In 1995, a group of local amateur television enthusiasts formed the Waco
Amateur Television Society (WATS). WATS projects included ATV repeaters on
two amateur bands, a weather radar link, a SkyCam, and other various ATV
projects and support of special events, as well as some interest in
slow-scan television (SSTV).
In late 2002, the decision was made to dissolve
WATS and donate its assets to HOTARC (most of the WATS members were also
HOTARC members). Since then, HOTARC has fully supported ATV and SSTV
activities in Central Texas by maintaining the repeater, SkyCam, and ATV
functionality in its emergency trailer.
At present, the HOTARC ATV equipment is used almost nightly SSTV
roundtable activities, and also during special events to
relay live images from remote locales of the event. Check out the links
below for the details of how and when to get involved!