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7:30 PM, Thursday, December 10th, 2015

421 Eldridge Rd, Sugar Land, 77478, Sugar Land Masonic Lodge


Special Election


Due to a mistake made by the club’s acting president (you know who it is), there will be a special election at the December general BVARC meeting. The special election will be held for club treasurer to complete the term of Bob Tomlinson, N5JSL. Please make sure you attend to help with the important club function.


The Gateway to D-STAR


It has been around for a few years and according to the last unofficial survey approximately 10% of BVARC members are equipped to use this mode. It is a merge of computer networking and amateur radio that gives ham radio abilities that were unheard of just a few years ago. The D-STAR digital voice and data format is one of the digital formats that is being used throughout the US. Come out and learn about the many possibilities that D-STAR has on the VHF and UHF bands.   


In Case You Missed It Last Month - Chili and Club Elections


The chili was good….It was really good! If you didn’t make it to the meeting last month, that’s ok. By you missing last month, everybody was able to have more than enough Chili. We had several entries as well as several types of cornbread. The Sugar Land Skeeters judged the entries and awarded prizes for the best chili and cornbread.


Elections were held for the BVARC board of directors. The winners were:

1 Year At Large – Jon Noxon – KF5TFJ                               2 Year At Large – Jo Keener – KE7NSB

Recording Secretary – Michael Monsour – AC0TX             President – Mike Hardwick – N5VCX


Upcoming Meetings


December 10th            D-Star                                                             Alan Isaachsen, KB2WF

January 15th, 2016       BVARC Annual Banquet                               Ron Litt, K5HM

February 11th, 2016    Emergency Communications – Go Kit Info  Kerry Mallory, AE5JY

March 10th, 2016        Homebrew Contest                                         Jon Noxon, KF5TFJ


Your suggestions are needed for club meetings. Let someone know on the board if there is something you would to know more about or would like a club program on.




  • The BVARC Board of Directors meetings will be held at Bayland Park 6400 Bissonet in the Bayland Park Community Center in Southwest Houston.. Meetings will be at 10:00 AM until 12:00 PM on the first Saturday of each month.  Members welcome.

  • The club meets every month, usually on the second Thursday (7:30 PM) of the month, at the Masonic Lodge (see above). 

  • Many BVARC members frequent the 146.94 (167.9) repeater

  • 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.

  • 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.


This Week in Ham Radio - Today is : Monday Nov 30, 2015

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30  Mon 
NET BVARC Monday Night Net - Meets at 8 PM Mondays on 146.94 FM  
01  Tue 
02  Wed 
NET BVARC HF Rag Chew Net - 3910 Khz at 7 PM every Wednesday - Great info net.  
03  Thu 
04  Fri 
05  Sat 
MEETING Board of Directors Meeting - Monthly Meeting  
06  Sun 
07  Mon 
NET BVARC Monday Night Net - Meets at 8 PM Mondays on 146.94 FM  
BVARC Board of Directors:
President Mike Hardwick, N5VCX (Acting) n5vcx@att.net
Treasurer Donovan Balli, KG5BDZ dballimail.com 
Corresponding Secretary Stephanie Vessey, K5SFV K5SFV@att.net 
Recording Secretary Michael Monsour, AC0TX msircg@gmail.con
2-Yr at-Large Jerry Muller, K9GEM GMuller885@aol.com
2-Yr at-Large Scott Medbury, KD5FBA smedbury@windstream.net
1 Yr at-Large Darrell Kirk, KC5JAR darrellk_us@yahoo.com

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 Nathan Vessey N5NYV, Membership Chairman n5nyv@att.net 832-603-1535
Newsletter Things John Chauvin, K5IZO, Editor k5izo@yahoo.com
VE Testing Things John Moore, KK5NU, VE Liaison jwm@hal-pc.org
Web Things Eddie Runner, NU5K web@bvarc.org 713-569-8799
Hamfest Things Nathan Vessey N5NYV, Hamfest Chairman n5nyv@att.net 832-603-1535
Everything Else Things Cameron Mitchell, K5CAM mitchl@mitchl.net 281-565-4665


Latest Member Upgrades, Changes or Renewals

Name Call Sign Email Status Expire
Mark McGrath  N5VCM mark AT mcgrath-co.com    2016/11/01 
DAVID GRAY  WB5NZF dmgg41 AT mac.com    2016/12/01 
Mary Ann PEARCE  KB5MVL N    2016/12/01 
David L. Northcutt  WB5KLH davidlnorthcutt AT comcast.net    2016/11/01 
John Whiteman  K5LKJ jw AT heatingtapes.com    2016/11/01 
Patricia Abbott-Jones  KC5KRV kc5krv AT gmail.com    2021/08/01 
Carl Hacker  WC5WM wc5wm.tnars AT gmail.com    2016/11/01 
Jim Burrough  N5DTT n5dtt AT arrl.net    2016/11/01 
Ronald Fawcett  KD5CDM ronald.fawcett AT comcast.net    2016/11/01 
Sandra Gottlieb  KC5IWL two-hams AT comcast.net    2016/11/01 
Steve Gottlieb  WA5OEN two-hams AT comcast.net    2016/11/01 
Clint Davidson  KF5HDF kf5hdf AT gmail.com    2016/11/01 
Lorena Fawcett  KF5PPH ronald.fawcett AT comcast.net    2016/11/01 
Michael Donoghue  KG5BMS kg5bms AT gmail.com    2016/11/01 
James Daniel Calahan  KE5CUF jimbofbs AT gmail.com    2016/11/01 
Raul Aldape  KE5FAH ke5fah AT hotmail.com    2016/11/01 
Holly McKee  KE5WOU nt5sm AT arrl.net    2016/10/01 
Scott McKee  NT5SM nt5sm AT arrl.net    2016/10/01 
Mark Braun  W5THC tejano714 AT icloud.com    2016/07/01 
Eric Varnado  KF5HDR Kf5hdr AT ymail.com    LIFE MEMBER 


Membership Expiration Reminders

Name Call Sign Email Expire Renew
G. David Waddell  N5GDW  dwaddell AT swbell.net  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Fred McLean  W0FCM    2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Lillian McLean  KN5LRM    2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Bobb Gorena    schizaphis AT hotmail.com  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Mary Beth Monsour    msircg AT gmail.com  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Mehron Berberian  KG5DIE    2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Katy Wells  KG5DEB  caveat.observator AT sbcglobal.net  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
Don Wells  KG5DEC  caveat.observator AT sbcglobal.net  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
KEN TAYLOR    ken.j.taylor AT fluor.com  2015/09/01  - click to renew 
John Gilstrap Jr.  KD5TVJ  kd5tvj AT mylinuxisp.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Abed Tony BenBrahim  K5DEV  tony.benbrahim AT gmail.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Clayton Fritz  KG5DPG  cfritz7800 AT gmail.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Bryan M. Cruce  KC5VW  meredith1056 AT gmail.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
David Whitehead  N0ENG  djwhitehead5 AT gmail.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Ravi Ratnala  KF5YHP  Ratnala100 AT indexsolutions.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Clint Davis  AF5QS  Clint AT e-alpha.org  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Matthew Miller  K5LKV  matthew.miller336 AT gmail.com  2015/10/01  - click to renew 
Bob Hall  KF5BOB  bob.softball74 AT gmail.com  2015/11/01  - click to renew 
Howard Hargrove  KF5EYX  hharsc AT windstream.net  2015/11/01  - click to renew 
William Rupley  KE5GWO  willsail AT flash.net  2015/11/01  - click to renew 
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