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  • IN C OLO R: The April Newsletter is now available



    7:30 PM, Thursday, April 9th, 2015

    2511 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, 77478, Eldridge Park Conference Center


    Itís time to cook some hotdogs!


    When you are in the middle of installing the latest and greatest skyhook (or at least the one your budget can afford,), you normally get a little tired, thirsty and hungry. So while the XYL/YL is getting you a cold one, you try and decide the easiest way to cook a couple of hot dogs. You donít want to get the grill out for a few dogs so you look around the back yard for other ideas. You notice your 40 foot antenna mast laying on the ground right under the power lines and you say to yourself ďI bet if I use my antenna mast, I can get that hotdog right next to the high power line and cook itĒ. What a wonderful idea you came up withÖ..Ö..NOT! Come out to the next BVARC meeting and watch Centerpoint Energy show you why it is such a bad idea for you to cook hotdogs with your antenna mast. Centerpoint will also tell you about power line safety and the doís and doníts on working around power lines. Donít worry, Centerpoint is supplying the hotdogs. 


    2015 BVARC Membership Kick Off Challenge!

    Starting on February 1st to March 31st 2015
    The BVARC Membership Committee Challenges YOU!!!
    For every 2 New full paid memberships you bring in, BVARC will give you a 1 year membership to use as you choose. You may use it yourself or give it to someone else.

    • Only full or student paid new memberships qualify towards the awards. (Extra family members do not apply)
    • All new members must list you as the referrer on the membership application.
    • There is no limit! Sign up 4 new members and receive 2 free memberships.
    • Extend your own membership or someone elses.
    • Free memberships are not consecutive.
    • Free memberships will expire in 30 days if not used from date of award.
    • All free memberships may be reveiwed by the BVARC board of directors.
    • The decisions of the board will be final.
    • Only new members during the challenge period will count. (not a a member in the last 12 months)
    • The challenge is open to all BVARC members in good standing.

    March Meeting Recap Ė There were wires but not the normal ones.  

    Our annual TDXS BVARC combined meeting was a great success with over 45 people attending. Nizar Millani, N0NM, of BVARC did a presentation on remote rig operation and how much fun it can be operating a radio remotely. Nizar, our local subject matter expert on remote operation, demonstrated how anyone can set-up remote operation in 5 minutes or less (not quite but he tried). 

    • ELDRIDGE PARK RECREATION CENTER is off Eldridge Road just north of the West Airport intersection.  Here is an area map and a detail map.  (Doors open at 7:00.)

    • Board of Directors Location Change. BVARC Board of Directors Meetings held each month on the 1st Thursday will not be at the Fuddruker’s location. To begin in February on 2-6-14, The BVARC BoD meetings will be held at Bayland Park 6400 Bissonet in the Bayland Park Community Center in Southwest Houston. This move was made to better conduct BVARC BoD club biz and get away from the loud food fellowship entertainment environment.

    • Anyone wishing to contribute to the repair and upgrade of the 146.94 repeater may use the Paypal link in the right window on this page.

    • The club meets every month, usually on the second Thursday (7:30 PM) of the month, at the Eldridge Park Conference Center (see above).  Also, BVARC members frequent the 146.94 (167.9) repeater and hold a Public Service Net every Monday at 8 PM on 146.94 (167.9). In addition, BVARC sponsors a HF net on Wednesday nights. It meets on 3910 +/- 3 khz. This net is allows each member to comment on current events and includes club announcements. The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club is a public service club serving Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston. The club was founded in 1978 and has been active in social events, license classes, administering amateur radio license tests. It provides support for city and county emergency management communication operations. Members provide support for many charitable events such as walks and bike rides.


    This Week in Ham Radio - Today is : Wednesday Apr 01, 2015

    Click to see whole calendar ---- or click here to add things to calendar
    01  Wed 
    NET BVARC HF Rag Chew Net - 3910 Khz at 7 PM every Wednesday - Great info net.  
    02  Thu 
    03  Fri 
    04  Sat 
    05  Sun 
    06  Mon 
    NET BVARC Monday night Public Service Net - 146.94 PL 167.9 8 PM  
    07  Tue 
    08  Wed 
    NET BVARC HF Rag Chew Net - 3910 Khz at 7 PM every Wednesday - Great info net.  

    Real People to Contact:

    Learning Things - Club Elmers Ross Lawler, W5HFF, Club "Elmer" w5hff@yahoo.com 281-342-3340
      Randy Pugh, AA5OA, Club "Elmer" rettveng@gmail.com 832-589-2741
    Club Things Bill Stone WS5H, Club President dragntow@wt.net 713-776-1030
    Newsletter Things John Chauvin, K5IZO, Editor k5izo@yahoo.com  
    VE Testing Things John Moore, KK5NU, VE Liaison   temp down
    Web Things Eddie Runner, NU5K web@bvarc.org 713-569-8799
    Everything Else Things Cameron Mitchell, K5CAM mitchl@mitchl.net 281-565-4665


    Latest Member Upgrades, Changes or Renewals

    Name Call Sign Email Status Expire
    Charlie Keng  K5ENG k5eng AT comcast.net    2016/05/01 
    Lionel Booth  N5LB N5LB AT outlook.com    2016/04/01 
    Tom Matthews  K5SAF k5saf.tx AT gmail.com    2016/03/01 
    Lawson Cook  N5ATT n5att AT yahoo.com    2016/03/01 
    Vance Shaffer  N5WLZ vanceshaffer AT sbcglobal.net    2016/04/01 
    John Johnston  K5EBQ k5ebq AT arrl.net    2016/04/01 
    Kit Keith  KG5FEM badfish_kk AT yahoo.com    2015/12/01 
    Kathy Keith  KG5FNG kathykeith AT hotmail.com    2015/12/01 
    Jim Swetlikoe  VE7ABH/W5 jswetlikoe AT gmail.com    2016/04/01 
    Peter W. Sauermilch  KD5QPX Peter.Sauermilch AT ieee.org    2016/03/01 
    Sally B. Sauermilch  KE5JKQ Peter.Sauermilch AT ieee.org    2016/03/01 
    Travis Burgess  K5HTB travburg1 AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
    Paul Joki  AC5PJ PJoki AT comcast.net    2016/03/01 
    Kevin Thornsberry  W5KLT kevint AT oplink.net    2016/03/01 
    David Suffel  AE5SS davidsuffel AT att,net    2016/03/01 
    Bob Stroupe  WB5JWN bstroupe AT peoplepc.com    2016/02/01 
    Scott Kelly  N5YYN scott3122001 AT yahoo.com    2016/03/01 
    Cody Ford  K5CJF codyjford AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
    LeMoyne Boyer  AC5LB lemoyneboyer AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
    Melia Boyer  KE5KKF kd5jcy AT arrl.net    2016/03/01 


    Membership Expiration Reminders

    Name Call Sign Email Expire Renew
    Bill Green  W5HTG  w5htg AT windstream.net  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
    Patrick Jopling  KC9OHL  patrick.jopling AT apachecorp.com  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
    Larry Burns  K5LKB  lartex13-ham AT yahoo.com  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
    Mark Tollett  KG5AKH    2015/02/01  - click to renew 
    Andy Burger  AB5AB  burger.andrew AT gmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Jo. L. Keener  KE7NSB  jo.l.keener AT juno.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Robert Malley  KF5YUX  bobmall AT comcast.net  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Susan Malley      2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Michael Harbaugh    msharb AT sbcglobal.net  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Jerry Beevers  N5JPB  jpbeevers AT yahoo.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Matt Bramanti  K1MFB  mattbramanti AT gmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    David Cox  KD5IBM  davidacox1 AT hotmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Michael Zimmermann  W5ZIM  michael AT zimm3rmann.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    Mike Zimmermann  KF5YAZ    2015/03/01  - click to renew 
    David Barber  K5NDB  d_barber AT att.net  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    D. Howard Bingham  KE5APJ  KE5APJ AT earthlink.net  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    Hal Fuglaar  N5BXP  Hfuglaar1 AT gmail.com  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    James Roeder  KF5BMW  roederjh AT comcast.net  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    Mary Fuglaar  KA5LGJ  hfuglaar AT hotmail.com  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    Joe Sharer  AA1ZJ  jesharer AT yahoo.com  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
    Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club
    P.O. Box 2997, Sugar Land, TX 77487-2997
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