Saturday, October 14, 2017

#Skywarn Training Topic @RadarScope at #Tulsa #hamradio meeting

Radar Scope Fans... You don't want to miss this!
Join us for the next TRO meeting on
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
and the program to be presented by Steve Miller - WX5RFD
Senior VP of Marketing for
Weather Decision Technologies.
RadarScope being one of their products.

Delta Cafe
beginning at 1900 (7 PM).
Come early for dinner on your own, we'll be near the back.

Thanks to Mark, N7XYO for this information

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Route 66 special event - Highway to a DX Party! | Southgate Amateur Radio News

The Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club of San Bernardino, California, is once again hosting (probably one of the most fun special event activities) the 18th annual 'Route 66 On The Air' special event between September 9-17th.  

The purpose of this event is to offer amateur radio operators a fun way to "Relive the Ride" of their own memories of Route 66, and to celebrate the highway's 91st anniversary. 

The U.S. Highway 66 established in 1926, was the first major improved highway to link the west coast with the nations heartland.

Through stories, songs, and TV shows, the highway came to symbolize the spirit of the freedom of the open road, inspiring many to see America.

Look for the following 21 stations (two are rovers) operating in or around the major cities along the old "Route 66" from Santa Monica, California, to Chicago, Illinois:
Stations   City   Clubs/Individuals
-------- -------------------- -------------------------
W6A   Santa Monica, CA   Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6B   Los Angeles, CA   Westside Amateur Radio Club
W6C   San Bernardino, CA   Citrus Belt Amateur Radio Club
W6D   Victorville, CA   Victor Valley Amateur Radio Club
W6E   Barstow, CA   Barstow Amateur Radio Club
W6F   Kingman, AZ   K2 Amateur Radio Society
W6G   Flagstaff, AZ  Northern Arizona DX Association
W6H   Albuquerque, NM   Albuquerque DX Association
W6I   Amarillo, TX   Panhandle Amateur Radio Club
W6J   Elk City, OK   Route 66 Amateur Radio Association
W6K   Oklahoma City, OK   W6K Oklahoma City
W6L   Tulsa, OK   Tulsa Amateur Radio Club
W6M   Riverton, KS   Jim Cochran, K0RH
W6N   Joplin, MO   Joplin Amateur Radio Club
W6O   Lebanon, MO   Lebanon Amateur Radio Club
W6P   St. Louis, MO   St. Louis Amateur Radio Club
W6Q   Chicago, IL   Six Meter Club of Chicago
W6R   Springfield, MO   Southwest Missouri Amateur RC
W6U   Wilmington, IL   Wilmington Area Amateur Radio Club

W6S ROVER 1 Northern Arizona DX Association
W6T ROVER 2 Northern Arizona DX Association

Special event stations are expected to be found in the vicinity of the following frequencies. (Look for digital modes in the standard band segments for such mode) All frequencies +/- QRM:
CW - 3533, 7033, 10110, 14033, 18080, 21033, 24900, 28033 and 50033 kHz
SSB - 3866, 7266, 14266, 18164, 21366, 24966, 28466 and 50166 kHz
Digi - 3580, 7070, 10140, 14070, 18100, 21070, 24920 and 28120 kHz

R66 MOBILE Operations - Any amateurs operating while actually driving
along Route 66 during the special event period are encouraged to take part in "Route 66 On The Air", by using the designation "mobile 66" for SSB or "/m66" for CW after their callsigns. All other amateur radio operators are welcome to contact these mobile operators.

REPEATERS - Some of the participating clubs will also be operating this
event from their local VHF/UHF repeaters. Check the ARRL repeater guide for possible repeater frequencies, if you're in the local area.

Each participating club will issue their own QSL card commemorating this event. QSL information is available on the Web at:

For more details about the event and the certificate that is available, please visit the "Route 66 OTA Site" at:

Thanks to Southgate for this information.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Dam Jam ham plans

The Dam J.A.M. Bicycle Tour is set for September 9

The Tulsa Repeater Organization Communications team will (tentatively, pending vote of the club) be in Pryor to provide support to provide communications between checkpoints of the bicycle tour over a large part of Northeastern Oklahoma.

To volunteer to help with this event or for more information, contact TRO Activities Chairman - Kenneth Baucum - KG5CBM at 918-271-1435

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Oklahoma QSL Card Bureau

A draft of new rules were explained at the Ham Holiday OKDXA meeting regarding  changing the envelopes and postage. I received an envelope this week with the following information:

#1) Effective Sept 1, 2017 the W5 Incoming buro must be self supporting and they are no longer accepting SASE's from users.  Instead you can simply send money and they will print your envelopes with postage for you.  Send $20 (anything beyond the $20 will be considered a donation to cover other buro related expenses.)

You can send money via PayPal:
PayPay (send money to a friend - to

Or by USPS:
P.O. BOX 1060
Mounds OK 74047

Please make sure your callsign is evident by either method used.

#2) Rates are increasing to $1.00 per envelope to keep up with increasing postage expenses, miscellaneous supplies and printing.  The $20 you send will provide for 20 envelopes and any additional funds you send will be considered a donation toward general bureau expenses (like a PO box and other things!)  If you want a 2 or 3 ounces per mailing please make sure to provide your sorter with a batch of "Additional Ounce" (penguin) stamps to keep on file for you.

If your a high-volume user, such as a DX Expeditioner or a high-scoring contestor you may want many ounces per mailing.  One envelope with a single forever stamp will carry about 6 cards.  With the "Additional Ounce" postage it can transport about 12 to 14 cards.

#3) Everyone is reminded to contact the sorter for their callsign directly with questions or comments.  If you are unable to resolve a concern then you are welcome to contact the W5 Incomming Bureau Manager, Gene Lewis, W5LE.  Gene is available at

#4) Expect to see a strong push in the coming months by ARRL for all incoming bureaus to become self-sustaining.

If your wondering what this is all about:  The ARRL offers a service to members that drastically reduces the cost of sending QSL cards overseas.  You fill out your cards then mail a envelope full of them along with payment and they will forward the cards on to the overseas bureaus in bulk.  Those bureaus will send them using their local postal system.  This service alone justifies the ARRL membership dues if you send very many!  You can read more here:

Thanks to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society for this information.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Enid Hamfest coming in November

EARC Always There - Always Ready

2017 ENID HAMFEST Saturday, November 4th 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Hoover Building Garfield County Fairgrounds
TALK-IN: 145.290 (-) No PL (W5HTK) Repeater is currently off the air so this may change. 

LOCATION: Hoover Building, County Fairgrounds, 305 E Oxford Ave. One block west of U.S. 64 (N 4th St). Coordinates: (36.42796, -97.87545)
GRAND PRIZES TBD: (Drawing at 2:00 p.m. from names of all attendees. No need to be present to win this grand prize.)
• PLUS ! dual band VHF/UHF handheld transceivers. (Each given in at hourly drawings. Must be present to win. One prize per attendee.)
LICENSING EXAMS • W5YI VE testing at 1:00 p.m. All license grades. $14 fee for each exam. Bring two forms of identification and, if testing for upgrade, bring a copy of your current radio license.
RAG-CHEW SESSIONS • On- and off-site
FREE FOOD • Donuts and hot beverages, 8 to 10:00 a.m. (Diabetic alternatives available) • Hot dogs and beans, condiments, beverages, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
TICKETS • Admission $3.00 per person. (Age 12 and under free if accompanied by adult.) Admission includes one drawing ticket. Extra tickets bundles available.
TABLES• $3.00 each. Request tables viaW5EIY (Bill) at 580-716-4788 or . Pre- reservedtables not claimed by 7:45 a.m. will go to others in order of request.

FOR VENDORS: Building will be open for set-up 6:30 - 8 p.m. Fri., and 6:30 - 8 a.m. Sat.
An ARRL-approved event, hosted by The Enid Amateur Radio Club.
For more  

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Moore National Night Out participation @NNOPDX2012 #NNO2017

Moore Emergency Management National Night Out effort 
Public information was available too.

Gayland Kitch, WX5MOR reported he is "one of several net control stations for our local Amateur Radio Emergency Services net."  The Moore group participated in National Night Out.

Did your group participate in "National Night Out"?

Saturday, July 22, 2017

Pittsburg County Amateur Radio Club sends welcome

The PCARC welcomes anyone who would like to attend and participate. 

We are located in McAlester Oklahoma, in the S.E. part of the state. 

The club is associated with Emergency Services, does weather watching stuff, Field Day stuff, and occasionally something worthwhile. We do License testing (honestly) monthly with a little notice. 

We are presently holding meetings  in McAlester at 1210 N. West St. just up the road from the maximum security Oklahoma state prison.

Thanks to Paul - W5LZ for this note.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Who will be at #hamholiday this weekend?

The Tower Hotel In NW Oklahoma City is the new venue for Ham Holiday 2017.

Go to for information on the 'Tower'.  Located on the Northwest Expressway and just east of I-44/Hefner Parkway, the 'Tower' is easily accessed from the NW Expressway coming from the east or west.

The exhibit hall is 10,000 sq ft; we'll be using around 8,500 this year....and the A/C works.  The seminar rooms are collocated with the exhibit hall.

Parking for +1,000 cars; dedicated entrance to the convention area lobby; large pre-event area; easy access from unloading area to the exhibit hall.

We'll be posting photos on the Ham Holiday website with more visual detail of the new venue.

We are inviting several 'food trucks' from the OKC area to be at HH on Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM.
There are several eateries within walking and short driving distance of the 'Tower'.

Thanks to Thomas Webb, WA9AFM/5 for this information

Saturday, July 15, 2017

Winlink (Radio Message Service) for the next ELMER Class!

Winlink is a world-wide system used by hams to transfer e-mail via radio and is heavily relied upon by hams at sea (maritime mobile) and by amateur radio emergency communications.  It is also used by MARS and Homeland Security.  At Field Day Brian Teters sent messages to the City of Edmond Emergency Operations using Winlink!  Winlink uses standardized forms as well as the NTFS formatted messages.

Please join us Thursday July 20 at 6:30 PM at the club station, 28 E. Main, Edmond, room 219 for a presentation on the Winlink software by Brian Teters AE5MT.  Brian will explain the Winlink network and actually send a Winlink message.  We hope to see everyone there!

Sharon typing out a Winlink message

In this photo we see Sharon preparing to send a Winlink e-mail to earn bonus Field Day points.

Thanks to the Edmond Amateur Radio Society for this information.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Edmond Amateur Radio Club announces #FD2017 activities

ARRL Field Day Almost Here!

Field day dinner will be Saturday June 24 at 5:30 PM. If you plan to attend please RSVP to facilitate the order with our caterer Jimmy John's! This year is very different Jimmy John's is donating (some percentage) to the Edmond Amateur Radio Club! If you help with setup/dismantle or make/assist with 20 contacts during the contest you can eat for FREE! Otherwise, a monetary donation jar will be available to support the club and its Field Day expenses.
For those who are operating radios or helping in other roles we will also have Jimmy John's gourmet sandwiches available throughout the day and night! Woo hoo! And a huge thank you goes to Jimmy John's for the Party Platters and crazy fast delivery!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

OCAPA announces Field Day location #FD2017

On the weekend of June 24-25, amateur radio operators throughout North America will participate in
Field Day, a 24 hour communications drill.  Field Day, established in 1933, is sponsored by the
American Radio Relay League, the national amateur radio organization which represents the amateur
radio community in the United States.

Field Day tests amateur radio's ability to set up station is austere locations, successfully operate
them, and provides initial and recurring training in emergency communications for the amateur radio

In the Oklahoma City area, several amateur radio clubs will establish Field Day sites for this
event.  The Oklahoma City Autopatch Association (OCAPA) will establish its' Field Day site on the
east side of Lake Draper, Point 10, Area 2 on Saturday morning, June 24th.

Saturday, June 17, 2017

LibertyFest seeking volunteers!

The City of Edmond needs you for their biggest event of the year!

(Note: some dates are the same as Field Day - June 24/25)
All hams can register as a LibertyFest volunteer, please fill out the 2017 Liberty Fest Volunteer Form. Thank you for volunteering!

Anyone new to volunteer with LibertyFest will need to also provide their t-shirt size.  Otherwise, re-use the same t-shirt from the previous couple years.

If you have any questions, please contact Tyler Tassone, KD5SKS at

LibertyFest events:

  • Car Show - Saturday June 24 - 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM
  • Rodeo Day 1 - Saturday June 24 - 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Rodeo Day 2 - Sunday June 25 - 4:30 PM to 11:00 PM
  • Taste of Edmond - Sunday July 2 - 5:00 PM to 8:30 PM
  • Fireworks Perimeter - Monday July 3 & Tuesday July the 4th
  • Parade - Tuesday July 4 - 5:30 AM to Noon
  • Fireworks - Tuesday July 4 - 5:00 PM to end of show (show start 9:00)

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Hams prepare for Field Day #FD2017

Altus --- Amateur Radio Operators in Oklahoma will take the stage for
their annual disaster communications drill called "Field Day" June 24-25,
according to American Radio Relay League officials.

Noting that amateur radio has "demonstrated their value in public
assistance by providing free radio communications for local parades,
bike-a-thons, walk-a-thons, fairs and other charitable public events",
some 18 groups around Oklahoma have announced plans to operate from the four corners of Oklahoma.

Recently, the Washington Post headline read “Before Twitter and Facebook, there was Morse code: Remembering social media’s true inventor”

The former administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Craig Fugate, KK4INZ, described amateur radio as ““the ultimate backup, the originators of what we call social media.”

According to the ARRL, Field Day is the largest on-the-air operating
event in Amateur Radio. It draws tens of thousands to the airwaves
each year, bringing new and experienced hams together for a weekend of

In far Southwest Oklahoma, the Altus Area Amateur Radio Club will
join over 1000 other clubs, using the callsign AJ5Q, according to Dale Town, N5VX, club president.

In Northeast Oklahoma, the Mayes County Amateur Radio Club will be operating WX5MC from the Whitaker Park in Pryor.

In Southeast Oklahoma, N5CST will be inviting visitors to Wister State Park.

In Northwest Oklahoma, the Tri-State Amateur Radio Group will be
participating in the Woodward area.

Metropolitan operations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa are also planned by
a number of groups, including the South Canadian Amateur Radio Society,
Edmond Amateur Radio Society, and the Tulsa Repeater Organization and
Broken Arrow Amateur Radio Clubs.

For more information about field day, including the Field Day locator
service showing participation around the State and Nation, see while is the
link to the ARRL, the National Organization for Amateur Radio.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

#HamHoliday has a new location

The Tower Hotel In NW Oklahoma City is the new venue for Ham Holiday 2017.

Go to for information on the 'Tower'.  Located on the Northwest Expressway and just east of I-44/Hefner Parkway, the 'Tower' is easily accessed from the NW Expressway coming from the east or west.

The exhibit hall is 10,000 sq ft; we'll be using around 8,500 this year....and the A/C works.  The seminar rooms are collocated with the exhibit hall.

Parking for +1,000 cars; dedicated entrance to the convention area lobby; large pre-event area; easy access from unloading area to the exhibit hall.

We'll be posting photos on the Ham Holiday website with more visual detail of the new venue.

We are inviting several 'food trucks' from the OKC area to be at HH on Saturday from 8 AM to 2 PM.
There are several eateries within walking and short driving distance of the 'Tower'.

Thanks to Thomas Webb, WA9AFM/5 for this information

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Parks and Ham Radio

The link is to contact information and the permit application you can download.

I know that this was talked about last year so some hams may not know that a permit is required for amateur radio operations on Mt. Scott and in the refuge.

See  the webpage for the different types of passes.

Active duty military is free. If you have a permanent disability, you can apply for a lifetime Access pass. Seniors over the age of 62 can apply for a Senior pass.

You can download the pass information and mail it in.

Thanks to Ron, W5MPY for this information.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016

Dear ARRL Members in Oklahoma:

Recently, one of your US Senators, James Inhofe, has been active in working with ARRL to address concerns in the “FAA Extension, Safety and Security Act of 2016” that placed tower marking and painting requirements on “short” amateur towers.  ARRL staff and volunteers have been working with Senator Inhofe’s staff to develop amended provisions to the bill which would protect amateur towers from these stringent standards.

We are asking you to please contact Senator Inhofe’s office to thank him for his work on behalf of this effort. To easily send a “thank you” note, you may use ARRL’s RallyCongress tool, where a letter has been preloaded.  

To access this site, simply go to this address and fill in the form. After that, simply click the “Send Letter” button to send your message on its way to his office.

Thanks for your assistance in this important effort!


Dan Henderson, N1ND
Assistant Secretary – American Radio Relay League, Inc.
Regulatory Information Manager
ARRL, the national association for Amateur Radio

Saturday, April 29, 2017

CCC on the air weekend returns

The fourth annual Civilian Conservation Corps On-The-Air weekend will be held the second full weekend in August, 2017. 

The event will start Saturday at14:00z (10:00am EDT) and run until Sunday 21:00z (5:00 pm EDT). 

The Civilian Conservation Corps came into being in the spring of 1933. Its goal was twofold: to provide needed economic relief to families suffering from the effects of the Great Depression and to protect and develop the natural resources of the United States. 

As radio played a big part in how the camps communicated with each other, we want to honor the contribution that "The Boys" of the corps made to our country by putting the sites of the CCC camps back on the air. 

We would encourage you to activate the actual location of one of the camps however, if it is no longer accessible or you cannot get permission to set up on the site, you may operate from one of the project sites the camp worked on. 

Many state and local parks have buildings that were constructed by the "CCC Boys" and would make a suitable place to not only honor them but also promote amateur radio at the same time. 

For more information, visit or contact KG8JK

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

W5RLW Tailgate Saturday

Due to the weather forecast, the W5RLW tailgate has been moved forward to May 6.

Weather permitting!
Marathon Sunday!

W5RLW Tailgate Saturday April 29

WHEN: 8:30AM to 11AM

WHERE:  332 West 33rd Street. Edmond, Okla 73013 about three short blocks West of South Broadway Ave, in west Edmond,
located just under the ninety (90') foot tall Edmond Water Tower.  Enter on the west end and drive around to the rear parking lot.

COST: Free tailgate, no parking fee.  Free coffee, donuts, and bottled water while they last.
You may bring a small table to display your wares...Only one requirement / request. PLEASE do not leave any articles behind to be thrown away.

TALK-IN - FREQUENCY 146.790- (minus offset ) PL tone -100 hrtz.
Contact Info:

Our friend Mike, aka Coaxman Dealer, will be there with all kinds of coax, window line, and connectors.  E-mail Mike, KM5QX, now if you need something custom made and he can bring it Saturday.
Mike's e-mail is

The photos below are of Mike in his workshop and a photo of several spools of coax, window line, etc.

His copper clad steel wire is excellent for making antennas.  it's impossible to see from very far away.  If you go visit his workshop he can show you the proper method for soldering connectors, etc.  As a ham with years of experience he has a lot of great suggestions and he will try to save you some money and from making mistakes.  :-)  If you have never met Mike, come by and say hello!
Mike's info from QRZ:

I am owner / operator of Clear Signal Products, LLC. We sell a complete line of "Wireman" coaxial cables, antenna wire, ladder line, baluns, plus many related amateur radio accessories. Baluns are our speciality as we have developed and manufacture a variety of 4:1 current baluns used  exclusively for off-center-fed dipoles and horizontal loops. We also manufacture 1:1 current baluns for unbalanced feed lines.
Our company is privately owned. We travel mostly to division 5 states at major Ham Fests in Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Mississippi and Missouri. The Coaxman logo/mark is a registered trademark with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  
Visit us online: and our email site is:  My wife Cheryl, KD5DUK, and I travel together at major Ham meets and enjoy the associations with fellow Hams during the year. Our customer list is maintained for communication and service with and for our customers only, and is neither shared, sold, nor published. Your account details are between you and The Coaxman, period.
I've resided in Mustang, Ok for the past 35 years. Mustang is a small community within the South West corner of the Oklahoma City metro complex..
Thanks to Edmond Amateur Radio Society for this information.

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