Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Route 66 special event - Highway to a DX Party! | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California, is once again hosting (probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 18th annual 'Route 66 On The Air' special event between September 9-17th.  

The purpose of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 91st anniversary. 

The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland.

Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

Look for the following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around the major cities along the old "Route 66" from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago, Illinois:
Stations   City   Clubs/Individuals
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W6A   Santa Monica, CA   Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6B   Los Angeles, CA   Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6C   San Bernardino, CA   Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
W6D   Victorville, CA   Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
W6E   Barstow, CA   Barstow Amateur Radio Club
W6F   Kingman, AZ   K2 Amateur Radio Society
W6G   Flagstaff, AZ  Northern Arizona DX Association
W6H   Albuquerque, NM   Albuquerque DX Association
W6I   Amarillo, TX   Panhandle Amateur Radio Club
W6J   Elk City, OK   Route 66 Amateur Radio Association
W6K   Oklahoma City, OK   W6K Oklahoma City
W6L   Tulsa, OK   Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
W6M   Riverton, KS   Jim Cochran, K0RH
W6N   Joplin, MO   Joplin Amateur Radio Club
W6O   Lebanon, MO   Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
W6P   St. Louis, MO   St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
W6Q   Chicago, IL   Six Meter Club of Chicago
W6R   Springfield, MO   Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
W6U   Wilmington, IL   Wilmington Area Amateur Radio Club

W6S ROVER 1 Northern Arizona DX Association
W6T ROVER 2 Northern Arizona DX Association

Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
CW - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz

R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving
along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation "mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile operators.

REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this
event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide for possible repeater frequencies, if you're in the local area.

Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:

For more details about the event and the certificate that is available, please visit the "Route 66 OTA Site" at:

Thanks to Southgate for this information.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dam Jam ham plans

The Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour is set for September 9

The Tulsa Repeater Organization Communications team will (tentatively, pending vote of the club) be in Pryor to provide support to provide communications between checkpoints of the bicycle tour over a large part of Northeastern Oklahoma.

To volunteer to help with this event or for more information, contact TRO Activities Chairman - Kenneth Baucum - KG5CBM at 918-271-1435

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Oklahoma QSL Card Bureau

A draft of new rules were explained at the Ham Holiday OKDXA meeting regarding  changing the envelopes and postage. I received an envelope this week with the following information:

#1) Effective Sept 1, 2017 the W5 Incoming buro must be self supporting and they are no longer accepting SASE's from users.  Instead you can simply send money and they will print your envelopes with postage for you.  Send $20 (anything beyond the $20 will be considered a donation to cover other buro related expenses.)

You can send money via PayPal:
PayPay (send money to a friend - to

Or by USPS:
P.O. BOX 1060
Mounds OK 74047

Please make sure your callsign is evident by either method used.

#2) Rates are increasing to $1.00 per envelope to keep up with increasing postage expenses, miscellaneous supplies and printing.  The $20 you send will provide for 20 envelopes and any additional funds you send will be considered a donation toward general bureau expenses (like a PO box and other things!)  If you want a 2 or 3 ounces per mailing please make sure to provide your sorter with a batch of "Additional Ounce" (penguin) stamps to keep on file for you.

If your a high-volume user, such as a DX Expeditioner or a high-scoring contestor you may want many ounces per mailing.  One envelope with a single forever stamp will carry about 6 cards.  With the "Additional Ounce" postage it can transport about 12 to 14 cards.

#3) Everyone is reminded to contact the sorter for their callsign directly with questions or comments.  If you are unable to resolve a concern then you are welcome to contact the W5 Incomming Bureau Manager, Gene Lewis, W5LE.  Gene is available at

#4) Expect to see a strong push in the coming months by ARRL for all incoming bureaus to become self-sustaining.

If your wondering what this is all about:  The ARRL offers a service to members that drastically reduces the cost of sending QSL cards overseas.  You fill out your cards then mail a envelope full of them along with payment and they will forward the cards on to the overseas bureaus in bulk.  Those bureaus will send them using their local postal system.  This service alone justifies the ARRL membership dues if you send very many!  You can read more here:

Thanks to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society for this information.

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