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West Texas

West Texas

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West Texas
Bill Roberts, W5NPR
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West Gulf

West Texas Section News
May 5, 2015
News From Around West Texas


The busiest time of the year is rapidly approaching.  The schedule for the next couple of months includes Panhandle ARC Hamfest May 16th in
Amarillo, HamCom and the West Gulf Convention June 12-13 in Irving, Big Spring ARC Hamfest June 20 and Field Day June 26-27.  There will
be many ham radio operators jumping through hoops getting ready for these events.


---HB 939 (Emergency Genenator Bill) Vote Scheduled for May 7th---

This message was sent by West Gulf Director David Woolweaver and Vice-Director John Stratton, but it is something we need to read and take seriously. 

Please take action:

HB 939 — Good News!!!

HB 939 will be voted on by the Texas House of Representatives on Thursday, May 7, 2015.

We have a very, very good chance of passing this Bill — IF we have the same effort that everyone made on the cell phone bills.

As you remember, HB 939 is a bill filed by the ARRL West Gulf Division — it requires HOAs/Homeowner Associations to permit Hams & other
Texans to install standby electric generators.

We need you to FAX or CALL YOUR State Representative — and only your State Representative — in whose district you live and ask them to vote for HB 939.

You may determine who is your State Representative — and their fax and telephone numbers — by going to this link and inserting your zip code
or your zip code and your address:

don’t need to be convinced.

DO NOT EMAIL — the ONLY effective contact methods are either faxes or telephone calls.

Whether you contact your Representative by phone or fax: BE POLITE –ALWAYS — elected Representatives and their staff are not our enemies.

They want to hear from their constituents — the people who vote for them — about Bills their constituents want passed. Some staff
members may ask where you are from or for your telephone number – it is ok to tell them – it makes you “real” and convinces them
you are not a phony caller.

If you call or fax and their telephone numbers are busy – that is good news, because it means other Hams are calling.


We suggest the following language:

Dear State Representative XXXX:

My name is YYYYY. I am licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an Amateur Radio Operator.

Please VOTE FOR HB 939, without amendments. HB 939 is set on the House General State Calendars for
Thursday, May 7, 2015.

HB 939 permits Texas homeowners to install modern, safe, quiet standby electric generators to protect their families during
electrical power outages.

Thank you for your vote for HB 939.



Please tell the staff person to whom you speak (you will not be able to speak to the Representative,
because he or she will be in hearings):

(1) Your name is YYYYY

(2) You are an Amateur Radio Operator

(3) You are asking Rep. XXXX to VOTE FOR HB 939, without amendments —
    it is scheduled to heard by the House on Thursday, May 7, 2015

(4) HB 939 permits Texas homeowners to install modern, safe, quiet
    standby electric generators to protect their families during power

(5) Thank the Representative for his vote for HB 939.

(6) Say Goodbye and terminate the call.


David Woolweaver, K5RAV, West Gulf Division Director
John Robert Stratton, N5AUS, West Gulf Division Vice-Director


---Pandhandle ARC to Host ARRL Approved Hamfest on May 16th---

The Panhandle ARC in Amarillo will host their annual Tailgate Party and Swap Meet on Saturday, May 16th, beginning 10:00 AM at the gazebo
area in John Stiff Park. The park is located on south Bell in Amarillo.

It should be a great time of the year for Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle, and you are encouraged to attend.


---HamCom Sceduled 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


---Field Day 2015 Scheduled for June 27th-28th---

The biggest and most popular amateur radio event of the year will take place on June 27th & 28th, when thousands of ham radio operators
participate in Field Day 2015.  Although officially Field Day is an emergency preparedness exercise, operators and amateur radio clubs will
be making as many contacts as possible and accumulating high scores.  Often referred to as "a non contest-contest", operators nation-wide
take pride in high scoring Field Day efforts.

If your next Field Day location has not been determined, it's time to nail down a location.  Also, Field Day supplies are available
through the ARRL.    


---Silent Keys---

Ralph Roy Standlee Jr. WA5VEE became a Silent Key on April 26, 2015, in Lake Arlington, TX.  Ralph had a life-long passion for amateur
radio and was a member of the Sun City ARC in El Paso, where he resided for many years.  He frequectly participated in emergency preparedness

On behalf of the entire West Texas Section, I extend condolences to the family and friends of Ralph Standlee.


---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---

The March Section Emergency Report was not available.  It will be sent by email when received.

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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