Thursday, March 26, 2015

Tailgate Swapmeet announced in Edmond

TAILGATE / SWAP MEET is set for March 28 from   9AM. to Noon, according to Jerry, N5KNU

The event is set to be at 332 WEST 33, Edmond, OK  ....ABOUT THREE BLOCKS WEST OF ,

just under the 90 '  EDMOND WATER TOWER.

THERES NO COVER CHARGE, NO PARKING FEE, and the effort offers FREE COFFEE, DOUNTS, and, FREE BOTTLED WATER..  while they last...

TALKIN FREQ. 146.790-  With, PL tone  100 hrz.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Preppers discover amateur radio

When hams think of communication, they think of ham radio as the ONLY form of communication during disasters.

When Survivalists think of communications, they think of ham radio as the BEST form of communication during disasters.

While hams have the Amateur Radio Emergency Service and Skywarn, the Preppers think about themselves, their family, their friends, their neighbors.

Ham Radio, The Only Form of Communication After T-SHTF | - The Ultimate Prepper & Survivalist Blog.:

Are you serving the public with your ham radio station?  Do your neighbors know?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

The Night Shift - Field Day 2014

Photo by Bill Downes KE5VKB
Last year, this photo made the rounds on social media as it commemorated the "night shift".

This year, have your Field Day plans come into play?  

Did you test out your equipment during the Simulated Emergency Test?

Did you use the Incident Command System to plan your events?

Are you gearing up for the Simulated Emergency Test?

How to Join the SET

To participate in this year’s emergency test, contact your local ARRL emergency coordinator or net manager to find out the details. ARRL Sections, ARES teams and nets may conduct their exercises anytime during September through December. If you don’t know who to call, please touch base with your ARRL Section Manager for assistance. See page 16 of QST for contact information or check the ARRL Web page. The URL to start with is From there, you’ll find links to ARRL section home pages with names and contact information for your Section Leaders including the Section Emergency Coordinator and Section Traffic Manager. Whether you’re a new licensee or an experienced radio amateur, the SET is a golden opportunity to learn or practice useful skills in traffic handling, net operation and emergency communications protocols and management.

Purpose of SET

1.      To find out the strengths and weaknesses of ARES, NTS, RACES and other groups in providing emergency communications.

2.      To provide a public demonstration--to served agencies such as the American Red Cross, the emergency management agency and through the news media--of the value to the public that Amateur Radio provides, particularly in time of need.

3.      To help radio amateurs gain experience in communications using standard procedures and a variety of modes under simulated-emergency conditions.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Old but still useful #ARRL #hamradio

Google Groups: "" is USENET technology which was (and still is to some) popular from the days of the internet over dial-up.

This group and Rec.Radio.Swap offer digest messaging which gives users the ability to get ONE email per day, rather than every message, plus one does not have to use USENET with their primary email address, thus eliminating SPAM.

What is your favorite online ham radio information source?

Thursday, March 5, 2015

The West Gulf Division Newsletter Special Edition March 2015

--ARRL Texas State Convention

The Great Houston Hamfest scheduled for March 27-28 has been designated
as the 2015 ARRL Texas State Convention.  A full color brochure has been
posted on the West Gulf Division website.
Please follow this link to the website and then click on the
"flyer" link listed on the page.

Speaking at the event will be the ARRL's Log Book of the World
expert, Norm Fusaro W3IZ and Nobel Laureate, Dr. Joe Taylor K1JT
originator of weak signal digital modes, including WSPR and WSJT for
UHF/VHF and HF communication.

Don't miss this important convention.

--WGD Annual Award Nominations

It is time to start working on your submissions for the WG 2015
Divisional Awards which will be presented at the ARRL Regional
Centennial Convention at HamCom in June. Nominations for 2015 Award
Winners will be accepted until May 1, 2015. Nomination forms for each
nominee (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 forms.

Nomination forms may be downloaded from the West Gulf Division website
at  Once on the West Gulf Division website, click on
"2015 WGD Annual Awards" in the middle of the page.

The Division Awards 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 within the West Gulf
Division. Neither the Division Director nor the Vice Director will
participate in the vote.

There is nothing better in life than being recognized by your peers.  I
know that there is someone in your club who has performed above and
beyond the call of duty who deserves recognition.  Please take the time
to make certain that individual receives the gratitude of the entire
West Gulf Division.

Download the nomination forms and submit your entry today!

-- Planned ARRL Events for K5RAV and N5AUS

Director Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice Director Stratton, N5AUS plan to
attend the following upcoming events:

-- Irving Hamfest, March 7th, Irving, TX
-- Green Country Hamfest, March 13th, Claremore, OK
-- Washington Lobby Efforts, March 19th and 20th - Washington, DC
-- ARRL Executive Committee Meeting, March 21st, Washington, DC
-- Texas State Convention, Greater Houston Hamfest, March 28th,
Rosenburg, Texas

-- West Texas Section Convention, St. Patrick's Hamfest, March 14th,
Midland, TX
-- Texas State Convention, Greater Houston Hamfest, March 28th,
Rosenburg, Texas

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

-- Upcoming Hamfests and Conventions

02/28/2015 | Orange Hamfest 2015
Location: Orange, TX Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: Orange ARC & Jefferson
County ARC Website:

03/07/2015 | Irving ARC Hamfest 2015
Location: Irving, TX Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: Irving Amateur Radio
Club Website:

03/07/2015 | Elk City Hamfest
Location: Elk City, OK Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: West Central
Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club

03/13/2015 | Green Country Hamfest
Location: Claremore, OK Type: ARRL Convention Sponsor: Green Country
Hamfest Committee Website:

03/14/2015 | Williamson County ARC Hamfest
Location: Georgetown, TX Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: Williamson County
Amateur Radio Club

03/14/2015 | West Texas Section Convention (60th Annual St. Patrick's
Day Hamfest)
Location: Midland, TX Type: ARRL Convention Sponsor: Midland Amateur
Radio Club Website:

03/21/2015 | Weatherford Hamfest
Location: Weatherford, Texas Type: ARRL Hamfest Sponsor: ARC of Parker
County Website:

03/28/2014 | Texas State Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
Location: Rosenberg, TX Type: ARRL Convention
Sponsor: Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club (BVARC)

06/12/2015 | West Gulf Division Convention (HamCom)
Location: Irving, Texas Type: ARRL Convention Sponsor: HamCom

ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Do you stream your repeater?

The Caprock Intertie Link System is on Broadcastify.  While this is just one method for streaming your system, do you?

The others streaming on Broadcastify at at the link.

Why do you stream your system?

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