The Williamson County Amateur Radio Club (WCARC) held its "Charter Meeting" at the Jonah (Texas) Community Center on April 26, 1979. Special guests for the meeting were Raymond Wangler, W5DZ, West Gulf Division Vice Director, and Arthur Ross, W5KR, Section Communications Manager for the South Texas Section. The Charter Meeting was the first meeting after full affiliation with the ARRL. The exact date that the club was formed is illusive but occurred in the summer of 1978.
"Linky" Brokhausen, N5AKJ, published the first club newsletter in August, 1978. She remained in this position for 7 years.
By June, 1980 the club had grown to a membership of 28 persons.
The following is the club roster as of June 6, 1980:
|Bill Sorrow||WD5AAN||Bill Wright||KB5KZ|
|Jon Boles||N3AEM||Jerry Pavlik||WA5MTB|
|Linky Brokhausen||N5AKJ||Murray Wykes||W5NXD|
|Jerry Meek||N5ALS||John Long||W2PQA|
|Jerry Marshall||N5BSO||Larry Wise||KA5T|
|Guy "Mac" McClaine||AG5C||Bobby Petrosky||N5TT|
|Jerry Burran||KA5DVX||Neal Lewallen||WB5TER|
|Noel Luper||KA5EVA||Jerry Jackson||WB5TVR|
|Walter Steele||K5FRK||Don Stueck||AJ5V|
|Bob McKay||WD5HQH||Charlie Stafford||W5VDR|
|Frank Gudat||KA5IAU||Brok Brokhausen||W5VMN|
|Hardy Patillo||WD5IVT||George Mirabella||KB5WO|
|Leonard Dobson||W7JYS||Jim Harkins||WB5ZRH|
|Kit Kittrell||K5KL||Louime Whitfield||Unlicensed|
WCARC History - Help ID the Charter Members
Mark, NA6M, has scanned most, if not all, of the old newsletters he received at the WCARC Swap Fest. They are posted with the other Newsletters. Mark also has scanned in some pictures of the Charter WCARC meeting. Take a look and let us know if you can help identify who they are.