July 2017

From the Editor:  Jerry A. Goodson W5BFF

Greetings members, friends, and associates of the Radio Amateurs of Cass County.  I hope each of you is doing well.

Whew!  Field Day 2017 is over, and this year was a blast!  The RACC joined up with the Four States Amateur Radio Club and the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club to operate at Spring Lake Park in Texarkana.  At one time, we had as many as seven stations operating, not including the GOTA (Get On The Air) station set up by the radio rabbits KA5AHS.  There were a LOT of cool things that happened this year!

Got VEs?

VEs from the RACC and the 4SARC got together and held a VE Test Session.

L-R: Richard Arthur N5RGA, Clarence Shilling WB5BYV, Jonathan Rogers AF5JQ,
Dan Bradshaw KG5PNN, Jerry Goodson W5BFF, and Monroe Lee KK5NF

Congratulations to Dan Bradshaw KG5PNN who upgraded to General!  Thanks to the VEs that administered the test. (Pictured above)

Got ARRL?  

The American Radio Relay League was well-represented at the combined Field Day site this year.  

L-R: NTX SM Jay Urish W5GM, AR SM Jay Ferguson N5LKE, Ronnie Rumsey KA5LEK,
Cass and Morris County EC Danny Richard KG5ESG, NTX ASM Jerry A. Goodson W5BFF, and
AR ACC Launa Bookwalter KB5LJO.

It's great when an ARRL section manager visits a Field Day site, but the Four States Amateur Radio Club and the Radio Amateurs of Cass County didn't get one section manager to visit, they got TWO!  North Texas Section Manager Jay Urish W5GM announced he would be visiting us during Field Day.  Arkansas Section Manager Jay Ferguson N5LKE surprised us.  The weren't the only ARRL representatives, either!  Jay N5LKE was accompanied by the Arkansas Section Affiliated Club Coordinator Launa Bookwalter KB5LJO, and Jay W5GM was accompanied by the newly appointed Morris and Cass County Emergency Coordinator Danny Richard KG5ESG.  Jay had appointed me (Jerry W5BFF) as an Assistant Section Manager with the primary function to manage the new ARRL North Texas Section website (http://www.arrlntx.org) and official section social media accounts.

The newsletter broke!

Did you see in last month's newsletter than your ham radio license had been expired for more than 2 years?  If you didn't, it's because you didn't pay attention... or even worse, didn't even read the newsletter!  But I know many of you did, because I don't know how many phone calls, emails, text messages, facebook messages, or even face-to-face mentions I got on that very topic.  

So, here's what happened.  I wrote a script on this website that pulls your raw data from http://callook.info.  It's a wonderful (and free) service provided by Josh Dick W1JDD.  When my program was using his program, it was breaking because I never received an error code from his program, because up to that point, his program had always worked for me.  Well, as luck would have it, I sent out the newsletter on the same day his program had gotten hung up during a daily FCC update (which usually only takes his program just a few seconds to complete).  I contacted Josh to let him know, but the damage had already been done... the newsletter had gone out with a bunch of garble and that dreadful message about how your license had been expired for over two years, and you were going to have to take the test to get your license back.  (Some of the calls from new hams that hadn't even been licensed for two years were rather humorous.  I won't mention any names, but you know who you are!)

The good news is, although Josh's site broke and ruined what would have otherwise been a decent newsletter for the month, I now have the error code, and can write an error handler if Josh's site should break again.  Sorry for any angst or inconvenience.

The Radio Rabbits Join ARES

Morris and Cass County have a new Emergency Coordinator.  Danny Richard KG5ESG was appointed in mid-June by the new ARRL North Texas Section Manager Jay Urish W5GM.  Danny called me and told me he needed communications support at the Daingerfield State Park for a 5k race.  He only gave me four days notice, but we made it happen.  I posted a nice little write-up on the radio rabbits website at http://www.ka5ahs.org/Radio-Rabbits-Join-ARES-and-Provide-Communications-Support 

I'll shut up now.

The good news is, a lot has been happening in the amateur radio world.  The bad news is, it makes for a long newsletter.  So with that, I'll just let you know that Jim Collom N5YU will have a Yaesu FTM-3100r and at least 2 Baofeng HTs to give away at the club meeting this weekend.  

I look forward to sharing some sausage and eggs with you this weekend!


-=Jerry A. Goodson=- W5BFF

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Keeping Smitty's dream alive.


Pop Hunt KF5WSU, Sally Hunt KF5WSW, John Spann KB5JDT did a little yard work up at the 84 Repeater site on Cusseta Mountain to help Jim Collom N5YU. Pop and Sally did the weedeating, and John cut down the forest and heavy brush. Sally sprayed Roundup and ant poison, and Pop oiled the gate lock.

Afterwards, they drank ice cold tea at the Spann's home and played with the new baby goats for a while.

"If you can help out with yard work at a tower near you, Jim would certainly appreciate. What we did Thursday took the three of us less than 2 hours. Keeping the site neat, clean is important for Jim so that he can more quickly access the tower and equipment to make upgrades and repairs w/o having to wade through high grass, fleas, ticks, spiders, snakes, etc.," Pop said.

Larry and Sabrina Pollard (W5ADI and W5DMI) take care of the Midway site, and Richard Arthur N5RGA takes care of the Barkman Creek site.  Special thanks to all the volunteers that keep these sites up!

New and Improved ARES for Morris County and Cass County

Danny Richard KG5ESG was appointed as the new Emergency Coordinator (EC) for Morris County and Cass County.  Morris County did not have any ARES program prior to the appointment, and he replaced Jason Patterson KD5RQB in Cass County.  Richard kept Patterson on as the assistant EC.

The Freedom Link Group provided the "Bi-County" ARES program with a wide coverage standalone repeater, and the frequency information can be found in the frequency list below.  Net times will be announced soon, along with other training activities.

Richard is planning to build up the ARES program with all interested amateur radio operators in the two counties, regardless of ARRL or club membership or affiliation.  


Freedom Link Group Repeaters

“Linking Radio Communications Across The Four States Area” 
Contact Jim Collom, N5YU
The Freedom Link Group on www.repeaterbook.com
View Freedom Link Group Repeaters on Google Maps

Freq. ENC / DEC Input Call Location
145.110 100.0 / * 144.510 WX5FL Sulphur Springs
* The 145.110 repeater at Sulphur Springs does not transmit a tone, so make sure your radio is programmed for "ENC" only on that frequency.
145.170 100.0 / 100.0 144.570 WX5FL Karnack (Pickin's Hill)
145.190 151.4 / 151.4 144.590 WX5FL Bi-County ARES (Cass and Morris County)
The 145.190 repeater is a wide coverage area stand-alone repeater that is not linked with any other repeater.
145.310 100.0 / 100.0
88.5 / 100.0 or CSQ
131.8 / 100.0 or CSQ
144.710 WX5FL Atlanta (Springdale)
Caver Ranch RCO
Downtown RCO
145.370 136.5 / 136.5 144.770 W5WVH Tyler ** Not yet linked
145.390 100.0 / 100.0 144.790 WX5FL Texarkana (Barkman Creek)
145.450 136.5 / 136.5 144.850 WX5FL Kilgore
145.470 136.5 / 136.5 144.870 WX5FL Avinger (Lake O' The Pines)
146.640 136.5 / 136.5 146.040 K5LET Longview (East Mountain)
146.760 186.2 / 186.2 146.160 N5SHV Shreveport
146.840 100.0 / 100.0 146.240 WX5FL Marietta (Cussetta Mountain)
146.900 100.0 / 100.0 146.300 WX5FL McLeod / Huffines
147.045 107.2 / 94.8 * 147.645 N5THS Nashville (H.E.A.R. Club)
* For local traffic only, use 94.8 / 94.8.
147.100 136.5 / 136.5 147.700 WX5FL Quitman 
147.360 151.4 / 151.4 147.960 WX5FL Pittsburg (Midway)
444.425 100.0 / 100.0 448.425 WX5FL Texarkana (Barkman Creek)

Club Contacts:
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Editor - Jerry A. Goodson, W5BFF
430-342-3376 - Cell

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President - Paul James, KG5JTC
Vice President - Roger Fouse, KB5ROD
Treasurer - Cletus Bauer, N5XFB

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