Texas A&M University W5AC The Texas A&M Amateur Radio Club, College Station, Texas
College Station, Texas, U.S.A. • Brazos County • EM10tp

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!


(Updated on 11/19/2015)


Howdy! Here are some updates.

1. Foxhunt this Friday will be from 3:30pm to 5:30pm

2. Monthly meeting was held last week. The previous Meeting Minutes are here.

3. We had an another open house tonight. Three guests showed up and enjoyed their time staying.

4. Our next montly business meeting will be held on Dec. 10th at 7:30pm at shack.

Thanks and Gig'em!


Howdy! Here are some exciting news and updates.

1. The ARRL School Club Roundup went exceptionally well. We spent 24 hours, which is the maximum time period allowed. We scored 316,117 with 846 contacts in total, 49 states, 10 Canadian states, 51 countries, 16 clubs and 41 schools. We ranked second place according to official preliminary scores on the ARRL Website.

2. Our shack finally has Internet Access! Thank you to our advisors in helping us organize that.

3. Glenn recently received ARRL VE badge. Our club should be able to conduct license exams on our own.

4. There will be a foxhunt from 4:00PM to 6:00PM on Friday at Sul Ross Statue.

5. Our next Monthly Meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 12th at 7:30PM at shack.

Thanks and Gig'em!

October Monthly Meeting

Our meeting elected new officers of the club. We updated our constitution. Please take a look.

School Club Round Up is coming up! This competition is from Oct. 26th to 30th and we need members to participate. Please send us an email if you would like to be part of the game.

Also, we had our first edition of newsletter, edited by Tom (W5XTT) and we recently created our facebook page! Go ahead and take a look!

Thanks for Ron (N5SBN)'s presentation, our club members learned more about emergency communications and supported organizations. One of the upcoming service opportunity is traffic handling during Christmas Parade which will be held on Dec. 5th. Please contact Ron via ron (at) hambric.us for more information.

For more information, please review our Meeting Minutes.

Thanks and Gig'em!

About License Exam & Meeting Minutes Since April, 2015

Howdy! Here are the question pools for new members who would like to get an amateur radio license and a call sign. Technician Class Exam will be the first exam for beginners. If you can memorize all the questions in the question pool, it would be very easy to pass the exam. Send us an email when you are ready. We will arrange a test for you. Good luck!

Technician Class Question Pool Must pass this exam before taking other two.

General Class Question Pool For those who passed Technician Class Exam.

Extra Class Question Pool For those who passed General Class Exam.

It is possible that you can pass all three exams in one day with only $15 (non refundable exam fee), however, only few elites have done that. Therefore, it is recommended to start with Technician Class first and see how it goes for you. For more information regarding the license exam, please click here

Thanks and Gig'em!


Last Thursday, we had a very successful monthly meeting with many new members joined our club. As of today, we have 12 student members and 9 community members. Only 5 student members don't have their call sign but are very excited to learn more about ham radio and get license. After the meeting, Dave W5QZ gave us a great presentation on how the antenna was built. Once again, on behalf of the W5AC Amateur Radio Club, I deeply appreciate Dave W5QZ, Marty W5MHN and Kyle KF5TZN's tremendous endeavor and dedication to our club development.

As for our meeting, our big topic is to change constitution. The proposed constitution and the current one are posted here for members to review. We will vote at our next business meeting on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 at 7:30PM.

Draft Constitution Major changes are marked with blue ink.

Current Constitution

Also, follow the current constitution, the following club members are nominated for club officer positions:

President: Yucheng Guo KG5GDV

Vice President: Mark Racciato KF5TYT

Secretary: Martin Nau W5MHN

Treasurer: Mark Racciato KF5TYT

These nominated positions will also be vote on at our next business meeting.

Thanks and Gig'em!

Updates and Some Corrections

Our meeting on Thursday mainly discussed constitution changes and final preparation on MSC Open House on Sunday. Here's a few things to be noticed:

1. Next Thursday(7:30pm at shack) will be our regular monthly meeting. We will present the draft constitution, exhibit it for a month, and then finally pass it on next monthly meeting in October. We plan to have Senior Member(vote & shack access)$25, Member(shack access only)$15, and Affiliate Member(occasional shack access under supervision)free.

2. We really need some members who can help out MSC open house on Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00. If you are available, please send me an email via yg4329 [at] tamu.edu or call me via 324-1211

3. Next Tuesday and Wednesday night will be our shack's open house. Time is roughly from 16:00 to 20:00. It is mainly for those who cannot come on Thursday. Members are encouraged to attend. I will post details about it later.

4. I should have announce this earlier. Our weekly foxhunt is back again: from 4:00pm-6:00pm on Friday at Sul Ross Statue. That includes today. Dave and I brought some 80 meter transmitter and receivers as new toys for us to play. Drop by at anytime if are available.

5. Our foxhunt yesterday was a great success. Here's more about it. Foxhunt

Thanks and Gig'em!

W5AC Executive Meeting on Thursday at 7:30PM


There has been a huge amount of good changes happened over the summer. Our Force-12 Antenna is finally up in the air and our shack has been freshly renovated. I believe all these changes will help us to face new challenges in this upcoming academic year.

However, our club cannot go forward without receiving help from our members. Therefore, I would like to invite all available W5AC members to come to the meeting and discuss the following items. Any suggestions will also be helpful if you are not able to attend.

1. Vote on important Constitution Update

2. Final Preparations for the upcoming MSC Open House on Sunday

3. Other recruiting/outreach activities

4. A detailed report on antenna assembly and shack decorating over the summer

Hope to see you all on Thursday at 7:30PM !

73, Yucheng Guo KG5GDV

Club Status

Howdy! Our club is still operating even though it is summer break. Feel free to contact us via We can try to arrange you a visit at our shack if you are interested in. Our new Force-12 Antenna is totally awesome! Whoop!

W5AC Force 12 Antenna Raised Today!

Thanks to Marty & Dave's hard work, THE FORCE 12 ANTENNA IS FINALLY UP ON THE TOWER!!!

2m/440m vertical at top; all 6 bands work perfectly a 2:1 SWR.

First Raising of Force 12 Antenna at W5AC - July 3, 2015: new_antenna2

Zoomed Detail of Force 12 and VHF on W5AC Tower:

Marty W5MHN (L) and Dave W5QZ (R) at the base of the W5AC Force 12 Antenna just after First Raising - July 3, 2015:

News and announcement updates will continue to get updated regularly on this page. Please send feedback about new pages or updates to the old pages to the .

© W5AC, The Texas A&M Amateur Radio Club