Newly Appointed Assistant Director for Special Interest Groups

Director Woolweaver announces the appointment of Marvin (“Trevor”) Matherne as the new Assistant Director for Special Interest Groups.  Several new SIGs have been announced in 2012 and Trevor will be working with Director Woolweaver to insure that all of the … Continue reading

ARRL Executive Committee March Meeting

The ARRL Executive Committee met on Saturday, March 24 in St Louis, Missouri.  ARRL President Kay Craigie, N3KN, serves as chairman of the Executive Committee. Five Division Directors who are elected by the ARRL Board of Directors are also on … Continue reading

New Clubs in the WGD Division

At the recent Executive Committee Meeting, the following WGD Clubs were approved for ARRL Affiliation: Amateur Radio Euless, Euless, TX ( CQ Ingleside, Aransas Pass, TX DFW Contest Group, Plano, TX ( Jake McClain Driver Memorial Amateur Radio Club, Houston, … Continue reading

2012 HamCom, WGD Convention

HamCom has announced that pre-registration and W5DXCC LSDX Dinner tickets are now available through the HamCom website, The ARRL Forum guest speaker is 1st Vice President Rick Roderick, K5UR who will speak on “Amateur Radio – The Greatest Hobby … Continue reading

West Gulf Division QSL Contest Update

The three category winners have been announced in the 2012 WGD QSL Card Contest.  WGD members may now vote on their favorite.  Visit the Contest page for all the details! The West Gulf Division wishes to thank the Main Trading Company … Continue reading

National Merit Finalist Carey McCachern, KF5IXE

The WGD Division Leadership wishes to congratulate Oklahoman KF5IXE Cary McCachern as being a 2012 National Merit Finalist and an AXA Achiever! With over 1.5 million original entries into the National Merit program, it was announced in February that Cary … Continue reading

March Madness, Amateur Radio Style

The WGD had its own version of March madness with six (6) Hamfest events taking place within the Division.  Beginning in late February Williamson County ARC and the Orange Hamfest kicked off with events held in STX.   Amateurs across the … Continue reading

The ARRL and Frequency Coordination

[Note: The following, in part, is excerpted from the ARRL Repeater Directory.] The ARRL is not a Frequency Coordinator, nor does the ARRL “certify” coordinators.  Frequency Coordinators are volunteers normally appointed by a coordinating body. The ARRL reports only the … Continue reading

PARK Forms a New Special Interest Group

The Plano Amateur Radio Klub, is forming a PARK Balloon SIG (Special Interest Group) to build payloads and launch Amateur Radio High Altitude Balloons to near space. (60,000 to 235,000 feet). There is a lot of opportunity to participate and … Continue reading

Changes Announced for DXCC Processing

The DX Century Club (DXCC) is the premier Amateur Radio operating award. Available to hams around the world, tens of thousands of awards have been issued since 1945 under the modern award program. In 2012, the DXCC program is not … Continue reading