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Re: Section Youth Coordinator news

Rob Forson - K5WFR
 

Since Shepton is a Plano high school [9-10] and not a senior high [11-12], they are considered non-varsity and do not get the chance to advance.

Rob
K5WFR


Robert W. Forson, P.E.
Managing Partner
FORSON ENGINEERING LLC
7200 Swallow Branch Ln
Plano, Texas  75025
972.527.6677


Re: Section Youth Coordinator news

Brian Fox <fox.retired@...>
 

Does it qualify them for the October 26th competition?

Brian
W1FOX


On Sun, Oct 20, 2019 at 11:54 AM Rob Forson - K5WFR <rob.k5wfr@...> wrote:
For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

Apologies for being off topic.

Rob
K5WFR


Section Youth Coordinator news

Rob Forson - K5WFR
 

For those of you waiting with breathless anticipation, Katherine, your Section Youth Coordinator, and the Shepton High School Silver Stampede Marching Band received a Superior rating at the UIL Region 24 marching competition held yesterday at Little Elm Stadium. Way to go Stallions!

Apologies for being off topic.

Rob
K5WFR


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

Thank you all for checking in! I would also like to thank the new check-ins. We have a few from Johnson county. I was happy to do the presentation for your club last week.

For the trivia question, "The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?", the answer from my source is:

All Hallow’s Evening (All Hallows’ Even), a.k.a. All Hallows’ Eve, All Saint’s Eve, Allhalloween
In Scots “eve” is “even”. The “v” was eventually dropped, as well as the “all” and the “s” in Hallow’s. So All Hallow’s Even became Halloween. Halloween is the day before All Hallow’s Day (also known as All Saints Day) and is the first day of Allhallowtide which is a three-day celebration for Christian Saints.


See you next week on the Winlink Wednesday net!



Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have no more presentations coming up regarding Winlink and Winlink Wednesday. If you would like for me to do a presentation for your club, send me an e-mail at KF5VO@...


Mail Delivery Problem Affecting Delivery of Board Election Ballots in West Gulf Division

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

Mail Delivery Problem Affecting Delivery of Board Election Ballots in West Gulf Division

ARRL has become aware of a mail delivery problem affecting the ARRL Board of Director election ballots sent to members in part of the West Gulf Division. Recent flooding has affected some US Postal Service distribution centers in the Houston region of the state, damaging some sorting machines. This is delaying delivery to many members in that area. They are processing mail out, but there are delays in processing out bulk mail, which include the ballots. We are aware that ballots are being processed as part of their work flow, but they cannot give us a definitive date of when they will all be out for delivery.

All ballots were mailed from Hartford on Monday, September 30, as required by the Articles of Association/By-Laws. Ballots to most of the West Gulf Division were delivered in the usual time frame, which is generally 10 to 14 days.

We have received numerous requests for replacement ballots. We also have member notifications sent after making the replacement ballot request to inform us the ballot had arrived. We ask ARRL members to be patient.

If you still do not receive your ballot by Monday October 21, 2019, please send a request for a new ballot. The ARRL HQ will process replacement requests on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, via first-class mail and daily as later requests come in. That will allow 3+ weeks (24 days) for the replacement to be delivered to you and allowing for their return to ARRL’s accounting firm of CohnReznick LLP by the noon on Friday, November 15, 2019, deadline.

There is no deadline for requesting a replacement ballot. Also, there is no deadline for you to have received your ballot in order to be eligible to vote. Please note that all replacement requests need to be in writing (email is okay) but must directly come from the ARRL member. Third-party requests cannot be processed.

If you have already requested a replacement ballot but still haven’t received the original ballot by October 21, you will need reconfirm your need for a replacement by email. If your original ballot is received before that time, we also ask you confirm that, so that your request can be closed.

We thank you for your patience in this unusual situation. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Assistant Secretary Dan Henderson, N1ND, telephone (860) 594-0236. —

 

Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, Assistant Secretary, ARRL


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

It's time once again for Winlink Wednesday! Here is the trivia question for this week's comment. Remember, this is only as good as the source I randomly selected from the Internet. After all, if it's online, it must be true, correct?

The word Halloween is a contraction of what Christian holiday?

Remember, check-ins start officially at 12:00 am on Wednesday. Otherwise,  I may have to come up with a different name for the net.

Other instructions:

Use the "Winlink Check In" template when checking in.  As a reminder, to use the template, when the New Message screen is opened, click on the menu items Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> Winlink Check In.txt. If you do not find the template, you may have an older version of the templates. You can find the download from the Winlink.org web site. The instructions are in the ReadMe.txt file from the download site.

Make sure in the Send To box to put my call sign, KF5VO.

In the location box, put the name of your city/town, and which gateway you're connecting through (if known).

IF YOU ARE USING SOMETHING OTHER THAN WINLINK TO CHECK IN:
In the body of the message, place the following information separated by a tab. This is how the information is sent if you are using the Winlink form. It makes it much easier for me to tally the results.

date time <tab> call sign <tab> call sign <tab> location <tab> ham band <tab> session type


Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

Let me amend that last email.  I misread the subject.  

There will be a reporting method for ECs that will include forwarding to the regional net and SEC.  

We are working on the planning now and will promulgated soon.  Some pieces that needed to be defined are being lined out...

Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC



On Mon, Oct 14, 2019 at 7:22 PM -0500, "Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC" <k5gtx@...> wrote:

All reports should be filed via the report mechanism on the ARRLNTX website.  You should get an email copy of your report that you would forward to the DEC, If appointed.


Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC

From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> on behalf of Steve Darrah via Groups.Io <jsdarrah@...>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 6:45:01 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans, K5GTX NTX SEC
 

All reports should be filed via the report mechanism on the ARRLNTX website.  You should get an email copy of your report that you would forward to the DEC, If appointed.


Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC
ARRL NTX ASM
713.410.2376
Winlink: ARES-NTXSEC


From: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io> on behalf of Steve Darrah via Groups.Io <jsdarrah@...>
Sent: Monday, October 14, 2019 6:45:01 PM
To: section@arrlntx.groups.io <section@arrlntx.groups.io>
Subject: Re: [ARRLNTX] West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Steve Darrah
 

Greg,

Do you have a plan for ARES District 5 groups to report since District 5 does not have  a DEC?  I expect the districts will report to the section and the section will report to the Division.

Steve, kd5ypb

EC - Carrollton ARES


On 10/10/2019 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 

-- 
Steve Darrah
972-679-3109


Re: More bad press

Charles Penry, WA5VHU
 

I had this type of thing happen from a certain large company in Greenville. They got a new director in charge of the department that was the owner/controller of a certain tower I have Amateur Radio equipment at. The director didn't know what our equipment was nor what it did, all the director knew is that it was quickly decided that it had to go. We Amateurs and other management folks at the company tried to talk to the director but nothing would change the director's mind.

After a few weeks she lost her job over it. Our equipment is still at the tower.

It will be interesting what comes of this...

Charles
WA5VHU


Upcoming Event: West Gulf Division SET - Sat, 11/09/2019 8:00am-4:00pm #cal-reminder

section@arrlntx.groups.io Calendar <section@...>
 

Reminder: West Gulf Division SET

When: Saturday, 9 November 2019, 8:00am to 4:00pm, (GMT-06:00) America/Chicago

View Event

Organizer: Greg Evans, K5GTX sec@... 7134102376

Description: The West Gulf Division SET will be held November 9 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM CDT.  

Primary focus will be communications between the Sections in West Gulf Division.  Details will be published on this site as they are developed.

73,

Greg Evans, K5GTX
ARRL NTX SEC


Re: More bad press

Owen Anderson
 

I have one comment - this TEXAS not California - the program 
Is being set up to find our weak points here by us not an agency.

So let’s wait and see what comes out of the program here
in TEXAS and corrections needed before tearing it down.

Owen 
KE5HRI

On Oct 11, 2019, at 8:31 PM, Jeffrey Angus <jdangus@...> wrote:

On 10/11/19 6:28 PM, Ken Hansen wrote:
I think this is a big issue - not stage a protest big - but a call to
wake up and make sure the communities and public services we try to
help share our belief that we provide a public service.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
A response from a friend of mine, fairly high up the food chain.

I obfuscated a bit to avoid possible political reverberations, and obviously don???t want named, but here ya go:

There was a Simulated emergency test a while back. The idea was to use our contest station as the net control station for the state. It???s in a good position and altitude.

As the president of the club that owns the station, I asked the guy in charge what I might provide in the way of help. I asked if he wanted a 2 meter antenna put up for anything. I did manage to get a ???no" out of him, although everything else was like closely held information.

Then the day before, he sent me an email asking if I was going to be there. Unfortunately, I had to work that day.

So the day arrived, and they had three people come up that had never operated any of that equipment before, and were unfamiliar with the software. They ended up putting one of our digital stations out of commission because they did need that 2 meter antenna.

I went up earlier this week and confirmed that all of the equipment they said didn???t work, did indeed work.

The state of Ham radio emergency comms is pretty sad. Different people have different ???only one way to do this??? ideas. Locally we have people that insist we have to use mesh networks, some D-Star, some DMR, some Yaesu fusion, some FM. Even some that insist that the only way to ever do this is Packet Radio. One look at the top maps will tell you that you will need a LOT of repeaters in Central PA.

And almost none of them want to take the time to learn fldigi, which are the official programs for emergency communications here.

All of which mysteriously looks like people that don???t want to upgrade beyond Technician.

The other part of the state was apparently pissed off and didn???t participate as far as I know.

A while back one of the D-Star guys went on a rampage, telling me I was clueless and needed to pay attention about the local D-Star system and network. Oddly enough, it doesn???t exist. I kept reminding him of that until he started avoiding me.

I can only guess this is happening among other Ham emcomm groups, as this stubborness and education avoidance is a personality issue. But it???s an issue that makes it difficult to find worth.

If emergency communications are going to work, decisions have to be made regarding what equipment is to be used, what software will be used, and people have to not just use it, they have to become proficient.

The present approach is something like if NASA called Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins up a week before the moon launch and told them ???Hey we saw your names in the phone book, How would you like to go to the moon???? Then the completely inexperienced astronauts spent the entire mission arguing about how to do things

So I have a pretty good idea just why Cali is giving hams the boot. More Hams with technical smarts are needed, not just people with their own axe to grind and that only want to be Techs.

Rather than take this as a learning moment, it is much more likely emcomm people will wish to kill the messenger, or at best brand him a Cassandra.




--
"I am a river to my people."
Jeff-1.0
WA6FWI
www.foxsmercantile.com


Re: More bad press

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
 

Jeff,

I agree. The issue can be boiled down to a very simple statement I think:

Too many hams want to be considered professional emcomm personnel, until their skills come up short - then they hide behind the excuse of "this is a hobby".

My local ARES/RACES group requires that volunteers endure hours of mindless training about arcane government operating procedures, yet has no real radio-specific skills requirements, because (I suspect) it would make impossible to recruit a sufficient number of bodies to participate.

As I said, take this opportunity to discuss how your groups help local gov't agencies and make sure their needs are being met. The take away from the article isn't really rental fees for repeater sites, it's that the agency saw no value in what the clubs offered.

Ken, N2VIP


On Oct 11, 2019, at 8:31 PM, Jeffrey Angus <jdangus@...> wrote:

On 10/11/19 6:28 PM, Ken Hansen wrote:
I think this is a big issue - not stage a protest big - but a call to
wake up and make sure the communities and public services we try to
help share our belief that we provide a public service.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
A response from a friend of mine, fairly high up the food chain.

I obfuscated a bit to avoid possible political reverberations, and obviously don???t want named, but here ya go:

There was a Simulated emergency test a while back. The idea was to use our contest station as the net control station for the state. It???s in a good position and altitude.

As the president of the club that owns the station, I asked the guy in charge what I might provide in the way of help. I asked if he wanted a 2 meter antenna put up for anything. I did manage to get a ???no" out of him, although everything else was like closely held information.

Then the day before, he sent me an email asking if I was going to be there. Unfortunately, I had to work that day.

So the day arrived, and they had three people come up that had never operated any of that equipment before, and were unfamiliar with the software. They ended up putting one of our digital stations out of commission because they did need that 2 meter antenna.

I went up earlier this week and confirmed that all of the equipment they said didn???t work, did indeed work.

The state of Ham radio emergency comms is pretty sad. Different people have different ???only one way to do this??? ideas. Locally we have people that insist we have to use mesh networks, some D-Star, some DMR, some Yaesu fusion, some FM. Even some that insist that the only way to ever do this is Packet Radio. One look at the top maps will tell you that you will need a LOT of repeaters in Central PA.

And almost none of them want to take the time to learn fldigi, which are the official programs for emergency communications here.

All of which mysteriously looks like people that don???t want to upgrade beyond Technician.

The other part of the state was apparently pissed off and didn???t participate as far as I know.

A while back one of the D-Star guys went on a rampage, telling me I was clueless and needed to pay attention about the local D-Star system and network. Oddly enough, it doesn???t exist. I kept reminding him of that until he started avoiding me.

I can only guess this is happening among other Ham emcomm groups, as this stubborness and education avoidance is a personality issue. But it???s an issue that makes it difficult to find worth.

If emergency communications are going to work, decisions have to be made regarding what equipment is to be used, what software will be used, and people have to not just use it, they have to become proficient.

The present approach is something like if NASA called Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins up a week before the moon launch and told them ???Hey we saw your names in the phone book, How would you like to go to the moon???? Then the completely inexperienced astronauts spent the entire mission arguing about how to do things

So I have a pretty good idea just why Cali is giving hams the boot. More Hams with technical smarts are needed, not just people with their own axe to grind and that only want to be Techs.

Rather than take this as a learning moment, it is much more likely emcomm people will wish to kill the messenger, or at best brand him a Cassandra.




--
"I am a river to my people."
Jeff-1.0
WA6FWI
www.foxsmercantile.com


Re: More bad press

Jeffrey Angus, WA6FWI
 

On 10/11/19 6:28 PM, Ken Hansen wrote:
I think this is a big issue - not stage a protest big - but a call to
wake up and make sure the communities and public services we try to
help share our belief that we provide a public service.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
A response from a friend of mine, fairly high up the food chain.

I obfuscated a bit to avoid possible political reverberations, and obviously don???t want named, but here ya go:

There was a Simulated emergency test a while back. The idea was to use our contest station as the net control station for the state. It???s in a good position and altitude.

As the president of the club that owns the station, I asked the guy in charge what I might provide in the way of help. I asked if he wanted a 2 meter antenna put up for anything. I did manage to get a ???no" out of him, although everything else was like closely held information.

Then the day before, he sent me an email asking if I was going to be there. Unfortunately, I had to work that day.

So the day arrived, and they had three people come up that had never operated any of that equipment before, and were unfamiliar with the software. They ended up putting one of our digital stations out of commission because they did need that 2 meter antenna.

I went up earlier this week and confirmed that all of the equipment they said didn???t work, did indeed work.

The state of Ham radio emergency comms is pretty sad. Different people have different ???only one way to do this??? ideas. Locally we have people that insist we have to use mesh networks, some D-Star, some DMR, some Yaesu fusion, some FM. Even some that insist that the only way to ever do this is Packet Radio. One look at the top maps will tell you that you will need a LOT of repeaters in Central PA.

And almost none of them want to take the time to learn fldigi, which are the official programs for emergency communications here.

All of which mysteriously looks like people that don???t want to upgrade beyond Technician.

The other part of the state was apparently pissed off and didn???t participate as far as I know.

A while back one of the D-Star guys went on a rampage, telling me I was clueless and needed to pay attention about the local D-Star system and network. Oddly enough, it doesn???t exist. I kept reminding him of that until he started avoiding me.

I can only guess this is happening among other Ham emcomm groups, as this stubborness and education avoidance is a personality issue. But it???s an issue that makes it difficult to find worth.

If emergency communications are going to work, decisions have to be made regarding what equipment is to be used, what software will be used, and people have to not just use it, they have to become proficient.

The present approach is something like if NASA called Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins up a week before the moon launch and told them ???Hey we saw your names in the phone book, How would you like to go to the moon???? Then the completely inexperienced astronauts spent the entire mission arguing about how to do things

So I have a pretty good idea just why Cali is giving hams the boot. More Hams with technical smarts are needed, not just people with their own axe to grind and that only want to be Techs.

Rather than take this as a learning moment, it is much more likely emcomm people will wish to kill the messenger, or at best brand him a Cassandra.




--
"I am a river to my people."
Jeff-1.0
WA6FWI
www.foxsmercantile.com


Re: More bad press

Ken Hansen, N2VIP
 

My takeaway, based on the attached/linked-to letters you also linked to, is that California - at least this section, if not all - is going to charge monthly rent for repeater sites on public lands AND charge big fees for site reviews and applications for EXISTING repeater sites on public land, fees into the several thousands of dollars.

The official letter also takes the position that Amateur Radio Groups provide no service any more because of 'changes' in technology.

The letter (appendix A) is from a state agency, not local, and it cites none of the issues you indicate likely led to this decision.

This is not, as far as the state letter (appendix a) is concerned, due to bad attitudes, petty theft, or anything other than a sense that the State was supporting these organizations and that these organizations no longer provide benefits to justify that support.

I ignore the prep'er screed in the first link, skimmed the counter arguments from the organizations in the second link, and focused on the original letter from the state (appendix A).

I think this is a big issue - not stage a protest big - but a call to wake up and make sure the communities and public services we try to help share our belief that we provide a public service.

Ken Hansen, N2VIP


On Oct 11, 2019, at 18:10, Jeffrey Angus <jdangus@...> wrote:

Despite the fact this was written by a prepper/milita nut job.
<https://offgridsurvival.com/california-officials-declare-ham-radio-no-longer-a-benefit>

This what happens when Hams act like fools during an emergency.
And I've seen my share of them back when I lived in Los Angeles.
From attitudes like, "I'm NOT doing that, I'm here to communicate,
not act like your gofer."
To stealing anything that isn't nailed down in the repeater sites.

That being said, not all Hams are like that.

The above article was based on the actions of Cal Fire in the
Shingletown area. For a more accurate report of what happened
and the response to it see:
<http://www.shastadefense.com/FAX-CalFireHamRadio20190923.pdf>



--
"I am a river to my people."
Jeff-1.0
WA6FWI
www.foxsmercantile.com


More bad press

Jeffrey Angus, WA6FWI
 

Despite the fact this was written by a prepper/milita nut job.
<https://offgridsurvival.com/california-officials-declare-ham-radio-no-longer-a-benefit>

This what happens when Hams act like fools during an emergency.
And I've seen my share of them back when I lived in Los Angeles.
From attitudes like, "I'm NOT doing that, I'm here to communicate,
not act like your gofer."
To stealing anything that isn't nailed down in the repeater sites.

That being said, not all Hams are like that.

The above article was based on the actions of Cal Fire in the
Shingletown area. For a more accurate report of what happened
and the response to it see:
<http://www.shastadefense.com/FAX-CalFireHamRadio20190923.pdf>



--
"I am a river to my people."
Jeff-1.0
WA6FWI
www.foxsmercantile.com


Re: West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Owen Anderson
 

Good move.

Owen
KE5HRI


On Oct 10, 2019, at 7:48 PM, Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC <sec@...> wrote:

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 


West Gulf Division Fall 2019 SET - November 9, 2019

Greg Evans K5GTX ARRLNTX SEC
 

FOR WIDE DISTRIBUTION:

 

The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM. 

 

Scenario:  An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas.  This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley.  The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region.  Local Shelters are open throughout the region.

 

Objectives:  The primary objective of the SET will be to assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.  Information about the status of the local infrastructure and local weather will be gathered and consolidated from counties and forwarded to the Districts, Sections and Division levels.  Region 6 Army MARS will assist in gathering information as well. 

 

Secondary Objectives are at the discretion of ECs and DECs.  The secondary objectives can include assessing the ability to stage deployable ARO resources and assessing the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment. 

 

Additional information will be promulgated soon.

 

73,

 

Greg Evans, K5GTX

ARRL NTX SEC

ARRL NTX ASM

www.arrlntx.org

713.410.2376

 


Re: Winlink Wednesday

John Hill - KF5VO
 

According to the source where I found the trivia questions, here is the answer:

What candy is the SECOND most popular Halloween candy?
Candy corn
Chocolate dominates first place by a wide margin

After tallying the results and reading the comments, it occurred to me that it doesn't say WHERE this survey was done. Some other questions reference the US, some outside the US. Also, it doesn't say if it's the most popular candy to BUY, or the most popular to EAT. Big difference between the two. Anyway, what is more important is the second question, which was meant to be an obvious opinion. I had fun ready the comments. Thank you for sharing. Next week I'll ask a different trivia question that doesn't have to do with sweets.

Don't forget to spread the word about Winlink Wednesday. And, if you haven't already, check out the Winlink Wednesday web page. https://sites.google.com/view/winlink-wednesday-ntx/home

I have two more presentations coming up regarding Winlink and Winlink Wednesday.
Oct 10 - Metrocrest Amateur Radio Society in Carrollton www.kb5a.org
Oct 12 - Johnson County Amateur Radio Club in Cleburne http://w5jcr.com


Re: I have recently added three Assistant Section Managers to the North Texas Section Management Team

Tim Johnson K5TCJ
 

Congratulations to the new ASMs.  

On Oct 8, 2019, at 11:47 AM, Steven Lott Smith KG5VK <lottsphoto@...> wrote:

Please help me welcome these members to the Team:

ASSISTANT SECTION MANAGER 
for Radio SCOUTING:
Mike Reitz, W5EVT
W5EVT@...

ASSISTANT SECTION MANAGER:
Philmont/JOTA Scout Ambassador
Dale Finley, KB5NFT
kb5nft@...

ASSISTANT SECTION MANAGER: 
Ambassador to YL's
Johnnie Young, KG5CQO
KG5CQO@...  

I am open to feed back on any thing that is on your mind
please contact me if you have an idea, a solution or even a problem.

73

Steve
KG5VK
KG5VK@...
Tele 318-470-9806