ARRL North Texas Section News
Nov 2, 2019
The Fall 2019 West Gulf Division SET is on November 9, 2019, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
UPDATED: 08NOV2019 ICS 205 Only
*** THIS IS AN EXERCISE ***
Scenario: An unusually cold and powerful Arctic Air Mass has descended deep into South Texas. This storm has produced blizzard conditions in Oklahoma, North, and West Texas, ice accumulation in Central Texas, and heavy rains into the Rio Grande Valley. The combined effects of the storm system have resulted in widespread power outages throughout the Region. Local Shelters are open throughout the region.
Primary Division/Section Objective:
Assess the ability of the Amateur Radio Service (ARS) throughout the Division to respond to a major event and exchange supporting information throughout the Division.
Secondary Division/Section Objective:
Communicate with Region 6 Army MARS during COMEX 19-4 by providing requested information on 60 m
At the discretion of ECs and DECs. Recommended objectives:
• Assess ability to stage deployable ARO resources
• Assess the ability to gather, consolidate, and report Critical Infrastructure Assessment to local served agencies/partners
• Assess ability to service local served agency/partner requests
NOTE: SITUATIONAL AWARENESS information to be shared with Emergency Management organizations within each section and forwarded to the TEXAS STATE OPERATIONS CENTER (SOC).
NOTE: Winlink Traffic to Section and Division is sent to KT5CCG AND ARES-NTXSEC
NOTE: Any radio and electronic communications are preceded with “*** THIS IS AN EXERCISE ***”
UPDATED: 07NOV2019 SET Documents below:
Oct 25, 2019
The October 2019 NTX News letter has been posted here for all to read!
Oct 18, 2019
ARRL has become aware of a mail delivery problem affecting the ARRL Board of Director election ballots sent to members in part of the West Gulf Division. Recent flooding has affected some US Postal Service distribution centers in the Houston region of the state, damaging some sorting machines. This is delaying delivery to many members in that area. They are processing mail out, but there are delays in processing out bulk mail, which include the ballots. We are aware that ballots are being processed as part of their work flow, but they cannot give us a definitive date of when they will all be out for delivery.
All ballots were mailed from Hartford on Monday, September 30, as required by the Articles of Association/By-Laws. Ballots to most of the West Gulf Division were delivered in the usual time frame, which is generally 10 to 14 days.
We have received numerous requests for replacement ballots. We also have member notifications sent after making the replacement ballot request to inform us the ballot had arrived. We ask ARRL members to be patient.
If you still do not receive your ballot by Monday October 21, 2019, please send a request for a new ballot. The ARRL HQ will process replacement requests on Tuesday, October 22, 2019, via first-class mail and daily as later requests come in. That will allow 3+ weeks (24 days) for the replacement to be delivered to you and allowing for their return to ARRL’s accounting firm of CohnReznick LLP by the noon on Friday, November 15, 2019, deadline.
There is no deadline for requesting a replacement ballot. Also, there is no deadline for you to have received your ballot in order to be eligible to vote. Please note that all replacement requests need to be in writing (email is okay) but must directly come from the ARRL member. Third-party requests cannot be processed.
If you have already requested a replacement ballot but still haven’t received the original ballot by October 21, you will need reconfirm your need for a replacement by email. If your original ballot is received before that time, we also ask you confirm that, so that your request can be closed.
We thank you for your patience in this unusual situation. If you have any questions, please contact ARRL Assistant Secretary Dan Henderson, N1ND, telephone (860) 594-0236. —
Thanks to Dan Henderson, N1ND, Assistant Secretary, ARRL
Sep 20, 2019
The September 2019 NTX News letter has been posted here for all to read!
Aug 20, 2019
The August 2019 NTX News letter has been posted here for all to read!
Aug 20, 2019
Two races for the office of ARRL Director and one contest for Vice Director are set for this fall.
In the West Gulf Division, incumbent John Stratton, N5AUS, faces a challenge from Madison Jones, W5MJ.
In Divisions where more than one candidate is seeking the same position, full members in that Division in good standing as of September 10, 2019, will have the opportunity to cast ballots. Official paper ballots and candidates’ statements will be mailed no later than October 1, 2019, to members who are eligible to vote.
Completed ballots must be received at the address on the envelope provided by noon Eastern Time on Friday, November 15, 2019, when ballots will be counted at ARRL Headquarters and successful candidates announced.
The full article is on the ARRL Website here
Jul 11, 2019
The ARRL published more concise comments from IARU President Tim Ellam VE6SH/G4HUA regarding the French proposal invading the 2 meter amateur allocation. That article is reproduced here...[More]
Jun 27, 2019
The Sabine Valley Amateur Radio Association (SVARA) was recently featured in their local news after restoring communications for American Medical Response (AMR) during a power outtage on June 24, 2019...[More]
May 21, 2019
Field Day 2019 is on June 22nd & 23rd. Section officials are starting their plan their visits to various Field Day sites around the section.[More]
Apr 3, 2019
Steven Lott Smith KG5VK took over as the new North Texas Section Manager on April 1, 2019. He appointed Greg Evans K5GTX the Section Emergency Coordinator the next day.[More]
Feb 20, 2019
The North Texas Section was invited to participate in a large-scale Communications Exercise (COMMEX). The exercise, spearheaded at Camp Swift near Bastrop, Texas, is scheduled from 8am April 8th to 5pm on April 11th.[More] April 8-11, 2019
Apr 29, 2018
Is your Field Day Site listed in the ARRL Field Day Locator? If it's not, you may want to add it!More]
Dec 14, 2017
The much-anticipated Mentorfest 2017 has come and gone. As planning is underway for Mentorfest 2018, we look at the successes and failures for Mentorfest 2017.[More]
Oct 9, 2017
The NTX ARES reflector that's been hosted on YaHoo! for several years will be closed down on November 10th. Registering on the ARRL NTX Website and the new NTX ARES email reflector is easy.[More]
Sep 19, 2017
ARRL North Texas Section Manager Jay Urish W5GM is pleased to announce the appointment of Chris Ebert NA0D as the Section Emergency Coordinator.[More]
Aug 24, 2017
In its August 24 1800 UTC update, the National Hurricane Center said Harvey was “rapidly intensifying.” It advised that preparations along the middle-Texas coast be rushed to completion.” The storm was packing maximum sustained winds of 85 MPH. It was located about 335 miles southeast of Corpus Christi, Texas, moving north-northwest at 10 MPH.[More]
Aug 10, 2017
North Texas Section Manager Jay Urish W5GM set out to fill the vacant slot when he took the reins in April. He reviewed the qualifications and availability of several amateur radio operators in the section, and decided Nathan N5REL was the best fit for the position.[More]
Jul 27, 2017
The American Radio Relay League has made it too easy for all amateur radio operators to show their support. With just a few clicks of the mouse and typing in your contact information, you can let your senators know you support the Ham Radio Parity Act of 2017![More]
Jul 2, 2017
Members of the Atlanta Rabbits Amateur Radio Club joined ARES (Amateur Radio Communications Service) when they provided communications support at the Daingerfield State Park over the weekend.[More]
Jun 26, 2017
North Texas Section Manager Jay Urish W5GM set out early Saturday morning to visit various Field Day sites in remote areas of the section. He couldn't predict meeting up with another section manager at the same site![More]
May 17, 2017
Jay Urish W5GM was elected as the new ARRL North Texas Section Manager, and he took office on April 1 of this year. Among Jay's top priorities in serving as section manager was a fresh, functional, and updated website.
It took a little over a month for Jay to gain control of the domain, www.arrlntx.org. Once the domain was transferred, he was quick to appoint Jerry Goodson W5BFF as webmaster. Jerry was able to download most, if not all, of the legacy information that was published on the previous website. Development has been slow starting, but great strides have been made since the conclusion of the 2017 ARRL Field Day. Despite all of the advancements in developing the new website, there is still a lot of work left to be done.