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Monday, August 1, 2011
Oklahoma Section News
Hello Oklahoma!! Well, the move to Perry is complete, Field Day is over and Ham Holiday 2011 is in the books. Not to mention, Wilma (the XYL), W5WRO and I are new grandparents. Wilma’s daughter gave birth to a baby boy on July 20, 7 lbs. 2 oz. and 19” long. I’m already planning to expose him to CW, RF and classic rock and roll ASAP. Plano Hamfest – ARRL National Convention The first weekend in June was the Plano Hamfest and ARRL National Convention. Wilma and I traveled to Plano Thursday morning to help with setup and get squared away. The West Gulf Division played host to the crew from Newington as well as many volunteers helping to man the ARRL Expo. Thursday evening we were treated to a dinner at Southfork Ranch. So the folks from back east got a good dose of southern hospitality. The hamfest was a great success. Lots of hams came by the ARRL Expo and got to meet and chat with numerous members of the headquarters staff. The got questions answered, pictures taken and even kits built. The keynote speaker was Riley Hollingsworth and there was standing room only. Everyone had a really great time, so if you missed this one, you missed a great one. Field Day The weekend after the move was Field Day. I left Perry at around 6:30am Saturday morning and picked up Asst. SM Jim Shideler, W5JCS in Stillwater and headed for our first stop, Bartlesville. The club has a great site out at Osage Hills State Park. The guys were working on antenna installations while we were there. From Bartlesville we drove south to Tulsa to the Broken Arrow clubs site just off 71st and Mingo. They already had some folks on the air testing stations while others continued to erect antennas. They had RSVP’s from about 200 or so for dinner Saturday night!! It was then on to Chandler Park on Tulsa’s west side to the TARC/TRO site. This was a really nice site with lots of places to erect towers and string wire. The only down side, the breeze they had at Broken Arrow, was blowing rather briskly on top of that hill. With the heat starting to build, Jim and I headed down the turnpike and south at Chandler to Shawnee. They had a small tailgate fest to go along with Field Day. They were giving VE Exams and had one station up and running (Way to hang in there Beth). Moving west, we made our way to Norman and the SCARS site in a park off of Jenkins on the south side of campus. They were hard at it on phone, CW and I believe they had a digital station running as well. They were running at least 3A with a GOTA. With Bill Wilburn, N5NUK running “blocker” we made our way to the OCAPA site out at “Lake” (read channel with a stream at the bottom) Stanley Draper. This was a great site with nice pavilions overlooking where the lake would normally be. Which provided a great location for the antennas. While we were there the local police came by to roust them…….of course there is always one person that doesn’t get the memo……….so Tom Webb, WA9AFM had to produce the documents signed by 4 different agencies proving they were allowed to be there. I was glad the cuffs didn’t come out. After the brush with the law, we traveled over the FAA club site on the SW side of OKC. They had a large tent from OKC emergency Management. This tent was really cool……..and I do mean COOL! It was AIR CONDITIONED and insulated!! When I went in, I told them this couldn’t be a Field Day site in the outdoors, “cause you aren’t sweating!” It was a nice installation where they were even running satellite. Our last stop was the EARS site north of Edmond. They were set up in one of the area fire station and everyone was having a great time. The only bummer was that we missed the Bar-B-Q dinner by about an hour. But, there were some great left over desserts…….especially the marshmallow treats! All in all we visited 8 sites of the 13 listed on the League site finder and traveled 475 miles. We had a great time, met a lot of great folks and saw lots of different ways of setting up Field day. I would like to thanks all of the clubs for their hospitality, cool water and efforts to put on a great Field Day. Photos from our travels are at: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/oklahoma Weather and Fires June and July saw lots of heat and dry conditions in the section. There have been numerous grassfires with thousands of acres scorched. We even had severe storms that caused some loss of life. All these events saw some of our amateurs assisting in a variety of ways, from storm spotting to helping coordinate delivery of drinking water to firefighters. ARES Oklahoma has been busy in these events. They have also been busy in the planning area. On July 16th, the ARES Oklahoma senior staff (SM, SEC, ASEC’s and ZEC’s) met in Oklahoma City to cover a lot of topics to get everyone on the same page as to where ARES Oklahoma is headed. We are in the process of re-writing the Section Emergency Plan. This re-write is to smooth out some of the language in the plan, NOT to make substantive changes. SEC, Mark Conklin, N7XYO is doing a great job coordinating the ARES effort. Also, ASEC for IT, Roland Stolfa, KC5UNL, is doing GREAT work with the ARESOK website. If you would like to join ARES Oklahoma, just go to the website and sign up. We can use you. The website is at: www.ARESOK.org Ham Holiday 2011 Ham Holiday in Oklahoma City was a good gig. They tried a few new things and I feel like they succeeded. The first was a Ham Holiday banquet Friday evening. The food was good, with some really great apple pie. I got to present an A-1 Operator Award to Richard Schroeder, N5VYQ and give Dave Duskin, NE5S some static about 80 meter operation and his garage door opener……. The program was given by Tim Duffy, K3LR on the World Radio Team Championship. The WRTC could be described as a 2 man nuclear powered field day. It is the contest to end all contests. You can learn more by watching a video on the upcoming WRTC in 2014, to be hosted in Boston, MA. The website is: www.wrtc.info The hamfest had most of the usual suspects in attendance. Plus we had the West Gulf Division Vice-Director John Stratton, N5AUS on hand to rib about being a lawyer. (some things you just can’t get enough of) It was good to see a lot of good friends and to make new ones. I want to express my appreciation to all the folks in CORA for a job VERY well done. I look forward to next year’s Ham Holiday. A few images from Ham Holiday are at: http://www.arrl.org/Groups/view/oklahoma Upcoming Hamfests Texhoma Hamarama – West Gulf Division Convention – October 21-22 – Ardmore Convention Center, Ardmore, OK. Enid Hamfest – November 4-5 – Hoover Building - Garfield County Fairgrounds – Enid, OK I plan on being at these hamfests and look forward to meeting you. One Last Thing One of the great things about being you Section Manager is getting to meet all the great hams in our section. Many times a fellow ham will come up to me and thank me for taking on this position, but it is I that would like to thank all of you for what you do everyday to make amateur radio the great hobby it is. So, hats off to all of you. My sincere thanks. Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW Oklahoma Section Manager