San Antonio HamsSan Antonio Area Hams

 

Serving the Amateur Radio Community
in San Antonio and South Central Texas
since 2003

Last Updated 09/12/2013

 

Area Clubs / Index

San Antonio is blessed with a multitude of special purpose and general purpose Amateur Radio Clubs and organizations. We're also blessed with a large number of 2154 licensed Amateurs listed in San Antonio, as of November 1, 2006. That doesn't count those hams who are here visiting, or haven't updated their records with the FCC to reflect a change of address. That count doesn't include all the ham radio operators with addresses listed for surrounding counties, or other cities within the area if they didn't use "San Antonio, TX" on their license.

Unfortunately, just because there are over 3,154 license amateurs in San Antonio, it doesn't mean that all of them are active with local ham radio clubs or activities. Two of the largest clubs in San Antonio have around 150+ registered members each (SARC / SARO) and the third largest club has around 125 members. When you compare club rosters, you find about a 1/3 overlap in common members. This means less than 20% of the licensed hams are members of the various clubs, and only about 5% of them can be seen attending meetings or participating in local events.

Most of the groups listed on this page accept new members. To make this easier for you, we have collected and posted hyperlinks to each group's on-line application form. Simply click on the "Join Now" graphic if shown in the top right corner of their information. This will either download a PDF file with that group's application, direct from their website, or it will open up another page from their website with more information about joining.

We now have 31 Groups Listed! More Coming!

We've been asked by ham clubs in surrounding counties as far away as the Gulf Coast to be included in our index of Area Clubs. We're happy to add any legitimate ham club when an officer of the club requests to have their club added. We prefer to have a web link for more info, a copy of their club logo if possible, and some basic information about the club, when and where they meet, purpose, etc.

Please read their application carefully (where available) and then contact the club/ group officers if you have any questions. San Antonio Hams is not responsible for the content of these applications and simply provide the links here as a convenience. Should any club/group object to this link being present on the SA Hams web site, please advise the webmaster immediately for removal from this page. This is a free service by this web site. Your comments and suggestions are welcomed. Please feel free to contact the Webmaster at info@sanantoniohams.org or call 210-771-7075

Alamo Area Radio Organization (San Antonio)

Meets the 2nd Wednesday of every month at Mamacita's Mexican Restaurant,8030 W IH 10 San Antonio, TX 78230 (eastbound access road, between Medical and Callahan), on the NW side of San Antonio at 7pm.Their Club Call is AA5RO and they maintain two repeaters on 2 meters (147.38) & 440 (443.875). Their club website is. www.aa5ro.org.

The Alamo Area Radio Organization (AARO) is a nonprofit amateur radio organization, club callsign AA5RO, dedicated to the assistance of the community through radio communication, and to the enjoyment, appreciation, and the sharing of knowledge and advancement of amateur radio.

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Atascosa County Area Radio Club (Pleasanton)

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The club members of ACARC are committed to helping their community with special events, emergency preparedness and communications in the case of disaster. Their Club Call is WA5AR and their club website is www.wa5ar.org.

The club usually meets on the third Thursday of the month  at 7:00 p.m. Just to let it be known, we will meet and eat at 6:30 p.m. The meeting place is the Stage Stop Restaurant on 1921 west Oaklawn, Pleasanton, Texas. Click here for map.

ACARC offers VE Testing in Pleasanton, TX, click here for info. Starting in 2009, this club also started offering ham classes, usually spread over 4 consecutive Saturdays. They've continued this practice in 2010 with General Class upgrade classes and other levels.

 

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Bexar County ARES (San Antonio)

Bexar County ARES draws support and volunteers from local amateur radio clubs.
As such, it is not necessary to contact these clubs directly for emergency and disaster communications support. Visit their web site at www.bexarcountyares.org.

This group meets monthly on the first Tuesday of the month, at 6:45pm. Location alternates between the San Antonio EOC on Odd Months (March, May, July, September, November) and the San Antonio American Red Cross HQ in Even Months (April, June, August, October, December). Their weekly radio net is now on Tuesday nights at 8:30pm, using the 147.18 repeater (103.5 PL tone).

Bexar County ARES is strictly involved with emergency and disaster communications, and does not provide amateur radio communications support for public service events such as parades, marathons or other not-for-profit events. Requests of this nature should be directed to the local amateur radio clubs. ARES is part of the field service organization of the ARRL. The ARRL is a member of National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) and is an affiliate organization of Citizen Corps. For more information - Shane O'Neal NS5D, Assistant EC, Bexar County ARES 210-473-4847 info@bexarcountyares.org

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Bexar County Emergency Services Rehab (San Antonio)

Bexar County Rehab

Bexar County Emergency Services Rehab B.C.E.S.R. is a volunteer group that provides rehab to emergency response personnel, search and rescue personnel, and other incidents as requested. Examples of scenes we respond to are grass / brush fires, structure fires, extended Fire and Police scenes, & searches for missing persons. Communications support for this group is supplied by Amateur Radio operators who also belong to other area clubs / organizations. Their sister organization, South Texas K9 Search and Rescue handles K9 search and rescue.

Their website is www.BexarCountyRehab.org.

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BEXAR OPERATORS GROUP

W5BOG Bexar Operators Group LogoWelcome to the BEXAR OPERATORS GROUP. We use our club call, W5BOG, to go out in the field to test antenna designs, propagation theory and operate during amateur radio events. This is an investigative communications group, not a social radio club. If you wish to learn more or maybe join us, we can be reached at the email address: alonestaryank@aol.com 

Our last worked event was during the CQ VHF Contest where we activated four grid squares here in south Texas. If you wish to know more about this event, look at the following blog : http://sanantoniohams.org/blog/?p=2183

We also sponsor our "Jump Team Boot Camp" where sincere amateur radio ops learn every phase of deploying out in the field after an emergency, such as a hurricane, and set up emergency communications station using only what they've brought with them. We also offer a complete 200 page "Jump Team Training Guide" which matches the three day training session. This event is usually held in the fall and all the slots for attendees for the 2009 session have already been filled.

New club website here at http://w5bog.weebly.com/


CERT Teams      Alamo Regional Citizen Corps

Many of the area ham radio operators are signing up for CERT training through the Alamo Regional Citizen Corps. While individual hams cannot be members of Citizen Corps, various groups / clubs which hams belong to are also members of Alamo Regional Citizen Corps. For more information, visit their local website and Email Link or call Julie Martinez, Citizen Corps Coordinator at #(210) 335-0399

The Alamo Regional Citizen Corps Council encompasses a 12-county area of the Alamo Area Councils of Government. The council oversees all Citizen Corps programs including: CERT, Neighborhood Watch, VIP, Medical Rangers, and Fire Corps. This program is administered through the Bexar County Office of Emergency Management.

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ARESChaparral Amateur Radio Club (Seguin)
a.k.a. Guadalupe County ARES

We meet at 1800 hrs on the 2nd Tuesday of the month at the Guadalupe County Emergency Management Office at 415 E. Donegan St in Seguin! CARC was reformed in 2008 with a new focus and commitment to the citizens of Guadalupe County and surrounding counties in times of need! We work closely with Guadalupe County Emergency Management and the Guadalupe County VOAD in preparing for Emergencies that may effect the county!

Guadalupe County ARES is a part of Chaparral Amateur Radio Club who's membership is a dedicated group of radio operators with the primary purpose to assist Guadalupe County Emergency Manager in all emergency at his request. Guadalupe County ARES is open to all amateur radio operators. All members are expected to be call upon to operate as an emergency net control station during an emergency on VHF and HF nets, help in shelter operations, and be able to deploy if neccessary with mobile packet communications capabilities to accomplish the mission.

Club Call: WA5GC
Club Repeater: 146.76 - 162.2 pl (note: new wide coverage repeater as of September 2009)

Group Reflector: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CARC-ARES/

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Coleto Creek Amateur Radio Club (Yorktown) Coleto Creek


Coleto Creek Amateur Radio Club was formed in 2003 by a group of enthusiastic amateur radio operators from DeWitt and Victoria County. We had a vision to create a club that would be fun for its members as well as serve the community in times of need. Its members are not just storm spotters for the national weather service, but they also provide communications for such events as Texas Water Safari, Yorktown Western Days and other similar types of events. We currently meet on the first Thursday of each month at the First United Methodist Church located at 222 North Riedel in Yorktown. A covered dish meal is served at 7PM and the meeting begins at 7:30pm.Visit their club website at www.ccarc.us.

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Corpus Christi Amateur Radio Club (Corpus Christi)

CCARCCorpus Christi Amateur Radio Club, Inc. is the oldest Amateur Radio club in the city. It was established in 1947. In 1967 the club celebrated its 25th anniversary with 57 members. In 1981 some members broke away and started the STARC. The club call sign was, and still is, W5MS, and was resurrected June 28, 2006. The club focuses on assistance to fellow Hams in need of support in the Amateur Radio community along with Elmering and just having fun. Though Emergency Service is not their focus they are committed to helping in the time of need.  

As of June 2008, CCARC has 52 members, meets the first Thursday of each month in the 4th floor conference room of Dirscoll Children's Hospital -- 3533 A. Alameda St. Corpus Christi, TX.. Everyone is welcomed member or not. Presentations are provided in a wide area of interest to all. Come See US!

Club contact: AD5TD-Bill Albert Email and W5LSS-Linda Shell Email

Visit their Yahoo Group at:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ccarc/ or visit their website at www.w5ms.com

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Driscoll Childrens HospitalDriscoll Children's Hospital
Volunter Disaster Services Team
(Corpus Christi)

Driscoll Children's Hospital happens to be the only Hospital in Corpus Christi with an Amateur Radio presence and a Volunteer Disaster Services Team. The Volunteer Disaster Services Team consists of over a dozen local Hams that have helped get Driscoll set up with their own area repeater “Clara” the 147.100. (Named for Clara Driscoll – Founder and Benefactor of the entire Driscoll Health Network for Children). The DCH EOC Radio Room was opened for service at the beginning of the 2007 Hurricane season and is being utilized for routine drills, disaster planning, disaster services, training and special events.

W5DCH- “Clara” is a 2 meter VX2000 repeater with a CAT-1000 controller that provides Autopatch services, DVR and Anti-Kerchunking features. “Clara” also has a direct weather connection to NOAA and provides the NOAA weather reporting upon command.The 147.100 PL 107.2 has IRLP Node 5841 and Echolink Node 313998. We now have a 900Mhz repeater.. 927.3125 PL 82.5 which will soon have IRLP Node 3643.

DCH also houses one of the very few 220 Repeaters – W5FOF – 224.340 / PL 107.2. Anyone interested in joining should contact W5LSS-Linda Shell at 361.442.9852 or Email


Guadalupe Valley Amateur Radio Club (New Braunfels)

Returning to life after more than 20 years of sleeping peacefully in the New Braunfels area. This ham club operates on the New Braunfels 147.00 repeater (-, 103.5 tone). We meet for breakfast Saturday mornings from 7:30-9:00 at Granzin BBQ, located at 660 W. San Antonio St. Please come join us. The club is now offering Ham Radio Testing on a quarterly basis, and some special needs basis as well. They have started working with the New Braunfels CERT program to help cultivate more ham radio operators and teach their members some basic radio operation skills. This club is really starting to grow and become way more active..Our club call is WB5LVI and our web site is found at www.gvarc.org.The club participates in quite a few DX Contests and organizes the communications for the annual Tour de Gruene bicycle ride / race held around the first weekend of November. They also provide the official repeater for use by the BikeMS Valero Alamo Ride to the River event in October and the American Diabetes Association Tour de Cure ride in May.

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ARESHays Caldwell Amateur Radio Club (San Marcos) KE5LOT

Hays Caldwell Amateur Radio Club serves radio amateurs in Hays and Caldwell Counties. We enjoy having fun withamateur radio, and it shows! HC ARC members enjoy a wide variety of facets of amateur radio, including VHF and UHF FM and repeaters, HF Single Sideband, mobile operation, RTTY, PSK31, CW, and QRP. We are an ARRL affiliated Club.

Website: We also communicate about our activities on our yahoo group, hchams.

ARRLMeetings: We meet on the third Saturday of each month. Our meeting location and time alternate between the training room at Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos (at 9:00 AM during even months), and breakfast meetings at the Cracker Barrel in Buda (at 8:30 AM during odd months).

ARES: HC ARC sponsors an ARES group; Hays County ARES. The Hays County EC is Jake Creamer, K5GWC. The weekly ARES net occurs on Tuesday evenings at 7:30 PM, on the 444.15 (WA5PAX) repeater (this repeater requires a 114.8 PL tone). The repeater is northwest of Wimberley (near Mount Sharp), and has excellent coverage of our service area. Membership in HC ARC is not required to participate in Hays County ARES.

Events: HC ARC participates in public service events, such as The American Diabetes Association 'Tour de Cure', and Amateur Radio activities, such as the Texas QSO Party and ARRL Field Day.

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Hill Country REACT Team #4804 (San Antonio)

Hill Country REACT normally meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month in Bulverde in the Picadillo's Mexican Restaurant (Hwy 281 & FM1863). See their website for directions. Meetings begin at 7pm. Visitors are always welcomed at meetings or events. Note: The restaurant where the meeting is being held, is NOT open for business, so plan on eating elsewher. Their club call is K5HCR. Their website is located at www.hillcountryreact.org

REACT is an all volunteer, not for profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing public service and emergency communications to our community. Their members are trained in emergency communication methods, crowd control, parking and traffic control, Incident Command Structure (ICS) and other topics which enable them to be more professional in how they deal with situations in the course of their volunteer duties or assignments.

In June 2004, REACT members manned the Comal County EOC during a two day county-wide drill which involved almost all county agencies, fire and police departments, plus all municipalities within Comal County. In the two photos shown, REACT members operate radios in the communications center (Brian NB5R front, Connie KD5UXU rear). Click on photos for larger view if interested.

The photo at the left was taken during this two day drill and shows the Comal County EOC operations room. Very high-tech with computer screens at each station, plus projection displays on the front walls to keep everyone informed with a single glance.

REACT members are easily indentified during events or emergencies by their distinct professionally appearing uniforms (Red Shirts) and may use many different radio services, including Amateur, GMRS, FRS, Business Band, CB and others as needed.

REACT is a member of National (VOAD), the Texas chapter of VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) and the San Antonio Chapter, SAVOAD. The Texas REACT State Council has a representative on the TX VOAD Board of Directors currently serving as First Vice President (will be President as of March 1, 2005). REACT Teams are chartered annually by REACT International located near Washington DC. The Team and all members are covered by a $1 million liability policy against third party claims or accidents, although they are proud to have a good safety record to avoid that need.

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Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS) (Boerne, TX)

KARS LogoKARS was founded in 1980 and operates under the club callsign KB5TX. The club meets the first Thursday of every month except December at Schneider Engineering, Ltd. 191 Menger Springs Parkway in Boerne.

KARS also offers testing immediately following each meeting (pre-arrangement preferable).

The club owns and maintains two VHF repeaters (146.64- & 145.19- both PL 88.5) and operates an emergency practice Net every Tuesday evening at 6:30pm on the 146.64 machine.

Contact and other Information can be found at KB5TX.org

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W5LRD
Laredo Hams Amateur Radio Club, LLC
Contact: info@LaredoHams.com
Website: Laredo ARCVisit Club Website
Meetings: The LaredoHams meet every 2nd Saturday of the month at 1pm, at the Water Utilities Department conference room, located at 5816 Daughtery (building on left, one block north of elevated water tower at the airport).  If you need help finding the location, you can call on the repeater 146.940- pl100.0 or call 956-286-5150.

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Medina County Amateur Radio Corporation (McArc)

McArc holds regular monthly meetings in Hondo, TX at 9:00 AM on the 2nd Saturday of each month. All interested individuals are invited to attend McArc's meetings. Their club website is found at www.mcarc.org.

New 2006 Club Meeting Location!!! After more than seven years meeting at Larry's Restaurant, the time has come to move on. Larry Arnold has been a solid supporter of McArc and even offered to vote in the case of a tie (HI HI). The coffee was always hot, breakfast was always filling, and the prices didn't break the bank. No we are not leaving Larry's we are just moving on.

We have come to the realization that in order to better serve the entire county, we need to be more centrally located. Moving to Hondo seems like the best way to serve more of the county. Tom Taylor/W5VEI coordinated with the City of Hondo to secure the Hondo Community Center for our monthly meetings and VE testing. If there is a down side to the move it is that we are on our own for breakfast. The Hondo Community Center doesn't have breakfast. There has been some talk among the board about having coffee and doughnuts as way to raise a few bucks or meeting somewhere for breakfast before hand or for lunch afterwards. Stay tuned for further details. Contact Walter Hock KK5LO at 830-741-2474 or email kk5lo@arrl.net for more information.

Click here for a MapQuest map to the Hondo Community Center - Map of 1014 18th St Hondo, TX 78861-1815, US.

McArc was formed in 1997 by a handful of like-minded hams that wanted to work together to provide communications support for public and emergency service and enjoy radio. McArc members are located throughout Medina County, and even parts of Bexar, Travis, Uvalde and Maverick Counties. Members range in age from youngster to senior citizen, and from professional to retired individuals. As an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club, McArc conducts Volunteer Examiner (VE) license testing sessions, new ham training and development classes, public relations events, and participates in emergency communications such as Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES), Sky Warn, and other related activities.

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Quarter Century Wireless Association, Chapter 38 - San Antonio, TX


If you have held your Amateur License for at least twenty-five (25) years, you are eligible to become a member of the Quarter Century Wireless Association. Visit www.qcwa.org for info about the national group. The local chapter meets on the air each Sunday at 8:30pm local time on the SARO 146.94 repeater (- offset, 179.9 tone). The club meets in person for lunch every 4th Saturday at Martha's at 281 & Thousand Oaks. For more information contact the club's officers: Bill Minton AA5HI, Clay Laster W5ZPV or Jim Wright, K5CDT.

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Radio Operators of South Texas (ROOST)

 

ROOST meets on the second Friday of the month at 7:30pm at 7201 Palm Park Blvd. just off Hwy 181 (Click here for map to location) on the SE side of San Antonio. Their website is www.w5ros.org. Their Club Call sign is W5ROS. They maintain several repeaters in the area, plus have a hamshack that all members can utilize on HF. Their three repeaters are on 146.86 and 147.34 with a PL tone of 123.0 and a Six-Meter repeater on 53.09 mHz. The 147.34 may be down occasionally due to interference from across the border.

The ROOST has moved further down Hwy 181 from their old location that was on Foster Rd @ Hwy 181. Click Here for map.

ROOST is the clear leader in this area for Ham Testing, featuring a team of experienced VE's who provide test sessions on the first and third Saturday from 1-3pm year round. ROOST also offers testing for ARRL's Emergency Communications Courses (by advance arrangement).

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San Antonio Emergency Managment (SAEM)

Meetings are held at 6pm on the first Monday of every month. Attendance is by invitation only due to the restricted nature of where they meet. Note - since the reorganization of Bexar County ARES was completed in 2006, this group has sometimes merged meeting locations / purposes with the ARES group.

This is the core group of emergency operators who work to support the City of San Antonio during communication emergencies such as the opening of shelters, mass flooding, telephone failures area-wide, or other reasons. This group crosses all boundaries of club membership in this area, recognizing that in a true emergency, no one single club or group will have sufficient manpower to meet the radio operator needs for a 24-day/7-days a week type of operation. Please note that during a real emergency, seldom will they ask for operators to report downtown to the San Antonio Emergency Operations Center (EOC), but rather will direct them straight to their assignments at various shelters, shopping malls (for info centers) or other critical locations.

To find out more about this group, simply check in on their weekly 2-meter radio net held on Sunday evening at 9pm on the 147.18 repeater. See the web page dealing with Radio Nets for more info. Club Call (per se) is K5EOC used only during drills, nets or emergencies.

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San Antonio Hispanic Amateur Radio Association (S.A.H.A.R.A.)

S.A.H.A.R.A. exists as an emergency or disaster radio system network operating throughout Texas. Club call sign is KD5GAT. Their club web site is found at www.qsl.net/kd5gat. In times of non-emergency licensed amateur radio operators are welcome to use the Repeaters & Link System. Chartered on Nov. 7, 1991 the San Antonio Hispanic Amateur Radio Association is a Texas non-profit, Corporation, operating under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

They operate two area repeaters, one on 146.90 (negative offset, 88.5 tone) and the second on 443.400 (positive offset, 88.5 tone). We have EchoLink connected to the 443.400 repeater using the club callsign of KD5GAT-L and a secondary PL tone of 100.0. They operate a weekly net Sunday nights on 40 meters using the 7.266mhz LSB at 9:00pm CST plus a local/Echolink net on 443.400 on Tuesday nights at 8:00pm CST. Please note that Echolink will be using the PL tone of 100.0, not our normal 88.5 tone for local operation only. Nets are bilingual and open to all licensed amateurs.

El Radio Club SAHARA Está Enlazando los Repetidores con el programa de EchoLink a travée del Internet. Sino tienes el programa ECHOLINK bájalo! Regístrate, luego espera unos minutos para que verifiquen tus indicativos, ya que estés registrado están en los sigente nodos enlases desde San Antonio TX, Laredo TX, Eagle Pass TX y la frontera y el interior de México.

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San Antonio Radio Club (SARC)

Meetings are held the second Thursday of every month at Grady's at 347 E. Nakoma just off 281.  Come earlier and eat or just come for the 7 pm meeting.

Their website is www.w5sc.org. Their Club Callsign is W5SC. The Club maintains one VHF repeater at 145.39 with negative offset, and one UHF at 442.075 with a negative offset, both repeaters require a 100 Hz tone. They are both located near the San Antonio International Airport.

SARC is one of the oldest clubs still in existence and operating. It was founded in 1919 as "the BEXAR COUNTY RADIO ASSOCIATION" and reorganized in 1929 as "San Antonio Radio Club." They are an affiliated club of the American Radio Relay League and the oldest such club in ARRL's affiliation.

SARC is the largest radio club in San Antonio. Check their website for news about a planned Ham Picnic in the month of June, open to any amateur their families.

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San Antonio Repeater Organization (SARO)


Without a doubt the largest repeater organization in the area and the sponsor of more repeaters than any other club in San Antonio or nearby cities for that matter.. They normally meet at 7:30pm on the forth Friday in January, April, July, October. Their Club Callsign is WA5UNH. Their club website is now up at www.SARepeater.net. The April meeting may move each year due to the timing of Fiesta Week in San Antonio.

Besides maintaining numerous repeaters in the area (2 mtr, 440, 220, and 6 mtrs), members of the club work numerous public safety events during the year. See their website for more details about this club.

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South Texas DX and Contest Club (STXDXCC)

"The South Texas DX and Contest Club (STXDXCC), was formed by Ham Radio operators who have a shared interest in DXing, Contesting and Ham Radio. This club has been in existence since 2004 and the vanity call, W5RTA (Remember The Alamo), has been around since March 2005.  It is the purpose of this club to further the exchange of information and cooperation between members, to promote radio knowledge, fraternalism and individual operating efficiency, and to conduct club programs and activities as to advance the general interest and welfare of Amateur Radio in the community, with a focus on DXing and contesting.

Find the STXDXCC Yahoo Group site by entering www.w5rta.org in your favorite search engine.  You can join the club as an associate member simply by logging on to Yahoo Groups, selecting STXDXCC then select the “Join This Group” button.  Members with voting privileges must participate in at least four club activities per year.  The club meetings are held the 3rd Tuesday of the month at 7pm. Location is at Bobby J's Famous Hamburgers, 13247 Bandera Rd., Helotes, TX.  Come early and enjoy a famous hamburger." 

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South Texas Amateur Radio Club (Corpus Christi)

 

The South Texas Amateur Radio Club is a Texas Incorporated non-profit organization created to render public service during impending storms or severe weather, and to assist in disaster relief operations and other community functions; and to promote amateur radio and good radio operating procedure and the exchange of technical information and assistance in respect thereto. The South Texas Amateur Radio Club is also affiliated with the ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio. Our club has been designated as a Special Service Club. Club Web site was found here plus they also have a Yahoo Groups Web Site

This group is our primary contact during coastal emergencies / evacuations as their members man the Corpus Christi EOC as Nueces County ARES. Their Stated Club Mission To render a public service during impending storms or severe weather, and to assist in disaster relief operations and other community functions; and To promote amateur radio and good operating procedures and the exchange of technical information and assistance in respect thereto.

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South Texas Scouting Radio Clubimage

The STSRC is a club whose purpose is to promote amateur radio among the scouts of South Texas. They are a motivated group of amateur radio operators (Ham operators) who provide opportunities for scouts to further their knowledge in areas of radio communications and goodwill. Their club web site is found at kx5bsa.org and club callsign is KX5BSA.

JOTAThe 2013 Jamboree on The Air event will be held October 19th at Overlook Park on Canyon Lake near Sattler, Texas. From FM Hwy 306 follow South Access Road to C.O.E. Road and turn right and proceed up the hill. Or, from FM 2673 at Sattler, go northwest on South Access Road for 2 miles, turn left on C.O.E. Road and proceed up the hill. We plan on starting at 9:30am and go until about 5pm depending on the number of attendees.

STSRC's main yearly function is to operate in the Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) which is a worldwide annual event that is held each October. This event has been on going for over 50 years now and attracts more the 400,000 people from all around the world to take part in this weekend of radio activity.

They also are a resource for scout leaders who are interested in particpating in a radio scouting event (JOTA, summer camp, weekend camps) and need help finding information and radio operators that are interested in helping scouts with this type of event. The STSRC website offers information regarding the radio merit badge, other radio-related scouting awards and the opportunity to use the KX5BSA call sign for scouting events. If you have any questions, please feel free to email the webmaster.

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South Texas Baptist Hams (San Antonio)

The South Texas Baptist Hams Communication Group (Club Call K5STB) has a new communication trailer that responds to regional emergencies to provide communications support to their operations. The trailer is equipped with HF, VHF and UHF Amateur radios, plus Satellite Internet and TV services. They have an 8kw electric generator to provide power whenever they are away from normal AC services. The trailer was new, as of fall of 2004, but they are slowing making improvements and adding new features to enhance their mission, such as a new roof mounted A/C unit soon to be mounted on top of the trailer. Click on photo for larger view of trailer. Photo was taken back in October 2004 during a demo held at a SARC ham club meeting. You can see the satellite antenna on the left (front end of the trailer).

Their is a web site up at www.texsasbaptistmen.org.

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South Texas Youth Amatuer Radio ClubSouth Texas Youth Ham Club (Corpus Christi)

STXYHC is the only Youth Amateur Radio Club south of Austin. First meeting was in May of 2006 and all kids, young and old, are welcome. Local Hams elmer and Eyeball meetings are as schedules permit. STXYHC meets at Driscoll Children’s Hospital. Major event of the year is the Fox Hunt. Everyone gets involved. The club is always looking for kids !! For more information call W5LSS-Linda Shell 361.442.9852 or via Email

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Unusual SuspectsUnusual Suspects

Who are the Unusual Suspects: We are not a club, in fact we refer to ourselves as the Unclub. We are a group of Radio Amateurs with very similar interest in Amateur radio, Antenna design and experimentation, Photography, Hunting, Performance Automobiles. We think more of ourselves as an extended family than as a club or organization. We have been referred to as the “friendliest group in south Texas”.

If you are ever in the area of San Antonio/Austin, please use the repeater on 147.140 + off set with a tone of 179.9. We would love to chat with you. Their website can be found here.

 


Victoria Amateur Radio Club (Victoria) Victoria Amateur Radio Club


The Victoria Amateur Radio Club meets on the third Thursday of every month at 7:30 pm at Citizens Medical Center in Victoria. Exam testing is held on request, as required. The Victoria Amateur Radio Club (VARC) consists of 30 or more licensed Amateur Radio Operators and their spouses. The club promotes education, community service and fellowship among the Amateur Radio Community.

VARC holds its regular monthly meetings on the third Thursday of the month at the Citizens Medical Center. The meeting starts around 7:30 p.m.. A short business meeting is sometimes followed by a presentation on some topic of interest to the Amateur Radio community. Some of the past programs have been on Amateur Radio Satellites, Storm Chasing, Contesting, Antenna Design, QRZ, Balloon Missions, etc.. Visit their web site at www.varc.us

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Dog RUnning

South Texas K-9 Search and Rescue

South Texas K9The South Texas K-9 Search and Rescue Team promotes training of search dogs, training of persons to use them, and assists when requested by local / regional authorities when searches are needed for missing persons in South Texas.

This group uses commercial and amateur radio communications, and is seeking support from area Amateur Radio Operators to help their communications needs. Contact Team Captain Allen Shoults via email or phone 210-887-0806 or visit their web site.

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San Antonio Blacksun Search And Rescue Canine Team

Blacksun Search and RescueSABSAR is a non-profit (501c3) organization created in 1999 to provide San Antonio, Bexar County, Gonzales County,and South Texas with a well trained, highly professional, and dedicated canine and equine search and rescue unit. In 1998 the idea was first formed by Roni Braendle that San Antonio and the surrounding area needed a Canine Search and Rescue team. Contact SABSAR via email or by phone at (830)582-2117 or visit their website.

Beginning in 1999 we formed this team, hereafter known as San Antonio's Blacksun Search and Rescue Canine Team (SABSAR), with four founding members, Roni Braendle, Sandra Lee, Kelly Ann Cook, and Richard De La Cruz. Since that time the team has seen a lot of new members come and go and have constantly tried to become more knowledgeable, more professional, setting our standards higher and becoming more qualified for serving our community. Throughout the years that SABSAR has been in existence, we have been called out by law enforcement and served our community in high profile searches. If there is a search that we feel we are not qualified to handle, we will decline the call-out. We do an EXTENSIVE personal and criminal background check on all of our members, even if they have been on other SAR teams.

SABSAR is extending their capabilities to include a new chapter in Gonzales County that will be able to assist not only the home team but Gonzales and surrounding counties. This team will include a canine team, ground pounders, man trackers, and an equine team. which is very much needed in this area. This chapter has already been formed and is in the process of accepting new members and starting training.

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