Sep 20

Upcoming Events


W5BCS participation in the TX QSO Party the weekend of Sept 26th-27th. Contest runs from 9am-9pm Saturday and 9am-3pm Sunday. We will be in the Fixed Multi-Op category for Brazos Co and we will set up at Gerald’s (W5VUI) house. We will also have the ARES van out there to operate out of, as well as table top ops. Gerald and family will be having a bbq lunch and dinner for all participants who come by. They do ask to bring a dessert. Their location can be found in the Events Calendar on the website. We will see about having the Aggie game on TV out there too (evening game against Arkansas).


We will be having a Dinner Night October 9th (Friday) starting about 6:00-6:30pm. Location will be at C&J BBQ in Bryan, which is at 1010 South Texas Ave. This is a social gathering/club night out and not a meeting.  We will not be in the meeting room, however we are supposed to have some tables reserved for us in the main dining area. Aggies are NOT playing this week so should be no abnormal crowds. See the Events Calendar for a map.


Radio-In-The-Park will be the very next day Saturday Oct 10th and will run from approx 10:30am until about 3-4pm. It will be at Tanglewood Park in Bryan. Bring your portable radio gear out to talk on or to experiment with or come just to hang out. Bring your own lunch if desired. This event is also listed in the Events Calendar. This event will be weather permitting so stay tuned…


Belton Hamfest is October 3rd from 7am-12pm at the Bell County Expo Center. Admission is $5. Location is marked in the Events Calendar. There is some tailgating sales on Friday.

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Jun 29

Field Day Prize Winners

Wanted to post up who won the prizes at the Field Day event.

1st Prize – $300 gift certificate to AES – Joe – KA8WEP
2nd Prize – Tera TR-590 HT – Mike – KZ5M
3rd Prize – Kenwood HS-5 Headphones – Mike – KZ5M
4th Prize – $50 GC to Saltgrass Steakhouse – Richard – KD5MOA
5th Prize – PowerPole Bag Set – Brian – N5BLW
6th Prize – SkyScan Atomic wallclock – Gerald – W5VUI
Postcard Raffle – Roy -KR5W
New Ham HT raffle – Baofeng UV-5R – Tom Talley Jr

Congrats to all our winners!!

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Jun 21

Field Day June 27-28 2015

The ARRL Field Day with W5BCS will be at Brian Bachmann Park in College Station. The address is 1600 Rock Prairie Rd. Just west of the College Station Med Center. We will be at the pavilion in the park.
Setup time will begin at approx 8am Sat morning and contest start time is 1PM local and runs 24 hours until 1PM Sun.
Club members and non club members are encouraged to partake in the event and the general public is invited to stop by. We will have a ARRL information booth setup too.

We will be a 2A station with free vhf station. We are looking for hams to help operate radios, especially during the overnight hours. Also looking for CW and digital operators too.

Postcards were mailed out to all registered hams in Brazos County. Bring the postcard to Field Day as we will have a drawing for all that brought the card to Field Day. Prize is a $50 Visa giftcard to be drawn at end of Field Day

BBQ dinner will be $10 this year and will be served at 6PM on Saturday.

We will have 6 raffle prizes available this year. The prizes are: 1st-$300 gift certificate to Amateur Electronic Supply(AES). 2nd-Tera TR-590 HT with program cable. 3rd-Kenwood HS-5 headphones. 4th-$50 gift card to SaltGrass Steakhouse. 5th-Powewerx Powerpole Bag-includes nylon bag, Tri-Crimp crimpers, various powerpole connectors. 6th-SkyScan Atomic wall clock w/temp.
Ticket prizes are $5 for one, $25 for seven, $50 for fifteen or $100 for 30 and next year membership. Drawing will be held after BBQ dinner.

A VE test session will be at 3:30pm Saturday. We will be testing all levels. Any brand new ham (passes their tech) will be placed in a special raffle to win a Baofeng UV-5r ht. Anyone that upgrades will be given a free raffle ticket. If you can serve as a VE, please email

SwapFest tables will be avail as well as Silent Auction tables. Bring your stuff to sale or donate to Silent Auction. Silent Auction proceeds go to the BARC club.

As for media attendance, we should be having KBTX out there at some point and the Eagle newspaper.

Hope to see everyone out there. Any specific questions contact

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Mar 22

Upcoming Events – Week of March 22,2015


ARRL Texas State Convention March 28, 2015

Time 8:00 AM to 3:30PM (two extra hours this year) Admission online $8.00, includes expedited VIP entry Admission at the door $10.00


Mass Care Field Exercise

The Salvation Army, Texas Baptist Men, American Red Cross Disaster Relief Units will be holding a Mass Care Field Exercise at the Christ United Methodist Church at 4201 Texas 6 Frontage Road in College Station on March 26, 2015. Please come by and see the units displayed.


Rodney K5YKC
HOTARC President W5ZDN
W5TSA Trustee

The Collins Foundation “Wings of Freedom” tour is coming to Easterwood Field / featured aircraft:
B-17G  Nine-O-Nine
B-24J   Witchcraft
P-51C   Betty Jane
UH-1E  Huey

March 27 – 2:00 – 5:00pm
March 28 – 9:00 -5:00pm
March 29 – 9:00 – 2:00pm
Adults $12 / Children $6

You may also book a flight on the aircraft B-17 / B-24 $450 / Huey $80-$100

Conroe dates:  March 23 -25th
Brenham dates:  March 30 – April 1st.

The last time they were here, I flew on the B-17 (kind of a “bucket list” thing and worth every penny.)
And it is worth the $12 to meet the WW II veterans, who stop by……great to chat with them and shake their hand.
Mike, KA5HIA

2015 Skywarn program (weather spotters)
April 16th Bryan (Brazos) Two identical sessions
1:30-4 pm &
6-8:30 pm
Brazos Community EOC
110 North Main Street
Bryan, TX 77803
To register send an email to or call 979-821-1000


ARRL Field Day is June 27-28, 2015

ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada. On the fourth weekend of June, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations.

W5BCS will offer a VE testing session on Saturday for any hams interested in upgrading or people looking to get their license.


Brian Bachmann Community Park

Address: 1600 Rock Prairie Rd, College Station, TX 77845

June 6-7, 2015
0000Z June 6,  to 2359Z June 7, 2015



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Jan 06

Upcoming Events

W5BCS Monthly Meeting – C&J’s Barbecue

17 Jan 2015 – 11:00
C&J’s Barbecue
1010 South Texas Avenue



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Jul 29

Press Release – 2015 Officers

2015 Officers


Our 2015 Officers will be:


Elected Positions:

President: Gerald Golub – W5VUI
Vice-President: Rick Swaims – W5RTF
Secretary:  Bob Aduddell – W5REA
Treasurer: Sly Kapchinski – N5GQB

Appointed Positions:

VEC Test Coordinator: Ron Hambric – N5SBN
Webmaster: Jeremy Carter – KF5YAA

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Jul 01

Pictures of Field Day 2014

Please submit any photos that you might have of field day to the webmasters email

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Jul 01

Bryan Amateur Radio Club on KBTX

Check out W5BCS on the local news during Field Day 2014


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May 13

Upcomming Events

ARRL Field Day

This is Bryan Amateur Radio Club’s biggest event of the year. This year we will be operating 2-Alpha (or 2 HF radios). This event is FREE. Come join us and operate a radio under the Club’s Call Sign W5BCS. No License Required to participate. The event will take place on June 28th-29th at the Bryan Bachmann Community Park in College Station, TX. The event will start at 3:30pm with a VE test session for those who would like to upgrade their license or for those who wish to get a license. There will be a dinner starting at 6pm on the 28th for a cost of $10. We plan on having a swap-table for you to buy and sell items and a Raffle table for you to purchase tickets and win prizes. Ticket prices for the Raffle are:

$5 a ticket

Starting this year, BONUS TICKETS for bulk purchase! See below

$25 for 6 tickets (1 FREE ticket for the price of 5 tickets)

$50 for 13 tickets (3 FREE ticket for the price of 10 tickets)

Any new HAMs who receive their license at the VE test session will receive a FREE ticket into a special Raffle to win a BaoFeng UV-5R. If you upgrade your license to General or Extra class you will be given a FREE ticket into the main Raffle.

Prizes for the Raffle include:

1st Prize:    FT-8800R Radio
2nd Prize:  30A Power Supply
3rd Prize:   BaoFeng UV-82

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Apr 12


The Army, Air Force, Navy, Marine Corps, and Coast Guard are co-sponsoring the annual military/amateur radio communications tests in celebration of the 64th Anniversary of Armed Forces Day (AFD). Although the actual Armed Forces Day is celebrated on Saturday, May 17, 2014, the AFD Military/Amateur Crossband Communications Test will be conducted 10 May 2014 to prevent conflict with the Dayton Hamvention (16-18 May 2014), which is the same weekend as the actual Armed Forces Day.
The annual celebration features traditional military to amateur cross band communications SSB voice and Morse Code tests. These tests give Amateur Radio operators and Short Wave Listeners (SWL) an opportunity to demonstrate their individual technical skills, and to receive recognition from the appropriate military radio station for their proven expertise. QSL cards will be provided to those stations making contact with the military stations.


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