2019 West Texas Section Managers Award

Once again it is time for ARRL Field Day and once again, ARRL Affiliated
Clubs in the West Texas Section will be competing for the coveted West
Texas Section Manager’s Award. This will be the 17th year that
Affiliated Clubs have tested their emergency operating and traffic
handling skills in a friendly competition for the plaque that honors our
first West Texas ARRL Section Manager Gene Smith (SK). Gene (W5GSN/AE5I)
was known as “Mr. Traffic” for West Texas and it is fitting that we
honor those that excel in our annual emergency traffic event in his
name. The award will go to the highest scoring ARRL Affiliated West
Texas Section Club and will be presented at the Midland Hamfest in March
2020.

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Field day PR tips

In the past few years, social media have become a dominant force in coverage as Hams no longer have to rely on traditional media outlets of newspapers, broadcast radio and television to get out word about Field Day.  Across all social media platforms, please use and encourage the use of the hashtag #ARRLFD in all posts. This will have two benefits: first, it will capture all social media posts using this hashtag to form a common thread across North America.  If enough PIOs and operators use the #ARRLFD hashtag, traditional media news outlets will follow the trend.  Secondly, use of the hashtag will make it easier for Communications Manager David Isgur, N1RSN, and his staff to review metadata generated and analyze the impact of social media coverage from Field Day. Please have your ARRL members join the ARRL Field Day 2019Facebook page. Enrollment information is midway on the Field Day webpage athttp://www.arrl.org/field-day

 

Traditional media do not have the dominance they once did, however they remain a potent force in their own right, and they complement social media.  The #1 traditional media source for Field Day coverage are weekly newspapers.  Hundreds of weekly newspapers publish pre-and-post Field Day stories, largely because they will publish copy and pictures submitted from PIOs. ARRL appointed PIOs and informal club PIOs have access to Field Day media packets on ARRL’s Field Day webpage ofhttp://www.arrl.org/field-day athttp://www.arrl.org/files/file/Field-Day/2019/2019%20New%20Field%20Day%20PR%20Kit.pdf  

 

Pictures of youth operating Field Day stations are enormously popular.  Legally, however, pictures of minors under age 18 cannot be published without a release signed by a parent or legal guardian.  Please let your ARRL members know that a release form is available to download from ARRL at: http://www.arrl.org/files/file/Model%20Release%20/ModelReleaseForm.pdf  A signed release form must accompany each youth whose picture is sent to newspapers and magazines, including ARRL publications.

 

The new video “What Is Amateur Radio?” is now available at https://www.dropbox.com/s/wftnzhn1klvyk9a/What%20is%20Amateur%20Radio%20Video%20%281%29.mp4?dl=0  Please encourage your clubs to have a copy ready to show to visitors and media at their FD locations.

Field Day June 22-23, 2019

Dale Durham, W5WI, Re-elected WTX section Manager

Time flies!  Field Day this year has caught a lot of us by surprise.
This year June has five weekends and since Field Day falls on the fourth
weekend of June, many of us are not ready.

In checking the Field Day locator on the ARRL webpage I don’t see many
West Texas Section clubs listed as having Field Day activities.  If your
club is planning on participating in Field Day and they are not already
listed on the Locator, please do so.

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Ham-Com 2019

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Springtime Section Manager Election Results Announced

Dale Durham, W5WI, Re-elected WTX Section Manager

In the only contested Section Manager election this spring, ARRL members in Utah have re-elected Mel Parkes, NM7P, as Section Manager for a new 2-year term of office that starts on July 1. Parkes, of Layton, received 481 votes; his opponent, Pat Malan, N7PAT, of South Jordan, received 233 votes. Parkes has served as Section Manager since 1999. Ballots were counted and verified at ARRL Headquarters on May 21.

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Dale Durham, 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

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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!

Zaffirini Bill to remove Ham Radio Exemption from wireless law

Attention Amateur Radio Operators!
Legislation is pending in the Texas Senate that will affect your right to operate your mobile amateur radio while in motion.  Below are some clips from the actual document:

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As you can see in the last clip (line 6-8), the exemption for FCC licensees is removed.  This revision to current law will treat amateur radios like cell phones in regard to operation while in motion.  If you are concerned about your right to operate your mobile radio on the amateur bands while in motion, please contact your Texas State Senator and respectfully request that he or she vote “NO” to protect your FCC amateur radio operator rights.

73,
Dale
W5WI

MERRY CHRISTMAS


Time flies when you are having fun! This year has flown by and the holiday season is upon us.

I want to wish you and your families a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year! May God’s blessing be upon you!

I hope each of you has enjoyed ham radio as much as I have this past year. Although I haven’t gotten to meet and visit with as many of my fellow hams as I would have liked to, I did meet some wonderful folks who are enjoying our hobby and passing it on to the next generation. I visited several clubs over Field Day and I enjoyed visiting the folks and I really enjoyed the fellowship this activity brings.

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