W5AW ~ BSARC


Welcome to the W5AW website for the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club. You will usually find us on 146.820, tone 100, offset -600. The repeater uses squelch tone, so set it for RX and TX.

   

Announcements etc:
Well - nothing is going on. Oh - except we have dinner coming up on Monday, August 30th at Cowboys. 6PM.

End of Announcements section.


Member Informs


Our club encourages anyone showing an interest in Amateur Radio to participate in our regular activities. You don't have to be a licensed radio operator to attend meetings or to join the club. Official times are listed in the Club Meetings section. We usually come early for something to eat...

* If you don't see a name or call sign that should be listed, please let a club member know so it can be added!
Stevens, J.L. [LM] N5JLS Matteson, Ralph [LM] KD5RTW
Alexander, Ray [LM] W5RBA Bishop, Daren W5DTB
Blaine, Joseph KD5JWI Mertens, Lee KG5CCZ
Love, Bruce WB5NOQ Hayward, Russell KF5PDF
McCown, Dan W5WE Sullivan, Pepper WF1RE
Hunter, Henry KN3RD Alvarado, Frank AD5D
Sides, Aaron KE5TGW Tafuro, Tom KG5TWI
Cox, Val K5RDV Burghart, Bill KC4CMX
Jaeger, Bruce KE7TDR Jaeger, Justin KI5ICJ
Peterson, Laurie KG5CYS Carey, Tracy KG5ROT
Grayson, Matthew W5KER Pechacek, Leland W5LMP
Sigmon, Josh KG5ROR Hyde, Brad [LM] W5BK
Garner, Buckey [LMSK] KB5DRZ Hines, Tom [SK] WB5TOM
Tatro, Gordy K5GLT Gross, Marvin KE5EUR
Gross, Elizabeth WG3CKO Grissam, Kyle KI5ICI
LeBrasseur, Matthew KM5LEB Flint, Marla KI5POI
[LM] indicates a lifetime member [SK] indicates a silent key operator
* See contacts menu for additional information.
President        Tom Tafuro        KG5TWI
Vice President 	 Matthew Grayson   W5KER
Secretary 	 Bruce Yeager      KE7TDR
Treasurer        Henry Hunter      KN3RD

Member at Large  Ray Alexander     W5RBA

	Appointed positions:

DStar Administrator     Lloyd Duck          W5LND
Web Administrator       Matthew Grayson     W5KER
Weekly Update Distro    Daren Bishop        W5DTB
Daren Bishop handles the BSARC email distribution. Keep up to date by getting on his email list. He sends out pertinent information about club events, updates, and general news about HAM radio in the Permian Basin for West Texas. You can email Daren at: [email protected]
You don't have to be a club member to get on the email distribution list. Just send Daren a quick email and let him know who your are and your interest in getting on the distribution. He will gladly add you to the list of folks he emails.

* Memberships are as follows in USD:
Full membership			$31.20
Student Membership		$16.20
Family Membership		$16.20
Half year (after July 1st)	$16.20
You can sign up for membership to the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club several different ways. You can attend a meeting and pay in person, you can print out an application and mail it in, and you can also pay online. All of these options are detailed in our membership sign-up page.

Click HERE to take a look and sign up.

Testing and Classes


Our club makes an effort to provide testing opportunities for anyone interested in getting their amateur radio license. To that end we also have classes for the introduction of new operators into the Technician Class of HAM radio.
ATTENTION - new testing guidelines begin for 2021. You must have an FRN number to take the Amateur Radio Technician Class exam. The FCC Registration Number is something that used to be issued after taking the test. You now have to register with the FCC first. It's easy and simple to do. Click HERE to watch a quick video that explains how.
* What Do You need to Bring with you to Test? Click HERE for ARRL guidelines.

* This is just a history listing of previously held tests.
Thrusday ~ January 26, 2017 at 6 pm
Saturday ~ January 28, 2017 at 6 pm


Thrusday ~ January 24, 2019 at 6 pm

June 22, 2019
Jan 25, 2020
Jan 30, 2020
Feb 15, 2020
March 21, 2020
June 8, 2020
June 29, 2020

* What Do You need to Bring with you to Test? Click HERE for ARRL guidelines.

* To ask for a class to be scheduled check with Henry Hunter on the contacts page.

New for 2021! Henry Hunter has no classes scheduled as yet:
Last classes were:
January 20th   Monday
        23rd   Thursday
        27th   Monday
        30th   Thursday
Classes start promptly at 6:30pm and last about two hours. *With a possibility of a follow up class if necessary (to be scheduled) The classes are FREE - with the exception of materials = bring pen and pad.

If you have any questions please email Henry Hunter [KN3RD] [email protected]

* Where to go and what you need to be prepared.

Testing and classes Location :
W5AW Clubhouse
3707 S. Highway 87
Big Spring, Texas 79720
Where is the clubhouse? SHOW ME ON GOOGLE MAPS
Questions on classes or testing, or to request a test session?
Email Henry Hunter [KN3RD] here: [email protected]
You can also contact any club officer; Or send queries to [email protected]

* There are numerous testing tools out there. Here are two we recommend.

Click HERE to take at look at HamExam.org
HamExam does not require you to create an account to use any of the features it offers. And that includes testing for all Amateur Radio Class levels [Technician, General, and Extra]. You are able to look at the entire question pool for each Classification, take practice tests, and use flashcards. Creating a free account will also allow you to track your progress with metics being recoded as you proceed. This will help you narrow down weak areas for more intense study.

Of course, you can access this wesbite from most mobile devices. But if you want a dedicated mobile app for studying, take a look at Ham Test Prep in the Google Play store or App Store. Here's what it looks like:


Club Meetings & Breakfast


Well, except for right now we usually meet the first Monday of every month at the clubhouse. Otherwise, we have regular club meetings. But we also have other activities like breakfast, hamfests, tailgates, and fox hunting to name a few.

* For more information please see our contacts listing.

The Big Spring Amateur Radio Club meets the first Monday of every month at 7:00 pm. This is usually at the clubhouse. Due to the COVID-19 issue we have been using Zoom meetings, and in some cases pre-organized meetings at the clubhouse that obsserve extra precautions. The latter are often the case if we need to conduct testing or something similar.

Where is the clubhouse? SHOW ME ON GOOGLE MAPS
This is a good event to attend if you want to complete and submit a PART D membership application for the BSARC. You may also attend any other gathering if you like, or contact a member outside normal meeting times. Click HERE for our membership page. **NOTE: 7:00 pm is when the meeting officially starts. But if you get there around 6:00 pm you will find yourself treated to a meal! So get to the clubhouse eary. To see who is bringing food for the month you are attending, click below. It is up to the person that volunteered for the month in question, but the food is always good, and theres usually some kind of dessert to go along.
* Breakfast is every Saturday morning at Denny's (Big Spring) on 4th Street at 7:30 am.
* Fellowship meetings any month that has 5 Mondays at Cowboys's at 6:00 pm (See COVID guidelines)

Cowboys Steakhouse & Restaurant
Address: 404 E Marcy Dr, Big Spring, TX 79720
Phone: (432) 263-0181

Where's the resturant?
Show me on GOOGLE MAPS

* Volunteers welcome - contact a club officer.

This is the place to be if you are wondering if it's your turn to bring something to the meeting for everyone to eat. Or, if you are a visiting guest - just so you can be nosey. We don't care...

2020 Schedule:
Janurary           --
February           Tom
March              Lloyd
April              Laurie
May                Pepper
June               Ice Cream Party!
July               Val
August             Volunteer
September          Henry
October            Volunteer
November           Lloyd
December           Volunteer
* If we have any special events scheduled they will be listed here.

Fox Hunting is a game that Amateur Radio Operators play using radio signals to track down a "fox." The actual name of the event is called Radio Direction Finding (RDF). Directional antennas are used to locate a "hidden" transmitter called the fox. Every club has their own set of rules and guidelines for playing.

We have our rules posted for you to read HERE.

This is ALSO where you will see a scheduled fox hunt if we have one coming up.

Tailgates: none scheduled
Hamfests: none scheduled
Fox hunts: none scheduled

Jamboree On The Air ~ Well, we don't know about this for sure yet. Click HERE for the Boy Scouts informs page. Click HERE for the ARRL informs page.

Nets and Repeaters


This is where you will find a listing of the local repeaters, scheduled area Nets, and the folks we have assigned for net control.

* Want to add a repeater to this list? Contact us.

Please read this on the ARES net.
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A note about ARES nets: The Amateur Radio Emergency Service is often activated during severe weather conditions in the West Texas and Permian Basin area. This net is typically coordinated by David Overton [KF5WDJ] and uses the WTC (West Texas Connection) series of linked repeaters. However, at this time the WTC has been suffering maintenance issues and has difficulty maintaining link cohesion. Although a true emergency situation strongly relies on the reliability of true RF communication, it may be necessary to use an alternative. The PermNet series of linked repeaters relies on an IP connection over the internet to maintain communication. So if internet connectivity were lost so would communications. However in the face of intermittent or otherwise failed RF coms over the WTC, this alternative is better than nothing. It has also been suggested, for the sake of practicing the ARES methodology and protocols, that the PermNet be used instead of the WTC until which time the WTC is repaired. This has not been adopted as a standard practice yet.


West Texas / Permian Basin Area Repeaters:

Big Spring Repeaters
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
146.820 MHz Minus 100.0 Hz Big Spring ARC - W5AW
147.240 MHz Plus DSTAR Big Spring ARC - W5AW
440.6875 Mhz Plus DSTAR Big Spring ARC - W5AW
443.225 MHz Plus CC 1 DMR - W5LND
147.040 MHz Minus 88.5 Hz West Texas Connection - W5LND
442.100 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz West Texas Connection - W5LND
147.180 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - KE5PL
443.150 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - KD5VOU

Midland Repeaters
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
147.300 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz MARC - W5QGG
146.760 MHz Minus 88.5 Hz MARC - W5QGG
147.380 MHz Plus N/A MARC - W5CAF (Located at MAF)
444.200 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz MARC - W5QGG
441.700 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz KF5ZPM - W5QGG
443.300 MHz Plus 146.2 Hz W5WRL - 52.525 Link Attached
53.110 MHz Minus N/A WTX 220 Association - WB5RCD
146.900 Mhz Minus 88.5 Hz West Texas Connection - N5XXO
443.275 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz N5XXO
147.220 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - K5MSO
443.125 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - K5MSO
443.3625 MHz Plus CC14 MOTOTRBO KE5PL DMR-Motorola ARC

Odessa Repeaters
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
145.410 MHz Minus 88.5 Hz W5CDM
145.390 MHz Minus 88.5 Hz WTX Amateur Radio Club ? WT5ARC
147.100 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - WT5ARC
441.550 Mhz PLUS DSTAR WTARC - ON REF055A/ QTH SHORTY HALL YD
441.900 Mhz Plus DSTAR KI5DN- ON REF004B & DCS689H/ QTH N5MI
443.100 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - WT5ARC
444.100 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz W5CDM
444.425 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz WTX Amateur Radio Club - WT5ARC

Notrees Repeaters
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
146.7000 MhzDVC Minus DSTAR K5PSA BC
147.120 MHz CANCELLED
by N5RGH replaced
with 147.160
Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - N5RGH
147.160 Mhz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - N5RGH
442.3500 MhzDVB Plus DSTAR K5PSA BC
443.175 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - N5RGH

Stearling City Reapeaters
On the Air +- 06/6,7/2020
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
147.200 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - N5FTL

Glass Mountian Reapeaters
On the Air 04/10/2021
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
147.120 MHz Plus 88.5 Hz PermNet - N5RGH
443.100 MHz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - N5RGH

Kent Reapeater
frequencyoffsettoneowner/callsign
443.325 Mhz Plus 162.2 Hz PermNet - N5RGH

* Want to add a regular scheduled net to this list? Contact us.

All net weekly schedules:

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Sunday
	8 pm       Southeastern DStar Weather Net REF002A - W5AW C
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Monday
	8:15 pm    El Paso DStar Net REF055A - W5AW C
	9 pm       Raspberry Pi Net REF038C - W5AW C
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Tuesday
	7 pm       Big Spring DStar Net XRF989C - W5AW C ~ See preamble below
	8 pm       Texas DStar Net REF004B - W5AW C 
	8:30 pm    Alabama DStar Net REF058C - W5AW B
	9 pm       PAPA System DStar Net REF012A - W5AW C 
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Wednesday 
	9 pm       WTC permian basin ARES Net - WTC/146.820 repeaters 
	9 pm       Ham Nation After Show Net REF014C - W5AW C 
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Thursday 
	8 pm       Howard Co Traffic Net - 146.820 ~ See preamble below
	9 pm       New Mexico DStar Net REF055A - W5AW C
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Friday
	9 pm       Can-Net Canada's Dstar Net XRF021B - W5AW C 

* 7.290 HF Net Monday thru Saturday 10 am till Noon. 
Click HERE for the official site information on a new tab/window.
* This is a list of the net control operators scheduled by month.

Refer to the 'Members List' to find your operator's call sign.

Net control operators for the Howard County Traffic Net:
monthcontrol monthcontrol
JanuaryDarenJulyDaren
FebruaryHenryAugustTBA
MarchBruceSeptemberMatthew
AprilJustinOctoberTBA
MayGordyNovemberTBA
JuneMatthewDecemberTBA

Net control operators for the W5AW D-Star Net:
monthcontrol monthcontrol
JanuaryTBAJulyTBA
FebruaryTBAAugustTBA
MarchTBASeptemberTBA
AprilTBAOctoberTBA
MayTBANovemberTBA
JuneTBADecemberTBA


Looking for D-Star Nets information? We have that listed in it's own section. Click HERE to see it.

Looking for the preambles?

* The preamble is the dialogue a net control operator uses to start, conduct, and conclude a radio net. It is essentially what to say over the radio and how to guide radio traffic from other operators.

* Here is the preamble to use if you are net control for the W5AW Howard County Traffic Net held on Thursday nights at 8:00 pm Central Time.

This is (your name and call sign) acting net control operator for the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club Howard County Traffic Net on the W5AW Andy Jones Memorial Station.

This net is held every Thursday evening at 8:00 pm. This is an open net and all licensed amateur radio operators in the range of this repeater are invited to participate. This is a directed net and stations are asked not to transmit until requested to do so by the net control operator.

At this time the net will pause for any emergency or priority traffic. (Pause) None heard at this time.

The net will now take any mobile or portable check-ins. Please come now with your call sign only. (List check-ins – mobiles and portables) I have listed (give mobile and portable calls received) (Work these stations at this time)

This is (your name and call sign) acting net control for W5AW.

The net will now open to all other check-ins. Please come now with your call sign only. (list all other check-ins at this time) I have listed (give call signs received)

Are there any others, if so, please come now. (List if there are more call signs received)

We will now start at the top of the list with (call sign) Hello, your comments for the net this evening.

This is the end of the list of check-ins. At this time I will call for others who wish to check-in or rechecks. Please come now with your call sign only. (List call signs received) (Give received stations call sign) Hello (ask for their comments)

This will be our last call for check-ins. Please come with your call sign only at this time. (Pause)

This completes all check-ins I have on my list. Have I missed anyone? (Pause)

At this time I will close the net and return the repeater of the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club, W5AW back to its normal operation until next Thursday evening’s net, unless needed for weather or other emergency situations.

73 YOUR CALLSIGN

* Here is the preamble to use if you are net control for the W5AW D-Star Net held on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 pm Central Time.

This is "YOUR CALLSIGN", "Your Name" acting Net Control for the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club D-STAR Net ~ On the JC Stevens Memorial Net.

This Net is held every Tuesday evening at 7:00 pm.

This is an open Net and all amateur radio operators are invited to participate. This is a directed net and stations are asked not to transmit until requested to do so by the net control operator.
At this time the Net will pause for any emergency or priority traffic. (PAUSE)

None Heard. This is "YOUR CALLSIGN" acting as Net Control for W5AW. The Net will now take check-ins. Please come now with your call sign only. (List check-ins at this time) I have listed. (Give call sign in order received) Are there any others, if so please come now? (List check-ins at this time)

We will now start at the top of the list with (Call sign / Hello) your comments for the Net this evening.

This is the end of the list of check-ins. At this time, I will call for all others who wish to check-in or recheck. Please come now with your call sign only. (List call sign received) (Give call sign) Hello / ask for their comments.

This will now be a 73 round for any comments. Start at the top of the list. This will be our last call for check-ins. Please come now with your call sign only.
At this time "YOUR CALLSIGN" will close the Net and return the repeater of the Big Spring Amateur Radio Club W5AW back to its normal operation until next Tuesday evening's Net, unless needed for weather or other emergency situation.

73 YOUR CALLSIGN

* Here is the preamble to use if you are net control for the West Texas Connection ARES Net. This net is usually controlled out of Midland, TX by David Overton [KF5WDJ]. This preamble is posted here, in the event of an emergency and someone from that area is not available to activate SkyWarn or run the ARES network.

The WTC ARES practice Net is normally held on Wednesday nights at 9:00 pm Central time. This net is used to keep in practice in the event of a real emergency situation. The ARES net will be activated when those conditions arise. Licensed amateur radio operators withing the range of the net are encouraged to participate and report into the net as directed by the net control operator.

Preamble to be posted soon.

Skywarn Training


Our Skywarn training consists of two YouTube videos presented by Mark Strobin at the W5AW Clubhouse. you will also find a couple of mobile device weather app reviews and a few other pertinent links to explore.

Click HERE to enter the Skywarn training page. Be advised, this content may be difficult to navigate well on mobile devices with smaller resolution screens.

Downloads, Documents, and How-To stuff


Of course, you will want a link the American Radio Relay League (ARRL).
And actually, Wikipedia has a fast explanation of what the ARRL is. Click HERE to take a glance.

* This is just a list of links that may be useful.

Click HERE for the direct download page to Echolink.
Click HERE for information on AllStar.
Click HERE to read an explanation of ARES and what it's for.
If you are looking for our FOX HUNT rules and guidelines, click HERE.
To open the D-Rats overview page click HERE.

Click HERE to open the Amateur Radio In Sapce (AMSAT) page.

* All the material we publish on D-Star will be in this menu.

Need help setting up a new D-Star account and radio? Click HERE for the D-Star "Two-Step" tutorial.
D-Star PowerPoint Presentations:
Click HERE to download the D-Star Basics presentation.
Click HERE to download Putting D-Star to use presentation.
Click HERE to download "More with D-Star" presentation.

You can access the D-Star Dashboard by clicking HERE.
You can click HERE for help using a DV Dongle.

* Find someone on the contacts list if you want to add a net to this listing.

If you see information that is out of date or otherwise need changes made, please let someone know from the contacts list. It is our intention to make sure everything is up to date so there isn't any confusion - however, it happens that we miss something from time to time. Thanks for the help!
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Sunday
	1955 to 2100 REF002A for the Southeastern Weather Net

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Monday 
        2010 to 2055 REF055A for the El Paso Net
        2058 to 2300 REF038C for the Raspberry Pi Net

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Tuesday 
        1955 to 2100 REF004B for the Texas Dstar Net
 
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Wednesday 
        2055 to 2200 REF014C for the Ham Nation Dstar Net

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Thursday 
        2055 to 2155 REF055A for the New Mexico Dstar Net
        2158 to 0100 REF012A for the PAPA System Net.
* This is a link into our projects page. These are both club projects and personal projects.

Click HERE to visit the project page.

Our club Bylaws:


Boring legal stuff...

Click HERE to view the BSARC bylaws as a web page.
Click HERE to download a Word document in you want a printer-friedly version.

Contact


The Big Spring Amateur Radio Club [W5AW] is dedicated to helping folks interested in Amateur Radio getting started, having fun, and participating in the HAM Radio hobby. If you have any questions on classes, training, or testing please give Henry Hunter [KN3RD] an email. He will be glad to help you out. If you need help with D-Star or Digital Radio, please send an email to Lloyd Duck [W5LND] for guidance on getting registered or using those modes. Please report website errors, suggestions, or link recommendations to Matthew Grayson [W5KER] and he will address those issues. And of course, if you want to get on our weekly update email distribution, please contact Daren Bishop [W5DTB] and he will be sure to add you. Don't forget to ask about getting on the Midland Amateur Radio Club's list as well. That is where the ARES net operates out of for the West Texas Connection (WTC).

  Henry Hunter     [KN3RD]     [email protected]
  Matthew Grayson  [W5KER]     [email protected]
  Lloyd Duck       [W5LND]     [email protected]
  Daren Bishop     [W5DTB]     [email protected]

Daren Bishop handles the BSARC email distribution list. Send him an email if you want to get the weekly updates.

What is the West Texas Connection (WTC)?

This is a series of linked repeaters that covers the western most part of the state. It is a open system intended for emergency purposes and primarily used for reporting to the National Weather Service (NWS). It is also used by storm chasers in the Permian Basin and outlying territory. The WTC can also be activated for emergencies or disasters of any other nature. There is a regularly scheduled ARES (Amateur Radio Emergency Service) net that is held every Wednesday night at 9:00 pm Central Time. The purpose of the net is for training and practice in the formal use of the linked repeaters as an emergency system. It is followed by an additional round-table net for general discussion.

For more information on how to participate in the WTC ARES net, see the Nets & Repeaters menu option.

Click HERE to visit the West Texas Connection website.

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