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Armadillo Intertie System

"The National Radio System of Texas"

The Armadillo Intertie System is a large network of amateur (ham) radio stations covering much of the State of Texas.
The system is operated by Armadillo Intertie, Inc., a Texas non-profit corporation, and is an affiliate of the Cactus Intertie System.


James A. "Jim" Jefferey, WA5QMJ

February 25, 1932 - April 5, 1995

Well known as "The Father of the West Texas Connection", Jim, WA5QMJ, built the first 2 Meter hub and spoke radio system in West Texas. Links were on UHF repeater pairs. Jim was an "Elmer" to many West Texas hams, including several Armadillo members.


In 1987, Jim received a special Public Service Award from the National Weather Association, which supports and promotes in Operational Meteorology and related activities. This award was for the vital role that "The Connection" played relative to the 1987 Saragosa, Texas tornado. Due to the continued efforts of Rod, N5XXO, The West Texas Connection is still used to protect the lives and property of thousands of West Texans by supplying radio communications for area weather spotters and the National Weather Service.


Born in Hugo, Oklahoma, Jim was a self-employed electronics engineer and member of many Amateur radio clubs in West Texas.


B. John McDaniel, KE5PL Les Blalock, N5KOA George Toone, WB5FBJ

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