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The next West Texas Repeater Association (WTRA) Quarterly Meeting is coming up on Wednesday, October 18, and will be held this quarter at 7 PM at the W5ES Clubhouse, 2100 San Diego Ave, El Paso, TX.  


Everyone is welcome to attend this meeting, and it would be a great opportunity to learn more about the WTRA, ask questions, pay membership donations, meet and talk to other members, and find out what’s going on with the WTRA repeaters.


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The Socorro Hamfest is coming up on Saturday, October 21, 8 AM to 2 PM at the NM Fire Fighters Academy in Socorro, NM.  Website is http://www.socorroara.org.

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The Boy Scout Jamboree on the Air (JOTA) is coming up on the weekend of 20-22 October. The Sun City Amateur Radio Club (K5WPH) will be open by 8 AM on Saturday, 21 October, to host several Boy Scout groups and their parents that are expected to drop by to learn more about ham radio. Hams are welcome to stop by to help out, particularly hams that are bilingual (English/Spanish).

http://www.scouting.org/jota.aspx

http://www.arrl.org/jamboree-on-the-air-jota

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Flu season is here, and early reports coming in from other countries are indicating this flu season will be a bad one.  Some communities in the US reporting nearly double the amount of flu related hospitalizations this year compared to the same time last year.

The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses that infect the nose, throat, and lungs.


Most ham radio related flu viruses are believed to spread mainly by droplets made when people with the flu virus cough, sneeze or talk too close into their microphones without using the proper RF (Radio-Flu) filtering.

The best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year.

All kidding aside, if you haven’t gotten your flu shot this year, this would be a good time to get it and prevent problems later this year.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website with Influenza information is:

https://www.cdc.gov/flu/about/season/current.htm

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The El Paso Amateur Radio Club (W5ES) is holding their annual “Oktoberfest” at 6 PM on Friday, October 27 at the W5ES clubhouse, 2100 San Diego Ave, El Paso, TX

Kommen Sie zum Club für gutes Essen mit Bratwurst, Kartoffelsalat Rotkohl und Stipendium. (Come to the club for good food with bratwurst, potato salad red cabbage and fellowship!)

Check out the new W5ES website at http://www.qsl.net/w5es/

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The El Paso Amateur Radio Club (W5ES) is holding their annual “Fall Auction” on Saturday, October 28 at 5:30 PM at the W5ES clubhouse, 2100 San Diego Ave, El Paso, TX

The clubhouse opens at 4 PM with picnic foods and snacks available starting at 4:30 PM.  First bids start at 5:30pm.  

Clear out those treasures of long ago and donate them to the club.  Most items are donated and the proceeds go directly into the club operating fund.  Clay K5TRW has offered to be the auctioneer again.  Bring your checkbooks and bid generously!  Cash is also accepted.


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Sign up now for the Annual “Worked All El Paso” (WAE) Contest, which is coming up the weekend of November 4 & 5, from 8 AM to 8 PM local time each day.

Started in 1936, the WAE Certificate is believed to be the second oldest contest in Amateur Radio!


The object of the contest is to provide the opportunity for El Paso Amateur Radio Operators to exhibit their operational abilities, provide comradeship among amateur radio operators, and provide information and contacts for the WORKED ALL EL PASO certificate.


Someone will be at both the W5ES and K5WPH meetings to take your registration, or you can print a registration from the W5ES website and mail it in.


Trophies will be awarded in January at the annual banquet. 


See the W5ES updated website for complete contest rules and information.


http://www.qsl.net/w5es/1_0/1_5.html

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Google Releases Security Updates for Chrome
10/18/2017 10:08 AM EDT

Original release date: October 18, 2017

Google has released Chrome version 62.0.3202.62 for Windows, Mac, and Linux to address multiple vulnerabilities. Exploitation of some of these vulnerabilities may allow a remote attacker to take control of an affected system.

US-CERT encourages users and administrators to review the Chrome Releases page and apply the necessary updates.

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