Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Oklahoma stations participating in Route 66 On The Air

When composer Bobby Troup drove out to Los Angles, California in 1946, he followed Route 66, “The Mother Road”.  During his trip, he got the inspiration for the song “Get Your Kicks On Route 66".  His tune mentions twelve cities along the route; Chicago, IL; St. Louis and Joplin, MO; Oklahoma City, OK (which Mr. Troup wisely noted ‘looked mighty pretty’); Amarillo, TX; Gallup, NM; Winona, Flagstaff and Kingman, AZ; Barstow, San Bernardino and Los Angeles, CA.

The 19th annual special operating event known as “Route 66 On The Air” was created  to celebrate the anniversary of that hit song.  Amateur radio operators in twelve cities and towns mentioned in the song and several other additional cities along ‘The Mother Road’ will conduct an on-air special event from September 8th through the 16th.

‘’Route 66 On The Air” is organized and sponsored by the Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California.  The event was started in 1999 with just the cities mentioned in Troup’s song participating.  However, other cities along Route 66 asked to be included and the number of participating cities along “The Mother Road” has grown to over 20.

In Oklahoma, amateur radio clubs in Tulsa, Oklahoma City, and Elk City will be participating.  The clubs have been assigned a special call sign by the Federal Communications Commission in recognition of the event.

The special event stations in Oklahoma typically operate from a variety of locations through the state with special emphasis on locations on or near Route 66.  Individual amateur radio stations will be on the air during the event.  Several amateur radio stations mounted in vehicles will also be operating along portions of Route 66 still in service.

Amateur radio operators who work any or all of the special event stations will receive a certificate with endorsements identifying which of the represented cities they contacted.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Text and Drive Attorney General Opinion

Two years ago, I submitted an amendment to the TEXTING Bill [Trooper
Nicholas Dees and Trooper Keith Burch Act of 2015].

Instead of filing it, my Representative sent it to the Oklahoma Attorney
General for an opinion.  

Here are the questions that my Rep presented to the AG …..

1.    Is a “ham radio” an “electronic commination device” as that term is
defined in 47 O.S.Supp.2017, § 11-901d(F)(3)?
2.    Is the use of a “ham radio” while operating a motor vehicle
prohibited by 47 O.S.Supp.2017, § 11-901d?

It is, therefore, the official Opinion of the Attorney General that:

1.    Under 47 O.S.Supp.2017, § 11-901d, only amateur radios that are
hand-held and capable of manually transmitting text-based messages qualify
as “electronic communication devices”
2.    Under 47 O.S.Supp.2017, § 11-901d, the only use of an amateur radio
that is prohibited is manually composing, sending, or reading a text-based
message while operating a moving motor vehicle.

Signed: Mike Hunter, Attorney General of Oklahoma

Looks to me that we are “exempt” from the texting bill, unless you can think
of a way from the above that we could violate it …… maybe with a hand-held
digital mode, but you need to be moving in a MVehicle?

And this is “law” unless overturned by a court decision.

I will have all of the many “what if and what for” Discussion available at
the ARRL booth – See you at Green Country!!!!!

Eddie Manley K5EMS

Oklahoma ARRL Government Liaison

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

2018 Green Country Hamfest - April 13 - 14

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Advance admission is $8.00
Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Order early andsave!
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March 31st, 2018

Oklahoma'sLargest & Most Attended Hamfest!!!

2018 Green Country Hamfest - April 13th& 14th in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Only 30 minutes from Tulsa! Claremore Expo, 400 Veterans Parkway,Claremore, OK, 74017  MAP:
on: 147.09+ 
Free Parking!!! - Low Cost ON-SITE RV Parking!

Terrific Prizes! Fantastic Forums - Learn something new! See
Flea Market - Great Bargains!
Free Test Table - Check It Before You Buy It!
On-site VE Testing Get or upgrade your license!
Admission is $10.00 per person at the door (One ticket covers both
Days) Children 12 and under are Free!
Hours: Fri. 4pm-9pm  -  Sat. 8am-3pm
Flea Market Tables are $15.00 at the door

More info at

Friday open to public at 4 PM to 9 PM
Saturday open to public 8 AM to 3 PM
Setup Friday 12:00PM.
Setup at 7:00AM Saturday until 8:00AM.

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