Monday, January 23, 2012

A Year Ago!

First image of my first grandchild!

This is going to be fun.

Saving for the drum set now.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Operation Lifesaver Railroad Collission Investigation Class is being offered in Jackson County.  Seating is limited.  

CLEET hours are available for Law Enforcement personnel.

It's critical that when highway-rail intersection collisions do occur, law enforcement officers--often the first responders--are familiar with both railroad operations and highway-rail grade crossing conditions. Operation Lifesaver offers a special course teaching officers how to ensure their personal safety, both while responding to rail collision incidents and throughout the investigation.
If your community contains railroad tracks, your officers could be involved in a specialized highway-rail grade crossing collision investigation. Operation Lifesaver's Grade Crossing Collision Investigation (GCCI) course is designed to inform and prepare your department for that eventuality. Our GCCI training was developed for the North American law enforcement community with cooperation from the International Association of Chiefs of Police.
Enroll at

Social Media in Emergency Management is really taking off.

This week a number of my colleagues participated in an online social media drill.  Several have noted some very valuable lessons learned already.  It will be interesting to see the After Action Review.

One immediate takeaway was the overwhelming nature of digital information and the brainpower it takes to process it.  This is just one reason why "It's not about me; it's about WE" is so important.

The Concept of a Virtual Operations Support Team is important.

In Oklahoma, the VOST is lead by John Butler @OKcalvin who also leads the Oklahoma Crisismappers effort.

Since social media has three components, i.e. information dissemination, information gathering, and team building, it's easy to see how one would be overwhelmed during a disaster.

Please contact John to see how Oklahoma Crisis Mappers or the Oklahoma VOST can help you.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

The West Gulf Division is sponsoring a contest for the best QSL cards!!!  #hamradio #ARRL

The Contest

Starts: January 1, 2012
Ends:   April 30, 2012

Prizes will be award to the first place winner in each of three
categories and a Grand Prize will be awarded to the best of the three
category winners.

The three categories are

A.      Most Humorous
B.      Best Graphic Design
C.      Best Photo Card

Each category winner will receive a Dual Band HT.  The Grand Prize
winner will receive a MFJ Antenna Analyzer.

The rules are as follows:

(1)     Only amateurs whose QTH is in the West Gulf Division – Texas or
Oklahoma – are eligible to enter.
(2)     An actual QSL card must be submitted – photo copies are not
(3)     Only one QSL card per category may be entered.
(4)     Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form with all required
information filled out.  DIY Make your own entry form.  See below.
(5)     A card, or the same card, may be entered in each of the categories,
but each entry must include the actual QSL card and a completed entry
(6)     Each entry form must designate which category the card is being
entered and must provide the entrant’s full name, call sign, physical
address, telephone number and email address.
(7)     If an entry form does not designate the category, the entry will
not be judged.
(8)     If an entry form does not contain the required information, the
entry will not be judged.
(9)     The maximum number of entries is three – one card per category;
(10)    You may win in only one category.
(11)    The decisions of the judges are final.
(12)    The prizes will be awarded at the West Gulf Division forum at
HamCom in Plano, Texas in June 2011.

All category entries will be judged by a team of five judges.  Each of
the four Section Managers has appointed a judge and the West Gulf
Division has appointed one judge.  The judges will declare a winner in
each category.  No cards will be returned.

The three category winners will be announced in early May and the three
category winning cards will be posted on the West Gulf Division website.
All Division resident amateurs will be invited to vote for the grand
prize winner using an internet voting website.  One vote per Division
resident call sign.

Instructions on how to vote for the Grand Prize winner will be listed
on the West Gulf Division website and distributed via the West Gulf
Division Newsletter.

See the West Gulf Division website for details and an example of the
entry form.

Entries may be mailed to

David Woolweaver, K5RAV
West Gulf Division QSL Contest
PO Box 531605
Harlingen, TX 78553


Entries may also be hand delivered to the ARRL Booth or a West Gulf
representative at the following hamfests/conventions.

01/14/2012   San Antonio Amateur Radio Fiesta
Location:  Schertz, TX
Sponsor: San Antonio Radio Club

01/20/2012   North Texas Section Convention (Cowtown Hamfest)
Location:  Fort Worth, TX
Sponsor:  Lockheed Martin Amateur Radio Club

02/25/2010   Orange Hamfest
Location:  Orange, TX
Sponsor:  Orange ARC and Jefferson County ARC

02/25/2012   Williamson County ARC Hamfest
Location:  Georgetown, TX
Sponsor:  Williamson County ARC

03/03/2012  Elk City Hamfest
Location:  Elk City, OK
Sponsor:  West Central Amateur Radio Club

03/03/2010   South Texas Section Convention (Greater Houston Hamfest)
Location:  Rosenberg, TX
Sponsor:  Brazos Valley ARC (BVARC)

03/09/2012   Oklahoma State Convention (Green Country Hamfest)
Location:  Claremore, OK
Sponsor:  Green Country Hamfest, Inc.

03/10/2012   10th Annual IARC Hamfest
Location:  Irving, TX
Sponsor:  Irving Amateur Radio Club

03/17/2012   West Texas Section Convention (57th Annual St. Patrick’s
Day Hamfest)
Location:  Midland, TX
Sponsor:  Midland Amateur Radio Club

03/24/2012   ARC of Parker County Hamfest
Location:  Weatherford, TX
Sponsor:  Amateur Radio Club of Parker County

04/14/2012   Belton HamEXPO
Location:  Belton, TX
Sponsor:  Temple Amateur Radio Club

Let the fun begin!

ARRL West Gulf Division
Director: David A Woolweaver, K5RAV

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