Welcome to summer! I know we had an eventful storm season, and there may still be a few more events left. I want to thank everyone that volunteered for all our served agencies. Whether it was storm spotting, Red Cross, Emergency Management or what ever, thank you for a job well done.
Summer also brings us Field Day! This year it is June 23-24. I hope everyone has finished the final touches on their planning and have gotten the word out to the media and other outlets. West Gulf Division Director David Woolweaver and I will be making a loop around the northeastern part of Oklahoma on Saturday the 23rd.
We are planning to be in Edmond bright and early that morning (I'm hoping for donuts and coffee or Diet Dr. Pepper). Then on to the Midwest City Regional Park to visit the Mid-Del ARC followed by the OCAPA site at the Citadel and out to Mustang road for the FAA group. Then it's down to Norman and the SCARS setup followed by Shawnee. We'll travel to Tulsa's Chandler Park to visit TARC/TRO and on Osage Hills Park and the Bartlesville Club.
This route is subject to change for any number of reasons. Hope to see you. Also, a number of the section leadership will be traveling to other Field Day sites in the other 3 corners of the state.
We did get a proclamation from Governor Mary Fallon declaring June 18-24 Amateur Radio Week in Oklahoma. We were also allowed a photo op with the Governor presenting the proclamation. We were the only photo being done and it allowed us about 5 or 10 minutes to chat with the Governor about amateur radio. Her father was a big time CB operator, so she understood where we were coming from as far as RF was concerned. We will post the photo as soon as we get it from the Governor's office.
Operating in the Field
I just want to say that this stuff (RF) is still magical! Over Memorial Day weekend Wilma, the dog and I spent the long weekend at Camp Simpson Boy Scout Camp in southeastern Oklahoma. We had the trailer set up and I had a 20 meter dipole at about 15 feet in the trees. Then with a Ten-Tec Scout 555 at 50 watts talked to the entire east coast, the upper Midwest and Cuba.
Out in the middle of nowhere, with 30 feet of wire and a little rig I paid $250 for used and made great contacts! Like I said, this stuff is still magic!
Get outside and have some fun working the world!
Viking Radio Club
Those young people in Lawton are really blowin and goin!. Even after the school year is out, a number of these kids participated in the Museum Ships Weekend by traveling to the other side of the state to help out the operation on the USS Batfish. Section Legislative Liaison, Eddie Manley, K5EMS was at the event. Besides having a great time, he took a few pictures. Find them at the bottom.
June 7-8 Hamcom, Plano, TX
July 27-28, Ham Holiday, OKC, OK
Biltmore Hotel, I-40W and Meridian
Kay Cragie, N3KN, ARRL President
September 14-15, Ada Hamfest, Ada, OK
October 26-27, Texhoma Hamarama, Ardmore, OK
I hope to see you at one of these events.