2013 Texas Navy Certificate Event

The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club, KK5W is participating in this year’s
Museum Ships Weekend. June 1-2, 2013.  Our call sign, KK5W will be credited
as a contact with both WW II Submarine USS Cavalla and Destroyer Escort USS
Stewart.   representing the USS Cavalla and USS Stewart.  Visit our web page
for more information, www.bvarcmswe.org.   We will be operating from,
Seawolf Park in Galveston, Texas, NA-143.

Frequencies as follows:
7.260 MKHz
14.260 MHz
21.360 MHz
28.360 MHz

7.039 Mhz
14,039 MHz
21.039 KHz
28,039 KHz

Amateur radio operators in the Galveston – Houston area are
cordially invited to participate. You can sign up on the web page if you
would like to operate KK5W during the event at Seawolf Park.

Operation on OSCAR satellites is planned for daytime passes on Saturday,
June 1.
A balloon launch is scheduled for Saturday morning,

For the second year, KK5W is sponsoring the Texas Navy Award.
This year’s Texas Navy Fleet is expanded to include:
USS Cavalla and USS Stewart  – KK5W
USS Texas – NA5DV
Tall Ship Elissa – N5E
USS Lexington – W5LEX
SS High Flyer and SS Grandcamp Memorial – AC0TX
National Museum of the Pacific War – N5P
For KK5W and AC0TX, one contact counts for both ships.

Provide evidence of two way communication (log extract) with at least four
of the call signs during MSWE 2013 to earn the 2013 Texas Navy Certificate.
Work all six to earn the coveted “Clean Sweep” endorsement. Visit our web
page, www.bvarcmswe.org for information on how to claim the certificate.

Society of Broadcast Engineers tour of Pema

The local chapter of the Society of Broadcast Engineers (SBE-41) is holding its May meeting at PEMA (The Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency) Headquarters.  This meeting should be of interest to all Amateur Radio Operators, especially those involved in RACES and ARES.  We hereby extend an invitation to all interested Hams to join us for this tour and open discussion.  Please see the attached PDF meeting announcement document for details on the meeting and directions to the location.


SBE Meeting May 2013

Anyone interested in attending is welcome. We will also try to carpool as much as possible as parking is tight up at the PEMA location.

No License Required to Eat Breakfast

Come Join Sparc this Saturday at Gus’ Keystone restaurant. No license required to eat Breakfast, or talk Ham over Ham.


Afterwards come to the site and help Sparc usher in a new area as we are Tankless. We have lots of new stuff at the site including parts and pieces that are available for the members to help complete their projects. Ask Kevin or one of the officers about what is available. See you for Breakfast. The info is at the below link.


Second Saturday Breakfast

Tank Out

As Harry wrote earlier today…

“At 11:50 today the fuel tank departed the property never to be seen again.  I will send pictures later.  RT says it will be about a month before we see a bill because he has to wait for the soil sample results to come back.  He sees nothing to be concerned about though – there was no sign of leakage.”

Well the club’s largest liability is off the site. Just waiting on the resulting soil test and fingers cross we are good. The soil looked clean and the tank held it’s 400 gallons for how many years so that looks promising. Both Harry and I were surprised at the depth of the tank, it also took RT aback,  the bottom was darn near 7 feet down. Below is the link to the  Gallery of her being removed. Just some work on resetting the fence posts and we are good to go.

Tank Out Gallery


Lancaster Amateur Radio Conference Registration

You are cordially invited to attend Lancaster County Emergency Management Amateur Radio Conference on April 9th starting at 7 PM with a “meet and greet” beginning 5 PM with accompanying food. The conference will be held at the Lancaster County Training Center, 101 Champ Blvd, Manheim PA 17545. Representatives from the County, PEMA, SCTF and ARRL will be presenting. If you wish to attend, please fill out the form at this URL link: http://www.lancema.us/races-reg.php
Registration is required so we have an accurate count for food. If you have further questions or address change information, please send to phil@k3tuf.com 73, — Phil Theis, K3TUF

The 2013 April SPARC BOD meeting on April 9th, has been cancelled  to avoid  conflict with the LEMA sponsored EMCOMM conference.  –SPARC BOD

TMI ARES Merit Award


Back when disaster hit this county and the whole world wondered what would happen to TMI, the Amateur Radio community was there. This award was received by W3FEY for his efforts during that event.