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 27

Meeting Minutes for Jan 17, 2015

W5BCS MTG NOTES: 01/17/15 meeting

  • Sign-in sheet: 39 Total, 6 non-members. Total attendance looked like ~50.
  • Started eating at 11:00 AM, meeting started at 11:45 AM
  • Club officers introduced themselves.
  • Ron Hambric, N5SBN, talked about 2014 HAM test results. New Licenses that were issued by our club-à 20 Tech, 6 General, 1 Extra. Next test session is FEB 21 before our 9:30 mtg.
  • A member of the A&M club talked about their new antenna; a 5-band (40m and down) that will be going up as soon as they are able to replace their rotor.
  • Ron Hambric spoke again, trying to drum up interest in the local ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) chapter. Sly has bought a communications van for our local ARES chapter. They will be having a search and rescue exercise JAN 31. If anyone is interested in joining ARES talk with Sly or Ron.
  • John Walpole, K5ZY, spoke about Brad Harris,KF5RTK, whose first name was actually Waldon becoming a silent key on Saturday 1-10-15. He will be missed.
  • Herb, W5WQN, spoke and asked if there was a plan in place to write the history of W5BCS. He was informed that Henry, W5RAS, is currently working on it now.
  • Mike Wisby, KA5HIA, spoke. Mike was given a tower by “post office bob” and rather than take money for the tower, Bob asked Mike to make a donation to our radio club. Mike presented Sly with a check for $400. WAY TO GO MIKE !!! THANKS………..
  • John Walpole made a motion for everyone in the room to introduce themselves.
  • Sly spoke about possible events for 2015, including Radio in the Park, Camp Hearne activities, Field Day June 28 & 29, Texas QSO party.
  • The Museum of the American G.I. (located on Hwy 6 south of College Station) is having an event the first weekend in June. It would appreciate any help from our club in setting up radios, antennas, etc.
  • John Walpole, K5ZY, made a suggestion that we should start a regular Dinner Night for the club, maybe 3-4 times a year. We should discuss this more in our February meeting, as it sounds like a great idea to me.
  • Upcoming Ham Fests: February 28 -à Orange Ham Fest. April 18 -àBelton Hamfest.
  • At 12:20 PM, Bill made a motion to close the meeting. John Walpole seconded it.
  • Meeting closed at 12:20 PM


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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.


More Information can be found here:



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Apr 01

ARRL Field Day 2014

Field Day is fastly approaching on us! Mark June 28-29th in you calendars! More details to come soon, but the location will be at the Brian Bachmanmnn Community Park (Formally know as the Southwood Valley Park – Look forward to seeing you there.

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Feb 18

2/15/2014 Presentation – Space Station Crew Uses HAM Radio to Call Earth

If you missed February’s meeting here is a link to the presentation that was shown:


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