Local Amateur Radio Club Celebrates Founding of San Felipe de Austin for 2016:
The San Felipe de Austin State Historic Site will be the location of a special event amateur radio station on September 24-25. W5SFA Radio Club members will operate ham radios to commemorate the 193rd anniversary of the founding of Austin's Colony in Texas in 1823.
Amateur radio special event stations celebrate historical or contemporary events. W5SFA Radio Club operators will contact other hams across the state, throughout the USA, and around the world. They will exchange signal reports and give some information about the founding of San Felipe de Austin, its historical significance for the Republic of Texas, and the present day Texas State Historical Site.
With upcoming plans for the construction of a visitors' center at the site, it is fitting that this special event station will call attention to San Felipe de Austin and this piece of Texas history in our backyard. Other stations who contact W5SFA (the ham call sign of the Stephen F. Austin Radio Club) may request a color postcard with the image of Stephen F Austin and a certificate confirming the contact. This QSL card and certificate will be sought after for displaying in ham radio “shacks” all over Texas and beyond.
The San Felipe de Austin State Historic site is located on FM 1458, 2.2 miles north of IH-10 exit 723. Visitor center hours are from 9 am - 5 pm Tuesday - Sunday. Admission is free. The public is invited to come by and see the amateur radio operation, which will be onsite on Saturday, September 24 and Sunday, September 25.
- QSL Card: Send a SASE to address below.
- Certificate: Send $1.00 (to cover mailing costs) to the address below. If sending a check, make payable to "Stephen F. Austin Radio Club".
- Mailing address: W5SFA, c/o Roger Klein, PO Box 161, New Ulm, TX 78950
- We will also be uploading our logs to LoTW.