Kendall Amateur Radio Society


Welcome to the Kendall Amateur Radio Society (KARS). We were formed in October 1980, and have a current membership of around 70. Our club offers a variety of  ham radio activities and fellowship for amateur radio operators in Boerne, Texas, the surrounding Hill Country, and north west 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. Both experienced and new Hams will find a home with us, and we will welcome your participation.

KARS provides and maintains the following repeaters using the Club call KB5TX.  Both are Yaesu analog/digital machines.

      VHF: 146.64(-)  pl tone of 88.5 at about 1960 feet above MSL on Tower Road.
          VHF: 145.19(-)  pl tone of 88.5 presently located adjacent to the Kendall Co. Sheriff's Department.


Hot News We now have an internet connection a our repeater site courtesy of Bee Creek Communications.

This page is current a/o 03/21/2019.

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 .64 machine has been moved from Jennifer Road to our Tower Road Site.  Click on "Repeaters" our current status a/o 02/08/2019.
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.
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 and tell how to find who is on the air.
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 - 2018 is behind us.  Total Q's 656. 20 Participants. Total score 3124.  This placed KB5TX Nr. 3 in Category F, STX Section.
Presentations We have frequent programs on a variety of amateur radio subjects.  Here see HF operating, software, contesting, NVIS, and others.  Page current 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.
Community Activities We have a strong association with Kendall Co. EMS, the Kendall County Sheriff's Department and reach out to other organizations, such as the Boy Scouts of America.
Current News Letter This section is to call your attention to information of long term interest from our latest news letter.
Swap Meet Have something to sell or trade?  Provide text and pictures in .jpg format to the Webmaster for posting.
Forms KB5TX agenda template 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 2019 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.

You are visitor number  Page counts

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