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2015 BVARC Membership Kick Off Challenge!

Starting on February 1st to March 31st 2015
The BVARC Membership Committee Challenges YOU!!!
For every 2 New full paid memberships you bring in, BVARC will give you a 1 year membership to use as you choose. You may use it yourself or give it to someone else.

  • Only full or student paid new memberships qualify towards the awards. (Extra family members do not apply)
  • All new members must list you as the referrer on the membership application.
  • There is no limit! Sign up 4 new members and receive 2 free memberships.
  • Extend your own membership or someone elses.
  • Free memberships are not consecutive.
  • Free memberships will expire in 30 days if not used from date of award.
  • All free memberships may be reveiwed by the BVARC board of directors.
  • The decisions of the board will be final.
  • Only new members during the challenge period will count. (not a a member in the last 12 months)
  • The challenge is open to all BVARC members in good standing.


7:30 PM, Thursday, March 12, 2015

2511 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, 77478, Eldridge Park Conference Center


Look Ma! No Wires!

Itís that time again for our annual TDXS BVARC combined meeting. To make the meeting a special one, we will have Nizar Millani, K0NM, of BVARC doing a presentation on remote rig operation. Nizar is one of the local subject matter experts who will make sure that everyone can set-up a remote operation in 5 minutes or less. Make sure you come out and learn the finer details of remote rig operation.


  • February Meeting Recap - See, I told you he didnít look like Flo

Bob Hawkins, KD5AT, brought his worldly expertise about the insurance world to the club at the February meeting. He explained how I really do not need to insure my old Allied super regen receiver but I should insure the three repeaters in my garage. If you missed out, contact Bob and he will be glad to fill you in on the ins-and-outs on insurance for amateur radio.   Editorís Note: See a more detailed article in this newsletter.


  • ELDRIDGE PARK RECREATION CENTER is off Eldridge Road just north of the West Airport intersection.  Here is an area map and a detail map.  (Doors open at 7:00.)

  • Board of Directors Location Change. BVARC Board of Directors Meetings held each month on the 1st Thursday will not be at the Fuddruker’s location. To begin in February on 2-6-14, The BVARC BoD meetings will be held at Bayland Park 6400 Bissonet in the Bayland Park Community Center in Southwest Houston. This move was made to better conduct BVARC BoD club biz and get away from the loud food fellowship entertainment environment.

  • Anyone wishing to contribute to the repair and upgrade of the 146.94 repeater may use the Paypal link in the right window on this page.

  • The club meets every month, usually on the second Thursday (7:30 PM) of the month, at the Eldridge Park Conference Center (see above).  Also, BVARC members frequent the 146.94 (167.9) repeater and hold a Public Service Net every Monday at 8 PM on 146.94 (167.9). In addition, BVARC sponsors a HF net on Wednesday nights. It meets on 3910 +/- 3 khz. This net is allows each member to comment on current events and includes club announcements. The Brazos Valley Amateur Radio Club is a public service club serving Fort Bend County and Southwest Houston. The club was founded in 1978 and has been active in social events, license classes, administering amateur radio license tests. It provides support for city and county emergency management communication operations. Members provide support for many charitable events such as walks and bike rides.


This Week in Ham Radio - Today is : Friday Mar 27, 2015

Click to see whole calendar ---- or click here to add things to calendar
27  Fri 
28  Sat 
HAMFEST Greater Houston Hamfest - Fort Bend County Fairgrounds -- Rosenberg, Texas (see link)  
29  Sun 
30  Mon 
NET BVARC Monday night Public Service Net - 146.94 PL 167.9 8 PM  
31  Tue 
01  Wed 
NET BVARC HF Rag Chew Net - 3910 Khz at 7 PM every Wednesday - Great info net.  
02  Thu 
03  Fri 

Real People to Contact:

Learning Things - Club Elmers Ross Lawler, W5HFF, Club "Elmer" w5hff@yahoo.com 281-342-3340
  Randy Pugh, AA5OA, Club "Elmer" rettveng@gmail.com 832-589-2741
Club Things Bill Stone WS5H, Club President dragntow@wt.net 713-776-1030
Newsletter Things John Chauvin, K5IZO, Editor k5izo@yahoo.com  
VE Testing Things John Moore, KK5NU, VE Liaison   temp down
Web Things Eddie Runner, NU5K web@bvarc.org 713-569-8799
Everything Else Things Cameron Mitchell, K5CAM mitchl@mitchl.net 281-565-4665


Latest Member Upgrades, Changes or Renewals

Name Call Sign Email Status Expire
Lawson Cook  N5ATT n5att AT yahoo.com    2016/03/01 
Vance Shaffer  N5WLZ vanceshaffer AT sbcglobal.net    2016/04/01 
John Johnston  K5EBQ k5ebq AT arrl.net    2016/04/01 
Kit Keith  KG5FEM badfish_kk AT yahoo.com    2015/12/01 
Kathy Keith  KG5FNG kathykeith AT hotmail.com    2015/12/01 
Jim Swetlikoe  VE7ABH/W5 jswetlikoe AT gmail.com    2016/04/01 
Peter W. Sauermilch  KD5QPX Peter.Sauermilch AT ieee.org    2016/03/01 
Sally B. Sauermilch  KE5JKQ Peter.Sauermilch AT ieee.org    2016/03/01 
Travis Burgess  K5HTB travburg1 AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
Paul Joki  AC5PJ PJoki AT comcast.net    2016/03/01 
Kevin Thornsberry  W5KLT kevint AT oplink.net    2016/03/01 
David Suffel  AE5SS davidsuffel AT att,net    2016/03/01 
Bob Stroupe  WB5JWN bstroupe AT peoplepc.com    2016/02/01 
Scott Kelly  N5YYN scott3122001 AT yahoo.com    2016/03/01 
Cody Ford  K5CJF codyjford AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
LeMoyne Boyer  AC5LB lemoyneboyer AT hotmail.com    2016/03/01 
Melia Boyer  KE5KKF kd5jcy AT arrl.net    2016/03/01 
Stephen E. Schuster  WA5G wa5g AT windstream.net    2016/03/01 
Richard Harrison  KB5WZI Richard.Harrison.1927 AT gmail.com    2016/03/01 
Rex Ritz  KC5EEU icrex AT yahoo.com    2016/03/01 


Membership Expiration Reminders

Name Call Sign Email Expire Renew
Ronald Fawcett  KD5CDM  ronald.fawcett AT comcast.net  2015/01/01  - click to renew 
Lorena Fawcett  KF5PPH  ronald.fawcett AT comcast.net  2015/01/01  - click to renew 
Michael B. Dye  KF5UCE  mbdye AT rice.edu  2015/01/01  - click to renew 
Troy Thorbahn  KF5ZMX  troythorbahn AT yahoo.com  2015/01/01  - click to renew 
Bill Green  W5HTG  w5htg AT windstream.net  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
Patrick Jopling  KC9OHL  patrick.jopling AT apachecorp.com  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
Larry Burns  K5LKB  lartex13-ham AT yahoo.com  2015/02/01  - click to renew 
Mark Tollett  KG5AKH    2015/02/01  - click to renew 
Andy Burger  AB5AB  burger.andrew AT gmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Tom Matthews  K5SAF  tm100 AT att.net  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Jo. L. Keener  KE7NSB  jo.l.keener AT juno.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Robert Malley  KF5YUX  bobmall AT comcast.net  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Susan Malley      2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Michael Harbaugh    msharb AT sbcglobal.net  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Jerry Beevers  N5JPB  jpbeevers AT yahoo.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Matt Bramanti  K1MFB  mattbramanti AT gmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
David Cox  KD5IBM  davidacox1 AT hotmail.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Michael Zimmermann  W5ZIM  michael AT zimm3rmann.com  2015/03/01  - click to renew 
Mike Zimmermann  KF5YAZ    2015/03/01  - click to renew 
David Barber  K5NDB  d_barber AT att.net  2015/04/01  - click to renew 
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Life Members   62
Silent Keys   50
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