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October Club Meeting

Wednesday, October 28, 2020    

Location: This month we will be meeting at the Margaret Chesley Memorial Park on East Palm St in Bellville.  Bring your HT, a lawn chair and a "brown bag" or "to-go" dinner with you.  We will be social distancing, but will be close enough to have some eyeball QSOs and fellowship.  The festivities will begin at 6 pm under the covered parking lot at the entrance to the park, and from there we'll spread out.  The club meeting will start at 7 pm live as well as on the Bellville UHF and VHF repeaters.

For those not yet comfortable with an in-person meeting, you can simply participate over the air as we've been doing the last several months.  Another option is to simply stay in your car and participate via HT or your mobile rig.

As usual, all amateurs are welcome, either in person or over the air.

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

Upcoming Club Events:

To be Announced...

VE Testing News:
Our group is officially registered and operational with W5YI-VEC and so we can administer tests again.  Depending on the Coronavirus situation, we'll schedule a test session in the coming months.
If you are a prospective ham, or already a ham looking to upgrade your license, send an email to info at w5sfa.org

Repeater News:
We now have internet service at the Columbus repeater site, so efforts are underway to link the Bellville and Columbus repeaters again.  Remember, the Club's Bellville repeaters are configured so the UHF repeater is C4FM digital only, and the VHF repeater is FM Analog only.  However, the repeaters are interconnected so analog traffic on VHF will be heard on digital UHF, and vice-versa.  Please note that if you are using UHF C4FM digital, the DG-ID on your rig should be set to 10 for transmit and receive.

The Bellville repeater is now linked to Wires-X on the internet on a test basis.  Our Wires-X room number is W5SFA-ROOM, ID# 63655.  To access via the internet, you will need an FT2DR or FT3DR handheld, or an FTM-100DR or FTM-400DR radio operating as a Portable Digital Node, or PDN.  You will also need to register on the Yaesu Wires-X site, and install the Wires-X software on a Windows PC connected to the internet.  Refer to this document on the Yaesu web site for information on how to set up your radio as a PDN.

The presentation given by N5RWK at the February meeting can be viewed here (PDF).


Club Officers for 2020-2021:

President:           Gary Baldwin, KF5ZRT

Vice-President:  Jack Bates, K5FRT

Sec/Tres:             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.


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


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