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TCARA hosts its First Annual Holiday Social and Pot-Luck Dinner

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association's First Annual Holiday Social was held at the Victory in Jesus Baptist Church on FM 1746 in Town Bluff, Texas. While many of our members were'nt able to attend, we still had a great turnout.  There was a ton of great food and lots of wonderful fellowship.


TCARA Elects its new officers for the 2017 year

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association held its elections for the 2017 year on December 1 before the Annual Holiday Social and Pot Luck Dinner.  We only had one nomination for each officer's position.  Barbara McCray, KC8VZA, and Betty Zimmerman, W5MBZ, both stood down from their positions as Treasurer and Secretary.  Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, and Ernest Matlock, K5EWM, will continue with their offices as President and Vice President.  Mark Odom, KG5INX, will be the club Secretary and Marc Holcomb, KG5HYG, will hold office as club Treasurer.


TCARA makes it onto HAM Radio Now with Gary Pearce, KN4AQ

Nick Toparcean, AE5VV, made it onto an episode of HAM Radio Now with Gary Pearce, KN4AQ.  Here is the link to the video.  It should start at the proper time, if not go forward to 34:55.  '73' 

Click Here to view Video

Article contributed by JC MacNaught, KD0WLB


TCARA would like to congratulate John Christopher Perkins, KG5HXO, and his new bride Amy Perkins

Please join the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association in congratulating John Christopher Perkins, KG5HXO, and his new bride Amy Perkins.  The two were married on September 26, 2016.



Congratulations To Our Latest Group of Technician Class Graduates

 TCARA VE TESTING 100% PASS by  Earnest W Matlock, Jr. K5EWM

 Tyler County Amateur Radio Association hosted the technician classes to five new prospective applicants who completed the two day course and passed the exam to get their certificates of completion. These gentlemen will be able to operate as soon as the FCC post their amateur radio call signs.  Each license grant is good for ten years.  The technician pool of questions is quite expansive in scope and depth nowadays and in no way an easy thing to pass the test on.  The 100% pass proves that the students were serious about the material at hand and that TCARA has great instructors in teaching and instruction.  We have a great group of Volunteer Examiner’s to do the training and testing.  A technician class operator has limited privileges on HF bands but full privileges on VHF and UHF bands.

What this means is we have in Tyler County a fully featured organization that can teach/train individuals to become amateur operators and give them the guidance to be successful in their amateur radio endeavors. In addition TCARA now has Echolink, which is a Voice Over Internet Protocol  (VOIP) which allows a licensed operator to access the WD5TYL repeater form anywhere with a smart phone or tablet or computer with an internet connection without a radio. Amateur radio has much to offer and is expanding rapidly. There is an old saying about the sky is the limit, well in amateur radio that is just the start.



TCARA Backs the Blue

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association appreciates those that serve. Everyday, police men and women pin on their badges and risk their lives to protect and preserve our freedoms here at home.  They continually encounter dangerous situations and keep us safe in ways we will never know.  We recognize that this dedication takes a toll on their, as well as their families, lives.  We want to show our appreciation and thank them for the job that they do.


TCARA will be resuming License Classes and Testing

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be once again hosting classes to help people that are interested in becoming Amateur Radio operators and those interested in upgrading their current 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 an entire weekend starting at 8am both Saturday and Sunday.  The only fees are for taking the actual test and are only $14.00.  Every level of FCC Amateur License testing will also be available at all classes for those interested. 

Technician License Class will be held on August 13 & 14 starting at 8am Saturday morning.  Class will be held at the Tyler County Emergency Management Building in Room C at 201 Veteran's Way, Woodville, Texas.  Please contact KF5YDG@WD5TYL.ORG for more information or to reserve your spot.

Extra License Classes will not be held at this time.  If enough persons are interested in obtaining their Extra class license then a study group will be formed.

Class Schedule is subject to change due to insufficient students.  If you are interested in one of these classes please contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG at kf5ydg@wd5tyl.org or 936-635-0060 for more information and to RSVP.

Recommended Study Materials
Technician Class Study Guide
General Class Study Guide
Extra Class Study Guide


TCARA Celebrates
2016 ARRL Field Day

Radio Field Day connected Tyler County to world
by Michael G. Maness

published Tyler County Booster, 6-30-16, 1A & 5B.

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association held its second Field Day on Saturday, June 25, at the Tyler County Emergency Operations Center in Woodville. In the photo, (front, L-R), are TCARA V.P. Ernie Matlock, Johnnie Grohn, Barbara Petri, Mark Odom, Jim Beattie, Carolyn Dowden, Sandi Fails, Bruce Womack; back row (L-R), TCARA President Chuck Petri holding Ayden Pratt, Guy Glimp, Marc Holcomb, Asst. Emergency Coordinator Jon Hartford, A.R.E.S. Emergency Coordinator and Chief Liaison Officer Nick Toparcean, Michael Goff, Asst. RACES Liaison Officer Floyd Petri, Howard Dowden and Rev. James Wedgeworth. See WD5TYL.org for all the local members.

     Worldwide access—Tyler County Amateur Radio Association held its second official Field Day, kicking off at precisely 1 p.m., Saturday, June 25. At the end of 24 hours on Sunday at 1 p.m., their farthest connections had touched Romania, Brazil and South Africa.
    Gathered in the county Emergency Op Center in the Nutrition Center in Woodville, these ham radio enthusiasts began with lunch at 12:30 with a thoughtful invocation from the Rev. James Wedgeworth, pastor of Victor in Jesus Church in Town Bluff. Amateur Radio Emergency Services Coordinator Nick Toparcean cooked half a hog, and typical of the family environment fostered all brought something for the Pot Luck feast.
    TCARA President Chuck Petri said they had six stations running this time. In emergencies, the TCARA can have communication set up for about $10 in about ten minutes. They could even talk with the International Space Station.
    TCARA began over three years ago, and today Petri maintains their vast website, WD5TYL.org, that will be growing more in the months ahead as he adds a store and other features—a real labor of love for this radio expert.
    Michael Groff, 17, senior at Warren ISD, was there to test out and get his technician’s license. He has been helping friend-of-the-family John Hartford.
    Unlike last year, where they had to use pencil and paper to track progress, Asst. Radio Amateur Civil Emergency Service Liaison Officer Floyd Petri purchased a sophisticated tracking program that will track all the connections from all six stations throughout the 24 hours.
    Points are given for connections and the distance between the connections. All the while they refine and learn more about the radio processes. Extra points for the field day are given when public and elected officials make an appearance, and they were thankful that Texas Rep. James White and several members of the Woodville Police Department dropped by.
    Floyd Petri was proud to note that he had four generations present. In addition to his wife, son and daughter, there was one-year-old great-grandson Ayden Pratt, an official member, as minors can be members, too, at no charge. Little Ayden was also given an honorary call sign, KG5BOSS, embroidered on his little custom-made shirt.
    There are three levels of FCC licenses for radio operators, entry-level Technician License, mid-level General License and the top Extra Class License. The FCC extends operating privileges commensurate with each class that include extending the band width for higher licenses and to help insure that operators understand the laws and operate safely.
    Technician Jim Beattie noted with a sense of accomplishment that they had both teachers and examiners, so that over the course of a weekend, it was possible for a person to get training and, with studious heart, be examined and get their credentials signed and sent to the FCC.
    As Coordinator for the Volunteer Examiners, TCARA President Chuck Petri was responsible for signing off on all levels of examines.
    The American Radio Relay League, est. in 1914, hosts ARRL Field Day every year for a 27-hour marathon of national communication that crosses the globe. The goal is “To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands … and to learn to operate in abnormal situations” (see ARRL.org). Always on the fourth Saturday in June at precisely 1800 or 6 p.m. Zulu or Greenwich Mean Time, which is set at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England—in Woodville it was 1 p.m. because of daylight savings. Points are accumulated for a variety of types of connections. Yet no awards are given, for the serious fun has the goal to be less competitive and to foster collaborative over the nation.
    Petri was proud to welcome new member, Technician Mica Reynolds from Lumberton, to their association.
    At the end of the day at 1 p.m. on Sunday, TCARA had made over 200 connections, with the farthest to Romania, Brazil and South Africa. However, causing not a little frustration in the evening radio chatter, Petri reported that their numbers were down because of a geomagnetic storm in the ionosphere. He hoped their winter Field Day would be better.
    The TCARA meets every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at 201 Veteran’s Way in Woodville, Texas. Visitors are welcome. Please see WD5TYL.org.


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association has new Officers for the 2016 Year

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association elected new officers for the upcoming 2016 year.  Our current President Charles Zimmerman, W5VNO, will be stepping down as president having served his two terms in the position.  We thank Charles for his service to the association.  Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, will be stepping up from the vice-president position to take over the position of president.  Earnest Matlock, K5EWM, will be moving into the open position of vice-president.  Betty Zimmerman, W5MBZ, was re-elected to her position of secretary of the association.  Barbara McCray, KC8VZA, was re-elected to her position of club treasurer as well.

We also have a few changes in the area of ARES and RACES.  Nick Toparcean, AE5VV, is still our ARES Emergency Coordinator and RACES Chief Liaison.  Joining him is Jon Hartford, KG5JED, who will be taking the position of ARES Deputy Emergency Coordinator and Floyd Petri, KF5YDH, who is taking the position of RACES Liaison Officer Alternate.

All of the changes this association has experienced in the past few months just goes to show you that the TCARA is steadily growing and becoming an important resource in the county.  So here is to 2016 and hopefully another wonderful year.


Victory in Jesus Baptist Church hosts ARRL "Kids Get On The Air" Day

You are invited to come out on Sunday January 3rd, from 1p.m. until 3p.m. at Victory in Jesus Baptist Church. We will have a few HF stations and a 2 meter station set up, and plenty of licensed operators to help anyone wishing to get "on the air". Any questions, call Bro. James Wedgeworth, KG5HXM, Pastor at (409) 289-0016 or Mark Holcomb, KG5HYG, Deacon at (409) 673-6634.  

 


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association Participates in Wide Area Net Exercise

Article by Tyler County Emergency Management on July 22, 2015

On the third Monday of this month at 8:30 PM, the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association participated in a Wide Area Net Exercise. The training was to simulate a disaster where we would need communications along an evacuation route from the coast to inland East Texas. In this exercise the Amateur Radio Equipment was linked together to provide continuous access. Anyone within range of a participating tower was a party to the group communication. I understand that someone in Orange with a simple handheld radio was in range of the Jasper County Tower. That linked to the Tyler County Tower. From there the link went to the Lufkin Tower and then to the Trinity County Tower. Each tower acts as a repeater to broadcast the signal forward to the next tower and so on. This exercise is scheduled to be repeated each month at this time.

In addition, the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association holds a weekly "Net" for just this group.

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association began just a few years ago and has grown into a working group of hobbyists who put their play into a useful tool in the event of an emergency. Anyone having any interest in amateur radio can come to a meeting and join this group. Having a license is not required. They will train you and assist you in getting your licenses. In fact they have "in house" training and testing capabilities.

Anyone with interests can contact any of the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association Members or leave your contact info at the Tyler County Emergency Management Office at 409-331-0874, and we will pass it along to the Association for someone to contact you.


TCARA Kid's Technician License Class

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be hosting a class to help kids that are interested in becoming Amateur Radio operators. This class 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 four days starting at 1pm until 5pm each day.  The only fees are for taking the actual test and are only $14.00.  Classes will be held at the Tyler County Emergency Management Office at  201 Veteran's Way in Woodville, TX.  Please contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG at kf5ydg@wd5tyl.org or 936-635-0060 for more information and to RSVP. 

Classes will be held on Thursday July 9, Friday July 10, Monday July 13 and Tuesday July 14 all days will run from 1pm until 5pm.  Drinks and snacks will be provided for breaks.

Recommended Study Materials
Technician Class Study Guide


Ham Radio Field Day connects county to world

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association held its first Field Day on Saturday, June 27, at the Tyler County Emergency Operations Center in Woodville. In the photo, mostly from left to right, are Tina Cleberg and daughter Victoria, Bruce Womack, Barbara Petri, TCARA Vice President Chuck Petri, Billie Yancy and her two granddaughters, Mia and Tatum Miller, EOC Emergency Coordinator Dale Freeman (back), James Wedgeworth and son Joseph, Johnnie and Earnest Matlock, U.S. Rep. Dr. Brian Babin, Floyd Petri, Jeremy Swan, Marc Holcomb, Jim Beattie, ARRL Emergency Coordinator Nick Toparcean and Tyler County Judge and Emergency Director Jacques Blanchette. See WD5TYL.org for all the members. (Jim Powers Photo)

by Michael G. Maness

At precisely 1 p.m., Saturday, June 27, Tyler County connected with the world for its first Field Day as a group of ham radio enthusiasts gathered at the county Emergency Op Center in the Nutrition Center in Woodville.

Easy—use a fishing pole to throw a line over a tree, pull the 160-meter wire antenna over, and in ten minutes you are on the air. All for about $10! Nick Toparcean borrowed some black nylon trout line to anchor the antennae to the EOC window, strung the lead inside, and hooked it to the EOC ham radio. After a few adjustments, Toparcean had the capability to talk to the other side of the earth and—hold your breath—even to the International Space Station. Wow!

Talk about bouncing signals off the moon ... connecting to repeaters scattered from Galveston to southern Oklahoma ... Tyler County was a critical component for completing the last link to this chain of repeaters.

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association began about two and a half years ago. V.P. Chuck Petri maintains the website, WD5TYL.org, and was the leader this day, as President Charles Zimmerman had to attend a funeral.

The repeater call sign and the club call sign are the same: WD5TYL. The TCARA requested this call sign from the FCC, which was granted just a few months ago. The repeater is located in Doucette and maintained by the TCARA. A repeater "repeats" or takes a weak signal and amplifies it in order to increase the distance of the signal, often called the radio horizon or footprint. Chuck's father, Floyd Petri, maintains a private repeater in Chester.

The permission to install the Doucette repeater was secured by John Stagg and Brian Cater from the commissioner's court in 2010, though several attempts to install a repeater failed. The TCARA partnered with the county EOC and successfully installed the current repeater.

"Amateur" radio does not mean "beginner or novice," rather it refers to all those not in formal military, marine, aviation or police radio communications.

There are three levels of licensed radio operators, entry-level Technician, mid-level General and the top Extra Class license.

The FCC extends operating privileges commensurate with each class, to help insure that operators understand the laws and operate safely.

Toparcean said, "Radio frequencies at the levels we use can be dangerous. Radio waves are radiation. Or one can damage expensive equipment if one overpowers or improperly tunes a transmitter." He illustrated with a water pipe. The goal is for water to flow smoothly. But if a pipe gets choked, it constricts the water, and that is when problems can happen. The same applies to a radio signal. Just as you would want water to flow through a pipe with no leaks or restrictions, you want the radio signal to exit the antenna properly and as efficiently as possible.

The sophistication of the radio community might intimidate a novice, but there was an encouraging environment with plenty of resources. Very family friendly—this gathering had several husbands and wives, fathers and sons, and mothers and daughters.

There were six radios up and running: Earnest and Johnnie Matlock had one; Floyd Petri, one; his son Chuck Petri, two; Nick Toparcean ran the EOC one; Bruce Womack, one (who also does the fantastic computer-controlled Christmas light display each year).

James Wedgeworth's eleven-year-old son, Joseph, was there and ready to take his technician's test. Several have been working on and off with radios for decades, like Floyd Petri since in 1957, but just got their first license in the last few years.

They are growing fast.

Tina Cleberg's daughter, Victoria, was practicing her code on the Morris Code training machine. The machine registered each dot or dash and confirmed when a proper letter was communicated. Victoria was gaining expertise as she composed whole words, next will be full sentences, and mom has promised to get Victoria her own machine.

In addition to a load of literature available for visitors, each station had a large poster of the available bands, color coded, with several of the primary frequency ranges. Each band was designated by meters, especially the high frequency bands, as in "10 meters" and "40 meters." That refers to the length of the antennae, and the bands can go all the way up to the "160 meters."

U.S. Rep. Dr. Brian Babin dropped by for this historic event in Tyler County, giving his hearty support for this crucial piece of emergency infrastructure, and reflected on how his father had used ham radios during WWII.

Tyler County Booster Editor Jim Powers has been a ham operator for 54-plus years and related a frightening encounter in Nov. of 1978. While taking traffic from Guyana, someone needed a phone patch. Before long, Powers was relaying patches all over the U.S. A kook named Jim Jones had ordered his "Red Brigade" to shoot "defectors" at the Port Kaituma Airstrip, killing five, including U.S. Rep. Leo Ryan. Later that day, as news leaked out, Jones had led 909 followers with 304 children to drink cyanide laced Kool-Aid.

Ham radios allow communication during complete black outs. Even if the police bands fail, these radios can be up and running in minutes.

The American Radio Relay League, est. in 1914, hosts ARRL Field Day every year for a 27-hour marathon of national communication that crosses the globe. The goal is "To work as many stations as possible on any and all amateur bands ... and to learn to operate in abnormal situations" (see ARRL.org). Always on the fourth Saturday in June at precisely 1800 or 6 p.m. Zulu or Greenwich Mean Time, which is set at the Prime Meridian in Greenwich, England—in Woodville it was 1 p.m. because of daylight savings. Though points are accumulated for a variety types of connections logged, there are no awards given. Meant to be less competitive and more collaborative—this is serious fun.

The ARRL is the largest national association for amateur or "ham" radio operators in the U.S. with over 160k members. Field Day is education, practice and PR. They are a part of the International Amateur Radio Union which is organized in three regions: Region 2 has about 830k stations in the Americas, Region 3 about 750k in Asia and the Pacific Ocean, and Region 1 about 400k in Europe, Middle East, and Africa. There are about 3 million operators worldwide.

At the end of the day, Tyler County had communicated with hundreds across the nation. Chuck Petri said, "The farthest contact made during Field Day was by my mother, Barbara Petri, working digital on 20 meters. She contacted the US Navy Hospital Ship USNS Mercy off the coast of Bougainville Island in Papua, New Guinea.

The TCARA meets every first Thursday at 7 p.m. at 201 Veteran's Way in Woodville, Texas. Visitors are welcome. Please see WD5TYL.org.



 2015 ARRL FIELD DAY!

 

The ARRL Field Day is the single most popular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  On the 4th weekend of June each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs and friends to operate.

 

June 27 – 28, 2015

 

Tyler County Emergency Operation Center

200 Veterans Parkway, Woodville, Texas

 

Ham radio operators are able to provide critical information and communications in a time of emergency.  This is a great chance to experience ham radio first hand.  The public will have a chance to meet and talk with the ham radio operators to see for themselves what the Art and Science of Amateur Radio Service is all about!

 

If you are interested in Amateur radio or haven’t been on the air in a while, Field Day is a great opportunity to come and watch, learn more, or just get on the air.

 

Come on out and join us for some fun!
article by Tine Cleberg, KG5HXQ


TCARA website www.WD5TYL.org gets another webmaster and lots of new functions
by KF5YDG on June 7, 2015

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association is proud to report that we have a new Webmaster.  JC MacNaught, KD0WLB, has joined Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, as webmaster.  We have lots of new functions and attractions coming to the website.  The first of which will be coming online today, June 7, 2015.  We will now have a live open forum 24 hours chat room called "The Rag-Chew" available to all members and guests.  To join the chat room all you have to do it click the new "The Rag-Chew" button on the toolbar at the top of the page.


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association announces lots of new people!
by KF5YDG on June 5, 2015

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association would like to announce the licensing of our biggest group of new HAMs and upgraded existing HAMs.

Be sure to congradulate these new HAMs. 

James Wedgeworth, KG5HXM of Woodville -Technician
Barbara Petri, KG5HWI of Chester - Technician
Ryder Lee, KG5HXN of Livingston - Technician
John Perkins, KG5HXO of Vidor - Technician
Caleb Perkins, KG5HXP of Vidor - Technician
Tina Cleberg, KG5HXQ of Colmesneil - Technician
Doyle Lowrance, KG5HYF of Woodville - Technician
Marc Holcomb, KG5HYG of Woodville - Technician
April Coker, KG5HYH of Woodville - Technician

Not only have we gotten new HAMs, some existing ones have recently upgraded.

Bruce Womack, KG5EFE of Woodville - General
Walter Teal, KG5CMC of Livingston - General
Jeremy Coker, KG5CVE of Woodville - Extra

If you see any of these new HAMs please make sure to shake hands and offer your congrats to these HAMS.

We have also added quite a few new members to the Associaion. Some are HAMs and some are working on it.  Lets do all we can to make them feel welcome.

Arnold Billings, N5RPO of Woodville -Technician
Tina Cleberg, KG5HXQ of Colmesneil - Technician
Doyle Lowrance, KG5HYF of Woodville - Technician
John Perkins, KG5HXO of Vidor - Technician
Barbara Petri, KG5HWI of Chester - Technician
Dennis Teal, AA5DT, of Livingston - Extra
James Wedgeworth, KG5HXM of Woodville - Technician
April Coker, KG5HYH of Woodville - Technician


TCARA now offers In-House VE Testing
by KF5YDG
The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association would like to announce that we have assembled a team of highly qualified Volunteer Examiners that are here to help HAMs to upgrade their existing license as well as to help interested people to gain their HAM license for the first time.  We will be holding classes for all three classes of license as well as offering testing after every regularly scheduled meeting.  Please contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG at kf5ydg@wd5tyl.org for more information.


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association  will be hosting a Technicians Class on May 30th & 31st
by KF5YDG

Tyler County Amateur Radio Association will be hosting a class to help people that are interested in becoming Amateur Radio operators. This class doesn't cost anything and will cover everything you need to learn in order to pass the exam for your Technician Class Amateur Radio license. The class will be held over an entire weekend starting at 9am both Saturday and Sunday.  Saturday will be instruction and Sunday morning will be review with testing taking place after lunch.  The only fees are for taking the actual test and are only $14.00.  General and Extra Class testing will also be available for those interested.  Class will be held on May 30 & 31, 2015 starting at 9:00 am at 201 Veteran's Way in Woodville, TX.  Please contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG at kf5ydg@wd5tyl.org or 936-635-0060 for more information and to RSVP.


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association  participates in the 2015 Big Thicket Bike Tour 
by K5EWM on March 14, 2015
This was TCARA first years participation with the Big Thicket Bike Tour. We learned alot and plan to play a larger role in the event next year. Amateur radio provides communications for this event as cell service lacks in many areas. This helps to ensure a margin of safety for the riders and help operators of the event to know what is going on.

Using amateur radio with this event also helps us as amateurs as it gives a very good test of our ability to communicate with emergency portable stations.

All break stations were manned with amateur portable stations and mobile vehicles (mobile rigs) were used to report the pace of the riders and when they needed help medically or with mechanical assistance to do on the spot bike repair.

Many break stations used handhelds connected with small beam antennas and temporary pole
installations so as to boost the handhelds ability to get into a repeater reliably.  A special thanks goes to the OCARC and BTARC in setting up and organizing this event, and next year we will help take a larger role in the event.

This short editorial is by K5EWM as I helped in manning Station 1 representing TCARA along with
AE5VV and W5VNO whom also participated with the event as well.

73 and GOD bless as always
K5EWM


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association hosts its first General Class Instructional Weekend
by W5MBZ

The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association hosted its first General Class the weekend of March 7-8, 2015.  Charles Petri led the five attendees through the training materials and answered numerous questions.  We appreciate the three VE’s who traveled from Polk County to administer the tests at the end of the session.  After the class Charles noted a few changes he would like to incorporate into the next class.


Tyler County Amateur Radio Association forms a new Volunteer Examiner Team
by KF5YDG
The Tyler County Amateur Radio Association is pround to announce it has formed its own Volunteer Examiner Team.  This team will be hosting regular classes to start new HAMs as well as to help upgrade existing HAMs to new upgraded classes of license.  Even though we have a base level team put together, we need more VEs to help make the team strong.  The requirements are simple: read and be aware of the VEs guidelines and handbook as well as hold a General Class or higher license.  As it stands now we can test for Technicians and Generals but we don't have enough Extra class license holders that are VEs to test for Extras.  Your studying and passing of that exam could help dozens of HAMs reach the same goal.  For more information or to volunteer to become a VE contact Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, at KF5YDG@WD5TYL.ORG


Members elect new officers for 2015
by KF5YDG

We are pleased to announce that the Tyler County Amateur Radio Association membership has elected four new officers for the 2015 calender year.  Charles Zimmerman, W5VNO, will continue for a second term as President.  Chuck Petri, KF5YDG, was elected to the position of  Vice-President.  This office was vacated by Nick Toparcean, AE5VV, so he could better concentrate on ARES and relations with the Office of Emergency Management.  We had a  serious change in the line up for Secretary/Treasurer.  We combined these positions in 2013 due to low membership numbers and John Vandenberg, KF5HCN, has filled the dual position for some time.  Now thanks to rising numbers in our members we have seperated the offices and now have Betty Zimmerman, W5MBZ, as our new secretary and Barbara McCray, KC8VZA, as our new Treasurer.  These officers have a lot planned for the 2015 year and feel that the only way to go from here is up.


Lufkin Radio Club gets new 6 meter Repeater

Here is the info:
Make a note and program your 6 meter rigs to the new N5CRW repeater in Lufkin!
It is now on the air and sounds awesome! Randy has done an outstanding job on this repeater and it has been a long bumpy process but it is now on the air!
The tip of the antenna is at about 150 feet, fed with 7/8" heliax, using two Kenwood radios with an external controller, (I forgot the power out of the duplexer), but is running with FULL SIZE 6 meter cavities - JUST OVER 7 FEET TALL !! It is located just outside the East loop 287 on the East side of Lufkin.
Congratulations Randy!!
Here are the parameters:
You receive on 53.310 MHz, you transmit on 52.310 MHz with a 141.3 Hz PL tone.