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  • IN C OLO R: The August Newsletter is now available


    7:30 PM, Thursday, August 13th, 2015

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


    Itís not Blue Bell


    With no Blue Bell ice cream available, the BVARC annual the ice cream social had a major problem. We had to decide on having the annual event even with sub-standard, cheap imitations of an ice cream or do we cancel the event? I mean, no Blue Bell! It just seems ludicrous to even consider an event that has ice cream as its main ďtopicĒ without Blue Bell but that is what was being considered. So after many hours of teeth gnashing, it was decided to have the ice cream social without Blue Bell. We felt that BVARC could survive this one time without the official ice cream of Texas. So come out and enjoy the event to socialize and tell lies. 


    July Meeting Recap Ė Itís a bird, Itís a plane, no, itís a ham radio operator?


    Andy MacAllister, W5CAM, did a wonderful presentation on the balloon launch teams and their achievements. Andy had short video showing one the launches from the beginning to the end and just what it takes to be successful in launching a balloon. As the video demonstrated, the balloon launches are a mixture of aerospace engineering, amateur radio, ballooning and photography. So next time you seen something like a balloon overhead, it just might be one from the Balloon Launch team (or just a ham that forgot to let go!).

    Upcoming Meetings

    Below is a list of upcoming BVARC meetings. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out.  


    August 13th  Ice Cream Social   Still needing volunteers!
    September 10th  Antennas Ė Designing, Using and Troubleshooting Rick Hiller, W5RH
    October 8th  D-Star  Pending
    November 12th Elections & Chili Supper   
    December 10th Home brew Home built equipment  

    Program suggestions are still needed for the general meetings. If there is a program you would like, let me know so it can be scheduled for a meeting. 



    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

  • ddition, 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 : Tuesday Aug 04, 2015

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04  Tue 
NET Ten-Ten Net - Weekly 10 Meter Net - All Are Invited - 8pm Local - 28.488 Mhz  
05  Wed 
NET BVARC HF Rag Chew Net - 3910 Khz at 7 PM every Wednesday - Great info net.  
06  Thu 
MEETING BVARC BOD Meeting - Bayland Park 7 PM  
07  Fri 
08  Sat 
09  Sun 
10  Mon 
NET BVARC Monday night Public Service Net - 146.94 PL 167.9 8 PM  
11  Tue 
NET Ten-Ten Net - Weekly 10 Meter Net - All Are Invited - 8pm Local - 28.488 Mhz  
BVARC Board of Directors:
President Bill Stone, WS5H dragntow@wt.net
Vice-President Mike Hardwick, N5VCX n5vcx@att.net
Treasurer Bob Tomlinson, N5JSL rbtswim@gmail.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 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 jwm@hal-pc.org
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
Jeff Fussell  KD5VGE kd5vge AT arrl.net    LIFE MEMBER 
Mark Braun  W5THC tejano714 AT icloud.com    2016/07/01 
William D. Stone  WS5H dragntow AT wt.net  SK   2015/11/01 
Austin Houck  KG5EKL kg5ekl AT yahoo.com    2016/02/01 
Frank Baker  AE4AD cloody590 AT gmail.com    2016/08/01 
Leeroy Lance  KK5QO leeroy.lance AT gmail.com    2016/01/01 
Richard Arvedson  KF5RSA kf5rsa AT outlook.com    2016/05/01 
William Leska  KG5HEC bleska AT mindspring.com    2016/07/01 
Douglas Seyler  WB5TKI dseyler AT dseyler.com    2016/08/01 
Fred McLean  W0FCM Resume1 AT McLeanZone.com    2015/09/01 
Carl Kotila  WD5JRD wd5jrd1 AT att.net    2016/08/01 
Michael Rapp  KT5MR mdrapp AT gmail.com    2016/08/01 
Ronald Matusek  WA6TQH ronm1 AT att.net    2017/08/01 
Ed Truitt  KD5JC kd5jc AT arrl.net    LIFE MEMBER 
Jerry Tripp  KA5LPH blazer0444 AT yahoo.com    2016/06/01 
Polly Tripp      2016/06/01 
Bill Garfield  WB9FOP wdgarf AT gmail.com    2015/09/01 
Larry Martin  KD5NPB larrymar AT aol.com    2016/07/01 
Tim Fitzhenry  KG5BUG TIMF AT GLOBALITG.COM    2016/06/01 
Nathan Vessey  N5NYV n5nyv AT att.net    2016/06/01 


Membership Expiration Reminders

Name Call Sign Email Expire Renew
Tom Morton  W5TOM  tom AT w5tom.com  2015/06/01  - click to renew 
Allan Hill  NQ5B  nq5b AT msn.com  2015/06/01  - click to renew 
Jeff Carson  KF5ONT  jcarson222 AT yahoo.com  2015/06/01  - click to renew 
Edwin Simpson    stickleback45 AT gmail.com  2015/06/01  - click to renew 
Thomas W. Graves  K5TWG  twg AT am-law.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Terry Leatherland  K5PGF  k5pgf AT yahoo.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
William Wheeless  AE5SA  williamwheeless AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Weston Wheeless    williamwheeless AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Teresa Fenner  KF5QNO  Teresa.fenner AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
R. P. White  KF5VLM  RPWhite3 AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Robin Bayer  KA5QQA  rmbayer62 AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Bryce Lindsay  KG5AAV  kg5aav AT isorg.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
AL BAYER  W5AEB  rmbayer62 AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Thomas Stanley  N5YS  thomaslstanley AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Robert Owens  KF5ZBV  rbt_owens AT hotmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
DAN VILLALANTI  KF5WCU  dan.villalanti AT gmail.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Jose Cantor  KF5ZAC  jcantor AT mcmanagement.com  2015/07/01  - click to renew 
Kenneth Stevens  WX5YZ  cat9tails AT gmail.com  2015/08/01  - click to renew 
Robert B. Tomlinson  N5JSL  rbtswim AT gmail.com  2015/08/01  - click to renew 
Sharon Tomlinson  KF5HUF  rbtswim AT gmail.com  2015/08/01  - click to renew 
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