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Essential Galveston Island Frequencies.

Most ham radio operators on Galveston Island have a long list of frequencies programmed into their radios. We do have some available repeaters that aren’t well documented and others that aren’t available anymore.  I put together a list of available frequencies that should be useful here on Galveston Island. I’ve had visitors ask what repeaters are available on the Island

This is a list of frequencies that not only are useful for normal communications but in an emergency situation.  Most residents on the Island have a much longer list, but I have excluded most repeaters that aren’t within the county, or particularly strong.  Two exceptions are the listed Fusion repeaters, One is in Friendswood, and the other in Baytown. These should be able to be reached with a full-powered mobile. I have not included any DMR or DSTAR repeaters, simply because I don’t have a radio that works with them. I will be happy to make those additions if you let me know as well as any other repeaters and frequencies that should be added. Please let me know of any suggested additions, deletions or modifications,

This link of Essential Freqencies will be a  printable PDF that may be useful.

Liberty KF5IZN

Galveston Essential Frequencies

Name Recieve
Frequency
Offset Tone NOTES
TARS VHF 147.740 Plus 167.9 Tidelands Amateur Radio Club
Marathon Texas City
Net Tuesday 20:00 Hours
TARS UHF 442.025 Plus 103.5 TARS
Marathon Texas City
Low usage.
Galveston
County
Simplex
145.530 Simplex NONE Galveston County Emergency
Communications Group
Designated Simplex channel
GCECG 2M 145.410 Minus 131.8 Galveston County Emergency
Communications Group
League City
GCECG 70cm 442.225 Minus 131.8 Galveston County Emergency
Communications Group
League City
2 Meter
Call Freq.
146.520 Simplex None Ham Radios version of CB
70cm
Call Frequency
446.000 Simplex None Under utilized Frequency.
WB5MB 146.680 Minus 103.5 UTMB in Galveston
Very underutilized. Good Reach
MoodyVHF 147.300 Plus 123.0 Moody Hotel
Galveston Radio Information Net
Wednesday 20:00
Mid Island Repeater.
Moody UHF 442.150 Plus 123.0 Moody Hotel
Mid Island Repeater.
N5FOG VHF 146.880 Minus 103.5 Galveston Island
WinSystem.org
World System Link.
N5FOG UHF 443.275 Plus 103.5 Galveston Island
Linked World Wide
Alaska Morning Net 12:00
520 Group. 145.520 Simplex None Popular Simplex Chat Group.
LaMarque Rpt 146.900 Minus 123.0 LaMarque Police Dept.
FUSION
       
NE5TX 444.975 Plus 100.0 Yaesu System Fusion
Baytown.
Texas Patriot Room
KD5GR 147.120 Plus 167.9 Yaesu System Fusion
Charles Cotton
Friendswood
TYARC

 

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Going Forth Local Number Breakdown – May 12th

As we go forth, to get a little sunshine, fresh air, and a change of scenery.  During the week we will head towards the beach or shoreline.  Shopping is done early in the morning.  A lot of people aren’t wearing masks and the beaches are busy on the weekends.  This weekend is supposed to be a bit stormy. Maybe this will keep down the crowds.

I reran the numbers from the Texas Department of State Health Services (DSHS) to get a more recent visual on how the Wuflu is processing. The charts are all from Data collected up until May 12th.

Texas

May 12th Data

This is a chart of accumulated cases in Texas  There seems to be an increase in the trend. Cities like San Antonio and Dallas/Fort worth seem to be driving the upward numbers.  There has been an increase in the amount of testing throughout the state.


Harris County

The Harris County (Houston) numbers reflect a different trend.

Harris County New Cases

The chart seems to indicate a leveling off, and perhaps a downward trend. It should be noted that Houston is the fourth largest Metroplex in America.  Much of it is spread out and there is limited public transportation.


Galveston County

Galveston County with a population of  342,000 seems to be doing a little better.

Galveston County Daily Cases

This chart indicates that we in Galveston aren’t doing too bad. It’s worth noting that Galveston has a lot of people employed in the healthcare industry.  So far there have been 691 cases in the County of which 197 cases were in senior care facilities.  UTMB medical facility employs 3,000 people has had 60 cases, most of whom had been identified early in the pandemic.  Galveston Island itself which includes Jamaica Beach has had a total of 54 confirmed cases.