DaleDurham Thomas, W5WI Re-Elected as Section Manager for the West Texas Section

Dale Durham, W5WI West Texas Section Manager

As no other nominations were received as of Friday, March 8, 2019, Dale Durham, W5WI has been re-elected as Section Manager for the West Texas section.
His new term of office will begin July 1, 2019.

Thank you so much!

73,

Leona G. Adams, W1LGA
Field Services Assistant

ARRL – the National Association for Amateur Radio

ARRL West Texas Section Convention

The 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest

The 64th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest & ARRL West Texas SectionConvention hosted by the Midland Amateur Radio Club. The hamfest will be held March 16th, 2019, at the MLK Community Center in Midland, Texas.

Check out all the pages on this website for the most up to date hamfest information. If we have your email on file we’ve emailed past attendees with a link to this website in order to reduce our mailing expenses. For others our traditional hamfest flier was mailed out in late January. You may also download the flyer.

In addition to our normal hamfest prizes we are again raffling an Elecraft K3S transceiver with MH4 microphone.  A maximum of 300 tickets will be sold at $20 each.  Don’t delay, they’re going fast! For complete details please visit the raffle page on this website.

We look forward to seeing you at the St. Patrick’s Day Hamfest!

New Book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur, Now Shipping

Revolutionary changes are taking place in the way we produce and consume power for our homes, transportation, and the technology that we use every day. A new book, Energy Choices for the Radio Amateur by Bob Bruninga, WB4APR, who developed the Automatic Packet Reporting System (APRS), explores ongoing changes in the world of power and energy and takes a careful look at the choices we can make. Home solar or utility power? Oil/gas heat or electric heat pump? Gas car or hybrid/EV?

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Hey! Did your Change your Clocks?

‘We’ll be losing a whole hour every day – these government cutbacks are getting ridiculous!’

U.S. Bans Import of Several Hytera Radio Models

The U.S. International Trade Commission has banned the import of several DMR radio models manufactured by the Chinese company Hytera. According to Newsline, the ITC ruled that the radios infringe on numerous Motorola patents.

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Time Change

New ARRL Podcast Geared Toward Newcomers to Amateur Radio Debuts on March 7

A new ARRL podcast aimed newcomers to Amateur Radio will launch on Thursday, March 7. “So Now What?” will alternate new-episode weeks with the “ARRL The Doctor is In” podcast.

“So Now What?” will focus on answering questions and providing support and encouragement for new licensees to get the most out of the hobby. Co-hosting “So Now What?” will be ARRL Communications Content Producer Michelle Patnode, W3MVP, and ARRL Station Manager Joe Carcia, NJ1Q. The podcast will explore questions that newer hams may have and the issues that keep newcomers from remaining active.

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Spring Time Change

ARRL CEO: “Balance Has Been Lost”

ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, says the “balance has been lost” between the League’s three major components – a membership organization, a business and a 501(c)(3) charity. The key, according to the ARRL Letter, is creating value. Speaking at Ham Radio University in New York in early January, Michel said the League needs to refocus its priorities on creating value for new licensees who currently don’t join ARRL or quit after a year; shift the perspective in its publishing operations from producing books to producing and delivering value to readers, regardless of the medium, and that the organization must do more for new hams once they become licensed. “We’ve got them through the test to get their license,” he said, “and then we’ve dropped them. We’ve got to fix that.”
A major part of Michel’s effort to have the ARRL deliver more value to its members and prospective members is a reorganization of the League’s management structure. He announced plans in early February to create a management council to discuss long-term planning, ideas and operations; and the creation of two new positions, a Product Development Manager and a Marketing Communications Manager.

New Plan Aligns ARES with the Needs of Served Agencies

The new ARES Plan adopted by the ARRL Board of Directors at its Annual Meeting in January represents an effort to provide ARES with a clearly defined mission, goals, and objectives; specific training requirements, and a system for consistent reporting and record-keeping. The Board’s Public Service Enhancement Working Group (PSEWG) spent more than 3 years crafting the ARES Plan which, ARRL officials believe, provides a much-needed update of the program’s role in public service and emergency preparedness in the 21st century. Concerns focused on bringing ARES into alignment with the National Incident Management System (NIMS) and Incident Command System (ICS), and creating more consistent and standardized ARES training requirements. Given dramatic changes and upgrades in national, regional, and local emergency and disaster response organizations, ARRL faced a major challenge, said ARRL Great Lakes Division Director Dale Williams, WA8EFK, who chaired the PSEWG.

“If we didn’t address these issues, such as training standards and organizational management, ARES faced the very real possibility that it would no longer be viewed as a valid and valuable partner in emergency and disaster relief situations,” Williams said.

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