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The Lobby - the "public" forum / Mexico Earthquake 02/16/2018 5:43pm
« Last post by N5MBM on February 16, 2018, 06:56:48 pm »
Mexico had a 7.5 earthquake today...  I captured it on my seismometer...

Down on the lower right you can see an awful lot of squiggles!

Bill - N5MBM
The Lobby - the "public" forum / 2018 Orange HamFest Feb 24th
« Last post by N5MBM on February 08, 2018, 06:00:36 pm »






Saturday, February 24th, 2018

7:30 AM to 2:00 pm

Orange County Convention & Expo Center

11475 FM 1442

Orange, Texas 77632

Coordinates: 30 07.28N & 093 52.92W or 30.1244N, -93.8922W



If you like attending hamfests you’ll love the 2018 ORANGE HAMFEST!

·      Put a face to a familiar call sign.

·      Have a great time seeing old friends, meeting new ones.

·      Shop for a great deal on that new or vintage rig, antenna, or accessories.

Take a chance on drawings for amazing door prizes and grand prizes.


Tons of things to see and do:

·      120 dealer/vendor/swap tables

·      Tailgate sale area

·      CONTINUOUS drawings for valuable radio-related door prizes

·      GREAT grand prizes- no need to be present to win

·      Presentations and forums

·      VE license testing

·      Yummy food!

·      Clean, comfortable, ADA-compliant facilities


For more information see the attached 2018 ORANGE HAMFEST Flyer or

The Lobby - the "public" forum / Greater Houston Hamfest 3/16-3/17 2018
« Last post by N5MBM on February 04, 2018, 09:27:31 pm »
Heads up!  The Houston Hamfest is happening out in Rosenberg in March!  Scribble it on your calendars and make a note of it on your big chief tablet...

I just got an email today from one of the organizers of the event...  They always hit me up early since we have been friends since way before their first show in 2002 as a new entity.  Replacing the old clubs that had disappeared on the ham radio landscape on this end of Texas over the years.

I've been going to this shindig as a kid since the 1970's.  Even though THIS group of folks started in 2002.  The old group was started by HARC - The old Houston Amateur Radio Club.  The highlight of the events were always the "Used Equipment Auction".  It was a fun time, a chance to get rid of some gear and find something new (or new to you).  Sure, they had a tailgate sale.  Sure they had classes and symposiums.  But everyone looked forward to the auction...

In 1974 I came home with a monster all tube military surplus LORAN receiver, for the stately sum of $5!  It weighed more than I did at the time and we had to borrow a dolly to wheel it out to dad's car - and talk a couple of big burly men to help us load it!  I was proud of my acquisition.  My dad had no idea what I was going to do with it...  I modified it and used it to listen to 160 meters on a 450 ft. loop of wire strung between buildings on our family farm in Brookshire for a few years.

Not bad for a kid who hadn't gotten into High school yet...  I remember it had a very distinctive smell to it when it was properly warmed up...  It was the first radio I had purchased on my own, modified and used on a regular basis...  It was much more sensitive than dad's Drake or Heathkit gear down on 160m.

I miss those auctions - they were a lot of fun and were thought of more as social events with a little twist of friendly fiduciary competition.

I am going to try to get four tables inside...  One of which may be for the club, if they decide to take the opportunity.

Come on down and don't leave your money at home!

Bill - N5MBM
The Lobby - the "public" forum / Club Meeting
« Last post by N5MBM on January 22, 2018, 08:35:50 am »
    Meeting Dates:

    Last Thursday of the Month



    1875 Hwy 290 West
    Brenham, Texas 77833
The Lobby - the "public" forum / Dan Lakenmacher-Silent Key
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on November 27, 2017, 01:42:13 pm »
It is sad to report the passing of our friend and club member Dan Lakenmacher. 
Our thoughts and prayers are with Linda and family during this time of loss. 

Posted below is from the Memorial Oaks website.  Funeral arrangements are listed below.

Daniel William Lakenmacher passed away November 24, 2017 at his home in Brenham, Texas.

Dan Lakenmacher was born August 10, 1932 in Houston, Texas to Bernard William and Stella Katherine (Renfer) Lakenmacher. He had a great youth growing up in the Heights and River Oaks with many boyhood friends at The Kinkaid School and Lamar H.S. He attended UT Austin and served in the US Army before going to work at Houston National Bank.  Dan was involved in real estate and later became an appraiser.

Dan had two sons with Janabeth Laing Lakenmacher, Bernard William (Bill) and John Laing Lakenmacher. On June 14, 1981 Dan married his second wife Linda Brotherton and they moved to the family ranch outside of Brenham to begin their life together. Their whole life with each other was filled with fun projects and adventures. Daniel had a passion for sailing, riflery, and travel.  Daniel was an exceptional man and was extremely good with his hands. He could make, build, or repair almost anything. Dan’s idea of a good time was to have people over for a meal and storytelling. Dan had a creative mind and had a story for any topic. Dan’s life included many animals, but dogs were his true love.

Dan was a member of Central Congregational Church in Houston and was active in Independence Baptist Church. He was a benefactor of the NRA. He was also a member and past president of the Houston Chapter of the American Society of Appraisers. He was a member of the Washington County Amateur Radio Club and at various times, was a member of the Houston Yacht Club, the Seabrook Sailing Club, and other sailing groups.

Survivors include wife, Linda Lakenmacher; son and daughter-in-law, Bernard and Shari Lakenmacher; sister and brother-in-law, June and Money Adams; grandchildren, Daniel Edward Lakenmacher and his wife Kristina, Katie Lauren Lakenmacher, and Luke William Lakenmacher.

Preceding him in death were his parents; Stella and Bernard Lakenmacher and son John Laing Lakenmacher.

Funeral services are scheduled for 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, November 29, 2017 at Independence Baptist with Pastor Dr. Phil Hassell.

Pallbearers are Charles Heller, Charlie Scott, John Lister, Scott York, Daniel Lakenmacher, and Luke Lakenmacher.

Honorary Pallbearers are Glen Musselman and Don French, and Bob Baer.

Memorial contributions may be directed to Independence Baptist Church.

Funeral arrangements for Daniel Lakenmacher are entrusted to Memorial Oaks Chapel, 1306 W. Main St., Brenham, TX, 979-836-4564. To post a tribute to the family , visit
WCARC Events / Re: Radio in the Park-Jackson St
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on November 18, 2017, 03:53:11 pm »
Thanks to all that came out today for Radio in the Park.

A little bit of wind but manageable. Otherwise beautiful weather.

We had 4 stations up and running on HF and 3 VHF/UHF stations.  Go-Boxes everywhere.

Great time guys.  Hope to do this again next quarter.

Special Thanks to Bill and Tom for the food and coffee!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

WCARC Events / Radio in the Park-Jackson St
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on November 16, 2017, 04:07:19 pm »
Just a reminder.

we are having radio in the park at the Jackson St Park.  Plan to be there around 8:00 AM on the Mansfield St side.

will have HT on the 147.260 repeater if someone gets lost.

You may want to bring a folding chair so you can sit down awhile.

See you Saturday.


WCARC Events / WCARC Sunday Night Traffic Net 11-12-2017
« Last post by Lee McWilliams, K5FLM on November 12, 2017, 07:10:14 pm »



K5FLM - Lee McWilliams (Net Control)



The Lobby - the "public" forum / Yaesu FTM-3200-DR
« Last post by Gary Baldwin KF5ZRT on November 09, 2017, 10:52:13 am »
Just a FYI on the 3200 radio.  If you read the reviews of this radio there is one negative that is universal.  The cooling fan comes on and off frequently even in receive mode.  There is a firmware update on the Yaesu website that is available.
Long story short-problem is fixed. Fan now comes on when transmitting at about 15 seconds in.

I did notice that there are some changes in the settings menu.  going to download the usermanual from Yaesu to see if the manual is updated for the new firmware.

If you use RTSystems programming software, you will need to update software from the RTS website to work with the new firmware.

Hope this helps
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