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.

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