- Section Name:
- West Texas
- Ron Harden, KB5HGM
- Daytime Phone:
- Evening Phone:
- West Gulf
December 23, 2015
I hope all is well with you.
I continue to spend time trying to meet as many of you as I can. With this not being the traditional Hamfest season it is a little harder than normal. Club presidents if you will please email me you meeting days I would appreciate it. I will post them to the Calendar page on the section website and I would like to come visit your club at some point during my term.
I did get a chance to make the Skywarn Appreciation Day event at the San Angelo and Midland NWS offices with our SEC Dale Durham, W5WI. Both groups were doing an outstanding job of contacting other Skywarn stations for the event. I received glowing reports from the NWS staff about ARES professionalism and how valuable they were during activation events. Keep up the good works folks!
We still need ARES members in a number of our counties in the WTX Section. If you are interested in becoming a member of ARES, please contact your local EC or Dale, W5WI ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
S1685, the Amateur Radio Parity Act, continues to gain support, BUT we are not there yet. If you are not familiar with S1685 please follow this link http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act for more information. We are beginning to see some false information being spread about what the S1685 and what Ham Radio operators want to do with our towers and antennas, much the same as we did with the flag pole and generator legislations. If you have not sent a letter of support to your U.S. Congressman and Senators please use the link on that page to do so.
We have a new website! I have registered ARRL-WTX.ORG. I have built a website for our section to use to post events, net report, technical data and Hamfest information. Please feel free to email your events and ideas to me at KB5HGM@gmail.com
Finally, I hope all of you have a GREAT holiday and Santa is very good to you.
Merry Christmas from the Hardens to you and yours.
West Texas Section Manager
November 22, 2015
West Texas Section Manager's Report
Ron Harden, KB5HGM
Happy 100th Birthday to QST. This December marks the 100th year that QST has been published in one form or another. First by H. P. Maxim and Clarence Tuska on a memeograph machine, and now you can get it electronically. My how things have changed. Harold Kramer, WJ1B, ARRL CEO has a great article on QST over the years in the December issue.
The fight for parity continues to wind it's way through Congress. The Amateur Radio Parity Act, S 1685 recently has been endorsed by the US Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation. We are still facing a lot of resistance from the HOAs and have a long way to go before passage. If you are not familiar with the issue please follow this link http://www.arrl.org/amateur-radio-parity-act If you have not written your elected officials please do so and send your letters through the League. We will place your letters directly in the hands of your representative rather than it having to wait in an inspection/sorting center for several weeks.
I want to remind everyone that ARRL dues are going up January 1. Renew now and save money!
The 2015 Field Day results are in! It looks like we had a fair showing from the WTX section. Congratulations to all. I placed a list of the section participants and how they scored on http://kb5hgm.wordpress.com
Before I go, I wanted to say thank you and well done to the members of the Lubbock Amateur Radio Club on their hamfest held October 17th. They had a good turn out. I had a ball.
Finally, I hope all of you have wonderful and safe Thanksgiving.
CUL es 73
West Texas Officials
Section ManagerRon Harden KB5HGM
Official Observer CoordinatorRonny D. Gandy KB5GU
Assistant Section ManagerCarla J. Dyer K5RLA
Assistant Section ManagerScott D. Johnson AD5U
Assistant Section ManagerLarry L. Springsteen WB8LBZ
Affiliated Club CoordinatorJohn Dyer AE5B
Assistant Section ManagerCarl E. Jeans N5YXN
Section Traffic Manager,Billy D. Roberts W5NPR
Assistant Section Manager
Section Emergency CoordinatorHarlon Dale Durham W5WI
Assistant Section ManagerAugust N. Schott K5HCT