Kendall Amateur Radio Society


Welcome to the Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS). We are in the South Texas Section and located in Boerne, Kendall County, Texas around 30 miles NNW from Downtown San Antonio.  Our Club was formed in October 1980.  We have a current membership of around 70, and offer a variety of ham radio activities to amateur radio operators in the surrounding Texas Hill Country, and greater San Antonio.  We are an American Radio Relay League (ARRL) affiliated club and strongly support our National organization.  Our skills run from technology, to CW, SSB and Digital, working HF contests, chasing DX, 50 MHz, VHF and above. New Hams and experienced Hams will find a home with us.  Please come visit.  We are always looking for new members.  Your participation will be welcomed.

KARS provides and maintains the following repeaters using the Club call KB5TX.  The VHF and UHF repeaters are all Yaesu analog/digital machines.

      VHF: 146.64(-)  pl tone of 88.5.  DR-2 at about 1970 feet above MSL on Tower Road.
          VHF: 145.19(-)  pl tone of 88.5.  DR-2 at about 50 feet on the air for test at Fair Oaks Ranch
           UHF: 444.9 (+) pl tone of  88.5. DR-2 using the upper UHF antenna on Tower Road. 


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For the latest discussions, see our GROUPS.IO page here.

Elections of Officers for 2020 were held during our November 7 meeting.  See Officers for the results.

This site is current a/o December 28, 2019.  See Radio Choices for new content.

Introduction  The seed for Amateur Radio was planted in the 1890's, when Marconi began his experiments in wireless telegraphy. Soon he was joined by hundreds.  This section tells you what we are about 129 years later.
Repeaters The 444.9 and 167.64 are both DR-2 machine are located at the Tower Road Site.  145.19 has been converted to DR-2 at a test location.  Click on "Repeaters" our current status.
Station Design for VHF The Hill Country has many locations that are good for VHF and UHF.  With proper antennas and low loss coax, one can work much further than could be imagined.
Radio Choices Many new to Amateur Radio wonder what radio to choose after their hand-held.  This page provides information about Yaesu and Icom along with links to others.
Station Design for HF to 50MHz Our members operate stations from simple to elaborate.  We can give you ideas for yours.
DX This page will provide some "how to" ideas, tell how to find who is on the air and give you current propagation reports.
LoTW and Club Log This subject discusses Ham software, how to get the rare one in the log and then how to get the confirmation.
QRP Want to get started in QRP?  KARS past President, Bob Rosier - K4OCE, recently inducted into the QRP Hall of Fame, tells you how.
Weak Signal World & Digital New modes like MSK144 and FT8 seem to be the fastest growing segment of our hobby.
Field Day Field Day - 2019 is here and gone.  KB5TX scored in Second Place, Nationally, Category 5F.  Preparation is now commencing for FD 2020.
Presentations We have frequent programs on a variety of amateur radio subjects.  Here see HF operating, software, contesting, NVIS, and articles by K4OCE (QRP Hall of Fame). Page a/o 03/11/2019.
Technology Amateur radio technology has come a long way since the spark transmitters of 100 years ago.  See this page for how to use WSJT-X on a Raspberry Pi 3.
Meetings, Training and Testing We meet the first Thursday of each month.  Find directions at the link.  We also provide direction, mentoring and when you are ready, testing.  See this page for tips how to prepare.  We now have 11 Volunteer Examiners and can test from Tech to Extra once a month during our regular club meetings.  See Training, Meetings and Testing below and then call Steve Verschoyle or follow the "testing" link to make an appointment.
Community Activities We have a strong association with Kendall Co. EMS, the Kendall County Sheriff's Department and other organizations.  See new safety notice about clearly posting your address for 911.
Current News Letter This section is to call your attention to information of long term interest from our news letters.
Swap Meet Have something to sell or trade?  Provide text and pictures in .jpg format to the Webmaster for posting.
Forms KB5TX agenda template, Membership Application and other club related forms.
Officers In addition to information in the footer, you will find the mailing address, email address, and a listing of KARS officers for 2020 here.
Links Here are links to various websites of interest.  If you want to hear how ship to shore CW was done just 20 years ago, check out the Maritime Radio Historical Society.
Constitution and By-Laws Our Constitution and By-Laws are current as of Summer, 2016.  These are updated for approval by the membership as circumstances dictate.
History of the Club KARS commenced informally around 1975 and was formally incorporated in 1980.  See this link for all the details.
Ideas for Improvement All flaming arrows should be directed at the Webmaster.

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KARS -- P.O. Box 1732 -- Boerne, TX 78006