The Stephen F. Austin Radio Club, Inc.


           An Association of Amateur Radio Operators in the Austin, Fayette and Waller County Areas


Mailing Address:

   P.O. Box 73

   Carmine TX 78932 

   Meetings: Last Wednesday of each month

   Repeaters: 145.410 (KC5YMJ)

                      444.875   (W5ALG)

1998-99  Officers:

   President, Larry Reese, WB5RTT

   Vice President, Carl Hickman,  K5OWC     

   Secretary/Treasurer, Rick Waldrop, KC5BFU

   Newsletter  Editor, Dave Jenkins, KK5KX

   Newsletter Publisher, Dave Jenkins, KK5KX

The SFARC Newsletter is published monthly for members and those interested in becoming members.






VOL. 8, #3

March, 1999



March Meeting 

         The March meeting will be held on Wednesday, March 31, at the Bellville Restaurant, on the courthouse square, in Bellville.   Dinner will be at 6:30 with business meeting to follow.   There are a few items that will be discussed at this meeting:


·   Field Day


   Still on the agenda: does SFARC want to join BVARC for a joint Field Day effort?


·   Election


It’s that time of year again.  We need to have some volunteers to serve as office-holders for the coming year.  This next meeting will be your chance to a) participate in the nomination process, and b) watch your back (if you’re not there, who  knowsyou may end up getting nominated!


February Meeting

         Members present:


            Rick                    KC5BFU

            Wade                  W5TEN

            Brian                   KA5BKG

            Carl                    K5OWC

            Dave                   KK5KX

            Dan                    W5AOV



         Field Day


         A discussion of the BVARC offer to mount a joint Filed Day was discussed and tabled.





 We will need operators for three stations.  SFARC will not be acting as lunch break Net Control this year -–that duty will be handled by MS 150 personnel.  We will need to man woman person three checkpoints only.  As of now, we still have a need for one or two more volunteers.  If you would like to help out, please get in touch with Wade W5TEN, who is coordinating this Club activity.



Brenham Swap Meet


 The Brenham club will be sponsoring a swap meet at the Washington Count Fairgrounds on April 10.  Contact Brian Gaskamp KA5BKG if you would like more information.



Alex and Beth


The Club presented Alex and Beth a card and check to congratulate them on the birth of their daughter.



Brenham Amateur Radio Club Web Page


The Brenham Club has a web page:  www.alpha1.net/~barc check it out…



Austin County Repeater Association Actions


ACRA funded and installed a new 2M antenna at the repeater site last Saturday.  From all reports it has been performing spectacularly well (especially vis a vis the previously installed antenna).  Yesterday I managed to bring it up from about 6 miles W. of Giddings, using my glass-mounted Larson dual-bander, so I guess it hears just fine.


Membership List


Dan, W5AOV, has prepared a list of current members and those who, for one reason or another, are still receiving Newsletters – I am attaching a copy of that list to this Newsletter.  Please let me know (409/836-3544 or djenkins@phoenix.net) if you spot any errors that need correcting.


Background Noise . . .


Has anyone started using the Internet since the last Newsletter?  If so, please let Dave, KK5KX (e-mail: djenkins@phoenix.net or dfjenkins@equiva.com), have your e-mail address(es).   (If your mailer does not have the ability to handle attachments in MS Word format, you will have to continue receiving the Newsletter via snail mail, until I iron out some technical problems – sorry…)