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West Texas Section News
February 26, 2014
News From Around West Texas
We have experienced more than a week of beautiful spring weather in February, but this morning is quite different. Very foggy and wet, 33 degress, but not cold enough for ice on the vegetation. The moisture is welcomed and a rapid recovery to the middle 60’sto middle 70's forecasted for the Alpine, Davis Mountains Big Bend Area tomorrow.
---St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest March 15th in Midland---
Another reminder: Midland ARC W5QGG will host its 59th St, Patrick’s Day Hamfest on March 15th at the Horseshoe Arena. In addition to exhibitor tables and Tail Gate attractions, an ARRL Forum is scheduled for 9:30 AM in the S.W. meeting room. Plans are underway to add an ARES Forum as well, hopefully immediately following the ARRL Forum. Robert Wood W5AJ will be on hand to check DXCC cards. It has been requested that Robert be contacted in advance at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Midland VE Team will administer Amateur exams beginning at 11:00 AM.
As usual, there will be door prizes awarded throughout the day, in addition to a pre-registration drawing for a MFJ 259B. Three other drawings will be held for a Kenwood TS-480SAT HF + 6-meter Transceiver (Grand Prize); Yaesu FT-7900R, 2-meterTR/440 Mobile (2nd Grand Prize); and Cushcraft A50-5S 5 Element 6-meter Beam. The deadline for Pre-Registration is Saturday March 9th.
It is recommended that registration for room reservations be made early. Oilfield activity still has its effect on the cost of room reservations. Hamfest is two weeks from this Saturday!
---WDG Annual Awards Nomination---
This is taken from West Gulf Director David Woolweaver’s Newsletter and is a reminder of the upcoming WGD Annual awards:
It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2014 Divisional Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional Centennial Convention at HamCom in June. Nominations for 2014 Award Winners will be accepted until April 15, 2014. Nomination forms for each nominee (by category) must be supported by at least three ARRL members on the award nomination form, a minimum 150-word statement and any available supporting documentation. Other rules do apply and can be found on the nomination forms.
The Division Awards judging panel consists of four (4) ARRL members, selected by each of the Section Managers in North Texas, Oklahoma, South Texas and West Texas Sections. The Section Manager may opt to appoint his/herself to the committee. The fifth judge is selected by the Division Director and may reside anywhere within the West Gulf Division. Neither the Division Director nor the Vice Director will participate in the vote.
Last year, no nominations were submitted from the West Texas Section, and I hope this will not be the case in 2014. There are many, many hams in the West Texas Section worthy of recognition. We must not pass up this opportunity.
Charlie Royal WB5T, San Angelo, became a Silent Key on February 7th. Charlie was a long time contributor to the San Angelo Amateur Radio Club and a valued participant in club activities, including Field Day and Special Events. He will be missed.
On behalf of the entire West Texas Section, I extend our condolences to his wife Nan KC5YTG and all his family and friends. 73, Charlie.
---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---
Hello to all ARRL West Texas Section ECs and DECs--
Attached herein is my January 2014 ARES report as sent to the ARRL Headquarters in Newington, CT. I sure do appreciate everybody's report this month. Activity hours are increasing this month. Thank YOU.
In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Coordinator Report for December 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 January 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
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. 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 ManagerCarla J. Dyer K5RLA
Assistant Section ManagerLarry L. Springsteen WB8LBZ
Official Observer CoordinatorRonny D. Gandy KB5GU
Assistant Section ManagerCarl E. Jeans N5YXN
Assistant Section ManagerCharles C. Royall WB5T
Affiliated Club CoordinatorRon Harden KB5HGM