18 September 2021 BARC Meeting

September 2021 BARC Meeting

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A small but dedicated group for our September meeting. After our brief meeting, Gerald Golub, W5VUI, educated us about using generators for emergency power. Lots of good information from someone with experience!

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21 August BARC Meeting


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If you couldn’t attend our August meeting, we missed you. Beforehand, the VE team administered license exams and there were five new Technician Class operators! See the minutes for more information about some of our discussions. After our meeting closed, there was an informative presentation by Ron Hambric, N5SBN and Jim Hanks, W5CYN. Ron set the stage for the importance of emergency messaging and communications and Jim gave us some details about how he maintains emergency messaging communications with his family and friends using Winlink. We’re grateful for Ron and Jim educating us about this specific use of amateur radio technology. Following are some web resources from Jim’s presentation:

Learn more about Winlink: https://www.winlink.org/

The KM4ACK YouTube channel to learn more about Winlink forms, Raspberry Pi in amateur radio and more: KM4ACK – YouTube

Th OH8STN YouTube channel to learn more about portable and low-power operations: OH8STN Ham Radio – YouTube

Need to know what carrier your friend or family use for their telephone service? You can enter their number here and find out: https://www.freecarrierlookup.com/

Then, you can send them text messages using WinLink or another email messaging service. Jim provided the email domains for many of the major US carriers:

Mobile carrierSMS gateway domainMMS gateway domain
Boost Mobile[9]sms.myboostmobile.commyboostmobile.com
Cricket Wirelessmms.cricketwireless.netmms.cricketwireless.net
Google Fi[11]msg.fi.google.com
Republic Wireless[12]text.republicwireless.com
U.S. Cellular[9]email.uscc.netmms.uscc.net
Verizon Wireless[13]vtext.comvzwpix.com
Virgin Mobile[9]vmobl.comvmpix.com
Wireless carrier email-to-SMS gateways.

We learned a lot! If you would like to share something with the club that is related to amateur radio, let us know! We’d love to help you get a presentation scheduled.

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Replacing the W5BCS repeater antenna.

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Field Day 2021

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Member Spotlight: Lee Lance (KK5QO)

In a recent net, we posed the question, “Have you ever operated amateur radio for an emergency?” for open discussion. Lee Lance (KK5QO), one of our members, was unable to be on the net, but shared his story after he saw the question in the minutes:

That was how I got interested with ham radio. Following Hurricane Celia, an announcement came over local radio asking people interested in helping out the hams to report to basement of Corpus Christi PD building. So I went down there and chatted with the one and only ham on duty. He’d been on air for over 48 hours by himself operating as net control for 2m and 10m nets. Since it was an emergency situation, no license was necessary to help out. So, I jumped at the opportunity!

After 30 minutes of training and 30 minutes on the air with him watching to see how I’d do, he announced that he was going home to get some rest, and I was suddenly net control for both nets! 10m net was N5MS and 2m net was N5MMS. Before he got back, I had vectored an ambulance to farm to pick up a patient in labor and guided a B-17 mosquito spray plane in over targets in various outlying small towns. What an experience!

Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be until 1979 that I’d get my license.

A couple years later, I enlisted in Navy and became Radioman-rated, but our class was the first not to get CW training since they were transitioning to Satellite Comms. One of our colleagues was a ham, and I began a course from National Radio Institute and finished it, but I still didn’t have my ham license.

I began teaching Industrial Arts (shop) electricity/electronics classes and finally got my license after class by BVARC (the Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club) so I could add ham radio to class to motivate students. I got my Tech, and then General a couple months later.

My 13 year-old son went along to the Novice/Tech classes and got his, too. My wife got hers too, and when she asked if she could take the class my son said, “aw, mom, you can’t do that.” But she did! I got my Advanced while in GITMO and almost got Extra: I passed the test portion but couldn’t master the code speed, which was required at the time. My son recently upgraded to Extra, and now I’m studying again to take the Extra test.

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Remembering the Millers, WA5OMD and KC5CDJ

Tom, WA5OMD (SK), and Peggy Miller, KC5CDJ (SK), were active in the Bryan Amateur Radio Club for years and friendly voices over-the-air. They will be missed by their family, ham radio friends, neighbors, and the countless other lives they touched.

Thomas Miller

Peggy Miller

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Your Field Day entry

ARRL Field Day

If you would like to contribute to the BARC Field Day score, you can submit your home station results to the ARRL and specify “Bryan Amateur Radio Club” in the “Club or Group Name” field and the ARRL will add your score to the BARC score.  The online ARRL Field Day Entry is here:  https://field-day.arrl.org/fdentry.php Just click on the blue “Go To Data Entry” button in the lower left corner.

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BARC activity poll

Please participate in a short poll regarding possible future activities for the Bryan Amateur Radio Club. There are eight choices


Note that the Doodle site runs ads and they sometimes ads right in the middle of the poll items so, make sure you scroll down and see all eight choices!

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Need a new hobby?

Looking for new things to do while you’re isolated from the COVID-19 virus? See how others are staying in-contact using Amateur Radio. https://www.kbtx.com/video?vid=569267432

What is Amateur Radio? http://www.arrl.org/what-is-ham-radio

How can you get your license? http://www.arrl.org/getting-licensed

Now would be a great time to study the concepts and prepare for your own amateur radio license. Contact us: officers@bryanarc.org and we’ll put you in touch with one of our helpful mentors to answer questions about amateur radio.

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Brazos County Public Health Emergency Order


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