Thinking of getting your amateur radio license, or upgrading?? Read this

Ham Test Online, one of the more popular online amateur radio exam study sites, is offering great renewal discounts as well as good discounts for 1st timers.

Follow this link- HamTestOnline – to find out more details and sign up today.

Also note that, although new comments closed on Nov 16th, you can still reply to existing comments regarding the FCC $50 fee proposal through the end of today.

MagARC Awards Program files

Here are the program details and the application for the Specialist Award.

Please refer to the awards program file to answer any questions. If you still have questions, or want to submit an application, please contact the MagARC Awards Administrator- Allen McBroom, AG5ND.

If you do not have contact info for Allen, please reach out on the W5YD repeater or feel free to email me at

Weather Resources

From W5TXR

To all Hams, EOC’s, EC’s and EOS

a powerful weather resource is available at:

This is a extremely well done website for weather buffs and professionals. its an el-freebo too!

also, check out HamShack Hotline. I think this is a valuable resource especially for EOC, EC’s and ARRL Emergency Operating Station, ARES and RACES affiliation

The phones used are Cisco SIP phones. there is specific models that are comparable.
Configuration was easy as 3.14159265

HHUS is already building in popularity

My HHUS is 5559 

Be Prepared for bad weather coming. Check your ham station, antennas, generators, Packet Winlink and such
Prepare for the worst expect an optimistic outcome. Pray for people in the affected areas.

Im in contact with the CAFB EC and WX office, I will pass along any valuable information.

Im not the EC, Im doing this as a courtesy.

On the lighter side, check out my ham radio website and my company website

73’s – Art

Weather update from CAFB

Forwarded from W5TXR on Aug 21

Two tropical depressions are forecasted to move into the Gulf of Mexico this weekend. CAFB is expected to see some effects from both systems.

TD 14 is expected to become Tropical Storm Laura this morning and is forecast to make landfall as a low-end hurricane in Texas late Tuesday night. It has the greatest potential to cause severe weather to CAFB at this time with potential impacts of 30-40kt gusts and isolated tornadoes.

TD 13 is expected to become Tropical Storm Marco tomorrow. It is forecast to make landfall as a hurricane near Pensacola early Wednesday morning. There is a significant amount of uncertainty with this storm with a large amount of spread in the models regarding its intensity. It will help increase moisture over Mississippi and Alabama and will interact with TD 14.

There is a change that these two systems could have an interaction known as the “Fujiwhara effect” which is a phenomenon that occurs when two nearby cyclonic vortices (tropical systems in this case) close the distance between their circulations. They won’t merge, but the tracks of one or both systems could be impacted. It depends on the size and intensity of each circulation as they near each other in the Gulf, which is uncertain right now.

Considering the amount of uncertainty with how these systems will interact, the exact impacts for CAFB and MAFB are also uncertain. At the moment, we are expecting tropical storm force wind gusts (30-40kts) and a lot of rain Monday through Wednesday. There is potential for isolated tornadoes Monday/Tuesday as well, since we should be on the eastern side of TD 14.

HF Activity

After the recent 13 Colonies SES several local operators made a clean sweep in one or more modes, including SSB and CW. Over the last few weeks I’ve heard regular activity on my usual bands, 40 and 20 meters.

We’ve welcomed several new Technicians over the last few months and a few upgrades as well, so local activity is even busier than it was as well. We’re definitely blessed as far as amateur radio communities go and I hope each of you realize that and don’t take for granted that it will just be there.

Many amateur radio communities struggle with local activity for various reasons, whether an aging demographic that may not be as active as they once were or just an overall lack of activity that has decreased interest.

We’ve got a lot of active hams in the Golden Triangle area who initiate, and engage in, a number of fun activities that we all enjoy. That activity has helped us grow, fairly steadily, over the last few years. If you are not participating in activities, I’d be interested to learn why, if it’s not related to work conflicts, which I know a few have.

If there is an activity, or activities, that you wish were done more often or at a different time, let it be known. Remember that it doesn’t necessarily have to be a full blown area wide activity. If weekday evenings is all that work for you, let’s figure out an activity that you’d enjoy that we can put together during the week. Whether it’s 2 or 3 participating or 20+, we want every amateur radio operator in the area to be involved and having fun.

Email me at Let’s keep on hammin and havin fun!

73, K5RFL