby KA5HIA asked if I would be interested in becoming the EC of Robertson County, I really had to ask him if he really wanted someone as “green” as me being the contact with the County. It’s very comforting to know that I have his and N5BRZ shoulders to lean on.
I am a lifelong resident of Robertson County. By education and profession, I am a Civil Engineer having both my degrees from Texas A&M University. Cynthie and I moved back to my hometown (Franklin) in 1985. In 2005, I re-established HESCO LLC (Hanks Engineering Service Company) and the company is actively providing program and project management for various clients. Cyn and I have been married for 42 years which attest to her sense of humor. We have been blessed with two great sons and now five awesome grandchildren all of which not only live in Robertson County but in Franklin. So having an active ARES presence and capabilities is extremely important to me personally.
Outside of work, Cyn and I are both active with our church and we currently spend a lot of time attending anything that involves a ball – the grandkids are extremely active in sports. Also, teaching 8- & 7-year-olds CW is fun but has its moments. We also have a large garden that keeps us busy during the spring and summer months. Personally, I am still involved with long-range precision shooting.
This appointment is effective May 20, 2022
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA ARRL STX SEC
Please review and understand for your participation in the upcoming event.
We are only interested in the Amateur Radio Winlink portion of the exercise, not the CISA SHARES portion.
Jeff Walter - KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
The current list of primary local repeaters to be used during emergencies:
Changes from initial posting are highlighted in yellow
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
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
Hello all ASEC’s, DEC’s, EC’s and other interested parties,
Mr. Scott DeMasi, KC5NKW has accepted the position of Emergency Coordinator (EC) for the Northeast 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 divider. I-45/HWY 288 is the east-west divider. Scott replaces Mr. Jimmy Wells, K5WEL. We hope to see Jimmy back in action at our local public service events soon. District 14 EC (DEC) Mr. Sherwin Klemp approves of the new appointment.
Mr. DeMasi received his initial license in 2005. He was in and out of radio activity over the years. Boy Scouts reenergized his radio interest, ending up “jumping in with both feet”. Scott continues “to work to get our scouts licensed and, on the air.” “I joined ARES about 3 years ago and have served as the AEC for the ARES District 14 for the last couple of years.” “I also serve as one of the four ARRL STX Youth Coordinators.”
“I enjoy working HF digital modes, with my most recent interest being the newer JS8Call mode.” “Working now to finish my studies for my Extra license.” Scott wishes that he had done that a long time ago!
Scott has been married to Susan for 25 years. They have two “awesome kids that are not much of kids anymore.” “One at 18, getting ready to attend Baylor and the other at 21, finishing up at North Texas.”
Scott continues, “I am a food guy and have been in the food business all my life.” “In restaurants, I have managed, owned, and sold to them for a long time.” “Currently, I am a food broker in the grocery business and deal with most of the local restaurants in town.”
Aside from my work, Scott spends a lot of time working with Boy Scout Troop 839, out of Kingwood. Scott remarks “It is very rewarding to play a small part of these young men growing up achieving the rank of Eagle.” “I enjoy camping, backpacking, hunting and pretty much anything that gets me out to the woods or the lake.”
“I am the Director for Wreaths Across America-Houston where, every December, we work to place remembrance wreaths on the graves of our fallen veterans at the Houston National Cemetery.” “Our local ARES group manages the Comms support for the event.”
This appointment is effective February 15, 2022.
Regards to all,
Jeffery A Walter – KE5FGA
ARRL STX SEC
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.
A new ARRL Foundation Club Grants program, funded by a grant from Amateur Radio Digital Communications (ARDC), will make $500,000 available to radio clubs. The program will provide up to $25,000 for worthy club projects. Requests for more than that will be referred back to ARDC.
ARRL has long recognized that it is in the best interests of amateur radio to encourage and support amateur radio clubs. Clubs historically have recruited, licensed, and trained new radio amateurs and have provided the community setting for radio amateurs to continue their education and training. The new Club Grants program will help clubs to more easily provide and expand their important services.
Beginning in April 2022, amateur radio clubs will be able to apply for these grants by filling out a simple form on the ARRL website. The ARRL Foundation will evaluate the grant proposals. The Foundation was established in 1973 to advance the art, science, and societal benefits of the amateur radio service by awarding financial grants and scholarships to individuals and organizations in support of their charitable, educational, and scientific efforts.
A key criterion for determining awards will be how the project will advance amateur radio in the grantee's community. In most cases, this process should take no longer than 90 days.
ARRL Foundation President David Woolweaver, K5RAV, shared his enthusiasm about this new program. "This program will substantially contribute to the growth of amateur radio clubs and their efforts to expand and support the amateur radio community," he said.
ARDC is a California-based foundation that awards grants to projects and organizations that follow amateur radio's practice and tradition of technical experimentation in both amateur radio and digital communication science. ARDC Executive Director Rosy Schechter, KJ7RYV, noted that this program will streamline the process for getting club projects funded so that clubs can get started on these projects more quickly.
"We're very excited about working with the ARRL Foundation on this program," said Schechter. "We can't wait to see what kinds of creative things clubs will do with these grants." -- Thanks to ARDC
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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