Saturday, September 17, 2011

Oklahoma Section News

Hello Oklahoma!!

Well, the heat wave looks like it has finally subsided and our year of seriously lousy weather is winding down. I would first like to thank all the ARES members in the section for a job well done during record weather year. Whether you are part of the ARES-OK management team or a volunteer, THANK YOU for all you have done and I’m sure will do in the future.

Speaking of ARES, don’t forget the Simulated Emergency Test (SET) coming up Saturday October 1st. If you are in the dark about what the SET is or how to participate, just contact your local EC or our Section Emergency Coordinator, Mark Conklin, One of them can assist you with the information. Lets have a good showing for our section SET.


The Viking Radio Club, which is a school based club, is blowing and going. They are sponsored in part by the Lawton Independent Repeater Alliance. Go to the LIRA website photo section of the LIRA website to see what these local kids are up to…’s pretty exciting to see so much exuberance on their faces.

Gary Gerber, KB0HH and the Bunkhouse crew have been busy with the VHF contest this month and will be doing a balloon launch, chase and recovery on Saturday October 15th. You should join in on the fun if you get the chance. Check out the website,

A lot of you are taking the time to set up public displays at your local county fairs….and if you aren’t, you should be. Be on the lookout for opportunities to put ham radio in front of the public. If there is a county fair, or some other special event going on in your area where there will be a lot of foot traffic moving by, get in and set up a special event station and demonstrate ham radio. If you have a big local mall or the local Wal-Mart store, get on their calendar now to set up a display some Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Have a VHF or UHF station set up and one of your other hams in the parking lot or at home and let the kids that come by “talk to Santa”. Not only will the kids be thrilled, but their parents will see your group and ham radio in a very positive light. Not to mention the possibility of garnering interesting for your next Tech class….

Your club is teaching classes aren’t you?? It’s the easiest way to build your numbers. Just make sure you have a competent instructor that knows his stuff and can make it fun.


There only 2 section hamfests left for 2011 (that I know of):

Texhoma Hamarama

October 21 & 22

Ardmore Convention Center

Ardmore, OK Just off I-35 at Exit 33

West Gulf Division Convention

Division Director, David Woolweaver, K5RAV and Vice Director, John Stratton, N5AUS, Mike Corey, W5MPC, ARRL Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager and myself will be in attendance. Henry and Tina Allen as well as the entire Texhoma Hamarama Board have worked to make this hamfest one to remember.

Enid Hamfest

November 5th

Garfield Fairgrounds (Hoover Building)

Opens at 8am

We will have an ARRL Forum.

Well, that’s about all I have for now…..remember, contact myself or one of the section cabinet members if you need anything. We are all listed on the ARRL Oklahoma Section part of the website at the bottom of the page.

73, and I look forward to seeing you down the log,

Kevin O’Dell, N0IRW

Oklahoma Section Manager

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