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Last edit: 5/24/2022 by N5RWK


May 2022 Announcements 

The May club meeting will be held on Wednesday evening, May 25.  This month we will meet at the Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant in Bellville.  Dinner is at 6 pm, and the club meeting follows at 7 pm.  All are welcome!

Also, club officer nominations will take place at the May meeting.

Dues are also now due for the 2022-2023 year.  You can mail a check to Kat Croker (use membership application link below, it has her mailing address.)  $20 for an individual, $21 for a family.

Club meetings are held on the lAST Wednesday of the month (except for Nov & Dec)


New members are welcome!  You don't need to be a radio expert, all you need is to have an interest in radio communications.  For your convenience, you can complete the following application form and mail it to the address above, or bring it to the next club meeting.

                  Membership Application (PDF) 

Club Events: 

To Be Announced.

 VE Testing News: 

 Our group is affiliated with W5YI-VEC for administering tests.  If you are a prospective ham, or already a ham looking to upgrade your license, send an email to info at w5sfa.org for information or to schedule your test.

Note that the FCC will begin charging a $35 fee for new licenses, renewals and vanity calls beginning on April 19.  License upgrades and changes of address are exempt from this new fee.

There is now an online Technician Class license class video available on Youtube.  Copy this link into a new page in your browser:  

Repeater News: 

The Bellville repeater system (C4FM on UHF and Analog on VHF) has been hooked up to a multiprotocol server on the internet.  This allows DMR users to communicate on the repeater system via a hotspot/internet connection.  It also allows users with Yaesu C4FM digital radios to connect to the repeater via a hotspot, enabling long-distance communication via the internet.  Hotspots are a small, inexpensive transceiver typically based on a Raspberry Pi with an RF board and connects to the internet usually with a wifi connection.  
 The Columbus repeater is now Digital C4FM only, in order to facilitate future linking with Bellville.  Please note that you will not be able to use the repeater with FM analog!  The Columbus repeater has a DG-ID of 01.

 Club Officers for 2021-2022: 

President:                   Linda White, W5LBW

Vice-President:          Bev Cucuzza, KB8PRC

Secretary/Treasurer:  Kathy Croker, KB5ITB

 W5SFA Weekly VHF Net: 

The Stephen F. Austin Radio Club weekly net meets every Tuesday at 7:00 PM on the Club's Bellville VHF repeater (analog FM) or the UHF repeater (C4FM digital).  See the REPEATERS link to the left for frequencies.  All licensed hams are welcome to participate.

Net Control Schedule:

1st Tuesday:  N5RWK Roger

2nd Tuesday: KG5NCL John

3rd Tuesday: KE5FN Jim

4th Tuesday:  KF5ZRT Gary

5th Tuesday (if there is one):  N5RWK Roger


 Stephen F. Austin Radio Club List serve (reflector) information: 


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