Thursday, July 12, 2012

Oklahoma Section News July 2012

Hello to the sweltering section.  I hope everyone is staying cool.

Field Day

Well, Field Day 2012 is in the books.  West Gulf Division Director Dr. David Woolweaver and I had a wonderful time traveling around the central and northeastern part of Oklahoma.  We toured 8 Field Day sites and were very impressed at the level of participation and the ingenuity of some of the set-ups.  We started at Edmond with the EARS crew.  They had an interesting antenna they were going to try out.  Next we went to the FAA site in west OKC.  They were starting Field Day out right with biscuits and gravy!!  From there we traveled to Norman and the SCARS encampment….They had a large air conditioned tent on loan from the Oklahoma Department of Health.  We then motored to Midwest City where the new Mid-Del club was set up for the duration.  It’s nice to see a new group with all that spirit.  Mark Hamblin, AE5MH Section Technical Coordinator was assisting them with their operation.

David and I then drove up the turnpike to Shawnee where we found a small, but happy group of operators makin’ contacts.  Then on to Tulsa and the TRO/TARC site in Chandler Park on the west side.  Lots of operating going on and folks having a good time.  They even had the HF Go Kit in operation. Then on to east Tulsa and the Broken Arrow club set up.  LOTS of space for antennas and individual stations.

Everywhere we were warmly greeted with a smile and a word of thanks for our attending their site.  I can assure you it was our pleasure to make the circuit.  We went by the Bartlesville site at Osage Hills State Park, but they had already packed it in…..something about everyone being tired after a big dinner….I don’t blame them……we ate and packed it in as well.

I want to say thank you to all the clubs David and I got to visit.  Other section officials attended other Field Day sites throughout the section.  Next year, I’ll make some rounds in other parts of the state.

Some photos from Field Day are on the Section News part of the League website. They will be at the bottom of the page.

It’s been pretty quiet in the section otherwise.  Propagation seems to be hit and miss.  But 10 meters is seeing a lot more activity.

Fall is fast approaching, start planning your fall license classes now.  Don’t forget to get last fall’s new Tech’s on the upgrade path to General!! 

It looks like I will still be in the SM chair for another 2 years as no one wanted to run for the position….so, here I am.

If anyone knows of a Boy Scout troop that would like to attend a Radio Merit Badge class, they need to come to Ham Holiday July 27-28 in OKC.  The class will be given on Saturday the 28th.   Here’s the info…..

*Special Note*
Scouts in full uniform will receive a "free tour" of HAM Holiday and will be able to earn their Radio Merit Badge!   Merit Badge session will be Saturday 9 am to 3 pm.  Tours will be as time allows.  Scouts will be able to compete merit badge requirements at the event.  Lunch and workbook supplied.  Cost is $10.  Contact Gary Way at 405-613-4608.
Find some kids to mentor…..a scout troop is a good place to start.  Show them how to build a simple HF wire antenna and use it to let them talk to the world…..
Hamfests

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

November 2-3, Enid Hamfest, Enid, OK

I hope to see you at one of these events.

Remember Amateur Radio is personal……Make it Personal for someone else!

73,

ARRL Oklahoma Section Manager

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