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Garth Crowe
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Rocky Mountain

Hello Wyoming Hams

Just a note to re-introduce myself and KD5HTJ RheaAnn. I will be your new Section Manager. If you need anything dont hesitate to contact me. 

Thanks Rick for your leadership for the last few years, and thanks for staying on as ASM. I am looking forward to continuing the work you have started.

I also would like to give Cudos to all that participated in the planning and execution of the Rocky Mountain Division Convention in Cheyenne last weekend it was great to see some that we haven't seen for a while.

Rick Roderick and Joe had some great comments and stories lol.

Also thanks to all that participated in the Wouff Hong ceremony you were troopers and did a great job.

If you are having trouble reading this message, you can see the original at: October 13, 2022 John E. Ross, KD8IDJ, Editor ARRL Home Page   ARRL Letter Archive   Audio News


  Florida Amateur Radio Operators Activate for Hurricane Ian Ian, Julia, and Karl - The Latest Storm Updates San Angelo Amateur Radio Club Celebrates 100 Years Amateur Radio in the News ARRL Podcasts Announcements In Brief... The K7RA Solar Update Just Ahead in Radiosport Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions   Florida Amateur Radio Operators Activate for Hurricane Ian As Hurricane Ian was making its way to Tampa, Florida, in late September, the Sheriff's Tactical Amateur Radio Communications (STARC), W4HSO, was preparing for activation. ARRL member Tony DeAngelo, N2MFT, said STARC was activated on Monday, September 26, and continued operations through Thursday, September 29, 2022. Tony DeAngelo, N2MFT, President of the Sheriff's Tactical Amateur Radio Communications (STARC) in Hillsborough County, Florida.

STARC has amateur radio equipment in five of the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office (HCSO) locations, as well as a Homeland Security office. "It's a great working arrangement with all of the equipment provided for us," said DeAngelo. "Our volunteers staffed those locations and the remainder worked from their homes."

Over the course of the 4-day activation, 16 STARC volunteers worked 24 hours a day passing information for aid and assistance through the sheriff's office using WebEOC, a web-based emergency management information system.

DeAngelo emphasized that STARC is not a club, but a service organization. STARC volunteers are required to undergo an extensive background investigation, including fingerprinting by the HCSO. STARC volunteers are civilians and employees of various Hillsborough County government agencies, Verizon, Tampa Electric, St. Joseph's Hospital, Tampa Police Department, and other public and private agencies. In the event of a disaster, radio operators provide communications between participating agencies if normal means of communications are lost.

DeAngelo is a retired police officer, and has been a licensed amateur radio operator for 30 years. He will continue to monitor weather information in case another activation is needed.

Ian, Julia, and Karl - The Latest Storm Updates

Cleanup and damage assessment from Hurricane Ian continues. Power outages peaked at 2.7 million customers, but new reports indicate power has been restored for 99% of the outages leaving less than 5,000 residents and businesses still off line. All power is expected to be restored by Friday, October 14, 2022.

Hardee County Emergency Management in West Central Florida lost power and all communications, but Hardee County Public Information Officer Alicia Woodard said it was amateur radio that stepped in to help.

"Our amateur radio operators here began relaying information to our county agencies," said Woodard.

"A special thanks to Mike Douglas, W4MDD, ARRL West Central Florida Section Manager and ARRL Assistant Section Manager/ Technical Coordinator Darrell Davis, KT4WX, for their assistance during the storm."

Hardee County received 27 inches of water. Normal flooding for the area is 16 inches and most power is now back on.

Hurricane Julia made landfall this past weekend over Nicaragua with winds of 85 miles per hour. Now downgraded, the storm has moved out to the Pacific Ocean but is till able to bring heavy rains to parts of Central America.

In Nicaraguan there were reports of power outages and 10,000 residents were moved to shelters. Officials there, report 25 casualties with over 50 people missing.

Hurricane Watch Net (HWN) Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, reported late Wednesday morning that Karl is still a tropical storm. Although it is currently moving to the north-northwest, it is expected to make a sharp left-hand turn and head south-southwest on Thursday.

The National Hurricane Center (NHC) is currently forecasting Karl to make landfall near Veracruz, Mexico late Friday or possibly early Saturday morning as a tropical storm, possibly even a tropical depression.

"The Hurricane Watch Net is closely monitoring the track and intensity of Karl," said Graves. "Should environmental conditions change allowing it to become a hurricane and threaten landfall as such, HWN will of course activate."


San Angelo Amateur Radio Club Celebrates 100 Years

The San Angelo Amateur Radio Club (SAARC), based in San Angelo, Texas, will celebrate their 100th anniversary on October 15, 2022. The club has engaged in a century of community service, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, emergency preparedness, and disaster response.

Founded in 1922, SAARC held their first meeting on June 14 of that year, and membership today has grown to 40 members. The celebration will take place at their clubhouse located at 5513 Stewart Lane in San Angelo. It will include a tailgate swap meet starting at 9 AM, amateur radio operators working to make contacts with 100 stations, and the Boy Scouts Jamboree-on-the-Air (JOTA).

The club call sign, W5QX, honors Carl Brinegar, who originally held the call sign of 5QX before the "W" prefix was added. He was one of the earliest members of SAARC.

SAARC is currently working in partnership with Angelo State University's Mayer Museum, located on the campus of Angelo State University, to create an exhibit that will tell the story of local radio pioneers. Topics will include amateur radio operators, retail radio businesses, public safety radio innovators, and broadcast radio stations that formed in the Concho Valley area in the 1920s and 1930s.

Club member Mike Dominy, KD5URW, said SAARC is the only club within a 70-mile radius of San Angelo, Texas. "Our club and Amateur Radio Emergency Service® volunteers, cover 14,000 square miles with a population of 165,000," said Dominy. "With cell phone coverage only along major roads and highways amateur radio is the only communication during storms and tornadoes."

Dominy added that there are only 381 licensed amateur radio operators in the area, and the club is working on grants to add and upgrade repeaters under a 5-year plan.

The SAARC is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

Amateur Radio in the News

ARRL Public Information Officers, Coordinators, and many other member-volunteers help keep amateur radio and ARRL in the news.

"Amateur Radio Club returns, helps members obtain FCC licenses." / The Baylor Lariat (Texas), October 4, 2022.

"Local ham radio club receives grant." / The Astorian (Oregon), October 6, 2022. -- The Sunset Empire Amateur Radio Club is an ARRL Affiliated Club.

"Project 425 Hosts Amateur Radio Operators." / The Town-Crier (Florida), October 7, 2022. -- Thanks to ARRL member Mike Bald, K4MIA, of Loxahatchee, Florida, for sharing his call sign in support of National POW/MIA Recognition Day.

Share any amateur radio media hits you spot with us.


ARRL Podcasts

The latest episode of the ARRL On the Air podcast includes On the Air and QST contributor Dino Papas, KL0S. Papas provides insight into the construction and tuning of a J-pole antenna, which he built for On the Air from a design by John H. Unrath, K6JHU.

Listen to ARRL Audio News, available every Friday. ARRL Audio News is a summary of the week's top news stories in the world of amateur radio and ARRL, along with interviews and other features.

The On the Air podcast is available on iTunes (iOS) and Stitcher (Android). The On the Air podcast and ARRL Audio News are also on Blubrry -- On the Air | ARRL Audio News.


October 15 - 16 is session three of the ARRL EME Contest, for frequencies between 50 MHz and 1296 MHz. It's never been easier to complete the Earth-moon-Earth circuit. Lance Collister's, W7GJ, "6 Meter EME Array" document from 2010 talks about the minimum frequency you'd need to decode signals from the moon, which can be boiled down to a good antenna, reasonable radio, and appropriate software. Activity also helps. With a "regular" 6-meter antenna, it should be possible to copy signals from the moon at moonrise, taking advantage of ground gain. -- Thanks to ARRL Contest Program Manager Paul Bourque, N1SFE, for this information.


In Brief...

Dayton Hamvention® has announced that the Ramada Inn in Xenia, Ohio, is closing. The Dayton Daily News is reporting that the city of Xenia will take full possession of the Ramada Inn on November 1, 2022. The land will be incorporated into the Xenia Towne Square revitalization project. Hamvention, the largest annual ham radio convention in the US, will be held May 19 - 21, 2023, at the Greene County Fairgrounds and Expo Center in Xenia. A list of other accommodations can be found on the Hamvention website at

The K7RA Solar Update

Tad Cook, K7RA, of Seattle, Washington, reports for this week's ARRL Propagation Bulletin:

Average daily sunspot numbers and solar flux increased this week. Sunspot numbers went from 111.4 to 114.9, and flux values went from 149.2 to 155.3.

A feel-good exercise is to compare these numbers with those from a

Solar disk image taken October 13, 2022, courtesy of NASA SDO/HMI.

year ago, when the sunspot reading in bulletin 41 was only 30.7, and flux was 86.9. Cycle 25 progression is better than predicted.

October 9 saw a planetary A index reading of 25. On that day, warned that sunspot AR3112 had a delta-class magnetic field with energy for strong solar flares.

The next day, they posted movies of two flares, seen here and here

Predicted solar flux from USAF and NOAA shows values peaking during the first week of November, at 160.

The forecast shows flux values of 140 on October 13 - 19; 138 on October 20 - 22; 140 on October 23 - 25; 145, 145, and 150 on October 26 - 28; 155, 155, and 152 on October 29 - 31; 160 on November 1 - 8; 150, 140, and 135 on November 9 - 11, and 130 on November 12 - 13.

Predicted planetary A index is 5 on October 13 - 14; 8 on October 15 - 16; 5 on October 17 - 19; 12 on October 20 - 21; 5 on October 22 - 26; 12, 15, 12, and 20 on October 27 - 30; 15 on October 31 through November 1; 18, 15, and 12 on November 2 - 4; 20 on November 5 - 6; 8 and 12 on November 7 - 8; 5, 5, 12, and 10 on November 9 - 12, and 5 on November 13 - 15.

Below is another of the many articles about the scary Carrington Event. This is the first time I have seen the claim that the flare was so powerful that telegraph messages could be sent through the aurora! 1859 was long before the invention of radio.

Sunspot numbers for October 6 through 12, 2022, were 139, 146, 137, 114, 134, 72, and 62, with a mean of 114.9. The 10.7-centimeter flux was 155.7, 159.7, 157.2, 160.5, 163.2, 150.3, and 140.6, with a mean of 155.3. Estimated planetary A indices were 18, 15, 12, 25, 10, 7, and 6, with a mean of 13.3. Middle latitude A index was 14, 12, 10, 18, 8, 7, and 4, with a mean of 10.4.

Send your tips, questions, or comments to

A comprehensive K7RA Solar Update is posted Fridays on the ARRL website. For more information concerning radio propagation, visit the ARRL Technical Information Service, read "What the Numbers Mean..." and check out the Propagation Page of Carl Luetzelschwab, K9LA.

A propagation bulletin archive is available. For customizable propagation charts, visit the VOACAP Online for Ham Radio website.

Share your reports and observations.

A weekly, full report is posted on ARRL News.


Just Ahead in Radiosport

  • October 15 - 16 -- ARRL EME Contest (CW, phone, digital)

  • October 15 - 16 -- JARTS WW RTTY Contest (digital)

  • October 15 - 16 -- 10-10 International Fall Contest (CW)

  • October 15 - 16 -- New York QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • October 15 - 16 -- Worked All Germany Contest (CW, phone)

  • October 15 -- Feld Hell Sprint (digital)

  • October 15 -- Argentina National 7 MHz Contest (phone)

  • October 16 -- Asia-Pacific Fall Sprint (CW)

  • October 16 -- UBA ON Contest, 2 Meters (CW, phone)

  • October 16 - 17 -- Illinois QSO Party (CW, phone, digital)

  • October 16 -- RSGB RoLo (CW)

  • October 16 - 17 -- Run for the Bacon QRP Contest (CW)

  • October 17 - 21 -- WARC ARRL School Club Roundup (CW, phone, digital)

  • October 17 -- RSGB FT4 Contest (FT4)

Visit the ARRL Contest Calendar for more events and information.

Upcoming Section, State, and Division Conventions

  • October 14 - 16 | Pacificon, hosting the ARRL Pacific Division Convention, San Ramon, California

  • October 15 | Wisconsin ARES/RACES Conference 2022, hosting the ARRL Wisconsin State Convention, Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin

  • October 29 | CopaFest, hosting the ARRL Arizona State Convention, Maricopa, Arizona

  • November 5 - 6 | Stone Mountain Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Georgia Section Convention, Lawrenceville, Georgia

  • November 12 | Montgomery ARC Hamfest, hosting the ARRL Alabama State Convention, Montgomery, Alabama

  • November 12 | Rock Hill Hamfest, hosting the ARRL South Carolina Section Convention, Rock Hill, South Carolina

  • December 9 - 10 | Tampa Bay Hamfest, hosting the ARRL West Central Florida Section Convention

Search the ARRL Hamfest and Convention Database to find events in your area.

Getting it Right...

In last week's edition of The ARRL Letter, the In Brief about the Digital Library of Amateur Radio and Communications (DLARC) included an incorrect email address for Program Manager Kay Savetz, K6KJN. The correct email address is

Also in that edition, in the story "Amateur Radio Active During 2 Weeks Of Hurricanes," a quote from Hurricane Watch Net Manager Bobby Graves, KB5HAV, was mistakenly attributed to another manager.

The ARRL Letter
regrets these errors.

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 Merry Christmas from N1TEK and WY7AJB








April 17, 2019


The Wyoming Section wiki page is sorely out of date. I took the liberty of removing lots of unused pages and did a little updating.

If you have had access or want to help with keeping this page viable for the section, please email me with any information you would like posted.

The webpage is:






April 2, 2019


Greeting Everyone!

As your new Section Manager, I thought I would introduce myself.

I am retired a Navy Senior Chief Electronics Technician after serving 24
years. Married with two grown boys. My wife Amy is call sign WY7AJB. We
served in the Midwest, both coasts, Guam and Germany.

I got my license in 2007 and tested straight to General. YES. I am a
no-code operator. I upgraded to Amateur Extra in 2015. I enjoy
contesting and some digital.

Beside being your Section Manager, I am the President of the Sweetwater
Amateur Radio Club, the VEC for testing locally, PIO and local
Government liaison.

I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Jack Mitchell N7MJ for his
previous leadership and service and mentorship to me as I step into this

There has been a lot of public discussion lately of the ARRL Technician
Enhancement Proposal officially designated RM-11828 to add limited HF
privileges to the Technician License.

There has been a working group for years soliciting input from radio
amateurs to your Directors before this proposal was ever put forward.

I understand many of you worked hard learning code to get your license
and it took time. In many cases, lots of time. That doesn’t mean we
shouldn’t change with the times. When Marconi and the OM first got
into radio, I don’t think they envisioned satellites, but they are a
regular part of our operating today.

For those of you who feel strongly against this proposal, make your
feelings known to the FCC by the April 15th deadline. If they get enough
negative feedback the likelihood of them approving it is small.

To threaten to sever ties with the ARRL over this is counter-productive.
The ARRL does many good things for our community from LOTW, the QST with
non-biased reviews of equipment, sending out speakers for conventions,

I think we get a lot for our membership.

I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible over the next





ARRL Wyoming Section on Facebook

The Wyoming Section Facebook page is the “heartbeat” of the section. 

Wyoming Section Facebook

Big Horn Basin ARC

Wyoming DMR Project


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There very well could be others. Please let me know if I’ve missed any. 

 I need your input to keep it updated and viable.

Rick Breininger







Wyoming Section of the ARRL

Wyoming Officials

  • Garth Crowe

    Section Manager

    Garth L. Crowe WY7GC

  • Michael Whitmore

    Assistant Section Manager

    Michael Whitmore W7MEW

  • Mark Harris

    State Government Liaison

    Mark O. Harris W7MOH

  • Beth Harris

    Assistant Section Manager

    Beth A. Harris KJ7FC

  • John Cranmer

    Assistant Section Manager,
    Section Emergency Coordinator

    John A. Cranmer WY7VAF

  • James Stith

    Section Youth Coordinator

    James E. Stith KI7URL

  • Jerry Pyle

    Section Traffic Manager

    Jerry L. Pyle WB7S


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