Sunday, July 10, 2011

West Gulf Division Newsletter JULY EXTRA

     K5RAV and N5AUS to operate W1AW
     W5NPR Appointed Interim WTX SM
     John Dyer, AE5B, WG Assistant Director
     Planned ARRL Events
     Upcoming Hamfests/Conventions

News from David Woolweaver, K5RAV your West Gulf Division Director

---K5RAV and N5AUS to Operate W1AW

Amateur Radio should be fun and what could be more fun than operating
the world class HF station at W1AW? Nothing! Every ARRL member is
entitled to be a guest operator at W1AW and, in January 2011, Director
Woolweaver and Vice Director Stratton exercised that privilege.
Taking personal days before the ARRL January Board meeting, the WGD
Leadership team called "CQ West Gulf Division" on 14240 KHz during
brief guest operating periods on January 18th and 19th. A record 210
contacts were made providing many amateurs with their first W1AW QSO.
The station used was composed of a Yaseu FTDX9000, Acom amplifier and a
wide spaced 20 meter beam at 120 feet.

Due to the overwhelming demand for more activity from HQ and by a
special arrangement with ARRL staff, K5RAV and N5AUS are scheduled to
operate W1AW on Sunday July 17th.  The operating times will be 9:00 AM
to 11:00 AM and 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM.  Look for W1AW again calling "CQ
West Gulf Division" on 14240 KHz more or less.  In January, operation
was permitted only on Monday and Tuesday.  We hope that the Sunday
operating hours will allow more amateurs to make contact with W1AW.
Real time updates on operating frequencies and other matters will be
posted to Twitter and Facebook.  See below for contact information.

Twitter:
Receive up to date status messages sent to your phone without a Twitter
account by sending the text: "follow K5RAV" to 40404
If you have a Twitter account you can follow us by clicking on this
link:
http://twitter.com/k5rav or @K5RAV

Facebook:
You can follow us on Facebook by going to the link below and clicking
on "Like".
http://www.facebook.com/pages/ARRL-West-Gulf-Division/169907193031547
W1AW, also known as the Maxim Memorial Station, was dedicated on
September 2, 1938 and contains articles of historical value to Amateur
Radio.

Much of today's ARRL Headquarters as well as the City of Newington grew
up surrounding the W1AW facilities. To learn more about W1AW, its rich
history and current transmitting abilities, visit
http://www.arrl.org/inside-w1aw.

---  W5NPR Appointed Interim WTX SM

It is official!  Bill Roberts, W5NPR, of Alpine, TX takes the reins of
the WTX Section from retiring SM John Dyer, AE5B.  Bill Roberts
presently serves the ARRL as the West Texas Section Traffic Manager and
is alternate net control for the Big Bend Emergency Net and the West
Texas Section Net.  Bill has agreed to act as Interim WTX SM and will
run for a full term at the next election in the fall.  Congratulations
Bill!

---  John Dyer, AE5B, West Gulf Division Assistant Director

John Dyer, AE5B, and Carla Dyer, K5RLA, have been in charge of the West
Gulf Division's booth operations at ham fests and conventions for
several years.   Under their supervision, the booth has taken on a
professional appearance and has set records in recruitment.  John
retired as WTX SM in June following several years of dedicated service
to the ARRL  Since no good deed goes unpunished, Director Woolweaver
appointed John as Assistant Director for Membership in July.  "John
has been doing the job for several years.  He just did not have the
title and now he does!" reported Director Woolweaver.

---Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS

Director Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice Director Stratton, N5AUS are
planning to attend the following upcoming events:
K5RAV and N5AUS - 2011 Second Meeting (ARRL) Board of Directors
Meeting, Windsor, CT, July 15-16th.
N5AUS - Ham Holiday 2011, OK Section Convention, sponsored by the
Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs, Oklahoma City, OK, July 29-30th.
K5RAV and N5AUS - Austin Summerfest, Texas State Convention, sponsored
by the Austin ARC and Texas VHF-FM Society, August 5-6th.
K5RAV and N5AUS - Texoma Hamarama, West Gulf Division Convention,
sponsored by the Texoma Hamarama Committee, Ardmore, OK, Oct 21-22nd.
ARRL Convention and Hamfest events are a great place to visit with the
Division and Section Leadership!   Each event will also include an ARRL
forum where you can receive additional insight into Division and Section
matters.
At anytime that you have a concern or just want to say hello, contact
Director Woolweaver at K5RAV@arrl.org.

---Upcoming Hamfests/Conventions
07/09/2011 | TARS Hamfest
Location: Texas City, TX
Type: ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor: Tidelands Amateur Radio Society
Website: http://www.tidelands.org
07/29/2011 | Central States VHF Conference
Location: Irving, TX
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Central States VHF Society
Website: http://www.csvhfs.org/
07/29/2011 | Oklahoma State Convention (Ham Holiday 2011)
Location: Oklahoma City, OK
Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs
Website: http://www.hamholiday.org
08/05/2011 | Texas State Convention (Austin Summerfest)
Location: Austin, TX
Type:  ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Austin ARC and Texas VHF-FM Society
Website:  http://www.austinsummerfest.org
08/27/2011 | Gainesville Hamfest 2011
Location:  Gainesville, TX
Type:  ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor:  Cooke County Amateur Radio Club
Website:  http://www.gainesvillehamfest.org
10/01/2011 | HamEXPO 2011
Location:  Belton, TX
Type:  ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor:  Temple Amateur Radio Club
Website:  http://www.beltonhamexpo.org
10/21/2011 | West Gulf Division Convention (Texoma Hamarama)
Location:  Ardmore, OK
Type:  ARRL Convention
Sponsor:  Texoma Hamarama Committee
Website:  http://www.texomahamarama.org
11/05/2011 | Enid Hamfest
Location:  Enid, OK
Type:  ARRL Hamfest
Sponsor:  Enid Amateur Radio Club
Website:  http://www.enidarc.org/enidhamfest
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ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV
k5rav@arrl.org
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