Texas A&M University W5AC The Texas A&M Amateur Radio Club, College Station, Texas
College Station, Texas, U.S.A. • Brazos County • EM10to

Welcome to the W5AC Home Page. W5AC is the Texas A&M University Amateur or "Ham" Radio Club. This club, founded in 1912, is one of the oldest university radio clubs in existence.

Interested in joining the club or learning more about amateur radio? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions, or other items on the list at left. Feel free to send e-mail to the club about any other questions that you might have.

Check in to our net each Monday night at 8PM, on our 146.82 repeater!


Announcements

Upcoming Events

W5AC Meeting: Wednesday, May 1, 7:00 PM, Rudder Tower 709.

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Tuesday, May 7, 7:00 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Test Session Saturday April 13

Licensing Test Session: Saturday April 13th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, USDA Conference Room, 2881 F and B Road, College Station. The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Events

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 PM.

W5AC Meeting: Wednesday, April 3, 7:00 PM, MSC 1401.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Meeting

W5AC Meeting: Wednesday, March 6, 7:00 PM, MSC 2506.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Meeting

W5AC Meeting: Saturday, February 23, 2:30 PM, Rudder 502.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

February Events

Monthly Business Meeting: Wednesday, February 6th, 7:00 PM, MSC 2402. Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Licensing Test Session: Saturday February 16th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, USDA Conference Room, 2881 F and B Road, College Station. The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Test Session Saturday December 15

Licensing Test Session: Saturday December 15th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, USDA Conference Room, 2881 F and B Road, College Station.

The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Meeting Thursday December 6

Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday, December 6th, 5:30 PM, Rudder Tower 401.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

HF Chess Match Sunday November 11

HF Chess Match between Texas A&M Chess Club and University of Tennessee Chess Club: Sunday, November 11th, 1:00 PM, Koldus 111.

Anyone interested in amateur radio (or chess) is welcome to attend.

Meeting Thursday November 1

Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday, November 1st, 5:30 PM, Rudder Tower 501.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Events

W5AC Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday, October 4th, 5:30 PM, Rudder Tower 401. Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Belton Hamfest: Saturday, October 6th.

Test Session Saturday September 15

Licensing Test Session: Saturday September 15th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, USDA Conference Room, 2881 F and B Road, College Station.

The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Upcoming Meetings

Thursday September 6th, 5:30 PM, MSC 2504
*Basic Orientation to Ham Radio and W5AC
*HSMM-MESH
*Nomination of Officers

Thursday September 13th, 5:30 PM, Rudder 402
*HSMM-MESH
*Election of Officers

Test Session Saturday August 18

Licensing Test Session: Saturday August 18th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, USDA Conference Room, 2881 F and B Road, College Station.

The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Field Day Plans

Field Day: Saturday, June 23rd, 1:00 PM - Sunday, June 24th, 1:00 PM, Veteran's Park.

The Bryan Amateur Radio Club has again extended their invitation to W5AC to join them this Saturday for Field Day. W5AC, in conjunction with the Bryan club, will be teaching the Radio merit badge for 30 young men in the Boy Scouts at Veteran's Park during Field Day.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Meeting Thursday April 12

Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday, April 12th, 8:00 PM, Rudder Tower 401.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Events

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Thursday March 22nd, 6:00 PM.

Ham Radio in the Park: Friday March 23rd, 3:00 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Meeting Thursday March 1

Monthly business meeting: Thursday March 1st, 5:15 - 6:30 PM, Rudder Tower Room 404.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Social Dinner Thursday February 23

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Thursday February 23th, 6:30 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Social Dinner Thursday February 9

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Thursday February 9th, 7:00 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday January 26th, 7 PM in Langford C429.

Licensing Test Session: Saturday February 4th, 8:00 AM at the College Station Conference Center.

Upcoming Events

Monthly Business Meeting: Thursday, December 1st, 6:30 PM, Rudder Tower 402.

BCS Christmas Parade: Sunday, November 4th, 8:30 AM, Parking Lot 50.

Test Session Saturday November 19

Licensing Test Session: Saturday November 19th, 8:00 - 9:30 AM, College Station Conference Center Room 103.

The Bryan Amateur Radio Club's monthly meeting will follow at 9:30 AM.

Meeting Thursday November 3

Monthly general meeting: Thursday November 3rd, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, Rudder Tower Room 402.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

W5AC Makes Contact With ISS

Exactly six months after making a successful satellite contact with a homebrew Yagi, W5AC can now put in the logbooks a QSO with the International Space Station! Over the summer, I worked at Space Center Houston as a tram tour guide with Mike Fossum’s son. There, I learned that Mike Fossum ‘80, was a part of the Expedition 29 Crew that was soon to be on the International Space Station. I knew that this would lead to an opportunity to try to schedule a pass for W5AC to make a contact with the International Space Station. In total, ten people showed up to the event and everyone who wanted to visit had the opportunity to do so. I do not know of any better way to sum up the experience, except to put it in Mike Fossum’s own words: “That was a lot of fun!”

73,
Paul Schattenberg
KF5JIM

Photo courtesy of Matthew Crawley/ matthewcrawley.com.


Video of QSO:

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Social Dinner Thursday October 13

Social dinner at Rosa's Cafe: Thursday October 13th, 7:00 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Foxhunt Saturday October 8

Foxhunt this weekend: Saturday October 8th, 9:00 AM, Meet at the shack.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Meeting Thursday October 6

Monthly general meeting: Thursday October 6th, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, Rudder Tower Room 707.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

W5AC at Belton

W5AC traveled to Belton, TX on October 1 for the Belton Hamfest.

Upcoming Events

Social dinner at Fuego Tortilla Grill: Thursday, September 29th, 7:00 PM.

Belton Hamfest: Saturday, October 1st.

W5AC Visits Repeater Site

Members of W5AC made a visit to the club's two repeaters on the O&M Building last Friday. Several new members got the chance to see the repeaters for the first time.

Upcoming Events

Repeater Visit: Friday, September 23rd, 1:00 PM.

Licensing Test Session: Saturday September 24th, 8:00 - 12:00 PM, College Station Conference Center Room 103.

Belton Hamfest: Saturday, October 1st.

Dinner Meeting Thursday September 15

Dinner meeting at Rosa's Cafe: Thursday September 15th, 6:00 PM.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Meeting Thursday September 8

Informational meeting for new members and officer nominations: Thursday September 8th, 5:15 - 6:15 PM, Rudder Tower Room 701.

Anyone interested in amateur radio is welcome.

Upcoming Events

First meeting of the semester: Thursday September 1st, 6:30 - 7:45 PM, Rudder Tower Room 502.

Open House: Saturday September 3rd, 2:00 - 6:00 PM, Reed Arena.

Informational meeting for new members and officer nominations: Thursday September 8th, 5:15 - 6:15 PM, Rudder Tower Room 701.

Officer Elections: September 15th, location and time TBA.

Licensing Test Session: Saturday September 24th, 8:00 - 12:00 PM, College Station Conference Center, 1300 George Bush Drive, Room 103.

W5AC Satellite Communication!

Yesterday, 28 April 2011, W5AC members, Katy, Matthew, Ulises, Bill (not pictured), and I decided to spend a part of our afternoon chasing satellites. After two unsuccessful attempts, Matthew (KE5VFO) made contact with SO-50 at ~19:15 (CST). Pictured are two homemade Yagi antennas. I had my doubts on the 2M Yagi, but after working the satellite, the antenna proved that it does the job. Thank you to everyone who helped make yesterday possible!

73,
Paul Schattenberg, KF5JIM
W5AC Treasurer

W5AC Foxhunt

W5AC held a foxhunt (transmitter hunt) this past Saturday. The fox, provided by N5TLT, was hidden three times in the large field behind the telecommunication building. Several new members were introduced to the fundamentals of radio direction finding.

Meeting Thursday January 27 & Upcoming Test Session

W5AC will be having a business meeting on January 27 at 6 PM in Zachry room 105A. All are welcome.

Also, a test session has been scheduled for 9 AM on Saturday February 12 at the College Station Conference Center.

W5AC Transmits from New Shack

Howdy,

W5AC made our first contact from the new shack located at the telecommunication building in College Station, Texas. KE5VFO made a planned contact with KE5DYY at 5:00 PM. The transceiver was the club's Kenwood TS-940S, donated by KA5OGA, Donald Foster '36. The power output was 100 Watts and we were 3 by 5 into Odessa, Texas. The antenna was a fan dipole made by the club to work 20, 40, and 80 meters. We were using the portable crank up tower borrowed from the ARES group to test out the HF noise level from the inside of the telecommunication building.

W5AC would like to thank Tom Talley, W5XTT, and his grandson TJ for bringing their long flatbed trailer to help with the move.

KF5AZU
Bill Gordon
W5AC President

Meeting Thursday December 2

We will be having a meeting Thursday December 2 at 7 PM. We will meet in the shack (MSC 138). Look for the "On Air" sign on the north side of the hotel wing of the MSC.

Meeting Thursday October 28

We will be having a meeting Thursday October 28 at 8 PM. We will meet in the shack (MSC 138). Look for the "On Air" sign on the north side of the hotel wing of the MSC.

Dinner Meeting Thursday October 21

We will be having a dinner meeting on Thursday October 21 at 6:30 PM at Rosa's on University Drive. We will be discussing the proposed new shack location.

Photos of New Shack

Photos of the new shack can be found here.

W5AC at Belton

W5AC traveled to Belton, TX on October 2 for the Belton Hamfest.

Meeting Thursday September 30

We will be having a meeting Thursday September 30 at 8 PM. We will meet in the shack (MSC 138). Look for the "On Air" sign on the north side of the hotel wing of the MSC.

Weekend Events

Saturday September 25 at 9 AM: Bryan ARC will host a test session at the College Station Conference Center located on George Bush Drive. Cost is $15.

Sunday September 26 at 4 PM: First W5AC foxhunt of the semester. Meet at the shack. The boundaries will be main campus.

Meeting Thursday September 23

We will be having a meeting Thursday September 23 at 8 PM. We will meet in the shack (MSC 138). Look for the "On Air" sign on the north side of the hotel wing of the MSC.

Dinner Meeting Thursday September 16

We will be having a dinner meeting on Thursday September 16 at 7 PM. The location will be C&J BBQ on the corner of Southwest Parkway and Wellborn Road. We will still be collecting dues for those that want to join and will elect new officers. KF5DXO will give a presentation on directional antennas.

First Meeting Thursday September 9

We will be having our first meeting of the semester on Thursday September 9 at 8 PM. We will meet in the shack (MSC 138). Look for the "On Air" sign on the north side of the hotel wing of the MSC.

W5AC Visits Repeater Site

Members of W5AC made an end-of-semester visit to the club's two repeaters on the O&M Building. Several new members got the chance to see the repeaters for the first time.

W5AC Volunteer Service and Foxhunt

W5AC members were involved in two events over the past two weekends. The first was the Aggie 500, a soapbox derby sponsored by the Texas A&M chapter of Engineers Without Borders . The April 24th event was a fundraiser that raised money for EWB's local and international projects. W5AC provided logistical communications on the racetrack with operators stationed at both the starting and finish lines. Here's W5AC member KF5AZU participating in the derby as a "mobile" station.

The second event was a W5AC hosted foxhunt on May 2nd. The fox, provided by W5AC alumni WA5DTR and W5TMR, was hidden twice. For the first hunt the boundaries were the College Station city limits and the fox was hidden in a public park. For the second hunt the boundaries were central campus and the fox was hidden in the bushes outside the Mitchell Physics Building.

W5AC at Belton

Several former and current W5AC members traveled to Belton, TX on April 17 for the Belton Hamfest.

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