CARC suspending tours and guest visits to headquarters, KN5S

As part of efforts under way to help protect the health and safety of the CARC headquarters volunteers from the impacts of the coronavirus, the CARC has decided to suspend all tours and guest visits to station KN5S and the CARC headquarters, effective Sunday, March 15. Out of an abundance of caution, this suspension will be in effect until further notice.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause to our members and their guests who had been planning to visit us in Uvalde, Texas. We feel, however, that this is a necessary precaution and is in keeping with the guidance being provided by federal and local health professionals.

We appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding as we all endeavor to deal with this difficult public health situation.

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February 25, 2020 meeting minutes

The meeting was called to order at 19:11 UMH time.

Attending: Jim AB5JK and Erik K5WW.

Treasurer’s report: $696.98.

Jim reports that through a few of his contacts at the school he learned of the S.T.E.A.M. (science-technology-engineering-art-mathematics) expo, organized by the school and held at the El Progresso Memorial Library in Uvalde. The organizers asked if we were interested in participating; and we are! It sounds like the perfect opportunity to introduce or own STEAM to the students and community.

This year’s STEAM expo is scheduled for April 18. Some further information can be found by looking at last year’s announcement at

On February 9 K5WW met with Jody “Surfer Girl” Blumenfeld, our friend Dave WA6YJW’s widow. Dave donated his Diamond multi-band vertical to the club; but it still needed to be taken down. That was not a quick and easy task; but thanks to the help of Jody and her 3 brothers we managed to do that – safely! That vertical antenna will replace the one we had at the shack and mysteriously got damaged last year.

Before it will be installed K5WW will engrave Dave’s name and call onto the base of the antenna. It’s the least we can do to show our appreciation of the man himself and his generosity.

Jody also donated Dave’s HF radio and accessories to the club. We can always use a backup; but we might even donate it to he or she who passes his license test next. Start studying πŸ™‚

K5WW also received a half dozen of Dave’s HP3/WA6YJW QSL cards, as shown below. If any of the members wants one as a tangible reminder of Dave please ask the Secretary.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:00 PM. Next meeting: March 23.

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February 2020 meeting

Are you excited for a new one? We are!

The 2020 February meeting will be on the 25th. Same time, same place πŸ™‚

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Who said “that’s impossible”?

After months of careful planning and perseverance it finally happened: the Club Trustee and the Secretary made an FT8 QSO with each other on 20 meters!

Anything’s possible! πŸ˜‰

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January 28, 2020 meeting minutes

Happy New Year!

The meeting was called to order at 7:00 PM local time.

Attending: Jim AB5JK and Erik K5WW. A few members are out of town and some forgot they’re still a member. (yes, you are!)

We had a brief moment of silence for our friend Dave WA6YJW who recently passed away, way too soon…

Due to a first aid training class going on in the room next door we decided to keep the meeting short, so as not to disturb the students.

Jim reports that the new Allstar/Echolink hardware is almost ready for prime time. Great to hear; that big repeater antenna is waiting for it πŸ™‚

K5WW forgot to mention at the meeting that the head of the UMH security recently approached him and asked for a photo of every member to be put next to the member list on the shack’s door, so that the (new) security personnel can easily identify us. K5WW will soon be doing his rounds with ye olde Polaroid machine.

Not wanting to jeopardize the CPR attempts next door the meeting was adjourned at 7:45 PM.

Next one: February 26, 2020.

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Dave WA6YJW/HP3XP Silent Key

Our friend Dave passed away December 30, after a short but furious battle with cancer. He was 72.

He and his wife Jody had just recently moved to Panama, where he had just received the HP3XP call sign.

Dave joined our club several years ago, after moving to Utopia and wanting to upgrade his license. All of us were stunned when he said he’d been a Technician licensee for over 50 years; and finally wanted to upgrade! And he did, as mentioned in this post in 2014.

Rest in peace, Dave. Thank you for your friendship, marvelous sense of humor, contagious enthusiasm and loyal support to the CARC.


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Meeting cancelled

Due to the President being ill and KU5Z and K5WW being on their way to San Antonio there will be no meeting tonight, sorry.

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December 2019 meeting

Heads up!

This month’s meeting will be on the 17th, NOT the 24th, to accommodate the Christmas Eve party-goers.

Everybody’s invited!

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…


… we’re getting evicted???


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Thanks for the … gift?

Or was it a hint???

Not a week goes by without “something interesting” happening or showing up at the club shack. Perhaps it’s time to rename it from “incident command center” to plain and simple “incident center”.

We’ve seen all kinds of trash piled up against the coax bulk head connectors. Coat hangers, high heel shoes, toys. Cats racing out of the building after being locked up inside for who knows how long. Homeless, hungry people begging for food long after dark. The always helpful crews doing “maintenance” on our antenna park. And the occasional snake staring at us from around the corner.

But somehow this is different. I found these, neatly staged at the bottom of the tower, this past Saturday:

Body lotion? I’m not really sure what to think of it, other than that somebody’s dropping a hint, somehow implying that we stink!

Look, we worked hard putting all of that stuff together. And it was hot. Pardon our perspiration!

But thank you, regardless. All of it smells pretty good πŸ˜‰

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