Friday, February 24, 2017

There are changes  in  the ARES-Oklahoma senior leadership for the North East Region.  And to especially say Thank You to Floyd Grant NV5N for working as the North East Regional Emergency Coordinator (the area formally known as the ZONE4) for the past several years. Thank you Floyd, your work and time invested in ARES-OK is appreciated.
As of February 24, 2017, following my recommendation and by the appointment of ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager (SM), Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW; I am pleased to announce that Johnny Rentfro N5XQK, has been appointed to the position of North East Regional Emergency Coordinator. The Regional EC is an Assistant-Section Emergency Coordinator and is appointed assist the SEC with matters pertaining to emergency communications and the Amateur Radio Emergency Service-Oklahoma (ARES-OK) for the North East Region.  Johnny is a current member of the ARRL.
Since 1992 Johnny has been licensed radio amateur and currently holds an Extra Class license. He’s a VE for both W5YI and ARRL. He is an active member with in both the Mayes County Amateur Radio Club and the Rogers County Wireless Association.
He has worked with Washington County Emergency Management and was an Assistant Emergency Coordinator (AEC) for ARES-OK in Washington County, under EC Ann Tierney, WB5SZQ.  He has helped WCEMA is as liaison between the Emergency Operations Center and the local radio station, KWON/KYFM for several years and worked in the EOC as dispatcher and communicating via amateur radio with the NWS.
In late summer of 2015, he formed Ham Rescue. This is an endeavor has him traveling around green country helping ham operators who need a helping hand (or two) with their stations. Such as installing or removing antennas and even helping to improve the operation of their stations.
Since he retired from Conoco Phillips in 2011, after 42 years of service, he's enjoy the opportunities ham radio has brought his way.  
I know each or you will welcome Johnny N5XQK and work hard to support him as together we serve Oklahoma through Amateur Radio.

Thanks to 

Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator
Amateur Radio Emergency Service

for this update.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Voice over Internet Protocol net changes

Beginning February 27, the 8:15 PM Oklahoma ARES/ARRL VOIP net will get much larger, with *ten* more ways to participate.

First of all, the net will still be carried on Talkgroup 3140 (OK-State on Brandmeister).  If you've been on the net before with your DMR radio, it will work EXACTLY as before.

We will also be carried on the OklahomaLINK Wires-X room 21733, as we have for the past two weeks.

In addition to the above groups, we will also be available on DMR Brandmeister, D-star, Allstar, Echolink, and multiple Yaesu Fusion modes on the AlabamaLink system:

Yaesu Wires-X Room 28933 Digital
Yaesu Wires-X Room 28953 Analog
YSF Reflector Alabama Link
SRF Reflector Alabama Link
FCS002-02 C4FM
DMR Brandmeister Talkgroup 31010
D-Star Reflector XRF334-B
Allstar Node 44110
Echolink KT4ROY-R

Thanks to Jeff, AE5ME for this update.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Silent Key Antenna Items For Sale

Mosley RV-6 Vertical for 10, 12, 15, 17, 20, and 40 meter bands. Probably could be tuned on 30 meters instead of 40 by using a shorter top tubing section.

Radials (minimum of one for each band) of insulated wire and mounted slightly above ground are not included.

Manufacturer's specs show SWR below 2.0:1 across all bands when installed as prescribed.

2015 new price was $482. This unit is listed for $150.

CDR Ham II rotator and controller. Ham IV now priced at $650. This unit listed for $200.

Cushcraft 11 element, 440 MHz Yagi beam. Needs major clean up but seems to be complete. New price is $120. This unit listed at $10.

10 foot steel mast sections. Light green paint; could stand a bit of sanding and a fresh coat of paint. Listed at $5 each. Buy all four for $15.

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* Oklahoma City, OK *
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