Last edit: 3/28/2023 by N5RWK
March 2022 Announcements
The next club meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at the Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant in Bellville, in the private back room. As usual, dinner at 6 and meeting at 7. We will be talking about balloons as well as Pi-Star hotspots and how they work. All are welcome!
Club meetings are always held on the lAST Wednesday of the month (except for Nov & Dec)
JOIN THE CLUB!
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)
KF5ZRT/A, a Zacktek package, is closing in on 3 times around the earth! You can monitor its status at this link <= Note: Loads slow.
Three more balloons were launched on March 25, call signs were W5SFA, KF5ZRT and WA5IWB/F. Unfortunately, KF5ZRT and WA5IWB went down prematurely in Mississippi and Alabama respectively. However, W5SFA, a U4B package, is alive and well. It has crossed the Atlantic and is currently over Africa at 12,000 meters. For current status see this link < Note: Loads slow.
The Belton HamExpo will be held April 14-15 at the Bell County Expo Center. It's a great time to get rid of surplus equipment (or acquire more). For more information, see https://tarc.org/hamexpo-schedule/
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 is now charging a $35 fee for new licenses, renewals and vanity calls. License upgrades and changes of address are exempt from this new fee.
The Wires-X link on the Bellville repeater has been retired, since the XLX server has replaced this functionality. The XLX server has been moved and is now housed in the Bellville shack.
Club Officers for 2022-2023:
President: Bev Cucuzza, KB8PRC
Vice-President: Ray Chislett, W5RAC
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: