Apr 9

Ham meet up Saturday April 10 from 9 am to? At or near the Joske Pavilion at Brackenridge Park. Talk-in available on the AA5RO 147.380 repeater.

Bring portable and mobile equipment.and stuff to sell/trade. Tables have grills so bring family and friends for a day of fun!

Larry
KG5RVR

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Apr 5

Want to take a General class?

Hi–

I’ve finally set the date for the online General Class. The class will start on Monday, May 3, 2021 and consist of eight, two-hour sessions starting at 8 pm CDT (6pm PDT) and running until 10 pm CDT (8pm PDT). The eight sessions will take place on the following dates:

Monday, May 3
Thursday, May 6
Monday, May 10
Thursday, May 13
Monday, May 17
Thursday, May 20
Monday, May 24
Thursday, 27
The cost is $40 for adults. High school and college students can attend for free. If you’re a student, all you have to do to register is send an email to cwgeek@kb6nu.com stating that you want to take the class. All others can register using PayPal or Amazon Pay here.

I’ll be using my No-Nonsense General-Class License Study Guide (for tests given between July 2019 and June 2023). It’s available as an ebook, paperback book, or audiobook.

If you have any questions, please contact me.

Dan KB6NU
cwgeek@kb6nu.com

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Mar 25

The San Antonio Radio Club his announced that it would be changing the dates of the Radio Fiesta, from January, to the weekend in June that was previously in use for HamCom up in Plano. Here is the official announcement:

San Antonio Radio Club is planning Radio Fiesta 2022. We have moved the event from January to June 17 &18, 2022 at the Schertz Civic Center. We will be using Eventbright for reservations of specific locations.

More details to follow as the date gets closer. Contact radiofiesta@w5sc.org for more information.

Save the date- June 17 & 18, 2022 Radio Fiesta

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Mar 25

Ron, WA5BUG, was on his roof and was headed to come down the ladder and probably had a stroke that resulted in a hard fall to concrete.  The fall also resulted in a very bad head injury and multiple fractures to many of his bones. 

He was in the ICU at SAMMC for a week and a few days and never regained consciousness.  His children and his wife were always at his side while hospitalized. 

Ron was a good man, a mentor, and a Texas ham celebrity of sorts.  He often would express his love for his family on the air. 

Sadly, Ron succumbed to his injuries Tuesday morning, 3-23-2021. 

Rita has received an outpouring of sympathy and tributes from hams all over Texas and beyond for which she is extremely proud and grateful.  Although now a Silent Key, Ron touched so many and his impression live on in all of us.

Ron’s daughter Elisa has established a “Go Fund Me” page to help his loving wife Rita with expenses.


Https://Gofundme.com/f/ron-berry

Update March 31st: Rita would like to share service information for Ron…

There will be a Memorial Service held at the First United Methodist Church on San Antonio St in New Braunfels May 6th at 11am

Fort Sam service will be May 7th at 11am. Not sure which specific spot there at this time.

73,

Mark
AC5RN

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Mar 20

Hi Lee,

I’m wanting to sell my Icom IC-V8000 mobile 2 meter.

It is in excellent condition and includes HM-133V remote control mic, RT Systems programming cable and software, stubby antenna, whip antenna, and magnetic antenna base.

I’m asking $150.00 (or best offer).
I can be reached at jeasley58@yahoo.com, or (210) 860-3538.

Thanks,
John Easley

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Mar 20

From Carol Watson, via her Facebook post…

Andrew Watson K5NNN

It is with a broken heart that I share the news that my husband, business partner, and best friend, Andrew J. Watson, K5NNN, passed away on Wednesday, March 10th at the age of 65. His death was due to complications of living with Type II Diabetes.

The family will be preparing a “Memory Book” so that future generations will know how Andrew loved life, cared about people, and had an amazing sense of humor. Please send your thoughts and stories for the memory book to friendsofandrewwatson@gmail.com. Please provide your name and contact information in the email.

Condolences may be sent to friendsofandrewwatson@gmail.com or mailed to 3530 Huntwick Lane, San Antonio, TX 78230. The family is grieving and unable to respond to personal calls at this time.

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Mar 12

It looks like the 2021 Texas Water Safari will be happening on the second Saturday of June. Actually it will start the morning of that second Saturday and continue on through the morning of the following Wednesday. The event runs for 100 consecutive hours and the canoe teams have that long to paddle 262 plus miles from the ocarina springs in San Marcos all the way down to the Gulf Coast.

As I find out more information about this event, I will be happy to pass it on. I am planning on being at Staples Dam, which has been my usual assignment for the past 10 years or so. Eric Olson WB5ZJQ has been the point of contact from the SARO club For as long as I can remember. Harvey Babb has been the overall contact.

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Mar 12

As Covid restrictions lighten up, things are beginning to return more back to normal in terms of public service events. All of the events in the month of April are still canceled to the best of my knowledge.

The next big event is going to be the National MS society’s bike ride. Instead of being a two-day event, it’s only going to be a one day event. They will have the usual starting points in Houston, but they’re going to have a starting point in La Grange Texas as well. The destination will be Kyle Stadium in Bryan college Station at the Texas A&M University.

Ham Radio Operators & other volunteers will be used to staff SAG vans, from the San Antonio and Austin area, for the La Grange start.

Volunteers from the Houston area will take care of the three locations in Houston. The three locations in Houston and the one location from LaGrange will eventually merge on the route up closer to Bryan college Station. Houston will not be coming to LaGrange.

There will be new stringent requirements for those driving and riding in SAG vans due to Covid of course. Precautions will include only putting up to three or four riders and a van at a time, having the riders put their own bicycles in the back of the van, instead of the navigator or driver handling them. Everybody being required to wear masks while inside the vehicle. Plus of course the driver navigator having to sanitize the seats and door handles every time they drop off riders.

Ham Radio Operators are also needed for breakpoints. Break points have their own set of special precautions to enforce social distancing and wearing mass when around the riders or other volunteers.

Volunteers driving SAG vans will still pick up their vehicles the Friday before and return them on Sunday after the event is over. My understanding is that San Antonio and Austin will still pick theirs up at our usual locations.

One major change that you can anticipate, is there will probably not be any paid hotel rooms for Friday night or Saturday. Since there is only a one day event and 20/20 was pretty much dead fundraising wise, the association has had to greatly reduce their staff and cut corners to save money. They do not have the budget that is normally available for this ride. Volunteers may have to pay for their own rooms, or make it one hell of a long day. I’m planning to pay for my own hotel room. They’re supposed to be getting this information about some discounts available in the area. Since the number of riders will be down tremendously and LaGrange won’t be swamped with 10 or 15,000 people, the rooms ought to be a lot more reasonable than in previous years.

I am the lead contact person for San Antonio volunteers. If you’ve not been getting the emails from Mike Firenza, and you still want to get involved knowing what I’ve just told you, please contact me. My contact information is the bottom of this website. I do not answer phone calls early in the morning. Email would be the best method, followed by text messaging.

As of April 7th, I’m still needing 4 more SAG Teams (Driver & Navigator) for the La Grange start on May 1st. Please contact me via email, info@sanantoniohams.org, or text message at 210-771-7075. Thanks.

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Mar 12

Estate sale at 634 Pilgrim, SAT 78213.

Lots of Ham Radio stuff belonging to SK, W5UBJ, William Kiley. Tubes, tools, Kenwood, miscellaneous parts. Today and tomorrow. (3/11-3/12)

http://www.grissomroadcoc.org

https://www.estatesales.net/TX/San-Antonio/78213/2777103

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Sep 5

 

The annual Texas QSO Party starts 1400Z Saturday, September 12, 2020 and runs to 0200Z, and on Sunday, 1400Z to 2000z September 13, 2020.

The organizers have requested that all who plan on participating, particularly the very important mobile operators, send their operating plans to : routes@txqp.net  If you go to their web site you will see all the counties and modes that are currently posted,

TQP gets better every year; even if you can only operate for a part of the contest, please do so — you become one more valuable QSO for someone, including the increasing number of DX operators that favor the TQP. 

W2IK will be operating mobile, again, SSB on both 40 and 20 meters from a dozen counties.

They still need more mobile or static operators.

For more details see:

http://txqp.net/index.php

 

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