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 w5buro@gmail.com)

Or by USPS:
W5 INCOMING BUREAU
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 w5buro@gmail.com

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

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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:
 http://www.arrl.org/outgoing-qsl-service

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. 

•ARRL FORUMS & PROGRAMS •LICENSING EXAMS • RAG-CHEW SESSIONS • FREE FOOD
TICKETS $3.00
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 nokes3139@gmail.com . 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 information:www.enidarc.org/ENIDHAMFEST  



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 http://www.towerhoteloklahomacity.com/ 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
community.

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 KD5SKS@hotmail.com

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” http://wapo.st/2rJ6dW3

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.” http://bit.ly/2rJm8DU

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
fun!

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
http://www.arrl.org/field-day-locator while http://www.arrl.org 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 http://www.towerhoteloklahomacity.com/ 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!

73

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  www.qsl.net/ccc 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: n5knu.jerry@gmail.com


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 
orders@coaxman.com

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: www.coaxman.com and our email site is: orders@coaxman.com  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.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Ham Holiday 2017 New Venue Is Official!!


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

Go to http://www.towerhoteloklahomacity.com/ 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, April 8, 2017

ARES-Oklahoma WEB Developer #HelpWanted

ARES-Oklahoma is looking for some WEB Development help.

We have a bit of updating and changes that need to be made to www.ARESOK.org The page is migrating from ASP to PHP and we also need to keep in mind for the future that more and more functionality needs to also be mobile.

Our current webmaster has done a fantastic job, however family and employment are demanding more of his time... so we're needing some help. If you have experience with ASP (current) and PHP (future) and are willing to volunteer your time and talent please contact our ARES-OK Webmaster Roland KC5UNL or N7XYO.

Thanks to Mark Conklin, N7XYO Oklahoma Section Emergency Coordinator Amateur Radio Emergency Service for this information





Saturday, April 1, 2017

OCAPA announces 80-meter repeater

Thomas Webb WA9CFM/5, announced today that April 1, 2017 marks the first transmissions from OCAPA’s brand new 80 meter repeater project in Oklahoma City. The intended use of this recently completed project, shown here, can finally be released to the general public.
While the stated cause has always been that this is one of the required 2% local art expenditures for federal highway funds, the true nature of the project can now be disclosed.  ODOT Director of Operations, Paul Green said, “this whole project started with a rather severe reinforcing bar (rebar) accident. We signed the delivery slip for about 80,000 pounds of steel, before the truck driver unloaded his truck. One of those tornadoes snuck up on us, and blew the rebar into a terrible pile. It sounded like a train, just like Mike Morgan said it would.” ODOT left the pile lay, until the OCAPA Special Projects team came up with the master plan.
Webb said “the pile of rebar was stacked perfectly to make a Lazy L dipole. It appears the twin verticals increase the Q factor of the array”. Since we’ve been in a solar minimum for years, their first thought was to build the world’s first 80 M repeater. As you can see in this photo, a custom 80 meter duplexer had to be built to allow repeater operation. After a few quick calls to Wacom, they calculated that the can needed to be 50 stories tall.
Gordon Jones, W5OU, of the Honor Roll Ranch, just a hoot and a hollar south of Norman, said “this will be a great help to those that need something like this. However, with just my 80 M walkie talkie I’ve been able to obtain WAS (Worked All Stations).”
Famed QRP operators Kenn Goodson KA5KXW, and Ed Hatch AG5DV, made a confirmed QSO each other using a homebrew TX/RX setup of Kenn’s design. Their initial contact was made using transmitters that they thought were in the milliwatt range. It wasn’t until later that they realized their watt meter was rounding up from 502 nanowatts.
Once the news had traveled regarding the Goodson/Hatch success, Peter Khor, AG5DB, hurriedly downloaded an 80 M transmitter app for his Android phone. Peter will be attempting the first SSTV contact using the repeater, sending an astronomy selfie photo from here, back to JU5PITER, located on the moon Io.
When helping to obtain the needed permits, Phil Sinnett KD5UGO said, “Well, if that thing can keep my chicken wings warm from 22 miles away, I guess it probably could help with the climate change process. Let me do some calculations.”
The good people of OG&E have offered to provide their excess power from the wind farms popping up across the state. While the input power of the repeater is classified, the output power runs right up against the legal limit of 1,500 watts. Or is that megawatts?
A recently added Oklahoma Department of Transportation (ODOT) lighting system will indicate the operating status of the device. While there are numerous conditions transmitted by the colored system, the most important one is the color RED. ODOT chairman Mike Patterson states “the color red is used to signify RF transmission emissions that exceeds normal operating conditions.”. While it happens frequently, ODOT is hopeful that only out-of-state vehicles will be near, and under, the structure when this color is displayed. Patterson continued “Driving at full speed through the area should minimize the effects of the radiation upon the passing motorists. We hope.”
Nationally known DX’er, Normanite Victor McDaniel K5VL, has already commissioned a new version of the Golden Thumb award trophy. This trophy has been scaled up to match the fundamental wavelength of the 80 M repeater. The normal suspects have already filed for building permits with the City of Norman to construct a room large enough to hold this new trophy. When asked, Harold Black W5IFN, stated “This room addition has been in the works for some time, and I don’t have any expectations that I would be guilty of timing out the new repeater. For example, once when I was in the Navy, we had to add a larger engine room into a destroyer. The press initially thought that this addition would let this WWII destroyer carry more fuel for an upcoming future project. It was simply a coincidence that the minute the addition was complete…” and then the mighty 147.060 MHz repeater went silent. Denny WA6DKD, was seen exiting the Slaughterville public works complex, with a signed building permit in his hands, and would only respond “No Comment” to any question asked.
The Boathouse District Association has been an integral part of the cooling projects for the repeater transmitter. Mayor Mick Cornett says, “We’re so proud that MAPS project 385 will be able to provide multiple uses for the Boathouse district”.  Damming up the river has provided the required thermal dissipation to allow intermittent operation. Cornett also said, “The Riversport Adventures project is really an offshoot of this collaboration. So much energy was generated from the cooling system for the 80 M repeater that the entire complex is powered from this waste heat, and we can now handle a 100% transmitter duty cycle.”
At press time, the Gulf Coast Hurricane net was trying to negotiate the use of the W5MEL/80 repeater to provide an Inland relay for the upcoming hurricane season. The famed net was hoping that this could put an end to their QRM issues.
So, the next time you think the bands are going south, turn on the HF gear, grab an FM modulator, dial up CTCSS tone 141.3, tune the dial to 3.935 MHz, and wait for the repeater id beeping; .-   .–.   .-.   ..   .-..    .-..   —   —   .-.. …   !
Thanks to Q.R. Zedd, A5A, http://w5nor.org/qrzedd for this report  
Editor's Note:

Icom America has announced a new HF transceiver.  
Southwest Oklahoma hams report a backlog 
They will continue to use Remote Hams on their Android devices in the mean time.

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