The Big Bend Amateur Radio Club is based in Alpine, Texas and covers the entire Big Bend area of West Texas. The club is open to anyone interested in amateur radio activities.  Join us at our monthly meeting or on the air via one of our weekly nets.

Dick Hawkins W5DWI Has Died

Richard Leroy Hawkins, 84, a resident of Alpine, Texas, passed away on Oct. 17, 2020.

He is survived by his wife, Lora Hawkins and his brother William Earl “Billy” Hawkins. He also leaves behind a large and loving family and many friends near and far to mourn his passing.

Richard was born July 25, 1936 in Cut and Shoot, Texas. At the age of 17, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force, where he served his country as a pilot. He retired after 22 years. 

Later he served as the emergency management coordinator for the City of Houston, Texas, where he received many awards and accolades for his work.

After his retirement from the City of Houston, he moved to Calhoun County, Texas, where he met and married the love of his life, Lora. They moved to Alpine, and spent many happy hours exploring this beautiful part of the country. He loved to get in his Jeep, and drive the scenic roads of Brewster County.

Richard was a devoted member of the Masonic Lodge, and became a 32nd degree Mason. He was also an amateur radio operator for over 60 years. 

Richard’s last days were made comfortable by the wonderful, caring staff at Big Bend Regional Medical Center. The family wants to thank them for the kindness and compassion shown to our family at this difficult time.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. 

His services were entrusted to Alpine Memorial Funeral Home. Online condolences may be left at alpinememorialfuneralhome.com.

Ham Estate Sale Ongoing

An estate sale for Tom Gius N5NYZ features Ham radio gear, thousands of parts, and stereo gear.

For details and 21 pictures, there is a special page for this estate.

Tom Gius N5NYZ Estate

Bill Brooks KE5OG SK

The October issue of QST has long term member of BBARC Bill Brooks KE5OG listed with Silent Keys on page 97. Bill was the newsletter editor and EchoLink server operator for the club.

October Newsletter

Find it here… 

New Alpine Frequency

Alpine has a new frequency to access the club’s repeater system. It is an odd configuration and is only in test mode at this time, but as we work out the details, we hope we can make it permanent.
The frequency is 446.150 SIMPLEX with 146.2 PL tone. Do note, as you try to program your radios for this frequency, most modern radios may try to use an offset transmit frequency for 446.150. You will likely have to force the SIMPLEX operation.  FULL STORY HERE