Greetings from Laredo, Texas!
On behalf of the Laredo Hams Amateur Radio Club I want to welcome you to a very exciting 2016. I look forward to serving you as club President this year. Even though amateur radio has celebrated more than 100 years of service, it is far from being obsolete. Like all things needing to survive, being able to adapt is a key feature to being there tomorrow. Radio amateurs use a variety of analog and digital voice, text, image, and data communications modes and have access to frequency allocations throughout the RF spectrum to enable communication across a city, region, country, continent, the world, or even into space. But the reason I think it has survived this long is because it is fun!
The VHF Contest held on Saturday, January 30, 2016 saw several of the local hams and their spouses setting up their gear at Lake Casa Blanca State Park. Together, they raised a 2-meter antenna and a 6-meter antenna, hooked up an inverter to a battery and connected their radios to the antennas to log some DX contacts. The propagation gods were not on our side so contacts were scarce. All was not lost though, the ‘carne asada’ was a huge success.
We look forward to all the activities that will enhance our radio savvy us throughout the year, such as the numerous ham fests, the state Simulated Emergency Test, Field Day in June, Jamboree On The Air (JOTA) in October with the local Cub and Boy Scouts, weekly ARES Net and bi-monthly Texas RACES Net, to name a few.
Our scheduled Laredo Hams Amateur Radio Club (LHARC) quarterly meetings allow us to take care of the business end of the club but also affords us the opportunity for training/presentations along the lines of ham radio, license testing, emergency communication, preparedness topics and impromptu discussions of myriads of ham radio topics.
We welcome all new hams, old hams or any who are interested who are interested in learning about radio communications and sharing the friendship and camaraderie of the local Ham community and in peer interaction opportunities that enhance the knowledge, skill and professional growth of our members.