Special Events

June 25, 2016

Field Day 2016 – Red Cross Agency Visits

Field Day Planners in the American Red Cross Central and Southwest Texas Red Cross Region (CSTAR Region TX* County List below).

ARES® is THE partner for Red Cross Communications.

Field day is a great way to learn to operate in abnormal situations in less than optimal conditions.

It is also a great way for Red Cross Officials to better understand what Radio Operators can do.

Red Cross in the CSTAR Region is supporting Agency Visits to Field Day sites in our region. As a part of this visit we will provide documentation you can use to prove a “Site Visit by invited served agency official” for Bonus points. We will also supply a message suitable for bonus points for ICS Messages handled.

To register for a site visit please send your email request by 06/10/2016 to:

kevin.mccoy who is located at redcross.org Containing the following details:

Name of group:

Operating Period:
Operating Location:
Preferred date and time of visit:
Contact Name / Call Sign / Cell Phone

We will reply with our visit plan.

The following Counties are contained in the American Red Cross CSTAR TX region.

North Texas Section
Bell, Bosque, Coryell, Falls, Freestone, Hamilton, Hill, Lampasas, Limestone, McLennan

West Texas Section
Andrews, Borden, Brewster, Crane, Crockett, Dawson, Ector, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Irion, Jeff Davis, Loving, Martin, Midland, Pecos, Presidio, Reagan, Reeves, Sterling, Sutton, Terrell, Upton, Ward, Winkler

South Texas Section
Atascosa, Bandera, Bastrop, Bexar, Blanco, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Caldwell, Comal, Crockett, Dimmit, Edwards, Fayette, Frio, Gillespie, Gonzales, Grimes, Guadalupe, Hays, Karnes, Kendall, Kerr, Kimble, Kinney, La Salle, Lee, Leon, Llano, Madison, Mason, Maverick, Medina, Menard, Milam, Real, Robertson, Travis, Uvalde, Val Verde, Washington, Webb, Williamson, Wilson, Zapata, Zavala

If your county is not listed you can still contact your local Red Cross and request a visit.

http://www.redcross.org Select locate your local chapter in the top bar.


Denton County Amateur Radio Association special notification


Amateur Radio on the air at Philmont


Amateur radio will be on the air from Philmont throughout the summer. Watch for K2BSA/5 on the porch near the Tooth of Time Traders.

You’re invited to participate, or observe. Dale Finley, ham radio call sign KB5NFT, will be the primary operator. He will be using equipment provided by Icom America, a sponsor of amateur radio within Scouting.

Antennas will be suspended high in the nearby trees as well as vertical antennas on the ground. These antennas along with Icom’s transceiver will allow communication across the country and at times around the world.

Operation will be subject to Dale’s availability and that of other authorized operators. It will definitely include ARRL Field Day in June. Posters will provide updated schedules of expected days and times of operation. Or just watch for them on the porch!


Summer 2016 Modes and Frequencies

June 15 – Sept. 1 we will operate as k2bsa/5

at the Philmont Scout Ranch Cimarron, NM


Our goal: Operate mostly digital psk, rtty, mt63, winlink modes

Showing ham radio to as many scouts and staffers using Icom products

PSK31 USB Main Mode of Operation

1.838 (occasional operation)
3.580 (occasional operation)
7.040 to 7.060 for region 1 and region 3,

7.070 and 7.080 for region 2 *




80m 3.940 & 3.690 (3.920-3.940 Extra Segment)

40m  7.180-7.200

40m  7.270-7.290

20m 14.270-14.290

20m 14.320-14.340

17m 18.120-18.150

15m 21.360-21.400

12m 24.960-24.980

10m 28.350-28.400 (Incl Novice & Techs) 6m   50.160-50.200

Echolink Node JOTA-365

FSQ HF Frequencies

Region 2


3594 kHz USB (sunset to sunrise)


7104 kHz USB (sunrise to sunset)


10144 kHz USB (local day, DX night)

IRLP Node 9091

DMR Make contact and move to DMR-MARC UA talkgroups or to the DCI TAC-310 talkgroup

Dstar Reflector REF033A


2 Meter FM Simplex

Calling Channel or 146.52

70 CM FM Simplex

446.000 as Calling Channel

Local Area Repeaters & Frequencies:

TAOS ARC main call and monitoring frequency 147.120 + 67PL

147.140 + 67PL  Taos Ski Megalink

444.350 + 100 Iron Mountain Eagle Nest MegaLink

444.975 + 123PL Taos Ski Valley (Enchanted Circle Link)

147.340 + 100PL Angel Fire (Enchanted Circle Link)

145.390 – 100PL Red River (Enchanted Circle Link)

146.500 & 146.52 Simplex

147.2800 + 100PL Raton MegaLink

446.7750 – Dstar KD0RDI

147.200 + 67 Wagon Mound MegaLink

Note: There could be other nodes such as Allstarlink and Echolink in TAOS