Zapata Field Day

Contact 956-867-6926

RGV ARC will be holding a Field Day at KF5KYL's ranch in Zapata Texas.

Directions are as follows: 

"approximately 1 mile west of the community of Lopeno on Hwy. 83 is a cow dip on the left. The gate next to that is named Sacatones Rd. Please call when you arrive at the gate. I will be monitoring Simplex and the Zapata repeater."


Breakfast will be held at the Junction Cafe on Saturday March 9, 2019 at


The monthly meeting has been canceled for Saturday, March 9, 2019.

There is also a swap meet in Harlingen at the Fun & Sun RV Park in Harlingen, TX.

on Saturday morning March 9, 2019.  I was told to get there early ( between 7:30a.m. and 8:00a.m. )

if you want to get registered for door prizes.  The details can be found at the ARRL page.




April 27 – 29, 2019

You can purchase certain emergency preparation supplies tax free during the 2019 Emergency Preparation Supplies Sales Tax Holiday. There is no limit on the number of qualifying items you can purchase, and you do not need to issue an exemption certificate to claim the exemption.

This year’s holiday begins at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, April 27, and ends at midnight on Monday, April 29.

These emergency preparation supplies qualify for tax exemption if purchased for a sales price:

Less than $3000
Portable generators

Less than $300
Emergency ladders
Hurricane shutters

Less than $75
Batteries, single or multipack (AAA cell, AA cell, C cell, D cell, 6 volt or 9 volt)
Can openers - nonelectric
Carbon monoxide detectors
Coolers and ice chests for food storage – nonelectric
Fire extinguishers
First aid kits
Fuel containers
Ground anchor systems and tie-down kits
Ice products - reusable and artificial
Light sources - portable self-powered (including battery operated)
Examples of items include: candles, flashlights and lanterns
Mobile telephone batteries and mobile telephone chargers
Radios - portable self-powered (including battery operated) - includes two-way and weather band radios
Smoke detectors
Tarps and other plastic sheeting

These supplies do not qualify for tax exemption:

Batteries for automobiles, boats and other motorized vehicles
Camping stoves
Camping supplies
Extension ladders
Repair or replacement parts for emergency preparation supplies
Services performed on, or related to, emergency preparation supplies

Additional Charges Affect Purchase Price

Delivery, shipping, handling and transportation charges are part of the sales price. If the emergency preparation supply being purchased is taxable, the delivery charge is also taxable. Consider these charges when determining whether an emergency preparation supply can be purchased tax free during the holiday.

For example, you purchase a rescue ladder for $299 with a $10 delivery charge, for a total sales price of $309. Because the total sales price of the ladder is more than $300, tax is due on the $309 sales price.

For more information, contact us at Tax Help, or call 1-800-252-5555.


Breakfast will be at the Junction Cafe in Pharr, TX on Saturday March 2, 2019

at 10:30a.m. In the banquet room. Hope to see you there.


Breakfast will be at the Junction Cafe in Pharr, TX in the

banquet room at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, February 23, 2019.


Breakfast will be held at The Junction Cafe, in Pharr, TX at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, February 16th


Breakfast will be held at The Junction Cafe, in Pharr, TX at 10:30a.m. on Saturday, February 9th.

There will also be a club meeting at the McAllen library from 1:00pm-3:00pm in the boardroom.

Following the regular meeting there will be a short ARES meeting to discuss the Marathon event.


Breakfast will be held at The Junction Cafe in Pharr, at 10:30am.


Thanks to the efforts of Padini Santiago KG5LTY the RGVARC has been asked to provide comms during the Second Annual Harlingen Marathon on Sunday February 10th 2019.

25+ Volunteers are needed for this event.  RGVARC will be stationing Hams at the Race Start/Finish (command), 5 First Aid Stations, 18 Water Stations, and 1 Roving Mobile with the Race Official.  Hams will need to be ready to operate their stations by no later than 6:30 am Sunday February 10th.

We can make use of Mobiles and HT's.

This is an opportunity for the RGVARC to show the community what we can do!

Follow this link for information about the race.

Also check the pdf files for more information.

If you can participate, please respond to the email message sent and you'll be added to the list.

***The additioinal information files did not attach to the original message that was sent out.  You can find the files here.

Harlingen Marathon 2019 Logisitical Map

Harlingen Marathon 2019 Water Stations


Breakfast will be held at the Junction Cafe in Pharr, at 10:30am.


January Field Day has been postponed untill further notice.  We will post updates as soon as they are available.


The 2019 South Texas All Hazards Conference: Faces of Preparedness provides a forum to advance the hurricane preparedness capacity for the Rio Grande Valley, discuss current trends and topics, and provide information about the latest tools and technology in emergency preparedness management and homeland security. The 7th annual conference is sponsored by Hidalgo County Health and Human Services Department, City of McAllen, Hidalgo County Emergency Management, and Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) with funding provided by the Texas Department of State Health Services.


To register please visit this link All Hazards Conference