Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Newkirk has a new Ham #arrl

Congradulation up there, Newkirk got a new Ham today

Josh Froese - KI5GAO

Thanks to Dave, KA0JON for this report

Any other new hams in your club?

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Are you checking into your local and Section Nets? #ARRL #hamradio

There are some local and Section nets that are available for your enjoyment.  

Monday, the Ponca City 146.97 net is available on Echolink for Statewide use.

Tuesday, there's a YL net on the Kan-Okla System.

Wednesday, the Wheatstraw net is on 146.01 mHz.

Thursday, the W5IAS system has a net.

Friday, the 220 group in the Tulsa area has a net.  It's available on Allstar.

There are plenty of others.  Do you have a favorite net?  Is it registered on the League net directory?

If it's too hot for you, here's two feet of snow
to cool you off.

The traveling #hamradio operator needs you to .... #ARRL

... keep your repeaters in your area up to date.

Two resources are available for the Mission.  Repeaterbook and Rfinder are online resources with Android and IOS applications.  The latter has replaced the ARRL Repeater directory.

BOTH rely on local users to let them know changes in the repeaters in the area.  The former uses area administrators to oversee the process but they don't do all the work.  The real work comes from reports from users like you.

Repeaterbook can always use administrators.  For example, if you are in the Tulsa, OKC, Guymon, Lawton, McAlester, Durant area, volunteer to be an admin.  There's no cost but your time and the value is immense.

In the mean time, summer travelers need to know what is available.  The next step is to have someone listening when the call comes over the air.

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Hamfests #ARRL #hamradio

From reports, if you missed HamHoliday, you missed a good event.  The new location was a good choice.

There are plenty of hamfests in the area.  A quick search (just put your zip code and the radius you'll drive) shows:

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Winlink announces third-party traffic rules #hamradio #ARRL

If you are a US-licensed station that routinely connects to a foreign gateway, or a non-US-licensed station that connects with a US gateway, you may be affected by new CMS behavior. The Winlink CMS now will enforce US Third-Party Message rules.

Because Winlink is being severely criticized for allowing US client and gateway operators to violate US amateur radio third-party traffic rules, we are today starting to test automatic enforcement of these rules. Part 97.3(47), 97.115 and 97.117 apply.

If you attempt to send or receive a third-party message between a US-licensed station and another station the US does not have a third-party communication agreement with, you may receive a service message saying the message will violate the applcable rules and that the message is refused (if you're sending) or being held at the CMS (if you are receiving). Alternative means to successfully send or receive the message will be explained. The US has treaties with most countries in the North and South America, but not most European, Asian and Pacific countries.

If you are a US-licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect with another US-licensed gateway, or one licensed in Central or South America — as long as the US has a third-party agreement with the licensing country.

If you are a non-US licensee, you should have no trouble sending and receiving to/from internet addresses if you connect to non-US licensed gateways.

We wish this was not necessary, but we have relied on US client and gateway operators to know the rules and obey them—and most have ignored them, unfortunately for all of us. In order to clean up the violations we are taking these measures to keep US Winlink operators legal. All licensees have an obligation to study, know, and obey the Amateur Radio Rules.

New monitoring and enforcement measures are coming into play with the establishment of a new Volunteer Monitor Program, now being set up by the ARRL at the request of the US FCC. We're doing this to make it easier for US operators to avoid loosing their licenses!

We will be tweaking the behavior of this new mechanism to make it as friendly and informative as it can be. Please bear with us as we make changes.

Thanks and 73,

Lor W3QA
Winlink Development Team

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

#HamHoliday #QCWA meeting announced #hamradio

Previously, our QCWA CHAP 63 meeting was scheduled to follow the ARRL FORUM, and to precede  the ARES FORUM.   THE PLANNING COMMITTEE decided to schedule the ARRL & ARES FORUMS back to back since many participants would plan to attend both forums.

Therefore, the QCWA CHAP 63 MEETING WAS MOVED TO THE 11:00am to 11:50am time slot.  We will still be in Room  #1.

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

#HelpWanted #hamHoliday #ARRL Section Convention #hamradio

Volunteers needed for Ham Holiday

Each of the clubs in the OKC area volunteer to fulfill roles at Ham Holiday.  The Edmond Amateur Radio Society is tasked with collecting volunteers for the Ham Holiday ticket sales/will-call desk and wristbands for Friday and Saturday.
Please contact Ron McCubbin, KC5QCV.  Volunteers are needed to sell tickets, look-up pre-paid tickets and help with wristbands.
We thank you as does CORA, the Central Oklahoma Radio Amateurs!

Contact Ron McCubbin:
(405) 255-5666

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Earl Bottom is Silent Key #ARRL #hamradio

Earl Bottom out in Elk City became a Silent Key on Sunday, June 23rd. Earl was a mover and shaker in Amateur Radio in western Oklahoma. He connected your section leadership with Rep. Frank Lucas for a 1 on 1 sitdown. Earl has also been the ramrod for the Elk City Hamfest. In addition to being my right hand in western Oklahoma, he was a very busy man as you will see in his obit.....
Earl Grayson Bottom, 62, of Hammon, Oklahoma entered this world on September 8, 1956, and passed June 23, 2019, after a brave and courageous battle with cancer. Earl was a long-time cattle rancher and was well known throughout Western Oklahoma. Earl frequently volunteered his time and served many worthy causes. He was a ham radio enthusiast and cherished friend of many.
Earl served many prominent roles in the community, including President of the Hammon High School Alumni Association. He was an active member and former President of the Cattlemen’s Association of Roger Mills County, a member of the Elk’s Lodge of Elk City, and he served as a Red Cross volunteer and certified CPR Instructor. He was active for many years as a leader and mentor in the Boys Scouts of America. Some of his honors and activities in scouting include: District Award of Merit, Council Coordinator for the Philmont Scouting Program, Western Plains Day Camp Director and Co-Director for many years and served on numerous Wood Badge courses. Earl was the Game Day Coordinator of the Scouting Usher program at the OU football games where he established many long-time friendships among fans who sat in the South end zone. Because of his immense impact on the young men he led, Earl was recognized with the Silver Beaver Award, one of Boy Scout’s highest awards. Ham radio enthusiasts far and near knew Earl as N5NEB after the many late-night radio chats and ham fests he helps organize and attend. Earl, who earned his ham license in the late 1980’s, served in the past as the West Central Oklahoma Amateur Radio Club President. He was the leader of the Possum Trappers, a group which talked every night and met yearly for a reunion which Earl organized. In recent years, Earl had become an ardent supporter of the Oklahoma City Thunder and rarely missed watching a game from his seat in Section 206. Earl truly enjoyed life and had a servant’s heart! 
Funeral Services will be held at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, June 25, 2019 at A.G. “Buck” Creach Memorial Auditorium, Hammon, Oklahoma. Tom Harguess will be officiating, and Dolan Ivey will assist. Interment will be in Red Hill Cemetery, Hammon, Oklahoma. Services have been entrusted to the care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home in Elk City, Oklahoma.
Cherishing his memory is his mother, Allene Bottom; sisters, Paula Stafford and husband, Jim of Edmond, Oklahoma, JoAnn Reynolds and husband, Jeff of Walker, Louisiana; brother, Allen Bottom and his wife, Jane of Mansfield, Texas; nephew, Jake Reynolds and his wife, Hailey of Walker, Louisiana, Daniel Bottom and Michael Bottom both of Mansfield, Texas, Ryan Stafford of Denton, Texas; niece, Sarah Stafford of Edmond, Oklahoma; great-niece, Eleanor Reynolds of Walker, Louisiana; great-nephew, Solomon Stafford of Edmond, Oklahoma; aunt, Earlene Callen and husband, Jim of Winnsboro, Texas; and many cousins as well as close family friends, Alvin and Robin Williams of Clinton, Oklahoma, Brenda Archer of Hammon, Oklahoma..
He is preceded in death by his father, George Grayson Bottom; maternal grandparents, A.D. and Buena Stewmaker; paternal grandparents, Elwood and Annie Bottom.
Memorials can be made to the Boy Scouts of America Troop #144 in care of Martin-Dugger Funeral Home, P.O. Box 707, Elk City, Oklahoma 73648.
Online condolences can be sent to the family by using the online guest book at

Wednesday, June 19, 2019

More #FieldDay sites listed #arrl

Field Day is quickly approaching, here are a few locations in the Oklahoma City Metro.

The Mid-Del ARC will be set up at Joe B. Barmes/Regional Park off Reno, west of Douglas in Midwest City. They will be in a tent in the teardrop, south of the dog park.

EARS (Edmond Amateur Radio Society) will be at the Edmond Fire Station #5 off I-35 and Covell in Edmond.

OCAPA (Oklahoma City Auto Patch Association) will be at the Atkinson Heritage Center "Pony Barn" off Midwest City and 10th St, on the west side of the road.

SCARS (South Canadian Amateur Radio Society) will be at the Norman Red Cross in Norman off 1205 Halley Ave.

To locate your LOCAL Field Day site, visit the Field Day Locator.  Clubs and groups, register your site so people can find you.

Wednesday, June 12, 2019

#ARRL Field Day coming soon to a location near you. #FieldDay2019 #hamradio

The Oklahoma City Autopatch Association (OCAPA), a local amateur radio club, will be participating in "Field Day, 2019", a national amateur radio emergency communications exercise, on the 22-23 of June, 2019. Sponsored by the American Radio Relay League (ARRL), A  Field Day, 2019" will begin on Saturday at 1:00 PM, continuing for 24 hours until 1:00 PM Sunday. This year's OCAPA Field Day site will be at the Atkinson Heritage Center ‘Pony Barn’. Set up will begin at 9:00 AM, Saturday morning.

This 24 hour communications exercise demonstrates the value of amateur radio and allows amateur radio operators an opportunity to practice establishing communication stations in non-traditional locations, operating them for extended periods, and give new amateur radio operators training in emergency communications procedures. Visitors are welcome and will even be given an opportunity to operate one of the Field Day@ stations. Approximately 1,500 amateur radio stations will participate in "Field Day, 2019".

Amateur radio operators are best know for serving the Oklahoma area as storm spotters during threatening weather and providing supplemental communications to first responder agencies. Most recently, amateur radio operators provided communication and backup power for the Bridge Creek Fire Departments after power was lost and antennas for their public service radio equipment were damage by tornadoes.

After the bombing of the Murrah Federal Building, over three hundred amateur radio operators helped sustain emergency communications for rescue, recovery and relief operations. Communications operations were sustained for over 330 hours through the support of 'hams' from Metropolitan Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Lawton and around Oklahoma. 'Hams' from Kansas and Texas also came to Oklahoma City to lend their support.

Additionally, amateurs provide communications support to various public events such as the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. Over 100 amateur radio operators provide public service communications for the Marathon. The amateur radio community has been supporting the Marathon since its= first running in 2001.

A majority of the NASA International Space Station (ISS) astronauts are licensed amateur radio operators. They operate a portable 'ham' station from the ISS to promote interest in science, and amateur radio, among elementary and middle school students.

To locate your LOCAL Field Day site, visit the Field Day Locator.  Clubs and groups, register your site so people can find you.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Morse Code turns 175 today #ARRL #hamradio

While one no longer needs to know Code in ham radio, it is useful, ex. while passing VOR sites while flying.

To learn CW skills or brush up your knowledge, Learn CW Online is worth a look.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

The Section Manager Writes #ARRL #hamradio

I would like to congratulate Lee Cooper, W5LCH, on beng appointed as the new Vice-Director for the West Gulf Division. Most of you know David Woolweaver strpped down from the ARRL Board in January. John Stratton took the Directors reigns and selected Lee as his Director of Vice! Both John and Lee should be at Oklahoma City Ham Holiday in July at the new venue.....Oklahoma City Community College.
Also, This year's Ham-Com is in Plano, TX on June 7-8 at the Plano Event Center. The new ARRL CEO, Howard E. Michel, WB2ITX will be in attendance.
If your group is doing anything in your communities, let me know so we can report on it.
Also, don't forget Field Day is just around the corner.
73 for now Kevin O'Dell, N0IRW Oklahoma Section Manager

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Another Statewide APRS Net - THIS SATURDAY #ARRL #hamradio

It's that time again,  the Tulsa Digital Radio Club will hold an APRS net at 1300 CDT on Saturday.

Net control station will be Scott Haley KD5NJR.  

Hams are encouraged to check-in by sending an APRS message to KD5NJR.

As an exercise, try the ANSRVR server.  Subscribe to the OKAPRS group for the duration of the net. Instructions are here :

The Statewide DMR talkgroup will also be monitored.

APRS messages can be generated from
  • certain HTs and mobile radios (ex: Kenwood TH-D72, TM-D710, etc
  • .smart phones with APRS apps,
  • computers paired with TNCs and radios, and (example : UI-VIEW)
  • computers with soundcard-based modems and radios. (example : UZ7HO Soundmodem and APRSIS32

We continue to operate HF APRS using the instructions located at .  As an additional incentive for this upcoming net, a certificate of appreciation from the Tulsa Digital Radio Club (TRDC) will be sent to those stations that try this new high-tech wrinkle on the two decades old HF APRS mode.  The HF APRS net will be running on 7036 kHz at a center frequency of 1000 Hz using MFSK-16 for highest robustness during the net.

Popular for about 20 years now, APRS is a format for sending short textual messages over amateur radio.  Short bursts of APRS can conserve your battery power and radio spectrum.  It lends itself to low power applications such as travelers, backpackers and in emergency situations.  APRS radio sets are popular with hikers, experimenters (model airplane and rocket enthusiasts) and there is even an APRS terminal on the International Space Station.   Background information is available at : 

Questions or comments may be directed to Scott Haley or Jeff Scoville AE5ME at





Put Howard to work at @W1AW #ARRL #hamradio

The "Put Howard to Work" event, which was to be presented on Monday, May 13, by the ICQ Amateur Radio Podcast and feature ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, has been cancelled. Here is the official statement:

Earlier this week an announcement was made that ARRL CEO Howard Michel, WB2ITX, was going to be on air at Maxim Memorial Station W1AW on Monday afternoon, May 13, with the intent of giving ARRL members a chance to chat with the CEO and get to know him better as a ham. However, an issue was raised about this being a potential violation of FCC rules, in particular, Section 97.113 which states that "A station is also not allowed to transmit communication in which the station licensee or control operator has a pecuniary interest, including communications on behalf of an employer."

Given that the ARRL is Michel's employer, and that there was an effort to publicize an event at which members of the organization could chat with the CEO, such an event could be perceived as a benefit to the organization.

So out of an abundance of caution and to avoid any potential violation of FCC rules, or even an appearance of a violation, Michel has decided to suspend plans for the "Put Howard to Work" event that was scheduled for Monday, May 13.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

The March of the Ants continues #Skywarn #ARRL #hamradio

At Spotter Network, work continues to improve reports.  From years ago to today, there's around 67000 users and more buyin from emergency management and National Weather Service personnel.

In a recent email, Spotter Network reports:

SN Members Submitted 3,226 reports:
189 tornado reports.
172 funnel cloud reports.
355 wall cloud reports.
846 hail reports.
571 wind reports.
539 flood/flash flood reports.

With encouragement to keep accounts current, those who did not get an email from Spotter Network will find their account suspended.  Check your Spam folder.

There's even a place for you to put your ham radio (or other) callsign.  While hams are getting on board with that, local government operators are also putting their unit numbers there.

Please support your local Skywarn program but use Spotter Network too.  Your report goes directly to the NWS office serving your location (you forgot to check the phone number before you left today).  Expect a call from an emergency manager or the Weather Field Office, if they have questions about the report or are looking for a followup to it.

Remember ACES and be safe.  Oh, and the march of the ants refers to the little red dots on RadarScope showing the position of Spotter Network users. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Green Country pictures

Thanks to Mark, K5MRK for sharing these views of the Green Country Hamfest.

 I forgot to take my camera to Green Country, but took a couple on my iPad.  L to R on #50 is MRK, Gary-TWP, and Ronnie - RQW
#51 is Melissa, Ronnie's wife
#49 is this beautiful dog and his owner (who I did not get a name or call).  He was there Friday PM, but I did not see him Sat.
Friday we had a "3 legged dog" walking around and Saturday, it looked to be the same dog – size, color, breed, but he had 4 legs.  Ask me about this issue which BLEW my mind.
Eddie – 73 – K5EMS


Wednesday, March 20, 2019

You're Invited to a Volunteer Mixer! @RedCrossOK @RedCross

The League's National and State Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is inviting you to this event.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

2019 Green Country Hamfest - April 12 & 13 in Claremore, Oklahoma.

Purchase Hamfest admission and tables online and save at

Advance admission is $8.00
Tickets are $10.00 at the door. Order early and save!
Online Ticket Purchase Ends
March 31st, 2019
Special Guest Speaker Bob Heil – K9EID
 Oklahoma'sLargest & Most Attended Hamfest!!!
 2019 Green Country Hamfest - April 12th& 13th in Claremore, Oklahoma.
Only 30 minutes from Tulsa! Claremore Expo, 400 Veterans Parkway,Claremore, OK, 74017  MAP:
on: 147.09+
Free Parking!!! - Low Cost ON-SITE RV Parking!

Terrific Prizes! Fantastic Forums - Learn something new! See
Flea Market - Great Bargains!
Free Test Table - Check It Before You Buy It!
On-site VE Testing Get or upgrade your license!
Admission is $10.00 per person at the door (One ticket covers both
Days) Children 12 and under are Free!
Hours: Fri. 4pm-9pm  -  Sat. 8am-3pm
Flea Market Tables are $15.00 at the door

More info at

Friday open to public at 4 PM to 9 PM
Saturday open to public 8 AM to 3 PM
Setup Friday 12:00PM. Setup at 7:00AM Saturday until 8:00AM.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

VHF Micor Mobiles FREE at #GREENCountryhamfest

I have three 45-watt VHF Micor Mobiles that were in the ham band range when I bought them.

If anyone wants them, I will bring to the Green Country hamfest and they are yours, no charge. Otherwise, they go to the junk yard.

I would hope that if someone takes them, they are at least familiar with that series of radios since I will offer no support for them. It is hard enough to keep up with the new equipment without having to refresh my memory on something that I have not touched in 10 or more years.

If you want the packet frequency channel elements left in the radios I will do so. Otherwise, they will be removed and tossed in the junk.

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