Tyler County Amateur Radio Association is Getting Ready for 2017 ARRL Field Day

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be participating in this year's ARRL Field Day on June 24 -25, 2017.  We need radio operators to ehlp make this event a sucsessful one.  Please click this link to view the schedule and let me know when you can participate.  Remember, we need 2 people for each station in 2 hours shifts.  You can operate for as long as you want so feel free to sign up for multiple positions. For any additional information please feel free to contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, at KF5YDG@WD5TYL.ORG or (936) 635-0060.  You can also reach us on our Facebook page TCARA.


TCARA Participating in 2017 Tyler County Dogwood Festival Queen's Weekend

 

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be participating in this year's Tyler County Dogwood Festival on Queen's Weekend.  We will have an information booth on the Tyler County Courthouse Square with literature available to everyone. We will have a fully functional amateur radio station operating to give anyone a chance to sit down and try it out.  We will also have a float in the parade around 2pm.  For any additional information please feel free to contact Earnest MAtlock, K5EWM, at K5EWM@WD5TYL.ORG.  You can also reach us on our Facebook page TCARA.


TCARA Hosting General Licensing Class April 21-22

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be once again hosting classes to help people that are interested in upgrading their current Amateur Radio licenses. This classes doesn't cost anything and will cover everything you need to learn in order to pass the exam for your Amateur Radio license. The classes will be held over atwo day period starting at 8am both Friday and Saturday. The fee for taking the test are only $14.00. Every level of FCC Amateur License testing will also be available at all classes for those interested. Space is limited so please let me know as soon as possible if you are interested in attending. For any additional information please feel free to contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, at KF5YDG@WD5TYL.ORG or (936) 635-0060.  You can also reach us on our Facebook page TCARA.


TCARA is Growing Again!!

It has been a while since I have been able to add new materials to the website.  Between all the many distractions that is life nowadays it has been difficult.  However I am very pleased to announce that we are back with a vengence.  We have resumed teaching licensing classes, added new hands on demonstrations at the regular meetings and we have been adding new hams and ugrading existing hams as fast as we can.  Our VE team is now offfering classes every month in all three classes of amateur license.  Our next one will be a Technician class on March 24 & 25 at the City Hall in Chester, Texas.  We have new student materials and updated lesson plans to help as well as we are the only group in the region that offers both regular and large print materials for those that are visually impaired.  We are fully American Disabilities Act compliant and will do everythng in our power to work with our students to meet their individual needs.  For any additional information please feel free to contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, at KF5YDG@WD5TYL.ORG or (936) 635-0060.  You can also reach us on our Facebook page TCARA.


TCARA Participates in the 2017 Big Thicket Bike Tour


L to R James Wedgeworth, KG5HXM, Joseph Wedgeworth, KG5INU, Earnest Matlock, K5EWM & Johnnie Grohn, KG5INW

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association once again participated in the Big Thicket Bike Tour Saturday March 11, 2017.  The Big Thicket Bike Tour relies on amateur radio operators to provide safety communications throughout the bike course at the rest stops and SAG vehicles.  Tyler County amateurs as well as Jefferson County ham's operated under controlled net for the duration of the event.  TCARA amateurs operated at the rest stops as well as SAG vehicle operators.  This exercise was completely successful with no accidents with the bike riders.  The rest stops were manned by tour personnel as well as amateur operators working portable stations and amateur operators in SAG vehicles.  TCARA is a full service amateur radio organization committed to emergency operations to assist A.R.E.S. & R.A.C.E.S. and growth & development of amateur radio in Tyler County; with a full service VE program.  This provides for people to become licensed hams and amateurs to upgrade their license.  TCARA is committed to assisting the community when an emergency exist and first responders when communications fail.  The citizens of Tyler County can be assured that when a disaster happens and first responders’ communications fail that TCARA working through A.R.E.S. and RACES will be there in times of need.


Congrats to our newest HAMs and upgrades!!

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Assoiciatin would like to announce our latest graduates and upgrades.

After our ARES meeting on February 16, Johnnie Grohn, KG5INW, passed her Element 3 exam and VE Floyd Petri, KF5YDH, was able to present her with a hard earned General Class CSCE

 

 

Our first graduating class of 2017.  Class was held in Chester, TX on February 18 & 19. (L to R) Timothy Knighton, KG5RZV, of Newton, TX,  Coleman Rollins, KG5RZW, of Newton, TX and Jimmy Caruthers, KG5RZX, of Warren, TX

 

While stopping in for a little hands on training with his brother Jimmy Caruthers, KG5RZX, at KF5YDG's shack, Robert Caruthers,KG5SFI, of Warren, TX took his Technician's exam and passed.  Many thanks to VE Bruce Womack, KG5EFE, and VE Floyd Petri, KF5YDH, for being available for a quick VE session making this possible.

 

VE Marc Holcomb, KG5HYG, was very happy to present his wife, Rhonda Holcomb, KG5SJT, of Woodville with her CSCE for passing her Technician's Exam on March 16, 2017 after the ARES meeting


VE James Wedgeworth, KG5HXM, was able to present his very first CSCE for passing her Technician's Exam to Deborah Guzardo, KG5SJS, of Warren on March 16, 2017 after the ARES meeting



Welcome to HAM Radio

There are well over 700,000 Americans active in Ham Radio and over 3 million worldwide. Considering all of the possible events that may impact our communications infrastructure during a disaster, ham radio may well be the only reliable means of communication. The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association supports  ARES/RACES and stands ready to serve our community with back up communication for emergencies and public service events.  Amateur Radio was the first means of social networking. Today, Amateur Radio provides the broadest and most powerful wireless communications capability available to any private citizen anywhere in the world!


Join us

If you are already a Ham or are interested in getting your license, you are invited to attend our monthly TCARA meetings at 7pm on first Thursday of every month or our monthly TC-ARES meetings at 7pm on the third Thursday of every month.  Both meetings are at the Tyler County Emergency Management Building.

 

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Tyler County Amateur Radio Association supports two repeaters in Tyler county.
WD5TYL-R Doucette Repeater
  
WD5TYL-R is a club maintained repeater on 147.220MHz positive offset with a pl tone of 100.00.  It is located in Doucette Texas running 140 watts PEP into a DB224 Exposed Quasi-Omni Dipole with 6.0 dBd at a tower height of 175 ft.
Lat 30.834408 Lon -94.426768
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WD5TYL-R Doucette Repeater now has Echo-Link capabilities. 
Our node ID is 707516
Go to www.echolink.org for more info
KF5YDH-R Chester Repeater
  
KF5YDH-R is a privately owned and maintained repeater on 145.250MHz negative offset with a pl tone of 123.0.  It is owned by Floyd Petri, KF5YDH, and is located in Chester, Texas.  It is a GE Mastr II  running 100 watts PEP into a Cushcraft Ringo Ranger ARX-2B with 7.0 dBi at a tower height of 65 ft.
Lat 30.925221 Lon -94.599180
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