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.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Elk City #hamfest kicks off the Oklahoma Section #ARRL #hamradio season

29th Annual Elk City Hamfest
     March 3, 2018
Elk City Community Civic Center
8:00 A. M. - ?????? P. M.
ARRL Testing 1:00 P.M.
Hamburger Supper Friday night!
6:30 pm
Set up Friday Afternoon
(1:30 P.M.)until 9:00 P.M.
No Pre-Register this year!
$5.00 Table
$5.00 Reg. fee

Worked All Oklahoma Hamfest!
This it the first year for Worked All Okla. Hamfest!
Sign up at Each Hamfest:
March 3, 2018 29th Elk City Hamfest
April 13-14 Green Country Hamfest 2018
July 27-28 Ham Holiday
Oct. 26-27 Texoma Hamarama
Nov.    2018 Enid Hamfest

Monday, February 25, 2019

#Skywarn Training announced #ARRL #HamRadio

No photo description available.Folks in the great plains have many opportunities to get FREE, life-saving information from the National Weather Service offices in WichitaNorman, and Tulsa.
The training is designed to keep one safe while providing aventues, including #hamradio, for reporting severe weather to the National Weather Service offices.  Ham radio is not required for this training.                                      
The Norman office also offers a number of online sessions,  Wichita announces their advanced spotter classes are in April.  See the links in the first paragraph for the training schedule.

Saturday, January 19, 2019

2019 Green Country Hamfest

Purchase Hamfest admission and tables online and save!
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 BobHeil – K9EID

Oklahoma'sLargest & Most Attended Hamfest!!!

2019 Green Country Hamfest - April 12th& 13th inClaremore, Oklahoma.
Only 30 minutes from Tulsa! Claremore Expo, 400 VeteransParkway,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 coversboth
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

Saturday, January 12, 2019

All Ham Dinner set for January 17 #ARRL #hamradio

All Ham Dinner - January 17

Many years ago, the amateur radio clubs in the Oklahoma City area started an event that is now known as the “All Ham Dinner”. This dinner allows about 50 hams get together, eat, and communicate with each other. This dinner is held on the third Thursday of January, May, and September at 6:30 pm.

The next All Ham Dinner will be held Thursday, January 17th, 2019, at 6:30 pm. This dinner will be at the Golden Corral, 1501 SW 74th, (North side of the north service road of I-240) in south Oklahoma City. No RSVP is needed, show up, get your meal, and join the fun in their large banquet room.


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Winter 2019 Classic Exchange CW

The CW Classic Exchange will take place Sunday Jan 13 1300Z to Jan 14 0700Z and Tuesday Jan 15 1300Z to Jan 16 0700Z

The CX is a no-pressure contest celebrating the older commercial and Home Brew equipment that was
the pride and joy of ham shacks many decades ago. The object is to encourage restoration, operation
and enjoyment of this older Classic equipment.

You need not operate a Classic rig to participate in the CX. You may use any rig in the contest
although new gear is a distinct scoring disadvantage as your multipliers are directly related to the age
of the equipment you use! However, you can still work the "great ones" with modern equipment.

Suggested CX Frequencies (+/- QRM)
160M 80M 40M 20M 15M 10M 6M 2M
1.810 3.545 7.045 14.045 21.045 28.045 50.095 144.100

Bonus Points for the Winter 2019 CX:

Bonus #1: 500 Points for each dynamotor powered TX and RX that is qualified.

Bonus #2: 500 Points for each Johnson transmitter, amplifier, SSB adapter, and VFO that is qualified.

Bonus #3: 500 Points for each Knight transmitter, receiver, and VFO that is qualified.

2000 points max for each bonus per mode.

For full details, rules, and logging submissions, visit the CX website:<>

Questions? Contact:
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