- Section Name:
- West Texas
- Bill Roberts, W5NPR
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
- West Gulf
West Texas Section News
November 22, 2013
News From Around West Texas
I am sending out this newsletter earlier than usual to convey a Happy Thanksgiving Holiday message to everyone in the West Texas Section. It is time once again to "count your many blessings and see what God has done!" Hope everyone has a good holiday. Suzie and I will leave Tuesday morning for Chireno (just east of Nacogdoches) to spend Thanksgiving with my brother and sister-in-law. Also on Saturday following Thanksgiving they will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary. We will not be back home until after December 1st, probably Monday or Tuesday.
The current cold spell hit here early this morning. It is 27 degrees right now, and enough moisture to freeze on windshields. According to the forecast, it will get worse before it gets better.
---Wink High School Physics Class Takes Part in Club Radio Roundup---
Wink High School students in Cary Hannsz's KF5ZBW Physics and Principals of Technology Class took part in Club Radio Roundup, designed to encourage student participation. The intent of the ARRL sponsored event was to contact as many other participating schools as possible. Contacts were logged and points received for each contact. Contacts with other schools received five points, with non-school contacts receiving one point. Any school could participate, including colleges. Grady Smith WA5ZBX/Pecos assisted the class and provided the ham radio equipment. The week-long event is part of the class curriculum that is designed to create excitement in technology and provide credit for a physics class. The course will provide all the information needed to enable students to pass a Ham Radio license test. According to the news article in the Winkler County News, 13 students signed up to take the early November test.
Credits to Cory Hannsz KF5ZBW, class instructor; Grady Smith WA5ZBX, supervising ham radio operator; and the Winkler County News for the their excellent coverage of the Club Radio Roundup event.
The news article was in the Thursday October 31st publication of the Winkler County News. That was the day my last West Texas News was written and distributed, and I regret that this was not covered earlier. My son Brad is the Band Director at Wink, and my wife found the article during a visit to Wink last Saturday.
I visited with Cory by telephone and was much impressed with what is planned for his high school students. He also is planning balloon projects with vhf/vhf transmitters attached. In order to track the balloon after it lands, he will be teaching his students ham radio fox hunting techniques, which would involve identical radio signal tracking methods. Also in the planning stage, is a vhf net which would hopefully involve other schools as well and the possibility of a one day a week net between his students and other schools that have included ham radio into their Physics and Principals of Technology curriculum. I will be alerting the Big Bend ARC that a program presented by Cory covering his school ham radio plans may be possible early in 2014. If you can help Cory's program as an Elmer, please get in touch with him. He would appreciate your call.
Cory said that for the Club Radio Roundup event, a 40 meter dipole antenna had been laid across the roof of the school building, without benefit of a tower. One call from a University in Florida using a beam and about 800 watts of power was easily heard, but the Florida station was having trouble hearing the Wink station. Cory advised the student to keep trying and after 10-15 minutes was successful in completing the contact!
---West Texas Section Field Day 2013 Results---
The results of Field Day 2013 were published in the last December issue of QST. West Texas Section participants and their scores are as follows:
Midland Arc/KD5C/Class 3A/Emergency-Portable/1928 Total Contacts/43 Participants/8568 Total Score;
Big Bend ARC/Alpine/K5FD+AD5BB/Class 2A/Emergency-Portable/1936 Total Contacts/15 Participants/6768 Total Score;
Sun City ARC/El Paso/K5WPH/Class 4E/Home Station-Emergency/964 Totals Contacts/45 Participants/3716 Total Score;
Panhandle ARC/Amarillo/W5WX+KE5ZRT/Class 2A/Emergency-Portable/543 Total Contacts/15 Participants/2643 Total Score;
San Angelo ARC/W5QX+W5UI/Class 4A/Emergency-Portable/307 Total Contacts/66 Participants/1942 Total Score;
Abilene/Taylor County Skywarn/K5ABI/Class 3F/EOC Locations/412 Total Contacts/35 Participants/1870 Total Score
LamaCom Radio Club/Lubbock/K5LBK+KF5OLS/Class 2A/Emergency-Portable/116 Total Contacts/15 Participants/1201 Total Score;
El Paso ARC/W5ES/Class 2A/Emergency-Portable/241 Total Contacts/12 Participants/1032 Total Points
Brent Scott, W5RO Contest Team/Lubbock/1D/Home Stations-Commercial/326 Total Contacts/4 Participants/902 Total Score
The Section Manager's Plaque for the high scoring Emergency-Portable Field Day club will be presented to the Midland ARC at Midland HamFest in March 2014. Congratulations to Midland ARC/KD5C!!!
---Amateur Radio Club Christmas Parties Scheduled---
Thanksgiving Day is still ahead of us and Christmas is also fast approaching. Most of the West Texas Section Amateur Radio Clubs have scheduled
Christmas parties and their party schedules are as follows:
Panhandle ARC/Amarillo/Thursday December 5th
Abilene ARC/Monday December 9th
Midland ARC/Monday December 9th
El Paso ARC/Friday December 13th
Sun City ARC/El Paso/Friday December 20th
The Big Bend ARC/Alpine does not schedule a Christmas party, but has an annual banquet and installation of officers, usually the latter part of January. Their banquet has not yet been scheduled.
I received an email from Mike Obrisch KD5KC reporting the passing of Reba A. (Rea Anne) Rourke WD8EFC El Paso. She was the wife of Frank Rourke WD8EFB. On behalf of the West Texas Section, I extend our sympathies to Frank. I know she will be missed by all who knew her and Frank.
---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---
In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Report for October 2013 can be seen in its entirety by scrolling to the bottom of the West Texas Section Page. Once there, click on the link for the October SEC Report.
Signature: Howard Collier Call sign: WB5EKW
Title: West Texas Section Emergency Coordinator
http://www.csvhfs.org Central States VHF Society
http://k5wph.org Sun City ARC K5WPH
http://www.w5es.org El Paso ARC W5ES
http://k5elp.com West Texas Rptr Assn, K5ELP
http://www.hamradioelpaso.com New web site in El Paso
http://www.bigbendarc.com Big Bend ARC, Alpine TX
http://www.w5qgg.org Midland ARC, Midland TX
http://www.orgsites.com/tx/w5lcc Lubbock Contest Club
http://hamradio.noaa.gov/ United States Skywarn
http://wx.findu.com/k5wph SCARC's WX Sta
http://dx.qsl.net/propagation/index.html Flare/MUF info
http://spaceweather.com/ Aurora, sun spots, CMEs
http://www.irlp.net/ Internet Radio Linking Project
http://irlp.g4eid.co.uk/status/all_reflectors.html (Shows status of all reflectors)
http://www.sota.org.uk Summits on the Air
http://www.w5qx.org/ San Angelo ARC
http://www.abilenehams.org Abilene ARC
http://www.qsl.net/w5aw/ Big Spring ARC
Thanks again for all you do for the West Texas Section. Hope to see you soon. Again, have a wonderful Thanksgiving. 73,
ARRL West Texas Section
Bill Roberts W5NPR
West Texas Officials
Section Manager,Billy D. Roberts W5NPR
Section Traffic Manager
Assistant Section ManagerAugust N. Schott K5HCT
Assistant Section Manager,Howard T. Collier WB5EKW
Section Emergency Coordinator
Assistant Section ManagerLarry L. Springsteen WB8LBZ
Assistant Section ManagerCarl E. Jeans N5YXN
Official Observer CoordinatorRonny D. Gandy KB5GU
Assistant Section ManagerCarla J. Dyer K5RLA
Assistant Section ManagerCharles C. Royall WB5T
Affiliated Club CoordinatorRon Harden KB5HGM