The Stephen F. Austin Radio Club, Inc.


An Association of Amateur Radio Operators in the Austin, Fayette and Waller County Areas



Mailing Address: 12172 FM-949

Cat Spring, TX 78933


Meetings: Last Wednesday of each month


Repeaters: 145.410 (W5SFA PL 100.0)

444.875 (W5SFA PL 103.5)


2001-02 Officers: President, Carl Hickman, K50WC

Vice President, Dennis Alexander, W5KU

Secretary/Treasurer, Dan White, W5AOV

Newsletter Editor/Publisher, Dave Jenkins, K5KX


October 31, 2001 Happy Halloween!


Carl H., K5OWC, called the meeting to order at 1916 hours. The minuets were read for the September meeting. A motion was made by Dave, K5KX, and seconded by Wade, W5TEN to accept the minuets as read. The Treasures report was given with a balance of $195.08 with all bills paid.


Old Business:


The Sealy Lions Donated $150 to the Club for the work they did on the Lions bike ride. Tommie and Billie Maness donated $25 to support the repeater operation. Thanks to all for your support.


The tower installation on the courthouse is waiting on approval and purchase of equipment by the Commissioners Court. We plan on putting three to four antennas on the tower. Two antennas for our use and two for the EMS and EOC use.


Carl H. proposed to use one antenna at the courthouse for a Digi-peater for a DX cluster repeater for our area. Carl bought a used 2M transceiver and has a TNC to use for this purpose.


The insurance cost for both repeaters is $138 and with the small amount of club members we have the dues just cover the insurance. Dan, W5AOV, suggested that we revise the insurance to cover the cost of a new repeater only. The cost of a 25W 2M or 440 Yaesu Vertex repeater is $1200 each. This should cut the price down more than half. Dan will check with ARRL insurance for a price. Currently we are insuring about $8000 of radios, antennas, duplexers and controller. The 440 repeater and controller is very old and has been repaired many times. The 2M repeater is in good condition. As the 440 machine belongs to Johnny Holmes, W5ALG, we need to check with him before changing the coverage on his equipment.


New Business:


No new business was discussed. The meeting was adjourned at 1946 hours.




Bear Creek Tailgate fest is November 27th for those interested in swapping equipment or just visiting.




Dennis, W5KU, donated $20 for repeater operations. This was the largest meeting we have had in quit a while with seven members and spouses present. Dennis and Brenda Alexander, Dan and Linda White, Carl and Linda Pleasant, Dave and Joy Jenkins, Wade Eilers, Carl and DeAnn Hickman.