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 West Texas Section News
December22, 2014
News From Around West Texas

December temperatures have been above normal all month long, and probably the warmest December I can remember.  We had a shot of cold weather in November, which seemed to indicate an early winter, but very little since.

I am still recovering from my November 5th right shoulder replacement and I am hoping I can get this newsletter finished before my right arm gives out.  I have my second follow-up appointment with the surgeon on December 26th in San Antonio. My wife and I will spend Christmas in Austin with our son Craig, daugher-in-law, two grandchildren, and my wife's brother's family.  Our youngest son Brad, who lives in Wink, will also join us.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!


---Midland St. Patrick's Day Hamfest and ARRL Convention---

The Midland Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce the 2015 St. Patrick's Day Hamfest and ARRL West Texas Section Convention.The event will be held Saturday, March 14, 2014 at Midland County Horseshoe Arena.

This is a modern facility with LOTS of parking!

The club is again offering the Early Bird Special on our popular "Package Deal".  The "Package Deal" is one pre-registration ticket and 20 extra chance tickets.  The "Package Deal" is $20.00 until January XX, 2014! 

All the details about the hamfest and the Early Bird Special are
at  You can purchase the Early Bird Special
online or download the registration form and mail it in.  Table rentals are
also available for only $12.00 per table.

We hope you'll make plans now to attend.

Robert Wood
Club President


---Big Bend Ultra Run Scheduled for January 18, 2015 in Big Bend Ranch State Park---

The Big Bend Ultra Run will take place in the Big Bend Ranch State Park on January 18th. For several years the event was held in nearby Big Bend National Park, but has been relocated to Big Bend Rand State Park for 2015. The Big Bend Ultra Run is made up of two races: the Buena
Suerte 50 Mile and the Quicksilver 30K.  Several hundred entries are expected and additional volunteers to provide radio communications are needed. Locally the event is being cordinated by Bill Baker W5ATO.  For additional information, email Bill at or go to

Please help if you can!!!   

---Big Bend ARC 40th Anniversary Celebration---

On December 9th, members of the BBARC met at the Saddle Club in Alpine to celebrate our 40th anniversary.  The event was hosted by Bob Ward WA5ROE and Dave Cockrum N5DO, founding members of BBARC.  Approximately 30 attended the celebration and all are looking forward to another 40 years!  It was really a nice gathering of local hams and their families.


---Field Day 2014 Results--

The December QST provided the nation wide Field Day 2014 results, and I am listing the West Texas Section participants and their scores:

Big Bend ARC K5FD/AD5BB, 2A, 9,560
Midland ARC/KD5C, 2A, 8,930
Sun City  ARC/K5WPH, 4E, 2,942
Key City ARC/KC5OLO, 3F, 2,020
Panhandle ARC/W5WX ,2A,1,982
San angelo ARC/W5QX, 3A,1,946                                                             John Webb (Borger)/W5JMW ,1B-1 Op, 1,238
Jesse Lamphere (San Angelo)/AC2DE, 1E, 1,122
El Paso ARC/W5ES, 1E,  400
Maverick Radio Mentors/K5UTA, 1A,  374
Ronald Austin (Spur)/N5TOL, 1D,  262

Congratulations to all who participated!!!  Good job West Texas!


---Update on H.R. 4969---

The following was from received from Dave Sumner K1ZZ, Chief Executive Officer, ARRL, concerning the status of H.R. 4969:

The members of the U.S. House of Representatives have headed home for the holidays, marking the end of the 113th Congress on that side of Capitol Hill. When the 114th Congress convenes in January a new legislative cycle will begin. We expect the Amateur Radio Parity Act to be reintroduced in the House with a new number; H.R.4969 will no longer apply.

On behalf of the ARRL Board and staff I want to thank you, and through you the field organization volunteers and members in your Section, for your help in gathering legislative support for H.R. 4969. We had hoped to gain 30 co-sponsors for the bill and ultimately ended up with 69, plus the sponsor. The overwhelming majority of these 70 supporters are returning in January, which gives us a good base on which to grow additional support.

Once we know the new number of the bill we will once again be asking for your help in recruiting co-sponsors. The objective is to continue the momentum, gathering enough support to move the bill through the Energy & Commerce Committee. We have received expressions of interest from the Senate side and are hoping to have the bill introduced there as well.

Thanks for all you do on behalf of Amateur Radio. Best wishes for the holidays.

Dave Sumner, K1ZZ
Chief Executive Officer


---International Humanitarian Award Nomination Period Open---

This was in included in my last newsletter. Nominations are due by December 31st of 2014, so time is short.

Nominations are open for the 2014 ARRL International Humanitarian Award
<>. The award is
conferred upon an amateur or amateurs who demonstrate devotion to human welfare, peace and international understanding through Amateur Radio. The League established the annual prize to recognize Amateur Radio operators who have used ham radio to provide extraordinary service to others in times of crisis or disaster.
A committee appointed by the League's President recommends the award
recipient(s) to the ARRL Board, which makes the final decision. The
committee is now accepting nominations from Amateur Radio, governmental or other organizations that have benefited from extraordinary service
rendered by an Amateur Radio operator or group.

Amateur Radio is one of the few telecommunication services that allow
people throughout the world from all walks of life to meet and talk with
each other, thereby spreading goodwill across political boundaries. The
ARRL International Humanitarian Award recognizes Amateur Radio's unique
role in international communication and the assistance amateurs regularly
provide to people in need.
Nominations should include a summary of the nominee's actions that qualify
the individual (or individuals) for this award, plus verifying statements
from at least two people having first-hand knowledge of the events
warranting the nomination. These statements may be from an official of a
group (for example, the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, a local or
state emergency management official) that benefited from the nominee's
particular Amateur Radio contribution. Nominations should include the
names and addresses of all references.
All nominations and supporting materials for the 2014 ARRL International
Humanitarian Award must be submitted in writing in English to ARRL
International Humanitarian Award, 225 Main St, Newington, CT 06111 USA.
Nomination submissions are due by December 31, 2014. In the event that no nominations are received, the committee itself may determine a recipient
or decide to make no award.
The winner of the ARRL International Humanitarian Award receives an
engraved plaque and a profile in QST and other ARRL venues.

---ASM for Radio Scouting Appointment---

Following the resignation of Leland Fellows N5DGH as Assistant Section Manager for Radio Scounting, Scott Johnson AD5U of Midland was appointed to the position.  Scott was recommended by Leland to follow in his footsteps.  He has been active in Radio Scouting for several years, and I know he will serve well in his new duties.  I am looking forward to working with Scott.


---Officer Election Results---

Some officer election results were included in my last Newsletter.  In December, the Big Bend ARC elected the following officers:

President:  Bill Brooks KE5OG
Vive President:  Chuck Dobbins KA5PVB
Treasurer:  Angie Otoupal N5MVV
Secretary:  Bill Roberts W5NPR

---Silent Keys---

Vasco Rhoden W5NPI passed away at Texas Veterans Home in El Paso on November 9, 2014.

James Cook K5FD passed away in Alpine on November 17, 2014, with services at the First United Methodist Church in Fort Davis on November 20th.

James was a long time member of the big Bend amateur Radio club.

Regina Worster KA5GCI of Bryan and formerly of Lajitas and Alpine, passed away on November 25th.  She was the wife of Jim Worster NV5S. A time

for the family to recieve friends was held on December 1st at Hillier Funeral Home in Bryan.

Earl Wood WA5YRP passed away in El Paso on December 13, 2014.  He was a Life Member of Chapter 64 QCWA.

All of the above mentioned Silent Keys will be missed.  On behalf of the West Texas Section, I extend our sympathy to the families and friends

of Vasco Rhoden, James cook, Regina Worster and Earl Wood.    


---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---

In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Report for October and November 2014
can be seen in their entirety by scrolling to the bottom of the ARRL West Texas
Section Page.  Once there, click on the link for the October or November 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