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West Texas

West Texas

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West Texas
Bill Roberts, W5NPR
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West Texas Section News

March 27, 2014

News From Around West Texas


Spring is here and along with it March winds! Sometimes March winds last from January 1 until the Fourth of July, so being close to the end of March is no reason to celebrate. We can only hope for the best!


---St. Patrick's Day Hamfest March 15th in Midland---

The Midland Hamfest was a booming success! The Midland ARC did their usual great job in planning and executing their annual St. Patrick's Day Hamfest. Attendance was great, the forums went well and there was no end to radios, accessories and surplus equipment on sale at the many vendor tables.

Had 23 ARES members sign the register at the ARES table. Those who signed in include: KB5FNK/David/San Angelo; K4OTM/Tom/San Angelo; KE5TXL/Gary/San Angelo; W5ETJ/Gary San Angelo; WA5ROE/Bob/Alpine; WB5EKW/Howard/Abilene; W5NPR/Bill/Alpine; KF5WDJ/David/Midland; KB5JXO/Benny/Fort Stockton; KF5AEJ/Robbie/Fort Stockton; KF5PEJ/Darren/Fort Stockton; K5TDA/Terry/Fort Davis; K5ITT/Kitty/Fort Davis (enrolled as new ARES member); KA5ULE/Ralph/San Angelo; W5MAT/Matt/San Angelo; W5IFE/Leslie/San Angelo; N5DO/Dave/Alpine; KC5VUF/Chad/Midland; KE5SXT/Steve/Monahans; N7UXJ/Vivian/Abilene; KG7VB/John/Abilene; WU5S/Willie/San Angelo; WB5MEX/Hurshel/Yorktown.

I appreciate all ARES members that came by our table to registered and visit with Howard and myself, and also with John and Carla at the ARRL table. John and Carla are masters at setting up the ARRL table for hamfests and conventions. Their services are appreciated!

Looking forward to next year!


---WGD Annual Award Nominations---

Once again, you are reminded of the upcoming WGD Annual Awards:

It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2014 Division Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional Centennial Convention at HamCom in June. Nominations for the Award Winners will be accepted until April 15, 2014. Nomination forms for each (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 form.

The Division Award 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 in the West Gulf Division. Neither the Division Director nor the Vice-Director will participate in the vote.

Remember April 15th is the nomination deadline.


---David Overton KF5WDJ Appointed Midland County Emergency Coordinator---

David Overton KF5WDJ has been named to fill the position of Emergency Coodinator (EC) for Midland County. David has been very active in ARES activities in Midland County. Most recently, he has spearheaded the Permian Basin ARES Net which meets on each Wednesday night on the West Texas Connection repeater system with a link to the Lea County (New Mexico) Amateur Radio Group's repeater system.

Received an email from David following the Midland Hamfest that he has taken and passed the Extra Class License exam. Congratulations to David!


---Section Emergency Coordinator Report---

In order to save space, the Monthly Section Emergency Coordinator Report for February 2014 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 February 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. 73,

ARRL West Texas Section

Bill Roberts W5NPR

Section Manager

West Texas Officials