Official Newsletter for the
Heart O’ Texas Amateur Radio Club
Waco, Texas


Volume XXXVII, Number 4                                                  April 2012


April HOTARC Meeting


April 26, 2012 7:00 PM at the W5NCD Workshop, 12772 Chapel Rd in Lorena


President’s Corner

by Scott Hamilton, K5ZOH

I attended the Belton Swap Fest last weekend and I saw several of our members there. It seems to me that it was not as well attended this Spring as it has been in the past. Still, I enjoyed the chance to have an eyeball QSO with some of my “on the air” friends as well as see the HOTARC club members who were there. It is always fun to poke around some of the older rigs and especially to find some parts for the old tube rigs that I am always messing with in my shack. Those of you who haven’t been to Belton might give it a try this Fall at the October version.

Well, Field Day is just around the corner so we should ensure we have our bases covered at this week’s Club meeting. Be thinking about what times you would like operate one of the Club stations during the contest. See you Thursday evening.

73, Scott K5ZOH
HOTARC President


For the Record...

HOTARC Meeting of Members
March 22, 2012

The meeting was called to order by President Scott Hamilton, K5ZOH on Thursday, March 22, 2012 at 7:02 p.m. in the W5NCD Workshop at 12772 Chapel Road in Lorena. Rodney Baden, K5YKC opened the meeting with prayer. There were twenty one (21) full members, with no guests present.

Some brief details about the sickness and sudden passing of Ronald (Ronnie) Ault were discussed by the group. There will be a short visitation followed by the funeral at Columbus Ave. Baptist Church Chapel at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 24th.  Interment will follow at Oakwood Cemetery. Although Ronnie was not a club member, a motion was made by Jim Finch, AE5WP to send flowers from the Club. A second was made by Jeremy Randazzo, KF5KPB. The motion vote was unanimous.

A second discussion was brought up about Ron Garrett, KB5TDY’s pending application. Since he was a former club member, his application was accepted and approved without vote, as per Club bylaws. Welcome back Ron!

A motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report as published was recognized from Ralph Ratta, K9RWR with a second by K5YKC. The motion was unanimously approved by the members.

A motion to approve the Minutes as published was recognized from Ed Hynan, KC5KNI.with a second by KF5KPB. The motion passed unanimously.

The Treasurer Reports...


Heart O’ Texas Amateur Radio Club
Treasurer’s Report, March 2012

Beginning Account Balance                                   $ 8,436.69


       Dues                                    $ 285.00

       Tech Class fees                    544.72

       Interest                                     0.05

       TOTAL Income                  $ 829.77


       Extra class food                                   $  26.20

       Tech class books & food                      314.58

       Generator repair                                       51.10

       PayPal fees                                               11.95

       TOTAL Expenses                                $ 403.83

Ending Account Balance                                         $ 9,071.19

Uncleared activity (as of 3/14/2012)
 Credits: Dues $60.00
 Debits: PayPal fees $1.92, , Tech Class fees $90.44,
       Flower Fund $57.50, Trailer Registration $112.00
 Amount in account: $ 8,869.33 (incl. Flower Fund: $186.21)

Submitted by
Norris Martin, KB5SLI
HOTARC Treasurer

Committee Reports:

·         ARES: Ed Hynan, KC5KNI, reported that the first activation of the SKYWARN Weather Net went very well. It was very exciting to hear many new Hams joining in. The Emergency Call Text system also worked as planned. There was one small notification error that was quickly corrected. The error was a note to call Pat Hynan instead of Ed Hynan upon receiving the text.

·         Trailer: Jim Jud, KA5QKL reported that the trailer is ready for the Bearathon this coming Saturday.

·         Repeater: Norris Martin, KB5SLI reported that all repeaters are well.

·         D-Star: Rodney Baden reported that all is well.

·         Web page: John Chamberlain, AC5CV reported that all is well. Hackers broke into the main server and caused some problems, but not to

·         ATV: Nothing new to report.

·         Education: Clint AE5CA and his instructors are continuing with the Technician Class training sessions at the W5NCD workshop. The Technician training has 18 attendees. On Saturday, March 24th, we expect nineteen taking the Technician exam and one taking the Amateur Extra exam. As lead instructor, Clint also thanked his associate teachers: Rodney Baden K5YKC, Larry Carlson, AA5LC, John Chamberlain AC5CV, and Jim Jud KA5QKL. This was the largest class held so far, with new folks still trying to apply. The class was closed when we reached the limit.

·         Public Relations: Mark Plough, AC5DE, has nothing new to report at this time.

·         Special Events: Jim Jud reported that plans are ongoing for the Bearathon in March. Help is still needed. Other races including the Komen Race for the Cure and the Waco Wild West Century Bike Ride are in the planning stages. Field Day (June 23 & 24th) is being planned at Hewitt Park. Question: Did Hewitt Park get reserved for this year? Jim will call Hewitt Parks Department and check.

Old Business:

·         The pending membership of the Waco/McLennan County EOC was reviewed by the Board of Directors. In their opinion, the Waco/McLennan County EOC can join HOTARC as an Associate Member. This means they would not have voting privileges or be able to hold Director Positions. Robert would be the appointed representative for the group. All that is required is a formal motion and vote. A motion was made by the Board with a second by Ed Hynan KC5KNI to approve the application. The motion carried unanimously.

·         Work is continuing at the W5NCD workshop. The workshops are being set up and stocked. Cables are being run to the Ham shack and the tower is being installed a section at a time. If you have never seen a tower being erected, come see how it is done!

New Business:

·         A request for communication at the Waco Tri-Waco Bike Ride was received. Even though Jim, as Special Events Coordinator, has already sent a letter informing them the club could not help with the race, Scott will also write a letter, as president, explaining our position.

·         A discussion concerning the location of Field Day was brought up. Question: Should we have Field Day at Hewitt Park or use the W5NCD workshop location? As the discussion went along, David Bush, KC5UOZ, thought it might be better to find another location besides the workshop since (1.) It could be seen as private property and (2.) There might be other concerns. The discussion will continue later.

A motion to adjourn was recognized from Mark Plough, AC5DE.

Tonight we got a bonus: two for one! The first was a Virtual Tour (video) of the ARRL Headquarters projected by John Chamberlain AC5CV. It was very interesting lasting about twenty minutes. It showed an overview of what equipment the ARRL has, how daily operations are conducted, and how visitation and tours can be set up if you are in the area.

The second presentation was by Robert Barton, W7OES, the Waco/McLennan County EOC Leader. He gave a brief list of his duties and his daily activities. His main duties include handling volunteer organizations and his need for “trained” workers. Workers must have at least IC-100, 200, 700 and 800. If you would like to volunteer, please come by the Waco EOC (in the basement) and get signed up. You will need your Texas driver license to start the process. A background check will be performed.

Submitted by:
James M. Jud, KA5QKL
HOTARC Secretary


ARES Update

by Ed Hynan, KC5KNI
McLennan County Emergency Coordinator

ARES is alive and well—and growing.  Since the last membership update we have had about 10 new applications and currently have about 45 active members. If you provided an update and didn’t get your card, let me know and I will get it to you. I usually have undelivered cards at the monthly meetings to pass out and save on postage.

Remember, from last month’s meeting (or see the Minutes if you couldn’t make it) that all disaster response is being handled through the Waco-McLennan County Emergency Management CERT program. If you want to work disaster response, you will need to make an appointment with Robert Barton at Emergency Management for your required annual background check and documentation of required training. The basic training requirements are the same as have been required by ARES for involvement in actual disaster response, but are now managed by Robert. As I have said before: DON’T WAIT UNTIL THE DISASTER HAPPENS to apply. That will be too late!

I gave out about 5 ARES applications to the new technicians from the Waco CERT team meeting. They are interested and want to get involved.

I expect a request to support Baylor on about a 2-3 hour exercise at the end of May. We will need 4 or 5 operators to work the Baylor EOC, ICP and Hillcrest and Providence Hospitals. Baylor is getting involved in emergency planning and wants amateur radio involvement. Let me know if you are interested. I’ll share more details as they become available.

As I look over the current ARES list, I see members of HOTARC that are not ARES members. I can’t understand why every member of HOTARC is not a member of ARES. The price is right—FREE, all that is required is a valid license and a willingness to help. If requested to assist in an event or emergency situation, participation is still voluntary. If you feel that you don’t have the time and / or membership conflicts with the job—remember we may face a situation where your job is affected by the emergency and/or things that occupy your time may, in fact, be cancelled! The ARES application allows you to list your availability: 24/7, nights & weekends, and general. Pick the one that best suits your schedule.

A real emergency is going to take all the resources that we have, and after the event happens is not the time to join ARES. Remember those wanting to work disaster response must have completed four of the FREE FEMA courses:

Current Net Controls are considered major players for disaster response and especially need to have completed the courses. Without these basic courses you will not qualify for access to secure and/or restricted locations—again, now managed by Robert Barton. Our support will most likely be needed in the Emergency Operations Centers, Incident Command Posts, Police or Fire facilities, and hospitals just to name a few. If you are not a member, click here, or go to our ARES web page to fill out an application, send it in, and easily become a registered ARES member today! I also bring applications with me to the HOTARC Club meetings. Click the links above to the FEMA Courses, or find them also conveniently provided on the home page and ARES web page.

Remember, it is not if  it will happen but when. And it is better to be a small part of the solution rather than a big part of the problem. So, get involved! You’ll be glad you did.


Coming Soon: New ARRL Membership Benefits

excerpted from
April 22, 2012

The ARRL is excited to announce two new membership benefits that will be introduced in June 2012.

·         Digital Editions of QST. In addition to the current print copy of QST, all members will have access to the online digital edition of QST—at no extra cost. You will be able to access QST from anywhere—on nearly any computer, laptop, mobile device, smartphone, and tablet (including Apple iPad, iPhone, iTouch, and Android devices). This will allow you to not only read the QST from almost anywhere, but also use the resources contained therein in many new and more productive ways. For example, you could search and print parts lists, schematics, tables, graphs, contest scores, and so forth.

·         Archived Editions of QST. Members will also gain access to archived issues of QST from December 1915 to the present. Previously, only issues through 2007 have been available to members. If you are familiar with the current periodicals archive, that platform will be expanded to include all of QST from December 1915 through December 2011. A second, new archive will be introduced for issues beginning January 2012, featuring enhanced functionality including full-text search.

Members must have a valid ARRL website login to access the current digital edition of QST and the archived editions. What? You aren’t an ARRL member? Visit the ARRL web site to learn more member benefits, and join today!




The HOTLINE is the monthly newsletter of the Heart O’ Texas Amateur Radio Club (HOTARC), Inc., a nonprofit corporation, chartered by the State of Texas and principally located in Waco. It is permissible to use any of the original material contained herein, provided proper credit is given to the source.

Edited and Published by John Chamberlain AC5CV,

2012 Board of Directors

HOTARC 2012 Board of Directors

President: Scott Hamilton K5ZOH, 717-0755,

Vice Pres: Clint Anderson AE5CA, 855-5080,

Secretary: Jim Jud KA5QKL, 235-2315,

Treasurer: Norris Martin KB5SLI, 829-2138,

Past-Pres.: John Chamberlain, 855-7731,

Director (2012): Rodney Baden K5YKC, 857-9760,

Director (2013): Larry Bush W5NCD, 848-5155,

Director (2014): Larry Carlson AA5LC, 662-4106,

Club Repeaters

145.15 MHz (input at –600 kHz, tone 123 Hz)

146.98 MHz (input at –600 kHz, D-Star)

442.875 MHz (input at +5.0 MHz, tone 123 Hz)

ATV: 421.25MHz (Cable 57), input 439.25 MHz (Cable 60)

VE Testing

Next session has been scheduled for Saturday May 19, 4:00 PM. Location: Baylor’s Rogers Engineering and Computer Science Bldg, Room 207. Bring: 1) testing fee of $15 (cash only); 2) a photo ID (two for first-time licensees); and for already licensed amateurs: 3) current license and photocopy of it; and 4) photocopy of any relevant CSCE. Contact: Linda Hynan, AC5QQ at 666-4873 or


Meeting Notice

The Meeting of HOTARC Members will be at 7:00 pm on Thursday April 26 at the W5NCD Workshop, 12772 Chapel Rd in Lorena. Meetings generally last about 75 minutes consisting of fellowship, general Club business, and an interesting program. Visiting hams, family members, and prospective hams are welcomed!