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West Texas

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West Texas
Bill Roberts, W5NPR
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West Texas Section News
February 4, 2015
News From Around West Texas

In my last newsletter, I reported warmer than usual December temperatures, at least for the first 20 days.  Over the next 30 to 40 days, that was followed by two snow storms, two ice storms and one sleet storm! The last of December and most of January was one storm after another.

My wife Suzie and I have just returned from a funeral in Dallas.  The forecast indicated we might drive in rain all the way to Dallas and return.  The rain started after we were seated in the funeral chapel on Saturday, rained most of the night Saturday night and for about 50 miles of travel time on Sunday morning, but did not present a real problem.

It has been a very wet start to 2015, at least in the Davis Mountains/Big Bend area of Texas.


---Big Bend ARC Annual Banquet Scheduled for February 13th, 2015---

The Annual BBARC banquet will be held on Friday February 13th in Room 129 of the Gallego Center, Sul Ross State University in Alpine. Bill Brooks KE5OG will be the Master of Ceremonies and the program will be "Hollywood does Ham Radio," a brief look at several movies that featured ham radio.  Beer, wine and soft drinks will be served at 6:30 PM, with the meal to be served at 7:00 PM.  Visitors are welcome.

---West Texas Section Manager Nomination/Election Scheduled---

I decided earlier in the year that this would be my last term as Section Manager.  I was elected for my first term in 2011, my second in 2013, and this term will expire the last day of June, 2015.  In April I will celebrate my 76th birthday and have decided not to run for a third term. I have enjoyed my time as Section Manager, and the new acquaintances I have developed over the last 4 years.  I just think it is time to turn the reins over to someone else.

The nomination process is underway at this time, and all nomination paperwork must be in hand at ARRL by March 6, 2015.  This includes a nomination form, a 150 word statement of qualifications, and a printable picture.

I know that Ron Hardin KB5HGM/Abilene has filed nomination papers, and if there are others interested in running for Section Manager, time is short.

Again, the deadline is March 6th.


---Midland St. Patrick's Day Hamfest---

The annual St. Patrick's Day Hamfest and West Texas Section Convention is scheduled for Saturday March 14th at the Horeshoe Arena in Midland. Hosted by the Midland ARC, all the details about the Hamfest can be found at

Hope to see you there.


---HamCom 2015 is Scheduled for June 12th-13th Irving Convention Center---

HamCom 2015 is coming up on June 12th and 13th at the Irving Convention Center.  Please note that this is a location change from Plano, where Hamcom had been located for the last several years, to the Irving Convention Center.  I understand that the change presents an increase in space and promises to be a bigger and better event.  HamCom is already the biggest hamfest in Texas and promises to be even bigger this year and in the future.  Details can be found at

---Silent Keys---

SK Report – Herb W. Buckley Jr., KC6EDU, El Paso, passed away on December 28th.  On behalf of all of us in the West Texas Section, we pass along our condolences to the family and friends of Herb Buckley Jr.


---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---

In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Report for December 2014
can be seen in its entirety by scrolling to the bottom of the ARRL West Texas
Section Page.  Once there, click on the link for the September SEC Report.

Signature: Howard Collier Call sign: WB5EKW
Title: West Texas Section Emergency Coordinator

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Thanks again for all you do for the West Texas Section.  Hope to see you soon.

ARRL West Texas Section
Bill Roberts W5NPR
Section Manager


West Texas Officials