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BSARC Weekly Update

Your weekly update is here. If you have Club or ham radio announcements that you would like to see here, send them to and I will add them. Also please make sure we capture all new members emails so I can add them to the list. If you are on the list and want to be removed let me know.

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Coming Up this week:

Monday: The Monday Meeting will not be held. It will be postponed until June 8th so that we can visit with Pepper. The monthly meeting will be held then.

Tuesday: The Tuesday Night DSTAR Net will be held at 7PM on the W5AW-C Module.

Wednesday: The Permian Basin ARES net will be held on Wednesday Night at 9 PM on the West Texas Connection.

Thursday: The Howard County Traffic Net will be held on Thursday night at 8 PM on the 146.820 repeater.   Daren W5DTB will be assuming the Net Control for May. Matthew W5KER will be net control in June.

There are many other nets that the DSTAR repeater links to throughout the week, so please check out the W5AW website and follow the Nets and Repeaters link for all nets and frequencies.

Remember that Dstar and local nets are open to all licensed amateur operators.

Please check out the attachment to this message. It is an Excel Spreadsheet that contains a list of Permian basin repeaters that has been recently updated. Please let us know if you find any errors.


Happening in the ARRL:​



Coming up in May:


1.  No in person events scheduled for W5AW in May.

Coming up in June

  1. Field Day: June 27th & 28th will be the 2020 ARRL Annual Summer Field day. For more details go to: New rules will allow us to operate remotely, make 1H contacts count, and combine logs to send to the ARRL all under the W5AW club call sign. See more information above in the links for the ARRL regarding temporary rules.
  2. June 8th will be our monthly meeting and farewell to Pepper Sullivan WF1RE. Remember to bring a chair and keep your distance! Be prepared to be outside.
Coming up in July:
      1. MS 150 Bike Ride: The bike ride is on! Please contact Liz Gross and get her your information and availability! We need all the participation we can get! Any questions contact any officer or Liz!


HF Contests: This link will give you a weekly update on HF contests coming up with links to rules and information regarding the contests:

Everyone Loves Newsline. Listen here:


That’s all for this week.


Daren Bishop

Key City Amateur Radio Club conducts Technician Class

The Key City ARC, Abilene, Texas will conduct a Technician Class starting Saturday March 3, 2018.  Classes will be held at the Abilene Regional Hospital, Women Center starting at 8 a.m.  Classes will run approximately 8 weeks on Saturday mornings.  Contact Mike Roach 325-280-5174 or

Nolan County Amateur Radio Association Conducts Technician Class

The Nolan County Amateur Radio Association, Sweetwater, Texas will be presenting a Technician Class starting February 13, 2018.  The classes will be held on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m at the Nolan County Health Department on the corner of 12th Street and Elm Street .  The training will last four weeks.  Testing will be done the following Tuesday evening.

For more information, please contact Gary Armstrong, KC5NOX at 325-235-4110 or email at

Pecos County Amateur Radio Club New Clubhouse and Tower

Pecos County ARC Club President and Pecos County EC Benny Walker, KB5JXO announces that the new clubhouse and tower are now available for use.  This facility will also be used as an ARES Operations Center when needed.

The clubhouse contains a Radio Room and a Meeting room .  Outside is a 40 foot Tower.

Club members participating included:

Benny Walker-KB5JXO-Club President/ EC
Dwayne Bonham-KF5MSQ
Richard McGee-N5DLX-Vice President
Donald Lannom-KB5GLA
Joe Hallford-W5BQZ
Larry Mercado-KC5SLN
Robbie Dominguez-KF5AEJ-Secretary/Treasurer
Darren Hodges- KF5PEJ
Colby Taylor- KG5FYZ
Herb Rabinowitz-KG5EHO