Emails, Newsletters and Blasts! Oh My!!

As we all know, the Corona Virus COVID-19 crisis has us all sheltering at home and keeping our distance from our fellow citizens.  I’ve been using  blast emails to convey information to ARRL members in the Section.  Unfortunately only 60% of our you our membership has signed up for any ARRL services including receiving my or our Division Director’s blast emails, or newsletters from ARRL. I encourage all of you to sign up to receive these important emails and newsletters.  There is no cost for these.

For information on how to sign up visit the ARRL Webpage,  sign in and go to your personal data section.  There is an option to sign up for the emails from me and the Division Director and to sign up to receive newsletters on a variety of subjects.  If you have questions, please contact me at: w5wi@arrl.org

Upcoming ARRL Section, State, and Division Conventions

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WTX Section Manager & WG Director to Visit El Paso

The ARRL West Gulf Director, John Stratton N5AUS, the West Texas Section Manager, Dale Durham W5WI, and the West Texas Emergency Coordinator, David Overton KF5WDJ, are traveling to El Paso to meet with the area hams.

This is a combined meeting of the El Paso Amateur Radio Club (W5ES) and the Sun City Amateur Radio Club (K5WPH).

Details:

– Saturday, February 29th
– Starting at 9 AM
– K5WPH Clubhouse, 3709 Wickham Ave., El Paso, Texas (behind the Walmart on Dyer)

All hams are welcome and encouraged to attend, whether or not you are a member of the ARRL.

This is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with the regional ARRL leadership, find out what the ARRL is doing, ask questions, voice concerns, etc.

Holiday Season and Year End Thank You

As we move through the holiday season and approach the end of the
calendar year reflection on the year past is on our minds.  I think of
the advances we’ve made in amateur radio, especially in the West Texas
Section and the people that have made it happen and continue to make it
happen.

As Section Manager I rely on my Assistant Section Managers, our
Affiliated Club Coordinator, and our Public Information Coordinator who
also serves as our Section Webmaster and our emergency management folks.
Thank you for your time and effort you put forth in support of our
fellow hams.

Our Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) staff do a tremendous job at
helping keep our community’s safe by giving selflessly of their time
and providing their own equipment to serve their respective communities.
 Working with government and other agencies, ARES members provide much
needed communication support when infrastructure goes down or is
overloaded.

The ARES Section Emergency Coordinator, District Emergency Coordinators
and County Emergency Coordinators and their teams are the front line
folks that serve our communities in times of crisis.  These individuals
put forth innumerable hours in training and emergency preparedness to
ensure professional support is available for their communities in times
of need.

Thank you ALL for your efforts and professionalism!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

73,
Dale
W5WI
WTX Section Manager

Get out and Vote!!

By now you should have received your green ballot and envelope. Please
return your ballot in the green envelope. If more than one family
member received a ballot, please submit them in their separate
envelopes.

If you have not received your ballot, please contact the undersigned or
ARRL directly. ARRL will send you a ballot by first class mail.

Historically there has been a very low voter turn-out.

Please vote!

73,

Dale
W5WI

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.

Continue reading 2019 West Texas Section Managers Award

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.

Continue reading Field Day June 22-23, 2019

Ham-Com 2019

PLANO EVENT CENTER

FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH & SATURDAY, JUNE 8TH

ARRL WEST GULF DIVISION CONVENTION

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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.

Continue reading Springtime Section Manager Election Results Announced