Last edit: 5/31/2023 by N5RWK
June 2022 Announcements
The next club meeting will be held on Wednesday, June 28 at the Cielito Lindo Mexican Restaurant in Bellville, in the private back room. As usual, dinner at 6 and meeting at 7. 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)
The W5SFA picoballoon (U4B) was launched on March 25 and has now been aloft for more than 64 days and has completed its third trip around the world. As of this writing it's north of Hudson Bay in Canada. For current status see this LU7AA link < Note: Site loads slow. Also see this QRP Labs link.
The K5FRT picoballoon (Zachtek) was launched on May 22 and has now been aloft for more than 6 days. It's currently in Pakistan about to cross into India. For current status use this LU7AA link.
The annual Museum Ships Event is this coming weekend (Friday June 2@7 pm through Sunday, June 4 @ 7pm Central Time). Work 15 ships on any mode/band and you can apply for a certificate. For details, see https://www.nj2bb.org/museum/index.html
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: