Monday, August 19, 2019

WinLink Wednesday's sponsored by The Lake Area Amateur Radio Association

New from our friends at Lake Area Amateur Radio Association using Winlink.
I would like to invite you to participate in a new WinLink net called WinLink Wednesdays. This net is open to everyone, so please invite your other WinLink friends to participate.
The purpose of the net is to keep operators skills fresh on how to operate WinLink via RF. Skills atrophy without use, and the most likely time you will use WinLink is during an emergency. If you use a skill at least one a week, the chances of atrophy lessen greatly.
So, how do you participate? It's quite easy. You will send a message to KF5VO via WinLink on Wednesday. When you open a new message, Click on Select Template --> Standard Templates --> GENERAL Forms --> WinLink Check In.txt. Fill out the form. Make sure you put KF5VO in the "Send To:" filed. If you need help, there is a link on the form called "Form Info" that describes each input. Click the submit button, and send the e-mail.
For now, send the message via RF to any WinLink Gateway. At a later date we may try direct connections, but not yet.
Send the message on Wednesday between the times of 12:00 a.m. in the morning and 11:59 p.m. in the evening, local time. The list of check-ins will be compiled on either Thursday or Friday and sent back out to everyone that checked in.
Our first WinLink Wednesday will be July 10.
73,
John, KF5VO

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

ARRL North Texas Section Manager News Letter

North Texas Newsletter July 2019
July 12, 2019


·        Over 22 ARRL FD Site Visits by Section Officials & The West Gulf Division Director
·        Notes from Katherine KT5KMF, our SYC
·        Ham of The Year Nominations – Winner to be Announced in September
·        New Public Information Officer Appointed Brent Boydston KF5THB
·        Notes from Greg Evans K5GTX our SEC
·        Division Director & Section Manager Round Table Visits with Club Leadership Starts
·        The 90 Days of Danger
·        The 2 Meter spectrum is not currently at Risk
ARRL FD Site Visits
I have received several emails from North Texas members expressing thanks to the Section management Team, for the efforts made to visit so many Field Day sites this year.  I visited 11 sitesJohn Stratton our West Gulf Division Director, visited several sites, as did many of the ARRL NTX Section Officials.  Next year, Iam starting my visits from the North West to the South East edge of our Section.
Notes from Katherine KT5KMF our Section Youth Coordinator
As I type this, it’s hard to believe that this year is already halfway over. In just a few weeks, I’ll be back at marching band two-a-days! I hope my sousaphone has managed to lose a few pounds in the last year!

Saturday, June 15 was one of this year’s two ARRL Kids’ Days. I set up both my new ICOM IC-7300 and vertical antenna, hoping to both try them out and make contacts with kids. In the several hours I was on, I only heard one kid, but was unable to reach him. I did, however, make contact with several participants in the West Virginia QSO Party and the Battleship Alabama! Due to current band conditions, should we consider having more than two Kids’ Days per year?

The next weekend was Field Day. Our Section Manager, Steve (KG5VK), my dad (K5WFR) and I visited a total of 6 different clubs’ Field Day sites. We started at the Plano Amateur Radio Klub, but were delayed by a storm with a lot of lightning that left us stranded under the pavilion. When the storm was over, we headed to the Richardson EOC to meet the Richardson Wireless Klub. There I met Mac Cody (AE5PH), the club’s satellite expert, who showed us his “battlestation” and let me try it. Unfortunately I couldn’t make any contacts, but it was still really interesting. Then we visited the Garland Amateur Radio Club, where we met Mr. Belt (W5TGF), a 93 year old founding member of the club. After that we headed to the Sachse Amateur Radio Association. John Briggs (KC6TVF), gave us a tour of their CERT trailer, which was really cool (both from the air conditioning and their setup!). It was dinnertime for their club, but I made sure to go over to the restaurant to say hello to their other members. Next we headed to the Lucas Amateur Radio Club. While we were there, I managed to make a few QSO’s on their 40 meter station. Finally, we traveled to the McKinney Amateur Radio Club site. Unfortunately, we arrived later than expected, and most of the members had already left. However, we got there just in time to watch them get to 200 QSO points. Overall, the Field Day tour was a great experience and I really enjoyed meeting so many hams. I’m looking forward to next year!

This month I visited the McKinney Amateur Radio Club (MARC) and the Grayson County Amateur Radio Club (GCARC). While I was at the MARC meeting I made sure to thank them for the special award I received from them at the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair. I was also surprised to run into our Section Manager there. At the GCARC meeting, one of their members, Lee Sly (N5SLY) did a presentation on FT8. He and other club members were very interested to hear about the science fair projects I had done using this digital mode. GCARC member James Frank (KW5CW), also mentioned me in their club newsletter. Thank you to both clubs for welcoming both me and my driver (aka Dad or K5WFR). Next month I hope to visit the Sachse Amateur Radio Association (SARA), the Lucas Amateur Radio Club (LARC), the Richardson Wireless Klub (RWK), and the Denton County Amateur Radio Association (DCARA).

I want to say congratulations to Lee (N5SLY) on upgrading to Extra! (He did it outdoors in a storm at McKinney’s Field Day!)  He made me feel very welcome at the GCARA meeting and I’m glad I could encourage him to go for it!

I’m still working on some ideas to get youth exposed to amateur radio. If anyone has any ideas to share or information relating to activities that they would like to spread the word about, please email me at kt5kmf@arrl.net

73 and have a great July!
         
Katherine

The ARRL NTX Ham of the Year will be announced this September
We had numerous really good nominations and three packages that made the decision very tough.  I will announce the winner in September.  Thanks to everyone that took the time to send in a nomination.

Greg Evans our SEC
We are in the middle of the summer with high temperatures both here and in the Gulf of Mexico.  Already, we have an 80% chance of our second named storm of the season this week. 
Personal and Environmental Safety:  It is HOT!  It is important to stay hydrated during the summer.  Even short stints outside can result in Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke.  Take it seriously!  The heat was the third highest cause of weather-related deaths following floods and tropical storms in 2017. 
Event Information:  Do you have an event, exercise or meeting coming up?  Please send information about it, including dates, times, website information, and any support needs/requirements to eventsignup (it’s a complicated email address, so just click the link to send the email).  We will post it in the Section’s Event Calendar.    
Fall SET:  We have begun planning the Fall SET for October 12.  The exercise will be a large scale event, and I hope that all of you can participate.  
Emergency Coordinators:  We have several vacancies for Couty EC positions, some of which have vacant for over a year.  I want to fill those positions.  Please visit the ARES section on our website at arrlntx.org to find more information.  If you have a nomination or would like to apply for those positions, please send an email to sec@arrlntx.org and the District Emergency Coordinator for the area. 
Clubs, Counties, and Agency ICS-217a:  The ICS-217a (click on the link to download from FEMA) is used by emergency management to identify communications resources, such as the equipment in a communications kit/trailer before an incident occurs.  Communications equipment is identified with frequencies, channels, talk groups, tones, modes, and authorized users.  When responding to an event, it is very important to have this information readily available.  It has been a long time since we have updated the section ICS-217a.  I ask that every club, Emergency Coordinator, and Served Agency, please provide a current ICS-217a.  On the ICS-217a, identify repeaters, communications trailers/kits, including the callsign, frequency and tone information and the use of that equipment; i.e., Skywarn Nets, Club Repeater, Communications Support Trailer, etc.  We will combine the information in a master ICS-217a that will be available on the Section website. 

Division Director & Section Manager Round Table Visits with Club Leadership Starts this Saturday 
As announced at HamCom by the West Gulf Director
We will begin the Round Table Meetings with ARRL Affiliated Clubs from ARES District 5
Designated Club Officials in District 5 have already been sent their invitation to attend these meetings
More Round Table meetings will follow with invites and locations for ARRL affiliated clubs within other Districts.

Our New Public Information Officer
Brent Boydston, KF5THB has been appointed as the North Texas Section PIO.  Brent would like any input from members and clubs emailed to him atkf5thb@arrl.net.  Brent is a long time ARRL member and a very energetic and active amateur radio op.  Please help me welcome Brent to the ARRL NTX Section management team.
  
The 90 Days of summer has already proven to be deadly
During the 4th of July week, five people that lost their life to drownings in the Texoma area.

So I will repeat in part my message from last month of the 90 Days of Summer….
Summer is a lot of fun, kids are out of school
, and there are a lot of outdoor activities.  We have the heat now, with heat advisories almost daily, stay hydrated! Keep an eye on those around you, and pay attention to the Heat and its effect on your body and others, know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.
Watch out for kids near water.  It only takes a minute for a child to drown being distracted with your nose in a cell phone when you should be monitoring children in or near water is cause for disaster. 
Do you know CPR?  You should; you may save the life of a stranger or a loved one.
While our Spectrum is always at risk - for now, 2 Meters is Safe
There has been a lot of chatter that our 2-meters band has already been taken.  That is mostly Fake or Greatly exaggerated “news.

Yes, there was a news release that
 “No Strong Opposition to 144 – 146 MHz Reallocation Proposal at CEPT Meeting”  But so many people failed to read beyond the headlines that a panic unfolded.  If you watch some of the Video’s on the Internet, you would think we already lost the battle.  This is simply not true.

Our Spectrum has always been and will always be under some threat of reallocation. Any IARU member can ask for allocation to change; however, that does not suggest that anything will ever come of it. Especially when asking for a primary user to be made secondary.  It behooves us all to act responsibly and not spread falsehoods.  Continue your support for the ARRL so they can protect our spectrum.  The formal CEPT meeting where all member Societies, the ARRL, and other IARU organizations, are invited to the table is next month (August).  Those that proposed reallocating 2 meters will be shocked into the realization that they need to go elsewhere

Steve
KG5VK

Saturday, June 15, 2019

ARRL NTX Section Manager June News Letter

North Texas Newsletter June 2019

·       Ham Com a Huge Success

·       Notes from Katherine KT5KMF, our SYC

·       Ham of The Year Nominations - closing date announced

·       New Assistant SM / Ambassador John Hamilton KD5INM

·       Notes from Greg Evans K5GTX our SEC

·       Planned ARRL FD Site Visits

·       The 90 Days of Danger

·       Public Information Officer –WANTED-



Ham Com a Huge Success

Ham Com at the Plano site just seems right on so many levels,
from the large outside Flea Market area to the ease of parking and no confusing Mix master highways to get back on the road.

            What a wonderful crowd of enthusiastic Amateur radio operators we had at the ARRL tables, from the 9 year old to the 87 years young amateurs I got to visit with it was indeed an honor to meet each and every one of you.

            Unfortunately on Saturday I was not often at the tables, but at one of the three ARRL forums, presenting one personal forum “Logging & QSLing for the 21 Century” or at the DFWCG sponsored Luncheon listening to the Guest Speaker Bryant Rascoll KG5HVO, a 15 year old from Alabama who won the Young Ham of The Year award (WA6ITF)  this past year.

            We were honored to have many distinguished guest, from The President of the ARRL Rick Roderick K5UR, and The CEO Howard Michel WB2ITX, to The Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam N2RJ and neighboring Delta Division Director David Norris K5UZ

            Section Managers from all corners of Texas and Oklahoma were also present,
Oklahoma’s SM Kevin O’Dell N0IRW, South Texas SM Paul Gilbert KE5ZW, West Texas SM Dale Durham W5WI and your SM myself were in attendance.

            The West Gulf Director John Stratton N5AUS, Our Vice Director Lee Cooper W5LHC and myself stayed incredibly busy visiting fellow ARRL members and either attending or doing presentations at the Four ARRL Forums.
     Greg Evans our SEC K5GTX, manned a separate ARES booth and was assisted by John Hamilton KD5INM our newest Assistant Section Manager and District 1 SM Ambassador.

     I unfortunately, missed introducing the New Mexico Section Manager Bill Mader K8TE, apologies.

 

Notes from Katherine KT5KMF Our Section Youth Coordinator


I’m Katherine Forson, KT5KMF, and this is my first newsletter article since accepting the position of Section Youth Coordinator. I’m excited about this position and am working on several ideas about getting youth interested in radio.
After surviving my high school final exams, I assisted members of my home club, the Plano Amateur Radio Klub (PARK), when they did a (water) tower climb to do maintenance on the repeater.
I also attended HamCom in Plano this past weekend. I helped man the North Texas Section table and the PARK table. I also visited with members from the Dallas Amateur Radio Club (DARC), the Denton County Amateur Radio Association (DCARA), the McKinney Amateur Radio Club (MARC), the Richardson Wireless Klub (RWK), and the Sachse Amateur Radio Association (SARA). We discussed the possibility of my driver (Rob, K5WFR) and me visiting some of their meetings this summer. I also hope to visit some local clubs that were not at HamCom
While talking to members of DCARA, I heard something I thought was very interesting. Coppell High School is planning to set up an antenna and repeater on top of their building, as well as offering a summer class for students interested in ham radio. While at HamCom, I was also surprised when I heard about some individuals that occasionally used to set up and operate behind my school, Shepton High School in Plano, due to HOA restrictions in their own neighborhoods.
I was fortunate to have met a lot of people this weekend, including the ARRL Hudson Division Director Ria Jairam, N2RJ, and Dr. Thomas Hays, KI5AIF, Assistant Professor of Engineering Practice, School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Oklahoma.
While at HamCom, I attended several sessions. I was especially impressed by Bryant Rascoll, KG5HVO, 2018 Young Ham of the Year. He talked during the luncheon about getting youth involved in contesting. I hope to collaborate with him in the future about getting more youth involved and interested in our hobby.
The best part of HamCom? I “won” an ICOM IC-7300 radio! Of course, I only won it after my driver paid the nice lady from MTC. I also picked up a portable antenna. I intend to try these out this weekend for ARRL Kids Day, and I plan to share my opinions on them in the next newsletter.
I am scheduled to attend several Field Day sites with my driver (backseat for that day!) and Steve, KG5VK, including Plano, McKinney, Richardson, Garland, Allen/Wylie/Lucas, and Sachse. I look forward to visiting with members of those clubs!

I hope you all have a great summer and hope to see you on the air!

Katherine KT5KMF

Ham of the Year Nominations Closing Date Announced

 I announced the deadline for ARRL NTX Section Ham of The Year Nominations at the Section Manager forum during Ham Com.
The deadline is 2359 Local time on the 22nd of this month,  details on submission of nominations may be found in the prior News Letter, On the ARRL NTX Groups.IO reflector, The Face Book Groups page “ARRL – North Texas Section” and on my Blog…. http://sdxa.blogspot.com
            Or simply email me for instructions  
kG5VK@ARRL.ORG


New Assistant Section Manager,  Ambassador appointed

I appointed John Hamilton KD5INM who is our current Technical Coordinator
John remains our Technical Coordinator and is now also a SM Ambassador for district 1.
He will be making many ARRL FD visits in District 1 on my behalf.
            John was and is a valued asset to our members, he proved so during HamCom, even though he had a full plate with the MARS program HamCom week-end John spent much time assisting myself and Greg Evans at the ARRL and ARES tables, thanks John !



Greg Evans K5GTX SEC


Summer Field Day is a great opportunity to practice your problem-solving skills.  I had never participated in a field day where something didn’t go wrong.  Maybe it is RFI or QRM from a neighboring station.  Maybe a cable end went bad while stored in the shed from the last Field Day.  Or worse yet, an amplifier, tuner or radio failed.  There are always new challenges during field day; it’s how you choose to handle them that is key.

Situational Awareness is key for our ability to respond.  In the past month, I asked the Section to go into Standby twice.  The first time was due to the Potentially Dangerous Situation (PDS) notice issued by the NWS for the panhandle of Texas.  For the following 48 hours since that notice, most of the weather was north of our section.  The second Standby request was due to the potential for severe weather throughout the Section.  NWS reported eight confirmed tornadoes.  On Sunday, June 9, winds exceeding 70 MPH hit the DFW area.  The storms occurred earlier than expected.  One Dallas resident lost their life due to a crane accident.  While the NWS does an excellent job predicting the weather, unexpected events do occur.  Maintaining our vigilance of situational awareness helps us be prepared to serve our communities in their time of need.


Planned ARRL Site Visits

Several members of the Section management staff and I, will be out and about
on ARRL Field Day week-end visiting the sites.
Katherine KT5KMF Section Youth Coordinator, myself and her dad will visit....

Plano K5PRK, McKinney W5MRC,
Richardson K5RWK, Garland K5QHD,
Allen/Wylie/Lucas W5AWL and Saches K5S

I will visit....
K5RKW in Rockwall, Grayson County (Sherman) and Paris WB5RDD
on the way back home if I can catch about four hours of sleep Saturday evening in
Plano

Ken Mitchell KD2KW  SM Ambassador
LAARK
DCARA
LARA

Army Curtis AE5P
Nacogdoches W5NAC and
Rusk County N5RCA in Henderson

Ken Hansen N2VIP   SM Ambassador
KB5A Metrocrest ARC
and Coppell Hams W5CPL


John Hamilton KD5INM
Section Technical Coordinator & New Assistant SM Ambassador District 1
John will be visiting FD sites within District
One (North West of Ft Worth) and down
into Districts 2 and 4
John is looking at visiting Six sites,
possibly a few more

Greg Evans K5GTX  SEC
DARC (Dallas ARC)
Ham Association of Mesquite (HAM)
Ellis County Amateur Radio Club
Mansfield Johnson Amatuer Radio Service (MJARS)
Tri County ARC
Northeast Tarrant Amateur Radio Club


Public Information Officer Wanted

We need a Public Information Officer for our Section.
If you have the skill to help me get the word out to our members using different Media Tools,
please contact me and let’s talk. 
You must be a current ARRL member to hold any position in section management and willing to spend a few hours each month on this project,
Giving a little of your time to our fellow ARRL members is very rewarding, the team could use some help, so call or email me now.   Steve   KG5VK@ARRL.ORG
Telephone 318-470-9806


The 90 Days of summer can be deadly

Summer is a lot of fun, kids are out of school and there are a lot of outdoor activities.
We have ARRL Field Day with a lot of inherent risk, especially the heat, stay hydrated !
Keep an eye on those around you and pay attention to the Heat and its effect on your body and others, know the signs of Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke.
Watch out for kids near water, it only takes a minute for a child to drown
being distracted with your nose in a cell phone when you should be monitoring children in or near water is cause for disaster.  Do you know CPR, you should – you may save the life of a stranger or a Loved one.

Parking lots are probably the most dangerous place any of us travel
I am amazed every time I enter and leave any parking area that I escape alive.

If your shooting a line over a tree with a projectile for ARRL FD, please consider where that projectile may land, especially if the line comes untethered.

Have Fun but be Safe and a reminder ARRL  Kids Day is today
15 June 2019

Steve
KG5VK

Thursday, May 30, 2019

ARRL North Texas Ham of The Year Nominations are still being accepted

ARRL NTX Ham of The Year Nominations should be more than just a call sign sent to the section manager

A good nomination package might look something like this......

What follows is nomination example

Everyone of the following lines are Bullet statements........


I want to nominate Name and Call sign for NTX Ham of the year.
Is an ARRL member
Was licensed in xxxx, has lived in NTX section X years
Currently is a member of xxxx and xxxx
Received a personal award from for work during weather event on xx date and year for doing XXXX
Presented XXXXXX at xxxx Ham Fest during xxxx and again in xxxx.
Does on-the-air traffic handling on XXX Net
Was instrumental in development of xxxx
Was honored by being the recipient of xxx group or club award
Inducted into the xxxxx
Directly responsible for organizing such and such events this passed year
Passed President of the XXX Amateur Radio club, and Current member of the Board of Directors
Served as a hospital volunteer during XXXXX in xxx of xxxx, at XXXX hospital
Works as a Volunteer doing xxx at their local church on such and such street in no where Texas
Is a VEC and has administered exams during the following club meetings and Ham Fest
Volunteered and assisted our club during it's support of  Mentor Fest (or other event)
Personally Elmer x number of new Amateur Radio operators last year
Assisted HamCom members with x hours of volunteer work in 2018 placing Barricades Thursday evening 

 (following is a sample closing paragraph)
I highly recommend XXXXXX for the award of North Texas Ham of the Year.
A closing paragraph such as this is appropriate to help underline
any of the Bullet statements that are above
You can also include copies of certificates, awards etc
And your closing with your name and call sign

You might not have as many bullet statements listed in the sample above
Those are listed to give you an idea of what a Nomination should look like


Closing date of Nominations will be announced at HamCom on the 8th of June 2019

Email your nominations to KG5VK@ARRL.ORG

Subject title needs to be ARRL NTX Ham of the Year Nomination

Steve
KG5VK

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Emory Texas Ham Fest Tail Gate Party

The Emory Ham Fest Tail Gate Party
May 11. 2019

Was a success in my book !
While it rained all day, the turn out considering it was an outside venue was great.
Many of the Rains County Amateurs brought pop up tents for Vendors to use

My Mom has always said that I would not melt if I got wet
and that was true

The fellowship from club members was warm and friendly
I am already looking forward to their next venue !

Steve
KG5VK

Friday, April 26, 2019

I'm in Rockwall, Texas tonight and bright and early head to Garland for Mentor Fest 2019 at the Hella Shrine

April 26,  2019

I'm on the road (Pit Stop) is Rockwall Texas

Tomorrow is Mentor Fest 2019
April 27, 2019

Garland, Texas at the Hella Shrine

Schedule

TIMESession 1Session 2Session 3Session 4Session 5Session 6
6:00 - 8:45Setup
9:00 - 9:45Do you need an antenna tuner?DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioAnderson power polesAREDN 
10:00 - 10:45Do you need an antenna tuner?DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioCoax ConnectorsFSQ 
11:00 - 11:45Do you need an antenna tuner?DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioSoldering 100, An IntroHands On AREDN/FSQ 
11:45 - 1:00Lunch
1:00 - 1:45Practical BaoFeng HT Radio Programming 101DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioAnderson power polesAREDN 
2:00 - 2:45Practical BaoFeng HT Radio Programming 101DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioCoax ConnectorsFSQ 
3:00 - 3:45Practical BaoFeng HT Radio Programming 101DMR- Digital Mobile RadioDigital HF modes- FT-8 digital on HFRaspberry Pi and Ham RadioSoldering 100, An IntroHands On AREDN/FSQ
3:45 - 5:00Tear Down and Clean Up

We have Ten Mentors covering a wide range of Topics in Formal Seminars (listed above)
There will also be a lot of casual mentoring sessions at one of over six different club tables
Our ARRL West Gulf Division Director John Stratton will join my self and many others at the ARRL table
I encourage everyone to come meet our director, myself and many other talented Ham radio members
that are eager to share with others.

What I love about sharing in a learning Environment is that we all learn
Come on out and lets have some fun learning about our great hobby !
Steve
KG5VK

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Irving Ham Fest on the 2nd of March

I will be at the Irving Ham Fest on the 2nd of March
Please stop by the ARRL Table and say hello

Steve
KG5VK

North Texas ARRL members Vote for Steven Lott Smith KG5VK as the new Section Manager

News Flash !   (February 19,2019)

Fellow North Texas ARRL members voted me into office as the next ARRL NTX Section Manager !

A big Thank You to each and every one that Voted, 

not just those that voted for me personally, 
but everyone that took a few minutes to mark their Ballot and get it in the mail !

I am very thankful that I won the confidence of the majority of my fellow North Texas ARRL members and you have given me a chance to work for you !!!

Even though, I do not take office tell the First of April, 2019
I am hitting the ground running, answering phone calls, email and text messages

Please, if I do not answer the phone...
leave a short message with a topic, or at least your call sign and phone number.

This will allow me to get back to you with the info you need and not have to call you back after I research the solutions or answers to your question(s)

This simply helps me, help more members faster and more efficiently.

Cheers!
Steve
KG5VK

KG5VK at ARRL dot Net
Tel 318-470-9806

Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Some of My Goals as your new ARRL North Texas Section Manager, if elected




  • Fix a few things......

    1. The Broken or Incomplete Profiles on the http://ARRLNTX.org website
    2. The Broken NTX Feeds to the Division website  http://arrlwgd.org/sections
    3. More Active Communication from SM to members with a request that they provide feedback, emphasis on the routine of a Monthly Section News Letter


      • Create some new tools to promote Active communication

        1. Monthly Pod Casts
        2. Quarterly Emails, Pod Castings and / or Face Book postings of...
        State of The Section Reports

        • Education of members to the tools at hand to solve problems and communicate with the Section Manager and his Station level appointees
          aside from the ARRLNTX.org website for example use of the NTX Email reflector http://www.arrlntx.org/
        • Insure that fellow North Texans are aware of the many programs that are in place for our Section and Division members. Such as....

          1. Scholarships
          2. Encourage nominations to the Division Awards program for Young Ham of the Year, Ham of the Year etc.
          3. Seek Nominations for ARRL NTX Section Ham of the Year
            and provide the award to one of those nominated once a year per my term in office.
          4. ARRL special club of the year award for the club that recruits the greatest number of new ARRL members within the last 12 months
            I will obviously have to work out some details on this one so it is fair to lower populated clubs as well as large member clubs.

            •  Ensure that the ARRL Section Table is Manned on both Friday & Saturday at Cowtown & HamCom, not just Saturday

              These are just a few of the things that I want to do and see done better, others will come once in office if elected to serve

              Cheers!
              Steven Lott Smith
              KG5VK


My ARRL NTX Section Manager Campaign stop at The Garland Amateur Radio Club

Last night myself (KG5VK) and Ken KD2KW were at the Garland ARC meeting
we were invited by the GARC Club to introduce ourselves as the current Candidates for your Section Manager (ARRL NTX) and take questions from the members.

We received many great questions !

One question I had for the members was...
When was the last time a North Texas ARRL member was awarded Ham of The Year ?
Unfortunately,  no one could recall
To me that means it has been way to long ago and I expressed that
Maybe it is because none of the recent SM's have asked the members to nominate someone ???
I found nothing on this in the current NTX section searches I did,
why, could be many reasons.

I do plan on if elected to seek Nominations for a section Ham of the year from our section
and award one accordingly each year I am in office, if elected.

I also encourage members of North Texas to submit a nomination to our Division
This is easily done by following the instructions found at the following link...
http://arrlwgd.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/WGD-Awards-Full-Nominating-Package.pdf
We have Many deserving Hams in our section that have been over looked for far too long !

I have another question for those reading this..........
Can you name Ten great things that have happened in our Section in the last year and a half ?
Now how many of those things were generated at the Section manager level ????
Regardless of the answer, those numbers (both of those answers) needs to be much higher 
and that is but One of my goals if elected as your Section Manager

As always you can contact me with questions via email
KG5VK@ARRL.net
Tele 318-470-9806

Cheers!
Steve
KG5VK

Thursday, January 10, 2019

My Campaign Journey for ARRL Section Manager

When I decided to run as the new Section Manager for the North Texas Section of the ARRL
I was faced with the question of how do I get the word out to the Forty Four Thousand plus fellow North Texas ARRL members

My Game plan became to do a small limited Mail out to approximately a fourth of the members,
The first week of this month One Thousand Letters were mailed
both letting members know who I am and why I am running as well as asking for their Vote.

I wish I could have mailed a letter to every member in North Texas
but my budget could not support that.

How to spread the word to an even wider audience?
I decided to give Jason KC5HWB of Ham Radio 2.0 a call
and I asked if he could help spread the word that there was actually an Election this year
for a new NTX section manager

He agreed and was all in, and in fact did an interview a few days later with Jay Urish the current SM
and this past week-end did an interview of both myself and Ken KD2KW the other Candidate

I received a lot of emails and even a few phone calls after that interview.
Every one of those contacts were positive and several had some great ideas on how to improve our section.

We have 68 counties in the North Texas ARRL Section
it is a big area and I will need lots of help, to make our section a roll model for other sections.
So keep the ideas and phone calls coming !

Telephone 318-470-9806
Email KG5VK@ARRL.net
I can also be reached on FB & Messenger
My FB ID is Steven Lott Smith KG5VK

Here are the links to the interviews that Jason of Ham Radio 2.0 did.........

Jason's Interview with Jay Urish W5GM our current Section manager

Interview with 2019 Candidates of North Texas Section by Jason of Ham Radio 2.0

The Closing Statements from the Interview of Candidates

You will be receiving Section manager Ballots from the ARRL
soon, please educate yourself on both Candidates and Vote
for who you feel will do the most work for all ARRL members in North Texas

I hit the ground on this campaign with a sprint to get the word out
Before the first of the year I attended two Amateur Radio Club Christmas parties
one in Paris Texas (RRVARC) and one in Atlanta, Texas (LETARS)

Then it was the RRVARC club meeting (Paris, TX),  The MJARS club meeting (Atlanta, TX),
Ham Radio 2.0 Interview at the Hunt County EOC in Hurst, Texas  and The Dallas Amateur Radio Club DARC meeting  Tuesday the 8th of January.
Tonight I will be at the MARS Club meeting in Carrollton, Texas

Cheers!
Steve
KG5VK